HOW IT BEGAN

This voyage started precisely on May 7, 1993. The idea to embark on this journey had been in my mind since the turn of the New Year of 1990. As at the time of registering Wordsworth Limited, I was very much in the service of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL). Our first place of business was located at 92, Ayangburen Road, Ikorodu, dealing primarily in security wires installation. These security wires were procured from the UK through one of our Technical partners then. To the glory of God, Wordsworth Limited became the GO-TO Company for security wires installation within Ikorodu Division and even up-to Mainland Lagos, all in a space of 3 years. For an indigent Ikorodu business, the rise was slow yet steady.

 

THE BIG BREAK

As the years went by, I started to think of and see what else we could do in conjunction with our primary business, the answer came at the turn of the new millennium and in 2003, we got our first civil contract. The scope of the contract was to clear clogged drains and supply of granite. Our BIG BREAK came round when we were awarded a contract of about One Hundred Million Naira. All these contracts were facilitated by none other than the then Lagos State Commissioner for Works, our Distinguished Honourable Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; he was eager to help us because of his commitment to integrate more local and indigenous businesses as viable partners to aid the development of Lagos State. The Honourable Minister became the lifeline for Wordsworth Limited and also the catalyst for its growth.

 

HOW IT IS GOING

As a kid, I loved the environment, and this love was what informed my choice of career, and as a young man that was very much in tune with his local community and a very active politician, I gained the skill of managing different people from all walks of life. These love and skills in turn helped me build a career that spans 25+ years with Chevron Nigeria Limited. As my retirement loomed over me, the question arose in my mind that ‘WHAT NEXT’? The answer came in the form of the exact job I was about to retire from but this time, in a consulting capacity.

 

Upon my retirement on June 23, 2008, I rested for a few months but was restless at the same time because I was not tired. 2009 rolled in and I thought ‘AMID it is TIME’. Leveraging on my contacts and goodwill over the years, I was able to successfully start Wordsworth Limited after its brief hiatus in uncertainties. When we reopened for business in 2009, our place of business moved to 5, Afisman Drive, Anifowoshe, Ikeja and we became a full-fledged Environmental Consulting firm thereby shedding our primary business and occasionally playing in the Civil sector. And in 2013, February 22 precisely, we metamorphosed to WORDSWORTH ENVIRON LIMITED. Our activities from that day culminate into today’s gathering and in that time, we have audited over 9500 telecommunication’s base transceiver sites, over 3000 sites impact assessed, conducted compliance monitoring for over 4000 sites, assessed the impacts of a 30 Million litres Petroleum products Tankfarm, successfully designed, implemented and certified an Environmental Management System ISO14001: 2015 for one of our biggest clients and so much more.

 

At this juncture, I would like to say Alhamdulillah to Almighty Allah for his continuous blessings on me and the entire Wordsworth Environ family. My gratitude also goes to my father Sheikh Muhammad Robiu Adebayo Abdul Malik for his guidance, to my former co-workers at Chevron; Lateef Olajide, Adedamola Abudu, Femi Sosanya, Bernard Omoyeni, Azeez Agoro, Eromosele Itama and a host of others; you all gave me the room to succeed, I thank you all from the depths of my heart. To all our clients; 9Mobile, IHS, ATC Nigeria, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Petrolex Oil and Gas, Stable Energy, and many more that space may not allow me to mention, thank you all for your continued faith in our company. To my pioneer staff like Okonta Maureen, Oluwaseyi Olajide, Omoyeni Charles, Adjogri Tega and consultants like Emmanuel George, Dr. Niyi Sanyaolu, the late Adebiyi Adeosun, I say a big thank you for your expertise. Special thanks goes to our Regulators, worthy of mention are: Mr. Abass Suleiman and Mr Aliyu Moshood of the Federal Ministry of Environment, the Director General of NESREA Prof Aliyu Jauro, and the Director of Compliance and Enforcement of NESREA, Mrs M. A. Amachree. I thank everyone that has contributed in whatever little way to our success from the depths of my heart. And to cap it, my sincere gratitude again goes to the Honourable Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for the first few millions we recorded as a company and your continuous hand of brotherhood.

 

 

 

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