In keeping with its dedication to the attainment of the Sustainable Improvement Targets (SDG) 4- High quality Schooling, main constructing options Firm, Lafarge Africa Plc., has awarded multi-million-nairaBursaries in its host communities in Ogun State.
For the reason that launch of its Company Social Duty (CSR) Day in 2006, Lafarge Africa has continued to dwell as much as its billing of enhancing the dwelling customary of its host communities in Ewekoro and Sagamu in Ogun State with the supply of fundamental enterprise & vocational abilities, start-up kits, training grants, neighborhood tasks, agricultural fund, healthcare and training amenities, amongst others, on a yearly foundation.
To reiterate Lafarge Africa’s dedication to training, 3,855 college students of upper establishments from its host communities in Ewekoro and Sagamu in Ogun State have through the years benefited from its bursary awards.
A breakdown of statistics exhibits that in Ewekoro neighborhood, a complete of 204 college students acquired N20.4million as whole bursary cost in 2015. Whereas N20.4 million was spent on 204 college students in 2016, N20.4 million was allotted to 204 college students in 2017 and N20.4 million doled out in 2018. For the 2019 educational calendar, 20.4 million bursary awards have been spent on 204 indigent college students.
An evaluation of bursary disbursements between 2015 and 2019 in Sagamu, signifies that 600 indigent college students acquired N25 million in 5 years. 100 indigent college students chosen in 2015 acquired N5 million, whereas a complete of 100 college students in 2016; different units in 2017, 2018 and 2019 acquired bursaries of N5 million annually.
Along with bursary awards, the affect of Lafarge Africa CSR interventions for its host communities within the Southwest States, ranging from Ewekoro and Sagamu communities in Ogun State, confirmed that over 200,000 pupils have been impacted out of greater than 700,000 Major college pupils in 1,665 faculties throughout 554 native authorities areas of the Nation in someway.
Confirming the tutorial interventions prolonged to the communities, Mr. Tajudeen Akintokun a resident of one of many host communities in Ewekoro, Ogun State, famous that the constructing options firm’s interventions transcend main college constructing development but additionally embody that of secondary college buildings in the neighborhood.
“We are able to’t thank Lafarge Africa sufficient, if we depend all they’ve been doing for us in training within the final 15 years, you’ll know that they’ve saved numerous pupils and college students from being dropouts. Aside from what Lafarge is doing for our pupils on the main faculties, we requested them for school rooms in one in every of our secondary faculties right here in Ewekoro and they’re already developing the lecture rooms for us.
“They’ve advised us that they’re introducing free fundamental however core textbooks for our pupils in main faculties in all of the 12 communities underneath Ewekoro Lafarge Africa’s Communities and we have now additionally been advised that they might distribute uniforms without charge to our pupils firstly of the 2022/2023 educational calendar”, he mentioned.
Additionally, Comrade Dauda Sekoni, one of many youth leaders in Ewekorocommunity said that Lafarge Africa didn’t solely present college uniforms for the pupils however his son was amongst these empowered economically by way of the award of contracts for the stitching of the uniforms for the pupils, saying such an effort would additionally increase the native financial system and create wealth for the youths.
In his response, Oloyede Sakibu, one other chief within the EwekoroCommunity, suggested Lafarge Africa Plc and the Ewekoro Neighborhood R Committee (CRC) on Lafarge Africa’s CSR Intervention Scheme to cowl extra of the less-privileged within the provisions of academic supplies, particularly to Major faculties, saying pupils which can be given interventions in some circumstances are the little children of the haves in the neighborhood.