Total Commends the Military for Maintaining Peace in its Areas of Operations
The Managing Director/Chief Executive of Total E&P Nigeria Limited, Mr. Mike Sangster, has commended the Nigerian Military for maintaining peace and security in its areas of operations.
He spoke during a recent visit to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Buratai, in Abuja. Mr. Sangster acknowledged the professionalism of officers and men of the Armed Forces in the discharge of their duties.
While extending the company's goodwill message to the rank and file in the Army for risking their lives for the security of Nigerians and the country's territorial integrity, Mr. Sangster informed his host that the Total Group is guided by the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights of the United Nations.
Sangster pledged to sustain the cordial relationship between Total and the Nigerian Army, while he solicited the support of the military in addressing issues of crude oil theft, kidnapping and pipeline vandalism.
According to the MD, Total is presently the only international oil company operating across the entire energy value chain in Nigeria, from onshore, offshore and deep water and midstream and downstream.
And that despite security challenges in the downstream sector, Total still maintains 576 service stations across the country.
In his own remarks, the Army Chief, Gen. Tukur Buratai, said the Nigerian Army had enjoyed longstanding relationship with Total, disclosing that Total's interventions through its Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, initiatives, had boosted the morale of the troops and has helped improved the living standards of the troops.
Specifically, Gen. Buratai commended Total for the construction of an ultra-modern clinic at the Nigeria Army University, Biu, and urged the company to consider other areas of intervention in the institution.
"Total's decision to undertake this project at this time is highly commendable, especially at this period when there are many other needs competing for scarce resources," Buratai noted.
He pledged that the Nigerian Army would continue to support Total in all areas of its operations, in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.
He advised oil companies to step up their community engagement activities to promote peace in their area of operations.