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Glo Hosts Music Show At Ojude Oba Festival 

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Sponsor of the renowned Ojude Oba festival and telecommunications giants, Globacom, says it plans to host a spectacular music show to spice up the annual cultural fiesta. 

The digital solutions company said Fuji superstar, Abass Obesere, and Teni Apata will be on the bandstand as the Festival begins today in the ancient town of Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. Popular Comedian Bash will also entertain guests with rib-cracking jokes. The music show is scheduled to hold at the Equity Resort along Erunwon Road, Ijebu Ode.

There will also be a beauty pageant for Ijebu-born ladies to compete for the “Miss Ojude Oba” crown, Globacom said, adding that competitors in the pageant have to be indigenes of Ijebuland as well as students or graduates of any institution of higher learning within Ijebuland.

The company further disclosed that an age grade contest, popularly known as “Regberegbe” is equally slated for the grand finale of the festival. The best dressed age grade in the male and female categories will win N500,000, while the first and second runners-up will go home with N300, 000 and N200,000 each.

Globacom will also reward the town’s different horse-riding families who display dexterity and unusual skills on their horses with N300,000 for the winner and N200,000 and N100,000 for the first and second runners-up respectively. 

The festival is a gathering of sons and daughters of the land where obeisance is paid to the paramount ruler, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona. Globacom’s sponsorship of the event began 16 years ago, and the company has raised the bar of the ancient festival to make it a delight to tourists within Nigeria and abroad. 

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Airtel Commemorates World Children’s Day, Reinforces Commitment To Accelerate Digital Learning For Nigerian Children

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Airtel Commemorates World Children’s Day, Reinforces Commitment To Accelerate Digital Learning For Nigerian Children

Olushola Okunlade Writes

As part of activities to commemorate World Children’s Day, leading telecommunications service providers, Airtel Nigeria, and UNICEF hosted Augusta Anuguo (‘Esther’), the differently abled child star featured in Airtel’s latest TVC, ‘Esther’. 

During the ceremony at the Airtel Headquarters, Ikoyi, Lagos, Miss Anuguo had the rare privilege to function in the capacity of Airtel Nigeria’s CEO and MD, Surendran Chemmenkotil as she emerged CEO for the day.

Using this privilege and executive powers as CEO, she remarkably led an advocacy campaign for Nigerian children, especially the differently abled as she signed a policy for Airtel Nigeria to continue to pursue opportunities that will accelerate digital learning for all children in the country, regardless of ethnicity, location, or ability.

Airtel Commemorates World Children’s Day, Reinforces Commitment To Accelerate Digital Learning For Nigerian Children
The beneficiary and Lead Act in the Data is Life 5.0 TVC titled “Esther”, Anuguo Augusta; and the Principal, Christ Life Special Mission for Deaf School, Apeh Rachael Oluwatoyin, receiving a gift from the Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Surendran Chemmankotil during the commemoration of World Children’s Day 2022 at Airtel Headquarters, Ikoyi Lagos, last Friday, 25th November 2022.

In response, the Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Surendran Chemmenkotil, assured her of the company’s commitment to digital learning in Nigeria.

“Airtel Nigeria joins UNICEF and the entire world to mark World Children’s Day. As a company, Airtel is committed to Nigerian children and will continue to support initiatives that will create a better future for all children. We are happy to mark this day with Esther as well as all Nigerian children and we shall continue to support platforms and initiatives that will lead to a better future for all children in our dear country, Nigeria, he said.

The CEO also awarded the sum of N1.5m to young Anuguo to support her education and her advocacy for Nigerian children as a key influencer.

“I am also happy to offer Miss Anuguo a scholarship of N1.5m to support her education. This gesture is to encourage her to continue her advocacy for differently abled children as she champions their cause as a key influencer. Thank you for all you do, Anuguo.,” he said.

Airtel Commemorates World Children’s Day, Reinforces Commitment To Accelerate Digital Learning For Nigerian Children
Left-Right: Marketing Director, Airtel Nigeria, Ismail Adeshina; Principal, Christ Life Special Mission for Deaf School, Apeh Rachael Oluwatoyin; the Beneficiary and Lead Act in the Data is Life 5.0 TVC titled “Esther”, Anuguo Augusta; Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Surendran Chemmankotil; and Ag. Head of Brands & Advertising, Airtel Nigeria, Omobolanle Osotule, during the commemoration of World Children’s Day 2022 at Airtel Headquarters, Ikoyi Lagos, last Friday, 25th November 2022.

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, and awareness among children worldwide, and to improve children’s welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Airtel Commemorates World Children’s Day, Reinforces Commitment To Accelerate Digital Learning For Nigerian Children
Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Surendran Chemmankotil, congratulated the beneficiary and Lead Act in the Data is Life 5.0 TVC titled “Esther”, Anuguo Augusta, during the commemoration of World Children’s Day 2022 at Airtel Headquarters, Ikoyi Lagos, last Friday, 25th November 2022.

Since 1990, World Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important part in making World Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities, and nations.

World Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.

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Re-Ignite Public Affairs Wins The Public Affairs Agency Of The Year Award At The Spokenpersons Digest Communication Awards 2022

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Re-Ignite Public Affairs Wins The Public Affairs Agency Of The Year Award At The Spokenpersons Digest Communication Awards 2022

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Re-ignite Public Affairs, Nigeria’s first full-service public affairs consulting firm was awarded the “Public Affairs Agency of the Year” at the 2nd edition of the Spokesperson’s Digest Communication Awards 2022.

The award is an acknowledgment of Re-ignite Public Affairs’ valuable contribution to the practice and development of Public Affairs in Nigeria.

According to the chairman of the event, Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the President, who presented the award to Re-ignite Public Affairs, “These awards recognize the most successful campaigns, initiatives, people and teams in the communication, PR and integrated marketing communication industry”. He also added that the process of selecting the awardee is a transparent process and only companies and individuals who have contributed to the growth of PR in Nigeria emerged as winners in their various categories.

Re-Ignite Public Affairs Wins The Public Affairs Agency Of The Year Award At The Spokenpersons Digest Communication Awards 2022
Left-Right: Mr. Femi Adesina FNGE OON, Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President, Mr. Franklyn Ginger-Eke FNIPR, Executive Director/ COO, Re-ignite Public Affairs, during the presentation of the award for Public Affairs Company of the Year Award to Re-ignite Public Affairs at NICON Luxury, Abuja.

Receiving the award on behalf of Re-ignite Public Affairs, Franklyn Ginger-Eke, Executive Director/ Chief Executive Officer said “I am grateful for this recognition of work the Re-ignite Public Affairs team have been doing in the last six years since the firm commenced operations. Being voted as the Public Affairs Agency of The Year is an attestation to the passion and commitment of the RPA team to redefine this very important and emerging segment of the Public Relations practice by empowering the public and private sector organizations with tools to enhance governmental and legislative relationships, shape public policies and public opinion towards achieving their corporate goals”.

Re-Ignite Public Affairs Wins The Public Affairs Agency Of The Year Award At The Spokenpersons Digest Communication Awards 2022

He dedicated the award to the RPA team because according to him, they are the energy behind the satisfaction the firm puts on the faces of their clients. He also dedicated the award to RPA clients for constantly believing in the work the company does.  Finally, appreciated the Spokesperson’s Digest for the initiative and a well-organized event.

Re-ignite Public Affairs is Nigeria’s first full-service public affairs consulting firm that employs innovation in providing research-based, strategy-driven solutions that aim to enhance democracy, good governance, and corporate reputation through value-driven political lobbying.

The firm is a member of the CMC Connect (Perception Managers) Group, a leading Public Relations brand in Nigeria.

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Second House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo Screams, This Is A Miracle

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Second House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo Screams, This Is A Miracle

Olushola Okunlade Writes

It was celebration time on Thursday in Port Harcourt as a Mechanical Engineer, Ola Owonifari Joseph, emerged as the latest house winner in the ongoing Glo Festival of Joy promo.

The key to a 3-bedroom apartment was presented to 49-year-old Joseph by the Speaker of Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi O. Ibani, and Globacom officials.

Recounting his journey to winning a house, Joseph, an indigene of Ekiti State, said, “It’s a miracle, I still can’t believe it. Glo is our family network; we communicate all the time and even with our family friends on Glo lines. I remember loading credit and data recently when the last subscription expired and after that, I joined the promo. I was not expecting anything soon but yesterday morning I got a call from a Glo officer, who after a series of questions told me that I won a house. I was too shocked.”

He explained further, “I was just planning on how to develop my land gradually, and lo and behold, Glo showed up and made me a house owner. This prize is for me and my family and we are moving in immediately. God bless the owner, the management, and the staff of Globacom. They will continue to grow from strength to strength, I am overwhelmed with joy”.

Second House Winner In Glo Festival Of Joy Promo Screams, This Is A Miracle
In 2019, the Southern Swamp Associated Gas Solutions project was commissioned, and the SPDC JV is planning to reduce associated gas flaring further through its Forcados Yokri gas-gathering project, of which large parts are set to be completed in 2022. Despite such efforts to reduce continuous flaring, unfortunately flaring intensity (the amount of gas flared for every tonne of oil and gas produced) at both SPDC- and SNEPCo-operated facilities increased in 2021 owing to short-term operational issues. Flaring from SPDC-operated facilities increased by around 5% in 2021 compared with 2020. The increase was primarily because of the extended outage of the gas compression system in SPDC’s shallow-water operations. The system was restored and became operational from January 2022. Flaring at SNEPCo-operated facilities rose by around 160% in 2021 compared with 2020. This was mainly because of an increase in flaring on the Bonga floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel. Repairs to a flex-joint on the Bonga FPSO’s gas export riser in the second quarter took longer than expected, in part because of weather conditions. While repairs were under way, the FPSO continued to produce oil and therefore flaring was necessary for safety reasons. The repairs were safely concluded in July 2021. Although flaring intensity levels rose in 2021, SPDC and SNEPCo over the last 10 years have almost halved the combined amount of hydrocarbons they flare from 1.5 million tonnes in 2012 to 0.8 million tonnes in 2021. This reduction is the result of a strict flaring reduction management process and both SPDC and SNEPCo will continue to work in close collaboration with joint-venture partners and the government to make progress towards ending routine flaring of associated gas. NIGERIA LNG EXPANSION UNDERWAY Global demand for LNG continues to grow as the world increasingly seeks reliable supplies of lowercarbon energy. Shell’s investment in Nigeria’s gas infrastructure for export is expected to help 6 This is according to a data provided by global research and consultancy business Wood Mackenzie. the country benefit further from revenues. Shell Gas B.V. and its partners took a final investment decision in 2020 on a new LNG processing unit – known as Train 7 -- at NLNG. The expansion is expected to create around 12,000 jobs for Nigerians during construction and stimulate growth of the local oil and gas service sector, with 55% of engineering and procurement of goods and services being sourced in-country. Train 7 is expected to ensure Nigeria’s continued place as a global player in a lower-carbon energy source. Once operational, Train 7 will add around 8 million tonnes per annum of capacity to the Bonny Island LNG facility, taking the total production to around 30 million tonnes per annum. In 2021, NLNG began awarding procurement and construction contracts. Early works started at the site. The first phase of the worker village is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2022 and the new material offloading facility ready for use by the end of 2022. NLNG’s Train 7 is expected to come onstream in the middle of the 2020s. KEY LICENCE RENEWED FOR DEEP-WATER SNEPCo has interests in four deep-water blocks in the Gulf of Guinea, two of which it operates. Today, nearly one-third of Nigeria’s deep-water oil and gas production comes from the Bonga and the nonoperated Erha fields.6 Since production began in 2005, Bonga alone has produced more than 950 million barrels of oil with the 2021 average oil production per day at 105,000 barrels. The Bonga FPSO vessel has a total production capacity of 225,000 barrels of oil per day and 150 standard cubic feet of gas export per day. In 2021, the availability of the FPSO vessel increased to 80% from 70% in 2020. In addition to Bonga, SNEPCo’s exploration activities have led to several significant discoveries of oil and gas over the last two decades, including the Bolia and Doro fields (Shell interest 55%). Nigeria Briefing Notes Helping to power Nigeria’s economy 13 In the right investment climate, SNEPCo believes that there are opportunities to expand. In 2021 the OML 118 (Bonga) production sharing contract was renewed and the lease extended for 20 years. Bonga North and Bonga South West Aparo (BSWA) oil fields are two such potential opportunities. Bonga North is a proposed tie-back project to the existing Bonga FPSO with Phase 1 comprising 14 wells. BSWA is a development of a new FPSO with Phase 1 comprising 23 wells. SUPPORTING RENEWABLE ENERGY STARTUPS Millions of Nigerians are excluded from the country’s power grid and Shell Companies in Nigeria have established and provided substantial funding for a not-for-profit, impact-investing company called All On. Operating as an independent company, All On works to bring reliable electricity – often from renewable energy sources -- to off-grid urban and rural customers. This support aims to build a solid pipeline of viable businesses that can create the scale required to address Nigeria’s access to energy gap. In December 2019, SPDC and SNEPCo made a significant additional 10-year financing commitment of $160 million in All On, bringing the total commitment to $200 million. By the end of 2021, All On had provided investment capital to over 40 renewable energy start-ups in its portfolio – an increase of more than 30% from 2020. One such company is Infibranches Technologies Limited, to which All On has committed $2 million, which is expected to enable the indigenous technology company to expand sales of solar home systems via its more than 13,000 agent banking partners across Nigeria. With the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, the All On Hub was established in 2020 to provide nonfinancial support and build the capabilities of off-grid energy entrepreneurs. In 2021, the hub supported 81 ventures – nearly double the 41 supported in 2020. Also in 2021, All On, Odyssey Energy Solutions and the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet launched a $10 million equipment financing facility as part of the DART pilot programme in Nigeria. 7 Hydraulic flying leads support the delivery of hydraulic fluid and/or chemicals between subsea equipment. 8 Subsea trees are an assembly of valves and other components used to monitor and control the production of a subsea well. DART will combine demand pooling, aggregated purchasing of solar equipment, and access to affordable finance to unlock economies of scale for solar companies, achieve cost savings for end-users, and accelerate the growth of the renewable energy sector in Nigeria and beyond. DEVELOPING LOCAL CONTENT AND SKILLS Shell Companies in Nigeria contribute to the growth of Nigerian businesses that can provide technical and support services to the industry. This includes the manufacture of tools and technical kits, the operation of helicopter flights in the Niger Delta, and strategic partnerships between foreign and local companies to stimulate technology transfer and capacity development. While there are government-required programmes in some areas, such as the Nigerian and Community Content Strategy embedded in the Assa North/Ohaji South gas development project, Shell Companies in Nigeria deliberately seek to contract local businesses wherever possible. In 2021, Shell Companies in Nigeria awarded $800 million worth of contracts to Nigerian-registered companies. Of these, 92% were companies with at least 51% Nigerian ownership. SNEPCo has awarded major engineering and construction contracts to companies that are indigenous, have local staff, or possess domestic capabilities in the country. At present, the manufacture and rebuild of hydraulic flying leads7 (HFLs) is being carried out in-country by wholly indigenous companies. Pressure Controls Systems Nigeria Limited, another Nigerian company, continues to refurbish old subsea trees.8 Sometimes, a lack of access to capital hinders Nigerian companies from competing for and executing contracts effectively. Shell Companies in Nigeria have provided access to nearly $1.6 billion in loans to 901 Nigerian vendors under the Shell Contractor Support Fund since 2012. These loans help improve their tendering opportunities.

Speaking at the event, Hon. Ikuinyi O. Ibani said Globacom has brought joy and happiness to Nigerians through the Festival of Joy promo.  He said, ” Globacom is giving a home to the homeless and this is one of the best things you can do to help anyone in life”, adding that, “what Globacom has done today deserves commendation and it is worthy of emulation,  especially by other telecom companies in Nigeria”.

Regional Manager of Globacom in Port Harcourt, Mr. Augustine Mamuro while delivering his address at the event said that the company was glad to see the joy on the faces of lucky winners as they receive amazing prizes across the country.

“From the garden city of Port Harcourt, the festival of Joy promo train will move to other cities including Lagos, Lokoja, Yola, Calabar, Kano, Enugu, and Makurdi where prizes will be presented to winners in these locations. A total of 20 houses, 24 brand new cars, 100 generators, 200 sewing machines, and 1,000 rechargeable fans will be given out in the promo”, Mamuro explained.

He urged Glo customers to dial the dedicated short code *611# and keep recharging (voice and data during the promo period) in order to be eligible to win the prizes on offer.

The event which was witnessed by the representative of National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Port Harcourt office, Mr. Walson Dambo, also had in attendance the Chief Whip of Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon Evans Bipi, Deputy Chairman of Okrika Local Government, Hon. Obed Tamuno, and from Nollywood, Victor Osuagwu and Francis Duru.

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