By Etuka Sunday
Youth under the aegis of Community of Tiv Students Worldwide (CTS) has honoured the Dangote Cement Plant in Gboko, Benue State.
President of the National Executive of the CTS Gever Terver who presented the Certificate of Honour to the Gboko Plant Director Jacinto Leyva Miranda described the award as a way of appreciating the philanthropic gestures of the Dangote Cement company in the State.
Some of the charity works of the company, he said include: The annual scholarship grant for host communities, provision of electricity, boreholes, Community Hospital, tri cycles(Keke NAPEP) for economic empowerment and a host of other Corporate Social Responsibilities(CSR) programs.
He said: “With all these achievements by the company, the CTS worldwide resolved there was absolute need to appreciate Aliko Dangote and the Head of Gboko Plant.”
Last year, the company remitted a staggering N7000million tax to the Government of Benue State, even as it launched tricycle and mini depots schemes to boost commercial activities in the state.
CSR projects by Dangote Cement in Benue State include: Electrification of villages at Masaje, Ipav, Gaando, Mbayion, Quarry Community, Igyula- Mbayion, Amua- Mbayion, Tsekutsa-Mbayion, some communities at Ukpekpe- Mbayion; procurement of 50 motor cycles on a revolving scheme basis and construction of 14 blocks of classrooms in different host communities in our operational area.
Others are: Construction of a bridge at Mkar, donation of N 15million Naira to Yion Clan Foundation, construction of 21 boreholes in some communities of Mbayion, yandev and Ipav(arrangements are already in place to reactivate non functional ones) and procurement of four (4) trucks of fertilizers on a revolving scheme to Mbayion Community.
Other projects also include: construction of a block of classrooms for the quarry Community, construction of examination hall at Mbatyula Progressive College, Tsekucha, the sum of Ten Millions of naira is disbursed annually for Scholarship Grant to Mbayion Students in higher institutions of learning.
“We have vigilante contract with all our host communities which we are paying millions monthly. We do engage some skilled and unskilled youths of the host communities in our employment as part of the Youth Economic empowerment programme,” a statement from the Corporate Communications Department of the Dangote Group added.