Seplat Energy wins SISA’s CSR Award for Education Empowerment

Seplat Energy Plc, a dual-listed Nigerian and London Stock Exchange firm, has won the Social Impact & Sustainability Awards (SISA’s) CSR Award for Education Empowerment organized by CSR Reporters.

The CSR Reporters Awards recognise initiatives of companies in promoting sustainable economies in Nigeria and in serving the needy public.

The Director, External Affairs and Social Performance, Seplat Energy, Chioma Afe, represented by the CSR Manager, Esther Icha, commended the award organisers for the recognition, according to a statement.

Afe was quoted as stressing the company’s commitment to global best practice in all programmes targeted at social development of the Nigerian people, especially its host communities.

According to her, Seplat Energy’s educational CSR initiatives are implemented in line with the company’s seven Principles of Corporate Strategy, which are: Accountability, Transparency, Ethical behaviour, Respect for stakeholders’ interests, Respect for the rule of law, Respect for international norms of behaviour, and Respect for human rights.

Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Eustace Onuegbu, Member of Trustees, Sustainability Professionals Institute of Nigeria, and President, International Network for Corporate Social Responsibility, said the awards are targeted at recognising, honouring and celebrating the outstanding efforts of organisations and individuals that have made a transformative impact on Nigerian society in the year under review.

The organisers commended Seplat Energy’s commitment to educational advancement and effective stakeholder engagement.

They also lauded the company’s educational CSR initiatives like the Seplat Pearl’s Quiz, National Undergraduate Scholarship, SEPLAT Teachers Empowerment Programme (STEP), and Seplat Innovators programme.

Seplat is commited to global best practice in all programmes targeted at social development of the Nigerian people, especially its host communities.

Seplat Pearl’s Quiz started in 2012 for its host states, in which 57,875 teachers and students have been impacted through 11,575 participating schools. Scholarships worth N8.1million have been awarded to winning secondary school students.

The company has also contributed directly to improving the infrastructure of secondary schools by awarding prize money worth N101 million to winning secondary schools.

Seplat National Undergraduate Scholarship started in 2014 for host communities, states, and the nation, and has provided scholarships to 780 Federal and State University undergraduate students of which 34% are from the host communities.

Also, the Seplat Teachers Empowerment Programme (STEP) started in 2020 for host states and has provided 905 teachers and 87 Chief Inspectors of Education with digital teaching skills, leadership training, and income diversification; and supported the learning of over 10,000 students with new teaching skills.

The Seplat Innovators Programme is creating STEAM Laboratories which are collaborative spaces where the study of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics can be integrated through hands-on experiences in a pure laboratory or combined classroom-laboratory setting. 

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