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Champion Breweries’ AGM Introduces Groundbreaking Sustainability Initiatives

The 47th Annual General Meeting of Champion Breweries Plc, held on July 12, 2023, at Oriental Hotel, Lagos, witnessed the passing of innovative resolutions that signal the company’s commitment to sustainability and growth

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In its historic meeting, Champion Breweries Plc outlined a series of forward-thinking resolutions during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) that are set to reshape the company’s trajectory and enhance its long-term impact.

The AGM, presided over by Chairman Dr. Elijah Akpan, saw shareholders unanimously approve several resolutions aimed at bolstering the brewery’s governance and sustainability practices.

One of the most significant resolutions passed at the AGM was the re-election and appointment of new directors. Mr. Frederik Williem Kurt, Mr. Thompson S. B. Owoka, and Mrs. Helen Umanah were appointed as new directors of the company. This move marks a strategic decision to bring diverse expertise to the board and drive the company’s sustainable business agenda.

To enhance financial oversight, Champion Breweries Plc appointed Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited as the external auditors for the year ending December 31, 2023. Additionally, the directors were authorized to determine the remuneration of the independent auditors for the same period.

The AGM also witnessed the election of shareholders’ representatives to the Audit Committee. Mr. Godwin A. Anono, Mr. Olatunde Olayemi, and Mr. Adebayo Oluwafemi were elected as shareholders’ representatives, while Mr. Thompson Owoka and Mr. Kevin Santry were nominated to represent the Board on the committee. This development ensures that shareholders have an active role in the company’s decision-making processes and fosters transparency and accountability.

In a stride towards environmental and ethical consciousness, Champion Breweries Plc made two significant resolutions under the special business category. The board was authorized to fix the remuneration of directors for the year ending December 31, 2023. This measure demonstrates the company’s commitment to fairly compensating its leadership while keeping sustainability at the core of its practices.

Furthermore, the company received a general mandate to enter into recurrent transactions with related parties for day-to-day operations, following the guidelines of Rule 20.8 of the Rulebook of the Nigerian Exchange Limited 2015: Issuers Rules. This mandate is set to enable Champion Breweries Plc to explore sustainable partnerships and alliances for its operations, thereby contributing to the broader economic growth of the community.

In a statement following the AGM, Managing Director Georgios Polymenakos expressed his gratitude to the shareholders for their overwhelming support and underscored the company’s unwavering commitment to sustainability.

“Today’s resolutions pave the way for a stronger, more responsible Champion Breweries. We are dedicated to delivering on our promise of driving growth while prioritizing environmental, social, and governance considerations,” he said.

As Champion Breweries Plc embraces its role as a catalyst for change within the brewing industry, the resolutions passed at the AGM signify a turning point in its journey towards a more sustainable and prosperous future. With a renewed focus on responsible leadership and stakeholder collaboration, the company sets a commendable example for the Nigerian corporate landscape and beyond.

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Goya Foods Takes Legal Action to Assert ‘Goya Olive Oil’ Trademark Ownership

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“Goya Olive Oil” trademark in Nigeria, Goya Foods Incorporated has initiated legal proceedings against the Registrar of Trademarks under the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment.

The case, numbered FHC/ABJ/CS/883/2023, was brought before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Goya Foods, a prominent producer and distributor of foods and beverages across the United States, Spanish-speaking countries, and Nigeria, seeks to enforce a longstanding consent judgment issued by the court in December 2006.

The judgment directed the Registrar to rectify the Trademarks Register to reflect Goya Foods Incorporated as the rightful owner of the “Goya Olive Oil” trademark, without any further formalities.

The lawsuit, exclusively revealed to sources, underscores Goya Foods’ determination to safeguard its intellectual property against alleged infringements.

According to court documents, Goya Foods obtained the consent judgment against Chikason Industries Limited, which was accused of marketing “Goya Olive Oil” in Nigeria, thus infringing on Goya Foods’ registered trademark.

Legal counsel for Goya Foods, Ade Adedeji, SAN, emphasized the necessity of rectifying the Trademarks Register to protect their trademark interests effectively.

Despite appeals to the Registrar, the requested rectification has not been implemented, prompting Goya Foods to escalate the matter through legal channels.

The case has been adjourned to September 27, 2024, for further proceedings, highlighting the complexity and significance of trademark disputes in the global marketplace.

Goya Foods remains committed to upholding its brand integrity and securing its proprietary interests amidst the evolving landscape of international trademark law.

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IOCs Accused of Blocking Direct Crude Sales to Dangote Refinery

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Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) has accused International Oil Companies (IOCs) of obstructing direct crude oil sales to its refinery and forcing the company to use costly middlemen.

This development comes after a statement by the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) suggested a “willing buyer-willing seller” dynamic was in place as mandated by the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).

Devakumar Edwin, Vice President of DIL, countered NUPRC CEO Gbenga Komolafe’s claims, stating that IOCs consistently make it difficult for local refiners by pushing sales through international trading arms, which inflate prices and bypass Nigerian laws.

“These middlemen earn unjustified margins on crude produced and consumed within Nigeria,” Edwin stated.

He noted that only one local producer, Sapetro, has sold directly to DIL, while others insist on using trading arms abroad.

Edwin detailed the financial impact, citing instances where DIL was charged a $2-$4 premium per barrel above the official price.

In April, DIL paid $96.23 per barrel for Bonga crude, which included significant premiums, compared to a much lower premium for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude.

While acknowledging NUPRC’s support in resolving some supply issues, Edwin urged the regulatory body to revisit pricing policies to ensure fair market practices.

“Market liquidity is essential for fair pricing. We hope NUPRC addresses these issues to prevent price gouging,” he stated.

This dispute highlights ongoing challenges in Nigeria’s oil sector, where domestic refiners struggle to secure local crude amidst complex market dynamics.

The outcome of these negotiations could significantly impact the refinery’s operations and broader industry practices.

The situation underscores the need for transparent and efficient crude supply systems to bolster Nigeria’s refining capacity and economic growth.

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Dangote’s $20 Billion Refinery to Begin Petrol Sales Next Month

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Aliko Dangote announced on Monday that his long-awaited $20 billion refinery complex will commence petrol sales starting next month.

The announcement came during a press briefing held at the refinery site in Lagos, where Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, detailed the project’s progress and future plans.

“We are proud to announce that the Dangote Refinery will begin selling petrol from August,” Dangote stated confidently.

“This milestone marks the culmination of years of meticulous planning, construction, and overcoming numerous challenges.”

Dangote’s refinery, touted as the largest single-train refinery in the world, is designed to process 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day once fully operational.

The facility aims to not only meet Nigeria’s domestic demand for refined petroleum products but also contribute significantly to export markets across West Africa.

“We have entered the steady-state production phase earlier this year, and now we are ready to begin commercial sales,” Dangote explained. “Initially, we will focus on petrol production, with plans to expand our product range as we ramp up to full capacity.”

The refinery’s launch is expected to alleviate Nigeria’s longstanding dependence on imported refined products, thereby boosting the country’s energy security and reducing foreign exchange outflows associated with fuel imports.

Beyond petrol sales, Dangote revealed ambitious plans to list both the refinery and its associated fertilizer plant on the Nigerian Exchange Group (NGX) by the first quarter of 2025.

This move aims to attract broader investor participation and unlock additional value for shareholders.

“We are committed to transparency and accountability in our operations,” Dangote emphasized. “Listing these subsidiaries on the NGX will not only strengthen our corporate governance framework but also enhance the refinery’s financial sustainability.”

Challenges and Future Prospects

Despite celebrating the imminent commencement of petrol sales, Dangote acknowledged challenges encountered during the project’s execution, including delays in securing land for a petrochemical facility in Ogun State, which incurred substantial costs.

“We faced bureaucratic hurdles that resulted in significant delays and financial losses,” Dangote lamented. “Nevertheless, we remain steadfast in our commitment to advancing Nigeria’s industrial capabilities and contributing to economic growth.”

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