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Dangote to Create 30,000 Jobs, Reduce Sugar Importation as Phase II Sugar Project Commences

Dangote Sugar Refinery on Tuesday announced plans to reduce sugar importation by 40% as it embarks on Phase II of its sugar project.

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Dangote Sugar Refinery on Tuesday announced plans to reduce sugar importation by 40% as it embarks on Phase II of its sugar project.

President of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote said in a statement made available to the press.

According to Dangote, Phase II will cover over 100,000ha to make the sugar plant the largest in Africa and create over 30,000 jobs for Nigerian youths.

Explaining the size of the sugar complex, Dangote said the integrated sugar complex would be located in Tunga, in Nasarawa State. It comprises of 60,000ha sugar plantation and two sugar factories with the capacity to produce 430,000 tonnes of refined white sugar per annum.

It stated that “According to the Trade Data Monitor, Brazil’s cumulative raw sugar exports to Nigeria in 2020/21 season was 1.62 million tonnes, while domestic cane sugar production has slumped from 75,000 tonnes to 70,000 tonnes, about 6.7 per cent decline within one year.”

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Shell to Acquire Nigerian Solar Energy Provider, Daystar Power

Subject to regulatory approval, Shell Petroleum Development Company is set to acquire Daystar Power.

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Subject to regulatory approval, Shell Petroleum Development Company is set to acquire Daystar Power.

Daystar Power, which is one of the leading providers of hybrid solar power solutions to commercial and industrial (C&I) hubs in West Africa, announced the potential acquisition in a press release. 

According to the energy provider, the acquisition will help Daystar Power to continue its growth in West Africa while expanding its presence to other African countries in East and Southern Africa. 

The Lagos-based company has a target to increase its installed solar capacity to 400MW by 2025. 

Daystar Power currently has an installed solar capacity of 32 Megawatts (MW).

This could make Daystar Power to become one of Africa’s leading providers of solar power solutions for commercial and industrial businesses.

The Chief Executive Officer of Daystar, Jasper Graf von Hardenberg disclosed that Daystar Power needed more capital to expand operations to meet the rising demand for solar energy and the choice of Shell as the new parent company comes at the right time. 

Jasper further stated that Shell’s strong balance sheet and long history in Africa will help to take Daystar to a new height.

On the other hand, Shell’s Executive Vice-President, Renewable Generation, Thomas Brostrøm noted that the deal will be Shell’s first power acquisition in Africa. 

He noted further that the deal is a fundamental step for Shell in growing its presence in the emerging power market. 

“We have had a long and established presence in West Africa and with Daystar Power, we are taking our first steps into the renewable power space,” he said.

“Daystar Power has a loyal customer base and a promising growth outlook, and by combining our efforts and expertise, I believe we can make a real difference in the energy transition, for West Africa and beyond.” Shell’s Executive Vice-President concluded.

Investors King learnt that Daystar Power currently has a presence in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Togo. The company also received $20 million in funding last year to boost its operations.

 

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Lagos-Ibadan Train: We Spend N4 Million Naira on Diesel Every Day, Says NRC

Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has revealed that it spent N4 million on diesel daily despite struggling to make N1.7 million in a day.

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Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has revealed that it spent N4 million on diesel daily despite struggling to make N1.7 million in a day.

According to the corporation, the high cost of diesel in recent times has really affected the profitability of the railway corporation. 

The corporation said it uses about 24,000 litres of diesel daily for the Lagos-Ibadan route, amounting to about N4 million while it barely makes N1.7 million a day.

This represents a cost-to-revenue ratio of 135.3 percent in favour of the cost. Besides, there are other costs incurred daily by the corporation. 

In the words of the NRC Managing Director, Mr Fidet Okhiria, “We can hardly buy diesel to operate. In fact, the major headache now is the price of diesel. For instance, on average, we use about 24,000 litres daily for the Lagos-Ibadan service and we barely earn up to N1.7m per day”. 

“Now the supply cost for a litre of diesel is close to N1,000. At the filling stations, you get it for about N700 to N800, but if you have a supplier, he will have to put his profit margin, VAT and others, and this brings the cost to about N1,000 per litre. So, we are talking about spending almost N4m on diesel alone, when we barely make N1.7m. But we still have to provide the services on that route.” He stated. 

Mr Fidet Okhiria further lamented that government allocation for the corporation in the 2022 budget is grossly inadequate to run operations.

He stated that the government provided about N500 million to purchase diesel for all rail services across the country which barely lasts up to a month. 

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PowerDFI Acquires Nigerian Startup Naijacrypto to Impove BlockChain Transparency And Security

PowerDFI, a US-based blockchain company that redefines payments and enables the usage of tokenized assets, has acquired Nigerian-owned cryptocurrency exchange company Naijacrypto.

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PowerDFI, a US-based blockchain company that redefines payments and enables the usage of tokenized assets, has acquired Nigerian-owned cryptocurrency exchange company Naijacrypto.

The Nigerian cryptocurrency exchange startup expanded its offering into six new markets this year and also improved its presence in existing markets.

It is one of the few Nigerian cryptocurrency exchange platforms with its presence in the Caribbean, and has on several occasions indicated an interest in expanding to other Latin American countries.

Speaking on the recent acquisition, PowerDFI CEO Tim Webb said “Adding the work done by Naijacrypto to what we are building in PowerDFI fills out our technology suite to handle trillions in assets over the next decade.”

“We are set to lead the transition of the $57 trillion shadow banking market to the blockchain to improve transparency and security,”

Our combined strengths of being first in the market to allow the staking of physical assets using smart contracts on the blockchain and the integration of various yield mechanisms to be a leading fintech globally.” 

We’re also building a derivative platform on the blockchain to help businesses hedge against native currency and asset exposure risk to global markets,” Webb explained.

Also speaking on the acquisition, Naijacrypto CEO Chiagozie Iwu in an email to its users said;

“Harnessing its innovative blockchain technologies, PowerDfi also expects to lead the way in “bringing physical asset economic utility to the Blockchain.

This acquisition allows us to bring the future of financing vast amounts of critical assets to the blockchain. No other DeFi platform is making it possible for tokenized assets to be leveraged for staking, loans, and derivative creation.

Large amounts of equity can now be unlocked and unfrozen because of the PowerDfi platform and its staking and lending protocols.

At a time of job-cutting and freezing client funds in this sector, we’re creating a robust new platform that will drive asset financing on the blockchain globally.

PowerDfi’s acquisition of Naijacrypto is a fit-like-a-glove, synergistic arrangement in which the capabilities of each company perfectly meet the needs of the other”.

PowerDfi is the next phase of the DeFi evolution, and I am glad Naijacrypto and its entire team will have a front seat on this journey”.

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