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June 21, 2024

Lafarge Africa Flags Off Elderly Care Outreach, Distributes Food to 350

Lafarge Africa Plc has donated essential food items, including rice and vegeta­ble oil, to over 350 elderly residents in its host communities within Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State, at the flag-off  of its elderly care outreach

It was gathered that this initiative is part of the compa­ny’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, named the Lafarge Africa Elderly Care Programme.

The beneficiaries, drawn from 14 host communities around the cement plant in Ewekoro, received the aid aimed at enhancing their quality of life.

According to Lolu Alade-Akinyemi, Lafarge Af­rica’s Group Managing Director/CEO, while speaking about the initiative, she stated the company’s commitment to supporting retirees and vulnerable elderly individuals.

Represented by the Head of Sustain­ability and Corporate Brand, Titilope Oguntuga, the CEO said: “The La­farge Elderly Care Programme demon­strates our unwavering dedication to improving the well-being and dignity of the aged members in our host com­munities. Our core focus areas include food provision, medical support, and economic empowerment.

“In Nigeria, elderly in­dividuals face numerous challenges, including changes in family dynamics, increased medical needs, economic pressures, and reduced functional inde­pendence. Our program is a promise to provide the necessary care and support for those aged 50 and above, ensuring they lead fulfilling lives.”

In his own remarks, the Commissioner for Local Gov­ernment and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ga­niu Hamzart, urged members of the host commu­nities to maintain peaceful relations with Lafarge Africa to foster ongoing development.

“No meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of violence. Had there been a crisis in Ewekoro com­munity, this kind of programme will not take place”, he noted, assuring the company’s continued government sup­port,” he said. 

Also, the Onipapa of Papalanto, Oba Abdulrasaq Olayiwola, acknowledged the support of Lafarge Africa in making lives more meaning­ful to residents of the host communities and called for community cooperation to ensure continued development. 

He advised beneficiaries not to sell the re­ceived palliatives.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficia­ries, Dotun Oderinde, a member of the Community Relations Committee of Lafarge Africa, commended the com­pany for its gesture and called on others to emulate them. 

He assured Lafarge Af­rica of the continued support of mem­bers of the host communities, saying the company has laid a solid foundation for a mutually beneficial relationship.

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