As part of activities marking the 2021 Global Sustainability Week, employees of pan-African manufacturer, Dangote Group, have donated food items and other hygiene products to the elderly and physically challenged children.
The donations were made on Tuesday, in Lagos, to the pupils at the Pacelli School for the Blind & Partially Sighted Children, Surulere, and the Lagos State-owned Old People’s Home, Sabo-Yaba. The food items included bags of rice, beans, semovita, noodles, beverages and a host of others.
The Sustainability Week themed: ‘Building a Sustainable Future – The Dangote Way’, which began on September 27th, ends tomorrow.
Speaking on the initiative, Head, Sustainability, Dangote Group, Eunice Sampson, said: “We are employees of Dangote Group and every year, we have our sustainability week, which is driven by employee volunteering.”
She noted that all the operations of the Dangote Group across Africa are implementing various initiatives aimed at empowering their host communities and ensuring a sustainable present and future for the conglomerate.
She added: “We have set aside this week to create awareness about the need for good neighbourliness, and we will also be promoting environmental responsibility, social responsibility and good governance in all our operations.
“One of the things we do during our sustainability week is to reach out to our host communities, which align with the vision of our employer, Dangote Group.”
Sampson said such gestures are particularly important at this period of time, when the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated hunger in the land, “…and this is not just particular to Africa, it is a global thing.”
As a result, she said employees from the Dangote Head Office chose to celebrate with the aged and to teach them simple hygiene to maintain good health and prevent disease.
We have set aside this week to create awareness about the need for good neighbourliness, and we will also be promoting environmental responsibility, social responsibility and good governance in all our operations.
Also commenting, Group lead, Health and Safety, Dangote Group, James Adenuga, said: “We are excited at the way the Old Age Home is run and we commend the Lagos State Government. We are in a peculiar time, which is COVID-19, and it is gladdening to note the apt way the pandemic has been handled by the Lagos State Government.”
He urged the workers to practice good hygiene since they are taking care of the senior citizens.
Manager of the Old People’s Home, Oluwafunmilayo Adekola, thanked the Dangote Group for the donation of the food items and for supporting the Lagos State Government in this COVID era.
At the Pacelli School, its Principal, Sister Jane Onyeneri, said the school has been in existence since 1964, and provides free education to the pupils and students, adding that it is through the goodwill of people and corporate like the Dangote Group that they are able to give the children the best education.
She informed that the children have performed well in all their exams at the national level, saying that this goes with the saying: “there is ability in disability”.
She also said the children are well taken care of because of generous donations from Nigerians, and commended the kind gesture of the Dangote Group for the items brought for the children.
Onyeneri said this marked the beginning of friendship with the Dangote Group, and solicited support for the school’s Jubilee celebration next year.