Dangote Cement PLC, Gboko, Benue State has given out N20 million worth of scholarships to indigent students from the firm’s host community, Mbayion, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Presenting the scholarship at the Kings Hotel in Gboko, the Head, Human Resources and Administration of the cement firm, Mr Agustine Madu-Kibe, said the scholarships were for 2013 and 2014.
Apart from the N10 million yearly scholarships, Madu-Kibe said the firm has also provided health, water and education in the community.
“Dangote has provided transformers, built classrooms for many schools within Mbayion Community and now building a coal plant to supply electricity to both the cement plant and by extension the community,” he said, urging the community to support the factory.
Plant Director of the firm, Mr Jacinto Miranda said the firm provided the scholarships to ease the burden of parents on their wards.
He also said the firm understands the community needs a lot of infrastructure, but appealed to them to be patient.
Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Tersoo Kpelai praised Dangote Cement for being socially responsible. He also called on the firm to support research in universities, especially mineral resources.
He assured the firm of the Benue State government’s readiness to partner on investments.
President, Mbayion Development Association, Ande Pev, appealed to Dangote Cement to increase the scholarships’ worth to N20 million yearly to enable students of higher institutions benefit.
Source: The Nation