By Anthony Nwachukwu
Nigeria’s foremost inland container depot, SIFAX Shipping ICT, has donated a new bus stop building at the Ilaje bus stop area of Ijora in Lagos State to ease passenger movement and traffic around the busy intersection.
Speaking at the commissioning and handover ceremony, the Managing Director, SIFAX ICT Limited, Paul Linden, said the company promised at the inception of its operations to play a critical role in the human and infrastructural development of the host-community.
Listing the facility – a part of SIFAX Group’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, as the latest of the firm’s interventions in the community, Linden said: “Since we started business here in Ijora about two years ago, we have enjoyed the support and cooperation of the people in the community.
“This has allowed our business to thrive. As a responsible corporate citizen, we have also reciprocated this gesture in a number of ways, including employment for local indigenes and support for various youth programmes.
“This bus stop donation is in furtherance of our company’s strategy of forging a mutually-beneficial relationship with our stakeholders, especially the host-community.”
Also speaking, the Group Executive Director, SIFAX Group, Bode Ojeniyi, assured the community of the company’s unflinching cooperation and support, adding that other projects that would positively impact the community would soon be embarked upon.
Ojeniyi, who represented the Chairman of SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, said the donation was in line with the company’s robust social responsibility and stakeholder-engagement strategy, according to a statement from the Group Head, Corporate Communications, Muyiwa Akande.
Commissioning facility, the Ojora of Ijoraland, Oba Fatai Oyeyinka Ojora, thanked SIFAX ICT Limited for its continuous commitment to bettering the lives of the Ijora people through their numerous corporate social activities, stating that the company has been a blessing to the community since it started operations.
Oba Ojora, who was represented by the Bashorun of Ijoraland, Akeem Oladipupo Ojora, stated: “I want to thank the management of SIFAX for what they have been doing for our community since they started here. We always pray for Dr. Taiwo Afolabi and SIFAX as a whole that they would continue to grow.
“Your company has given jobs to our indigenes. This bus stop is another good thing you have done for the community and we appreciate you. With this, the traffic snarl on this intersection would become a thing of the past.”