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Zain Commissions CSR Project in Obowo

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Zain Nigeria as part of its corporate social responsibility has commissioned a community water project in Alike Obowo in Imo State.
The Obowo Alike Water Project is one of the hundreds Zain has mapped out for communities across the country. The Obowo project is the first for the projects in the company’s Eastern Territory comprising about eight states.
Speaking at the commissioning, Alain Sainte Marie, chief executive officer of Zain Nigeria, expressed the determination of the telecommunications giant to deliver water boreholes in the 774 local governments in the country.
Sainte Marie, who was represented by Osondu Nwokoro, director of Regulatory Affairs, Zain Nigeria said the commissioning of the water borehole project in Obowo demonstrates Zain Nigeria’s unflinching pledge to its corporate philosophy of a wonderful world, adding that the company will strive not only to provide world class telecommunication experience for its esteemed customers, but also endeavour to support the social economic development of communities in which it operates.
Citing the Millennium Development Goals report of 2008, Sainte-Marie, said water use has grown at more than twice the rate of the population over the past century, noting that though there is not yet a global water shortage, about 2.8 billion people representing more than 40 per cent of the world population, live in river basins with some form of water scarcity.
According to him, another 1.6 billion people live in areas of economic water scarcity, where human, institutional and financial capital limit access to water, even though water in nature is available locally to meet human demands.
Against this backdrop, he noted that the provision of water cannot be left in the hands of the government alone, saying that Zain Nigeria will always partner government and keep seeking opportunities in providing water for underserved rural communities across the country as such gestures would go a long way to improve the health status of community people, especially mothers and children.
He further disclosed that as part of on-going efforts to lift rural communities, Zain plans to rehabilitate existing boreholes across Nigeria in a bid to reduce the burden of fetching and carrying water from long distances.
He urged the people of Obowo community to regard the borehole as their property, saying that the responsibility to protect as well as ensure the safety and smooth operation of the facility lies with them.
He said that as a telecommunications company, Zain cannot claim expertise in water provision or maintenance of boreholes, advising that community members should look after the facility and treat it as their own.
Responding, Senator Sylvester Anyanwu, chairman, Senate Committee on Communications, who is representing Imo North Senatorial Zone and a son of the Obowo community, commended Zain Nigeria for its effort at giving back to the community just as he assured that the people of Alike Obowo would remain grateful for the gesture.
Recalling Zain’s other CSR initiatives, Senator Anyanwu said: “I support what Zain is doing in Nigeria and Imo State. They understand the importance of giving back to the community where they do business as way of encouraging the people that make of their lines.”
Spokesperson for the Obowo community, Chief Austin Nwigwe also thanked Zain Nigeria for its efforts at empowering rural communities. The people of Obowo, he stated, are always ready to collaborate with the Telco Operator in other developmental projects.
Another son of the community, Okenze Ezekwe, commended Zain Nigeria for responding to their yearnings by reducing the suffering of the community, especially women and children, who withstand the worst pains of fetching water for the household.
Okenze explained that the community depended on water tankers for their water supply ordinarily; during rainy seasons, they depend on dig pits where mud water collects and is stored for use during the dry season.
“You don’t know what you have done for us. With this borehole, you have reduced the suffering of our children and women. You have reduced the risk of our contracting water borne diseases and cost of buying water from water tanker drivers who increase their price at their whims and caprice. God will bless you,” he stated.
Unarguably, Zain Nigeria is touching lives positively and boldly declaring that there is a wonderful world at the end of the dark tunnel and like Sainte-Marie declared if they have not reached your community yet, probably they are on the way coming.

 


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Police Suspends eMotor Registry Enforcement Following Outcries

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Kayode Egbetokun, inspector general of police, has announced the suspension of the the enforcement of electronic central motor registry registration otherwise e-CMR for vehicle owners in the country.

Police Suspends eMotor Registry Enforcement Following Outcries

Muyiwa Adejobi, force spokesperson, had on Saturday said the IG ordered that the enforcement of the e-CMR should commence on July 29.

The enforcement order sparked an outcry from Nigerians, who accused the police of creating an opportunity to extort vehicle owners.

John Aikpokpo-Martins, chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Section on Public Interest and Development Law, said the directive by Egbetokun to begin enforcing the digitised Central Motor Registry was a blatant disregard for the rule of law.

But in a statement on Sunday, Adejobi announced that the IG has suspended the enforcement of the e-CMR.

He added that there was the need to sensitise the citizens on the initiative, which he said was designed to secure vehicles.

He said, “Following the reconfiguration and commencement of the electronic central motor registry registration process the Police have deemed it necessary to highlight the benefits and effectiveness of the e-CMR initiative which is designed to ensure the safety and security of all types of vehicles including motorcycles by collating data imputed into the system by vehicle owners and acting on such to flag the vehicles if reported stolen.

“The e-CMR will provide a firsthand database to the Force for curbing vehicular crimes as dedicated officers can access real-time comprehensive data of every vehicle on their tablets.

“Similarly, the e-CMR will prevent multiple registrations of vehicles and serve as a database to collate biometric and other data of vehicle owners and individuals, adding value to the national database and incident report portal generated from other Ministries, Departments and Agencies towards general security.”

Adejobi denied that the e-CMR was a revenue-generating platform.

He said, “Furthermore, contrary to news making the rounds and insinuations about the e-CMR, the NPF wishes to state categorically that the e-CMR is not a revenue-generating platform but an initiative to digitalize policing for effectiveness and general safety of lives and property of Nigeria residents. “

Adejobi said the IG ordered the immediate suspension he had earlier given.

He stated, “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Egbetokun has ordered an immediate suspension of the proposed enforcement of the e-CMR initially scheduled to commence on the 29th of July, 2024. This is to give ample opportunity for mass enlightenment and education of all citizens and residents on the process, benefits and effectiveness in solving the challenge of vehicle-related crimes, and protection of individual and corporate vehicle ownership.”

Adejobi sought the understanding of the citizens and key into the initiative.


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Osagie Okunbor, Shell Nigeria MD Honoured for Exemplary Leadership

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Osagie Okunbor, managing director, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, and country chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, has been recognised for his “Invaluable contributions to the  Nigerian energy sector and his service to humanity.”

Osagie Okunbor, Shell Nigeria MD Honoured for Exemplary Leadership

Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, and Director, Heritage for Life Foundation, Tunde Lemo (left), presenting the Foundation’s  Award for Exemplary Leadership and Service to Humanity to the Managing Director, Shell Petroleum Development Company and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor, at a ceremony in Lagos on Thursday.

Osagie received the Award for Exemplary Leadership and Service to Humanity from a Lagos-based NGO, Heritage for Life Foundation, at a ceremony held in Lagos.

Tunde Lemo, director of the Foundation, and former deputy governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), handed out the award which he said was instituted to promote “moral qualities and attitudes pivotal to the growth of a stable and functional society” by recognising individuals who exbibit the virtues.

An elated Okunbor said: “I’m pleased at this recognition which calls for greater commitment to the highest standards of leadership and service to humanity. With the support of my colleagues and other stakeholders, I hope to continue to  contribute to the development of our country.”

The award from the foundation was the second bestowed on the longest serving Country Chair of Shell companies in Nigeria in the past month.

At the 60th anniversary of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Okunbor was conferred with the Diamond Ambassador of Brand Nigeria as part of NIPR’s Diamond Jubilee National Awards.

Presenting the award, Dr. Ike Neliaku, president and chairman of Council, NIPR noted that Okunbor earned the award having demonstrated exceptional leadership as Chairman of the largest energy company in Nigeria that had made significant contributions to the socio-economic development of Nigeria in more than seven decades.

Okunbor’s contributions to the energy sector are the highlights of a career in Shell which has seen him serve in Nigeria, the UK, Brunei and the Netherlands before his appointment as Managing Director, SPDC and Country Chair in 2015.

In May, the executive council of the Nigerian Gas Association recognised Okunbor for “outstanding contributions towards the advancement of Nigeria’s gas sector.”

 

 

 

 

 


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NNPC Cuts Investment In Dangote Refinery From 20 Percent to 7.2 Percent 

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Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited has reduced its investment in the Dangote Refinery from 20 per cent to 7.2 per cent, according to Aliko Dangote, chief executive officer, Dangote Refinery.

NNPC Cuts Investment In Dangote Refinery From 20 Percent to 7.2 Percent 

Aliko Dangote

Dangote, who made this known in Lagos on Sunday and the NNPC confirmed the development, saying it assessed its investment portfolio to align with its goals.

“NNPC no longer owns a 20 per cent stake in the Dangote refinery. They were met to pay their balance in June, but have yet to fulfil the obligations. Now, they only own a 7.2% stake in the refinery,” Dangote said.

In September 2021, NNPC had acquired a 20 per cent stake in the Dangote Refinery for $2.76 billion.

NNPC had initially financed the 20 per cent stake through a $1.036 billion funding from Lekki Refinery Funding Limited, of which $1 billion was paid to Dangote Refinery and $36 million was for transaction costs.

The remaining $1.76 billion was to be paid through a combination of a $2.5/barrel discount on 300,000 barrels per day of crude oil supplied to the refinery, and 100 per cent of NNPC’s portion of any dividends declared by the refinery.

Reacting to the statement by Dangote, the NNPC in a press release on Sunday evening, said the company “made a commercial decision to cap our investment at the amount already paid.”

“Several months ago, we made a commercial decision to cap our investment at the amount already paid. This decision was taken by NNPC Ltd and has no impact on our business.

“NNPC Limited periodically assesses its investment portfolio to ensure alignment with the company’s strategic goals.

“The decision to cap its equity participation at the paid-up sum was made and communicated to Dangote Refinery several months ago,” Olufemi Soneye, spokesman, NNPC, said in a statement on Sunday evening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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