Giving back to the society has always been a key commitment of the Sahara Group. As against making a show of our contributions to the development of society, our focus is on quietly touching lives that genuinely need help. In concerted effort with credible and globally recognized organizations, we ensure that our contributions cut across various societies and regions towards the alleviation of poverty, disease and suffering.
At Sahara Group, we are rewarded by the positive impact of our programmes on our society as a whole. As a result, we are refuelled with the energy and motivation we need to constantly change the lives of the rural poor and economically disadvantaged.
Below are some of the activities carried out in 2012:
A stair-climbing powered wheelchair was donated to Mr. Pelumi Odeniyi a 26-year old 600 level medical student of the College of Medicine University of Lagos, Idi-Araba; suffering from Muscular dystrophy disease (limb-girdle type).
As part of the World Cancer Day celebrations for 2012, Sahara Group sponsored free Cervical Cancer Screening for 500 rural women in Lagos State and provided treatment for 10 of these women who tested positive to Cervical Cancer.
A monitoring and evaluation visit was carried out to some of the public primary schools benefiting from the Sahara sponsored school feeding programme in Osun State. Sahara branded food packs, water bottles and branded toy trucks were distributed to the school children. 4000 children are benefiting from this programme daily.
As part of the ongoing seismic acquisition around the OPL274 block, a Project Advisory Committee Meeting took place between SEFL, Integrated Data Services Limited (our contractors) and the representatives of the 26 communities under the area of acquisition.
Sahara Group carried out an eye care programme in Lagos. A total of 500 people benefitted from the 4‐day programme which took place at Hovas Eye Center in Festac.
Similar to our activities in Osun State, Sahara commenced the School Feeding Programme in 5 Nursery Schools around Rivers State. 700 children are benefiting from this programme daily.
Sahara Bulk Storage Facility Limited in partnership with LEGO Education Center sponsored a creativity and innovation competition among the children at the ESI Nursery Schools in Rivers State. The children were provided with LEGO kits and instructed to build the Mega City of their dreams. The results were extremely impressive.
In partial fulfilment of our commitment towards educational advancement, SERNL sponsored the refurbishment of a block of 6 classrooms at Randle Junior Secondary School in Apapa.
Sahara Group hosted some students from Courage Education Foundation (CEF); a nonprofit organization dedicated to the provision of educational assistance to the brilliant but indigent child. The students were excited to visit and interact with Sahara staff members who enlightened them about work experiences.
In fulfillment of SEFL’s Community Development obligation towards OPL284, the laboratory of the State Specialist Hospital in Bayelsa was upgraded and commissioned by Sahara, BG Nigeria and NNPC.
In partial fulfilment of our CSR commitment in Cote d’Ivoire, Sahara in partnership with SIR Foundation carried out an eye care programme in Abidjan. Over 500 rural residents of the communities were screened to identify cataract patients. Cataract surgeries were carried out at no cost to the beneficiaries.
In a bid to empower some economically disadvantaged people, Sahara Group sponsored 3 people in the Aspiring Entrepreneurs Programme carried out by Fate Foundation. These beneficiaries were trained in Information Technology (I.T), Beauty and Make-up and Sale of Islamic Products.
In partial fulfilment of our commitment towards educational advancement, So Energy sponsored the refurbishment of a block of 6 classrooms at Army Barracks Grammar School in Ibadan.
Sahara Bulk Storage Facilities Limited sponsored an eye programme in Calabar, Cross River State. After 3 days of screening, distribution of eye glasses and eye drugs, the cataract surgeries were performed at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.
STWA sponsored an eye screening programme for about 900 rural people of Abobo community. 80 surgeries were performed for people who were identified to have the most severe cases of Cataract. Even the Minister of Energy had his eyes checked!
In partnership with HEWS Foundation, Sahara Group sponsored a free Benign Jaw Tumour Surgery Programme at the Federal Medical Centre Owo, Ondo State. 15 surgeries were carried out on rural residents of the State most of whom had lived with the condition for several years.
Sahara Group partnered with Murtala Muhammed Foundation to organize a Grief and Trauma Training and Counseling Programme in Lagos.
As part of our support for People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Nigeria, Sahara Group partnered with Biire Child and Maternal Health Foundation to provide care for these people who reside in FCT and other surrounding Northern States.
In partial fulfillment of our commitment towards creating and maintaining strong alliances and partnerships with our host communities in areas of operation, some Sahara branded fans were distributed to residents of Ajoki and Ajamogha Communities, the host communities of SEFL’s Oki field in Edo State.
In partial fulfillment of our commitment towards educational advancement, Petroleum Warehousing and Supplies Limited (PWSL) sponsored the refurbishment of a block of 12 classrooms at Government Secondary School in Onne.
As part of activities to celebrate the World Sight Day in Ghana, Sahara carried out a cataract surgery programme for 100 rural people of Ho which is in the Volta Region of the country.
Sahara Bulk Storage Facilities Limited sponsored an eye care programme in Gwagwalada area of Abuja. Eye drugs and eye glasses were provided were necessary and 75 cataract surgeries were performed.
Due to an increase in the number of people with Benign Jaw Tumour in the Northern part of Nigeria, SERNL recently sponsored a free benign jaw programme in Gombe State.
In an attempt to support the fishermen of Makoko community located in Lagos State, Sahara donated 200 pieces of Sahara branded sails to 200 families all around the riverine community.
As part of our contribution to the displaced victims, Sahara Group donated relief materials to 1300 people (490 registered families) at a camp in Saint Stephens Primary school, Omoku. While some materials were donated directly to the individual families, others were donated to the camp.
In partial fulfillment of our commitment to promote economic empowerment, Sahara sponsored a skill acquisition training programme for economically disadvantaged people around Yaba Lagos.
In a bid to positively affect the lives of the rural members of Omagwa Community in Rivers State, So Aviation sponsored an eye programme for 500 rural people of Omagawa.
As part of our continued efforts to provide water to rural communities in Ghana, STWA and PWSL Ghana recently donated 4 boreholes to different areas in Ghana.
In partial fulfillment of our commitment to build and maintain cordial relationships with our host communities, SEFL recently donated building projects to Ajoki and Ajamogha Communities in Edo State.
On Sunday December 16th 2012, Sahara Group staff members donated Christmas hampers to 150 children of Dustbin Estate in Ajegunle area of Lagos. This simple act of kindness by our staff gave the children a Christmas to remember.
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