…Says it is in pursuit of company’s CSR obligations
In a worthy and commendable show of its commitment to its corporate social responsibility to citizens and society, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, on Thursday June 13, 2019, donated a fully functional office and secretariat to the Nigerian Business Coalition against HIV-Aids (NIBUCAA) in Abuja FCT).
The nation’s most renowned engineering construction company said the gesture is with regard to the health and safety of workers both in its employ and across the country,
In a keynote address at the ceremony where the Executive Management of Julius Berger handed over the new Secretariat to Nibucaa in Abuja, the Chairman, Executive Committee of Nibucaa, Dr Musa Shaibu of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), said that since 2003, Nibucaa has passionately galvanized the private sector initiative and executed HIV-Aids and related mitigation programmes for the workplace as well as for communities.
He said that relevant assistance by these services, had been provided and made available to citizens at zero cost to them.
According to Shaibu, “…of the estimated 193 million people that make up the Nigerian population, about 1.9million now live with HIV according to the Nigeria HIV/AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) Repoert published in March 2019. The statistics meant Nigeria dropped to fourth on the global HIV prevalence rankings.”
He also said the situation calls for aggregation of more resources to further influence the drop of the country’s HIV prevalence rate which currently stands at 1.4% .
The new Abuja Office of Nibucaa situation at Utako district of the FCT, is planned to be a reach out secretariat from where Nibucaa will extend its HIV & AIDS and associated diseases enlightenment programmes and assistance to communities, adolescent youth population and workplace settings within the northern states.
Shaibu further said: “We will ensure that the services we have been providing through our Lagos office (also provided by Julius Berger Nigeria Plc) are replicated here in our new Abuja office and this shall include HIV Testing services (HTS). We must work collectively and aggressively for the overall well-being of the country. We cannot leave it to the government alone.”
Speaking in turn, the Managing Director of Julius Berger, Engr. Dr Lars Richter, who was represented by the company’s Executive Director of Administration, Alhaji Zubairu Ibrahim Bayi, expressed the commitment of Julius Berger to continue to proactively meet and deliver its corporate social responsibility obligations to the well-being of citizens and the country.
The representative of the MD, emphasized that Julius Berger placed the highest value on the health and safety of its premium workforce, adding that the donation of the Abuja secretariat to Nibucaa is in active promotion of Julius Berger’s continuing efforts to increasingly sustain workers’ and citizens’ health and well-being in Nigeria.
He prayed that Nibucaa would put the new office to functional and successful use for the furtherance of the worthy Nibucaa initiative. Alhaji Bayi pledged that Julius Berger, within available means, would always meet its CSR obligations and support Nibucaa as much as it can.
Bayi urged all members of the organized private sector to support Nibucaa’s work in order to entrench an AIDS-free society, a healthy population and engender all-round development for Nigeria.
In the company’s delegation at the ceremony was also the Executive Director, Corporate Development, Mr Tobias Meletschus. The coordinator, human resources department, Barrister Moses Anite, the head of Media Relations Office, Prince M. Duku, and the head of Corporate Communications department, Mr James Agama, accompanied the Julius Berger executive management to the event in Abuja. Others in attendance were officials of the Julius Berger Workers’ Union, including the National Secretary, Comrade Olufemi Edema and the Abuja FCT Union Chairman, Comrade Otis A. Sule.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), last month in Abuja, presented an award to the doyen of the engineering construction industry in Nigeria, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, for the company’s excellent staff welfare records and consistent contribution to the country’s Employees Compensation Scheme (ECS).
The Co-Chair of Nibucaa’s Board of Trustees, Mr Herbert Wigwe and Nicolas Terraz, the CEOs of Access Bank Plc and Total E&P Nigeria Limited respectively, was represented at the memorable ceremony by Mr Vincent Nnadi the Executive General Manager of Total.
Its acting Director-General, Dr. Kayode Ogungbemi, ably represented by the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) at the event while Ibilola Olayinka represented the UN (UNICEF) at the ceremony, just as Jodi-Kaye Wade represented the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at the ceremony.