How Dan­gote staff up­lifted host com­mu­ni­ties

Sus­tain­abil­ity Week:

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sur­passed all of our ex­pec­ta­tions and we are com­mit­ted to do­ing more.”

In Gboko, Benue State, staff ini­ti­ated a road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion which had long been in dis­re­pair. At Oba­jana, Kogi State, the com­pany re­ha­bil­i­tated and do­nated clin­i­cal equip­ment to the Oba­jana Com­mu­nity Clinic while the sus­tain­abil­ity term at Ibese en­gaged in the do­na­tion of cash and equip­ment to en­ter­pris­ing women in the agrar­ian host com­mu­nity of Ajibawo, 3km away from the Ibese Ce­ment Plant.

Em­ploy­ees and Man­age­ment also em­barked on a tree plant­ing pro­gramme in Oba­jana Com­mu­nity near the Universal Ba­sic Ed­u­ca­tion (UBE) Sec­ondary school and a clinic re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme, which in­volved an ex­ten­sive in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal clean-up in­clud­ing the re­pair of leak­ing roofs and non-func­tional toi­lets.

They re­vived all elec­tri­cal fit­tings and wiring, re­placed the non­func­tional gen­er­a­tor set, painted the build­ing and pro­vided use­ful clin­i­cal equip­ment.

The Oba of Oba­jana, Dr. Idowu Isenibi, who graced the han­dover of the re­ha­bil­i­tated fa­cil­ity, ap­pre­ci­ated the steps ini­ti­ated by Dan­gote em­ploy­ees and man­age­ment, which will ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity most es­pe­cially women and chil­dren.

Oba Isenibi ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the com­pany and urged Dan­gote Ce­ment to un­der­take more such com­mu­nity-needs driven projects.

The team spirit was boosted at the Ajibawo com­mu­nity in Ibese, Ogun State, when Ms Mariam Aliko Dan­gote vis­ited in per­son dur­ing the Sus­tain­abil­ity Week, in align­ment with the United Na­tion Global Day of Ac­tion.

In re­sponse to the 2018 Ibese Ce­ment Plant Em­ploy­ees Sus­tain­abil­ity Ini­tia­tives for the Week, fully sup­ported by top man­age­ment, Martinez and Pa­day­achee, Ajibawo com­mu­nity ex­pressed their sat­is­fac­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to Dan­gote In­dus­tries Lim­ited for var­i­ous do­na­tions.

There were free med­i­cal health checks or­gan­ised for the host com­mu­nity and pro­vided by Novia Hos­pi­tal, a sup­plier to Ibese Ce­ment Plant while lo­cally-made cas­sava fry­ing pots were do­nated to women as part of a wider eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment pro­gramme. Cash do­na­tions were given to sev­eral en­ter­pris­ing women within the com­mu­nity to aid lo­cal farm­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Dan­gote Ini­tia­tive to in­volve em­ploy­ees and com­mu­ni­ties in its Sus­tain­abil­ity jour­ney marks the be­gin­nings of an in­creas­ingly stake­holder-ori­ented ap­proach to en­able sus­tain­able lo­cal economies in the fu­ture.

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