Lafarge Africa, a building materials solutions provider headquartered in Lagos and quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, has spent 168 million naira as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), on projects in the Ewekoro Local Government in Ogun State, Nigeria, where one of its factories is located.
The projects implemented include health centres, block of classrooms, and an electricity transformer sub-station. The cement giant has also given bursary awards of 100,000 naira each to 187 indigent undergraduates in various higher institutions, and empowered 114 adults with various trade equipment.
In addition, 103 farmers have benefitted from the company’s farmers support programme while 115 elders in the area also benefitted from the company’s elderly care support programme.
Michael Puchercos, Lafarge Africa Country Chief Executive Officer, who spoke at the 2018 Lafarge Community Day held in Ewekoro, revealed that the gesture was part of the company’s effort to support and sustain the growth and development of its host communities with the aim of ensuring cordial relationship between the company and its host communities.
According to Puchercos, the company is not only in Nigeria as foreign investors who are in the country for business only, but also to ensure the socio-economic growth and development through human capital development, physical wellbeing, economic empowerment, technical and vocational training, education as well as agricultural production.
Puchercos, who gave details of some projects implemented by the company said “for the Ewekoro Community in Ogun State, projects launched at the Community Day include a block of five classrooms to the Local Government Nursery and Primary School, Jagunna, Itori, and a renovated block of four classrooms, head teacher and assistant head teacher’s offices with toilets for both teachers and pupils at First Africa Mission School, Lapeleke”.