The donation of products and cash to orphans, patients, internally displaced persons and prison inmates in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja, Maiduguri and Enugu was the hallmark of activities by John Holt Plc to mark her 120 years of existence. The giant conglomerate described the gesture as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, even as it restated its commitment to positively impact on humanity by giving back to the society through effective CSR activities. The Group Managing Director, Dr. Christopher Ezeh, who stated this during a visit to inmates of Ikoyi Prisons, noted that John Holt Plc will continue to support good causes in the society, especially those that have a direct impact on human development.
John Holt Plc, according to him, will continue to seize opportunities to add value, listing such opportunities to include support provided through entrepreneurship programmes, protection of vulnerable groups, etc. “It is our own way of adding value to the society, a society to which we owe the longevity of our operations.” he said.
Among beneficiaries of the latest gestures are Internally Displaced Persons at Muna IDP Camp, Maiduguri, Borno State; Our Savior Orphanage, Port Harcourt; Indigent Patients at Braitwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, Port Harcourt; Red Cross Motherless Babies Home, Enugu; Indigent Patients at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku Ozara, Enugu State; Unity Orphanage Home, Gwako, Gwagwalada, Abuja; Indigent Patients at National Hospital Abuja; Indigent Patients at Lagos Island General Hospital; Inmates of Ikoyi Prisons; and orphans at Modupe Cole Memorial/Child Care & Treatment Home, Akoka, Yaba in Lagos.
Coordinating activities, Group Marketing Manager, Mr. Solomon Ezeanah, said “In John Holt Plc, we believe in giving back to the society and to support the less privileged, which is in line with our CSR goals and objectives”. He added: “every good organisation should have CSR as one of its objectives because they cannot do anything without the people they are serving. It should not be all about their products and services, they should also be seen to be improving the welfare of the people and there are so many ways we have been doing that in John Holt.”
While showing their appreciation, the administrators of the Homes, Hospitals and Prison were full of praise for John Holt Plc, commending the company for its humanitarian gesture, while also asking for more support from the government, individuals and other corporate organizations.