From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
The Dangote Group of Companies has disbursed scholarship funds to members of host coal communities in Benue and Kogi States.
The Head of Dangote’s mining operation in Benue, Mr. Dillip Taman, said the scholarship was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility of the company, adding that the company takes the plights of the host communities very seriously.
The exercise which is part of the company’s annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scheme for host communities is kick-starting several other projects contained in the Community Development Agreement.
This according to the release made available to Journalists by Mallam Abubakar in Lokoja, is coming barely one year into coal mining operation at Effeche Akpalli in Ugbokolo Ward of Okpokwu Local Government of Benue State.
In Ankpa, Kogi State, scholarship fund was also distributed to members of the coal communities.
In the same token, the Dangote Cement Plant in Gboko also disbursed scholarship funds to host communities in Benue State.
In 2022, Group President of the Dangote Industries Limited Aliko Dangote had announced series of scholarship schemes for communities hosting the Dangote Sugar Refinery in Numan, Adamawa State.
In Benue, ten members of the Effeche community who are currently studying in higher institutions of learning benefitted from the fund.
The company’s contribution to the educational development in Nigeria has been described as immeasurable having constructed multimillion naira edifices and hostels in some selected universities in the country.
The company is adjudged to be Africa’s largest donor, and second biggest employer of labour, after government in Nigeria.
The chairperson of the Okpokwu Local Government Amina Audu, who was represented by the Leader of the Legislative Council, urged the beneficiaries to use the money efficiently, while urging the company not to relent in the annual scholarship scheme.
A community leader Chief Samuel Ameh said the community was desirous of ensuring a smooth operational turf for the company, saying a peaceful coexistence was a major prerequisite for profitability and community development.