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Dangote Industries, believing that the knowledge of education is the bedrock of development, has continued to improve on the country’s educational system.

The importance of education cannot be overemphasised as development thrives on literacy. Also, research has shown that only a properly educated workforce and entrepreneurial class will have the skills and drive to thrive as new technologies change the nature of work, leisure, the environment, and society and to tackle the African continent’s most pressing challenges.

Similarly, the growth of any society is dependent on the level of education of its citizens. Perhaps this is one of the biggest challenges Nigeria has because available data indicates that 76 million adults, representing 38 per cent of the estimated 200 million population of Nigeria, cannot read and write despite increasing efforts to improve literacy levels in the country.

Recently, Dangote Oil Refining Company and Dangote Fertiliser Limited, both subsidiaries of Dangote Group, were 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 the host communities in Ibeju-Lekki.

According to the monarch, 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.

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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 a block of classrooms and teaching materials to serve the Abejoye Community in Ibeju-Lekki to provide quality education and a conducive environment to the students.

Ogunbekun noted that the move of community development showed that the company is determined to carry along the host communities and to contribute significantly to the socio-economic development of the locality.

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 is 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.

He said, “In 2019, we executed a pilot of the scholarship programme where 51 secondary school students from our 15 host communities here in Ibeju-Lekki were awarded. However, as 2019 came to a close, COVID-19 hit the global community, leaving its indelible mark not only on businesses but on every household.

“As a result, we could not institute the second edition of the scholarship programme in the year 2020. As the curtain closes on 2021, we cannot but acknowledge the efforts that our scholars have put into their academic studies, to obtain such excellent results, which qualifies them as beneficiaries of this award.

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“Hence, after a rigorous screening process, 118 secondary school students and 19 tertiary institution students from our host communities have qualified for this scholarship award.”

While congratulating the beneficiaries, he enjoined them to continue to work hard at their studies, strive to achieve excellence in all that they do and never stop giving their best.

“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.

Meanwhile, Aliko Dangote Foundation, which was established as a charitable foundation in 1994 by Aliko Dangote, has a mandate to realise Aliko Dangote’s vision of an Africa whose people are healthier, better educated, and more empowered. A shift towards Africans helping Africans and Africans contributing even more to the world. The mission of the Foundation is to enhance opportunities for social change through strategic investments that improve health and wellbeing, promote quality education and broaden empowerment opportunities for individuals and communities.

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