By Steve Agbota
SIFAX Group, a conglomerate with investment in Maritime, Aviation, Logistics, Oil & Gas, Financial Services and Hospitality, has spent over N250 million on corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes across Nigeria in 2021.
The company’s CSR is focused primarily on education, health, economic empowerment (youth and women) and the physically challenged. On education and health, hundreds of indigent students enjoyed full scholarship while equipment and facilities were donated to public educational and health institutions. Individuals with medical emergencies also received financial support.
Youth and women economic empowerment also took a large chunk of the budget with skill acquisition trainings organized for unemployed youths and women across the country. Business grants were also extended to those who completed the training programmes. Some targeted and disadvantaged poor households were also catered to as food items were donated to them on a monthly basis.
Various initiatives targeted at the physically challenged children living with conditions like autism, down syndrome and the blind were also supported by the company in the course of the year.
Most of these projects were executed through its philanthropic arm, Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi Foundation (AAAF) that has offices in Lagos, Zaria and Umuahia.
Speaking on the 2021 CSR projects, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, said one of the key pillars of the company’s business philosophy is to positively impact humanity and the society in any economy where the company carries out its operations.