Dangote group constructs school, clinic in Kogi communities.
IDRIS AHMED, LOKOJA.
As part of its Corporate social responsibility to the communities it exploits coal, the Dangote Coal Mines Limited, has constructed and donated educational and health facilities to Awo, Akpali and Awo Ojuwo settlements in Ankpa local government area of Kogi state.
Launching the multi million naira facilities over the weekend, the General Manager, Special Duties, Dangote Coal Mines Limited, Mr. Nuhu Elujah said the projects were contained in the mutually consented Community Development Agreement (CDA), which was earlier signed by the Dangote Coal Mines Limited and the host communities.
He also assured that the company will be responsible for staffing of the clinic as well as provision of initial funds for its take off.
The Chairman, Ankpa Local Government Area, Alhaji Ibrahim Abagwu, who was represented by the Education Secretary, Prince Yakubu Ishiaka, commissioned the projects before they were handed over to representatives of the two communities.
The Chairman expressed delight over the successful completion of the projects and stressed the need for the communities to maintain and protect the facilities in order to sustain them in view of there positive impact on the lives of the rural communities.
Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, represented by Mr Samuel Olaetan, commended management of the Dangote Coal Mines Limited for fulfilling its promises and urged the host Communities to continue to support the company in the discharge of its Corporate Social Responsibility schemes.
His Royal Highness, the traditional ruler of Ojoku, the Onu Ojoku, represented by his Council Secretary, Alhaji Usman applauded the efforts of Dangote Group for ensuring that the agreement signed by both parties in his Palace few years ago has come to fruition.
In his reaction, the National Chairman, Awo Community Development Association, Mr. Robert Agagwu, who appreciated Dangote for the timely completion and delivery of the projects, assured the company of his association’s cooperation.
The commissioning ceremony was also attended by top management staff of the Dangote group, including Director Finance, Mr. Michael Etu, General Manager Human Asset Management, Mr. Abrauna Keri, Mr. Aluka Bem,(Community/Governmental Relations) Yahaya Zakari and Umar Mohammed.