Nigerian Gas Company vows to boost social responsibilities

By Kunle Kalejaye
The Nigerian Gas Company has reaffirmed it commitment to develop a sustainable relationship in host communities where its facilities exist .

Managing Director of the company, Eng. Saidu Mohammed made this known during the official commissioning of the Doctor’s quarters to Ijede Health Center in Ijede community, Ikorodu Lagos.

Eng. Saidu who was represented by  the Executive Director, Services of Nigerian Gas Company Warri said as a responsible and responsive gesture to its host communities, NGC will remain committed to developing people’s wellbeing which is paramount to the company’s corporate social responsibility thrust.

“Our presentation of Doctors’ Quarters is a token of our contribution to the development of this community, which we cherish dearly as our immediate neighbour and stakeholder. The project is integrated with all basic amenities ‘ required of a standard residential apartment.”

“On our part as a Company, we shall continue to solicit for your co-operation and assistance in the sustenance of peace and good neighbourliness, in order to support our business growth aspirations, for the benefit of all our people and generations yet to come.”

He therefore beckoned on the community to give useful information with the NGC Management through our Public Affairs Department on any community issues and not through a third party.

He stressed that problems are better solved where there is constant communication between entities with vested interests, for the mutual benefits of all.

The Nigerian Gas Company Limited (NGC), is a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with and it primary function as a company is to transmit and market natural gas and its derivatives in the Nigerian market, and to the West African sub-region market.

NGC network of gas pipelines extend to about 2500 kilometres, with metering stations spread in 10 States of the Federation. These States include Lagos, Delta, Edo,. Rivers, Abia, Akwa- Ibom, Ondo, Ogun, Cross-River and Kogi States.

This implies that NGC is faced with many challenges in the area of provision of basic amenities to over 200 communities, across various areas of the country where it facilities exist.

Speaking during the official launch of the Doctor’s Hostel, chairperson of the Hospital Governing Board of Ijede Health Center, Dr. Mrs. Ibrahim Subair said In the year 2008 the Community approached some Corporate Organizations for some Hospital Equipment, Staff quarters and administrative block construction and the Nigeria Gas Company accepted to build a staff quarters in December 2008.

“Work commenced immediately, though many obstacles and challenges were faced but they were all surmounted and the rest as they say is now history.

She encouraged NGC not to rest on their achievements/oars but should strive to do more, stating that “On our part as the saying goes that Oliver Twist will always ask for more, Ijede Health Centre is looking forward for more assistance and co-operation in order to elevate the status of the comprehensive Health Centre to a full fledge General Hospital.”

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