LADOL joins Private Sector Coalition Fight against COVID-19 …Says SMEs create over 80% of jobs in Nigeria
By Our Correspondent
In line with its robust Corporate Social Responsibility CSR policy, LADOL Free Zone, has joined the private sector coalition fight against the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Chairman of the company, Mr Ladi Jadesimi, who confirmed this development to our correspondent, also drummed support for local production by local companies, especially those within the cadre of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises SMEs, which he said account for over 80 per cent of job creation in the country.
He however disclosed that a certain donation has already been made to Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN in this regard.
In response to enquiries on the company’s CSR initiatives during COVID-19 pandemic, the Chairman stated that the company joined the coalition because it believe this government is on the right track and is handling this crisis well; in fact, as confirmed by the United Nations, the Government of Nigeria’s response has been one of the best in the world.
He also confirmed that in addition to this donation, LADOL is providing food and Personal Protective Equipment PPE for their staffers and the local community as well as food and other protective kits being distributed to the local communities.
“We want to support the local communities to ensure that they can stay at home and follow government’s advice,” he said adding: “I wish that all Nigerians can come together at this time and support each other so we can come through this stronger than ever.”
The Chairman LADOL therefore emphasised the need for local production and support of local companies stating that “over 80 per cent of the jobs in Nigeria come from the SMEs, and so they must be supported to get through this pandemic”
“Nigerians and all Africans need to be patient and preserver. We can get through this together. At 78 years of age, I have seen Nigeria come through many challenges, but this is an exceptional one. However, I know that Nigerians have the fortitude to triumph through adversity.
“One thing I have learned from building LADOL is that patience and perseverance are needed to succeed – private sector would need to coordinate closely with government and we should understand that our support will be needed for the long-term – as getting through this crisis will be a marathon not a sprint,” he said.
He therefore urged Nigerians to stop listening to fake news and advised that only credible organisations and the Federal and State Government directives should be followed in order to curb the spread of the virus.