…. donates 16 units of security vehicles, others, to LASG
By Vera Anyagafu
Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo), has presented 16 units of security vehicles to the Lagos State government.
This, according to the Management is to enhance policing and facilitating quick response to distress calls, which are considered to be critical to crime prevention.
At the handover of the security operations vehicles to Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) at the Lagos House Marina, the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that it is another confirmation of collaboration, another promise kept, another public private partnership that is working in Lagos State.
And expressing excitement over the donation, he thanked the body for the donation, saying he is optimistic that the the security operations vehicles, would go a long way to enhancing operations of security personnel in keeping the state free of criminal activities.
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The state government had solicited the support of private sector operatives in Lagos and SNEPCO, has expressed commitment to providing something for the state, the governor said.
He went further to say that, “this was a commitment made to us months back but we are indeed grateful that with the very difficult terrain all of us have gone through, they have been able to make it, together with their joint partners – NNPC, Exxon Mobil.”
Sanwo-Olu noted that SNEPCo. did this because the state government had shown consistent transparency in transaction with the oil firm, adding that the security support provided would be used judiciously.
Giving his remarks, Managing Director, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo), Bayo Ojulari, commended governor Sanwo-Olu for his untiring efforts in the fight against Covid-19 and the enforcement of law and order that has kept the over 20 million residents of Lagos State safe in the face of security threats to lives, properties and businesses.
Ojulari said that, Lagos, as the commercial nerve centre of Nigeria, the security threats to businesses human lives and properties are some of the realities, which pose no mean challenge to the available resources with a huge potential to negatively impact the economy of the state and its people and by extension that of the entire nation.
He said that SNEPCo and indeed Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN) recognise the tremendous work the Lagos State government is doing to strengthen security in the state amid the limited resources, thus, their keen and constant evaluation of the state of the community always helps them to identify gaps where they believe they can intervene to make a difference.
“In this instance, we recognise the need to support the government’s efforts in keeping the state safe, just as we have continued to support the state in two other areas – education and health. To a large extent, the company’s priority of safety, health and development of the people and communities where it operates is paramount. We will continue to work with the state government to seek other areas of collaboration and partnership”, Ojulari stated.
However, NNPC/SNEPCo and co-venture partners – Total, ExxonMobil and Agip – rehabilitated and equipped the Casualty and Trauma sections of the General Hospital Odan, Marina, with state-of-the-art medical emergency equipment, and also donated bespoke ambulances for easy access to the books and crannies of the state, earlier in the year.