Dangote Oil Refining Company and Dangote Fertiliser Limited have been commended for their community development model adopted to fast-track improved education, training and development of youths in about 15 host communities around Ibeju-Lekki area of Lagos State.
Speaking during a recent award of scholarships to 137 students of tertiary institutions and secondary schools from the company’s 15 host communities, the Onilekki of Lekki Land, HRM Oba Olumuyiwa Ogunbekun said Dangote’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility projects have begun to yield positive results.
The scholarships were presented by the Executive Director, Strategy, Capital Projects and Portfolio Development, Dangote Group, Mr Devakumar Edwin, to 19 tertiary institution students and 118 secondary school students from 15 communities in Ibeju-Lekki.
According to the monarch, the majority of the youths who benefited from Dangote Oil Refining’s skill acquisition programmes are now gainfully employed by some of the company’s contractors, while others have become employers of labour. He noted that the Dangote Refinery project has become a blessing to all the host communities around Ibeju-Lekki.
Ogunbekun said the company had earlier trained Ibeju-Lekki youths on skill acquisition, which cuts across a wide range of vocational skills including welding, electrical technician, plumbing, auto mechanic, radio and television repairs, refrigerator and AC repairs, building and furniture making.
He added that the company had also donated classroom blocks to serve the Abejoye Community in Ibeju-Lekki to provide quality education by way of provision of teaching materials and a conducive environment.
He urged the beneficiaries of the scholarship programme to study hard and focus on their education in order to better their lives and become worthy ambassadors of Ibeju-Lekki in future.
Speaking on the scholarship award, Edwin said the Dangote Group believes that education was the passport to the future and that an investment in knowledge yields the greatest dividends for mankind. He said the company had over the years supported the Nigerian educational sector by instituting scholarship award programmes.
According to him, this is part of the company’s education intervention initiatives for indigenous students of host communities impacted by its businesses.
“With the continuous support of the people and the Lagos State Government, we shall not relent in our efforts to be socially accountable while we positively impact our host communities. We look forward to a continuous peaceful and rewarding relationship with our host communities in Ibeju-Lekki,” Edwin said.