Dangote Cement Celebrates Elderly Residents in Local Communities

Dangote Cement Plc has pledged commitment to complementing the efforts of the government at all levels to make life more meaningful to the citizenry, especially, the old people through provision of life enhancement and welfare programmes.

Dangote Cement, Ibese Plant director, Azad Nawabuddin made the position of the Company known when plant hosted and celebrated senior citizens from its 17 host communities at the weekend in Ibese, Ogun State.

It was pomp and pageant when the aged ones were hosted to a grand reception at the programme dubbed ‚A-day Out with Senior Citizens 2003‘, a first of its kind in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme dedicated to the elderly ones to give them a sense of inclusivity, with provision of free medical services, physical exercise, cultural dance display as well as take home kit bag containing items needed by the aged people.

Nawabuddin explained that Dangote Cement has always been in the fore front when it comes to initiatives that will make the life of the people better and that there is no better way to do this than through the host communities which accommodate Dangote businesses.

Based on the foregoing, the Plant director stated that, Dangote Cement as a responsible corporate organisation with very strong bonding and partnership with the host communities, decided to facilitate the programme to enable the Senior Citizens socialize and relate with their peers from other communities, with the hope that the event would bring back good memories, spring excitement and reinvigorate their mind.

He added that the hosting of the senior citizens in the host communities further underscored the Company’s commitment to fulfilling the Plant’s obligation as provided in the Community Development Agreement with our 17 host communities.

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He commended the resourcefulness of the implementing partner Novia on the maiden edition, as evidenced in the impacting package and quality service delivery pointing out that the dexterity of Novia in health care delivery was not the only consideration for the selection, but more importantly is the opportunity for local content development, which Dangote Cement strive to continue to deepen in its business.

Nawabuddin charged that much as Dangote Cement is dedicated to complementing the efforts of the government in this regard, it expects the stakeholders and partners to reciprocate the company’s good gesture by contributing their quota towards the good of the organization as well as ensuring peaceful co-existence, through equity participation and consistent understanding.

Also, the head of Social Performance, Dangote Cement, Ibese Plant, Ademola Ojolowo explained the motivation behind the programme, saying ageing is a blessing and a cause of celebration, but it also presents several challenges for both the aged and the society.

“In other to complement the effort of government at improving the quality of life for senior citizens, Dangote Cement Pls Ibese Plant Management approved a One-Day Care Program for Senior Citizens across the 17 host communities,“ he explained.

He added that the program is expected to increase the level of socialization, engagement, emotional and mental wellbeing among the elderly and enhance Dangote Cement’s reputational capital.

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