Dangote Cement is committed to giving back to host communities
Dangote Cement Plc continued to demonstrate its commitment to the human capital and infrastructure development of its host communities.
To demonstrate this, the company has signed new fine-tuned five-year Community Development Agreements (CDAs) with its host communities at the Ibese Mill in Ogun, State and Obajana, State of Kogi.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as it is known can be defined as the collective responsibility of a company towards its host communities and, in another way, the society in which it operates.
Mines and Steel Development Minister Olamilekan Adegbite, who witnessed the signing of the agreement, said the federal government was pleased that Dangote Cement had finally fulfilled its obligations to the host communities.
Adegbite explained that “the CDA complies with the Nation’s Minerals and Mines Act 2007”. Represented by the ministry’s chief geologist, Ntuimbe Etta, the minister assured that “the APC-led administration will continue to facilitate a peaceful atmosphere between the company and its host communities”.
In what was described as a novel idea, the decision to sign the agreement in broad public light, the management of Dangote Cement, the Ibese plant said the decision was intended to underpin the fact that the company was irrevocably committed to the welfare of residents of all communities.
The Director of Dangote Cement, Ibese Plant, Mr. Azad Nawabuddin explained that the signing of the CDA is the start of a new dawn for both the company and the host communities in the execution of social investment projects defined as part of the company’s corporate social program. Activities of Responsibilities (CSR).
According to him, the CDA specifies the commitment of Dangote Cement, Ibese Plant to build infrastructure projects for the socio-economic development of the host communities who deserve it.
“We are coming together as key stakeholders in accordance with the provisions of Section 116 of the Minerals and Mining Act 2007 and Section 193 of the Minerals and Mining Regulations 2011 mining of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“This occasion is a demonstration of our commitment to the development and general well-being of our host communities and their inhabitants, as a responsible entity. It also provides an opportunity to renew and refresh the existing partnership between Dangote Cement and its key stakeholders to complement the government’s effort in nation building.
“Dangote Cement Plc, Ibese Plant signed the first community development agreement with its host communities in 2013. This marked the start of concrete infrastructural and social supports in the areas of employment, education, health, training and empowerment, roads, drinking water and electrification. and so on, which have contributed enormously to improving the standard of living in our communities.
“The new CDA is an improvement as it is designed to surpass previous performance through positive impact on different stakeholder groups, especially vulnerable people in our communities. Putting this together, we applied all the lessons learned during the implementation of the first and engaged extensively with the various stakeholder groups in the seventeen (17) host communities, under the direction of the Federal Ministry of Mining and Steel Development.
“The document clearly sets out the consultative framework for commitments, grievance management and obligations of the factory and host communities for mutual growth and development. This is clearly a pathway for defining relationships, commitments, obligations and expectations with the potential to address immediate concerns and future social issues that may arise during the relationship between the factory and our communities. home, once all parties have committed to its full implementation. ”.
Nawabuddin then expressed the appreciation of the leadership to the royal fathers of the host communities who put their signatures on the CDA, for peace and tranquility in the communities which helped the society to function unhindered although there had occasional disagreements but were quickly resolved. in the best interest of all parties.
The Plant Manager, while promising that Dangote Cement is committed to fulfilling all its obligations as stated in the agreement, he asked the host communities to respect your end of the bargain by supporting us and collaborating with us to foster overall development. Rest assured that we are always ready to listen, dialogue and resolve any concerns.
One after another, traditional chiefs and other community leaders took turns commenting on the CDA, particularly on the transparent nature of the drafting and public signing, and expressed their satisfaction with the new agreement which will accelerate the socio-economic development of their areas.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Olu of Aga-Olowo, Oba Kayode Adio Kusoro, expressed his community’s appreciation to the management of Dangote Cement for its warm welcome and commitment to its CSR for the communities of welcome.
While commending the company’s openness and transparency in the process of signing the overall agreement, the monarch however expressed hope that the company will stick to the letters of the agreement.
In his own assessment of the event, the Olu of Imasayi, Oba Lukmon Olalekan Adeleke Kuoye, said the signing of the new agreement was a clean break from past exercises, as all representatives of the host communities and stakeholders were involved in the review. and the signing of the new agreement.
He said what the communities owe to Dangote Cement is continued collaboration to ensure that the company operates in a crisis-free environment that he promised the royal fathers would work for.
In his own remark, the Aboro of Iboroland, Oba Daniel Abayomi Salako expressed his satisfaction with the new agreement which he considers better and more inclusive than the previous ones, saying, “This ADC is good for all of us. Although the new agreement is limited to the existing seventeen host communities and cannot cover the whole of Yewaland at this time, it is subject to future amendments which will design legacy projects to benefit the people of Yewaland”.
The monarch reiterated that Dangote Cement, Ibese is currently conducting its CSR in line with the Nigerian standard limiting its community development activities to host communities.
While calling on Yewa communities not covered by the current 5-year agreement to be patient with the company, Oba Abayomi was full of gratitude to the cement company for upholding its corporate social responsibilities to the communities of welcome.
The Awijako of Ijako Orile, Oba Rev. Mathew Alabi Ewedairo, in his own commentary, expressed that the document signed was aimed at accelerating the socio-economic development of the host communities and that he has unwavering confidence in the management of Dangote. Cement Plc, Ibese live up to their promises contained in the agreement.
With the signing of the new agreement, each of the host communities will be entitled, over the next five years (2022-2026), to specific projects that will add value to the lives and livelihoods of their people.