– Says Sunmonu as the company celebrates 50th
anniversary as a Nigerian registered business concern
The Chairman of Nigeria’s leading engineering construction company, Julius Berger Nigeria
Plc and its Managing Director Mr Mutiu Sunmonu and Engr. Dr. Lars Richter respectively,
have in a joint video that has gone viral, celebrated the nation’s most iconic engineering brand
as the company marks its golden jubilee as a Nigerian registered business corporation. The
year 2020 marks the 50
thAnniversary since Julius Berger’s incorporation as a Nigerian company.
According to Sunmonu, while the physical celebration has reasonably been put on hold due
to the advent, concerns and effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the company is using
the occasion to acknowledge the epoch-making milestone in the company’s history and to
reflect on the meaningful contributions Julius Berger has made to Nigeria’s development.
The articulate chairman who strategically started his corporate career as a First Class
graduate from the prestigious Unversity of Lagos, and who also badges the Presidential
honours award, Commander of the Order of the Niger, CON, gave particulars to the
company’s contributions when he said that Julius Berger has offered content to the nation’s
development “through the construction of durable, long-lasting buildings and critical
infrastructure, which serve as the backbone to economic growth and daily life”. Sunmonu
added that Julius Berger has also contributed over the past 50 years “to the livelihood of one
of the largest private workforces in the country, by way of secure, long-term employment
and professional development of our staff”. This, he said, was in addition to the company’s
community development initiatives “resulting from [Julius Berger’s] corporate social
responsibility activities in the areas of health, education and youth sports and critical
response measures enacted”.
The Chairman of Julius Berger, in his message proudly said that for the company, no
challenge has been too big, and no job has been too complex to accomplish. He said: “Julius
Berger has constructed some of Nigeria’s most iconic structures and demanding
engineering feats; project after project, we have proven ourselves to be a reliable partner
equipped with the technical knowhow and organizational edge to deliver quality solutions”.
While stating that there is no doubt that the arrival of COVID-19 to Nigeria brought on new
and unexpected challenges, requiring sacrifices from all as well as significant adjustments to
our norms, Sunmonu, however, confidently added that the disruptive pandemic “has also
served as an important reminder of the importance of community and the centrality of
corporate responsibility to our value system as a company”.
Julius Berger’s Managing Director, Engr. Dr. Lars Richter, also in the joint video further
reinforced the Chairman’s message saying that “in the face of COVID-19, [Julius Berger]
has strengthened its stance as a pillar of support to Nigeria, to the Government, to