This Day (Lagos)

Nigeria: UNILAG Honours Nigerite, Others At Donors Forum

Nigerite Limited, one of Africa's largest manufacturers and marketer of roofing, ceiling, flooring and integrated building solutions, has received an award of excellence from University of Lagos (UNILAG).

The award was one of the highlights of the institution's 50th anniversary celebration awards to major donors/partners and the launch of The

UNILAG Donors Forum.

According to UNILAG, the award was her way of saying thank you to Nigerite for her numerous contributions to the institution. Among many other initiatives aimed at uplifting the Nigerian youth, Nigerite recently remodelled the Masters' in Environmental Science's

design studios in the department of Architecture of the institution.

Marketing Director of Nigerite Limited, Toyin Gbede, an Architect, while receiving the award on behalf of the company noted that "The assured future of Nigeria as an entity is premised on the contribution of today's prominent corporate players. The more corporate organisations rise up in corporate social investment, the more social needs will be addressed."

Nigerite, in partnership with African Union of Architects (AUA), is currently organising design competition for young architects and students across Africa, themed Beyond Housing, Nigerite Prize for Architecture under the "Youth, our Future Initiative."

The purpose of the competition, Gbede said was to awaken the consciousness of young architects and students in Africa to look inwards and come up with possible sustainable solutions to the continent's rising housing deficit. "The need for the youth of Africa to be re-oriented to see the possibility in the application and use of locally made materials in building modern houses that are community relevant and to cause them to have the mindset of city changers. The winning entries to the competition will soon be announced."

Gbede disclosed that Nigerite in partnership with Lagos State Technical and Vocational Education Board (LASTVEB) would build capacity among artisans in the state through the provision of a robust and well thought-out curricula and useful equipment. "This is geared towards delivery of trained artisans who can be trusted to handle any work committed into their hands with highest level of professionalism."

Several dignitaries and reputable institutions attended the presentation of awards to major donors/partners held over the weekend.

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