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 our recent activities:
Sahara Foundation recently carried out a skill acquisition and entrepreneurship training programme for some rural people of Lagos State. Similar to what we have carried out in the past, the objective of the intervention programme was to empower some unemployed people with specific skills and encourage the entrepreneurship drive among them.
The one month-long programme provided training in the various skill sets:
Upon conclusion of the programme, the top students from each skill set were provided with start-up grants as well as the required support to start their businesses. Adequate monitoring and evaluation mechanisms were also put in place to ensure that the businesses are properly managed.
Saturday, June 8th 2013 will forever remain indelible on the minds of the people of Ijora Community of Lagos State. It was a day in which Sahara Group staff members in conjunction with United Way Nigeria did the unprecedented. Together with the community members, a programme tagged ‘Ijora Day of Care’ was carried out. The programme involved the refurbishment of an existing borehole, provision of water tank and water pumping machine, sweeping of the environment, cleaning of extremely dirty drainages, mentoring of teenagers, creativity sessions with primary school children and clearing of refuse. The main objective of this programme was to give the people of the community a sense of belonging and erase the erroneous impression they had about corporate organizations present in the area. The exercise was supported by officials of Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA).
In partial fulfillment of our commitment to encourage educational development in our countries of operation, the PCSR department of Sahara Group recently carried out a programme called the Sahara Career Advice and Counseling Programme in 9 Public Schools in Lagos State. Due to the location of our Corporate Headquarters, the first sets of schools to benefit from this programme are located in Ikoyi. For this particular project, our first point of call was the list of volunteers from Fowler who spoke to the students on various topics such as Time Management, Personal Branding, Effective Communication Skills, Anger Management, Career Selection etc. While the students and staff actively took part in the highly interactive sessions, our staff members thoroughly enjoyed their experiences with the students.
Sahara recently sponsored eye care programmes in Lagos, Rivers and Oyo States. The programmes took place in Ajegunle, Onne and Ibadan respectively. Prior, to the commencement of these programmes; sensitization and awareness campaigns were carried out to inform the people of the respective communities about the free eye programme. In addition to the distribution of leaflets and hand bills, radio jingles were also made via the local radio stations. The success rate of the programmes was very enormous and this can only be attributed to the services of the Sahara staff members who volunteered their time and services.
Over 2000 people benefited from these programmes, which also included over 200 free cataract surgeries. Similar to what we have done in other locations, all beneficiaries received eye glasses, eye drugs and other forms of medication as prescribed by the doctors.
In partial fulfillment of our commitment towards educational and entrepreneurship advancement amongst the Nigerian youth, Sahara Foundation partnered with Enactus Nigeria to carry out a competition among students of various tertiary institutions. This project was called ‘The Sahara Green Energy Challenge’.
The Sahara Green energy challenge is an environmental sustainability program designed to inspire and challenge the students to consciously become part of the solution to the energy crisis as well as to further encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst them. Through this challenge, several environmental sustainability projects that also focus on providing alternative energy to the traditional source of energy (fossil fuels) were developed and implemented in different communities.
The project was aimed at encouraging, developing and nurturing entrepreneurship skills amongst undergraduates from 26 tertiary institutions in Nigeria. Due to the nature of our business, the projects which were all focused on the ‘Energy Sector’ challenged students to come up with ideas/projects in this sector. The recommended range of energy sources that the students explored include Kinetic energy, Wind energy, Nuclear energy, Green energy, Hydroelectric energy, Bio-mass, Tidal energy, Solar energy, Waste recycling, Clean energy etc.
Of the 26 Universities that took part in the challenge, the top 5 finalists were made to present their projects during the final round of the competition which recently took place. The finalists and their projects include:
While the competition was won by students of Ahmadu Bello University, students of Federal Polytechnic Oko finished in second position with students of Kwara State University in third position.
The top 3 winners were given cheques of N500,000, N300,000 and N200,000 towards the development of their projects.
As always, we had some Sahara staff members who volunteered to serve as judges during the presentations. They had this to say…
“I have had a burden in my spirit for our nation, Nigeria, for a while. I see a steady state of decline and no clear answers to how it can be salvaged. A lot has been said in the past concerning the situation but not much has been done. I woke up one morning, and as is my usual practice, prayed earnestly for God to intervene. I asked for a sign of a better future. As I went about my day, I received a call inviting me to the ‘Sahara Green Energy Challenge ’and I went for the program with an open mind. As the program progressed, my spirit was lifted. I saw hope and smiles on the faces of our future leaders, generations to come. The competition achieved its purpose of encouraging creativity, entrepreneurship and innovation amongst the Nigerian youth. Above all, it provided me with the answers to my prayers, filling me with hope that indeed, Nigeria will be better!
Managing Director- Sahara Energy Resource Nigeria Limited.
What I observed at the programme convinced me that provided with the right environment, exposure and appropriate tools/equipment, the Nigerian is as good as the global best and can be better.
It was really a good experience. Many thanks for the invitation.
… Olajumoke Ajayi
Exploration Manager -Sahara Energy fields Limited
My experience in a sentence “There is Hope for a change in Nigeria”
Thanks, it was a rewarding experience and it helped me realize that if we guide the generations to come we would definitely have a country that is worth calling ours.
Head, Corporate Governance and Compliance- Sahara Group Limited
It was a unique experience and honor to witness so much energy and drive to change. All the presentations have outlined a desire to make Nigeria a better place, improve change develop the environment.
The Students’ enthusiasm was and is contagious and I think they have to be heard on a national level. Their voice has to raise up to enable them to tell how they want their nation to be as it is their nation and their future.
Senior Commercial Officer-SIVC Development Ltd
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have a glimpse into the world of the ENACTUS.
For me it was an experience to savor for a long time
The Experience struck me in a pleasant way that we still have hope in this country. A generation of young ones with the fire in them to make a sustainable change within their immediate environment could become the catalyst we need to bring about the Nigeria of our dreams.
Operations Manager- Sahara Bulk Storage Facilities Limited
I cannot stop marveling at the talents and energy displayed by the students. Suddenly, the future of Nigeria looks bright.
Business Development- Sahara Group Limited
“ENACTUS was a wonderful opportunity that confirmed what I already knew but was gradually getting eroded: Nigeria is a great country; filled with immense talents, resources and God’s favor, all we need is to invest in ourselves and the younger generations and we will overcome”.
Thank you for re-instating hope in my heart for my beloved country.
Business Development -So Aviation Fuels Limited
Winner: Ahmadu Bello University Zaria
Project: Jatropha; the alternative to Kerosene
1st Runner up: Federal Polytechnic Oko
Project: Waste to wealth- the biogas alternative
2nd Runner up: Kwara State University
Project: Trash for Light- the geothermal concept
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