…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