An indigenous oil firm, Lee Engineering and Construction Company Limited, LEE, has been lauded by the Nigerian government for its sustained job creation and capacity building of Nigerians in a hostile environment where others have been afraid to invest.
The commendation was given by Mr. Simon Wabote, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in Ekpan, Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State during an inspection of the LEE facilities as a part of his ongoing tour of major indigenous companies in the country.
‘Many companies have left Warri and I am sure that it is because of the number of people you have been able to employ and the number of families that you have touched that gives you the confidence to still operate here. We are aware that others have had to close shops’.
‘The best security you can get is the people themselves. NCDMB will do all it can to support you and make sure our people retain their job, that more are employed and more are trained’, Wabote said to the Chairman of the company, Dr. Leemon Ikpea.
Dr. Ikpea had earlier briefed Wabote on how the company which had started as a 40 foot caravan in 1992 now had branches spread within and outside the country with a large staff of over 3,000 providing engineering and construction services.