24 December 2018
Nigeria’s Foremost dredging company, the Lagos Channel Management (LCM) despite the odds in the country’s economy, has doled out N5 million as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR),  effectively putting smiles  on the faces of the often- unrecognized members in the society.

The beneficiaries are Adonai Orphanage Home and Widows Centre, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, the Beibel Haven Fertility Foundation, Hama Health Initiative, and the Care People Foundation.

The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate painstakingly care for the leper colony and their children!

The yearly event organised by the Lagos Channel Management began in 2006 and has produced 60 beneficiaries, bringing the sum total to over N60 million.

Speaking at LCM Corporate Headquarters while presenting the gifts to the year 2018 beneficiaries, the Human Resources Manager, Prince Ifalade Oyekan who stood in for the Managing Director, said the yearly visitation to orphanage homes and other facilities or centres caring for the under-privileged in Nigeria were strategic measures aimed at reaching out to the community.

“LCM is a dredging company but over the years we have looked out for ways of reaching out to people around us. We have not only stopped at our yearly commitment of N5 million (Five Million Naira) to orphanage homes,  we also  send people abroad for heart transplant and other treatments that cannot be effected here in Nigeria.

“We currently have a multipurpose play court construction ongoing in King Ado High School that will house a basket ball, volley ball, and table tennis court respectively.

“Also ongoing, is a six rest room area in Ansar-Urudeen School in Ebute-Metta, alongside 200 chairs that will be shared amongst the two schools”, Ifalade said, specifically stressing that the organisation do not apply sentiments in their selection or awards, but meticulously focuses on needs and the impact such could have on both the recipients and the society in the short and long run. 

“I know what we have given can’t solve all the problems in your various homes, but it is just our own little way of identifying with the children in your care.

“Over the years, we have taken it as a point of duty to give to the society and this has become the norm in LCM.

“I therefore commend the beneficiaries for dedicating their time to take care of these children and I hope you will use the money judiciously, to better the lives of the children,” Prince Oyekan said, urging other corporate entities to emulate the LCM in caring for the less privileged in the society.

Each of the recipients assured that the donation would be judiciously put to use. 

The Founder of Beibel Haven Fertility Foundation, Omotade Alalade specially thanked the LCM for the donation, stressing that the fund would enable them go the extra mile.

“We render services and support to low income individuals who seek medical help on fertility related issues and fibroid, and most often cannot afford to pay for such services. So, donations like this is a boost for the foundation,’’ she said.

Also, Ikechukwu Oloka, President of Haima Health Initiative commended LCM for supporting the body on its mission to encourage more Nigerians to donate blood.

Representative of the Hama Health Initiative, Ikechukwu Oloka flanked by the LCM Human Resources Manager, Prince Ifalade Oyekan (left) and Joseph Amoni, of the Account Department at the LCM presentation ceremony on Monday in Lagos.

“We appreciate LCM for what they are doing because their support will go a long way to finance some of our programmes in 2019.

Speaking on behalf of all the beneficiaries, the representatives of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, Rev. Sister Misericordia said it was gladdening that organisations like the LCM would go out of the Maritime Industry to honestly seek out humanitarian bodies quietly caring for the low and often ignored members of the society, so as to encourage them. 

 “We may have been faced with challenging and difficult times, but by the grace of God and the support of corporate organisations like Lagos Channel Management, we see a brighter future for these children” Rev Sr. Misericordia stated.