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Biodiversity: Dangote Cement Partners Agencies, Stakeholders On Environmental Sustainability

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Mother Earth Day: Dangote Cement Intensifies Measures To Curb Environmental Degradation

…plants 7,205 trees to commemorate the 2022 Environmental Day

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Nigeria’s bid to reduce carbon emissions has received a boost as Pan-African cement manufacturer, Dangote Cement Plc entered into a partnership with partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and National Environmental Standards and the Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) to promote environmental sustainability.

In the same vein, Dangote Cement also collaborated with the Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre, and Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) as part of the Company’s initiatives to mark the 2022 World Environment Day in all its 14 production plants in Nigeria and Pan Africa.

Dangote Cement’s Environment Week program supports African countries and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) joint venture (JV) agreement to invest in carbon avoidance and offsetting projects.

In carrying out the initiatives, Dangote Cement engaged experts to build the capacity of employees, local communities, and other stakeholders on biodiversity conservation and progressive reclamation of mining sites. Other topics addressed were soil rehabilitation and carbon mitigation. The company also set up a biodiversity garden at one of its mines in Nigeria to serve as a model.

The Group Managing Director of Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Michel Puchercos noted that the company demonstrated support for governments’ efforts by contributing climate solutions that would reduce Nigeria’s carbon emissions.

The World Environment Day featured a web forum entitled ‘Only one Earth: Conserving the Values of Biodiversity. It centered on the need for humans to make deliberate efforts to save the earth by conserving biodiversity. The forum brought together about 560 participants from the manufacturing and extractive industries, academia, government agencies, international agencies, civil society (NGOs), media, and environment enthusiasts across Africa.

The Head of Sustainability, Dangote Cement Plc, Dr. Igazeuma Okoroba gave insights into the activities of Dangote Cement during the forum stating that the organisation is complementing government efforts through collaboration with stakeholders in civil society and industry. She noted that as Africa’s leading business, the “World Environment Day commemoration avails us the opportunity to create awareness on sustainability initiatives to conserve the earth and maintain the values of biodiversity.”

According to Dr. Okoroba, the initiatives were “aimed at entrenching sustainability consciousness across the business’ value chain. One of the ways Dangote Cement seeks to achieve this is by complying with rehabilitation plans and exploring ways to protect the ecosystem in the communities where we operate.”

Speaking on World Environment Day, the Head of Environment and Social Performance, Dangote Cement Plc, Engr Tukur Lawal said the objective of the initiative was to make mining sites safe for current and future land use.  Specific goals include creating awareness amongst mining personnel and enabling mining stakeholders to understand the processes of identifying and evaluating species, flora, and fauna for climate risk management.

“I am adducing reasons on why Dangote Cement is taking the challenge, Engr. Lawal asserted that “The company is ready to engage with stakeholders to conserve biodiversity, mitigate carbon emission and make the environment safer”.

In line with this year’s theme ‘Only One Earth’, not less than 1,708 Dangote employees volunteered with 1,186 third-party volunteers who contributed  12,658 hours in 46 different initiatives across 10 pan-African countries.

The World Environment Day also featured a web forum on “Only One Earth: Conserving the Values of Biodiversity,” hosted by Dangote Cement in collaboration with the Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre.

The forum brought together participants from the private sector, government agencies, international agencies, and nonprofits across Africa. Topics discussed centered on the need to remedy the changing ecosystem as humans must deliberate efforts to protect the planet. Speakers submitted that sustainable land management should be a priority for the industry. Businesses whose activities affect soil and biodiversity should restore the soil by funding recycling, ensuring green development, and supporting the natural habitat and developers’ who integrate biodiversity in pre and post-development.

In other contributions to the webinar, Dr. Igazeuma urged the participants to draw lessons from Dangote Cement in the alignment of UN SDGs to Corporate Social Responsibility programming. “An example in this regard is the planting of 510,636 trees which support carbon sequestration and the company’s investment in recycling waste for alternative fuels which supports SDG 13. Dr. Okoroba also announced the release of the Dangote Cement’s 2021 Sustainability Report, which was published in accordance with the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standard and assured by an independent consultant.”

An impact report released at the end of the forum indicated that participants advocated that biodiversity loss should be mitigated through collaboration with government environmental agencies, local communities, NGOs, and educational institutions. Greater awareness is also needed for the public to understand the species of plants and animals that need not be consumed to extinction.

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

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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