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Dangote Bags Nigerien National Honour Over His Foundation’s Health Intervention 

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Dangote bags Nigerien national Honour over his Foundation’s Health Intervention

As Dangote, Bill Gates Foundations sign MOU on immunization of Nigeriens

Olushola Okunlade Writes

President/Chief Executive of Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote has been conferred with the Commander of the Order of Merit of Niger award by the President of the Republic of Niger, His Excellency Mohamed Bazoum in Niamey.

According to the certificate of conferment presented to Dangote in Niamey, the nation’s capital, the award was in appreciation for his services rendered to the Republic of Niger and as well as a tribute to his business acumen and philanthropy. It should be recalled that his Foundation, the Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) intervened in various ways to improve healthcare and routine immunization in the Niger Republic and her neighboring countries namely Nigeria and Chad.

L-R, President deLa Repulique of Niger, S.E.M.Mohamed Bazoum, President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Ltd, Aliko Dangote, With the Award of Order Du Merite Du Niger, Operateur Economique et Philanthropy Dr Commandeur ,, In Niger Republic On Wednesday 3rd August 2022
Left-Right: President deLa Republique of Niger, S.E.M.Mohamed Bazoum, President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Ltd, Aliko Dangote, With the Award of Order Du Merite Du Niger, Operateur Economique et Philanthropy Dr. Commandeur, While Former Governor of Jigawa State, Mohamed Badaru Abubakar, in the Niger Republic On Wednesday 3rd August 2022.
Dangote bags Nigerien national Honour over his Foundation’s Health Intervention
Left-Right: President deLa Republique of Niger, S.E.M.Mohamed Bazoum, President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Ltd, Aliko Dangote, With the Award of Order Du Merite Du Niger, Operateur Economique et Philanthropy Dr. Commandeur, in the Niger Republic On Wednesday 3rd August 2022.

Recalled that Aliko Dangote had earlier been conferred with the Commander of the National Order of Valour of the Republic of Cameroon and the Grand Commander of the National Order of the Republic of Benin.

In a related development, Aliko Dangote Foundation, alongside the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and GAVI the Vaccine Alliance have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of the Republic of Niger on a collaboration for improving the Expanded Programme on Immunisation in Diffa, Maradi and Zinder regions, which are along the country’s southern border with Nigeria.

The Nigerien national award by the president is in recognition of the various health-related interventions by the Aliko Dangote Foundation including financial support to the tune of $500,000 to help fight a previous Meningitis outbreak and another cholera outbreak; NGN250 million for the provision of food for refugees and displaced persons; and $1,000,000 (one million dollars) support for enhanced routine immunization in the three identified regions of Diffa, Maradi, and Zinder.

Aliko Dangote Foundation and BMGF played key roles in a historic certification by the World Health Organisation of a polio-free Nigeria and Africa in August 2020. The same successful template which was applied to ensure the eradication of polio in northern Nigeria in partnership with six states namely Bauchi, Borno, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto, and Yobe, is also being applied by ADF to enhance routine immunization and adequate vaccination around Nigeria’s borders with the Republics of Niger and Chad.

The three regions of Diffa, Maradi, and Zinder share a common border with Northern Nigeria and together makeup almost 28% of Niger’s land area and about 40% of the country’s population.

Speaking on the MoU partnership, which was signed in May 2022, the Managing Director of Aliko Dangote Foundation stated that “ADF is committing $1 million over 3 years; BMGF is providing $2 million, while GAVI is bringing in $10 million worth of vaccines under this MoU. ADF and BMGF are bringing in the money required to stimulate demand for the vaccines that GAVI is bringing in to ensure maximum uptake and coverage.”

The MoU was signed between the Government of the Republic of Niger represented by the Ministry of Public Health, the Population and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Interior & Decentralisation, and the Ministry of Finance on the one hand, and the Incorporated Trustees of Aliko Dangote Foundation (ADF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), two independent endowed charities and GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, a Global Public-Private Partnership on the other hand.

The Foundations are committed to providing technical and financial support to the Government of Niger to strengthen its vaccine programs gradually and sustainably improve its coverage in the Diffa, Maradi, and Zinder regions in order to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases.

Gavi, according to the MoU, will continue its support for immunization in the selected priority districts in the three regions, in accordance with the agreement already signed with the Government of Niger, the strategic objectives of the Health System Strengthening Project (HSS3) grant and the approved financing.

In order to protect the target populations against poliomyelitis and other vaccine-preventable diseases, the government of Niger is committed to strengthening the routine vaccine program and reducing morbidity and mortality in the regions of Diffa, Maradi, and Zinder.

The objective of the MoU is to collaborate on strengthening vaccination in Niger to improve the delivery of routine vaccine services in the three regions in order to achieve full vaccination coverage of 90% of the target population by December 2024; to ensure that at least 90% of districts achieve 90% Penta 3 vaccination coverage; to vaccinate 90% of the zero doses identified; to stop poliovirus transmission and maintain polio-free status, and to ensure consistent national funding and procurement of vaccines in order to secure a sustained and steady supply of all routine vaccines throughout the country.

In August 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari praised Bill and Melinda Gates, Aliko Dangote, and Emeka Offor at the formal certification of the Wild Polio Virus eradication in the African region during the virtual session of the 70th World Health Organisation (WHO) regional committee for Africa in the State House, Abuja.

His commendation came as Aliko Dangote emphasised the need for governments across Africa, particularly the federal and state governments in Nigeria, to increase their budgetary allocations to the health sector to improve basic healthcare for the people. Dangote, in his remarks at the event, expressed deep satisfaction at the final eradication of wild polio in Nigeria, and by extension Africa after years of hard work and collaboration among stakeholders.

L-R, President deLa Repulique of Niger, S.E.M.Mohamed Bazoum, President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Ltd, Aliko Dangote, With the Award of Order Du Merite Du Niger, Operateur Economique et Philanthropy Dr Commandeur , While Former Governor of Jigawa State, Mohamed Badaru Abubaka, In Niger Republic On Wednesday 3rd August 2022.
Left-Right: President deLa Republique of Niger, S.E.M.Mohamed Bazoum, President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Ltd, Aliko Dangote, With the Award of Order Du Merite Du Niger, Operateur Economique et Philanthropy Dr. Commandeur, in the Niger Republic On Wednesday 3rd August 2022.
L-R, President deLa Repulique of Niger, S.E.M.Mohamed Bazoum, President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Ltd, Aliko Dangote, With the Award of Order Du Merite Du Niger, Operateur Economique et Philanthropy Dr Commandeur , While Former Governor of Jigawa State, Mohamed Badaru Abubaka, In Niger Republic On Wednesday 3rd August 2022
Left-Right: President deLa Republique of Niger, S.E.M.Mohamed Bazoum, President/Chief Executive, Dangote Industries Ltd, Aliko Dangote, With the Award of Order Du Merite Du Niger, Operateur Economique et Philanthropy Dr. Commandeur, in Niger Republic On Wednesday 3rd August 2022.

The renowned humanitarian, who was commended alongside the Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr. Bill Gates, pledged to devote more of his wealth to support the provision of adequate quality healthcare to curb maternal and child mortality.

Dangote commended the efforts of top officials of the Foundation, including the CEO, Zouera Youssoufou, and Community Engagement Lead Ahmed Iya for their untiring efforts in ensuring the end of polio in Nigeria, as well as the various state and federal government agencies and development partners who collaborated to make the certification possible.

These, among others, include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the WHO, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the UK Department for International Development (DfID) (now FCDO), the Federal Ministry of Health, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) and the Governors and Health Ministries of Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Borno, Sokoto and Yobe States.

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Femi Omolade Private Schools Marks 27th Graduation Ceremony In Grand Style

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…as parents, and guardians extol the school’s virtues

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Femi Omolade Private Schools has marked the 27th graduation ceremony in grand style leaving parents, friends, and passersby in amazing surprise.

Friday, August 12, 2022, will remain memorable in the annals of the pupils and students of Femi Omolade Private Schools, Ajasa Command in Agbado Oke-Odo Local Government Area of Lagos State anchored by Mr. Makanjuola Segun.

The event held at the school premises at 25/27 Ajasa-Command Road, White House Bus Stop, was kick-started with praise and worship by Mrs. Augustina, which was witnessed by parents/guardians, among others.

Music Students display their talents.
Graduating Pupils and Students of Femi Omolade Private Schools.
Left-Right: Miss Kafilat Moyinoluwa Sulaiman and Mrs. Agunpopo Olayinka dancing at the graduation ceremony on Friday.

Rev. Mother Ajiboye during ministration and prayer urged parents to be prayerful, monitor their wards, and children, be close to their children and avoid negative statements, especially in the face of social media influence. According to her, there is a need for parents to step up efforts in inculcating the right moral values in their children, as the school cannot do it alone.

She prayed for God’s grace to nurture the children into growing up to be notable citizens in society.

Hon. Adesola E. Ajiboye, Principal of Femi Omolade Private Schools.

In his graduation speech during the event, the Principal of Femi Omolade Private Schools, Mr. Adesola E. Ajiboye, remarked that the school, established years ago, has produced many notable citizens spread across the country and in the diaspora was the best to be established in the environment and one of the top private schools established in Ajasa Command.

Mr. Ajiboye, who also displayed medals of different categories won by his pupils at various competitions (including Mathematics and sports competitions), also urged the graduating pupils, as well as college students in the schools, to aspire for the best in life, and assured that the school would do it’s best to ensure that the enviable standard set by the school’s founders is sustained.

He also commended the effort of the Lagos State government in providing a good road network linking the school to the urban places within the state.

He urged the government to provide adequate power supply, and an effective security network, among other social amenities, as factors that will enhance both private and public schools’ growth and proper development.

Igbo cultural dancers

While assuring that he would use his wealth of experience to make the schools one of the best in academic, sports, and vocational studies, Ajiboye further appealed to the government, Parents, NGOs, and well-to-do individuals to encourage Femi Omolade Private Schools pupils and students to achieve it set goals, by awarding a scholarship to indigent ones.

Speaking to BusinessEcho Magazine, Mrs. Osowo, a parent, who spoke on behalf of others, commended the management of the schools for setting a good standard of education for its pupils and students.

She said, “Since I enroll my children in Femi Omolade Private Schools. I didn’t regret bringing them to this school. “When they were brought here, everything changed for the better. Today, I am proud of my children in both learning and character. I am sure other parents will have similar testimony to share.

“I advise the school management to maintain the tempo. I will also urge parents and teachers in this school to cooperate with management to achieve its lofty goals.”

Also speaking, an alumnus of the school, who also witnessed the ceremony, commended the school management for maintaining a good standard of education since its inception.

A student of the college, Miss Kamilat Moninuola Sulaiman, who also spoke to BusinessEcho Magazine, rated the standard of education in the school very high. He commended teachers in the schools for their high dedication and urged other parents to consider bringing their wards to the school for quality education and development.

The ceremony featured students’ music department, Stepper’s dancers, Choreography, and cultural songs in Igbo, and Yoruba, the presentation of gifts to parents, pupils, and students at the college by the school’s management, display of medals won by the school at different competitions, among other things.

Enrol your students/wards into Femi Omolade Private School and Femi Omolade Private College at 25-27 Ajasa-Command Road, White-House Bus Stop Ajasa-Command and 5 Gbenga Alao Street Off YetKem Road Ajasa, Lagos State, or call 08084277215, 08064156615.

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BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa

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BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa

…BUA built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries during President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure

…BUA is now among the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa – Rabiu

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Leading Nigerian Businessman, Industrialist, and Philanthropist, Abdul Samad Rabiu, paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja, to update him and thank him for creating an enabling environment for business to thrive, and also brief him on the strides BUA Group has made in the past few years.

Thereafter, Rabiu briefed the President on the activities of his foundation, The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) during which he also announced the donation of an N10billion Nigeria Security Support Fund from ASR Africa towards the provision of some security equipment, medical and other supplies, upgrade of health facilities and other infrastructure for families of those on the frontlines.

BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa
President Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (2nd Right) having a handshake with Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder & Executive Chairman, BUA Group (2nd Left) while Kabiru Rabiu, Group Executive Director, BUA Group (Left) and Niyi Adebayo, Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (Right) looks on during the visit of Abdul Samad Rabiu and BUA Group Management Team, to the State House in Abuja, on Friday.
BUA Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, Donates N10billion Security Support Fund For Various Interventions Through ASR Africa
President Muhammadu Buhari, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria (Middle) Abdul Samad Rabiu, Founder & Executive Chairman, BUA Group (Left), and Niyi Adebayo, Nigerian Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (Right) during the visit of Abdul Samad Rabiu and BUA Group Management Team, to the State House in Abuja, on Friday.

According to Rabiu, the visit was in order to identify with President Muhammadu Buhari, during whose tenure BUA has built over 10 factories with two of the Group’s subsidiaries now amongst the top 10 largest publicly listed companies in Africa, and to further support the efforts of his administration in business as well as in the security space.

In his response, President Buhari said it was heartwarming to see and hear of Nigerian companies doing so much within Nigeria, and Africa, especially in the area of production using locally available raw materials. He also expressed his elation at the achievements of BUA which had led to phenomenal growth within such a short time. “As a Government, we know we have done a lot in this regard, and we will continue to do more to support the aspirations of serious businesses, big and small, by providing an enabling environment as well as supporting value creation within Nigeria.”

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Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year

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Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year

Olushola Okunlade Writes

As the world marks International Youth Day, the Alliance for Youth Nigeria has announced the conclusion of a vocational skills training program reaching over 350 young Nigerians in Lagos and Kano States.

The training covered four skillsets – Solar panel installation, Graphics Design (Designs, social media, and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make-up, aromatherapy, and massage), which were delivered in collaboration with Whitefield Foundation.

Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year
High flyers of the vocational skills training and recipients of start-up kits from the Alliance.

The vocational skills training is one of the projects of the Alliance designed in accordance with the Alliance’s objective of reaching 250,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial skills to enable them to secure gainful employment or set up businesses of their own within 3 years. This objective, which was announced during the launch of the Alliance, is in line with their commitment to work together to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the country with the associated social and economic impact.

Launched in August 2021, the Alliance is a business-driven movement of organizations passionate about working together to help young people around the country acquire the necessary skills to thrive in the world of work or create their own enterprise. Members of the Alliance for Youth Nigeria include Nestlé Nigeria, Jobberman Nigeria, Big Bottling Company, the United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, U-Connect HR Limited, and Sterling One Foundation with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and Activate Success International as partner organizations.

Since its inception, the Alliance has reached over 11,000 young Nigerians with employability and entrepreneurial training, internship and mentoring opportunities, and job placements. Projects delivered include:

• Soft skills training, covering personal effectiveness and time management, effective communication, business etiquette, employability skills, and emotional intelligence, for NYSC and fresh graduates in November 2021 reaching 590.

• Soft and employability skills training, covering critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and idea generation, developing the right mindset for the world of work, effective communication, etc, in May and June 2022 reaching over 9,600 NYSC members in Lagos, Kano, Ogun, and FCT orientation camps.

• Employability training for fresh graduates in April and June 2022, covering career positioning, personal brand marketing, building winning resumes, developing interpersonal skills, developing an entrepreneurial mindset, etc, and reaching over 610

• Vocational skills training, covering solar panel installation, graphics design (designs, social media, and web design), CCTV and Cable installation, and Beauty Care (make-up, aromatherapy, and massage), in Lagos and Kano states in August 2022 reaching over 350

Alliance For Youth Nigeria Empowers Over 11,000 Young Nigerians In One Year
Left-Right: Ahmed Alaga, Program Manager, Jobberman Nigeria; Lanre Coleman, General Manager, U-Connect HR Limited; Tumi Onamade, Senior Manager, Participant Engagement & Programs, United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria; Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC, and ‘Goke Olaleye, Marketing Manager, Big Bottling Company Limited.

The member and partner organizations have positioned themselves to invest in joint and individual projects to give young Nigerians meaningful work experience, internships, readiness-for-work training, and mentoring opportunities and are committed to contributing to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 8 – to promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all by 2030.

Celebrating International Youth Day and first-year anniversary of the Alliance, high-flyers of the vocational skills training were gifted start-up kits to ensure the immediate take-off of their businesses. High-flyers from the graphics design training were provided laptops, and those from the Beauty, massage, and aromatherapy training were provided make-up tool kits and massage beds while high-flyers from the installation training were awarded complete toolboxes for their vocation.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Shakiru Lawal, Country HR Manager, Nestlé Nigeria PLC said, “Youth is the future of our world and Nestlé is determined and committed to working with stakeholders and likeminded organizations to help young people develop their skills so they can find jobs or create their own businesses.”

“We are delighted with the progress we have made as an Alliance in the past year, reaching 11,000 youth. Yes, we are still a long way from our target, but we have built the framework and alliances that will help us deliver on our objectives. The provision of start-up kits to young people who excelled in the vocational skills training is a significant step in the right direction”.

Also speaking at the event, Mr. Lanre Coleman, General Manager, U-Connect Human Resources Limited said, “Youths are the future of the nation. Every investment towards their employability, engagement and empowerment is very critical for the society’s good and sustainable progress”.

According to Innih Ikhide, Youth Engagement and Learning Manager Jobberman Nigeria, “Youth in every society have the potential to stimulate economic growth, social progress, and national development. The Alliance for Youth Nigeria is providing an ecosystem of learning where young Nigerians can upskill by acquiring 21st-century skills that will increase their chances of getting employed or becoming self-employed. The testimonials from beneficiaries will continue to motivate us to do more”.

For Naomi Nwokolo, Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Nigeria, “Our one-year anniversary is proof that advancing decent work for youth requires unprecedented levels of collaboration between key partners. The Alliance serves as a catalyst for reducing unemployment and promoting youth independence in order to increase labour and economic productivity in Nigeria. We urge stakeholders to take collective action in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 4, 8, and 9.”

In his comments, ‘Goke Olaleye, Marketing Manager, The Big Bottling Company Limited, said, “Investment in young people supports the economic empowerment of the nation and world at large. The Big Bottling Company Limited, while congratulating Nigerian youths remains committed to supporting their aspirations for growth”.

In a statement on behalf of the Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, the Special Assistant to the Honorable Minister, Oluwakemi Areola, said, “In the next 10 years, jobs would have evolved from the traditional model we are familiar with now. It is imperative that Nigerian youth equip and upskill themselves with the necessary skills (digital and vocational) to give them an added advantage and keep them better positioned for the continuous benefit of decent work. The Ministry commends the effort and investment of the Alliance in promoting economic opportunities for young Nigerians”.

On behalf of other participants, Oluwakemi Olatunfe, who participated in the training in the Beauty category, commended the Alliance member companies for providing the unique opportunity for the training and upskilling of young Nigerians. Particularly delighted at the start-up kit awarded to her by the Alliance, she promised to fully utilize the training and the kit to start up her business, thereby adding value to herself and her family.

The International Youth Day is celebrated annually on 12 August to bring youth issues to the attention of the international and national communities, raising awareness of major concerns that impact young people, particularly as related to health, education, and employment while celebrating the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society.

With over 13.9 million youths unemployed and millions in unstable employment and underemployed in Nigeria, young people need the right skills and experience to help them in a rapidly changing economic landscape and the Alliance for Youth Nigeria is committed to continued investment in young people for a better future.

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