By Michael Eboh
Flour Mills Nigeria Plc has expended over N200 million in the course of carrying out a number of developmental projects and in the provision of certain basic social amenities in Apapa Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The company, as parts of activities marking its 50th anniversary in Lagos, Wednesday, stated that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Apapa Local Government, enabling it to carry out a number of developmental projects in its area of operations, such as the rehabilitation of major roads, improvement of the health and educational facilities within the local government.
Speaking during the hoisting of its Anniversary Flag and flag-off of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects, Managing Director of the company, Dr. Emmanuel Ukpabi noted that its major focus is on the area of health services, social welfare and provision of conducive environment for business and human habitation.
To this end, the company, according to Ukpabi, is partnering with Apapa Local Government in the beautification of major roads in the local government, expansion of existing school structures in the locality, especially with the complete renovation of United Christian Secondary School, Apapa and the installation of digital traffic lights in strategic locations across the local government.
He further stated that the company has contributed immensely in the improvement of health care facilities in the local government, as it single-handedly equipped and provided basic amenities for major health institutions in the area.
He said, “As parts of the celebration of our 50th anniversary, we are poised to ensure that staff, shareholders and other stakeholders of the company benefit from the operations and activities of the companies. This is an opportunity for us to thank Nigerians for their patronage and also for their investment in the company over the years.
“Our sincere appreciation goes to Nigeria and the government of the country for providing a conducive environment for the company to carry out its activities and operations.”
In its response, Mr. Ayodeji Joseph, Executive Chairman, Apapa Local Government, commended the company for its support and collaboration with the government in bettering the lot of the populace and assisting the government to achieve its goals and programmes for the society.
He said, “I believe the task of governance is a shared responsibility between elected leaders and the citizens. The cooperation of corporate bodies was readily obtained and the result of that conscious effort is what we are witnessing today.
“Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc is a giant in the food processing industry. The company rose to the occasion when approached and appreciated the principle of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which enjoins corporate bodies/organisation doing business in an environment to show support/collaboration by partnering with the government of the day to not only better the lot of the populace but also assist the government to achieve its set goals and programmes enunciated during electioneering campaigns.
“I also note the abiding faith Flour Mills has in our policy thrust on improvement and expansion of existing school structures and provision of facilities to promote conducive atmosphere for learning.
“To the credit of Flour Mills, the company has installed digital traffic lights in strategic junctions in Apapa. This is in addition to the employment of 10 traffic men to collaborate with the local government traffic personnel to ensure free flow of traffic particularly when the projects kick off.
“The company recently single handedly equipped a public health centre located within Oluwole Market at Waterside with diverse medical equipment, beddings and instrument. Flour Mills also donated and installed a 10KVA generator for the same public health centre to serve the power problem there.”