In a strategic move to strengthen private-public partnership, Dangote Cement PLC and the Lagos State government on Wednesday, May 13 closed ranks to make the state more investor-friendly with the donation of 35 fully equipped security operational cars by the company to the state government.
Presenting the cars to the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, Emmanuel Ikhazobor, non-executive director of Dangote Cement, who led the management of the firm to Lagos House, Marina, said the gesture was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities and was being done in appreciation of the efforts of the governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to make the state secure for the people and investments.
He said the donation of the cars was in response to the challenges of securing Lagos State as a destination of choice to investors, adding that the fact that security is essential to economic development makes it one of the major demands of investors.
“We are presenting 35 saloon cars today to strengthen the operations of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund. We commend the government of the state for instituting a Trust Fund with the mandate of utilizing donations from corporate bodies and individuals to equip the security agencies operating within the state,” Ikhazobor said.
According to him, the company decided to support the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, which was established in September 2007, because it was in direct response to the security challenges in the state such as logistics, mobility, communications and kitting.
He said the donation of operational vehicles was in continuation of the company’s commitment to the promotion of security in Lagos State.