By Peter Egwuatu
African Petroleum (AP) Plc, a quoted company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has begun the second phase of donation of helmets to motorcyclist nation wide being part ofÂ its Corporate Social Responsibility (C.S.R) in building the nation.
It would be recalled that during the first phase of its 2009 CSR project- the donation of crash helmets to motorcyclists in the Lagos, the centre of the Southwest region operations of the company, Chairman/CEO, AP Plc, Mr. Femi Otedola promised that the company would spread the distribution of the helmets to other parts of the country.Â In fulfilment of this pledge, AP Plc has released a timetable for the distribution of the helmets with kick-off ceremonies in three cities within the companyâ€™s other three regions of operations: Northeast, Northwest and Southeast.
For the Northeast region, the kick-off ceremony would be held in Kano on Thursday 9th July 2009 with the companyâ€™s General Manager, Treasury and Financial Operations, Mrs. Omolola Segun-Idahor launching the distribution. The Northwest region ceremony is scheduled for Thursday 16th July 2009 in Kaduna with the companyâ€™s General Manager, Marketing, Mr. Gbadebo Adegoke presiding at the launch. Mrs. Elizabeth Idigbe, AP Plcâ€™s General Manager, Human Resources/Corporate Service/Company Secretariat will lead the companyâ€™s delegation to the launch of the distribution in the Southeast region in Benin on 28th July 2009.
African Petroleum Plc, a responsible corporate citizen with CSR programmes that touch the lives of people where it matters most, has constantly shown its commitment to providing sustainable and practical contributions to projects and programmes that aim to improve the lives of the Nigerian people.
During the first phase of this CSR project, the companyâ€™s COO, Mr. Tunde Falasinnu said African Petroleum Plc decided to lend a helping hand by donating crash helmets to commercial motorcyclists in the country because of the companyâ€™s firm belief in the importance of road safety as the collective responsibility of all as well as in appreciation of the governmentâ€™s efforts through the Police, the FRSC and other relevant agencies in safeguarding the lives of road users.
Mrs. Elizabeth Idigbe, Head of Corporate Affairs, AP in a statement said, â€œ Of worthy mention here is APâ€™s 2008 N50 per litre kerosene campaign which successfully made safe and unadulterated kerosene readily available at an affordable price to Nigerian households. These and other projects that have been focused on children with special needs show that the company is always ready to make a difference by lending a helping hand.â€