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Don’t Compromise Quality, Standards – Dangote Cement, SON Admonish Block Moulders

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Don’t Compromise Quality, Standards – Dangote Cement, SON Admonish Block Moulders

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Block moulders and artisans nationwide have been enjoined to adhere strictly to quality and shun acts that could compromise the standard of their products. They were also given hints on how to detect fake or adulterated cement.

Against the background of constant building collapse across the country, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) said block moulders occupy a strategic position in the building industry and therefore should make quality their watchword.

The SON gave the advice in Port Harcourt, Rivers State during a recent sensitisation workshop organised by Dangote Cement Plc in collaboration with the regulatory organisation for the block moulders and other artisans from Bayelsa and Rivers states.

Speaking during a presentation at the workshop, SON’s Asst. State Director, Engr. Lillian Gua emphasised the need for the artisans to know the right mixes in the production of blocks so that they would be able to achieve the expected quality.

The SON boss took the participants through the work of her organisation and how products are certified as being standard while citing Dangote cement as an example of a certified product whose quality has been tested and found to be accurate.

She enjoined the participants to acquaint themselves with the steps and processes involved in getting a product certified so that they would not be deceived into buying fakes. Gua added that every certified product is issued a certificate of standard as proof of having gone through the quality test conducted by the SON.

Gua thanked the management of Dangote Cement Plc for the workshop, saying the participants need such sensitisation sessions from time to time to keep them abreast of developments especially as it affects the quality and standard of products.

In his presentation, Technical Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Adeiza Aniki explained that the sensitisation workshop was meant to update and refresh the block moulders and artisans’ recent events in the industry, as much as standard and quality are concerned.

He stated that Dangote Cement holds the participants dearly as a critical point in the cement value chain and has therefore made the workshop a periodic exercise so that the company could also get feedback from the market and help in meeting the demands of the customers at all time.

Aniki told the participants of the need to contribute to the efforts at stemming building collapse in the country and one of the ways they can do that is by adhering to quality and exposing bad eggs wherever they see any.

He told the block moulders and artisans that they can rely on Dangote Cement at any time and went ahead to give them hints on how they can ascertain the quality of cement as a significant component in the block making process.

According to him; “check the manufacturing date of cement because the strength of cement reduces with age, and also the cement expiry date should not be exceeded as at the time of use. Ensure batch codes are available on the bags found at the site.

“Check for the presence of lumps in the cement. Check for hydration of cement by checking for the presence of lumps, which is a sign of absorption of moisture from air or environment, due to poor storage or damaged bags.

“Check for the excess amount of dust in cement, which is called float test. To do this, put a small quantity of cement in a bucket of water. If the cement floats on the water for some time before it sinks, the cement is of good quality. If the cement sinks immediately after it touches the water, the cement is a bad quality cement.

“Check for temperature. If it is cool inside the bag, the cement should be considered as good quality, but if it is warm inside, the process of hydration is taking place, hence strength will be affected. Make sure you keep the cement in a dry environment.

“Check for cement adulteration, it makes the cement poorer in quality by the addition of another substance. Rub the cement between the fingers and if it gives a smooth feeling, the cement is of good quality; but if it feels gritty or rough, it means other substances have been added. This is a sign of bad quality cement. It will lower strength.

“And lastly, check for odour. This can be used to evaluate the presence of clay or silt. If the cement contains too much clay and silt as an adulterant, it will give an earthy smell,” he added.

Aniki explained that Dangote cement has made available different grades and varieties of cement to suit the use of its customers in many ways, citing 3X, Falcon and BlocMaster as some of the varieties in the market.

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Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide 

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Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The Dangote-led Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation (PCFRR), known as Dangote Flood Committee has commenced the distribution of relief materials, worth N1.5 billion to victims of flooding nationwide.  

The PCFRR, which was established by the Federal Government following the 2012 flooding, is co-chaired by Africa’s foremost industrialist Aliko Dangote, and Dr. Olisa Agbakoba.  

The flagging off ceremony for the relief materials distribution for this year started in Borno State and was conducted by the State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum Tuesday in Maiduguri, Borno State capital. The Governor thanked the Dangote Flood Committee and promised that he will ensure that the items get to the victims.

Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, Director General (NEMA) Ahmed Mustapha Habib, Representative of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, Al-Yousuf Abdulkarim, during the visit to the Governor office before the Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, Director General (NEMA) during the visit to the Governor office before the Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State

UNICEF revealed that the 2022 flood killed 600 people, displaced 1.3 million, and destroyed more than 82,000 homes in Nigeria, therefore making it the worst in decades.   

The Representative of the Dangote-led Presidential Committee on Flood Relief and Rehabilitation (PCFRR), Alhaji Umar Musa Gulani assured at the flagging off for the Northeast zone that the exercise would also be conducted in the other five geopolitical zones of the country.

Gulani said the items from the Committee have been officially handed over to the Borno State Government and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA). He said the exercise would be conducted across the six geo-political zones, beginning from the northeastern State of Borno.   

The breakdown of items donated includes 86 bags of rice, 34 bags of beans, 34 bags of maize, 34 bags of millet, 34 bags of Guinea Corn, 34 bags of Garri, 86 cartons of noodles, 86 cartons of spaghetti, 86 cartons of macaroni and 86 bags of sugar, and 857 bags of cement, among several food and non-food items.   

Gulani said over N10 billion has been expended by the committee to mitigate the effect of flooding since inception in 2012, adding that no fewer than 84 Hostels have been built for flood victims in 24 states of Nigeria. According to him: “This private sector-led project is highly commendable and it has been sustained in the past ten years. It is a selfless service from the private sector and Nigerians should appreciate their selfless service to humanity”

Director General of NEMA Alhaji Mustapha Habib Ahmed described the Committee’s intervention as a milestone for Nigeria in general, and flood victims in particular. “Responding to the humanitarian outcomes of this nature requires concerted effort,” the DG said and added that the donation by the Dangote Flood Committee would eventually be made available to flood victims across the affected states in Nigeria.   

Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, Director General (NEMA) Ahmed Mustapha Habib, Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the of Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, at Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State
Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, Director General (NEMA) Ahmed Mustapha Habib, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, at Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State.
Dangote-Led Flood Committee Commences Distribution Of N1.5bn Relief Items To Victims Nationwide
Left-Right: Assistant Secretary (PCFRR) Umar Musa Gulani, Who Represent the Chairman Presidential Committee On Flood Relief Rehabilitation (PCFRR) Aliko Dangote, Director General (NEMA) Ahmed Mustapha Habib, Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umar Zulum, at Flag Off ceremony for Distribution of Presidential Committee on Flood Relief Rehabilitation donated relief materials to Flood Victims in Borno State on Tuesday 6th December 2022 at NEMA Zonal Office, Maiduguri, Borno State

Speaking on behalf of the victims, Khalifa El-Miskin said the victims were extremely appreciative of the gesture. 

It would be recalled that the Committee also recently, during the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, donated N1.5 billion to fight the virus. Announcing the donation, Dangote said it was imperative for well-meaning Nigerians to help the Federal Government in fighting the virus.

The Committee also recently provided N250 million as relief assistance to victims of the devastating floods in Benue State. Aside from the donation in Benue, the Dangote-led committee also revealed that it had also donated the sum of N150 million (in kind) to provide relief assistance to flood victims in Anambra State.

It also released the sum of N118 million to NEMA to augment the N1.6 billion released by the Federal Government for procurement of food and non-food relief materials in aid of the flood victims in the following 16 states: Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Bayelsa, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Abuja FCT, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Plateau, and Sokoto.

It would be recalled that the Committee at its inauguration by former President Goodluck Jonathan raised a whopping N11.35 billion for flood victims. Top on the list of donors at the event was Dangote and the Federal Government, who donated N2.5 billion each.

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Glo Holds Another Draw For Festival Of Joy Promo Winners In Warri

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Olushola Okunlade Writes

In continuation of prize presentations in its ongoing Festival of Joy promo, Globacom has held another draw in Warri, Delta State, to select a new set of winners.

The exercise,  which was conducted at Gloworld on Sapele-Effunrun Road in Warri, was witnessed by a cross-section of the media and many Glo subscribers who were excited to see winners emerge right in their presence.  A few of them also joined the Glo team to pick the winners at different stages.

A Glo subscriber based in Warri, Mr. Lawrence Ikenga, who attended the event expressed satisfaction with the exercise, which according to him” is very transparent”.

Glo Holds Another Draw For Festival Of Joy Promo Winners In Warri
Glo Holds Another Draw For Festival Of Joy Promo Winners In Warri

Globacom confirmed that the lucky winners from the draw would receive their prizes, including a brand new Kia car, power-generating sets, sewing machines, and rechargeable fans, on Tuesday, December 6, 2022.

The company enjoined voice and data subscribers who desire to participate in the promo to dial *611# and keep recharging in order to be eligible to win the prizes on offer.

According to Globacom, “Subscribers who desire to become a Festival of Joy landlord, should make data subscription(s) of at least N20,000 during the promo period. Those who are interested in winning cars should make a monthly recharge of N10,000, while N5,000 monthly recharge is for power generators, N2,500 monthly recharge is for sewing machines and N500 weekly for rechargeable fans”.

20 units of three-bedroom houses, 24 brand new cars, 100 generators, 200 sewing machines, and 1,000 rechargeable fans are on offer in the customer loyalty-reward promo.

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“Wake Me Up From This Dream “- House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo

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"Wake Me Up From This Dream "- House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo

By Moninuola Sulaiman

For Chukwu Reuben Okorie, the good life has begun as he became a proud owner of a  three-bedroom house in one of the choice areas of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, courtesy of Globacom’s Festival of Joy promotion.

The 48-year-old businessman,  who hails from Bende Local Government area of Abia State, kept begging Glo staff at the presentation of the keys to the house to him on Friday “to please wake me up from this dream. This is too good to be true. This is too much for me to contain”.

Okorie, the third house winner to emerge in the Glo Festival of Joy promo, was beside himself with joy when the reality of his rare luck finally dawned on him.

“From one bedroom in the interior part of the city, Glo has made me a landlord of a whole three-bedroom apartment with a two-room bungalow in the Federal City Territory. It is only possible with Glo”, he gushed with joy.

"Wake Me Up From This Dream "- House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo

Regional  Manager, Globacom, North Central, Mr. Kazeem Kemi Kaka disclosed that the realization that shelter is one of the key needs in life fuelled the desire to help some of them own houses of their own through the promo.

20 such lucky landlords/landladies will eventually be made throughout the duration of the promo while 24 others will win Kia cars and other prizes including power generators, sewing machines, and rechargeable fans. 

"Wake Me Up From This Dream "- House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo

The Director General, National Council of Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe who was Special Guest of Honour at the ceremony Runsewe noted that said the gesture from Globacom will stem the tide of crime in the nation.

“Globacom has consistently displayed concern for the plight of common Nigerians. We are proud of the company as well as its Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr.”, he added 

The Assistant Chief Administrative Officer of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Mrs. Mariam Imam who also witnessed the prize presentation ceremony said the commission was pleased with  Globacom’s transparency in the promo. 

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