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Dangote Not Involved In Kogi Assembly Fire Outbreak, Says Management

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Dangote Not Involved In Kogi Assembly Fire Outbreak

…neither sponsor any arsonists to burn down the Kogi State House of Assembly

Olushola Okunlade Writes

The attention of the Dangote Group has been drawn to a circulating Press Statement issued by the Kogi State Government, wherein the Dangote Group was accused of allegedly sponsoring arsonists to set the Kogi State House of Assembly on fire in the early hours of Monday, October 10, 2022.

The statement titled, ‘Obajana: Desperation sets in as imported hoodlums burn down Kogi Assembly’, which was signed by the Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communications, Kingsley Fanwo pointedly accused our company of burning the Complex “in an attempt to possibly destroy evidence relating to the ownership tussle between the Kogi State Government and the Dangote Group over the Obajana Cement Company.”

Dangote Group Management stated, “As a socially responsible corporate entity, we totally refute this allegation and condemn this unprofessional and irresponsible attempt to smear our image before local and international investors and thus erode our brand value.

“Dangote Group would never stoop so low as to sponsor thugs to destroy any property, belonging to either government or any individual. This runs contrary to our business ethos and everything we stand for as a leading manufacturer with teeming customers and consumers across Nigeria and Africa.

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.

Our lawyers have been mandated to react appropriately to the damaging allegation from the Kogi State Government within the full extent of the law.

We urge our stakeholders and the public to disregard such irresponsible and insane statements as we ask all our stakeholders, namely shareholders, customers, suppliers, employees, and the entire community of Obajana and Kogi State to remain calm.

At the same time, we follow the legitimate and lawful process to resolve this matter with the State Government.

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RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community

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By Moninuola Sulaiman

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Truth and Life Area of Lagos Province 98 have helped over 60 worshipers and community members in Ikorodu to achieve self-reliance.

The training was for people intending to pivot into a career in the production of body and hair creams and others or those willing to upgrade their skills.

According to Pastor Nelson Olagundoye, the empowerment scheme is part of the program organized by the Area in Lagos Province 98 to commemorate with Area 24 Women conference for spreading the love of Christ and adding value to the quality of living of Nigerians (Christians or non-Christians).

He also added that the efforts are geared towards ensuring that members are empowered for multiple streams of income for different categories of members to ensure that nobody is left behind. We are laying a strong foundation for tomorrow; we want every member especially women under Area 24 Zone 3 Lagos Province 98 to have a solid foundation in Christ Jesus,” he said.

RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community
Right-Left: Pastor (Mrs) Helen Adeniyi, Wife of the Pastor in charge of Lagos Province 98; Pastor Nelson Olagundoye, Pastor in Charge of Area 24 and his wife, Pastor (Mrs) Busayo Olagundoye during the maiden edition of Area 24 LP98 women conference and skill acquisition program held recently.

Speaking at the grand finale of the conference held on Sunday, November 27, 2022, the Wife of the Pastor in Charge of Lagos Province 98, Pastor (Mrs) Helen Adeniyi commended the effort and impact made so far by Pastor Olagundoye and his wife during their short period as pastor-in-charge of the Area. He prayed for enlargement and financial breakthroughs of members of the area as well as Zone and Lagos Province 98.

Pastor (Mrs) Adeniyi in her sermon titled ‘The ever-increasing Christian Woman’ reading from the book of Luke 2:52 and Psalm 115: 14-15, told over 260 congregations in attendance the full meaning of the theme, which is in a combination of ever, increasing, and Christian. She stated that ‘ever’ simply means always, frequently, and forever while ‘increasing’ is greater and Christian is living in life according to the word of God. She continued by encouraging members to imbibe the word of God and seek the face of God in wisdom which is the principal thing. She further encouraged women to be always submissive to their husbands. She also said that in other to receive favour from everyone, we need to know how to relate with people because it is the people, God will use to favour us. She also referred the congregation to the book of Amos 3:3 which stated that ‘can two work together except they are agreed, therefore, we need the help of Almighty God before we can get into the next level of glory, she said.

RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community
RCCG Area 24 Empowers People Of Ikorodu Community

At the event, the church also celebrated and presented a befitting gift to the pioneer Pastor-in-charge of Truth and Life Parish, Pastor and Pastor (Mrs) Adedayo Adewole for their giant stride in the parish in the last six years. Deacon Adebukola Oshiga after his brief remarks on the history of the parish to the congregation then presented the gift to them on behalf of the church.

The wife of the Pastor-in-charge of the Area and the Convener of the event, Pastor (Mrs) Busayo Olagundoye in her opening remarks, gave glory to Almighty God and everyone who had played one role or the other in making the event a reality. She thanked the wife of the Pastor in charge of Lagos Province 98, Pastor (Mrs) Helen Adeniyi for accepting our invitation as a Special Guest Speaker at the maiden edition of the women’s conference of Area 24.

She also specially appreciated Pastor (Mrs) Toyin Afe, Wife of the Pastor-in-charge of Zone 3, and other Pastors’ wives for creating time to grace the occasion. The program ended with high praise and thanksgiving.

The event had in attendance various dignitaries from the Provinces, Zones, Areas, Parishes, Communities, and other well-wishers. The church of Jesus Christ is marching on. All glory to God.

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Ijebu Heritage Group Honours 9 Eminent Nigerians At Annual Award Night 

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Ijebu Heritage Group Honours 9 Eminent Nigerians At Annual Award Night 

By Moninuola Sulaiman

The Ijebu Heritage group held its annual award dinner at The Metropolitan Club Lagos to showcase its contributions to society and recognize 9 of its distinguished members for their outstanding personal achievements. 

The Chairman of Ijebu Heritage Group Otunba Olalekan Belo was ably supported by eminent dignitaries and members who graced the occasion. 

Dr. Biodun Shobanjo of Troyka Holdings who chaired the ceremony in his comments further emphasized the tremendous contributions of Ijebu Heritage Group over the years as its members continue to provide inspirational leadership in all fields of endeavour. 

The distinguished personalities celebrated at the event include Dr. Segun Ogunsanya (Appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director Airtel Africa), Prof Otunba Toyin Ashiru (Appointment as Pro-Chancellor Olabisi Onabanjo University and National Honours of OON), Otunba Bimbo Ashiru (Appointment as Chairman Odua Group of Companies), Otunba Seyi Oduntan (Appointment as Chairman Wemabod and National Honours OON), Mr. Tokunboh Talabi. (Appointment as Secretary to Ogun State Government), Mr. Dapo Okubadejo (Appointment as Commissioner For Finance & Chief Economic Adviser for Ogun State), Otunba Bimbo Ogunbanjo (National Honours OFR), Bababode Osunkoya (Appointment as Chairman Access Holding) Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora (Appointment as Hon. Minister of Science & Technology Federal Republic of Nigeria). 

Congratulations to all the Awardees and Ijebu Heritage Group. Heritage…Olu Iwa!!! 

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Influential Nigerians Collaborate To Support Women, Girls During 16Days Of Activism Campaigns

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Influential Nigerians Collaborate To Support Women And Girls During The 16days Of Activism Campaigns

Olushola Okunlade Writes

Top artists, rising female artists, movement leaders, and influencers join forces with Industry
Nite to fight against gender inequality, and create opportunities for marginalized talents.

On the eve of the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, 24th November 2022, Change.org and Industry Nite, founded by Matthew Ohio, will kickstart the 16 days of Activism Campaign to sensitize Nigerians about the issues impacting women and girls in
Nigeria and across the globe.

The two organizations are joined by the United Nations, African Development Bank, and other
impactful organizations including Invictus Africa, founded by Bukola Shonibare, Nordic Hotels, Eyowo, Sanaa Afrika, with support from influencers and creatives such as Blaqbonez, Dija, Alhanislam and goodwill messages from renowned American poets and songwriters like J Ivy, Aja Monet, and Defi.

The expression of power is the fundamental driver of violence against women and girls – this is why advocacy for gender equality is critical if we must exponentially eradicate sexual and
gender-based violence worldwide. Gender equality and gender-based violence emerged as the
largest topics of discussion and decision-maker engagement with over 9 victories in Nigeria via Change.org.

There are several petitions on the platform with a combined supporter base of 500K+ people
that address the issue of child marriage in Nigeria, and sexual harassment accounts for about
25% of all petitions started on our platform,” said Wale Ajiboye, Change.org Nigeria’s Country
Director. Hence, the need for us to take action now.

According to UNWomen, The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual
campaign that begins on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence
against Women, and runs through to International Human Rights Day on 10 December. Led
by civil society, the campaign is supported by the United Nations through the Secretary
General’s UNiTE by 2030 to End Violence against Women initiative. This year, the UN marks 16 Days under the theme “UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”.

“We are thrilled to be working together on the 16 Days of Activism initiative,” says Matthew
Ohio, Founder of Industry Nite. “Industry Nite has helped many upcoming and successful female artists, including Tiwa Savage and Ayra Starr, over the last 13 years. This month’s show features incredible female talents in music, dance, and spoken word – these creatives will speak on behalf of our women and girls – with the aim of raising awareness”

Influential Nigerians Collaborate To Support Women And Girls During The 16days Of Activism Campaigns

Know More About Change.org: Change.org is the world’s largest and fastest-growing platform for social change, where its users can start, sign and share petitions on issues that matter to them. More than 450 million
people use Change.org in around 196 countries. Launched in Nigeria in August 2021,
Change.org currently has about 3 million users in the country and has successfully piloted its
movement accelerator, She Creates Change and We Create Change, which is an incubator for
civil society leaders who collectively use their voices for change.

Change.org is the world’s largest petition platform, empowering people everywhere to create
the change they want to see. Visit www.change.org.

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