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ASR Africa Supports Govt. Healthcare Development With N2.5BN Grant In Edo State

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ASR AFRICA SUPPORTS HEALTHCARE DEVELOPMENT IN EDO STATE WITH N2.5BN GRANT TO EDO STATE GOVERNMENT

ASR AFRICA SUPPORTS HEALTHCARE DEVELOPMENT IN EDO STATE WITH N2.5BN GRANT TO EDO STATE GOVERNMENT

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) – the brainchild of Industrialist, philanthropist, and founder of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, has provided a grant of 2.5billion Naira to the Edo State Government towards the equipping of the New Stella Obasanjo Hospital in Benin City currently being reconfigured, upgraded, and expanded to a 250-bed specialist hospital.

This donation makes Edo State the fourth state after Sokoto, Ogun, and Kwara states to receive a 2.5billion Naira grant from ASR Africa’s 10bn Naira Tertiary Healthcare Systems Support Grants Scheme for 2021 drawn from the Annual ASR Africa $100million Fund for Social Development and Renewal.

Presenting the grants award letter to Governor Godwin Obaseki in Edo State, Ubon Udoh, Managing Director, ASR Africa Initiative said the 2.5billion Naira Healthcare grant to Edo State, was in fulfillment of the pledge made by the founder of ASR Africa, Alh. Abdul Samad Rabiu, in June 2021 when he specifically set aside 10billion Naira for tertiary healthcare interventions in 4 states in Nigeria.

He further added that the 2.5billion grant, which will be put towards equipping the new Stella Obasanjo Hospital, will go a long way in raising the standard of care accessible in the region. He also commended Governor Godwin Obaseki, for his commitment to healthcare development at all levels within the State.

“We are here to present to you a letter of award for N2.5 billion grant for tertiary healthcare support system scheme to support the Stella Obasanjo Hospital.”

ASR AFRICA SUPPORTS HEALTHCARE DEVELOPMENT IN EDO STATE WITH N2.5BN GRANT TO EDO STATE GOVERNMENT

“We are going to start by putting an initial deposit of N1.25billion in a joint account between ASR Africa and Edo State Government; I want to congratulate you and your team. We want to thank you for the commitment you’ve shown towards bettering the lives of your people and the quality of leadership you’ve shown and which we have seen. I want to assure you that this is the beginning of a partnership between ASR and the Edo State Government,” he said.

Governor Obaseki, whilst thanking the ASR Africa Initiative for the grant, stated that his government decided to improve healthcare delivery in the state by renovating, improving, and upgrading the Stella Obasanjo Hospital to a 250-bed hospital. He also added that new buildings and services are being added to complement and support the existing complex.

According to Governor Obaseki, “We are very concerned about healthcare in Nigeria with the post-COVID-19 economy. We are determined to make Edo a healthcare hub in Nigeria. The healthcare system is really about the people. Infrastructure is important. If you don’t have the people that are properly trained, then the equipment will just be fancy for tourism. Within the Edo axis, we can muster up to five thousand doctors in different specialisations.

“If we have access to people who can provide quality healthcare and have world-class institutions or facilities to provide that training, then we should do it. Having the right governance means an arrangement where people don’t need to travel to get the kind of care they need.

“We are very keen and are anxious to get this started. For us as a state, we just try and execute. Hopefully, next week, we will establish a joint account and the procurement process has to be accelerated; within the next four to six weeks, let the orders be placed.

“I want to thank and appreciate you and the people of Edo will eternally be grateful. We can now proudly say that you have one of your largest investments in Africa in Edo and this is what they are contributing to the lives of our people,” he added.

The brainchild of African Industrialist, Philanthropist, and Chairman of BUA Group, Abdul Samad Rabiu, the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) was established in 2021 to provide sustainable, impact-based homegrown solutions to developmental issues affecting Health, Education, and Social Development within Africa.

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Jumia Consumers To Enjoy FREE Delivery On Jumia Orders

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…The aim is to incentivize consumers to shop online

…The aim is to incentivize consumers to shop online

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Jumia consumers will enjoy free delivery on Jumia Express orders as the company pushes its Free Delivery campaign within Lagos and Abuja.

The campaign is aimed at incentivizing consumers to shop daily on the platform.

“We want Nigerians to conveniently shop online without having to worry about delivery fees. That is why we are introducing the cost-saving promo to enable them to buy more while spending less.,” said Jumia Nigeria CEO Massimiliano Spalazzi.

The deal will be valid for all Jumia Express (items stored at the Jumia warehouse) orders above 4,999 Naira in Lagos and Abuja, excluding large items. The campaign, one of the first for the year, is among several initiatives the company is putting together to encourage consumers to continue shopping on the platform while enjoying a rewarding online shopping experience.

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MultiChoice Starts January On High Packages, Step Up Offer For DStv, GOtv Customers

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…Delight customers with Yanga, Comfam, Jinja, Jolli and Supa Pakages

…Delight customers with Yanga, Comfam, Jinja, Jolli and Supa Pakages

Olushola Okunlade Writes

MultiChoice Nigeria has once again brought back its popular Step Up offer for its DStv and GOtv customers, giving them the opportunity to pay less for more world-class entertainment content starting Wednesday, 5 January 2022 for a limited period. 

With the Step Up offer, DStv and GOtv customers who upgrade or reconnect on the next higher package, will get a further boost to an even higher package within 48 hours at no additional cost. This means a step up to more great entertainment.

“It’s our mission to give the best entertainment to our customers at all times. We see this offer as an opportunity to get our customers to enjoy the great content that is currently available on higher packages for less, thereby giving them something to get excited about this January” said John Ugbe, CEO, MultiChoice Nigeria.

New, active or disconnected DStv customers on the Yanga package who upgrade to Confam package, will get boosted to enjoy programming on Compact package. Similarly, those on Compact package who renew on Compact Plus will get boosted to experience DStv Premium. 

The next few months has something for everyone on DStv & GOtv. Upgraded customers will be able to enjoy world-class sporting action together with original local content, international movies, series, telenovelas, music shows, news and kids’ entertainment on the Step Up offer. 

…Delight customers with Yanga, Comfam, Jinja, Jolli and Supa Pakages

Meanwhile, GOtv customers currently on the Jinja package who renew on Jolli package will get boosted to Max package. While GOtv Jolli customers who upgrade to Max will enjoy the brand new GOtv Supa package at no additional cost. The best local content is available on GOtv Supa, customers can enjoy Africa Magic Urban, Honey TV and WWE. While the kids get entertained with Nick Jr and Nick Toons amongst other channels dedicated for kids. 

DStv and GOtv Customers who are currently disconnected can simply reconnect during the offer period to benefit. 

For more information on this limited offer as well as other products and services, visit www.dstvafrica.com and www.gotvafrica.com. To manage your account, dial *288# or download the MyDStv or MyGOtv app. You can also enjoy all the extra entertainment on the move when you download the DStv App that allows you to watch from wherever you are. 

The Step Up offer is open to all active, disconnected and new DStv Yanga, Confam and Compact customers and GOtv Jinja and Jolli customers.

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BUA, Wartsila OY Of Finland Sign Agreement For Construction Of 70MW Power Plant For BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4

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BUA Cement Plc. Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu while signing the agreement with Wartsila Oy of Finland to build a 70MW power Plant for BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4.

Olushola Okunlade Writes

BUA Cement Plc has signed an agreement with Wartsila OY of Finland for the construction of a 70megawatts dual-fuel power plant for the BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4in Sokoto state, North-West Nigeria.

This announcement comes as BUA Cement recently revealed that it was looking to boost its production capacity in Nigeria over the next 3 years with new plants in the works.

In addition, this will be the second plant to be constructed by Wartsila for BUA Cement – the first being the BUA Cement Sokoto power plant scheduled to be commissioned alongside the plant in November 2021.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Chairman of BUA Cement Plc who signed on behalf of the cement producer said BUA Cement will continue to invest strategically in the West African Cement industry to enable it to bridge the huge infrastructure and housing deficit.

According to Rabiu, “BUA Cement is happy and pleased with the progress that Wartsila made with the construction of the power plant we initially purchased for our BUA Cement Sokoto Line 3 which we expect will begin commissioning by November alongside the power plant. We believe Wartsila will bring the same level of efficiency, technical expertise, and professionalism to bear in ensuring that this new power plant for the 3million Mtpa BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4 will be completed on schedule by the end of next year as we look towards bringing BUA’s total capacity in its Sokoto plant to 8 million metric tonnes by early 2023 and 17million metric tonnes across all its plants by the same time.”

BUA, Wartsila OY of Finland sign agreement for construction of 70MW Power Plant for BUACement Sokoto Line 4
BUA Cement Plc. Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu while signing the agreement with Wartsila Oy of Finland to build a 70MW power Plant for BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4.

On his part, Mark Thiriet, Energy Business Director at Wartsila West Africa said Wartsila was proud to partner with BUA Group on this BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4 project. He said that Wartsila will bring its technical expertise and globally recognized technology to bear in bringing the project to completion.

BUA Cement Plc is Nigeria’s second-largest cement company and the largest producer in its North-West, South-South, and South-East regions. BUA Cement operates strategically from Okpella, Edo State, and Kalambaina, Sokoto State with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria.

Currently the second most capitalized manufacturing company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), BUA Cement is committed to quality – a differentiating attribute, driven by its people, innovation, and technology; and positioned to solve West Africa’s cement under capacity while driving economic growth and development.

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