Posted on March 31, 2017
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Corporate Messengers Worldwide is a UK based logistics company with head office in London. They handle shipments from any point in the world to Nigeria. ACT had the pleasure of meeting with the CEO of the company, Tony Osibodu, in Lagos, Nigeria at the beginning of the month.
Corporate Messengers’ CEO joined us at our recent charity event which took place at the ICL Centre in Ipaja, Lagos on 4 March. After learning about ACT’s work in the Ayobo-Ipaja community, meeting the sponsored children and widows who attended the charity event and hearing about their success stories, he generously offered the support of Corporate Messengers to sponsor five orphan children in the community up to completion of their education.
Ayobo-Ipaja is located in Alimosho local government area north west of Lagos State and borders with Ogun State. Because of its location as the entrance into Lagos, it has a large migrant population from the hinterland hoping to find work and settle in Lagos State. Its 2 million population makes it the largest single political constituency in Nigeria. It is a dense community lacking basic infrastructure and in dire need of intervention and support. It has a large population of disadvantaged children and orphans.
Nigeria has the largest population in Africa with about 174 million people (2013). Nigeria borders with Niger Republic to the north, Republic of Benin to the west, Cameroon to the east and the Atlantic Ocean at the south. The country is rich in petroleum, gas and other natural mineral resources but is lacks basic infrastructure such as power, water and roads. Lagos, the former capital remains the centre of commerce and industry. Lagos’ population continues to grow and is thought to be nearly 20 million, and the city is characterised by wealth disparities with developed affluent areas surrounded by vast shanty towns where there is abject poverty.
The support of businesses and corporate organisations is vital to the work that ACT does. For businesses and corporate organisations looking to enhance their corporate social responsibility, there are a number of ways in which you can do so with ACT. From bigger gestures, such as an annual corporate grant or a Give As You Earn scheme for staff and matched giving, to smaller gestures such as sponsoring sports teams at our annual events or setting up collection boxes so that staff and clients can make small donations. Businesses and corporate organisations can encourage their staff to give a number of hours each month to volunteer with ACT and offer experience, such as in communications and marketing, IT, finance, etc. Every little helps in the pursuit of giving disadvantage children and orphans in Africa an opportunity of education, empowering needy widows to generate income to sustain their families and enriching poor communities, all with the goal of alleviating poverty.
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