Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc, a leading cement manufacturing company in Nigeria, has donated 176,000 exercise books and renovated some blocks of classrooms in three schools in Sagamu, Ogun State.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr Joseph Hudson, said the company cherished not only economic gains but was concerned in developing its immediate community and said the books and the renovation works were part of its Community Social Responsibility (CSR) to its immediate business environment and that it was achieved in collaboration with the Sagamu Community Development Council (SCDC).
He added that the renovation of blocks of classrooms in Ansarudeen Primary School, St. Paul’s Primary School II, Ijoku and Local Government Primary School, Kamiyo, all in Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State were aimed at supporting the society.
Hudson noted that the company had executed other educational programmes such as annual bursary award scheme in which 793 community undergraduates had benefited between 2005 and 2011.
The launch of extra-mural coaching classes for final year students in secondary schools in science and mathematics , donation of science laboratory equipment, upgrading of Sagamu Public Library were other programmes executed by Lafarge Cement WAPCO.
He stated further that the company considered the community as a major stakeholder in its business.
“At Lafarge, we consider the community as a key stakeholder in our business. We therefore, place local stakeholder relations as an essential element of our business, basing our approach on dialogue, transparency, responsibility and contribution to the economic and social development of our immediate and extended communities.
“What we are witnessing today is an expression of our commitment to supporting education because we believe that education is the bedrock of a nation and an educated nation is a developed nation,” he added.
Chief Micheal Oyedele, chairman, Sagamu Community Development Council (SCDC), commended the company for impacting positively on the lives of the people of Sagamu through its CRS.
The state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barr. Segun Odubela, pleaded with the company and the community development council to equip the classrooms with necessary furniture.
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