To further demonstrate its commitment to education in Nigeria, Cotecna Destination Inspection Limited (CDIL), a foremost trade security and facilitation company, has donated amenities and materials worth N6.5million to Kingâ€™s College, Lagos Island.
The items were presented to refurbish the schoolâ€™s library and provide students with a conducive atmosphere for learning using state of the art facilities and equipment,
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony Cotecnaâ€™s International Vice President, Corporate Communications, Mrs, Alison Bourgeois stressed that education is crucial for accelerated growth especially among developing nations, highlighting its strategic importance to national growth.
She expressed the companyâ€™s delight and continuous resolve to support education and maintain it as a central part of its corporate social responsibility scheme. â€œWe see Nigeria as a resourceful nation with immense potential human resources. Education holds the key to unlocking these vast benefits,â€she said.
The multi million naira CSR gesture for the library included 6 split air-conditioners, burglar protection for windows and AC compressors, desk top computer, laser jet printer, ceramic floor tiling, general furniture, repainting of the library block and about 400 sets of books covering a wide area of learning.
Tayo Rabiu, Managing Director, Cotecna Nigeria explained that, as Cotecna continues to pursue its business obligations and operational goals, it also recognises strongly the importance of investing meaningfully in the community where it operates.
Our corporate support programmes are made in the areas of key humanitarian needsâ€” education, water and health. These are the core areas where we concentrate resources to specifically impact the lives of young people on whom every nation depends for growth, he noted.
â€œToday, the whole world is taking a paradigm shift and moving swiftly towards a knowledge economy; the future to a larger extent lies greatly with how much a nation equips its future championsâ€, he added.
In his own remarks, the principal of kingâ€™s College, Mr Jibba BardeÂ Ladan expressed deep gratitude and commended Cotecna for the gesture.Â He charged other blue chip organisations to emulate Cotecna and urged CDIL never to relent.
Rabiu added that â€œthe company is highly inspired by the acceptance and the impact it would have on the students and process of learning and also very proud to be involved in the projectâ€.
The Cotecna boss further restated the companyâ€™s commitment to provide innovative solutions and tailor made services to improve and secure the trading environment, while delivering added values to customers to ensure smooth and safe trade flow. He concluded that Cotecna would continually strive to offer the best and ensure quality through uncompromising expertise, diligence and professionalism.
â€œWe therefore as a good corporate citizen recognise our responsibility for social, community and environmental support and are involved with host communities, to identify how we can best impact the peopleâ€ he added. Representative of the Minister of Finance,Â Alhaji Keaua Hada also commended Cotecna.
Cotecna Destination Inspection Limited (CDIL) has a seven-year Build, Operate, Own and Transfer Destination Inspection contract with the Federal Government of Nigeria. Under the contract, Cotecna is in charge of Apapa and Tin Can Ports, Abuja and Kano airports, and Jibiya and Banki border posts and accordingly carries out Risk Management and Inspection activities on all goods imported into Nigeria.