By Sarauniya Usman,Abuja
The Management of Cosgrove Investment Limited has renovated and handed over to the Management of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) a 188 sitting capacity conference hall refurbished by it, as part of its corporate responsibility.
The refurbished conference hall consists of 188 seats of which 174 are for the audience while 14 are designed for guests at the high table.
At the handing over ceremony, Ag. Executive Secretary, FCDA, Hajiya Zaliha’u Ahmed presented a formal letter of appreciation and a Plaque of Honor to Cosgrove Investment Limited for voluntarily refurbishing the FCDA Conference Hall.
According to her, the gesture has restored the hall to it’s usefulness.
“On behalf of FCDA Management, I sincerely thank Messers Cosgrove Investment Limited for the kind gesture to undertake this project.
“The FCDA will put the newly refurbished hall to judicious use while ensuring that the improvements will be sustained”, she said.
The Director, Public Buildings, FCDA, Mr Adebowale Ademo, noted that Cosgrove was not a client at the FCDA, yet embarked on the selfless project.
He recalled the circumstances that inspired Cosgrove to embark on the project.
“I was at a meeting with the former Executive Secretary of the FCDA, and I was discussing the challenges associated with the conference hall.
“And we were surprised when the Chairman of Cosgrove, Mr Umar Abdullahi offered to refurbish the hall as a gesture of Corporate Social Responsibility.”
He said the benevolence, which was surprising, came with joy and relief.
The director explained the need to revamp the hall, explaining that the immediate past Executive Secretary of the Authority had requested the Directorate of Public Buildings to explore the possibility of addressing challenges associated with the hall.
Ademo commended the Ag Executive Secretary of the FCDA and the Cosgrove team for refurbishing FCDA Conference Hall at no cost to the organisation.
He added that the need to revamp the conference hall was an issue that had been on the front-burner of the FCDA for a while.
The Chairman, Cosgrove Investment Limited, Mr Umar Abdullahi thanked the FCDA Management for appreciating a project embarked upon by Cosgrove in exercise of its CSR policy, which is a major policy thrust of the organisation.
“As a team, Cosgrove is happy to successfully complete the refurbishment of the 188-seater FCDA Conference Hall, while providing Executive Conveniences for High Table guests.”
Abdullahi noted that “Cosgrove is indigenous to Nigeria and we are committed to promoting our national pride including sustaining and maintaining national infrastructures such as the FCDA, where possible.”
He said it is part of statesmanship and love of country to support the sustenance of public infrastructure in the interest of public comfort and welfare.
“It is pertinent to note that Cosgrove has become remarkable for its various CSR projects, most of which have slant for the dignity of the human being.
“It is an opportunity for Cosgrove to provide a need for FCDA in exercise of its CSR. FCDA is the agency saddled with the responsibility of developing the FCT.
“There has to be shared responsibility, support and synergy between the public and private sectors in order to achieve set goals of national economic development, he added.