Lafarge Africa, cement and building solutions provider, has concluded the training of 42 geologists at its Ewekoro plant and quarry in Ogun State. The training, which ended last week, afforded stakeholders and participants the opportunity to benefit from its wealth of experience and expertise.
According to its Communications, Public Affairs & Sustainable Development Director, Folashade Ambrose-Medebem, the firm is committed to the promotion of local content and the development of local capacity. She said Lafarge’s commitment to capacity development aligned with the people, communities and climate, which are the pillars of its 2030 Sustainability Plan and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The training was facilitated by members of Lafarge Africa’s technical staff. During the training, the geologists gained theoretical and practical insights from Lafarge Africa’s Training Centre in and quarry in Ewekoro. Bimbo Ashiru, the Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce, awarded certificates of attendance to participants.
Other major CSR projects the cement maker has embarked on, to build capacity in host communities, include the Cement Professional Technicians Programme (CPTP)—a three-year development programme for young science-oriented school leavers selected from its host communities across the federation—and the Technical Apprenticeship Programme. Such initiatives, Ambrose-Medebem said, are meant to mitigate the dearth of skilled technicians and professionals in the country’s construction sector.