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CSO Appeals To PMB,Bawa To Curb Excesses Of Ilorin EFCC Zonal Head

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President Muhammad Buhari

 

A Civil Society Organization, (CSO), Social Integrity Network, (SINET) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Executive Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Mr. Abdulrashid Bawa to check the excesses of the Ilorin Zonal Head of the agency, Michael Nzekwe, over what they termed as witch-hunt of investors in Kwara State.

The Group noted that as part of the backward integration policy of the federal government, it is expected of manufacturers to depend heavily on the solid minerals available in the land for production processes among others

At a press conference held in Lagos on Thursday by its national coordinator, Mr. Oluseyi Adedoyin, the CSO expressed sadness over the unfortunate incidence of unlawful arrest of legal Miners in Kwara State by the EFCC calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and the EFCC Chairman, Mr. Abdulrashid Bawa to order urgent replacement of Mr. Michael Nzekwe with immediate effect.

SINET also attributed the continuous arrest of innocent investors both locals and foreigners to an act tantamount to abuse of power, deliberate attempt to impoverish the state by chasing prospective investors from the state stressing, “Mr. Nzekwe is fanning the ’ember’ of crises in the state.
It was gathered that Micheal Nzekwe was dismissed in February, 2014 by EFCC for desertion which is a serious offence against discipline going by the provisions of Section 43(e) (i) of the EFCC Staff Regulation which states that “Any officer who willfully absents for twenty one (21) consecutive days shall be guilty of the offense of desertion and shall be dismissed from the Commission as a deserter.”

According to the EFCC statement of defense, he was directed to seek approval for his casual leave of 7 days before travelling overseas which he did not and later absconded for 21 days.

A source at the commission said he has a record of not obeying constituted authority.

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He contested his dismissal at the National Industrial Court and was ordered to be reinstated in October, 2015, according to the judge, he should have be tried and punished on disciplinary offences as provided by the rules.

According to Oluseyi Adedoyin , “He doesn’t honour the licenses and documents issued by the Federal Ministry of Mining and the Mining Cadastral, being the agency in- charge of authorization of mining activities in the country. He doesn’t respect anybody and he is already over stepping his boundaries and perpetrating huge sum of tribalism and religious sentiments in the state.
“He spares Igbo of any offence the commit and ensure that he victimise people of other tribes. That has being his stock in trade since his assumption of office in April 2022. We are in support of EFCC going after Internet fraudsters, financial crimes offenders and cybercrime thieves but we are totally against creating religions crises and ethnicity in the state. Don’t let foreign investors desert our land.

He further stressed that, “Nigerians are guided by laws and not by anyone’s assumption. Let Mr. Nzekwe respects the law and stop harassing innocent souls. His conducts does not actually reflect nor portray the ethics of a patriotic Nigerian. All his acts are unwarranted, unacceptable, and totally condemnable.”

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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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Honourable Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada

 

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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