305 Beneficiaries From Host Communities Graduate At Dangote Cement’s Training And Empowerment Program

Dangote Cement Plc has been described by the Ogun State government as a worthy partner due to its efforts to complement the state’s poverty alleviation programmes. The company received this commendation at the graduation of 305 youths from the 17 host communities of the Ibese plant of Dangote Cement recently.

The beneficiaries underwent training and were empowered with start-up packs to enable them to start meaningful businesses after completing their skills acquisition programme, courtesy of the cement firm.

The Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development in Ogun State, Mr Wasiu Isiaka, confessed that the partnership programmes of Dangote Cement have helped the state government tremendously in the area of poverty alleviation and job creation.

He, however, challenged Dangote Cement to sustain the trend by helping to ensure it creates markets for the products the youth beneficiaries would be churning out, noting that when there is a market for the products, the beneficiaries will be encouraged to double their efforts.

The Commissioner assured that the state government would be ready to assist in whatever is required to foster joint development of the state by empowering its people, especially the youths.

Mr Isiaka advised the company to ensure the diversification of its empowerment programme so that different skills can be acquired by the youths in various fields of vocation and in turn teach others.

He urged the youths and other stakeholders in the host communities to reciprocate the gesture of the Dangote Cement, Ibese by making peace and tranquillity their priority.

Speaking at the event, the Acting Plant Director of the Ibese Cement Plant, Mr Michael Johnson, described the conclusion of the skills acquisition programme as another testament to Dangote Cement’s commitment to the socio-economic development of its host communities and their people.

“Our focus is to support the indigenous people to become self-sustaining by delivering and sustaining values that are pivotal to their overall growth and development,” he said.

He explained that the beneficiaries are “being provided with multi-million Naira start-up packs comprising SR-810 Professional Single Needle Post-bed Heavy-lock Stick Shoe Patch sewing machine, Master Flex MF-2008BG Shoe filling machine and other accessories like scissors, hammer & sewing needle.”

The Plant Director also urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity to set up their businesses, grow them and become employers of labour by hitting the ground running immediately, saying a journey of a thousand miles starts with a step.

“Be bold and courageous to start your journey to greatness now! We live in a technology-driven world, which the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has taken to another level.

“Hence, you need to remain focused and be conversant with the latest developments in your areas of specialization by embracing technology to remain relevant and competitive,” he said.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, 21-year-old Olowookere Sadiq Opeyemi from Abule-Oke Community thanked Dangote Cement for the initiative.

“What Dangote Cement has done for us is unquantifiable. They have lessened the burden off our parents and the society at large will be better for it. With this, Dangote Cement, Ibese has proven that they are not just corporate citizen but a socially responsible corporate citizen,” he stated.

Share This Article
Leave a comment