Innovative and sustainable building solutions company, Lafarge Africa Plc., has reaffirmed its commitment to host communities in Cross River State.
Speaking at this year’s community day and stakeholders engagement event held recently, the production manager of Lafarge Africa Plc, Mfamosing plant, Cross River State, MrsIdara Uyok, said the initiative was part of efforts to strengthen the relationship among Lafarge, its host communities and the Cross River State government.
The event attracted dignitaries from the government and across the host communities, which included commissioner for affordable housing, Cross Rivers State, Mr Gorge Ben; director general, Cross Rivers State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Janet Ekpenyong; chairman, Akamkpa Local Government, Mr Linus Bassey; chairman, Community Relations Committee, Mfamosing Plant, Mr Ntufam Bassey; as well as royal fathers from all the host communities.
“In the year 2021, as part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) footprint in the community, we supported over 130 secondary and tertiary institution students to stay in school through our annual educational support programme, donated school desks across communities, recruited NYSC volunteers for teaching support in our host communities, donated school materials for pupils in our host communities’ primary schools.
“We prioritised the health and well-being of members of our communities and launched a free medical outreach across communities, facilitated WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) projects in schools by ensuring that public schools have good toilet systems and provided potable water for members of our communities,” Uyok said.
She noted that the company is committed to building progress for its communities through sustainable projects that will improve the lives of the people. As part of the infrastructure pillar of its CSR efforts, the company supported its host communities to build a teacher’s quarters in Ekong Anakucommunity and a town hall in Essien Town community. It renovated the traditional council palace in Kasuk, and the shopping mall at Obutong community as well as the ongoing town hall in Mbobui community.
Commending Lafarge for its contributions to the growth of its host communities, the clan head of Kasuk Qua, HRM NtoePatrick Agbor, said the interventions by the company would really build capacity, alleviate poverty and curtail youthrestiveness.