The Hybrid Group Limited has on Wednesday launched a new business of managing dangerous goods in Nigeria.
The business dedicated to create awareness and keep Nigerians informed on the management of dangerous goods was unveiled by Hybrid Group Limited, a registered Dangerous Group Management organisation to provide Health Safety and Environment (HSE) related services.
Speaking at the event, Captain Muhtar Shaibu Usman, Director-General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), said there was need to educate the public on the consequences and challenges of dealing with dangerous goods.
Usman, represented by Retired Group Capt. E. C Agu, NCAA Flight Operations Inspector, said: “I am here not to talk about dangerous goods only.
“I am also here to say that awareness about dangerous goods is not good enough.
“I am looking forward to seeing more adverts on dailies to educate people on the consequences and challenges of dealing with dangerous goods, which the public do not know.’’
Also, Anthony Daudu, Deputy Corps Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said transporting dangerous goods by road was a serious challenge that should be tackled by the Federal Government.
Daudu, who represented Mike Obayemi, FRSC Lagos Zonal Commanding Officer, said: “This is a laudable business that will go a long way in rejuvenating the transport system in Nigeria.
“For that reason, we are going to see how we can work together with you, because what we see on daily basis on our roads, especially along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, is something that baffles lots of people.
“I pray Nigeria should not be a dumping ground for dangerous and hazardous goods,’’ he said.
Earlier, Mr Dapo Omolade, the group Chief Executive Officer, said the primary objective of the launch was to create awareness and inform Nigerians that dangerous goods management had received approval to commence business in Nigeria.
“We are now accredited and recognised as a member of the highly esteemed Dangerous Group Management (DGM) support, a global entity operating in more than 45 countries across various continents of the world.
“The group is helping individuals and businesses build the needed competences and structures to handle and manage dangerous goods.
“DGM is highly recognised by government and private institutions like the International Air Transport Association, International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, among others.
“They have, by extension, recognised our quality in the holistic management of dangerous goods,’’ Omolade said.
According to him, the focus of the business is to ensure that the multi-model transportation of dangerous goods are safe and without accidents.
“DGM Network provides a wide range of services related to dangerous goods and hazardous materials, which are core aspects of HSE management in organisations.
“They include operations (classification, packing, marking, labelling, documenting, security management, emergencies assistance, etc.) to training activities or consultancy services supporting HSE functions and performances.
“Our global insurance policy covers classification, packing, labeling, marking and documentation of dangerous & hazardous goods shipments and logistics supports,’’ Omolade said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the representatives of NIPOST, Vehicle Inspection Officers, Pharmaceutical Companies and Lagos State Safety Commission were among those that attended the event.
Welcome Speech by
Dapo Omolade, CEO, Hybrid Group
Business Launch of DGM Nigeria
Radisson Blu Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos
Wednesday 10th July 2019
Good morning to our special guests, regulators, government agencies, technical partners, clients, professional colleagues, friends, well-wishers and gentlemen of the press.
You are all welcome to the official business launch of Dangerous Goods Movement, DGM Nigeria, a fully owned Nigerian business with local approval and international affiliation and accreditation.
It gives me great joy and honour to stand before you all this morning and welcome you to this all important event in our business evolvement in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
My special appreciation to God for the gift of life and unending grace, that have brought all of us this far.
I bring warm greetings from the president, DGM Support Spain, Mr Michael Tesch, who would have loved to attend this launch but for militating circumstances.
The primary objective of this gathering is to create awareness and inform Nigerians from all walks of life, especially our potential clients and stakeholders, that DGM Nigeria has received approval to commence business in Nigeria.
We are now accredited and recognised as a member of the highly esteemed DGM Support, a global entity operating in more than 45 countries across various continents of the world, helping individuals and businesses build the needed competences and structures to handle and manage dangerous goods.
DGM is highly recognized by government and private institutions like IATA, IMO & UN. They have by extension, recognized our quality in the holistic management of dangerous goods.
As the tagline of DGM Support says, ‘taking the dangers out of dangerous goods’, our focus is ensuring that the multi-modal transportation of dangerous goods are safe and without accidents. Our scope of services includes training, packaging, softwares, warehousing, consultancy, etc. I am sure these will be adequately discussed and communicated in the course of this business launch today.
Our passion and desire for safe workplaces and society which began in 2010 has seen us continuously develop various business entities including the establishment of DGM Ghana in 2016 and three years after, DGM Nigeria.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, you will all agree with me that there is no better time to have DGM Nigeria business launch in the country, especially considering the fact that poor management of dangerous goods can cause quantum losses and disasters.
In the last quarter of 2018, Nigeria became the 2nd country in Africa to accede to the six priority UN Conventions on road safety, which is a landmark in the history of the country and testament to the Government’s prioritization of road safety management.
The economic landscape of Nigeria presently also lends good reasons for the launch of DGM Nigeria. This is because the company has competence and required resources to help reduce potential losses from poor management of dangerous goods, the scope of which ranges from all forms of chemical and allied products, to equipment, radioactive materials, etc that are transported and used in various sectors of the economy such as oil and gas, health institutions, pharmaceuticals, mining, manufacturing, FMCGs, telecoms, aviation, marine, to mention but a few.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, just before I conclude, the use of dangerous goods and materials cuts across all sectors of the economy and DGM Nigeria is ready with full capacity to provide management services and solutions to the growing industry.
Within the next few hours, we will provide useful information to you on the products and services that DGM Nigeria will be providing for the country as well showcase the depth of our competence and capabilities in achieving our objectives.
We believe that this is a right step to validating our vision and submission that Nigeria is ready to experience and enjoy international best practices and standardisation in dangerous goods management.
Please feel free to engage any member of our DGM Nigeria team. They are all empowered to answer your questions.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for honouring our invitation with your presence at this event. But please remember that…..
‘DGM…We take dangers out of dangerous goods’’