The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stanel Group, Dr Stanley Uzochukwu Thursday hosted over 3,000 Muslim faithful at the Stanel Station, Suleja, Niger State.
The Emir of Suleja, Malam Mohamed Awal Ibrahim commended the gesture through the District Head of Abisenyi, Alhassan Salihu Zuba during the dinner.
He said Stanel has made it a culture to host and break Ramadan fast with Muslim community annually since the commissioning of the branch in Suleja.
The Emir described Uzochukwu as a detribalised young man and symbol of religious tolerance, peace and unity in Nigeria.
Our people are happy that a non-Muslim is feeding thousands of Muslim faithful during Ramadan fast annually and we will continue to co-exist peacefully while praying for his business success in the land, he added.
A member of the community, Bala Mohamed, who is the Director General, Administration, Suleja Emirate Council also said, “We have been together with Stanel for some time now. They are the suppliers of diesel in the Emir Palace before the price of diesel hiked from about N400 to almost N900 and the Palace decided to go solar.
“We appreciate the magnanimity of the Suleja Stanel branch to its host community. Stanel has become a household name in Suleja because of their giving and they are always ready to give. Our appreciation to Stanel is endless.”
Barr Gali Umar Ahmed, representing the Managing Director of Gamco Niger Ltd, a neighbouring company, Alhaji Gambo Mohamed said, “It’s been good having a neighbour like Stanel.
“I am very excited seeing Stanel organising this important and rewarding gathering of Muslim community to identify and break Ramadan fast with them. This is worthy of emulation!”
The General Manager of Stanel, Suleja branch, Favour Ojionweya, speaking on behalf of the Group CEO, Uzochukwu said, “For us here in Stanel, it’s about the impact but not the money.
“In whatever we do, impacting lives around us, peaceful co-existence with the people around us and unity of Nigeria are our priorities.
“Our Chairman, Dr Stanley Uzochukwu always tells us that money is not our problem but adding value through excellent services to the people is our ultimate goal.
“Today is a day we have decided to reach out to our Muslim brothers who are observing Ramadan fast in our host community, Suleja. Stanel is known for reaching out to people in all its places of locations.
“We are not only joining them in the fast but we are also distributing food items worth millions of naira to the people today according to the directives from our Chairman.”
As part of its corporate social responsibility, Stanel powered its host community in Suleja with solar lights in September 2018. Over 85% of the workforce in the branch are also indigenous people of Suleja.