Towards enhancing qualitative academic performance of students in Ogun State, the Chairman of Dangote Nigeria PLC, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has promised to continue supporting the qualitative and affordable education policy of the Ogun State government.
Alhaji Dangote gave the promise at Dangote Cement Plant, Ibese, during the 2017/2018 Dangote Cement Plant Scholarship Awards to 100 students from all parts of the State in higher institutions of learning across the country and 15 secondary school students in Yewaland.
The business magnate who was represented by the Director, Ibese Cement Plant, Mr Louis Raj, said the annual award was put in place in order to encourage students who are indigenes of the State to put in the best in their educational pursuit and also as a way of given back to the host community.
He pointed out that, despite the economic situation of the country, the company has increased the number of awardees in tertiary institutions from 39 to 100, while that of secondary school has also been increased from 10 to 15 to cover all the 15 host communities, adding that the amount was increased from N75, 000 to N100, 000 for students in tertiary institution.
Dangote enjoined the beneficiaries to reciprocate the good gesture by taking their studies seriously and come out with good grades at the end of their studies to guaranty them employment in the company.
In his address, the Olu of Imasayi, Oba Gbadebo Olusola Oni, thanked the State government and Alhaji Dangote for establishing the company in the community, assuring that necessary steps would be taken to protect and maintain mutual relationship between the company and the host communities.
The Royal father appreciated the company for improving on its Corporate Social Responsilities (CSR), calling on it to follow the footstep of Obajana Cement in Kogi State, by establishing a technical training school in the area, assuring that the community has enough land to accommodate such project.
One of the beneficiaries, a National Diploma student from the Department of Accounting, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Miss Idowu Grace, while thanking Alhaji Dangote for the gesture, promised to make good use of the opportunity and give back to her community and the State at large on completion of her studies.
Also speaking, Miss. Adijat Obalange of Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro, appreciated the State government for providing conducive environment that has enhanced academic performance and Dangote Cement Company for giving her and others the scholarship, saying that it would encourage them to be more committed to their studies.