By Festus Ahon & Egufe Yafugborhi
WARRI—THE Nigerian government has commended an indigenous oil firm, Lee Engineering and Construction Company Limited, LEE, for its sustained job creation and capacity building for Nigerians in a volatile environment where others are divesting or afraid to invest.
Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Simbi Wabote, made the commendation in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area, Delta State, where he inspected facilities at LEE in furtherance of his ongoing tour of major indigenous companies in the country.
“Many companies have left Warri and I am sure that it is because of the number of people you have been able to employ and the number of families that you have touched that gives you the confidence to still operate here. We are aware that others have had to close shops.
“The best security you can get is the people themselves. NCDMB will do all it can to support you and make sure our people retain their jobs, that more are employed and more are trained,” Wabote told Dr. Leemon Ikpea, Chairman of LEE.
Earlier, Dr. Ikpea briefed Wabote on how LEE, which started from a 40 foot caravan in 1992, now has branches spread within and outside the country with a staff strength of over 3,000, providing services in subsea, topside engineering, well solution, procurement and construction services.