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Dangote Alone Cannot Fix Nigeria’s Road Infrastructure – Reps 

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Dangote Alone Cannot Fix Nigeria’s Road Infrastructure - Reps 

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The challenges of road infrastructure in Nigeria cannot be fixed by the Dangote Group alone, members of the House of Representatives have said.  

Speaking during a working visit of the House Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission to the Dangote Cement Plant Obajana on Thursday, the chairman of the committee, Hon. Akinfolarin Mayowa Samuel said there must be a collaborative effort between the government and private sector in the management of Nigerian roads. 

The Chairman who bemoaned the traffic gridlock at Kabba Junction in Kogi State, urged the company to up its interventional scheme by easing traffic gridlock, adding that the Lokoja-Kabba road was sensitive and central to the road network in the country. 

“Permit me to say thank you for what Dangote is doing. The problem of Nigeria cannot be solved by one person. I must say the country is lucky to have a company like Dangote. Let me add also that we are critical stakeholders.  That is why we are here to complement your effort,” he said.  

He urged the company to support the government in the areas of road expansion, and dualization, saying the government was grateful for all the interventions in the country. 
In his response, Dangote Cement’s National Director of Logistic Mr. Carlos Juan Rincon said the company will not rest on its oars in the areas of infrastructural development of the country. 

According to him, even though it is the responsibility of the government to provide road infrastructure, the company will continue to lend a helping hand, as exemplified by the construction of Nigeria’s longest concrete road in Kogi State.  

Mr. Rincon said the Lokoja-Road is being overstretched because other roads linking the North and the south are grossly in a state of disrepair.  

Dangote Alone Cannot Fix Nigeria’s Road Infrastructure - Reps 
Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chairman Dangote Group.

Spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Commission Bisi Kazeem commended the Dangote Group for making the visit of the lawmakers a success. 

“For the fact that the committee has visited, and there is a partnership between government and private sector, shows Nigeria is working. I think we should give kudos to the Dangote Group,” he said.  

Speaking in the same vein, the Bajana of Obajana Land, Oba Idowu Senibi described Dangote as God’s chosen for his numerous interventions, adding that he can however do more to support the government in road construction and rehabilitation.  

He suggested the construction of a bypass and crossover road to support the Dangote Cement trailer, and further help the flow of traffic.  

In the same vein, the Olu Apata Dr. Frederick D.O. Balogun expressed appreciation and pledged his community’s continuing support for the company. He however said his community has also embarked on community service to support the government and the company. 

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LAPO Microfinance Bank Bags ITF Award

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LAPO MfB Bags ITF Award

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LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited (LAPO MfB) emerges as the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) “Best Organization in training contributions” among other organizations in Edo State, Nigeria.

The award is in recognition of LAPO MfB’s prompt and consistent contributions to the ITF in 2021; an implicit indication of the microfinance bank’s unwavering support for human capital development.

In a press release, Barr. Faith Osazuwa-Ojo, Executive Director, Operations, representing Cynthia Ikponmwosa, Managing Director, LAPO MfB stated,  “The Management of LAPO MfB is delighted to receive this award from the ITF. The microfinance bank place premium on its people, this is reflective in the quality and value of investments made in Learning & Development. In the last decade, (2012-2021) over Four Billion Naira was expended on staff training.

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Left-Right: Amen Akenbor, Head HR, LAPO Microfinance Bank, Sir Joseph Ntung Ari, CEO, ITF, and Faith Osasuwa-Ojo, Executive Director, Operations, LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited.

The Tertiary Education Trust Funds (TETFUND) equally recognized LAPO Microfinance Bank as “The Most Supportive Bank” in 2021, a testament to the bank’s commitment to the development of the Education sector and human capital development.

LAPO Microfinance Bank Limited shall continue to invest in the development of its workforce and seek meaningful partnerships in furtherance of its vision of providing learning and developmental opportunities to Nigerians.

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Stanbic IBTC LATTES; Women Should Be Identify With Goals, And Achieving That Goals -David Borha

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Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2022 Edition

…Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2.0 – Rising Above Bias

…Women Should Not Be Too Dismissive – Sola David-Borha

Olushola Okunlade Writes

To reiterate its unwavering commitment to ensuring that women have all the support required to be the best version of themselves, Stanbic IBTC on Wednesday, May 18th, 2022 held a webinar aimed at encouraging women to excel in their careers and improving their social media presence in Nigeria.

The Stanbic IBTC Ladies At The Table Empowerment Series (LATTES) 2022 edition of the Ladies at the Table Empowerment Series (LATTES), themed ‘Rising above bias – excelling in your career and improving your social media presence was hosted by Ayo Mairo-Ese with the motive to inspire women to achieve their set goals.

Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2022 Edition
Bunmi Dayo Olagunju
Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2022 Edition
Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc Chairman, Mrs. Sola David Borha

Bunmi Dayo Olagunju in her opening remarks stated that Stanbic IBTC has adopted the theme for March 8 international women’s day ‘Break The Bias’ for today’s round table discussion, she said the reason is to the call for women’s opportunity is mostly around gender equality.

Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc Chairman, Mrs. Sola David Borha enlightened women by quoting Maya Angelou “Courage allows successful women fail and learn powerful lessons from failure so that in the end she didn’t fail at all’ across boards to embrace corporate governance and subject themselves to their organization’s policies in other to rise above bias in today’s world.

She stated that women must be respectful to whoever they are associating with either low class or high class, with the theme; “Rising Above Bias: Excelling in Career and Improving Your Personal Brand,” where she noted that when fear is conquered one rises above bias both in the private and public sector.

Sola David-Borha advised women to invest in any opportunity they have while continuing to engage all stakeholders and thinking about other people by using their position or office to intervene in other people’s lives.

According to her, women must learn to embrace tasks irrespective of their competence or skill by deliberating and accepting challenges in whatever professions they find themselves in. She maintained that her previous experiences pushed her to accept a role that would have literally passed her.

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Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2022 Edition
Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2022 Edition

Stanbic IBTC LATTES 2022 Edition
Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc Chairman, Mrs. Sola David Borha

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Industrial Growth: Dangote Tasks States On Investments Enablers

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INDUSTRIAL GROWTH: DANGOTE TASKS STATES ON INVESTMENTS ENABLERS

Olushola Okunlade Writes

President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has challenged state governments to consider as the topmost priority, the provision of enabling environment for investments as a potent means of attracting private sector operators to their state for investments.

The business mogul who was speaking on the sideline during the recently concluded Nasarawa economic summit in Lafia said there is no state in Nigeria that is not blessed with resources that could serve as the potential for industrial growth.

What the states should do, according to him, is to look inward and put in place economic policies that guarantee an environment that would be conducive for investments in the available resources in the states.

“When states provide enabling environment, it will incentivize the private sector to invest and it will be a win-win situation for both the state and the private sector”, he explained.

Dangote recalled how the enabling environment in Lagos had motivated private sector operators to move into the Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lagos to establish companies that are now adding value not only to the economy of the state but also to Nigeria in general.

In the same vein, he stated that such is the enabling environment situation in Nasarawa that made his Dangote Sugar Plc invest in multi-million dollar sugar business in the state.

Dangote reiterated his position earlier while speaking during the opening of the summit that various economic policies including the land reform put in place by the Nasarawa state government were necessary requirements for a state that is committed to promoting enabling socio-economic development, as well as improving the quality of lives of their citizenry.

Dangote commended the state governor Engr. Abdullahi Sule for providing the necessary enablers for the investment summit to achieve its goals. Such enablers, he said include, providing committed and focused leadership and a well-thought-out institutional framework that enables the creation of a sustainable conducive business and investment climate.

Dangote equally pointed out that it was not enough to develop a credible, comprehensive plan that identifies investment opportunities and projects but to back these up with supportive public policies and regulations that make these investment opportunities competitive.

“Here is the good news, I can say with confidence that Nasarawa State has in place all the three requirements that promise to guarantee the attainment of the goals of this summit.

“First, I can say, with all humility, that the state has the lead with the vision and commitment to achieve it,” he said while describing the Nasarawa governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule was one of the visionary leaders that made the success of the Dangote Group possible.

“As the GMD then of Dangote Sugar Plc, he has proven this by positioning Dangote Sugar in the top tier of stock in the Nigerian Stock Exchange as the leading sugar company in Nigeria and also Africa,” Dangote stated.

Also speaking, former president of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, in his keynote address shared some key thoughts on how Nasarawa State can proceed, with the benefit of hindsight, with its investment plan and implementation milestones.

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