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Lafarge introduces stakeholders’ empowerment scheme

Mar, 11 2013


(Nigeria) -- Lafarge Wapco Cement Nigeria Plc has embarked on a major scheme aimed at repositioning its current market relevance and future operational leadership.

Specifically, the scheme is focused on stakeholder empowerment.

The company said it was doing this along certain operative modes, including empowerment in terms of training for artisans; assisted funding provision strategies; assisted job mobility scheme by moving laymen from unemployment or small scale artisans to medium-sized entrepreneurs; and progressive execution of an 18-month apprenticeship scheme, among others.

Managing Director of the company, Joseph Hudson, described block makers empowerment initiative as a ground-breaking episode, which would make positive social impact within the host communities and the Nigerian society at large.

He said, “As you are aware, Lafarge considers the community as a key stakeholder in all its businesses worldwide. At Lafarge, we place local stakeholder relations at the core of our business, basing our approach on dialogue, transparency, responsibility and the contribution to the economic and social development of our local territories

“We are therefore happy to witness this three-pronged celebration of our humble contribution to the development of our host communities (Ewekoro andSagamu). They are the launch of Supaset Block Makers Empowerment Programme, Lafarge Technical Apprenticeship Scheme and the annual celebration of Community Projects/Supports.”

According to him, the Supaset Block Makers Empowerment programme is designed for young school leavers and small scale block makers to assist them in expanding the scope of their dreams by acquiring the necessary technical skills and the zeal to venture into block making.

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