“Total’s Contributions in Nigeria underscores company’s trust in the economy.” - Akinwunmi Ambode
In spite of the downturn in the global economy, Total is continuing to implement its various projects in Nigeria. The Governor of Nigeria’s commercial state of Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode who made the observation noted that while others were divesting Total was investing in Nigeria. This he said underscores the company’s trust in Nigeria’s economy and commitment to the wellbeing of its citizens.
The Governor spoke when the Managing Director of Total E&P Nigeria Limited, Mr. Nicolas Terraz, paid him a courtesy visit in Lagos on April 22, 2016. Mr. Ambode also appreciated the company for paying its taxes promptly and its giant strides in CSR, saying Total were one of the best companies in CSR in Lagos. He assured that his government was willing to do whatever it can specifically to assist the company.
He reiterated his commitment to a conducive business environment in the State, noting that a robust business environment would lead to the creation of more jobs and thus enable the state generate more taxes and provide more infrastructure for the people.
He solicited that the company’s relationship with the state on CSR be scaled up. He called for the company’s collaboration with the government’s graduate internship scheme which he said was aimed at equipping fresh graduates with necessary skills and trainings.
“The visit was to deepen the relationship between the company and the Lagos state government,” said Nicolas Terraz who noted that Total had over a thousand employees in Lagos and had paid about N12b in taxes to the state government in the last three years.
He also intimated that Lagos was a major hub of fabrication of platforms and modules for the company and that the LADOL yard will be the first yard in Africa to perform FPSO modules integration when the vessel arrives in Nigeria in 2017. He also mentioned a number of CSR activities the company was involved in ranging from annual contribution to the state’s Security Trust fund to malaria control and intervention during the Ebola outbreak. Total was one of the first companies to respond during the outbreak of the dreadful Ebola disease in Nigeria in 2014.
The Managing Director commended the governor on the government’s efforts on security, the Light Up Lagos initiative and various infrastructural projects in the State. He was accompanied by the Deputy Managing Director, Deepwater District, Mr. Ahmadu-Kida Musa. The Executive General Managers Management Services/General Counsel and Deepwater Administration; Mrs. Olatowun Candid-Johnson, Ms Chinyere Uche and the Deputy General Manager, Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Charles Ogan.
The Managers, Government Relations, Zaid KOLAWOLE; and Deepwater Public Affairs, Mr. Cornelius OKORO as well as the Deepwater Government Relations and Media Officer, Mrs. Irene Jerry-Iyoha were also on the MD’s entourage.