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Lafarge Africa hosts community day event in Ewekoro, Africa

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As part of their efforts to give back to Ewekoro, the community where Lafarge Africa PLC has been operating for 60 years, the company held an event for hundreds of residents of some villages and communities under the Ewekoro local government area of Ogun state.

At the annual Lafarge Africa community day event, which was held at Agbesi, Ewekoro Lakatabu Plant II on 21 November 2019, Lafarge Africa donated N20.4 million cheques as bursaries to 204 students under its empowerment programme, which cuts across four cardinal areas of social intervention including education, health, infrastructure development and other forms of support. The beneficiaries of the award were students from various tertiary institutions, selected from all villages and communities under the Ewekoro local government.

In addition to the bursary awards, the projects for the CSR intervention for the communities included a newly constructed Health Centre built for the Olujobi community, to improve access to quality healthcare for the people of Olujobi. Another project included the installation of a substation and electrification of the Oke Oko Sekoni community, in alignment with Lafarge Africa’s goals to improve the quality of life of the people in these communities. In addition, the company donated money for the reinforcement of the Alagutan concrete road and for a community town hall, as a demonstration of the company’s commitment to infrastructural development and boosting the economy of their host communities. Other donations were made towards agricultural support tools for farmers, as well as elderly care support.

Speaking at the community day event, Michel Puchercos, Lafarge Africa Country CEO, said, “As an organisation, we recognise our host communities as our partners, building progressively together for the future, while ensuring that we leave positive footprints that will impact the society. We are committed to sustainable development with special focus on the United Nation’s sustainable development goals, which are entrenched in our 2030 sustainability ambitions. Our sustainability goals focus on four major pillars - climate and energy, environment, circular economy, and community”.

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