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Nestlé Nigeria Releases Scholarship Scheme To Promote Youth Education In Her Host Communities

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Nestlé Nigeria Releases Scholarship Scheme To Promote Youth Education In Her Host Communities

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Nestlé Nigeria PLC has announced the second phase of her community scholarship scheme for the youth of her host communities.

The scholarship scheme is positioned to enable deserving students of her host communities to attain their educational and personal aspirations through financial sponsorship.

The scheme which was launched in 2020 for the host communities of the company’s factories located at Sagamu Interchange, Ogun State, and Abaji, Federal Capital Territory, has been extended to include the host community of the company’s third factory in Agbara, Ogun State.

The scheme which is in two categories, senior secondary and tertiary, will grant funds to cover tuition, accommodation, uniform, books, and other expenses for the duration of beneficiaries’ education in the respective categories.

Nestlé Nigeria Releases Scholarship Scheme To Promote Youth Education In Her Host Communities
Left-Right: Alagbara of Agbara-HRM Oba (Barr.) Lukman Jayeola Agunbiade, Olute III, A recipient of the Nestlé Scholarship Scheme – Miss. Yetunde Juliet Agunbiekun, Country Human Resources Manager – Nestlé, Shakiru Lawal and Nestlé Agbara Factory manager – Ibukun-Olu Ipinmoye.

This program is aligned to Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) 4 – ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030. Education is key to prosperity as it opens a world of opportunities.

Several factors including inadequate infrastructure, lack of opportunities, accessibility, and affordability are top issues limiting access to quality education in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Nestlé Community Scholarship Scheme seeks to help bridge the gap by providing financial support to help youth complete their science and technology studies in the secondary and tertiary categories.

Nestlé Nigeria Releases Scholarship Scheme To Promote Youth Education In Her Host Communities
Alagbara of Agbara – HRM Oba (Barr.) Lukman Jayeola Agunbiade, Olute III with the recipients of the Nestlé Scholarship Scheme and other dignitaries at the event.

Speaking at the event to introduce Nestlé Scholarship scheme in Agbara, the Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager of Nestlé Nigeria PLC, Mrs. Victoria Uwadoka said, “In a nation with a high youth population like ours, it is clear that communities cannot thrive if they fail to offer a future for younger generations. Nestlé Community Scholarship Scheme aims to contribute towards creating a future for youth by preparing them to participate in industry. The focus on science and technology is deliberate to build much needed local capacity.”

“We are therefore pleased to announce the extension of the scheme to deserving youths in Agbara. The scholarship awards cover the cost of tuition, accommodation, uniforms and books for the duration of beneficiaries’ studies so long as they attain the minimum required academic performance each year.”

The Honourable Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in Ogun State, Professor Abayomi Arigbabu, represented by the Zonal Education Officer, Ado-Odo Ota, Mr. Olugbenga Kikisuhu, commended Nestlé for the initiative. He said, “A modest history is being recorded here today as Nestlé Nigeria PLC has taken a giant step by extending its love and generosity to better the lots of underprivileged and deserving indigenous students of Agbara community. One of the most important scholarship benefits to our society is that it gives us engineers, doctors, academics, lawyers and scientists from backgrounds that ordinarily could
not have met up with the financial burdens of education”.

On his part, the Alagbara of Agbara Kingdom, HRM Oba (Barr.) Lukman Jayeola Agunbiade, Olute III said, “This scholarship scheme is a laudable initiative by Nestlé Nigeria PLC. I am delighted to be part of this event promoting the education and empowerment of youth in Agbara. The company has positively impacted the community over the years and we have enjoyed a good relationship”.

One of the beneficiaries of the scholarship in the tertiary category, Rereloluwa Obafemi-Moses, a Medical Student of the University of Lagos, expressed her delight at being selected as one of the beneficiaries of the scheme. She said that the award means a lot to her as it will further motivate increased commitment to her academics. She also appreciated Nestlé Nigeria for its investment in young Nigerians.

The event had stakeholders including community leaders, youth leaders, principals of beneficiary secondary schools, parents and education officials in attendance.

109 students drawn from the company’s communities around Owode-Egba, Sagamu, Abaji and Agbara currently benefit from the scheme. They were selected based on their academic performance and rigorous verification processes.

The company continues to make a meaningful difference in her host communities by creating initiatives to help youth unlock their potential. Through the scholarship scheme, Nestlé continues to help building the next generation of science and technology professionals. This is another of the many ways through which the company Creates Shared Value to help build thriving communities.

About Nestlé Nigeria: Nestlé Nigeria is one of the largest food and beverage companies in Africa. For over 58 years, the 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 quality of life for everyone today and for generations to come.

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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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