Dangote Cement Plc has received special recognition and awards for its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Environmental Sustainability projects in Zambia and Senegal.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the employers’ body in Senegal, the Conseil National du Patronat (CNP), said this in a statement on Wednesday.

The statement said the recognition was for its green project in which hundreds of trees were planted to mitigate against desert encroachment in parts of the country.

It added that Dangote Cement Zambia’s Ndola subsidiary, was given the Best Community Social Impact Award for Youth Development at an event organised by the Corporate Social Responsibility Network Zambia (CSRNZ).

The statement said that Dangote Cement Zambia won the award as a result of the community skills training centre donates to support vocational skills training for the less-privileged youths in the community.

The cement company also won in the Best Environmental Excellence Award category based on its Environmental Action in the Community through waste management and sensitisation programmes.

The statement quoted the Country Manager, Dangote Cement Zambia, Vipul Agrawal, as saying that the company were delighted at the two awards.

“Our CSR projects are designed to have the best impact on the benefiting communities.

“We will continue to embark on more projects that will change the face of our host communities,” Agrawal said.

The statement added that Dangote Cement Senegal was honoured for its commitment to CSR and Sustainability at the opening of the “Assises de l’Entreprise”, an event which brought together, the big companies operating in Senegal.

It said that the cement company’s ‘The Ngomène Green Wall’ project received the CNP award on ‘CSR & Sustainable Development.’

The statement quoted Ousmane Mbaye, acting Country Manager of Dangote Cement Senegal, as saying that the company was impressed with the recognition.

“It is with a sense of excitement and satisfaction that I receive the CNP ‘CSR & Sustainable Development’ award on behalf of Dangote Cement Senegal.

“This distinction is a recognition of all the works done in the host communities in partnership with all the stakeholders.

“We see this award as an encouragement to do more and better. And we will do our utmost to make it possible.

“Our ambition is to make Dangote Cement Senegal the undisputed champion of Sustainable Development in Senegal,” Mbaye said.

The Ngomène ‘Green Wall’ project launched in 2019 is a high profile CSR and Sustainable Development policy designed by the company’s management and effectively implemented by the CSR and Sustainable Development Department to bring succour to the people.

The ‘Green Wall’ project which has already succeeded in planting more than 5,000 trees between the factory’s limestone mine and the neighbouring village of Ngomène, aims to control the environmental impacts of industrial operations.

Dangote Cement Senegal has built numerous socio-educational (schools, colleges), health (health centres, maternity wards), water (boreholes) and communication (bridges, tracks) facilities; gave out scholarships to the indigent students, trained women, and young people in the host communes of Pout, Keur-Moussa, Diass and Mont-Rolland. (NAN)