TotalEnergies has promised to deepen its contribution to national development and attainment of the SDGs through its various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes in Nigeria.
Besides,the multinational oil company disclosed that education, youth entrepreneurship and inclusion instrumental to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals SDGs) and eradication of poverty in Nigeria.
Mrs Bunmi Popoola-Mordi, the Executive General Manager, Total Country Services, who disclosed these at a web conference,said her company would not shy away from being part of the socio-economic growth of Nigeria through value adding Corporate Social Responsibility project driven by four pillars namely: road safety, youth inclusion, cultural dialogue and heritage as well as activities on climate change, coastal areas and oceans.
She said that her company the pillars had stood the company far apart from its contemporaries in Nigeria,adding it since 80s designed tracking mechanism aimed at measuring the impacts of the projects on targets communities.
According to her,the company also made impressive showing in the thick of COVID-19 pandemic through huge donation and capacity building services to health officials with a view to nipping the scourge in the bud.
She said her company would not rest on its oars in continually adding sustainable value to the country in line with its corporate philosophy and ethos,while also striving to maintain dominant position in the country’s renewable sector.
This,she added,would be aided by her company’s recent transition to TotalEnergies and the vision to maintain and sustain the challenges brought by the global energy transition.
According to her, a proposal would be to the company’s Nigeria shareholders soon to change its operating name in the country to TotalEnergies Marketing Nigeria Plc in line with the current realities.
Speaking also, Mrs Chinwe Ifechiga, CSR Manager, Total Nigeria Plc, disclised that the downstream company had been carrying out various programmes to support Nigeria’s youth and children and would not stop adding value therein
According to her,some of the programmes to include: Startupper Challenge, Skills Acquisition Programme, Scholarship Scheme and the Learn, Experience, Articulate and Decide (LEAD) programmes for students.
She disclosed that her company has been sponsoring 40 children yearly in four SOS Villages in Nigeria and had executed several projects to better the lives of the children.
She added that 54 youths from Koko, Delta State and 100 from Kaduna have so far benefited from the skills acquisition programme such as welding and fabrication, furniture making, catering, computer studies and fish and crop farming.
She noted that another 64 secondary school students were being given Total education sponsorship in Koko, Delta State annually as part of the company’s contribution to its host community.
She announced that the 2021/2022 Startupper Challenge, would soon begin, adding that the scheme offers young Nigerians opportunities to transform their business ideas into fruition
In his remarks,Mr Charles Ebereonwu, Country Communications Manager, Total Companies in Nigeria, said his company’s intervention in the country’s private and national sector was aimed at creating value in the lives of all and sundry.