By Franklin Alli
Dangote Cement Plc says more projects under its corporate social responsibility are under way for the fourteen host communities in Ibese, Ogun State.
Alhaji Aliko Dangote, President of Dangote Group, made the assurance during the presentation of scholarships to students in the host communities.
Represented by Ibese Cement Plant Director, Armando Martinez, he said: “Asides scholarships, construction of roads and drainages, provision of transformers and other devices to connect communities to national grid, among others, are what we will do every year.”
According to him, for getting the benefit of having production lines here and using natural resources of this area, we award scholarships to communities in order to give the communities part of the wealth being created.
“I think everything is not about money but the main benefit is to provide them the opportunity to have better education, to have access to good universities and in the future, if they are good students, well-qualified, we will also offer them opportunities to work here at Ibese Cement Plant,” he said.
Chairman of the occasion, the Olu of Imasayi, Oba Gbadebo Adesola Oni, said the communities would forever be grateful to Dangote Cement for the gesture.
He equally charged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the good gesture, saying: “This company is not under any legal, compulsion to provide it but the management thought it wise to invest in you by virtue of being an indigent of one of the communities within which it operates. You must therefore shun all social vices and be good ambassadors in your various schools.”
Also speaking, the Asiwaju of Ibeseland, Chief Hezy Idowu, thanked the management on behalf of all communities in Ibese, and appealed to the company to see to the age-long problem of dearth of potable water in the community.
“What Dangote Cement is doing is a very good gesture, but I would like to see the number of scholarships increased because the number of children is increasing.”