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Airtel announces return of ‘Touching Lives’ CSR Initiative

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….Calls on Nigerians to nominate beneficiaries by dialling 367

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has announced the commencement of the fourth edition of its award-winning and flagship Corporate Social Responsibity (CSR) initiative, Airtel Touching Lives.

Airtel Touching Lives, which is aimed at promoting the culture of giving amongst Nigerians, seeks to uplift the downtrodden and offer useful support to less privileged people across the country.

Since the commencement of the programme in 2015, Airtel has provided practical help for thousands of Nigerians as well as communities and groups.

Speaking at a press conference in Lagos to announce the kick-off of Season 4 of the programme, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, said the company is committed to helping the less privileged in the society in line with its vision of creating empowerment opportunities and making life better for Nigerians.

“Together, we all can make our society a better place if we join hands and collaborate to uplift the downtrodden around us.

“While the Government and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) cannot do it all, we have a responsibility to contribute our quota to making Nigeria a better place for all,” he said.

He urged Nigerians to participate in the 4th edition of the Touching Lives programme by nominating causes and persons who require help.

According to him, “the nomination process is simple. Once you nominate an individual or cause, our team will review and assess the situation and determine if a follow-up visit will be required

“You can nominate individuals or projects in your communities by dialling 367 or by sending an SMS to the Shortcode, 367. Also mail can be sent to touchinglives@ng.airtel.com

Since Airtel launched the  Touching Lives initiative three years ago, it has achieved remarkable successes having restored hope of despaired individuals and families, saved many from the throes of death and empowered many underprivileged Nigerians.

One of the major highlights in Season 3 of Airtel Touching Lives was the story of Olusegun Aina family, who lost three children and were rendered homeless by a devastating fire incident. Through the Touching Lives platform, Airtel built and donated a multi-million Naira, ultra-modern 2-bedroom apartment for the family and also paid for all outstanding medical bills incurred by the surviving family members.  

In 2017, Airtel Touching Lives was voted the most outstanding intervention in Stakeholders’ Management by the jury of the prestigious Sustainability, Enterprise and Responsibility Awards (SERAS).

Aside Touching Lives, Airtel Nigeria has continuously embarked on several philanthropic initiatives aimed at impacting lives positively. Some of these key CSR initiatives include the Adopt-a-School programme, Employee Volunteer Scheme, Airtel Five Days of Love Christmas programme and other interventions on health and the environment.

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Dangote new cement, best for all seasons – Moulders

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Block Moulders Association of Nigeria last weekend described Dangote Cement’s new product; BlocMaster as the best cement for all seasons.
The new product, according to the Chairman of the Block moulders in Suleja, Niger State, Chief Patrick Markuche dries faster even during the raining season and it has more yields, translating to more profits for his members. He described it as the best, in terms of quality to have come from the company since inception.
Emphatically, he said the new innovative cement from Dangote has helped improved his members’ revenue as he was able to deliver cement to customer with few days of molding them, despite the rain. He said he has personally tested the product, even in the rain and he was happy to highly recommend it to all and sundry. He also revealed that members of his association have passed a vote of confidence on Dangote Cement as a company and on BlockMaster as the best cement for block moulding and other building purposes.
According to him: “This is the best product from Dangote so far. We have tested it and we are very happy with the result gotten so far. Even in the rain, this cement is the best for the purpose.”

Markuche further said the cement has helped improved his revenue as he was able to deliver cement to customer within few days of molding them.

A major cement distributor Alhaji Mukhtar Moriki of Albabelo company said block makers now demand for more as they are able to deliver to their customers few days after moulding.

Dangote’s National Sales and Distribution Director Adeyemi Fajobi said the new cement is the King of cement, and a product of innovation.

“Our customers, and key distributors are happy because of the strength and quality of this product. It is also very affordable and it gives them far more yields than all other cements in the market… it is currently the highest grade of cement in Nigeria. It is by far the strongest cement, bagged in the Nigerian market…this cement is 50 per cent stronger after one day and up to 15 per cent stronger after 28 days when the cement finally sets, so that explains the excitement displayed by our retailers and key distributors across the country.”

Noting that there are other brands of cement, even from the company, the Director, Route to the Market, Funmi Sanni, said the BlocMaster quality has been certified as the best by regulatory agencies in the country including the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

She said: “It is the king of cement because it is the best quality cement in Nigeria today, based on the laboratory research which shows it is of high quality in terms of value for money. Enjoining builders and block boulders to patronise the new product, Sanni said the product dries fast after moulding into bricks and also that: “When you mould blocks with BlocMaster and it is raining, you don’t have anything to worry about,” She further explained that the cement can be used to build houses without painting, as it comes out in good dark colour as well as being weather friendly.

Fajobi also said: “BlocMaster is a product of years of research, it is of high quality and it will give users value for money by eliminating loss, it is their response to growing demands by stakeholders, bringing the total products of Dangote Industries Limited to four.

He assured that the new product will not disappoint as it can withstand weather elements including rains, adding, “This BlocMaster cement, which is the best for all block and concrete works, is a product of years of research, as testimony abound of its high quality in parts of the country, where it has been in use”

Retailers and distributors who spoke at the event however commended Dangote for the innovation, but urged the company to maintain an efficient distribution system that will ensure that the product is readily available whenever consumers request for it.

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Afrexim Bank, Heirs Holdings sign $600m facility to increase energy investments

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The African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim) and Heirs Holdings have signed a $600 million financing facility to help increase the energy investments made across Africa.

At present, Heirs Holdings has investments across Africa in financial services, resources, real estate and hospitality and power sectors.

Both entities signed the agreement on Tuesday at the ongoing Intra-Africa Trade Fair holding in Cairo, Egypt.

“The proceeds of the facilities will assist the Heirs Holdings Group vision of creating a dynamic resource-based division, focused on ensuring value creation occurs on the African continent and that value chains are developed, that directly benefit the broader African economy and consumer,” a statement by Heirs Holdings read.

Commenting at the ceremony, Benedict Oramah, Afrexim president who signed on behalf of the bank, said that the investment by Heirs Holdings would play a key role in addressing some of the fundamental challenges that have affected the power and energy sectors in Africa.

“A world-class energy sector is fundamental to the sustainable growth of businesses in Africa. If we do not deal with these basic matters, growth of trade and exports will always be limited.”

Tony Elumelu, Heirs Holdings chairman, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Afrexim. The Bank continues to play a critical role in the economic and social development of the continent. Together, we illustrate that Africa can create world-class institutions, which are capable of successfully making the long-term investments necessary for Africa’s economic transformation and catalyse the enabling environment that will unleash Africa’s potential.”

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Diamond bank partners Facebook to support young entrepreneurs

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Diamond bank Plc in collaboration with Facebook and Affrinolly is set to project Nigeria’s young entrepreneurs to the digital world.

Addressing journalists, Area Manager, Ikeja branch of Diamond Bank Plz, Chigozie Onyecha, said that, Diamond bank believes in small and medium enterprises.

He said that it was the reason, the bank in partnership with the named firms is embarking on digital marketing training for entrepreneurs particularly in the entertainment industry.

According to him, the aim is to help individuals with feasible and viable initiatives to reach out to the global space by providing an online platform for networking, financial aid, advisory, business clinics workshop and technical know-how.

“We are poised to boost talents in young people provided their initiatives are bankable” he stated.
Speaking for Facebook, the creator trainer, Ewonro Amune, for Afrinolly, said facebook America and its partners are working to help small and medium entrepreneurs to do their businesses online.

According to him “we want them to leverage on the social media tools to boost and enhance their performance, build community and make profit”

Ewonro further stressed that facebook is offering business owners knowledge by showing them ways businesses ought to be done in the 21st century, adding that, it’s like showing people how to fish instead of giving them fish.

“It’s up to creators to harness their potential by keying into the Data world because Data is the new oil to explore the world and any entrepreneur who is not in the Data world is playing. So Facebook is offering a lot of incentives for Nigerians, all they need is to show themselves approved” he added.

Meanwhile the Executive Director, Legal & external networks, for Afrinolly, Jane Maduegbuna, said Afrinolly with its partners are helping young people to identify and position their brand identity, saying that the training is geared to make entrepreneurs monetize their products.

“we want to bring at least 300 viable ideas to the fore and we expect them to explore the digital world to market their businesses.

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