By Prince Okafor
The Managing Director, Total Nigeria Plc, Mr. Jean-Philippe Torres, has said that for the nation to experience social and economic growth, education should be given its rightful place.
This came even as the company renovated and refurbished a two blocks of classroom in Ibafon Primary School, Ajeromi Ifelodun, AJIF, Local Government Area, LGA, Lagos.
Speaking during the commissioning Torres said: “Education is very pertinent to the development of a society as it contributes towards the economic and social growth of a people. We believe that a conducive learning environment plays a crucial role in the basic development of a child. Access to education is one of Total Nigeria Plc Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, pillars.”
Torres who was represent by the General Manager, Human Resources and Corporate Services, Mrs, BunmiPopoola-Mordi, stated that, “In 2016 during Total’s CSR community intervention on Malaria, the Baale of the community brought to our attention, the dilapidated nature of these two classroom blocks. Total being guided by the societal approach and based on mutual respect, listening and dialogue, decided to intervene.
“Several consultations were made with all stakeholders including the SUBEB and the school authorities to ensure that the project is worth the while for the community.”
He noted that, ‘’we believed that the renovation of these blocks of classroom will ease overcrowding of pupils and assist in providing a better learning experience.
“Cumulative community actions over the years will ensure an economically viable society, a sustainable environment with a crop of educated population that guarantees a brighter tomorrow for our future leaders and indeed the community at large.’’
Similarly, the Local government Chairman, AJIF, LGA, Mr. FataiAyoola, quoted a former president of the federation, Yakubu Gowon as stating that, “Ajegunle is a mini Nigeria where all tribe reside.”