Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called on major companies in Nigeria to step up their Corporate Social Responsibility to complement government efforts.
Osinbajo spoke on Wednesday at the presentation of 150,000 operational vehicles donated by the Dangote Foundation to the Nigeria Police Force.
“I’d like to call on all others, especially the major corporate organizations, that whatever corporation or collaboration we can get from them will be greatly appreciated,” the vice president said, advising them to “really follow the example that has been set today by the Dangote Group and Alhaji Aliko Dangote.”
He said the government and people of Nigeria have benefitted greatly from the Corporate Social Responsibility efforts of Aliko Dangote and the Dangote Foundation.
Osinbajo said: “Many of us will probably remember that they were responsible for the building of the 54 Km Obajana-Kaaba Road, several health centres in Benue, Ogun State and several other parts of Nigeria where they have built health centres to the specification of the FG and also schools. We are also very well aware of the micro credit scheme, where the foundation gave micro-credit to about 40,000 Nigerians. This particular effort is directed at security, the donation of 150,000 to the police force. I think this is worthy really of commendation.”
He said the Dangote Group, which has also made in contributions in the areas of education and health, has demonstrated they were not just interested in making profits and employing people but also in making contribution to other areas in society.
Osinbajo said the operational vehicles would be “a very big boost to our effort at keeping security all over the country.”
Speaking at the event, which took place at the Eagle Square Abuja, the Chairman of the Dangote Foundation, Aliko Dangote, said the donation of the vehicles was “aimed at strengthening the Nigerian police and is informed by the fact that security is essential to economic development.”
He said the enormous challenges government faces in meeting the needs of the people in health, education and security, make it imperative that various public, private sector initiatives be developed to assist government.
“These are partnership where the private sector collaborates with the public sector to provide services to complement what the government is working very hard to offer,” Dangote said.
He noted that the donation of the 150,000 fully-kitted vehicles was the single biggest number of operational vehichles to any security agency in Nigeria.
He said the donation was “just to test how the police will operate, maintain and look after the vehicles and then we will roll the second batch.”
Also speaking, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, said the vehicles would be put to effective use and would help to boost efforts of the police in the fight against crime and criminality in Nigeria.
Idris said the “security challenges we are witnessing currently, such as herders/farmers clashes, insurgency, militancy, armed robbery and killings across the country for whatever reasons will soon be a thing of the past with the support of the people.”
The cars were assembled by a Chinese company, CIG Motors, in Lagos, South West Nigeria.