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US Backs Geometric Power Project With $213m

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A former Minister of Power and Chief Executive Officer, Geometric Power Limited, Prof. Bart Nnaji, has said the firm concluded plans to build a 500-megawatt power plant, in collaboration with the General Electric, at a cost of over $900m.

He said the Unted States government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation would invest about $213m in the project.

He spoke in Lagos on Thursday at the 11th Annual Project Management Lecture organised by the Department of Building, University of Lagos, on ‘Sustainable Development of the Power Sector: The role of project management.’

Nnaji said, “We are in the development phase. We started work on the project in January 2013 and by the end of this year, we will reach financial close, when all the agreements will have been close and banks agree to put down money for the commencement of construction.”

He said it would cost about $1.5bn to build a 1,000-megawatt power plant in Nigeria.

According to him, it costs about $1.3m to build a megawatt of electricity in Nigeria, compared to $500,000 in countries such as the United States.

According to the former power minister, gas supply agreement, gas transportation agreement and power purchase agreement, among others are very critical in the development phase of a power project.

He stressed the need for sustainable development of the power sector, which he described as being able to have a robust way to produce, transmit and distribute electricity.

“We need to diversify the sources of power, and renewable energy is one way, but it has limits. We have not touched coal; we have a lot of coal.”

“The US produces about 40 per cent of its one million megawatts of electricity from coal, while China produces 60 per cent of its electricity from coal. We have coal here but we are not making use of it. Even the natural gas that we have, are we really producing the gas? It is certainly not enough.”

Speaking earlier, the acting Head, Department of Building, Dr. Olumide Adenuga, said the university’s project management programme was conceived to meet the project management challenges of increasingly large and complex projects.

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Dangote Sugar Refinery Postpones Board Meeting Amid Social Unrest

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Dangote Sugar Refinery Has Postponed Board Meeting Scheduled for Today Amid Social Unrest

The management of Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc on Friday said they have decided to postpone the company’s board meeting scheduled to hold today October 23, 2020 to a date they will communicate soon.

The management said the decision was due to the ongoing precarious situation in the country, especially the attacks on various establishments since governor Sanwo-Olu imposed a 24-hour curfew on all parts of the state.

In a statement signed by the company secretary, Mrs. Temitope Hassan, Dangote Sugar Refinery said “Further to our announcement made on October 8, 2020, the Company wishes to notify the Exchange and the investing public that the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Company earlier scheduled to be held on Friday October 23, 2020 to consider the draft unaudited financial statement of the Company for the Q3 ended September 30, 2020 has been postponed in view of the current precarious situation in the country.

“The new date for the meeting will be communicated as soon as normalcy returns. The Closed Period which has already commenced will continue till 24 hours after the filling of the Results.

“No insider of the Company, including its Directors, Employees, Advisers and Consultants and their connected persons may deal directly or indirectly in the Shares of the Company during the Closed Period.

All Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc Insiders have been duly informed.”

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Put a Total Ban on Importation of Tomato Paste, Dangote Tells FG

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Dangote Calls for a Complete Ban on Importation of Tomato Paste

Dangote Tomato Processing company has called on the Federal Government to put a complete ban on importation of tomato paste into the country.

Abdulkarim Kaita, the Managing Director, Dangote Tomato Processing Plant situated in Kadawa, Kano State, made the call while flagging off the distribution of tomato seedlings to 5,000 farmers under the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrowers programme.

Kaita, who said the company was working with the CBN to provide tomato farmers with high yield seeds that would allow them to produce a minimum of 40 tons per hectare, said “We are appealing to the Federal Government to put a total ban on the importation of tomato like what it did to rice.”

Kaita said the call was important to deepen local production of tomato and ensure the country was self-sufficient in tomato production.

Speaking further, he said a complete ban of tomato past importation would lead to more investment in the industry and foster growth of processing plants, a move that would increase job creation opportunities for many people in the country.

“It is only by putting a total ban on tomato importation that the government can encourage farmers to grow the commodity for the country to be self-sufficient,” he said.

He added that “There are 12 major tomato producing states in the country which if fully cultivated, in the next one year Nigeria will be able to start exporting tomato.”

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Livestock Feeds Appoints Adegboyega Adedeji as Substantive Managing Director

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Adegboyega Adedeji is the Substantive Managing Director

Livestock Feeds Plc on Monday announced it has appointed Mr. Adegboyega Adedeji as the company’s substantive Managing Director, effective from 2nd October 2020.

In a statement released on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the company said Mr. Adedeji was the Acting Managing Director of the Company before he was appointed as the Managing Director.

It added that Mr. Adedeji was “formerly the General Manager, Sales and Operations responsible for all sales activities and the strategic development of the Company’s markets, along with new products portfolio generation and development.”

He graduated from the famous Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1996 and had his MBA from the University of Roehampton, UK in 2018.

He worked with Grand Cereals Limited as Regional Sales Manager before becoming their procurement manager. He moved to UACN Plc in 2007 as the Training Services Manager, a position held till September 2009 before he was transferred to UAC Restaurant.

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