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Working in Lagos, Victoria Island

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Working in Lagos, Victoria Island

How safe is it to work for an international Oil company in Lagos?

What are the accomodatons like for Honeywell workers?

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1. Re: Working in Lagos, Victoria Island

Hey IT Guy,

What type of safety are you talking about? Is it occupational safety - at work? I believe most of the oil companies in Nigeria take Safety as a very serious issue.

If on the other hand you mean general safety outside work relating to peace and security, safety of persons and property as it relates to crime, then, this would be a different kettle of fish entirely!

I believe that it is safe to work for an international oil company. You probably already know that major oil companies such as ChevronTexaco, Statoil-BP, Shell Petroleum Development Co., Nigerian Agip, Conoco, Exxon (Esso), Schlumberger, etc., already operate in Nigeria, and they all have a lot of expatriate workers. I do not think that criminals would intentionally target oil company executives for attack. Thus, we could safely say that oil company workers are as safe as the rest of the community. There is crime in Lagos as in most big cities all over the world. Most expatriate workers also obtain additional security personnel and guard dogs to help protect where they live. There are a few security companies in Lagos who provide such services. Some other oil company workers live in well-guarded housing estates e.g. Chevron at Lekki. Also Victoria Garden City has good security.

Regarding accomodations, you can have good accomodations in Victoria Island, Ikoyi or Lekki, or in Victoria Garden city. Good accomodations are available for oil company workers, who are better able to afford good places to stay because of the good salaries they receive. There are a few luxury flats in Ikoyi and Victoria Island, well guarded and well provisioned with every conceivable amenity - standby power generators, swimming pools, tennis courts, extra security, etc..

If you want to have a good idea of the cost of accomodation in Victoria Island Lagos, I suggest that you take a look at the property pages on the web site of Thisday newspaper (www.thisdayonline.com). The prices are in local currency (Nigerian Naira), so look for the prevailing foreign exchange rates in the economy and financial pages.

Hope the above is helpful. I suggest that if you have a good job offer to work in Lagos Nigeria, that you should accept it. Travel is a wonderful education, and Nigeria would be worth it in more ways than you could ever imagine. The problem that you may have has to do with the humidity and the sheer large numbers of people and the traffic, but then, welcome to the real Third World my friend!

Take good care, and have a good one.

Ethiope River Boy.

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2. Re: Working in Lagos, Victoria Island

I just got back from Lagos and it's very safe. I'm 6'4 white guy and I got stared at, but if you just stay assertative. Same advice I'd give you if you're walking alone in the Tenderloin of San Francisco, than you'd be okay.

I read all the books about pick pockets in Ethiopia and violence against foreigners in Nigeria, and it's a bunch of bull. I swear it's American propaganda to keep your spending dollars in the US and not in Africa.

It can be intimidating at first. I was a minority in the city, now I know how it feels for most blacks in America, but if you act like you know what you're doing and where you are, then people wont bother you. In fact, you probably will meet a lot of interesting people.

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3. Re: Working in Lagos, Victoria Island

People visiting Lagos who work for the big oil companies are transported by bus with an armed escort. Long term expats have a local driver. You need to be sure your company has a efficient "meet and greet" at the airport. And you need to be able to identify your guy because robbers will introduce themselves as your driver. The robbers have a good information network and know enough about where you are going to sound credible. "Oh, sir, your appointment has been changed and I am here to pick you up." I would not walk around alone unless I am between my car and a restaurant. Only take carry on bags or you will wait forever at baggage claim. Wear no jewelry you won't give up. Get a cheap watch. Lock your credit cards away in a safe. Only carry a few Niara in cash.

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4. Re: Working in Lagos, Victoria Island

Wow!I'm scared by that statement that people have to take personal bodyguards to work and even on Staff buses.....a classical case of paranoia!I don't know about other sites like PH,Warri and all, but I know that in Lagos,that is not the case.

It's so interestingg to know that people still think they will be killed if they ever walk unaccompanied in Lagos.

An Harvard intern put that theory to test last year when he did his internship in Lagos.For the 6weeks he was in Lagos,he went home by bus most of the time and you would be surprised by the experience.

He met lots of friends who were ready to show him round Lagos at no cost,he knew where the parties were at,better than those of us who say we are Lagosians.He always had one place of interest or the other to go since he was invited to almost every resort,parties.... by new people he met on those occasions,at a time we would call him up to ask about new spots he knew.....to tell you how thoroughly he enjoyed his stay.

Most Nigerians are not bad people. You shouldn't believe everything you hear or read.....if you do, fear will not allow you to go the extra mile......, extra mile you need to get to the next level!

If you really want to know, ask those who've been there and have stories to tell though I expect that not all stories will be nice.I live in England at the moment but I also have some not- too-nice stories to tell though I don't let that deter me from doing what I have to do.......Life is like that.....some good..... some bad.....

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hey I luv the comment of the 6'4 whyte guy. Right mere propaganda...

Lagos cannot be compared to being killed by a dingo while enjoying a walk on the beach of Australia

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