…sets up Integrated Fire Field Response System and Major Emergency Centre
By Jolly Adjevwe,Port Harcourt
Tolmann Allied Services, a leading international risk management safety and emergency company rolled out its drums to celebrate its 25 years of existence and its operations in the oil and gas industry.
As part of the celebration, there was a ground breaking ceremony of Tolmann Integrated Fire Field System and Major Emergency Response Centre in its head office in Port Harcourt.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of state for petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, represented commended the company for achieving great fit in its 25years of operation, saying that, “the existence of Tolmann is a testimony that our local content policy is working. When we have companies like Tolmann to showcase to the world, there is no doubt that anyone will challenge the government of our policies in the oil and gas industry”.
Kachikwu who was represented by Mr. Gbite Adeniji, Senior Technical Adviser Upstream and Gas, stressed that, “Focus, dedication, loyalty and team work have brought Tolmann to this position of celebrating its silver jubilee. This is to say we have a world class company and leader in Africa’, adding that Tolmann, a purely indigenous company is a motivated company even in the face of high competition in the industry.
Speaking earlier, Sir Emmanuel Onyekwena the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Tolmann Allied services, said that the company was born as a child of circumstances, when there was so much casualization in the industry, where workers were demanding for increase in wages without job security. According to him, ‘Tolmann was formed in 1992 and incorporated in 1997 with registration number 316077 when the company have its major breakthrough in the oil and gas industry.
Today, the company has grown in strength and capacity, meeting the ever increasing challenges of its goals, values, vision, mission and strategic focus. We promote safety management through specialist safety training support services and technology’.
He stresses that, Tolmann was the first company to own a private training facility that was involved in logistics, training, highest international certification regards OPITO approved courses and other international bodies in Health Safety and Environment (HSE). In his words, “people can train in Tolmann and use the certificate to work anywhere in the world. This is a major achievement.
Sir Onyekwena said that the major constrain in the industry is that there was no levelled play ground for operators to do business in the right way. According to him, “It is not about competence in Nigeria, but who do you know. There is so much interference from the government of the day and individuals. I am happy for some companies that want things done the right way. To us in Tolmann, safety is our watch word.
He commended the various companies that have been patronizing Tolmann over the years, especially Total, Agip, Boseit and others, saying that the quality services we render in the industry will continue to give the right playing field and one day Nigeria will be better for it because we are building capacity of the people. I also advise that people who take decisions in the oil and gas industry should not personalize institutions, but should establish institutions so that those coming behind will follow their footsteps thereby stabilizing the industry totally.
Speaking in a welcome address, Mrs. Helen Agboire the Administrator, Tolmann Maritime Training School said that Tolmann has become a quintessential facility for offshore/onshore, maritime and aviation safety training, a one stop shop that embodies professionalism in its purest form, pointing out , “it is not just what we do, it’s more importantly how we do it. This has endeared us to our clients over the years, because we actually care. Our job is very much part of who we are, it says a lot about us”.
She thanked the esteemed clients, stakeholders, and hard working staffs of the company for standing with Tolmann in its years of operation, in her words, “Each one of you has something to offer and even those who do the same job, do it in different ways. In the years to come, we will undoubtedly face challenges and have setbacks; we will overcome because of our unflinching commitment to safety, quality and customer satisfaction”.