BY JUMOKE OWOOLA
NestOil got a honour well deserved at the just concluded 10th edition of the SERAs (Social Enterprise Report Awards) ceremony held at the Muson Centre in Lagos Nigeria on Friday November 11, 2016.
Emerging as the ‘Best Company’ in Infrastructural Development’, Nestoil emerged winner in this award category, which had other notable organisations and multinationals such as Exxon Mobil, GT Bank, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), OANDO Foundation, MTN Nigeria and Lafarge, as an acknowledgment of its social connectedness and contributions to societal development.
Basking in the euphoria of beating other giants in the industries to clinch the award, Mr. Oluwasegun Fafore, Head, Corporate Communications, who received the award for the company, couldn’t hide his joy.
In his acceptance speech, the University of Leeds (UK) product said that “We are not a quoted company, but we are a business with a conscience. We will continue to conduct our operations and selves in a manner that will promote social good and wellbeing of mankind.
“As an organization, Nestoil is committed to conducting its operations in a socially responsible manner, and we take awards such as this as reminders to organisations, business leaders and managers of their creeds sustainability. As an organisation that operates in the oil and gas sector, Nestoil is fully aware of its obligations to nature, humanity and the society at large. The company, through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the Obijackson Foundation, has evolved and implemented progarmmes that support the attainment of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)”. Fafore revealed.
Acknowledged for its industry leadership through execution of technically complex projects which have enhanced quality of life in Nigeria and contributed to the operational efficiency of its clients, Nestoil is consistently seeking innovative avenues for striking a balance between its economic activities and environmental sustainability.
Consequently, the company has not only integrated sustainability into its operations, but also identified key focus areas of social intervention. These areas are Education, Health & Safety, Economic empowerment, Community Investment and Development, Sports Gender Equality & Women Empowerment and Environment.
Nestoil Limited is the flagship company of the Obijackson Group, one of the fastest growing conglomerates in Sub-Saharan Africa, with vast investments in Oil and Gas Exploration, Production, Pressure Vessel Fabrication, Power Generation, Dredging and Marine Logistics, Aviation, Telecommunications, Real Estate, Civil and Infrastructural Construction.
Headquartered in the Nestoil Tower, Nigeria’s pioneer ‘green building’ built to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard certification, Nestoil Limited owns the 59-hectare Nestoil Industrial Area Facility in Port Harcourt which comprises of a marine/load out jetty, large fabrication yard, workshops, offices, open air storage, sensitive items storage and above-ground storage tanks (AST).
A Bureau Veritas ISO 9001:2008 certified (UKAS and ANAB) company, Nestoil Limited specializes in pipeline and flowline construction, maintenance and repairs; horizontal directional drilling (HDD) for pipeline construction, production facilities – new build, upgrade, operation and maintenance; project management and Engineering consultancy. The company commenced operations in 1991 and has evolved to become the indigenous leader in pipeline construction.
Since 2006, the SERAS CSR awards have been celebrating outstanding companies that have become game changers in driving the wheels for sustainable development in Africa, through their contributions to social development. The awards promote the responsibility of businesses to their stakeholders and encourage organisations to demonstrate commitment towards societal well-being.