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Biodiversity: Dangote Cement Partners Agencies, Stakeholders On Environmental Sustainability



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.


BON Awards Huge Brand Exposure Platform– Organisers



FRCN, NTA, DAAR, ASO Radio/TV Endorse The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards

By Moninuola Sulaiman

Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), the organisers of The Nigerian Broadcasting Awards (TNBA), have stated that the awards process and ceremony will be a huge brand exposure platform.

Speaking on Channels TV’s Sunrise Show on Saturday, TNBA Lead Consultant and CEO, Strategic Outcomes Limited, Jenkins Alumona, said TNBA will provide sponsors with optimal exposure and credible affiliation.

According to him, the awards night will be a spectacle of entertainment and celebration of broadcasting excellence, which will be broadcast live on over 300 BON member stations.

“It’s a huge opportunity for people who want to drive brand awareness to be part of it. BON will put up an event that meets the quality expected from Nigerian broadcasting. We are planning a show like the Oscars. You will be seeing superstars and high-quality professionals being rewarded.

“What sponsors get are eyeballs. All BON members are part of the publicity, as such, the event will be live on all BON member stations. On that day, if you are watching television, there’s an 80 percent chance you will be watching the TNBAs. The opportunity for brands is enormous It’s like paying for one and getting 300 free.

“When you celebrate professionals, you promote professionalism and drive them to do better, and that impacts our national development. As a brand, you want to associate with such quality events that contribute to our national development,” he said.

Explaining the criteria for entry, the Chairman of the Awards Steering Committee, Mr. Guy Murray-Bruce, stressed that TNBAs are only open to regulated broadcast platforms.

“TNBA is looking at the spectrum of all broadcasters in the country, radio and TV stations, private, state, and federal stations.

“We have about 13 categories of awards to be given out. The most important thing for entry is that they must abide by the ethics of broadcasting in the country. If you don’t have the ethics of broadcasting, you cannot be part of the awards,” he said.

He further explained that organisations could put in entries in all categories, adding that there will be special recognition awards for notable contributions to the development of broadcasting in Nigeria.

Entries for TNBAs will open this August, while the awards night will hold in November.

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CSR: Nigerian Breweries Flags Off 2022 Women, Youth Empowerment Programme



we look forward to the dividends that this initiative will bring to the various areas where the beneficiaries live

…we look forward to the dividends that this initiative will bring to the various areas where the beneficiaries live

Olushola Okunlade Writes

In line with its Corporate Social Responsibility, Nigerian Breweries Plc is delighted to announce the flag-off of the 2022 edition of its Women and Youth Empowerment program.

Starting Monday, August 1, 2022, a total of 412 beneficiaries, including women and youth from 6 locations – Abuja, Kaduna, Lagos, Abia, Enugu, and Ogun states, will benefit from an intensive three-month skills acquisition training, which ends on October 30, 2022.

Speaking on the launch, the Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Mrs. Sade Morgan noted that through this program, the company empowers youth and women in the host communities, leading to decent work and economic growth per the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)8.

According to her – “As we flag off the 2022 edition of our Youth and Women Empowerment Programme, we look forward to the dividends that this initiative will bring to the various areas where the beneficiaries live. Based on the success of the previous editions of the program, we cannot wait to share the great stories that will inevitably be told about how a new wave of young men and women were able to create economic value for their communities and society at large.”

Beneficiaries will be trained in 20 skill areas: Confectionery (Baking), Fishery, Beads Making, Wig Making, Cosmetology, Hairdressing, Solar Panel Installation, Mobile Phone repairs, Barbing, Fashion Design, Marketing, and Block Molding among others.

The beneficiaries would also receive start-up tools to support their entrepreneurial journey to financial independence upon completion of the 3-month intensive skill acquisition training.

Now in its fourth edition, the NB Women and Youth Empowerment Programme which began as a pilot scheme with 105 beneficiaries in 2019 have now empowered a total of 872 women and youth drawn from 6 states(Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Enugu, Kaduna, and Abia) and the FCT.

Know More About Nigerian Breweries PLC: A member of the HEINEKEN Group, Nigerian Breweries Plc is Nigeria’s pioneer and largest brewing company. Incorporated in 1946 as “Nigerian Brewery Limited”, the company made history in June 1949 when the first bottle of STAR lager beer rolled out of its Lagos brewery bottling line. Today, it has a rich portfolio of 19 high-quality brands (Heineken, Desperados, Maltina, Life, Amstel Malta, Gulder, Fayrouz, and Legend) produced from nine breweries and two malting plants distributed nationwide.

Nigerian Breweries Plc is also the recipient of several awards and recognition in other areas of its operations, including product quality, marketing excellence, productivity and innovation, health and safety, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability.

To learn more, visit the Nigerian Breweries website:

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MAGGI ‘O Setigo’ Season 2 Returns With 2-Million-Naira Grand Price



MAGGI ‘O Setigo’ Season 2 Returns With 2-Million-Naira Grand Price

…Real Meal-Master cooking competition organized by MAGGI Nestle Nigeria

Olushola Okunlade Writes

O Setigo – MAGGI’s cooking competition – returns with 12 contestants competing for the 2 Million-Naira grand prize this season.

Other prizes include 1- Million Naira for the first runner-up, 500,000 Naira for the second runner-up, and other cash and consolation prizes.

The exciting journey will kick off as the show premiers on the 6th of August 2022. The 11 episodes of the show will air for 6 weeks on major TV stations, both terrestrial and cable.

This season, two contestants were selected from each of the different auditions in Enugu, Akwa, Umuahia, Owerri, Asaba, and Port-Harcourt. Their meals will be judged by top celebrities; Noble Igwe, Alex Unusual, and Uriel Oputa. Uzor Osimpka will anchor the show bringing her talent and deftness to create a lot of excitement for viewers.

The show is a Meal-Master cooking competition organized by MAGGI Nigeria to further appreciate the Southern food culture. MAGGI Nigeria’s vision is to enhance creativity with local cuisine as the diversity of tasty traditional meals is one of the exciting parts of their culture largely embraced by Nigerians.

The cooking show aims to encourage young Nigerians to explore exciting ways of cooking and enjoying the food they love, presenting the best of Southern dishes. The contestants will showcase their culinary prowess, entertain, and educate viewers at home on techniques they can use to cook mouth-watering delicacies.

Season 2, in addition to the display of culinary expertise, will be thrilling and exciting. This season will be filled with suspense and creativity, as MAGGI has planned to take culinary expertise to another level. The show will showcase the use of fresh ingredients to ensure healthy nutrition and provide consumers with tips for maintaining healthy lifestyles.

MAGGI ‘O Setigo’ Season 2 Returns With 2-Million-Naira Grand Price
Left-Right: Alex Unusual (Judge), Uzor Osimpka (Anchor) Noble Igwe (Judge), and Uriel Oputa (Judge)

Don’t miss out on any episode this Season, catch all the action from the auditions to the grand finale on these stations:
• Trace Naija- Sat (7:00 -7:30 pm) & Sun (6:00 – 6:30 pm)
• African Magic Igbo- Sat & Sun (7:00 -7:30 pm)
• ROK 2- Sat & Sun (6:00 – 6:30 pm)
• Isibido- Sat & Sun (7:30 -8:00 pm)
• Orient TV- Sat (8:00 – 8:30 pm) & Sun (7:00 – 7:30pm)
• ABS Akwa- Sun (8:00 -8:30 pm)
• DBS Asaba- Sat (7:00 -7:30 pm) & Sun (7:00 -7:30 pm)
• MAGGI Nigeria on YouTube.

Know More About Nestlé Nigeria: Nestlé Nigeria is one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa. For over 59 years, the nutrition company has been delighting consumers around Nigeria by consistently delivering high-quality nutritious food.

With a staff strength of over 2,200 direct employees, 3 manufacturing sites, 7 branch offices, and a head office located in Lagos, the company produces and markets several iconic brands including NESTLÉ PURELIFE, GOLDEN MORN, MILO, MAGGI, and NESCAFÉ.

Nestlé’s purpose is to unlock the power of food to enhance the quality of life for everyone today and for generations to come.

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