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Dangote offer scholarship to host communities

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By Usman Oladimeji

Gboko local community members has been provided with scholarship funds.

Members of the host communities in the Benue and Kogi states have been offered scholarship funds by Dangote Coal Mines Ltd. Scholarship funds were distributed to members of the coal communities in Ankpa, Kogi State. Dangote Cement Plant in Gboko, Benue State, and has also provided scholarship funds to the local community members. The effort demonstrates the company’s determination to strengthen its ties with the host communities and other key stakeholders in order to foster an atmosphere conducive to lasting harmony and mutual prosperity in the areas where it operates.

This is an essential component of the company’s annual CSR plan tailored to the needs of host communities. Mr. Hazard Nawabuddin, plant director of Dangote Cement’s Ibese Plant, reaffirmed the company’s unwavering dedication to strengthening its ties with the communities through strategic social investments in areas such as socio-economic development, job creation, job training, education, health, and more. Nawabuddin, made this announcement at the workshop opening where he was represented by the Plant’s head of Admin and Human Asset Development, Mr. Abu Sufyan,

The session would raise participants’ understanding of their respective roles.

Speaking at the workshop organized by the Ibese plant for representatives and stakeholders from the Host Communities in the Yewa North and Ewekoro LGAs of Ogun state, he emphasized the significance of the session in the larger process of institution building. Being a socially conscious business, the cement company sees this as a natural extension of its efforts to cultivate original content in the local community. He said that the session would raise participants’ understanding of their respective roles, duties, and expectations placed upon them as they worked toward establishing social and business coexistence.

Participants in the program will acquire skills that will help them in their roles as community representatives as well as in their own businesses. Hence, Nawabuddin encourages the participants to see it as a chance for personal improvement and purposeful company investment in the participants’ future success. He expressed his optimism that at the conclusion of the session, the attendees will have gained the knowledge, understanding, and confidence they need to revitalize their commitment to the partnership.

Other provisions of the Community Development Agreement would soon begin.

He concluded that this would result in eliminating social occurrences, demonstrations, and crises, thus, making it easier to foster an atmosphere conducive to long-term peace and mutual progress. Nawabuddin also encourages participants to pass on the knowledge they gain at the workshop with others in their communities and organizations to help them better understand and appreciate their roles. This will, in turn, help to rally the remaining members of the community to support the workshop’s goals.

Remarking on the upcoming workshop sessions, community representative participants asserted that the program would enable them to better understand their responsibilities and facilitate positive working rapport with the company’s management. Mr. Dillip Taman, who manages Dangote’s mining operations in Benue, said that the scholarship program is only one of several CSR initiatives the company is launching. Taman also disclosed that the company would soon begin implementing other provisions of the Community Development Agreement. Okpokwu LGA chairwoman Amina Audu, who was represented by the Legislative Council Leader, advised the participants to use the fund wisely and urged the corporation not to cease the annual scholarship scheme.

Dangote Group has been well recognized for it extraordinary efforts.

Chief Samuel Ameh, a prominent figure in the community, has said that fostering a peaceful cohabitation between residents and the enterprise is essential to both parties’ success and the growth of the community as a whole. As Africa’s greatest benefactor, Dangote Group has been well recognized for their extraordinary efforts to improve education in Nigeria. Multimillion-dollar buildings and dorms have been built by the corporation at a few Nigerian colleges. In addition, in 2021, Aliko Dangote, Group President of Dangote Industries Ltd, announced several scholarship programs for the residents of Numan, Adamawa State, who are host to the Dangote Sugar Refinery.

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