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AKK Project : Contractor Commences Work in Kano, Set for Completion Next Year

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The construction of the Ajaokuta to Kaduna to Kano (AKK) Gas Pipeline project Segment 2 has progressed into Kano State axis and moving at an appreciable speed, the contractor (Brentex CPP Ltd) handling the work revealed.

The General Manager (GM) Brentex CPP Ltd, Aminu Tunau confirmed the development to Newsmen Wednesday in Kano during a townhall meeting at Kura town with leaders of 19 communities where the Pipeline will pass through.

“We started from Kaduna passing through Zaria and now we have progressed into Kano State area, while at the same time from Kaduna we are moving the other direction towards Niger State.”He added,

“This is an Engineering, Procurement and Construction project of over 300 kilometers of 40-inch gas pipeline work, and so far, we have recorded significant achievements in all the aspects, despite some challenges.

The Construction is going very fine as well as the Procurement, but notably, on the Engineering aspect we are ahead of even the schedule, we are very hopeful of completing the project within the timeframe in 2023.”

According to him, the meeting became very necessary to sensitize the affected communities about the ongoing construction work and to seek for their cooperation and support in the areas of security and labor engagements among others.

“We are meeting with the community leaders and making them to understand our mission and working modalities, and they are to communicate with their members”.

When asked about the issues concerning land compensation, the GM noted that “Land issues are always very sensitive and contentious, therefore their company always refer such matters to the Client (NNPC) who are responsible to the land acquisition and payment of compensation.

However, they generally cooperate with the Client to address such issues, whenever there is need.”

The General Manager also revealed that, Brentex CPP corporate social responsibility strategy is focused on 3 areas, Health, Water and Education.

NNPC representative at the forum, Engr. Habib Tijjani Muhammad, described the Federal Government’s commitment towards delivering the AKK project as unprecedented.

“This is the first project in Nigeria of its kind. Though the country is faced with some challenges, the commitment from both the Federal Government and NNPC is worthy to note.”

“Bulk of the materials are fabricated abroad and shipped into the country, causing some delays, but I assure you we are doing everything possible to deliver within the schedule”, Tijjani added.

He further applauded Brentex CPP for covering over 2 kilometers on the average per day, describing it a ‘remarkable speed’ with which more would be achieved.

On his part, Sadiq Imam Abdullahi, Director AKK Project Delivery Industrialization Committee (AKK PDIC), a committee set up by Kano State Government to monitor the progress of the AKK project, said his office has been in constant contact with both NNPC and the contractor.

He said, the project when completed will no doubt make positive impact on the lives of the people of Kano State, by reviving industrial and general economic activities, which will provide easy access to goods and more jobs for the teaming youth of Kano State.

Imam, who expressed delight over the contractor’s dedication to his work, said he is optimistic the project will be completed within time frame.

He assured NNPC and the Contractor of Kano State Government’s continous cooperation towards smooth completion of the project.

The officials of NNPC and the Contractor after the meeting with the village heads, paid a courtesy call on the District Head of Kura, Alhaji Abubakar Tijjani Abubakar, Dokajin Rano, who also pledged his support to the implementation of the project, blessed the visitation team and pray for a successful completion of the work.

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Dangote Wins ECOWAS’ Manufacturing Brand Of The Year Award

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Africa’s largest business conglomerate, Dangote Industries Limited has been adjudged the Outstanding Indigenous Conglomerate of the Decade, carting home eight different Economic Community of West African States Manufacturing Excellence Awards (EMEA) in the process.

In the same vein, two subsidiaries of the Conglomerate, Dangote Cement Plc and Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc also received awards of the renowned Marketing Edge magazine’s Brands of the Decade.

While the EMEA awards were given by the Nigeria’s Daily Independent Newspaper and its BusinessDay Ghana counterpart, the Brand of the Decade for Dangote Group subsidiaries were received at the 10th edition of the leading brand magazine, Marketing Edge’s 2022 Summit and Award Night themed “Technological explosion in the digital Age – Imperatives for the marketing communications industry”, which held in Lagos.

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It was a gale of accolades as the Dangote brand was named number one brand by all standards with its Sugar and Cement brands as the two brands, which company has contributed tremendously to the infrastructure development not only in Nigeria but Africa in the last 10 years.

Speaking at the event, Mr. John Ajayi, Publisher/CEO of Marketing Edge Publications described this year’s awards as one with a special attraction and uniqueness, designed to reboot, restart and re-energise the social, intellectual and entrepreneurial landscape of the Nigerian Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC).

While eulogising the management of Dangote Group for the business strategy that has helped in positioning the brand well ahead of others in the industry, he explained that the award event was organised to “celebrate the best and brightest brands”

According to him, the award to Dangote brands are in recognition of its leadership and domination in the various market segments and categories, adding that the recognised brands are brands that “continue to make the Nigerian consumers happy and satisfied”.

The Marketing Edge publisher, while giving the business trajectory of the past 19 years, saluted the various winners and their managements for their roles in making Nigeria proud, citing an instance of how Dangote Cement and Dangote Sugar have made Nigeria self-sufficient in cement and sugar production.

In his response to the new awards, Mr. Anthony Chiejina, Group Chief, Branding & Communications Officer, Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), said the Group’s brand remains at the forefront of African enterprise and that the brand, since inception, has touched the lives of many by providing their basic needs.

Expressing gratitude to the management of Marketing Edge publications for the recognition, Mr. Chiejina explained that consumers are loyal to brands that are purposeful and that is “why we have designed a strategy that creates that purpose.” “Because we understand the power of brands, we have positioned all our businesses to be consumer-centric so that it can inspire millions of people behind it”, Mr. Chiejina stated.

The ECOWAS awards won by the company included ECOWAS Manufacturing Company of the Year; ECOWAS Manufacturing Company CEO of the Year; ECOWAS Manufacturing CSR Company of the Year; ECOWAS Cement Manufacturing Company of the Year; ECOWAS Sugar Manufacturing Company of the Year; ECOWAS Salt Manufacturing Company of the Year and ECOWAS Fertiliser Manufacturing Company of the Year.

The awards won during the Marketing Edge Magazine’ 2022 summit included Outstanding Indigenous Conglomerate won by the Dangote Industries Limited, and Cement Brand of the Decade and Sugar Brand of the Decade.

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Nigeria @ 62: Kano ADP Gubernatorial Candidate Congratulate Nigerians: Promise a Better Kano

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The Kano Gubernatorial Candidate of the Action Democratic Party and a member of the House of Representatives for the Municipal Federal Constituency, Honourable Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada, has congratulated Nigerians and Kano people in particular over Nigeria’s 62nd Independence anniversary.

Honourable Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada stated this in a release issued to newsmen by the ADP Gubernatorial Campaign Council on the nation’s 62nd independence anniversary.

Sharada, seizing the opportunity to extol the virtues and achievements of Nigeria’s founding fathers, said the country started on a good footing and has recorded appreciable progress despite the challenges.

Kano people, according to Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada, have faced numerous challenges since Nigeria’s independence in 1960, when the state was a province of the old Northern Region and later declared a state in May 1967 by General Yakubu Gowon. The first military governor of the state, Alhaji Audu Bako, who laid the foundation of good governance, recorded the greatest achievements ever witnessed in its history in his 8-year stint.

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The Gubernatorial Candidate went on to say that the state had another landmark achievement during the reign of the late Muhammad Abubakar Rimi of blessed memory, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau among others,and he promised to bring new innovations in 2023 if he wins the gubernatorial election on March 11, 2023.

The Gubernatorial Candidate lamented how despite the dividends of Democracy the present administration in the state is being run purely as a family affair. He also complained of the hardship business men and other enterprising personalities which the state is blessed with, are contending with.
which include land encroachment and ,erection of buildings on water ways and other artificial environmental problems that brings a serious setback to the state economy.

He also promised to ensure level playing field for all businesses, so that the past glory of Kano as a commercial city will be restored and urged the people of the state to remain steadfast in their daily engagements as general elections draws nearer.

In view of the above disturbing scenarios Honourable Shaaban Sharada stated that during his most recent visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, he met with foreign investors from the Middle East and interested in investing in Kano, Nigeria’s most populous state.

According to him, all is set for the arrival of foreign investors to Nigeria, where he will host them to unveil Kano Vision 2040, in which his policy document and blueprint for the development of Kano are contained.

He urged the people of the state to continue to be patient with the challenges they are facing, which include lack of direction from those steering the affairs of the state, noting that it will be a thing of the past on May 29 when the people of the state give their mandate to ADP.

Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada added that he has assembled one of the best teams in the history of the state to propel its development agenda for the generations yet unborn.

The governorship hopeful further paid tribute to Kano’s founding fathers and past governors who contributed to its development and promised, with the help of Almighty Allah, to make it a giant of Nigeria.

He thank millions of youth and their parents ,women associations for their support who want see a government established in line with their aspirations.

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Just In:NNPC Limited Acquires OVH Energy Downstream Assets

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In order to strengthen its downstream business portfolio to enhance profitability & guarantee National Energy Security, NNPC Limited has completed the acquisition of OVH Energy Downstream assets.

These assets include a reception jetty (ASPM) with 240,000MT monthly capacity, 8 LPG Plants, 3 Lubes Blending Plants, 3 Aviation Depots and 12 warehouses.

The acquisition, which is under our Accelerated Network Expansion (ANEX) Initiative, will bring over 380 additional filling stations under the NNPC Retail brand in #Nigeria & #Togo, on our journey to attaining 1,500 stations.

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With this development, we are poised to becoming the largest petroleum products Retail network on the African continent.

#EnergyforToday #EnergyforTomorrow #NNPCAcquiresOVHDownstreamAssets

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