Years of Safety Advancement


The Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) was founded in the year 1980 and chattered with the core mandate of regulating the training and practice of safety in Nigeria following the signing into law and official Gazette of the Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON) Act 2014 (Act No 2). Over the years, it has remained a rallying point of safety professionals in the country with impacts across Africa and beyond.

The Institute offers certification programmes in safety courses covering Occupational Health, Safety and Environment. As part of the core mandates, ISPON also maintains the register of National Safety Professionals in Nigeria. Working in collaboration with Government Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Public Institutions, organized private establishments and non- profit organizations, the Institute is focused on improving the health, safety and environment culture of Nigeria. To learn more, visit www.ispon.gov.ng

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ISPON Annual Conference

The Professional Development Conference is an annual event organized by the Institute as part of the approach to celebrate professional safety practice in Nigeria. For the past 37 years, ISPON has gathered Safety Professionals from various fields of specialization to proffer solutions to the present day safety and economic challenges in the country. ISPON Conference is the best ranked and largest gathering of Safety Professionals in Nigeria. It is an event where people meet to brainstorm on real industry challenges, analyse issues, share knowledge from experience, discuss way forward and discover practical solutions which can be implemented in the day to day economic activities. More so, business owners, contractors, employers and job seekers have been taking advantage of this prestigious gathering to network and build relationships with the people they ever wished to meet. The last edition was held in Lagos in 2018 with the theme “Safety in an Emerging Economy.”

Owerri 2019

The 38th edition of the conference this year offers much more than what has ever been witnessed in the last decade, and it promised to be one of the best events in Nigeria. “Mainstreaming Safety for Sustainable National Development” is a theme that offers opportunity to critically x-ray the relevance of safety in business productivity, sustainability and national economic development. Through this conference, small and medium scale enterprises, as well as the multinational companies will better appreciate their investments in building and sustaining sound safety cultures. Ultimately, the nation at large will understand the place of safety in achieving a sustainable economy. Various professionals across Nigeria will deliver lectures on the subthemes, creating a unique opportunity to dive into their pools of experience. So much more to expect in this historical gathering.

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Welcome to Owerri, the Heartland City

Know the City

Owerri is the capital of Imo State, one of the five south eastern states in Nigeria. The city, also known as Eastern Heartland is situated at the heart of Igboland, with major road networks linking Aba, Onitsha, Port Harcourt and Umuahia. Owerri is the biggest city in Imo State, with a population of about 1,500,000 and a landmass of 100 square kilometres covering its three local government areas. Arguably, this unique location of our 2019 conference is ranked as one of the cities with highest number of hotels in Nigeria, hence, the reason why it is often described as centre of entertainment in southern Nigeria. Generally, the people of Owerri are peace loving, appreciating visitors and ever willing to assist if need arises. The people are largely Christians predominantly Catholic and Anglican members.

Coming to Owerri

Owerri is served by Sam Mbakwe Airport which is about 14 miles (23 km) south of the city. The airport is served by Air Peace, Dana Airline, Aero Contractors and Arik Air line, offering daily connections to Lagos and Abuja. The city is also connected by road directly to Port Harcourt, Aba and Onitsha. Some major roads within the city are Douglas road, Wethral road, Port Harcourt road, Okigwe road, Orlu road, Royce etc. Once in the city, moving around can be by cab/taxi which you can either share with other passengers going the same route or take as a “drop” to your destination.


Explore Owerri

Exploring the city is one great way to make a memorial conference in 2019. Here is a list of suggested places you can visit. Click on the location to see your directions on Google map. Nekede ZooMbari Cultural & Art CentreAsumpta CathedralDan Anyim StadiumOwerri Shopping Mall.

EatING in Owerri

You can find many common Nigerian foods in Owerri. The restaurant in your hotel or many others in the city will be able to assist you with available menu. “Ofe Owerri” meaning “Owerri soup” is a special delicacy in the city and you can spice up your visit if you order a plate. Remember to ask for it.

Things to Avoid  

Many places in Africa have various things you will not be allowed to do. In Owerri and Igboland generally, killing of python is forbidden. Do not ask for snake meat in the restaurant. Also, you may not take anything from others using your left hand. This is not polite and it may constitute an offence even if you are a leftie. It is not also right to whistle in the night

                                          Preparing for the Conference

Early planning is an essential part of every successful journey, especially outside your base. This is recommended for you to have the best time as you visit this beautiful city. Although, Owerri is characterized by a tropical wet climate, the period of the conference falls within the dry season when precipitation has drastically reduced. A slight harmattan may be experienced in November towards the period of the event. Notwithstanding, you should not have any major challenge if you are already familiar with tropical climatic conditions. During your visit, having some extra money will be a good idea in case you are planning to tour round the city.

Call for Sponsorship

Becoming a sponsor of the 2019 ISPON conference is a profitable venture for your business. There are many benefits you will enjoy. Some of these include securing an exhibition space, promotion in ISPON journal, branded ISPON souvenirs, ISPON website and other media, just to list a few.

For details on how to be a sponsor or to secure exhibition space, please contact 08110141960. See sponsorship categories below.


Like never before, partners and sponsors will be able to showcase their brands to the whole world during the conference exhibitions. One key to successful business relationships is meeting the right audience on the right platform. At ISPON Conference, you will surely find many prospective business partners and contractors waiting to know your business, thus, offering you a chance to influence their decisions in favour of your products and services.

Delegates at ISPON conferences cut across all sectors of economy, including the oil and gas, manufacturing, agriculture, engineering, and so on. Whatever you sell, simply look for the buyers at the 2019 conference.

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Call for papers

Are you an author, a researcher or professional who wish to make a presentation at the 2019 ISPON conference, you can send in your abstracts  by email to uzomahenry@gmail.com. Deadline for abstract submission is May 31. Submission of full papers ends on July 31. For more details, please contact 08033235818 or 07031634044.

Paper topics must be related to the conference sub-themes as outlined below.

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Pictures from previous conferences

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Ends September 30

Early Registration

50,000 NGN 35,000
  • Members- Early registration: N30,000. Late registration: NGN35,000
  • Non-members- Early registration: NGN35,000. Late registration: NGN45,000
  • Students (non-members)- Early registration: NGN4,000. Late registration: NGN7,000
  • Student members- Early registration: NGN2,000. Late registration: NGN5,000
Your Benefits

As a delegate, you will be get the prestigious ISPON Conference certificate, conference packs, launch and tea breaks. Beyond these, you will have opportunity to meet and network with industry experts across the nation. Such relationships have proven to be highly profitable for business and career development.

Owerri 2019 at Imo Concorde Hotels. See directions here.
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Dr. Nnamdi Ilodiuba, FISPON, CPP, FNIIS
Nat'l President (07033358455)
Dr. Martins Uzoma, FISPON, MNES, MNIM, JP
Chairman, L.O.C (08033235818)