Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, in Nigeria received a significant boost, as foreign terminal managing giant, the Integrated Logistics Limited Company, INTELS, fully paid a contribution of N1 billion (one billion naira) for the repair of the collapsed six kilometer portion of the East/West road in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
With the payment of the money, which is a major chunk of the N3 billion needed for the repair of the collapsed six kilometer portion of the East/West road, the road would be redeveloped and expanded and cargo transportation bottlenecks marked by pronounced avoidable accidents with its attendant loss of lives and cargo would become a thing of the past.
Governor Wike of Rivers State had while flagging-off the road repair work on July 15 warned that contributing companies to the project would not be allowed to operate if they did not pay up their contributions.
“If you don’t pay your contribution, I will not allow you to operate. We must do something to show that we have agreed on the rehabilitation of the road,” Wike had told the six partnering companies, explaining that both lanes of the East/West road from Eleme Junction to Onne exit point would be repaired and that the project would be handled by Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) within a period of two months.
He also emphasized that the state government could no longer wait for the federal government to repair the road because of its economic importance to the state.
Six companies including INTELS and the Rivers State government had agreed to raise the N3 billion to fix the bad portion of the busy road which is a gateway to other neighbouring states.
The companies are Indorama Petroleum Limited, West African Container Terminal Limited, Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited, Nigeria Ports Authority and Oil and Gas Free Zones, Onne.
Speaking further, Mr. Sambol explained that INTELS fully paid its share of the money because of the road’s strategic importance to the socio-economic development of Rivers and Nigeria as a whole and its avowed commitment to its corporate social responsibility in the environment where it operates and to members of its host communities.
He noted that INTELS, an oil and gas cargo handling company which has been operating for over 30 years, takes delight in impacting positively on the lives of Nigerians living within its areas of operation and commended Governor Wike for mobilising the six companies operating within the area to raise the funds needed to fix the road which has been a nightmare to its users for several years.
“Our own workers stand to benefit from the effort because they suffer a lot each working day maneuvering their way through the heavy traffic experienced on the road and the attendant pot holes. Every day, they get to the office very tired and spend some time reorganizing and adjusting to the work environment before facing the task for the day. This can be very frustrating and counter-productive,” Sambol stated.

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