ASSISTANT Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) , Zone A, (ACG) O. A. Talabi has emphasized the need for and importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from the private sector as manufacturing firm, Veepee Group donated six (6) state-of-the-art HP Computers to the Zone boosting its drive to digitize its operations.
The ACG who made this known when she received the wares at the Zonal Headquarters in Ikeja appreciated the gesture and stressed that the donation was tandem with the times as the Service as the world over was going digital.
Playing host to executives from Veepee, Project Manager, Sankalp Tiwari; Investment Representative, Eidhose T.P and Material Corordinator, Abraham P.C Talabi said such donations from the organized private sector was welcome to the service as the budget NIS operates is enveloping and cannot accommodate all its requests.
She stressed that the equipment would go to appropriate units that needed them from Planning, Research and Data Unit to Human Resource Management unit stressing that these units would function better than they are already with the input.
She said,”We are all aware that all over the world, everyone is going electronic. Even at our service centres we are gearing towards a policy of a paperless environment which is gradual because introducing such you don’t just bring in the equipment, you have to get your men and staff prepared with the capacity to handle the equipment.
“So when i took over, my planning research and statistics unit, in charge of collating our data, all data generated from all command under the zone, they put all the data and forward to Abuja. it would be an understatement if I tell you that the unit will function well if it has computers because, we all know data is all about figures.
“Then my human resource management unit as well, they also collate data of officers and men of the service, its another unit that has to function with computers and I notice that the ones we have may be inadequate.
On the need to accept these sorts of donations she said,”Some people will ask if we don’t have enough why cant thew service provide, yes everyone knows Immigration functions under the national budget, our personnel budget, revenue, capital everything is from the federal government and every year when budget is approved, it is within an envelop. No government agency, ministry or department gets all they want in a year whatever we do we prioritize our needs within that particular envelop at that particular time, so because of that its not possible for us to do everything at same time.”
“That is why the role of the private sector is important, in your corporate social responsibility you look at community, government agencies and other sectors within your area of operation where you can impact and the society can benefit. So when I came in, we approached you, we solicited your assistance in this regard and less than three months after here we are, I must say we are very appreciative and pray your business will do well.
She extolled the company’s ideology of playing by the rules in Nigeria encouraging them to keep it up.
“Veepee group is noted as one of the companies in Nigeria that plays by the rules, all your documents, your monthly returns, expatriates are on resident cards, they are within status and you comply by our rules and this is what we want and it doesn’t even give us joy to be chasing after companies, we want you to have peace and operate normally.
Project Manager, Sankalp Tiwari who responded on behalf of the group said they have been committed to growth since 1975, and with 45 years in operations its founder, late V.P Vaswani was awarded a national honour, Order of the Nigeria also stressing that as an organisation with regards CSR it has built and equipped medical centres as well as given medical services.
He said the group is committed to continue this effort
Veepee Group, pioneer manufacturer of flexible packaging material and corrugated paper