Dangote Fertiliser donates classrooms, others to Ibeju-Lekki community
Dangote Fertiliser Limited (DFL) has donated a multi-million-naira modern block of classrooms and other infrastructure to the Lagos State Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
The donation of the school, which is meant to serve the Abejoye Community in Ibeju-Lekki area, followed empowerment to farmers whose land fell into the area taken over by the state government and designated as part of the free trade zone.
Management of the company explained that the classrooms, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), would serve as replacement for the Abejoye Primary School, which was part of the free trade zone area allocated to Dangote Fertiliser Limited, but relocated to Abejoye Community. The facilities include staff rooms, head teacher’s office, restrooms, a power generator and a borehole.
Speaking at the handover ceremony in Lagos, Group Executive Director, Strategy Capital Projects and Portfolio Development, Dangote Industries Limited, Devakumar Edwin, pledged the company’s commitment to the provision of quality education, not only in the host community, but also in the entire country.
He said Dangote’s support for educational development involved assisting host communities to provide sustainable and qualitative education that would ultimately reach all the people.
This, he said, involved consultation with the host communities, stakeholders at all stages of development planning, implementation and evaluation.
“Currently, we have installed 14 boreholes in our host communities between 2017 and 2018 and we conducted regular lab tests to ensure the water from the boreholes was potable.
“In 2019, we organised a teachers’ training workshop in the host communities and Epe with Lagos State Ministry of Education to develop the capacity of public school teachers to enable them to teach more effectively using 21st century modalities,” he added.
Executive Chairman of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), Wahab Alawiye-King, who was represented by Director of Projects, Mrs. Ebaide Omokore, appreciated Dangote Fertiliser for funding the project, stating the state government was committed to delivering all-inclusive, quality basic education in a conducive environment for learning aided by technology.
Also speaking, Chairman, Lekki Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Ogidan Olaitan, commended Dangote Fertiliser Limited for the gesture, saying the company had proved to be a socially responsible.