oandoOando Foundation, an independent charity launched by Oando Plc, has won the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative award at the 2013 Africa Oil & Gas Awards in recognition of its continued commitment to improving the learning environment in public schools across the nation.

The Africa Oil & Gas Awards recognise achievements in Africa’s oil and gas sector, rewarding companies which have played a defining role in moving the industry forward. Competing within a category alongside BP, Addax Petroleum, and Caracel, Oando Foundation’s Adopt-A-School Initiative was recognised for its contribution to economic development and the improvement of the lives of children and communities in Nigeria.

Commenting on the award, the Director of Oando Foundation, Ms Tokunboh Durosaro, said “we are very excited to be selected amongst other contenders for this award. We regard it as a call to a higher level of commitment and service. This is because we realize that education is critical to broad-based economic growth and poverty reduction, having a multiplier effect and contributing greater outcomes in other areas such as health, democracy, and governance.

“The major way our Nation can actualize these benefits given our burgeoning population is to continuously support government’s efforts aimed at improving access to quality basic education for all citizens.’

“The concept of adoption is based on the premise that improving the quality of education across the continent, with Nigeria being no exception, requires a multifaceted approach focused on whole school development, ensuring ongoing engagement and sustainability are key components of this endeavour.”