The importance of quality education in every society cannot be overemphasized because development thrives on literacy.
As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Dangote Oil Refining Company recently provided scholarship awards to 137 students of higher education institutions and secondary schools from various host communities in Ibeju-Lekki.
The move, lauded by various stakeholders as a major boost to educational empowerment in the host communities, is a win-win situation for all parties involved.
Dangote Oil Refining believes that education is the bedrock of development and has continued to improve the educational system in the country by offering scholarships and providing books to students in host communities.
Through proven commitments, the company has continued to ensure that its investments deliver comprehensive development not only to the company, but also to its important external stakeholders.
As a way of giving back to the host communities, the company has embarked on an annual scholarship aimed at contributing to the educational development of people and properly placing them in the scheme of things in Lagos State in particular and Nigeria in general.
To bridge the gap in Nigeria’s education sector and allow it to effectively contribute to economic development, Dangote Oil Refining has taken a proactive action by initiating an integrated three-pronged approach to enhance the quality of education in public schools around the host communities.
This approach includes a scholarship program for students, a training of trainers capacity building initiative for teachers and school infrastructure projects to improve school infrastructure.
For example, Dangote Oil Refining recently awarded scholarships to 137 students at higher institutions and secondary schools in 15 host communities around Ibeju-Lekki.
Apart from its investments in quality education, the company has identified 10 Host Communities and five Neighborhood Communities in its Ibeju-Lekki areas of operation.
The main beneficiary host communities include; Idacho, Ilikuru, Okyanta, Magbu Segun, Okesegun, Itoki, Edutun, Alasya, Okonrayi and Lekki, while the neighboring communities are Imopedu, Tei, Moza, Ilig, and Olomowe.
In Ibeju-Lekki, the company has implemented many projects that help improve people’s lives. It has provided wells for all communities and classrooms for local schools.
According to Group CEO, Strategy, Capital Ventures and Portfolio Development, Dangote Group, Devakumar Edwin, Dangote Group believes that education is the passport to the future and that investing in knowledge brings the greatest returns to humanity.
He said the company has, over the years, supported the Nigerian education sector by creating scholarship programs. According to him, this is part of the company’s educational intervention initiative for Indigenous students in host communities affected by its work.
He said, “In 2019, we implemented a scholarship program where 51 high school students from 15 host communities were honored here in Ibigu Lekki. However, as 2019 came to a close, COVID-19 struck the global community, leaving its indelible mark. Not only on businesses but also on every family.As a result, we were unable to create the second edition of the scholarship program in 2020.
“With the curtain closed in 2021, we cannot fail to acknowledge the efforts made by our researchers in their academic studies, to obtain such excellent results that qualify them as recipients of this award. Hence, after a rigorous screening process, 118 high school students and 19 A student from institutions of higher education from the host communities for this scholarship.”
Clearly pleased with Dangote Oil Refining Company’s social investment around Ibeju Lekki, Onilekki of Lekki Land, Oba Olumuyiwa Ogunbekun said Dangote’s commitment to CSR projects is beginning to yield positive results.
According to King, the majority of young people who have benefited from the skills acquisition programs at Dangote Oil Refining are now being employed for pay by some of the company’s contractors, while others have become employers. He noted that the Dangote refinery project has become a boon to all the host communities around Ibeju-Lekki.
Ogunbekun said the company had earlier trained Ibeju-Lekki youths to acquire skills, which include a wide range of occupational skills including welder, electrical technician, plumbing, auto mechanics, radio and TV repair, refrigerator and air-conditioning repair, and building and furniture making.
He added that the company also donated a classroom set to serve the Abejoye community in Ibeju-Lekki to provide quality education by providing educational materials and a conducive environment.
Ogunbekun noted that the community development move showed that the company is determined to persist in the host communities and contribute significantly to the social and economic development of the region.
He urged the recipients of the scholarship program to study hard and focus on their education in order to improve their lives and become worthy ambassadors for Ebigo Leakey in the future.
One of the recipients, Master Quddus Siddik, a high school student from Community Senior Secondary School, Lekki, expressed his gratitude to the Dangote scholarship group, saying “I am very happy with this scholarship. It will help me achieve my educational ambition and pursue my dreams in the future.”
Dangote Oil Refining has set a path for positive community engagement and industrial harmony for others to follow. For the beneficiary host communities of Ibeju-Lekki, their youth await brighter and better days.
Dangote Oil Refinery is an integrated refining project with a capacity of 650,000 barrels per day (BPD) under construction in the Lekki Free Zone, Lagos, Nigeria. It is expected to be the largest oil refinery in Africa and the largest single train station in the world.
The pipeline infrastructure at Dangote Petroleum Refinery is the largest anywhere in the world, with an area of 1,100 km to handle three billion standard cubic feet of gas per day.
The refinery alone contains a 400 MW power plant capable of meeting Ibadan DisCo’s total power requirements.
The refinery will meet 100 percent of the Nigerian needs for all refined products and also has a surplus of each of these products for export.