Nigerite Limited has rewarded 50 members of its staff for their commitment and diligence to work as well as loyalty and contribution to the growth of the company in the Nigerian Market.
The recognition of these outstanding members of staff took place during the 2016 End of Year Staff Party held on the premises of the company in the Ikeja area of Lagos. The event that was used to also socialize with the entire workforce, saw the awardees going home with various prizes, including; Nigerite products, electronic gadgets, plaques and cash prizes. Prior to the party, a novelty match was organised between the Technical and Administration staff members, at the end of which the technical team defeated the administration team by 3 goals to 2.
The Managing Director, Nigerite Limited, Mr. Frank Le Bris, said the event is an annual ceremony that has been designed to encourage bonding and camaraderie amongst members of staff as well as reward loyalty for their contribution to the growth of the company. “As a responsible company, we appreciate the contribution of our people to the growth of the brand and business, hence this Award, which is designed to thank all workers for what they have done this year. Aside from using this to socialize, some of our people, who have spent 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years would go home with gift items, which will serve as a token of appreciation for their loyalty. Frank Le Bris, who likened the novelty football match to the spirit of team work among workers called on all staff, especially those who are still young in the company to always be creative and dynamic in their approach to work to get required result.
Speaking in the same manner, the General Manager, Human Resources, Nigerite Limited, Joshua Bamigboye, said the company always set aside this period of the year to recognise and reward those who have served Nigerite loyally and with all sincerity of purpose. To add colour to this year’s edition, Bamigboye said one of the things the company has done was to kit all staff in different attires as well as creating a convivial atmosphere for them to party with colleagues and members of their family. “To make the event all-inclusive for staff of different cadre, we shut down our factory for the day. We want all members of the company and their families to participate and enjoy themselves,’’Bamigboye concluded.
Emmanuel Olusola Egbedi, a store officer, in his 50s, was the cynosure of eyes at the event, having spent 30 years working at Nigerite. In his reaction to the recognition, Egbedi expressed his appreciation to the management of the company for recognizing him and promised to always be a good ambassador anywhere he finds himself. He said: “I am so excited because it is not easy for somebody to have spent as much as 30 years in a place, it is a wonderful privilege. I joined Nigerite on 19th of May 1986 with School Certificate and Teachers’ Training College certificate. As at then, we were encouraged to develop ourselves, so I started with my first degree which I acquired through a part-time programme at the Ambrose Alli University, where I studied and bagged a BSc degree in Business Administration. After that, I went for the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, today I’m chartered. In year 2010, I proceeded to Ladoke Akintola University and had my MBA in Marketing. Nigerite has thought me the importance of inter-personal relation because in Nigerite, we see ourselves as one family. That has really thought me a lot about life and how to relate with people. I have had the cooperation of my colleagues, the factory manager, the CEO and other officers”. The store officer, who won the most rated award at the ceremony, urged today’s youths to always be patient, dedicated and truthful in whatever they do.
Another beneficiary of the initiative, who has spent 15 years working with Nigerite, Mrs. Victoria Adeyemi, an Application Software Programmer, believes that making Jesus Christ her role model and foundation made the journeys easy for her. “As a Christian, I believe Jesus Christ has been the bedrock of my success in the company. Though there have been challenges but I always remember my secondary school Mathematics teacher, who was fond of saying ‘If you run away from a challenge, you don’t know which one is ahead, so stay put and solve whatever problem you encounter. The recognition has proved to me that all my contribution and personal sacrifices to make sure the company grows are not in vain. I leave home early faced with road traffic on daily basis and return home late. I’m delighted that all those sacrifices are now being recognized and noticed.”. She advised those coming behind to discover themselves and add value wherever they are as well as stay focused to get to the top.
Akeem Arogundade, a supervisor in the Production line, who also doubles as the Secretary of the Senior Staff Association, said doggedness and determination helped him to put in 15 solid years and still counting into the service of the company. He also thanked the company for the recognition and promised on behalf of the other awardees to always give their best. Arogundade admitted that many people were discouraged at the initial stage when promotion did not come as at when due but added that his commitment and those of others paid off eventually. Advising those that are coming behind, he said; ‘Whatever thing they are doing in their respective places of work, they should always look back and think of what they can do to impact on the economy. They should also see wherever they are as theirs so that they can give their best, he added.