National Assembly promises to improve business climate
The National Assembly has pledged to improve the operating environment for industries.
Chairman, House of Representatives’ Committee on Industries, Hon. Mohammed Onawo, said the National Assembly understands the challenges facing companies in terms of infrastructure and it is working to improve the operating environment for companies.
Speaking during a visit to PZ Cussons Nigeria, Onawo said the legislators were considering appropriate legislative steps to improve operating environment for companies.
The courtesy visit to PZ Cussons Nigeria was part of the Committee’s oversight function on Industrial Training Fund (ITF) and it was specifically meant to appreciate the company’s prompt statutory contribution and support to ITF in human resource training and development.
Onawo commended industries like PZ Cussons, who in spite of these challenges, continue to create employment for teeming youth in the country.
He urged the company to provide more support to the Fund through provision of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and other equipment to assist ITF in realising its goals of training young graduates.
According to him, the company will benefit from the pool of trained youth.
In her opening remarks, Director, Human Resources, PZ Cussons Nigeria, Ms. Joyce Folake Coker, thanked the Committee for recognising the contribution of PZ Cussons and for finding it worthy of the visit.
She gave an overview of the company’s activities including her new investments and strides in employee engagement and capacity building.
She noted that these investments underscore the commitment of the company to economy.
Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and Administration, Mrs. Yomi Ifaturoti, pointed out that PZ Cussons’ activities have gone beyond production and sales of renown house hold products and payment of statutory dues to encompass the wellbeing of the larger society through impactful corporate social responsibility projects.
According to her, the company undertakes projects in appreciation of her host communities in the areas of education, health, provision of potable drinking water and road development.
“We are sponsoring PZ Cussons Chemistry Challenge to encourage secondary school students in the study of science education,” Ifaturoti said.
Managing Director, Family Care, PZ Cussons Nigeria, Mr Alex Goma said the Committee to consider the impassable state of Ikorodu–Shagamu road urging the legislators to take up the matter with Federal Ministry of Works and Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to improve its condition to enhance productivity.
According to him, the road requires urgent attention.