The management of Visionscape has announced the suspension its operations in Lagos State as a result of series of threats to the lives of its employees and destruction of its operational vehicles and equipment.
The company described the attack on its personnel and equipment as uncalled for, saying this has left it with no other option than to put a hold on its services in the metropolis.
According to a statement issued by Visionscape and signed by its Chairman of Board of Investors, Simon Reading, “We passed a unanimous resolution to formally notify you of our concerns in response to the volatility in Lagos.
“At the time, we were given assurances that the accommodations made to the ‘PSPS’ by the franchise team would be sufficient to appease those who felt that Visionscape had taken away their jobs.”
Reading said at the Governance Committee meeting, the company said, “Security reports brought to our attention, contain details of a surge in violent attacks on the trucks/equipment and, in some cases the operators.
“Of utmost concern, are the recent developments surrounding the turbulent political environment wherein it was reported that the opposition in the upcoming gubernatorial race used subversive language about the residential collections contract and called it “a misadventure”.
“We, therefore, request that the Executive team take appropriate measures to mitigate the risks to the safety of our personnel and assets. We wish to hear from you as a matter of urgency, with a detailed plan to secure our investments in Nigeria and minimise attrition of the Group’s growth plan. We are committed to maintaining high levels of security and assuring the safety of the 1000+ Visionscape team members in-country.
“In conclusion, we have steadfast confidence in your ensuring that extensive protocols and procedures will be put in place to ensure the security of our people. We believe firmly that no contract is worth jeopardising that. We implore you to stay safe under the circumstances!”