Lafarge Builds classrooms, Equip heathcentres Host For Communities In Sagamu - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, January 2, 2020

Lafarge Builds classrooms, Equip heathcentres Host For Communities In Sagamu

Ayobami Ife,

Lafarge Africa, a member of LafargeHolcim, has donated N5 million cheques to 100 indigenes of Sagamu in various tertiary institutions across the country. 

Lafarge Africa PLC, cement and building solutions company, doled out the money in support of the Royal Initiative for the Development of Sagamu Community (RIDSCo), a socio-cultural organisation established by the Akarigbo-in-Council. 

The company also built four blocks of 14 classrooms with toilets and boreholes in three Primary Schools as well as  donating computers, printers, UPS and generators to seven Secondary Schools in Sagamu Local Government Area in addition to 800 dual lockers distributed to Secondary and Primary Schools within Sagamu.

The Country Chief Executive Officer of Lafarge Africa, Michel Puchercos,  who made these known while speaking at the Lafarge's 2019 Community Day event held at the Akarigbo’s Palace in Sagamu at the weekend, added that the company renovated and equipped three Primary Health Centres owned by the Sagamu Local Government and which were located in Lafarge host communities.

Michel who was represented by Folake Odegbami, Head of Safety, Health and Environment, said that the event was a yearly celebration in all host communities across the country to show appreciation to the people and give back to them from the operations of company.

The Country Chief Executive Officer also listed skills acquisition, vocational training and women empowerment, training of 27 youths on various artisanal skills such as Welding and Fabrication, Furniture and Joinery, Hairdressing and Tailoring with start - up tools, among others as other things done for the host communities in 2019.

He noted that Lafarge Africa would continue to give back to the communities that host its manufacturing plants across the country within the four critical intervention areas which include Education, Health, Provision of minor Infrastructure Development and Human Capital Development.

According to him, Lafarge Africa has a robust sustainability strategy that has not only improved the lives of its host communities but also contributed to the entire country's economy in terms of gross domestic product, direct and indirect employment opportunities, wealth creation, among others. 

He however appealed to Lafarge Africa's host communities in the South-West, South -South and North-East parts of the country to reciprocate the gesture by supporting the company’s efforts to improve livelihood in a collaborative manner.

He said: "I would like to assure the Sagamu community of our long term commitment to investing in the community and its people.  Our heartfelt appreciation goes to the government of Ogun State as well as our traditional rulers for the exemplary leadership they continue to demonstrate."

Responding, Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Adewale Ajayi, hailed  the continued working relations that exists between Lafarge Africa and the Royal Initiative for the Development of Sagamu Community (RISDCo), saying that gives  Sagamu Local Government Area an edge over other Local Government Areas of the State.

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