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CSR: Total E&P sponsors 50,000 students in host communities

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Total E&P says over 50,000 students have benefitted from its scholarship scheme at all levels of education since inception of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme in Nigeria.

Mr Vincent Nnadi, the Executive General Manager, CSR and Medical Services, made this known at a media interaction on Monday in Lagos, while highlighting the company’s efforts in contribution to its host communities through CSR.

Nnadi said, “Total has identified several commitments as priorities for social welfare, with education ranking at the top of the list.

“Our international subsidiaries support numerous programmes relating to education.

“The company is currently focussed on education and capacity building through its CSR, and Total has also invested in the six geo-political zones of the country under its CSR initiatives.”

He said the company invested over 40 million dollars annually on CSR, assuring that it would invest more when the economy was stable.

Nnadi said the education scholarships cut across post-primary and post-secondary, including 80 tertiary institutions recognised by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and post-graduate in local and foreign universities.

He also said the scheme in three categories include National Merit Scheme, Community Scheme and International Scholarship.

Nnadi explained that the National Merit Scheme had over 4,000 beneficiaries and the Community Scheme with over 5, 000 beneficiaries, both annually.

According to him, the scheme regarded as ‘Catch them Young’ programme allows bright pupils to be identified in primary schools in the rural communities and placed them in the best secondary schools in Port-Hacourt under the sponsorship.

Nnadi said that others were NYSC Scheme, where graduates during their national service were engaged and posted to secondary schools in the host communities to teach science subjects.

He said that the company also had a Teachers Programme where science teachers in the host communities were paid incentives to motivate them.

Nnadi also said that workshops and training programmes would be organised to improve their techniques.

The executive general manager said that Total had also undertaken the construction of lecture theatres, classrooms, hostel blocks, renovation of schools, among others.

He said the company has a strategic and reliable partner throughout the entire value chain in the downstream, upstream and midstream sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Nnadi said the company, as the fourth largest and gas producing company with 3,000 employees had over 10 billion dollars investment in the economy in the last five year.

“In 2012, it invested over 80 billion, but went down due to the nation’s economy situation,” the executive general manager said.

He said that the company had also invested in renewable energy, with over 47 stations in Lagos powered by solar, and over 125 stations across the country powered by solar.

Nnadi added that Total also partnered with the Nigeria Breweries and Coca-Cola on solar power.

He said, “Over the next 20 years, electricity demand will increase faster than the demand for energy as a whole.

“In order to meet this growing need, tackle the challenges of climate change and comply with the International Energy Agency’s scenario; we have made it our ambition for low-carbon businesses to account for nearly 20 per cent of our portfolio in 20 years.

“We are already actively participating in the development of renewable energies, especially solar.

“With operations spanning the manufacture of high-efficiency photovoltaic panels, ground-based power plants, decentralised systems, storage solutions and marketing to end-customers, we are present across the entire value chain and fast-tracking the deployment of solar technology.”

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CSR: Ikeja Electric donates medical equipment to Ikorodu General Hospital

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Ikeja Electric Plc (IE) has donated an ultramodern phototherapy machine and clinical supplies to Ikorodu General Hospital as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) toward improvement of healthcare delivery in Lagos State.

Mr Felix Ofulue, IE Head, Corporate Communications, said in a statement on Monday in Lagos that the items were presented to the hospital management by officials of the electricity distribution company in Ikorodu last Friday.

Presenting the equipment, Mrs Enobong Ezekiel, the company’s Chief Commercial Officer, expressed the Disco’s unwavering commitment to positively impact on lives and give back to the society.

Ezekiel said: “Ikeja Electric is a customer-centric organisation, which means that we are also committed to ensuring that we make impact on communities where we operate; that is why we are here.

“Today is significant to us too, as the entire world is celebrating love. For us at Ikeja Electric, our theme this year is ‘Clean Love.’ So, we are celebrating pure love and saying ‘no to drugs’, as well.

“Being here today is motivated by love. And to donate the phototherapy equipment and clinical items to the Paediatric Unit is something significant that will add value to what already existed in the hospital.

“Ikeja Electric has also come to appreciate the management and staff for providing healthcare services to the neighbourhood and residents of Ikorodu town.

“We love the fact that you are our customer. And we have come to do our community service.”

Also speaking, Ofulue said IE was passionate about giving back to the society in which it operates.

He said: “A lot of people know us as power distribution company, but beyond that, there are many other things we do.

“One of them is CSR, which is predicated on three pillars – education, empowerment and health. This is one of the interventions for us to give back to the society.

“The selection of today is very deliberate because it is a day when love is expressed all over the world and we felt that this is another way of demonstrating love especially to children in Ikorodu.

While commending Ikeja Electric,

Receiving the items, Dr Olufunmilayo Bankole, Medical Director, Ikorodu General Hospital, said the hospital was delighted with the donation by Ikeja Electric.

“As a hospital, we are really elated to receive them. We are very happy that we have other organisations who like to partner with government to make healthcare service in Lagos State much better than it is currently.

“That phototherapy machine given to us today is going to serve a lot of children in treating jaundice.

“And we believe that if we are able to treat more people, we will be able to have better health in our population in Lagos State.

“This phototherapy machine is going to go a long way in making a difference in the lives of these children,” Bankole said. 

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Osinbajo, Sanwo-Olu laud Airtel’s CSR initiative

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The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has commended Airtel Nigeria for assisting the underprivileged members of society through its corporate social responsibility initiative.

Osinbajo commended the telco company on Saturday night in Lagos during the premiere of the Season 5 ‘Airtel Touching Lives’ a philanthropic programme sponsored by Airtel Nigeria.

He said the company had made a good call for helping and bringing others out of despair and suffering.

“I really want to laud the effort of Segun Ogunsanya and his team at Airtel for touching so many lives and for doing so in the past five years without fanfare.

“Listening to the stories of the lives that have been touched must be a reminder of so many others in despair who need our help and comfort,” Osinbajo said

He noted that in 2014, among the fundamental plans of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was to create social safety nets for the people in the country and also to show that the government owed a duty to the weak and vulnerable.

Osinbajo said that part of that social safety net was the feeding of about 9.5 million school children ongoing across 34 states.

He said the Federal Government was also giving monthly cash to about 10 million families.

“Inspite of all these social safety net schemes, we are still very far from touching the majority of those who need our help, we still need more resources.

“Because we can’t do it all, that is why socially conscious organisations like Airtel is so vital in bridging the huge gap between what government can do and what is left to be done,” Osinbajo said.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, who also commended Airtel for touching lives through its CSR initiative, said individuals and organisations who had done very well in their lives should emulate the company by helping the underprivileged.

“Government cannot do it all, that is why organisations like Airtel have seen that they need to work with us and not behind us.

“As partners we work for the greater good of the citizens of Nigeria.

“Airtel has been going out of its way to really touch lives and has also contributed to Lagos State Security Trust Fund by giving us over 200 lines for all our security operatives in the Rapid Response Squad (RRS),” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said that because of the way Airtel supported citizens, the Lagos State Government would be giving the company huge discounts on right of way.

The Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr Segun Ogunsanya, in his speech, called on kind-hearted Nigerians to join in uplifting the less-privileged members of society.

He said the ‘Airtel Touching Lives’ served as a platform to promote the culture of giving, self-sacrifice, love and charity among Nigerians.

“The initiative is designed to offer practical relief, succour, hope, opportunities and credible platforms to liberate and empower the underprivileged, disadvantaged individuals, families and communities in the Nigerian society, ‘’ he said.

He said  the initiative had continued to record tremendous success since it was launched in 2015.

Ogunsanya said that the success of the programme over the years had encouraged the telecommunication company to keep the show coming back every year.

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CSR: Power coy constructs classrooms in host community

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North South Power Company Limited (NSP) had constructed a four block of classrooms for its host communities in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger as part of it Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Mr Ugochukwu Chioke, NSP Chief Operating Officer, said during the commissioning of the project at Day Secondary School Zumba, on Monday that the project was to improve quality of education in the community.

NSP is interested in the welfare of host communities in terms of the community education, this is one aspect of project the community needed.

The project is a standard one and fully equipped to serve the people especially for children in the community to have easy access to quality education,” he said.

Chioke said that the project would also empower the community economically due to its importance to the well being of the residents.

In his remarks, Alhaji Hassan Abdullahi, Consultant to NSP on CSR, disclosed that the company had executed other projects such as drilling of motorised boreholes in some host communities.

He disclosed that plans were underway to establish six cottage industries in host communities and commended the communities for ensuring peaceful coexistence.

Meanwhile, Prof. Danladi Hakimi, Chairman, Dam Host Stakeholders Committee, described the project as laudable, adding that basic education was key to the development of any community.

He urged the company to work towards providing portable water and electrification for host communities in need of such services.

In his address, Mr Jafaru Wambai, Principal of the School, said that the school was established in 2013, but commenced academic session in 2014 under a tree with just one pupil.

He noted that the school which started with just primary session, has grown to junior and senior secondary classes.

Wambai disclosed that the distance of Shiroro Secondary School from Zumba community informed the establishment of the school for easy access by residents.

Nigeria News Agency report that NSP also donated 2,000 notebooks to the school and other instructional materials.

Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz
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Fashola commends business mogul, Chief Ade Ojo for CSR road construction in community

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The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has commended business mogul and Founder of Elizade Motors, Chief Michael Ade Ojo for his contributions toward the development of the Ilara-Mokin community in Ondo State.

His commendation followed the grand inauguration of the 6-kilometer road network in Ilara-Mokin, Akure, Ondo State, constructed by Chief Ade-Ojo on Nov. 9.

The minister, who was at the inauguration of the reconstructed road in the town, which hosts Elizade University, also founded by Chief Ade Ojo, lauded his commitment toward investing in the development of his immediate community.

According to him, infrastructure development plays a key role in community and nationwide development.

“This 6-kilometer road construction which connects Ilara-Mokin and Ikota will ramp up social and economic growth to both communities, bringing transformation to Ondo State and Nigeria by extension.

“The road construction has also led to the creation of jobs for both skilled and unskilled workers, and other professionals who were involved in the project,’’ Fashola said in a statement by him.

Expressing his gratitude to Ade-Ojo, the minister said that it was remarkable for an individual to embark on an infrastructure development which contributes meaningfully to the speedy actualisation of community growth and the enhancement of the citizens’ welfare.

The grand opening was graced by several dignitaries, including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the wife of the Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Anyawu-Akeredolu and the Alara of llara-Mokin, Ondo State, Oba Abiodun Aderemi Adefehinti among others.

(Edited & Vetted By: Peter Ejiofor)
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CSR: Total donates science laboratories to school in Ogun

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The management of the Total Upstream Nigeria Limited (TUPNI), on Thursday, donated a block of five science laboratories to Tonyo High School in Ota, Ado-Odo Council area of Ogun, as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The Deputy Managing Director, TUPNI, Mr Ahmadu Kida-Musa, in his address at the inauguration of the laboratories in Ota, said that the project was executed in partnership with the firm’s partners.

According to him, the partners are Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC), PETROBRAS Oil and Gas Exploration and Production, South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO) and China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).

Kida-Musa, who was represented by the General Manager, CSR and Medical Services, TUPNI, Mr Vincent Nnadi, assured of the firm’s continued support for education in the country, describing it as “crucial to human development”.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the five laboratories are for Physics, Chemistry, Home Economics, Agriculture and Biology.

He expressed happiness that the interventions by TUPNI in the education sector had continued to grow in leaps and bounds, with maximum impacts across the country and beyond.

“We have intervened in various ‘Catch-Them –Young’ programmes for primary school pupils and also offered scholarships to primary, secondary and postgraduate students with tenable records.

He, however, stressed that TUPNI, through CSR, would continue to contribute to the growth of other sectors in Nigeria.

“We inaugurated no fewer than 10 projects in July in various areas of interventions, including health, education and water.

“Right now, we also have over 10 projects ready for commissioning in various parts of the country,” he said.

Kida-Musa urged the school management to ensure sustainable use of the laboratories for maximum impact on the students.

He said that a monitoring team would be visiting the school intermittently to assess and evaluate how the equipments were being used.

Kida-Musa also advised the students to take advantage of the facility.

“We are happy to be with you today as part of beneficiaries of our company’s CSR initiatives in the area of education.

“We believe in giving back to the society where we operate and one of the ways we do that is through our support to the education sector.

“Education is the best legacy that can be given to any child. The purpose of the donation is to see positive development in your performances in your studies,” he said.

Dr Waheed Olalonye, the Director, Department of Primary and Higher Education at the Ministry of Science and Technology, commended the firm for its investment in the transformation of Nigeria’s education sector.

“The Ogun state government places a high premium on public-private partnership to maintain high impact in our education sector and we are glad that Total has keyed into that.

“In Ogun, we have commenced rehabilitation of schools and employment of quality teachers in both primary and secondary schools. This donation will go a long way in complimenting our efforts,” he said.

The Acting Principal of the school, Mrs Bolanle Akoniyon, in her remarks, assured that the laboratories would be used to achieve the desired purpose.

She gave an assurance that the facility would enhance teaching standard and quality performance in the school.

Akoniyon, however, appealed to the state government to assign more science teachers to the school for improved performance.

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CSR: Eko Disco partners Arrive Alive on free health checks in Lagos

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The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) Plc says it has partnered with Arrive Alive and Labakcare organisations on “Stay Alive’’ free healthcare check for residents of Surulere Community in Lagos.

Its General Manger, Corporate Communications, Mr Godwin Idemudia, made this known at a news conference on Thursday in Lagos to kick-start the two days programme.

The Nigeria News Agency reports the free healthcare service will hold on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 from 10.00a.m to 4.00p.m daily at Arrive and Alive Diagnosis Hospital, Cole Street, Surulere, Lagos.

Idemudia said that the gesture was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in giving back to the society.

He said that management of EKEDC had decided to support the free health check to the community as part of its corporate obligations in ensuring that its valued customers and Nigerians stay alive to tell their stories.

According to him, this is part of the initiatives and good area the management decided to invest in, which is basically for poor people around the EKEDC’s network areas.

“It’s not about people paying their bills or services rendered, but also to give back, no matter how small, to the society and areas where we operate as a corporate organisation.

“This has to do with the management’s passion for good healthcare and wellbeing of Nigerians and the less privileged citizens.

“The company has a very good track record of corporate social initiatives. Our corporate social responsibility is driven by a vision to be an exemplary corporate citizen.

“We believe in the wellbeing of the people and communities where we do business,’’ he said.

Idemudia noted that the company, as part of its EKEDC’s CSR initiatives, had also partnered with many orphanage homes and engaged in a daily school feeding programme for students of the Anglican Girls’ Primary School, Lagos.

He said the company had assisted the Nigeria Correctional Service, Ikoyi, by supplying relief materials to its inmates.

“One of our beneficiaries won the just concluded Squash Competition in Abeokuta. We have a sponsored tennis tournament at Ikoyi Club.

“The Lagos State Waste Management Agency, and Wayref Foundation once benefitted from our CSR and we as well have initiated partnership with the Nigerian Immigration Service.

“We donated computers and IT equipment to WAYREF, which is a women-based school, and a graduate trainee programme was designed to accommodate females who have shown competence, drive and passion for the job, among others,’’ Idemudia added.

In his remarks, a Consultant Pathologist, Dr Samuel Keshinro of Stay Alive Project, said that the project was to give free health check service to residents of Surulere.

Keshinro said that the over N50 million worth project, aimed at giving back to the communities through CSR, would attend to 1,000 residents living in Surulere on daily basis.

According to him, Stay Alive project is an initiative of Labakcare Organisation and Arrive Alive Diagnostics and Imaging Services Ltd., fully supported by Eko Electricity Distribution Company and VFD MicroFinance Bank.

“Stay Alive is a community-oriented free health programme focussed on preventive care and screening for common ailments within our environment.

“This project will be manned by local and international healthcare professionals who will be on ground to screen and/or treat some identified medical conditions.

“They include hypertension, diabetes, eye conditions, malaria, worm infestation, nutritional deficiencies, common cancers of the cervix, breast and prostate and many more.

“The project also aims at improving the health status of the underserved by offering focussed health talks, as well as distribution of foods, vitamin supplements, reading glasses and baby delivery kits to the pregnant women.

“As you will notice, this laudable project also underscores the multi-sectorial collaboration in corporate social responsibility culminating in bringing together great minds for a common cause,’’ he said. (NAN)


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Honeywell Noodles take CSR to NYG, feeds athletes for free

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Honeywell Noodles from the stable of Honeywell Flour Mills Plc has taken its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the ongoing 5th National Youth Games (NYG) in Ilorin by feeding athletes free cooked noodles.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the athletes were seen on a long queue to receive the noodles cooked and served with eggs and water.

Oluwafemi Okunnuwa, Brand Activation Officer, Honeywell Flour Mills Plc., told that the gesture was Honeywell’s little way of giving back to the society.

“We are here to support this event and be part of those that will make it be a huge success, that is why we came all the way from Lagos.

“We are giving back to the community as a service to humanity which made us to come since the day events started till the day it will end.

“On the first day which was Tuesday, we gave food to over 1,000 athletes and on Wednesday, we had more people as the crowd keeps increasing.

“But, we are happy to be putting smiles on the faces of these children,” Okunnuwa said.

He said another purpose of the gesture was to bring the product to the consciousness of the consumers.

“’We are bringing our brands to life by trying to promote it.

“It is just a way of bringing to the consciousness of the people what they are not aware of,” the brand activation officer said.

Some of the athletes told that this singular act would make them switch patronage to Honeywell Noodles.

Favour Osita said she was impressed and surprised that a company could feed thousands of people for free as a social responsibility.

“It is a good one from Honeywell Noodles because it is not all companies that can do this.

“So, I am happy that we are getting this kind of food freely which is not from the organisers of this event,” she said.

According to Tony Bello, Honeywell has done so well for us and we are grateful to them for having the youth in mind.

“From now on, I will start patronising Honeywell noodles,” he said.

reports that the Games which started on Sept. 7 will end on Sept. 17 is featuring over 4,000 athletes drawn from 30 states, including the FCT.

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CSR: Eko Disco starts free feeding programme for school pupils within its network

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The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Wednesday began free feeding initiative for pupils within its network as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi, the Chief Executive Officer of EKEDC, said the company was partnering with an NGO called “Food for Thought” to administer free lunch on daily basis to the pupils.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the company started the pilot phase of the school feeding with 110 pupils of the Anglican Girls Seminary School, Broad Street, Lagos Island.

Fadeyibi said the programme was centered around making life comfortable for them by providing a meal per day for one year.

“We decided to start with the Anglican Girls Seminary School to demonstrate our good intentions as part of our CSR to Nigerians and to pupils within operations.

“We are not the only company or people doing this, lots of individuals are also doing it quietly to feed pupils and other Nigerians,’’ he said.

The EKEDC helmsman, however, assured the people of the sustainability of the project through the NGO, to ensure conformity and transparency.

“It is not about the amount invested but the good intentions involved to impact in the lives of our great pupils.

“We are happy for committing enough funds and we also look toward more corporate organisations and individuals to join.’’

He, however, commended customers of the company for their effort in ensuring payment of bills, while urging them to ensure prompt payment of bills to keep the free food initiative going.

Miss Mary Dinah, Chief Charity Officer, Food for Thought, lauded the management of Eko Disco for the kind gesture in ensuring free food to over 100 pupils in Anglican Girls School.

Dinah said that the initiative was about feeding the poor children in local schools, especially in the Lagos Island.

She said the NGO started its free feeding initiative in 2017 in some random schools but this is the first time the organisation is commencing daily feeding to school.

According to her, we take the responsibility to feed all pupils at the  Anglican Girls Seminary School with the support of EKEDC.

“We are also partnering the Lagos State Government and United Nations for effective monitoring and proper administration,’’ she said.

Contributing, Mr Mayegun Moshood, the Education Secretary, Lagos Island Education Authority, also commended the initiative and support of EKEDC and Food for Thought.

Moshood said the initiative would go a long way to reduce the suffering of their parents and also reduce their expenses.

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Bida Poly to revive local industries through CSR- Rector

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Bida (Niger), April 28, 2019 The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi, said the institution would revamp ailing local industries in its host communities through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

He said reviving the industries through use of modern technology was necessary to improve their production processes and products.

“Some months back, we were here for the foundation laying ceremony and today the project has been completed.

“Corporate Social Responsibility to our immediate communities is very dear to my heart.

“Indeed it is one of my seven point agenda and that is why despite difficult financial situation of the polytechnic, we still try to do something.

“Our main focus is towards revamping the dying local industries by introducing to them, modern technology that can improve their production process and products,” he said.

In his remarks, the chairman of the polytechnic’s CSR committee, Mr Usman Okene, said the shed was to reduce the hardship people of the community go through in making shea butter.

“The committee went round, identified those traditional industries and discussed with the operators to identifying their peculiar needs so that we can be of help.

“They also need other things such as specialised machineries to ease their work. Those ones may come later,” he added.

Okene noted that some of the industries that “require our interventions include Locust beans processing at Kangi Makun, Masaga glasswork, rice milling along Fogun among others.”

Also speaking, the representative of the community, Mohammed Ndatsu, said they would take full advantage of the shed to bringing about increased production.

In the same vein, the chairperson of the shea butter processing association, Zainab Mohammed, appreciated the institution for the gesture, saying it was a great relief as they had suffered for long.

Mohammed used the opportunity to solicit for soft loans from the institution to enable them expand their businesses.

The electro-manual operated blowers, which had three step speeds, were also presented to Dokodza and Tswatamukun communities by the polytechnic.

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