The Cement Company of Northern Nigeria (CCNN) has donated assorted drugs and equipment worth N1.8 million to a clinic in Wajeke village of Wamakko local government area of Sokoto state.
It also expressed the readiness to provide assistance to rural communities in the state.
Speaking during the presentation of drugs to the clinic in Wajeke village, the Managing Director of CCNN, Mr. Alf Karlsen, said the gesture was part of the company's efforts to improve health care service delivery in the area, thereby boosting the living condition of the rural dwellers.
The CCNN emphasised that it was part of the company's corporate social responsibility (CSR) geared towards enhancing the standard of living of the people in host communities.
He noted that the provision of drugs to the community became necessary in view of the need to improve the health conditions of residents of the host communities.
According to him, the provision of the drugs and equipment was part of the partnership entered between CCNN and Wamakko local government council for the provision of assistance to residents of the host communities.
He stated that the provision of drugs to the clinic in Wajeke village would be done every year.
“We strongly believe that this initiative will be beneficial to everybody in Wajeke village. In fact, we intend to provide assorted drugs and equipment to the clinic on annual basis to improve health care services in the area.
“So, the drugs that will be provided to the clinic next time will depend on priorities of the community and we have set up a committee to ensure that drugs that will be provided will be based on the needs of the people,” Karlsen stressed.
He lauded Wamakko council for the support to the company, saying CCNN had been conducting its business activities without any challenge from the host communities.
Karlsen also solicited the support of traditional leaders in the area to enable it sustain the programme. He therefore, restated the company's commitment to further improving the living conditions of the people in the host communities.
In a remark, the Chairman of Wamakko local government council, Alhaji Ahmed Kalambaina, said the provision of the drugs to Wajeke Clinic was in fulfillment of the pledge made to the people of the area by CCNN last year.
Kalambaina explained that the initiative was embarked upon by the company, sequel to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between CCNN and Wamakko Council in that regard.
He maintained that the agreement entails that CCNN would provide drugs to the clinic in Wajeke village on an annual basis while the Council would provide manpower.
He described the gesture as unprecedented, saying it would go a long way in improving health care service delivery to the community.
“CCNN has done well by fulfilling the promise made to the people of the area last year. I believe these drugs will help a great deal in improving the health conditions of the people in Wajeke village,” Kalambaina said.
The council boss assured the management of the company of the council's continued support to its business activities in the area.