The Vice President, Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN) and Gabon, Peter Costello, has urged contractors working for and with SCiN to prioritise safety and be relentless in discussing the challenges they face.
He noted that the international oil giant was poised to help improve safety performance throughout the energy industry.
?Safety is our top priority. Everyone who works for us, or with us, has an important part to play in making SCiN a safer place to work. We cannot succeed in isolation and we must share the challenges by building strong partnerships to further improve our safety culture,? Costello said at the 7th edition of annual SPDC JV Contractor, CEO Safety Leadership Conference in Lagos.
?We expect our staff and contractors to comply with safety rules and regulations relevant to their work; to intervene to prevent unsafe conditions; and to respect fellow workers and the communities in which we work,? he said.
In his remarks, Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) and Country Chair, SCiN, Osagie Okunbor, described the annual event as an opportunity to share learnings and ensure alignment, common ground and shared commitments on Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in Shell?s joint operations.
?We cannot be too careful with safety issues. Through engagement, we ensure that the right competence is in place and we create opportunities for our staff and contract staff to speak openly about dilemmas. The collaboration must be continually strengthened so as to make Shell a safety model in the Nigerian oil and gas industry.? Okunbor said, adding that SPDC ?more than ever before, is committed to delivering energy responsibly and safely, with total prevention of harm to our employees, contractors, local communities and the environment.?