- Dangote to List Oil Refinery on Stock Exchange
The President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has said the crude oil refinery being built by Dangote Oil Refining Company Limited will be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Dangote disclosed this on Monday while speaking with journalists after beating the closing gong at the NSE in Lagos in commemoration of his 60th birthday.
He said when completed in 2019, the refinery would enhance local refining of the nation’s crude oil, and save the country a lot of money currently being spent on the shipment of crude oil and petroleum products.
“Refining business is not a business that you make 50 per cent margin from; the margin is low but what you depend on is the volume of business that you have there, and that is the reason why we are building a 650,000-barrels-per-day refinery. It is a very large one,” he said.
Talking about distribution of products from the refinery, Dangote noted that there would be consistency in supply to filling stations across the country with increased job creation.
“When you travel around, you see that, especially in the northern part, more than 50 per cent of the filling stations are not operational,” he said.
With four of his companies already listed on the NSE, Dangote said, “We will list every single company that we create between now and the end of my life. But the companies will continue obviously.
“We pray that very soon, we will start having our AGMs in stadiums and not in hotels. And that means that we will create something like about two to three million shareholders and I am sure everybody will be happy.”
He added, “What we are building today is more than 100 times bigger than where we are. That is the trajectory that we are seeing in the next 10 years.
“We will take charge of diversifying the economy of Nigeria, most especially working with the government as partners to make sure that we diversify the economy and to spread prosperity to Nigerians. I think I have to continue now to dedicate the rest of my life to making sure that the prosperity is spread all over.”
According to Dangote, the Nigerian stock market is expected to be as big as its South African counterpart in the next five years.
He said the new initiatives of Dangote Group in the agricultural sector would have a major impact on the economy.
According to him, the group’s plan for the next three years “is to have 1.2 million tonnes of sugar, which we are importing now; taking out foreign exchange is not going to happen any more in the next three and half years.”
According to him, the group has the capacity to produce over one million tonnes of rice, which will be ready within one year.
“We are doing a lot with the farmers. What we are doing today with farmers is to enrich them by giving them new seeds; they will be getting an average of seven to eight tonnes per hectare,” he added.
In his welcome remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, NSE, Mr. Oscar Onyema, described Dangote as a corporate titan, an African pride, an important stakeholder in the Nigerian capital market, and a strong promoter of local content.
He said, “We are here for a historic celebration of Alhaji Aliko Dangote. As you all know, Alhaji Dangote has listed four of his companies here with a total market capitalisation of N2.91tn as of today.
“But that is not why we celebrate him; we celebrate him because of the person that he is, the values that he has, his humility, his simplicity and the way he has positively impacted millions of Nigerians.”
Stanbic IBTC Appoints Mrs. Sola David-Borha as Non-Executive Director
Mrs. Sola David-Borha is Stanbic IBTC Non-Executive Director
Stanbic IBTC board on Thursday announced the appointment of Mrs. Sola David-Borha as a non-executive director effective from 24 September 2020.
The lender disclosed this in a statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
In the statement signed by Chidi Okezie, Company Secretary, Stanbic IBTC, the lender said the appointment is subject to regulatory approvals.
According to the bank, “Mrs. David- Borha is currently the Chief Executive, Standard Bank (Africa Regions). Prior to that, she served as Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC (2012-2017) as well as the Bank (2011-2012), after holding various executive positions in Corporate Banking; Corporate & Investment Banking; and Investment Banking Coverage for Africa (excluding South Africa). She is also an Independent Non-Executive Director on the Board of CocaCola Hellenic Bottling Company.
“Mrs. David-Borha has had an extensive career in the financial services industry, which has spanned over 30 years. Her executive educational experience includes the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School and the Global CEO Program of CEIBS, Wharton and IESE. She is an Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and winner of the CNBC African Woman of the Year Award for 2016.
“The Board is pleased to welcome Mrs. David-Borha back to the Board of the Company and will undoubtedly continue to benefit immensely from her wealth of experience.”
Lagos Introduces Fuel Station on Inland Waterways to Enhance Ferry Operations
Lagos State Waterways Intrdouces Fuel Station for Ferries Operators
The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) on Tuesday said it has introduced the first-ever fuel state on the Lagos inland waterways.
The fuel station was introduced to boost activities across Lagos waterways and increase transportation activities, according to a statement released by Nkechi Ajayi, the Public Relations Officer, LASWA.
Speaking at the five cowries terminal in Lagos during an event, Mr. Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, the General manager, LASWA, lauded the fueling station project, adding that it would boost ferry operators’ activities and help them expand.
Emmanuel was quoted as saying “This project is significant to us at LASWA being a responsible agency of government.
“We are concerned about the hardship and occasional harassment usually faced by ferry operators while using jerry cans to get fuel from filling stations to run their boats.
“With the opening of this fuel pump unit to serve both commercial and private boat owners, the safety of lives and property on the Lagos waterways will be greatly enhanced.
“To further promote the safety of all waterways users, we urge boat operators to desist from moving fuel with kegs.”
Why N-power Beneficiaries Should be Retained Permanently
N-power Beneficiaries Must and Should be Retained Permanently
Poorly paid with little to zero job securities and economic provisions, thousands of Nigerian graduates and non-graduates continue to enroll for the social investment program, N-power, established by the Federal Government in 2016 to alleviate poverty and support the vulnerable.
However, two years later the program is experiencing a downturn with the government planning to throw beneficiaries (batches A and B) of the program back into the street despite the nation’s unemployment rate at a record high of 27.1 percent.
Participants, proudly referred to as beneficiaries by the government and its agents, have had to endure delays in inhumane stipends that can barely meet their daily needs to undefined or uncertain exit package plans for the participants of the program.
Despite all the limitations faced by volunteers, supervisors in schools and other places of assignments have said N-power beneficiaries played key roles in addressing a lot of their existing challenges and on numerous occasions and they have occasioned a new growth direction.
According to a Senior Special Adviser to the President on job creation, “What we have found out is that they are filling a lot of gaps in some places like schools, where they do not have enough teachers.In some schools where the N-Power are posted to, you discovered that it is only the principal and some NYSC members that are teaching students, the Npower teachers have helped to compliment their efforts.”
In Ekiti, a 34-year-old veteran teacher explained that “If not all of them, a majority of the N-Power teachers have mastery of the subject matter. They have not been found wanting also in the theoretical aspect of teaching. Especially the way they make use of teaching aid in classes; and that is actually very impressive.
“There is one of them who is a Physics teacher now, we have to keep deploying from one class to the other just because we don’t have adequate teachers to cover those classes.
“The one that is taking Christian Religious Knowledge is a born teacher, who is very efficient and very punctual in her classes.”
Another principal of Government Secondary School in Daurawa, Kano, Haliru Inuwa, said the eight N-power teachers posted to his school since December 2016 have been saving grace for both himself and the students.
He said “We have eight beneficiaries of N-Power posted to my school here.”
“Most of them are handling core science subjects which most of the schools in Kano state are lacking generally. Yes, subjects like Mathematics, English etc. To our surprise, and against the earlier concern raised that they might not perform well in teaching, the N-Power volunteer teachers are not only committed to their teaching, but are also punctual,” he added.
These much were achieved in spite of the poor salary and working conditions. Graduates and non-graduates of the N-power program have exceeded expectations and raised the bar of dedication and service to the people.
The Nigerian government, just like the private sector operators, continues to take advantage of the high unemployment rate it created to exploit supposed high demand services. What does one expect? when they have been undermined from the onset as ‘privileged beneficiaries’ even with the pivotal role they played in the economy.
N-power volunteers, Batch A and B, as promised are to be absorbed into permanent job positions and their salaries and working conditions reviewed to further enhance their commitments and impacts across the board.
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