Owolabi Awosan, the Managing Director of Greater Washington Limited (GWX), says the company will soon be empowering widows and children of some officers of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).
Awosan told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja that the logistics firm had been doing this through all levels of education and would extend the programme to some extremely poor individuals.
“The empowerment programme will be executed in partnership with the Immigration Officers Wives Association (IMMOWA) and the Ministry of Interior and it will involve key business partners sponsoring the initiative,’’ he said.
The company chief executive added that the firm would also cater for extremely poor people across the six geo-political zones of the country.
“The organisation’s focus is to reduce the rate of illiteracy and poverty in Nigeria through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.’’
He said the organisation was set to provide necessary financing for small businesses, including educational support services for the less privileged.
“We will be working with IMMOWA and the Ministry of Interior to attract strong partners to expand the fund for wives of officers who have died or were incapacitated during the course of duty.
“Our focus is education for the extreme poor, because we found out that a lot of people want to go to school but cannot afford it. We have launched the project across all the region.
“Over the years we have done a lot of CSR projects and this time we are supporting the cause of the widows, especially wives of the officers who died or have become incapacitated while serving in the NIS.
“We will support them in petty trading and financing and by giving scholarships to the children of the poor among them, while ensuring that they are sponsored to state-owned institutions from the secondary to tertiary education levels,” Awosan explained.
He also disclosed plans by the organisation to build the capacity of journalists and other media practitioners through effective training and partnerships in major humanitarian projects.
“We have a lot of existing ones going on, and we will also train media personnel who cover the Ministry of Interior, ” the GWX Managing Director said.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that GWX has a strong background in logistics and business consulting, and flaunts a reputation for services excellence and best global practices.
(Edited by Emmanuel Nwoye and Olawale Alabi (NAN))
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