Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Flour Mills Invests N60 Million in Human Capacity Devt

Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc has invested N60 million in the promotion of educational and manpower development across the country.

The company invested the amount in a partnership with the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board and Apapa Local Government, which saw it rehabilitating United Christian Nursery and Primary School, Apapa.

Speaking during the commissioning of the rehabilitated school, Mr. Emmanuel Ukpabi, Group Managing Director, Flour Mills of Nigeria, said the project which is part of its Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, is in part fulfilment of promises made during its Golden Anniversary celebration in 2010.

Ukpabi said the company had expended over N200 million in the execution of three key projects aimed at improving Apapa community and the welfare of its people.

"We are here to commission the renovation and rehabilitation of United Christian Primary and Nursery school, Apapa, completed by Flour Mills of Nigeria at a cost of N60 million. This project is a major investment in our Corporate Social Responsibility".

Responding to the gesture, the Executive Chairman of Apapa Local Government, Hon. Joseph Adebayo Ayodeji said that at the inception of his administration, the community was faced with many challenges ranging from dilapidated school buildings, inadequate classrooms, non-functional libraries among others; most of which he said has been addressed with the collaboration of the private sector of which Flour Mills is one of them.

"Among the few corporate organizations that partnered with the local government was Flour Mills of Nigeria plc exhibiting abiding faith in our policy thrust on improvement and expansion of existing school structures and provision of facilities to promote conducive atmosphere for learning, and at the same time upholding the concept of corporate social responsibility."

Also speaking, at the event, the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB Chairman, Mrs. Kemi Akinyele, urged the management of Flour Mills to adopt the rehabilitated school as theirs to maintain and prevent it from relapsing to its former condition.

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