By Victoria Onehi
Lafarge Africa Plc., has awarded multi-million-naira Bursaries to 3,855 students of higher institutions in its host communities in Ogun State.
In a statement by the company,a breakdown of statistics shows that in Ewekoro community, a total of 204 students received N20.4million as total bursary payment in 2015. Whereas N20.4 million was spent on 204 students in 2016, N20.4 million was dispensed to 204 students in 2017 and N20.4 million doled out in 2018. For the 2019 academic calendar, 20.4 million bursary awards were spent on 204 indigent students.
A breakdown of bursary disbursements between 2015 and 2019 in Sagamu, indicates that 600 indigent students received N25 million in five years. 100 indigent students chosen in 2015 received N5 million, while a total of 100 students in 2016; other sets in 2017, 2018 and 2019 received bursaries of N5 million each year.
Confirming the educational interventions extended to the communities, Mr. Tajudeen Akintokun a resident of one of the host communities in Ewekoro, Ogun State had this to say.
“We can’t thank Lafarge Africa enough, if we count all they have been doing for us in education in the last 15 years, you will know that they have saved lots of pupils and students from being dropouts.”
Speaking on the interventions in education, Head, Sustainable Development & Brand Communications, Lafarge Africa Plc., Titilope Oguntuga, said “this is fueled by our commitment as an organisation to building the capacity of the people, particularly students and institutions in the community while ensuring we leave a positive impact on public school pupils in the country.”
“At Lafarge Africa, we believe in the power of good quality education and we are focused on sustainable initiatives that will secure a brighter future for young Nigerians, leave an enduring footprint within our host communities and impact generations in a sustainable manner.” She added