Dangote refinery raises the bar with scholarship
The importance of quality education in every society cannot be overstated, because development is nourished by literacy.
As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), Dangote Oil Refining Company recently awarded scholarships to 137 students of higher and secondary education institutions from various host communities in Ibeju-Lekki.
This decision, hailed by various stakeholders as a major boost for the empowerment of education in host communities, is a win-win situation for all concerned.
The Dangote Oil Refining Company believes that education is the cornerstone of development and has continued to improve the country’s education system through the awarding of scholarships and the provision of books to students in its host communities.
Through demonstrated commitments, the company has continued to ensure that its investments deliver inclusive development not only to the company, but also to critical external stakeholders.
In order to give back to its host communities, the company has launched an annual scholarship intended to contribute to the educational development of the population and to properly position them in the scheme of things in Lagos State in particular and Nigeria in general. .
To bridge the gap in Nigeria’s education sector and enable it to effectively contribute to economic development, Dangote Oil Refining Company has taken a proactive step by embarking on an integrated tripartite approach to improve the quality of education in public schools around its host communities.
This approach includes a scholarship program for students, a training of trainers capacity building initiative for teachers and school infrastructure projects to improve school infrastructure.
For example, the Dangote Oil Refining Company recently awarded a scholarship to 137 college and secondary school students in 15 host communities around Ibeju-Lekki.
In addition to its investment in quality education, the company has identified 10 host communities and five neighboring communities in its areas of operation in Ibeju-Lekki.
The main beneficiary host communities are: Idasho, Ilekuru, Okeyanta, Magbo-Segun, Okesegun, Itoke, Idotun, Alasia, Okunraiye and Lekki, while neighboring communities are Imobido, Tiye, Mosa, Ilege and Olomowewe.
In Ibeju-Lekki, the company has carried out several projects that help improve people’s lives. It provided boreholes for all communities and classrooms for local schools.
According to the Group Executive Director, Strategy, Investment Projects and Portfolio Development, Dangote Group, Devakumar Edwin, the Dangote Group believes that education is the passport to the future and that an investment in knowledge pays the most great dividends for mankind.
He said the company, over the years, has supported the Nigerian education sector by instituting scholarship programs. According to him, this is part of the company’s educational intervention initiative for Indigenous students from host communities impacted by its businesses.
He said: “In 2019, we ran a scholarship program pilot project where 51 high school students from our 15 host communities here in Ibeju-Lekki were awarded. However, at the end of 2019, COVID-19 hit the global community, leaving its indelible mark not only on businesses but also on every home. As a result, we were unable to institute the second edition of the scholarship program in 2020.
“As the curtain closes on 2021, we can only applaud the efforts that our academics have made in their academic studies, to achieve such excellent results that qualify them as recipients of this award. Thus, after a rigorous selection process, 118 secondary school students and 19 students from higher education institutions in our host communities qualified for this scholarship, ”he added.
Obviously pleased with the Dangote Oil Refining Company’s social investment around Ibeju Lekki, Onilekki of Lekki Land, Oba Olumuyiwa Ogunbekun said Dangote’s engagement in CSR projects has started to deliver results positive.
According to the monarch, the majority of young people who have benefited from Dangote Oil Refining’s skills training programs are now employed for pay by some of the company’s contractors, while others have become employers of labor. of work. He noted that the Dangote refinery project has become a blessing for all host communities around Ibeju-Lekki.
Ogunbekun said the company previously trained the young people of Ibeju-Lekki in skills acquisition, which covers a wide range of professional skills, including welding, electrical engineer, plumbing, auto mechanics, repairs. radio and television, refrigerator and air conditioning repairs, construction and furniture manufacturing.
He added that the company also donated classroom blocks to serve the Abejoye community in Ibeju-Lekki to provide quality education by providing teaching materials and a supportive environment.
Ogunbekun noted that the community development movement shows the company is determined to support host communities and significantly contribute to the socio-economic development of the locality.
He urged the recipients of the scholarship program to study hard and focus on their education in order to improve their lives and become worthy ambassadors of Ibeju-Lekki in the future.
One of the recipients, Master Qudus Sodiq, a high school student at Lekki Community High School, expressed his gratitude to the Dangote group for the scholarship, saying, “I am very happy with this scholarship. It will help me achieve my educational aspirations and pursue my dreams in the future.
Dangote Oil Refining Company set the tone for positive community engagement and industrial harmony to follow. For the host communities benefiting from Ibeju-Lekki, better and better days await their young people.
The Dangote Oil Refinery is a 650,000 barrels per day (BPD) integrated refinery project under construction in the Lekki Free Zone, Lagos, Nigeria. It is expected to be Africa’s largest oil refinery and the world’s largest single-train facility.
The Dangote oil refinery’s pipeline infrastructure is the largest in the world, with 1,100 kilometers to handle three billion standard cubic feet of gas per day.
The refinery alone has a 400 MW power plant capable of meeting Ibadan DisCo’s total energy needs.
The refinery will meet 100% of Nigeria’s needs for all refined products and will also have a surplus of each of these products for export.