A multinational firm, Sifax Group, has said that corporate social responsibility is at the core of the company’s business philosophy.
The group’s Marketing & Corporate Affairs, Mr. Oliver Omajuwa, stated this when the company presented new Toyota Hiace 18-seater bus to the medical students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State.
He said, “Sifax Group has a philosophy of positively impacting the society. The company is about not only profit making but also contributing its quota to the development of critical areas. One of such key areas for us is education. From primary school to the university level, it has been supporting institutions through various avenues, especially in the provision of infrastructure and equipment.
“This gesture is in furtherance of our belief that the private sector has an important role to play in the improvement of the quality of education in the country. We are particularly excited that this bus would of great help to the medical students, in particular and the university as a whole.”
The Provost, College of Health Sciences, Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, in his remarks, noted that universities needed to build solid partnerships with various stakeholders in order to fulfil their objectives.
According to Fatusi, collaboration with such stakeholders as corporate organisations, alumni, parents, students, and staff is necessary in view of the inadequate allocations the universities receive from the governments.
He thanked the company for the gesture, which he described as “historic.”
Fatusi added, “This College of Health Sciences is 42 years old and I can confirm to you that this is the first time that a corporate organisation would be donating a bus to us. This donation is a demonstration of a different sense of thinking. We want to express our appreciation to Sifax Group for this benevolence and we believe it is a beginning of a lasting partnership between the university and the company.”
He urged other firms to emulate the company by supporting enduring and socially impactful initiatives in education.
According to him, education pays the biggest dividends and contributes greatly to the development of society.
The Ife University Medical Students Association, President, Dada Ayodele, said the bus would help in fulfilling the association’s objectives, especially in rural medical mission.