GIVING WINGS TO ASPIRATIONS
At the heart of Asharami Energy’s operations is an unwavering commitment to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.
Our determination to always place a high premium on social purpose continues to guide our interactions with various stakeholders that constitute our host communities. Prosperity to us at Asharami Energy Limited (AEL) goes beyond financial performance. It involves well thought-out and sustainable interventions designed to drive economic and social development – we call this SHARED PROSPERITY.
This has informed our decision to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in our core strategy as an organization, resulting in our leadership role in mobilizing other private sector organizations towards promoting sustainable development wherever we operate.
At Asharami Energy, we work to continually provide basic social infrastructure in under-served communities
We continue to demonstrate a company-wide commitment to community development – from staff engagement, to internally financed philanthropy and direct social investments in priority focal areas, our model reflects the values and business practices needed for the private sector to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY DRIVE
AEL considers as imperative the assessment and documentation of societal needs within the ambit of its corporate values and philosophy. Thus, a strategic and systematic process of determining the needs of the host communities, through a credible survey to assess the socio-economic needs of the targeted communities - ascertain, document and prioritize the identified needs across AEL’s community development thematic focus outlined below.
Provision of clean water supply: Water they say is life and it lies at the heart of everything that is important to human life. The significance of water in the socio-economic development of any society is no longer debatable, because of its link to the resolution of the global challenges such as poverty reduction, sanitation and healthy human living as well as increased productivity.
Over one billion people worldwide lack access to potable water. The implication of this is that these people are at risk of various water related diseases, most of which are fatal. Currently, only 61% of the people in sub-Saharan Africa have access to clean water sources. Similarly, over 40% of all people globally that lack access to drinking water is in sub-Saharan Africa. In these areas, the burden of carrying water falls primarily on women and young girls who are forced to walk several miles in search of water.
To promote clean water sources and encourage good sanitation, AEL has provided access to clean water for over a thousand beneficiaries through the donation of boreholes to Ajoki and Ajamimogha Communities of Edo State. This initiative further reinforces our commitment to aligning with Goal 6 of the SDGs.
Scholarships to Students: In keeping with our commitment to promote qualitative education in our host communities, annual scholarships are provided for students at all levels of education (primary, secondary & tertiary) making a lifelong learning attainable.
Provision of accommodation for teachers in Ajoki community: In an attempt to meet the needs of principal workers of the community secondary school, a three-bedroom bungalow was constructed as a donation to the community. This serves as an accommodation for the principal workers of the school in Ajoki community which has led to more regular availability of teachers and increased learning opportunities for the students.
Rehabilitation of 4.9km road in Ajoki Community: To further improve economic activities within the community, the vital road was re-constructed and expanded, making the entire community more accessible, more viable for agricultural and timber business. It has also enabled easy access to Asharami Energy’s well location, which is located within the community thus, making AEL’s operation location more accessible.
Construction of pedestrian Bridge: AEL constructed a pedestrian bridge to link Kolokolo I & II. This has tremendously improved the socio-economic activities in these two communities thus making it more accessible.
Donation of a Community Viewing Centre: Sport has proven to be a cost effective and flexible tool for attaining the SDGs especially in promoting peace and development objectives. Apart from uniting the world, perhaps, the most potent role of sports lies in its unifying power to promote empowerment and development across the world. In line with this and in collaboration the Ajoki Youth Council, AEL established a viewing centre for the relaxation of the community members. This viewing center has promoted peace within the community by united the people of the community by promoting social cohesion and curbing youth restiveness.
Refurbishment of Ajoki and Koko jetties: The dilapidated jetties at both ends of these communities were refurbished; leading to an increase and improvement in socio-economic activities in the area as well as ensuring safety of the inhabitants of the area.
Local Content Development: In consonance with the local content act, Asharami Energy has promoted and encouraged local content and contributed to the empowerment of our host communities through the provision of contracts to local merchants and contractors on a regular basis. This has improved the wellbeing and standard of living of these stakeholders tremendously with volume of transactions exceeding half a billion naira in the past five years. This has further deepened Asharami’s commitment to the attainment of the sustainable development goals nationwide.
Provision stipends to Elders: In line with our resolve to promote social inclusion thus, leaving no one behind provision is made for elders in the host communities on a monthly basis. This has become an integral part of boosting AEL’s shared prosperity values across board
Community Representative Council: Amongst the various forms of engagement required to strengthen the mutual relationship with the host communities is the Community Relations Committee (CRC) meeting which takes place quarterly. The essence is to appraise the community development projects and be abreast of issues and the challenges in the respective communities that can affect operations and jeopardizing existing relationships. This strategy has further enhanced AEL’s relationship with the communities.
Employment Opportunities: As a way of promoting and encouraging local content development and contributing to empowerment of our host communities, employment opportunities and contracts are offered to local artisans and contractors on a regular basis. During our drilling campaign over a hundred people were selected from the communities and offered employment in conjunction with community leadership. This has improved the wellbeing and standard of living of these stakeholders tremendously. AEL’s community relations policies encourage hiring of the locals to boost capacity building and socio-economic development. This engagement has in turned made the restive youth focused, enhanced capacities and innovativeness.
AEL has over the years demonstrated its commitment to economic empowerment of stakeholders through several community development initiatives aimed at improving the standard of living across-the-board. This is in line with its corporate policy of focusing on programmes that touch the lives of the people directly, giving wings to their aspirations.