No fewer than 50 Students of Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara State indigenes on Saturday have been awarded with scholarship amounts to millions of naira by BUA Cement Company.
The company also sponsored the training of another 50 persons on acquisitions in makeup and beautification skills and provided empowerment kits to enable them start their businesses.
Speaking at the event, the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer of the company Engineer Yusuf Haliru Binji said the gesture is part of the company’s annual corporate responsibility.
Represented by the Plant Director, Engr. Aminu Bashar Binji said the gesture was to complement the government’s effort in the development of the education sector. He further explained that 24 schools mostly from the host communities would be given exercise books, desks and chairs to enhance their learning environment.
“What you are witnessing today is part of corporate social responsibility and is being carried out annually,” he added.
He disclosed that the benefiting students are engineering students selected from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States who are studying at various tertiary institutions across the country.
He added that out of the 50 slots, 15 were allocated to its host communities of Wamakko local government of Sokoto state while 15 were shared among other local government areas in the State, adding that the 20 slots were for students of Kebbi and Zamfara States.
In his vote of thanks, chairman of Wamakko local government council, Haliru Bello Gwiwa lauded the company for the gesture.
He noted that the educational materials would complement the state government’s efforts in improving the learning atmosphere in the state. According to Gwiwa the scholarship and education materials would relieve the government and parents of the burdens.
Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries Saratu Ahmad and Jennifer John commended BUA Cement Company saying it would lessen their burden and boost their performances while the Proprietress of the skill programme, Barr. Jamila Umar Anka commended the company for their partnership.
Also speaking, the Corporate Affairs Manager, Alhaji Sada Sulaiman urged the beneficiaries of both scholarship award, skill acquisition and those of educational material to complement the gesture by making use of what they had benefitted.