President of the Lagos Island Millennium Group on the Environment, Mrs. Taiwo Taiwo, has urged Nigerians, especially wealthy individuals and corporate organisations, to work towards a safer and more conducive environment.
She made the appeal at the mini inauguration of the new Ajele Federal Fire Station in Lagos on Friday.
Tawio said, “The LIMGE target is to ensure that no building on Lagos Island is ever gutted by fire again. This has been one of our mandates from inception because we are aware of the fact that the Lagos Island is densely populated with closely clustered houses, prone to fire incidents even from colonial times.
“What LIMGE has done is show an example of how Private Public Partnership should be. We want others to see this and get involved in their communities so that we can build a better Lagos and Nigeria.”
While the LIMGE mooted the idea of constructing the fire station, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company, First Bank Nigeria among other organisations, financed the project. President Goodluck Jonathan is expected to inaugurate the N1bn fire station this June.
She said, “Presently, N500m is still needed for the second phase of the project. The money is meant for the purchase of a water tender machine capable of fighting fire in a 20-storey building.”
The SNEPCO Managing Director, Mr. Chike Onyejekwe, said the firm’s contribution to the project was part of its corporate social responsibilities.