Inugural Speech of ASSP President Nigerian Chapter, 2020-2021

Jul 07, 2020

Our Special Guests of Honor, Regional Vice President, All Past Presidents, Executives, Professional Members, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen.

Thank you all for finding time to join us today as we begin another chapter year in our association.

American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP Nigeria Chapter) was founded in June 23, 2007 at Orlando, Florida and a student section in April 22, 2010. A voluntary, non-profit making Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) organization that strives to provide professional guidance, training, consultancy and resources to the industrial and social sectors in different geographical areas in Nigeria. ASSP NC is currently with membership strength of over 350 members and is committed to the professional development of its members.

ASSP NC is a group of HSE professionals who are deeply associated with the society activities, on a voluntary basis to meet the objectives of protecting people, property and environment.

With the recent chapter involvement in finding solutions to HSE local and global Challenges, the Chapter is on the way to becoming one of the most active HSE professional bodies in Nigeria and Africa.

The American Society of Safety Professionals( ASSP) is a society that has over the years brought together occupational safety and health professionals globally. Since 1911, we have continued to protect our values and footprints as an advocate for workplace safety and health professionals, through our incessant (vigorous) advancement to improving the value and relevance of our members across the globe.

Historically, we have been the most respected advocate for workplace safety and health professionals, working hard to advance the profession and the individuals who choose us. With nearly 40,000 members in 80 countries, we connect safety and health professionals to a vast community of peers, resources, and opportunities.

Our members are dedicated to making the world a safer and healthier place. We share their dedication and passionate about helping them achieving their career goals.

As safety professionals, our members put their passion to bare; everyday protecting, saving people and improving their performance. Through their membership, active participation and commitment to the goals of ASSP, they are able to connect more and develop valuable skills to ensure a safer and stronger future for the world.

I am humbled to serve as the President of our noble society (ASSP Nigeria Chapter) for the chapter year, 2020-2021.

Our Aim is to Impact the lives of Safety Professionals through the ASSP Platform by growing our network, impacting knowledge and developing human capacity through various programs.

We also plan to increase our level of safety advocacy and synergy, by exploring the Public Safety Sector in order to close the gaps that would be identified and emphasized in the Public Safety Practices for a safer and better future.

Our Aim

  • To Provide Training and Re-training
  • Webinars,
  • Technical Presentations
  • Knowledge Sharing Series (from various Practice Specialties connected with the ASSP Practice Specialties at our global level).

These activities would keep members abreast of current skills and updated technical knowledge in their primary fields of interest, as well as sharing experiences from seasoned experts in those fields. Also, there would be:

  • Technical Tours,
  • Bi-monthly
  • Workshops, and Seminars
  • Annual Professional Development Conference. 9) Awards and Other Projects to ensure a rewarding and satisfying experience for our members for the chapter year 2020-2021.

Our Goals

  • To Invest in human capacity development through Education and Enlightenment
  • Play a vital role in Advocating for Safety Practice
  • Increase our membership Strength
  • Organize Workshops, Seminars and Conference, Successfully
  • Celebrate our Achievers through positive enumeration
  • Create Safety Awareness Program that will promote Public Safety in Our Society
  • We also anticipate initiating the creation process of HSE e-library for Research
  • Establish Women in Safety Excellence (WISE)
  • Establish Emerging Young Professional Forum
  • Build a Happy Professional Family through Networking, Face to Face and Visual Meetings

Therefore, I humbly request for your continuing and prompt support to push this society further towards sustaining the global footprints we have had, by building around our Leadership vision and building a Society that prioritizes workplace safety.

We will continue to reach out to you for your prompt support. We thank you for your willingness to volunteer and please reach out to us so that together, we can help achieve 2020 – 2021 ASSP Nigeria Chapter goals.

We anticipate your effective collaboration to strengthen the value and defend the great foundation our past leaders have laid to fortify our great society together.

Thank you for giving us (Executives for 2020-2021 service year) this great opportunity to serve you. I pledge myself and other executives to be just, principled and pursue governance that fosters adequate transparency and accountability. Thank you.


Mrs. Mercy Omoifo-Irefo
President, America Society of Safety Professionals, Nigeria Chapter (2020-2021)