TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria Plc has handed over a 10,000 litres capacity Braithwaite overhead aluminum tank and stanchions to the Federal Fire Service in Apapa to improve the response time of emergency operatives during fire incidents.
The company also commissioned bunk beds with full accessories at the fire service station at Marine Beach to improve the sleeping condition of firemen, enhance their welfare and boost their morale.
The Managing Director, TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria Plc, Dr. Samba Seye, said the project was part of the company’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while building strong partnerships with key stakeholders.
Seye, who was represented by the Executive Director/Secretary General, Mrs. Lesley Baxter-Green, said assistance was the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) that focuses on the needs of its stakeholders identified through structured and constructive dialogue.
“Today, TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria is handing over to the Federal Fire Service, Marine Beach, Apapa Station a 10,000-litre capacity Braithwaite overhead aluminum tank, with stanchions. In addition to this, we have also installed six units of adult double bunk beds with full accessories (mattresses, pillows, and bed linens). We also painted the rooms where the beds were installed.
“In handing over these projects to the Apapa Fire Service Station, TotalEnergies has fulfilled a commitment we made during our last stakeholder relationship management (SRM) engagement with the Apapa Fire Service Station in which we identified the need for a reliable and adequate water-holding facility for the Federal Fire Service.
“In addition, there was a dire need to ameliorate the sleeping condition of the Firemen who work day and night to ensure fire safety in the Apapa community and its environs,” he said.
He noted that safety was a core value at TotalEnergies, adding that the water tank would help the fire station conveniently fill its 8,000-litre fire pump vehicle for operations in and around the Apapa community.
The Zonal Commander, Federal Fire Service Zone F, South West Command, Lagos, Chika Njoku, commended Total Energies for the commissioning of the project, which he said is of international standard and of immense benefit to the immediate community and humanity in general.
Njoku, who was represented by the Operational Commander of Zone F, Assistant Controller, Oduyele Adelaja, said the project will go a long way in improving the response time of the emergency responder and also to mitigate the damage done by fire in the community and to the general economy of Nigeria.
He said the morale of the firefighters has been boosted by this landmark development, adding that it will surely translate and reflect in their mode of operation.
Njoku assured that the project would be utilised effectively to the betterment of the community, just as he appealed to members of the community to cooperate with the fire fighters whenever they are being called upon to perform their duties.
The Ojora of Ijora, Oba Abdulfatai Aremu Aromire, said the project is a relief to the people of Apapa, as it has alleviated their fear of having a fire outbreak without response to mitigating it.
He said it will also improve the wellbeing of the community, while calling for more of the project spread across Apapa and its environment from other corporate organisations.