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CSR: Dangote Cement wins big in Zambia, Senegal




Dangote Cement Plc has received special recognition and awards for its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Sustainability projects in Zambia and Senegal.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the employers’ body in Senegal, the Conseil National du Patronat (CNP), said this in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement said the recognition was for its green project in which hundreds of trees were planted to mitigate against desert encroachment in parts of the country.

It added that Dangote Cement Zambia’s Ndola subsidiary, was given the Best Community Social Impact Award for Youth Development at an event organised by the Corporate Social Responsibility Network Zambia (CSRNZ).

The statement said that Dangote Cement Zambia won the award as a result of the community skills training centre donates to support vocational skills training for the less-privileged youths in the community.

The cement company also won in the Best Environmental Excellence Award category based on its Environmental Action in the Community through waste management and sensitisation programmes.

The statement quoted the Country Manager, Dangote Cement Zambia, Vipul Agrawal, as saying that the company were delighted at the two awards.

“Our CSR projects are designed to have the best impact on the benefiting communities.

“We will continue to embark on more projects that will change the face of our host communities,” Agrawal said.

The statement added that Dangote Cement Senegal was honoured for its commitment to CSR and Sustainability at the opening of the “Assises de l’Entreprise”, an event which brought together, the big companies operating in Senegal.

It said that the cement company’s ‘The Ngomène Green Wall’ project received the CNP award on ‘CSR & Sustainable Development.’

The statement quoted Ousmane Mbaye, acting Country Manager of Dangote Cement Senegal, as saying that the company was impressed with the recognition.

“It is with a sense of excitement and satisfaction that I receive the CNP ‘CSR & Sustainable Development’ award on behalf of Dangote Cement Senegal.

“This distinction is a recognition of all the works done in the host communities in partnership with all the stakeholders.

“We see this award as an encouragement to do more and better. And we will do our utmost to make it possible.

“Our ambition is to make Dangote Cement Senegal the undisputed champion of Sustainable Development in Senegal,” Mbaye said.

The Ngomène ‘Green Wall’ project launched in 2019 is a high profile CSR and Sustainable Development policy designed by the company’s management and effectively implemented by the CSR and Sustainable Development Department to bring succour to the people.


The ‘Green Wall’ project which has already succeeded in planting more than 5,000 trees between the factory’s limestone mine and the neighbouring village of Ngomène, aims to control the environmental impacts of industrial operations.

Dangote Cement Senegal has built numerous socio-educational (schools, colleges), health (health centres, maternity wards), water (boreholes) and communication (bridges, tracks) facilities; gave out scholarships to the indigent students, trained women, and young people in the host communes of Pout, Keur-Moussa, Diass and Mont-Rolland.

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Woman killed while crossing road in Anambra




The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Anambra State Sector Command, has confirmed the death of a woman in an accident at Okpoko Market on the Asaba-Onitsha Road.

The Sector Commander, Mr Adeoye Irelewuyi, who confirmed the accident to journalists in Awka on Thursday, said that the woman was hit while she was crossing the road.

He said that the accident, which occurred on Wednesday, involved a commercial tow truck with registration number XA550BMA.

“Eyewitness report reaching us indicates that the truck was towing a vehicle in an uncontrollable speed along the axis.


“The vehicle that was being towed got detached from the tow truck.

“It hit and killed a female adult, who was said to be crossing the road, while the tow truck continued its movement.

“FRSC rescue team came to the scene and took the woman to Toronto Hospital, Onitsha, where she was confirmed dead and her body deposited at the hospital’s mortuary,” he said.

While sympathising with the family of the dead, the sector commander urged motorists, especially tow truck drivers, to exercise a high level of professionalism.

He also urged the drivers to always use standard equipment and avoid speeding.

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LASG’s maize palliative impactful, says poultry association chair





The Chairman, Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN), Lagos State Chapter, Mr Mojeed Iyiola, said the state government’s maize palliative to members of the association made a positive impact on the sector.

Iyiola said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

“We received about 150,000 tons of maize in February from the Lagos State government as palliative to cushion the effect of high feed prices.

“The major benefit of the palliative is that it actually cushioned the cost of production for most poultry farmers in the state.

“The palliative was beneficial as it made the cost of some poultry produce, especially eggs to drop,” Iyiola said.

He noted that prior to the palliative, a crate of egg was sold between N3,500 and N3,700 at the farm gate, but after the palliative, it now sells between N3,200 and N3,400.

According to the PAN chair, retailers and middlemen who sell from N3,800 to N4,200 do that for their personal gain.


“We have urged our members to sell their eggs at reasonable prices following the receipt of the palliative from the government.

“We appreciate the Lagos State government for the palliative but we also urge the federal government to do likewise, to further reduce the cost of production in the sector.

“This will consequently lead to drop in the prices of all poultry produce across board,” he said.

He said the palliative was shared among financial members of the association at no extra cost.

“As an association we shared the grains equally across PAN’s eight zones in the state equally. We also mandated each zone not the sell even a grain of the maize.

“We, however, considered new poultry farmers who wanted to the join the association as beneficiaries of the palliative,” said Iyiola.

He noted that through the palliative, more poultry farmers were recruited into the association.

“The maize was shared only to poultry farmers and not feed millers, it is the major component of poultry feed formulation,” he said.

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