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Dangote Cement To Empower Local Communities In Its Alternative Fuel Project Value Chain 

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Dangote Cement To Empower Local Communities In Its Alternative Fuel Project Value Chain 

Dangote Cement To Empower Local Communities In Its Alternative Fuel Project Value Chain 

Olushola Okunlade Writes

As a business continually driving values for its stakeholders, Dangote Cement is to empower stakeholders in the value chain of Palm Kernel Shell (PKS) supply as part of its strategies to shore up and sustain its availability as a waste that is co-processed in the cement kiln in order to recover energy.

This, the cement manufacturer, said is part of its contribution to the global environmental preservation efforts and circular economy. 

To this end the company has instituted periodic value chain analysis and community engagements with the waste (PKS) collectors as well as the palm oil millers in communities across Nigeria to explore avenues to empowering them to bolster production which in effect will lead to the sustainable generation of PKS to be co-processed in the cement kilns, leaving zero waste. 

A team from Dangote Cement led by the Head, Alternative Fuel Project, Engr. Peter Anagbe and Head, Sustainability, Dr. Igazeuma Okoroba were at one of the farm settlements in Ikire, in the Irewole local government area of Osun State where PKS are sourced to ascertain the needs of the community and ways through which the company can empower them. 

Dangote Cement To Empower Local Communities In Its Alternative Fuel Project Value Chain 
Igaezuma Okoroba, Head, Sustainability, Dangote Cement Plc(l), and Peter Anagbe, Head, Alternative Fuel Project, Dangote Cement Plc (r) observed the palm oil kernel extraction process while Hammed Adekunle, a Palm Oil miller (Second left) and Mama Abibat Salawu (second right) explains the process at Buoye farm settlement, Ikire.
Dangote Cement To Empower Local Communities In Its Alternative Fuel Project Value Chain 
Left-Right: Peter Anagbe, Head, Alternative Fuel Project, Dangote Cement Plc; Igaezuma Okoroba, Head, Sustainability, Dangote Cement Plc and Hammed Adekunle, Palm Oil miller and PKS merchant in Buoye Farm settlement, Ikire

Engr. Anagbe told the community that Dangote Cement was desirous of ensuring sustainable collection of waste materials in the form of PKS, as a means of improving the environment and as an addition to the source of livelihood for them. 

He urged the people to always look at alternative value-adding opportunities to waste in whatever they are doing taking a cue from the PKS which hitherto was a waste that is openly incinerated, causing environmental pollution.   

One of the community leaders, Elder Hammed Adekunle, who conducted the team around the site of palm oil mills in the area explained that the mainstay of the community economy is palm oil milling and that the use of PKS for co-processing, offered the opportunity to expand and diversify. 

He lamented that the process of palm oil production, which in turn generates PKS waste, is a very tedious one and would appreciate any support from Dangote Cement for them to acquire modern machines to process the palm oil and in turn, generate the PKS.

The entire process of getting PKS from the harvesting of palm trees, he disclosed, involves as many as 30 people depending on the volume of the palm tree being harvested. 

Dangote Cement To Empower Local Communities In Its Alternative Fuel Project Value Chain 
Left-Right: Mohammed Sumaila, Technical Assistance to Plant Director and Head Alternative Fuel, Ibese; Myneni Nageswara, Acting Plant Director; Igaezuma Okoroba, Head, Sustainability, Dangote Cement Plc; Peter Anagbe, Head, Alternative Fuel Project and Mohammed Mohammed, Head of Procurement, Ibese.
Dangote Cement To Empower Local Communities In Its Alternative Fuel Project Value Chain 
Left-Right: Myneni Nageswara, Acting Plant Director; Igaezuma Okoroba, Head, Sustainability, Dangote Cement Plc; Peter Anagbe, Head, Alternative Fuel Project

Elder Adekunle expressed gratitude at the gesture of the management of Dangote Cement noting that the cement company was the first to pay them a visit and show empathy saying “this means Dangote cement values us as a critical stakeholder in the value chain of ensuring zero-waste-to-landfill by evacuating the waste palm kernel shell (PKS). 

Earlier, the Dangote team met with the various stakeholders within the Ikire hub, during which the actors in the value chain enumerated the challenges faced by them while trying to collect the waste from different locations. 

According to one of them, Prince Oloyan Lawal, a general challenge faced is the issue of logistics as they have to move from one settlement to the other to collect the waste and the settlements are usually not motorable. 

Speaking on behalf of others, he thanked the Dangote Cement team for coming to enlighten them more on waste management and the benefits inherent in the value chain. He stated that most of them are farmers and that the value exchanged for the waste (PKS as a by-product of palm oil) collection is seen as a part-time activity and given the enlightenment by the Dangote Cement team, they would devote more attention to the activity.

Engr. Anagbe and Dr. Igazeuma urged the stakeholders to have an open mindset toward a circular economy as most of the materials which are dumped as wastes are now sources of waste-to-wealth which goes a long way to improve the environment as well as the economy of the rural dwellers. 

They assured that Dangote Cement would partner with them to ensure that they reap the desired benefits from the culture of turning waste into wealth and protecting the environment. 

The team later headed to the Ibese cement plant on a tour of the Alternative Fuel Pneumatic Feeding System and the PKS storage area. The feeding system was fabricated and assembled in-house, using obsolete equipment that was recycled. The feeding system systematically dozes the PKS into the calciner of the cement kiln, where the waste is co-processed at high temperatures, leaving zero waste and emissions. 

Acting Ibese Plant Director, Mr. Myneni Nageswara, who received the team members, thanked them for its efforts at ensuring that Dangote Cement is not left behind in the global efforts at providing alternative fuel sources to traditional fossil fuels, thereby mitigating the impact of emission and conserving energy. 

He particularly praised the Ibese team for a job well done in the fabrication of the Pneumatic Feeling system which uses the PKS to thermally substitute the heat energy required by the kiln in the cement-making process. He urged management to fast-track the installation of additional feeding systems to increase the waste co-processing capacity of the plant.     

Engr. Anagbe explained that the visit was necessitated by the shift in global attention to alternative fuel sourcing, which is expected to contribute to the realization of ‘zero emission’ and ‘zero waste’ concepts. He added that alternative fuel can be produced from other agricultural wastes, municipal wastes, and commercial and industrial wastes, thereby contributing to minimizing waste in landfills.

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The Impact Of E-commerce On Supply Chain

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The Impact Of E-commerce On Supply Chain

….as Jumia leads the fast and reliable digital market hub

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The rise of E-commerce and the digital marketplace has changed the composition of consumers buying behavior and expectations, as consumers now expect fast, free shopping and competitive pricing.

This demanding delivery schedule challenges traditional logistics and supply chain models, and companies are now forced to adjust their strategies to provide the low-cost and on-demand delivery service that consumers now demand.

Technological advances in many aspects of our lives have resulted in buying, selling, and other forms of transactions being executed online. Once the consumer makes an online purchase, the work begins to transport the products from the seller to the consumer – and that’s where the logistics sector comes into play.

Statista claims that the logistics sector is one of the pillars of global trade, valued at more than 5.7 trillion euros.

In Nigeria, the logistics and supply sector is growing exponentially. According to the 2018 Logistics & Supply Chain Industry Report, Nigeria’s logistics industry was worth 250 billion naira ($696 million) as of 2018, which represents an increase of 50 billion naira ($140 million) from 2017 statistics. This value has increased over the years. The industry is currently expanding because of improved aviation and rail infrastructure, stronger international relations, expansion in the manufacturing and export industries, and continuous e-commerce growth.

E-commerce and the Supply Chain Sector

The Impact of E-commerce on Supply Chain

The supply chain links numerous parties and organisations, including consumers, enterprises, merchants, financial, and information flows. To deliver high-quality services and products, managing various groups and activities requires a method that can effectively and efficiently integrate interactions among the entities, particularly when organisations use resources from different regions of the world.

The supply chain has grown more adaptable and effective as a result of e-commerce. It has given businesses fresh and creative ways to connect with consumers. E-commerce also has made it possible for companies to offer goods directly to consumers instead of through conventional retail channels.

The increase in e-commerce adoption has made logistics services a necessary component of daily living in Nigeria’s major commercial cities. Access, cycle time, dependability, and cost of logistics are directly impacted by the state of the available infrastructure and the degree of integration. High-performance government agencies, funding, and industry expertise are also essential. Therefore, logistics is a primary marker of economic advancement as represented in trade facilitation and company competitiveness.

How E-commerce is Revolutionising the Supply Chain Sector

The Impact Of E-commerce On Supply Chain

E-commerce has several advantages in the supply chain sector. Firstly, it offers real-time data on inventory levels and order status. This lowers the possibility of stockouts or overstocks by helping businesses to make better decisions about when to produce or order products.

Collaboration between businesses and their suppliers and consumers is also made simpler by e-commerce. For instance, a business can quickly place orders and submit estimates to suppliers. This lessens the amount of paperwork required and helps to speed up the ordering process.

A company like Jumia in the supply chain sector, through e-commerce, connects vendors with consumers across a broad delivery area. As a result, local vendors and international brands can effectively reach more consumers across the country using the platform. In addition, consumers’ shifting preferences, lifestyles, and behaviours have led companies like Jumia to introduce quick commerce to make online shopping more convenient than ever before.

With speed and convenience becoming more important than ever, Jumia opened its logistics services to third parties. Its logistics network smoothly connects hundreds of logistics partners across Nigeria, from small business owners to significant logistics service providers. It offers merchants the advantage of a distributed and scalable logistics service and gives consumers quick access to the products they desire.

What Does the Future Hold for Logistics?

The Impact Of E-commerce On Supply Chain

Technology remains a strategic imperative for supply chain organisations. In the next three to five years, we will see an increase in the adoption of digital supply chain technologies, including those that improve human decision-making.

It is predicted that the future of the supply chain sector will be defined by data, analysed by artificial intelligence, and driven by machines. Gartner has predicted that by 2023, AI techniques will be embedded across 50% of all supply chain technology solutions.

Already, Jumia Logistics is leading the forefront, as the company has invested in machine learning and several data science techniques. This has helped to offer more precise delivery times based on multiple factors, and even to predict the ideal routes that delivery agents can rely on to meet their targets. Consequently, online consumers will have better experiences on the mobile app with greater certainty about the progress of their orders from purchase to delivery.

Furthermore, the company’s move into drone delivery with its recently announced collaboration with Zipline, the world’s largest instant delivery service, is another game changer for the industry. Using the latest instant logistics technology, Jumia will be able to offer consumers living in rural or remote areas on-demand delivery of the products they need.

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Sanwo-Olu To Intending Investors; Lagos Ready For You

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SANWO-OLU TO WOULD-BE INVESTORS: LAGOS READY FOR YOU

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu played the quintessential salesman on Monday, reeling off his administration’s achievements in the past three years to woo investors to the state.

Mr. Sanwo-Olu met a group of would-be investors in New York on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly at a roundtable organized by the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) at Park Lane Hotel in the heart of the city. He got an exciting response from the group of corporate giants who urged him to see himself as an ambassador of the private sector to the Federal Government.

With confidence, the Governor spoke of the major strides Lagos State has made in the past three years, despite COVID-19. He used the THEMES Agenda – the six-pillar development plan of his administration – as a guide.

According to the Governor, the state’s GDP has gone up by $5b to about $145,141b, the budget has doubled to about %N1.7tr and infrastructural development has been tremendous. He cited landmark developments in transportation, the first pillar of THEMES, saying the Red Line and Blue Line rail projects were on track to be commissioned by the end of the year. The rolling stocks for the Red Line, which his administration started, he said, are on the way to Lagos and work is going on as scheduled on the stations and the overpasses that will ensure a good transportation experience. There are about four other lines to be built for the state to be covered by rail so as to ease the pressure on roads.

Mr. Sanwo-Olu minced no words on the purpose of the meeting – to attract more investors to Lagos, which has 80 per cent of Foreign Direct Investments coming into Nigeria. He spoke of opportunities in water transportation, saying from seven ferries, the state’s fleet has risen to 21, besides many others run by private operators. Investors can double the fleet, Sanwo-Olu said.

Many of the 15 jetties being built by the state are ready for commissioning, he added, stressing that the aim is to have an integrated urban transportation system, strengthened by strategic road infrastructures, such as the Lekki-Epe Expressway and the Fourth Mainland Bridge, which attracted many investors, among which one will be chosen before the end of the year.

The state, said the Governor, plans to build an Infectious Diseases Research Centre to tackle health challenges, such as COVID-19.

Over 1000 school projects have been completed and “we have introduced technology to make teaching and learning an exciting experience”.

“We are seeing the results. We used to have about 36% pass in School Certificate Examinations; now we have about 80%,” Sanwo-Olu said.

“We are opening brand new schools and introducing technology by giving teachers tablets to aid their job.”

He spoke about the 6,000 km fibre optic cable being laid around the state, saying the first phase of 3,000 km was almost completed. This, he said, will aid faster and cheaper internet connectivity, thereby boosting service in hospitals and schools, besides boosting the impressive activities of the youth in the tech ecosystem.

Mr. Sanwo-Olu described Lagos as the “entertainment capital of Africa”. He cited the recent Headies Awards in Atlanta and added that a Film Village was on the way. He mentioned opportunities in housing and assured would-be investors of “the sanctity of contracts”, with the state appointing new judges to aid smooth operations of the Judiciary.

On security, Mr. Sanwo-Olu described Lagos as “the safest state in Nigeria”. He said small businesses were being supported with grants, even as the youth and women are being encouraged.

It was, however, not all a matter of passing marks. The Governor spoke of challenges, such as refuse disposal, saying about 4000 metric tons were being generated daily. This, in his view, should attract investors, who are willing to turn waste into wealth – a path the state is willing to tread. There are also challenges in water, power, and other sectors, which are awaiting investors, Mr. Sanwo-Olu said.

The applause was loud as Mr. Sanwo-Olu ended his speech.

Replying, the Managing Director (Africa) of McLARTY Associates, Amb. (ret.) Terence P. McCulley, praised Mr. Sanwo-Olu for an insightful account of his administration’s policies and projects. He said many “people who have returned from Lagos have spoken of how they no longer recognize the state because of the developments taking place there. He is of the view that the Governor has done well “because good governance is about providing services.”

Amb. McCulley said: “You can be the ambassador of the private sector to the Federal Government, providing an enabling environment for manufacturing, agriculture, and technology, which are drivers of diversification.”

A participant spoke about the discovery of talents among Nigerian youths in the tech space. He said such talents were being lost to other countries because they could not be retained in Nigeria. Mr. Sanwo-Olu said the government was doing so much to link young graduates to companies that train them to make them employable under its Graduate Internship Programme, which has absorbed thousands of youths. There are other programs, he said, agreeing that a retention strategy for talents was necessary.

At the meeting were Stephen Jennings, founder and CEO of Rendeavour, the organisers, Country Head, Nigeria, Rendeavour, Eyong Ebai, CEO, Africa, GE Healthcare, Mr. Patrick Santillo, Senior Vice President, BCIU, Mr. Biodun Dabiri, Chairman, Lekki Worldwide Investment and many others.

With the Governor were Economic Planning and Budget Commissioner Sam Egube, Energy and Mineral Resources Commissioner Lere Odusote, Information and Strategy Commissioner Gbenga Omotoso, Special Adviser on SDG and Investments Mrs. Solape Hammond, Special Adviser on Public Private Partnership Ope George and Mrs. Ibilola Kasumu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology.

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ABIS 2022: African British Investment Summit, And Awards In London To Hold Nov 11-14 Due To Queen Elizabeth’s Burial Rite

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ABIS 2022: Africa British Investment Summit, And Awards In London To Hold Nov 11-14 Due To Queen Elizabeth's Death

Theme: ’Changing the narratives to make Africa the future that everybody glamours for through Connecting, Innovating, transforming’’, with a focus on ‘’Nigeria as a pilot project for the whole of Africa’’

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The African British Investment Summit earlier planned to hold on October 13-14th in London has received a change in date to 11th-14th November 2022 due to the British Monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll (1926-2022) who exit the world recently.

The Committee for the investment summit announced the change in date in a statement made available to BusinessEcho Magazine, that the new date for the Summit changed to allow the burial ceremony of the late British Monarch announced to take effect as many event centres and hotels booked for the ceremony.

The Investment Summit tagged ABIS LONDON 2022, with the theme,’ Changing the narratives to make Africa the future that everybody glamours for through Connecting, Innovating, transforming’’, with a focus on ‘’Nigeria as a pilot project for the whole of Africa’’ was designed as a platform to connect potential investors with the numerous opportunities across the globe especially Africa in the power sector, the manufacturing and agricultural value chain.

The Committee, however, said that all activities leading to the investment summit and awards of recognition, including registration and partnership are still ongoing. The statement urged the intending participants, partners, and sponsors of the investment summit, to log on to www.africanbritishgroup.com

It equally expressed regret over the inconveniences the change in date might have caused intending participants and partners of the investment summit.

ABIS 2022: Africa British Investment Summit, And Awards In London To Hold Nov 11-14 Due To Queen Elizabeth's Death

Otunba Jafaru Braimoh, Chairman/CEO of African British Group in his statement said “Due to the spate of cancellations of several key events and activities all over the world as a mark of respect in memory of her Royal Majesty, The Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, we hereby seek an apology of all participants, sponsors, and investors on the change of date in our Awards of Recognition and Business Investments Summit Events to 11-14th November 2022 at Marriot Hotel in London UK.

In light of the British Queen’s burial ceremony taking place from 18th September- 30th October 2022 all the Hotels, Hospitality, and Entertainment Centres had been hiked in prices three times current quotes due to a surge in Tourist, Visitor of International Delegates to pay Condolences to the late Queen family.

We have new arrangements in November 2022 unfailingly… for more details www.africanbritishgroup.com, he assured.

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