As part of its continuous support to education in the country, no fewer than 50,000 students have benefited from Total E&P Nigeria Limited, through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities.
The Executive General Manager, CSR and Medical Services, Vincent Nnadi, said this at a media interaction in Lagos, while highlighting the company’s efforts in contribution to its host communities through CSR.
Nnadi said, “Accordingly, Total has identified several commitments as priorities for social welfare, with education ranking at the top of the list. Our international subsidiaries, therefore support numerous programs relating to education. The company is currently focused on education and capacity building through its CSR, adding that Total had also invested in the six geo-political zone of the country under is CSR initiatives.”
He said that the company had invested over 40 million dollars annually on CSR while assuring that it will invest more when the economy becomes stable.
The Executive General Manager made it known that the education scholarships cut across post primary, post-secondary which include 80 tertiary institutions recognized by the National Universities’ Commission (NUC), as well as post-graduates, in local and foreign universities.
He also said the scheme in three categories included National Merit Scheme, Community Scheme and International Scholarship. Nnadi explained that the National Merit Scheme had over 4,000 beneficiaries and the Community Scheme has over 5, 000 beneficiaries.
According to him, the scheme which is regarded as a ‘Catch them Young’ program allows bright pupils to be identified in primary schools in rural communities and place them in the best secondary schools in Port-Harcourt under the scholarship.
Others, Nnadi noted, were the NYSC Scheme where graduates in their national service were engaged and posted to secondary school in the host communities to teach science subjects.
He said that the company also has a Teachers’ Program, where science teachers are paid incentive in the host communities, to motivate them, while workshops and training program are also organised to improve their techniques.
The executive general manager stressed that Total had also undertaken the construction of lecture theatres, classrooms, hostel blocks, renovation of schools, amongst others.
According to him, the company is a strategic and reliable partner throughout the entire value chain in the downstream, upstream and midstream sectors of the Nigerian economy.
He made it known that Total as the 4th largest Oil and Gas producing company, with 3000 employees has invested over 10 billion dollars in the economy in the last five years.
He said that the company had also invested in renewable energy, adding that over 47 stations in Lagos are powered by solar, while over 125 stations across the country are also powered by solar energy.