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Lagos State wins Lafarge literacy competition


 Michael Puchercos

Michael Puchercos

The Lagos State team has emerged winners of the third Lafarge Africa National Literacy Competition after beating their counterparts from Plateau, Gombe, Enugu, Edo and Abuja at the grand finale, which held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

The team comprised Awosikunde Joshua of Methodist Nursery/Primary School & Philip Favour of Darocha Nursery/Primary School. They were rewarded with the star prize of N250, 000 each while the 1st runner up from Plateau State went home with N200, 000 each for the pupil.

The Lafarge National Literacy Competition is organised yearly, in collaboration with Ovie Brume Foundation, a non-governmental organization. It engages pupils in activities that measure and advance their ability to read, write and spell correctly. It also features literacy tests, essay/summary writing and spelling bees to evaluate their reading and writing abilities.

Commenting on the success of the competition, the Group MD/CEO, Lafarge Africa Plc, Michel Puchercos stated that the organization continues to provide support and interventions in education as part of its core areas of social investments in furtherance of its commitment to building a greater Nigeria. He explains that the competition is one of the national social investment programmes developed by the construction solutions giant to take corporate social responsibility beyond her host communities to a wider Nigerian audience.

“Our motivation is to continue to provide support and interventions in the area of education as a focus area for our social investments to demonstrate commitment to building a stronger Nigeria,” he said.

Puchercos expressed that the company’s contributions to literacy in Nigeria are geared towards achieving its goal of creating value and delivering the best returns for all stakeholders in a consistent and sustainable manner.

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