- Transport Firm Advocates Motorcycle Safety
A transport and delivery services firm, Metro Africa Xpress, has expressed delight at the fulfilment of its safety promise.
The firm while advocating motorcycle safety said in over two years of driving both passengers and products around Lagos, the company had not had any incident that involved loss of lives or property.
The Chief Technical Officer and Co-founder of MAX.ng, Chinedu Azodoh, at a recent event tagged ‘Tech meets travel’ said safety remained at the core of the firm’s business.
He said, “We generally understand people’s scepticism when it comes to using motorcycles as a means of transportation and that is why safety is at the core of the MAX brand and is interwoven into everything the company does.
“From the psychometric tests to the driver training programme also known as the MAX Champion Academy, the highly advanced tracking systems and the real-time telematics, the focus on safety is loud and clear. All drivers known as MAX champions are provided with helmets from the very first day they start work with MAX and are instructed to not only always wear the helmet, but also provide one and a disposable one – use only hairnet to passengers.”
According to him, MAX champions are also strictly warned against carrying more than one passenger at a time.
Azodoh quoted the Federal Road Safety Corps as saying that carrying more than one passenger at a time was a leading cause of motorcycle traffic accidents.
“As a matter of fact, over speeding, lack of protective gear, disregard for traffic rules and carrying multiple passengers at a time are the four top reasons for bike accidents in Africa. By carefully eliminating these factors, MAX.ng has successfully built a safe and reliable system for both our old drivers and the new ones joining us soon,” he said.
He stated that to provide best in class service, MAX.ng had gone the extra mile by providing passenger liability insurance for both MAX drivers and riders in case of any emergency or accidents.
Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man With $12.1 Billion Net Worth -Forbes
Nigerian industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is Africa’s richest person for the tenth year in a row.
In the Forbes Africa latest billionaires list, Dangote’s total net worth stood at $12.1 billion, a $2 billion increment when compared to last year. Thanks to the 30 percent increase in the price of Dangote Cement share.
Nassef Sawiris of Egypt followed Dangote with $8.5 billion net worth with the majority of his investments coming from construction and other investments.
In third place was Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa with an $8 billion total net worth.
Portland Paints, Chemical and Allied Products Plc Agreed to Merge
Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc and Chemical and Allied Products Plc have agreed to merge, according to the latest statement from both companies.
In a statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors of CAP said we are “pleased to inform you that following discussions and negotiations, the Boards of CAP and Portland Paints have reached an agreement to undertake a merger between both entities (the “Merger” or the “Proposed Merger”).
Accordingly, we “hereby present to you the terms and benefits of the Proposed Merger for your consideration and seek your support and approval to effect the Proposed Merger.
“The Proposed Merger presents a compelling opportunity to create significant value for shareholders of CAP and achieve the company’s strategic growth objectives as a larger company with a broader product portfolio, more corporate owned brands and diversified revenues.
“The resultant entity is also expected to benefit from enhanced distribution capabilities in addition to economies of scale and operational efficiencies.”
Tony Elumelu Acquires Shell, Total, ENI Stakes in OML 17
Tony Elumelu owned Heir Holdings Limited and its related company Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc on Friday announced it has completed the purchase of 45 percent stake in Oil Mining Lease (OML 17) through TNOG Oil and Gas Limited.
The acquisition includes all assets of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (30 Percent), Total E&P Nigeria Ltd (10 percent) and ENI (five percent) — in the lease.
It was further stated that TNOG Oil and Gas Limited will also have the sole right to operate OML 17.
The field presently has a production capacity of 27,000 barrels per day. Also, there are estimated 2P reserves (proven and probable) of 1.2 billion barrels and an additional one billion barrels in possible reserves — all of oil equivalent.
A consortium of global and regional banks and investors provided a financing component of $1.1 billion for the largest oil and gas financing in Africa in over a decade.
In a statement released on Friday, Shell said the completion was after all the necessary approvals have were received from authorities.
“A total of $453m was paid at completion with the balance to be paid over an agreed period. SPDC will retain its interest in the Port Harcourt Industrial and Residential Areas, which fall within the lease area,” the SPDC said.
Speaking after the completion of the deal, Elumelu said “We have a very clear vision: creating Africa’s first integrated energy multinational, a global quality business, uniquely focused on Africa and Africa’s energy needs. The acquisition of such a high-quality asset, with significant potential for further growth, is a strong statement of our confidence in Nigeria, the Nigerian oil and gas sector and a tribute to the extremely high-quality management team that we have assembled.
“As a Nigerian, and more particularly an indigene of the Niger Delta region, I understand well our responsibilities that come with stewardship of the asset, our engagement with communities and the strategic importance of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria. We see significant benefits from integrating our production, with our ability to power Nigeria, through Transcorp, and deliver value across the energy value chain.
“I would like to thank Shell, Total and ENI, for the professionalism of the process, the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, and the NNPC for the confidence they have placed in us.”
Tony Elumelu is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings Limited, Transcorp and United Bank for Africa Plc.
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