NOCMA rolls out annual safety awards

…as Lilongwe Depot scoops ‘safest depot’ award

Lilongwe Depot was Friday, August 7th awarded for emerging the safest of NOCMA’s depots in the company’s inaugural annual safety awards. NOCMA has three depots – Lilongwe in the central region, Blantyre in the south and Mzuzu in the north.

According to NOCMA’s Health, Security, Safety and Environmental Manager, Sarai Chimombo, Lilongwe depot earned the award after it outplayed the others on the account of number of safety ‘warnings’, also known as ‘nearmisses’ reported in the 2019/2020 financial year.

Presided over by the Director of Operations, Micklas Reuben, the ceremony, held within Lilongwe depot premises, also saw several other staff from the central region strategic fuel reserves and from NOCMA’s Head Office decorated for their various contributions towards ensuring safety.

Speaking to staff after presenting the awards, Mr Reuben stressed that safety occupies and critical place in the oil industry.

“You can manage anything else perfectly but getting it wrong on safety wipes out any gains made.

“I, therefore, call upon everyone to take responsibility and report any issues that may lead to safety incidents,” said the DOO, pointing out that incidents occur because of apparently smaller issues that are left unattended to.

Depot Manager, Moffat Soko, commended his team for all that has earned them the company’s inaugural annual safety award. He also pledged his support to his team to ensure a safe working environment.

Sarai Chimombo, the safety manager, spoke of the need for all staff to work as a team so that safety is not compromised.

Director of Operations (in a suit) presents an award to Lilongwe Depot weighbridge operator, Abel Givinala (centre).

There were five categories of awards:

  • Safe employee of the year award – Abel Givinala,  a weighbridge operator
  • Safety contributor award – Bentry Kumwenda, finance officer; and Peter Chilenje, security officer, both Head Office based
  • Safest driver award – Moffat Kunje, Head Office driver; Bentry Harawa, depot technician and Peter Mpaya, technical services manager also based at the Head Office
  • Depot nearmiss award – Lilongwe depot
  • Safest depot award – Lilongwe depot.

Awards to recognise staff contribution towards safety at the other two depots – Blantyre and Mzuzu – are schedu

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Minister of Energy Newton Kambala says he is impressed with what Government owned company NOCMA is doing in the country.

Among other things, the Minister commended NOCMA for ensuring continous fuel supply in the country in the past few years which he said helped the national economy.

The Minister made the remarks at the end of his tour of Blantyre Strategic Fuel Reserves on Friday, July 17.

Speaking to NOCMA management and staff after the tour, the Minister also pledged his support towards the company’s operations.

“As Minister of Energy, I will give you the necessary support to make your work easier because NOCMA is very strategic in the management of the country’s economy,” .said the Minister

Meanwhile, the Minister called for a robust communication process between NOCMA and the Ministry to ensure that he is always kept updated on developments in the company.

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Malawi’s newest Covid-19 testing centre operating at Bunda campus of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) was launched on Thursday, June 11, with NOCMA Deputy chief executive officer Helen Buluma calling on more players in the corporate world to join the fight against the pandemic.

NOCMA co-financed the testing centre project to the tune of ten million kwacha.

In her remarks, Ms Buluma noted that the fight against Covid-19 needed concerted efforts.

NOCMA Deputy CEO, Ms Helen Buluma speaks at the launch of the Covid-19 testing centre

‘As a country, we can win this battle against Covid-19. However, we cannot leave the fight to government alone,’ Buluma said in her speech.

Coordinator of the project Dr Kingdom Kwapata said the centre could run up to 96 tests in a day.

Minister of Health and Population Honourable Jappie Mhango presided over the launch of the testing centre.

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