Lagos, formerly the capital of Nigeria, is the largest city in the country with a population of around 9 million. In addition to the oil industry, other businesses that fuel the economy include motor vehicle assembly, food processing, metal manufacturing, textile production and chemical manufacturing. Lagos is a road and rail terminus and has an international airport. The country of Nigeria is one of the world's largest oil exporters. Oil accounts for over 90% of foreign exchange earnings.
Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It is a metropolitan area which originated on islands separated by creeks. Lagos Island, situated at the southwest mouth of Lagos Lagoon, is protected from the Atlantic Ocean by long sand spits such as Bar Beach, which stretch up to 100 km east and west of the Lagoon. The weather is generally hot throughout the year, with two seasons: the wet season and the dry season. The dry season begins in November and lasts until March. The rainy season typically runs from April to October each year.
The average temperature in Lagos ranges from 25 °C to 28 °C.
English is the official language of Nigeria. The dominant local languages are Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. There are over 400 ethnic groups in the country. Each has its own dialect.
All of the oil production in Nigeria occurs over 200 miles southeast of Lagos in the states of Delta and Bayelsa.
main airportsLagos is the point of entry for Chevron employees and families to Nigeria. There are other airports in Kano, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Enugu, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Ilorin, Jos, Owerri, Calabar, Yola, and Sokoto that may be used for business travel within the country.
A divided 6 lane toll road links the Chevron estate to main shopping and entertainment venues in the area. You can access just about everything within a 20 minute drive unless there is heavy traffic.
energyThe Chevron Estate is powered by locally available electricity and is complemented by a Chevron owned generation station dedicated to the estate. The electrical outlets are mostly 220 volts but all Chevron estate houses have some 110 volt plugs, typically in the kitchen and the family room.
There are single family homes, duplexes and triplexes. Residents on assignment in Nigeria are allocated and assigned houses based on a number of criteria including family size and housing availability. The company provides temporary furniture for use by the residents until their initial shipments arrive. The types of furniture usually provided include a couch, bed and bedding, window blinds, carpets, as well as appliances.
Incoming expatriates are also provided with pots, pans, utensils, mugs, glasses and linens as a settling-in kit until their shipment arrives. The settling-in kit will also include food. Chevron provides housekeeping service for a period of one week after the move in date. Thereafter the incoming resident can choose to employ the services of a permanent housekeeper.
The entire estate is well secured with adequate measures such as CCTV monitoring, perimeter fencing, controlled access and frequent patrols. All houses are equipped with a CTN phone line which can receive phone calls through the Chevron Tie Line (925) 842-1111. Expatriates can also use this phone line to make local calls and outgoing international phone calls.
Expatriates typically consider the Chevron estate so secure that they allow their children to roam about the estate unsupervised (on foot, on bikes, on scooters), from house to house and to recreation facilities. This promotes a strong sense of connectedness and community among the estate residents. The swimming pool access is fenced to prevent unaccompanied children from attempting to swim without supervision.
Chevron Medical division has clinics for primary health care and provides high quality health care to employees and their families.
Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) currently provides medical services to employees, spouses and their dependents primarily through their medical facilities in Lagos (Lekki Hospital, Gbagada Hospital), Warri, and Port Harcourt.
The Escravos clinic is available for workers in that location. In Abuja, employees and families can access one of two designated external hospitals.
The Lekki Clinic is co-located within the Chevron headquarters and the residential estate in Lagos. The facilities are designed to address acute medical emergencies. However, it does not cover all specialties. The Gbagada Hospital (about 20km away) provides more comprehensive care.
Across locations, services include:
- outpatient clinics.
- in patient (admission) services.
- emergency care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In unusual cases where an employee is unable to access CNL medical facilities the person(s) can obtain care at designated health facilities for up to 24 hours.
Specialty care varies from location to location and includes pediatrics, internal medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, general surgery and orthopedics, occupational health and physiotherapy. Persons requiring dental, ophthalmology (eye), ENT (ear, nose and throat) and dermatology (skin) care are referred to Chevron approved medical providers. In addition, patients may be referred to external facilities for specialized care.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (intranet access) is available to employees and their families. EAP is a confidential consulting service that can provide counseling on a broad range of personal, family and work-related challenges.
Education is available from pre-school through high school. The following schools are the most popular and are highly rated by expats and Chevron employees.
The British International School, Lagos is also a Chevron-approved school for ages five and above.
recreational and entertainment
Expatriates often purchase memberships in one of the local golf clubs: Ikoyi Golf Club and Lakowe Golf Club. Both have indoor and outdoor driving ranges and large fairways.
Favorite destinations for vacations include many European and African countries as well as Dubai. There are direct flights available from Lagos to most of these areas.
There are a variety of other options which include mosques and a Mormon church.
Numerous charity opportunities are also available for residents and accompanying spouses, for instance weekly visit to the Motherless Babies Home which is usually coordinated by an expatriate volunteer team.