50 winners emerged in the ongoing Dangote Cement Plc ‘Bag of Goodies Promo Season 3’ in the Northeast region on Thursday.
The company made this known in a statement signed by Mr Anthony Chiejina, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Dangote Group, in Lagos.
According to the statement, the Regional Director, Northeast, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr Ismail Iliya, at a ceremony in Jos, Plateau, said the winners were from Bauchi, Adamawa, Taraba, Plateau, Borno, Gombe and Yobe. According to him, 20 winners were awarded cash prizes and consolation gifts at the venue while those in far-flung areas will be sent theirs after the event.
Iliya noted that the winners ranged from businessmen to block moulders, labourers and contractors across the region, and they were quite encouraged by the big win to participate in the promo.
Star prize winner, Mr Salisu Adam, said he was elated about his win and commended the company for the initiative.
“We were doubtful initially but with the conviction that Dangote means well for the nation we decided to give the promo a trial,” he said.
The National Lottery Regulation Commission on Wednesday lauded Dangote Cement Plc for its commitment to giving back to customers through the ‘Bag of Goodies Promo Season 3.’ Principal Administrative Officer of the commission, Mr Afam Ojeh, praised the company in Sagamu, Ogun, in a statement by Mr Anthony Chiejina, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Dangote Group.
The statement said two people won N5 million each in Sagamu, five persons won N1 million each, while hundreds of other customers won different prizes.
According to the statement, Ojeh lauded the efforts of the company during an award winning ceremony where customers of Dangote Cement were presented cash and other prizes.
“The management of Dangote Cement should honestly be appreciated by its customers as the company paid handsomely to the Federal Government to be given permission to conduct the yearly promo,” he said.
In the same vein, Representative, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Susie Onwuka, noted that the Season 3 promo was bigger than the previous two promos.
She charged the cement company to continue to add value to the lives of its customers.
“By so doing, the company is also helping to boost economic activities in Nigeria,” she said.
National Sales Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Mrs Funmi Sanni, said the company had set aside a total of N1 billion in cash and gifts for the ongoing promo running from July 5 to Oct. 31. Sanni, represented by the Dangote Cement Regional Sales Director, , Dolapo Alli, said over 32.3 million mouth-watering prizes were currently being won.
Some of prizes, she said, included television sets, refrigerators, rechargeable fans, 2KVA generators, and millions in airtime of major networks in Nigeria.
She assured customers yet to win that there were enough gifts and money for all that patronised the brand because every bag of dangote cement contained both winning and non-winning scratch cards.
She added that the promo was designed to continuously reward loyal consumers who had stayed faithful and remained the backbone of the cement business.
“We are offering life-changing prizes, which have immense economic values as they can be used to kick-start small scale businesses.
“These prizes are targeted to help many families recover from the nation’s economic situation,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the winners, Mr Abolarin Sunday, Teacher and cement retailer, thanked the company for initiating a promo of this calibre that had changed the lives of so many cement users.
“I won N5 million and this will change my life for good.
“I have never doubted the promo because I have friends that have also won from the Promo as some people won cars last year and I am happy to be winning my own huge sum today.
“On behalf of all of us that won in Sagamu, I thank the management and staff of Dangote Cement and pray that the company will continue to grow from strength to strength,” he said.
Dangote Group on Sunday said the company’s drivers’ patrol team has made several arrests of its errant drivers that engaged in illegal activities and handed them over to relevant authorities for prosecution.
The company made the disclosure in a statement signed by its Group Chief Branding and Communications Officer, Mr Anthony Chiejina, in Lagos.
Chiejina also urged the general public to assist with relevant information to help curb the trend of unscrupulous drivers who also constituted themselves into menace to other road users.
He recalled that the company had in an effort to carry the public along in addressing the activities of these drivers, announced monetary rewards for persons that would plead to the arrest of erring drivers by the law enforcement agents.
Chiejina revealed that among several others, the team, recently in the North Central Zone of the country arrested both a driver and his truck carrying fully loaded illegal haulage of timber and handed them over to the police.
According to Chiejina, the driver was subsequently charged to a Magistrate Court in Akwanga, Nasarawa, for criminal breach of trust.
He said that the driver was sentenced to four months jail term after he pleaded guilty.
Chiejina said that the presiding magistrate on the case ordered that the truck and load be released to the company and owner respectivel.
He advised the company to file a civil case against the owner of the goods.
“Also, in the South-West region, the patrol team noticed a third party truck, with Dangote logo on it, parked inside a private company yard in Ode Remo, Ogun recently, while offloading granite stone.
“The team reported the case at Ode Remo police station and got both the driver and the truck were arrested and driver had also been charged to court.
“The Dangote drivers’ patrol team has made several more arrests and handed the offending drivers to police and other relevant authorities for prosecution.
“Dangote management, has therefore, renewed the warnings to those who illegally transport materials on Dangote trucks.
”Such unauthorised goods shall be confiscated while such drivers and owners would face the full extent of the law,” he said.
Chiejina added that to clarify its position, the management has gone on to list its products and goods which its over 10,000 trucks operating across the country and the neighbouring West African countries could convey.
He stated that Dangote trucks were permitted to transport only the following materials: Dangote Cement Plc – Dangote Cement, Limestone, High Grade Gypsum and Coal. Others include Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc- Dangote Sugar; NASCON Allied Industries Plc – Dangote Salt and DanQ Seasoning; and Dangote Packaging Limited – Bags. “We hereby alert the public to report any suspected Dangote truck driver involved in illegal haulage supported with credible evidence of such act,” he said.
No fewer than six customers of Dangote Cement Plc in Lagos on Tuesday emerged millionaires in its ongoing “Bag of Goodies Season 3” national consumer promotion.
The company said this in a statement signed by Mr Francis Awowole-Browne, Media and Communication Personnel, Dangote Industries Ltd. It also said that other persons won prizes such as television sets, fridges, standing fans and power generating set.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Pan-Africa Cement manufacturer recently unveiled a Spell Dangote and Become Millionaires in a Season 3 of it Bag of Goodies National Consumer promo.
The company announced that 500 consumers would win N1 each, while another 100 would win N5 million within four months.
National Sales Director, Dangote Cement, Mrs Funmi Sanni, said that company believes that no amount is too much to splash on its customers, adding that “they are the reason for its existence”.
According to her, the promo is deliberately planned for this period to help customers and consumers of Dangote Cement survive the hard times brought upon businesses by the COVID-19 disruptions.
Congratulating the winners, Sanni said the promo was aimed at giving back to consumers who were the company’s pillar of support and also to encourage them for more patronage.
She furthered that 500 customers would win N1 million each, 100 customers to win N5 million each, coupled with N32 million worth of other gifts.
“We value our customers, they are the reason for our being in business and apart from the fact that we produce the best quality cement in the industry, we are the most caring cement company in the industry.
“The promo started July 5. We say thank you and we will continue to appreciate Nigerians for their patronage and loyalty.
I urge them to continue to do business with us whenever the need for cement arises.
“We create value through quality products, exceptional service, competitive pricing and unparalleled consumer value proposition.
“We are also the cement company with highest number of variety of cement for various application.
“Our cement is such that when you use our variety for plastering, you may not think of painting the surface again, because it is very smooth and colourful and only Dangote can produce that,” Sanni said.
Dangote Cement Regional Sales Director, Lagos and Ogun, Mr Dolao Ali, described the winning as the first set of many to come.
According to him, Lagos is where the action is and the first star prize of N5 million winner will come from Lagos.
Ali assured the customers in Lagos that they were in for a good deal with the company, as they were presented with better opportunity to win.
He also attributed the possiblity to the size of Lagos market, describing it as the biggest in the country.
Zonal Coordinator, National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Lagos, Mrs Nkiru Onuzulu, said the commission had gone through every detail of the promotion and certified it good for the cement consumers.
She commended the management of the Dangote Cement for its transparency in conducting the promotion.
“We have followed through since the commencement of the promo and have monitored to see that everything is done according to rules and Dangote Cement has passed all test.
“This is the reason we are to show all that the promo is real and fraud free as a regulatory body.
We are into it together for the sake of accountability, professionalism and equity,” she said.
Mr Akeem Kolawole, a block moulder who emerged as winner, described his winning as surprising.
He said that he was not sure the promo was real, but seeing his account cr
In its bid to promote environmental sustainability, Dangote Cement Plc has planted 7,205 trees across Africa to commemorate the 2022 Environmental Day.
The company made the disclosure in a statement signed by Mr Francis Awowole-Browne, Media and Communication Personnel, Dangote Industries Ltd., on Sunday in Lagos.
The 2022 World Environment Day celebrated June 5 annually focused on living sustainably in harmony with nature and raising awareness on environmental sustainability measures.
It said that the company also brokered a partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and National Environmental Standards and the Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) to reduce carbon emissions.
The company also collaborated with the Lagos Business School Sustainability Centre, and Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) as part of its initiatives to mark the 2022 World Environment Day in all its 14 production plants in Nigeria and Africa.
The Group Managing Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr Michel Puchercos, was quoted by the statement as saying that the company in demonstrating support for governments’ efforts was contributing climate solutions aimed at reducing Nigeria’s carbon emissions.
Puchercos said that the company’s environment week programme supports African countries and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) joint venture agreement to invest in carbon avoidance and offsetting projects.
He said that to carry out the initiatives, Dangote Cement engaged experts to build the capacity of employees, local communities and other stakeholders on biodiversity conservation and progressive reclamation of mining sites.
Puchercos said that other topics addressed were soil rehabilitation and carbon mitigation with the company setting up a biodiversity garden at one of its mines in Nigeria to serve as model.
“The World Environment Day centers on the need for humans to make deliberate efforts to save the earth by conserving biodiversity.
“The forum brought together about 560 participants from the manufacturing and extractive industries, academia, government agencies, international agencies, civil society, media and environment enthusiasts across Africa,” he said.
The Head of Sustainability, Dangote Cement Plc, Dr Igazeuma Okoroba, said the company was committed to complying with rehabilitation plans and exploring ways to protect the ecosystem in the communities where they operate.
The company’s Head of Environment and Social Performance, Engr Tukur Lawal, said the objective of the initiative was to make mining sites safe for current and future land use.
Lawal said that specific goals include creating awareness amongst mining personnel, enabling mining stakeholders to understand the processes of identifying and evaluating species, flora and fauna for climate risk management.
“The company is ready to engage with stakeholders to conserve biodiversity, mitigate carbon emission and make the environment safer.
“In line with this year’s theme ‘Only One Earth’, not less than 1,708 Dangote employees volunteered in 46 different initiatives across 10 pan-African countries,” he said.
The Dangote Cement Plc, Obajana Plant, and two mining communities on Thursday sealed a renewed development pact as part its intervention schemes in Kogi.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the five-year pact entered into at the Plant’s premises, has been described as a “milestone” capable of transforming the economy of Kogi and Nigeria in general.
The mining communities, whose representatives jointly assented to the Community Development Agreement (CDA) pact are Oyo and Iwaa both in Kogi.
They all agreed that the pact would open doors for more job opportunities for locals and bring about rapid social and economic transformation of their communities.
Minister of Mines and Steel Development Olamilekan Adegbite, who witnessed the signing of the agreement, said the Federal Government was glad that Dangote Cement Plc had finally fulfilled its obligations to the host communities.
Adegbite explained “the CDA is in line with the 2007 Mineral and Mining Act of the nation”.
Represented by the Ministry’s Chief Geologist, Mr Ntuimbe Etta, the minister assured, “the APC led administration will continue to facilitate a peaceful atmosphere between the company and its host communities”.
The Dangote Cement Plant Director, Mr. J.V. Gungune, said the massive support for the communities envisaged in the new CDA was in alignment with the company’s vision and mission of supporting its host communities.
Gungune said: “This five-year agreement will be implemented between 2022 and 2026 devoid of any failure.
“Our Group President, Alhaji Aliko Dangote is very appreciative and proud of the support from all the communities, including the plant communities of Obajana and Apata.
“The content of the CDA will be implemented under the supervision of the mutually agreed Community Development Monitoring Committee.”
Also, Senior General Manager and Head of Environment and Community Affair of the company, Tukur Lawal, said “Dangote Cement plc is a socially responsible organisation.”
According to him, the company will continue to touch lives through the provision of basic infrastructure, especially to host communities.
Lawal described the two mining communities as “very peaceful, supportive, and business-friendly.”
He noted that the presence of the company had indeed brought about urbanisation and development to the communities.
“Only recently, the company completed the country’s longest concrete road between Obajana and Kabba.
“It’s also worthy of note that our (Dangote Cement Plc’s) annual tax remittances to the government hovers above N100 billion,” he further disclosed
The traditional ruler of Iwaa, Oba Francis Migbole, in his response, described the President of the Dangote Group Alhaji Aliko Dangote, as a “God send” to his community, whose joy knew no bound.
He recalled that in 2021, the company completed a multi-million Naira health facility for Iwaa mining community.
Also, the ruler of Oyo, Oba Solomon Obahawu, described the company as a blessing to his people and the generations yet unborn.
The traditional ruler said that his community would do everything possible to continue to support the company so that it could enjoy a smooth operational turf.
The Baloo who spoke through his aide, Mr. David Oloruntoba, said that the Dangote Cement Plc had rescued his subjects from poverty and suffering.
In her goodwill message, Director, Mineral and Ecological Services, Kogi, Mrs Atinuke Onimode, commended the company for living up to its social responsibility to the host communities and rescuing them from poverty.
NAN reports that some of the areas of support itemised in the five-year Community Development Agreement include road infrastructure, education and scholarship, health, micro-credit and enterprise development.
Others are employment, vocational training, award of contracts, and the provision of start-up capital to businesswomen and youths among others.
Dangote Cement Plc Obajana, Kogi, on Thursday launched a Hall of Fame Awards Scheme for its employees.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the maiden edition of the scheme was held at the Dangote Cement plant in Obajana.
The Plant Director, DCP Obajana, Mr. J.V. Gungune, explained that the scheme was aimed at boosting the morale of the employees.
“It’s the belief of Dangote Cement Plant Plc that this hall of Fame award scheme, we so launched today, will serve as morale booster to its employees.
“We hope this new programme will go a long way to motivate you (staff) to put in your best for the growth and development of the plant,” he said.
Gungune said he was optimistic that the award scheme would create the needed window for the company to reward hard work and commitment of its employees.
The director described the scheme as unique and a stimulus that would ginger staff to put in their best as expected.
Also speaking at the ceremony, the General Manager in charge of Administration and Human Resources, Mr. Haruna Adinoyi, described the scheme as apt and congratulated the awardees.
According to Adinoyi, Dangote takes the welfare and performance of staff seriously, hence the launching of the hall of fame awards scheme.
“As the first awardees of this scheme, I hereby urge you to embrace the Dangote Cement core values of customer care, entrepreneurship, excellence and leadership quality,” Adinoyi advised.
In his remarks, General Manager, Production, Engr. John Gwong, congratulated the pioneer winners, and urged them to remain role models to others.
Ismail Muhammad, Chief General Manager of the company, said the winners were carefully selected based on the commitment and leadership qualities they demonstrated.
Responding on behalf of the awardees, Ibrahim Suleiman, said the staff had been challenged by the gesture and assured the management of that would continue to work hard with utmost commitment.
NAN reports that winners at the award ceremony include Mr. Ayo Thomas of the Workshop Utility Department, who emerged the overall best, while Mr. Samuel Ozovehe Jegede of the Raw Mill Department emerged the 1st runner-up and Mr. Ishiaka Adaji emerged the 2nd runner-up.
Other awardees are: Yakubu O. Ibrahim, Mathew Samuel, Akono Solomon, Olabisi Temitope Kolawole, Siaka Idris, Mary Siyaka, Victor Awhewhejiri, Abdulkadir Ohiare, Ibrahim Suleiman, Ogundirun Joseph and Habibu Sule.
The rest are Aliu Kachala, Joseph Okwute, Bashir Abdul and Ademu James Eita.
The winners were given household items and electrical appliances such as washing machine, refrigerator and flatscreen television.
The Corps Marshall, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Oyeyemi on Wednesday inaugurated Dangote Articulated Truck Driving Academy at Obajana in Kogi.
The Dangote Cement Plc. transport arm initiated the academy expected to check road accidents.
Oyeyemi described Dagote’s vision at establishing the new academy for truck drivers, as a “significant step” which wouldl benefit not only the Dangote Group but Nigeria as a whole.
“I wish to commend Alhaji Aliko Dangote for taking “a big step” towards reducing accidents and road carnages on the nation’s highways.
“This is what we’ve been waiting for as a corps and today Dangote has made it.
“In fact, before this historic and unique step, I have observed that Dangote has done a lot to address truck crashes and I must commend them for this,” he said.
The FRSC boss extolled the conglomerate for leading other companies in this path.
According to him, the academy will play a key part in the country’s efforts to make the nation’s highways and roads safer.
In his remarks, the National Director, Logistics of the Dangote Cement (Transport Section), Mr Juan Carlos Rincon, said that the “academy is an expression of the determination of the company to check accidents.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Prof. Idris Bugaje, said that the NBTE would partner with the Dangote Cement Plc. for a successful accreditation and takeoff of the academy.
In his remarks, the Bajana of Obajana, Oba Idowu-Isenibi, said that he was optimistic that the academy would greatly help address auto crashes in the country.
He described Dangote as a “rescuer” to his community, which should be emulated by other investors in the country.
The Olu of Akpata, Oba Frederick Balogun urged other investors to emulate the company and bring smile on the faces of travellers on roads.
Both Dangote Cement Transport and the FRSC signed an agreement on how to ensure that the academy is effective.
Mr Temi Popoola, Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Exchange Ltd., (NGX), has called on organisations to adopt sustainable business practices and report sustainability performance to stakeholders.
Popoola made this call while speaking at the Digital Closing Gong Ceremony, organised by NGX in celebration of the 2022 World Environment Day themed, “Only One Earth,” on Thursday in Lagos.
In his opening remarks, Popoola said such adoption would promote inclusivity in transformational initiatives for the economy and society.
According to him, the critical roles required of the private sector in actualising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement now enjoys some clarity.
Popoola said such businesses would need to incorporate environmental and social factors into their operations and activities.
He said, “We have only one earth and we all have a part to play in preserving it.
“For this reason, NGX created the Facts Behind the Sustainability Report platform to promote transparency in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) disclosures by showcasing the sustainability performance and reporting amongst companies listed on NGX.
“In developing this unique platform, the Exchange’s objectives were to mainstream the adoption of sustainability reporting amongst listed companies.
“This is to increase the availability of decision-useful ESG data that investors can utilise in making investment decisions.”
Speaking further on the reason for celebrating the 2022 World Environment Day with specific companies, the CEO said it was important to celebrate businesses that understood the strategic competitive advantage that sustainability created.
He said it was also to honour listed companies that were setting an example by disclosing their sustainability performance.
“For this year’s World Environment Day celebrations, we have chosen to celebrate companies that have demonstrated leadership in sustainability reporting by leveraging the NGX Facts Behind Sustainability Report platform for good reason.
“Our commendation goes to the Boards and executive management of Courteville Business Solutions Plc, Dangote Cement Plc, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, Lafarge Africa Plc and Seplat Energy Plc who have leveraged the Facts Behind the Sustainability Report platform since the platform was launched in 2019,” he added.
Group Managing Director, Courteville Business Solutions, Dr Adebola Akindele, at the event, discussed initiatives embarked on to align his organisation with the SDG goals.
Akindele said such efforts included setting up a social capital management team that trained stakeholders on sustainable business practices, workplace diversity, and cultural background and language.
He further suggested the introduction of active carbon trading equipment for motorists to regulate vehicular carbon emissions.
“We are at the forefront of demonstrating sustainable behaviour at Lafarge Africa Plc,” said Mr Khaled El Dokani, Country CEO, Lafarge Africa Plc.
El Dokani, who was represented represented by Lolu Akinyemi, Chief Finance Officer and Executive Director of the company, highlighted some strategies deployed by Lafarge Africa towards providing sustainable building solutions.
Others include: creating a zero-waste initiative, implementing sustainable manufacturing, utilising renewable energy and deploying rail transportation for distribution of products to end-users, thereby reducing carbon emissions.
Mr Michel Puchercos , Dangote Cement Plc, represented by Mr Guillaume Moyen, Group Financial Officer, Dangote Cement Plc, said there was the need for collective efforts in prioritising the environment, one that Dangote Cement through key initiatives, had unlocked.
Also, Mr Omoboyede Olusanya, , Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, represented by Mr Sadiq Usman, Director, Group Strategy and Stakeholder Relations, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, identified initiatives embarked on by Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc.
Olusanya said those initiatives promoted sustainable supply chain management where operations had been aligned with product sustainability themes.
“Beyond installing capacity banks, sustainability initiatives around recycling to save N250 million in product packaging have been introduced to our operations,” he said.
In his closing remarks, Popoola, reaffirmed NGX’s commitment to fostering the growth of long-term sustainable finance, toward combatting climate change and environmental concerns across Africa.
According to him, it is also upscaling its platforms to advance sustainable development in new ways that reflect the risks and opportunities presented by climate change and the SDGs.
Dangote Cement Plc has unveiled plans to empower some stakeholders in the Palm Kernel Shell (PKS) value chain as part of its contribution to global environmental preservation.
The company made this known in a statement signed by Mr Francis Awowole-Browne, Corporate Communications Officer, Dangote Industries Ltd., on Wednesday in Lagos.
Head, Alternative Fuel Project, Dangote Cement Plc, Engr Peter Anagbe, said during a visit to Irewole Local Government Area, Osun, that the company was committed to ascertaining the needs of the community and empowering them.
Anagbe added that the move was part of the company’s strategies to shore up and sustain availability of PKS as waste, which is co-processed in the cement kiln to recover energy.
He said the company had instituted periodic value chain analysis and community engagements with the PKS waste collectors as well as the palm oil millers in communities across Nigeria.
Anagbe explained that the visit was necessitated by the shift in global attention to alternative fuel sourcing, expected to contribute to the realisation of ‘zero emission’ and ‘zero waste’ concepts.
He added that alternative fuel could be produced from other agricultural wastes, municipal wastes, commercial and industrial wastes, thereby contributing to minimise waste to landfills.
“This whole drive is to explore avenues to empower them to bolster production which in effect would lead to sustainable generation of PKS to be co-processed in the cement kilns, leaving zero waste,” he said.
Also, Head, Sustainability, Dr Igazeuma Okoroba, told the community that the company was desirous of ensuring sustainable collection of waste materials as PKS, to improve the environment and act as a source of livelihood for them.
He urged the people to always look at alternative value adding opportunities to waste, taking a cue from the PKS which hitherto was openly incinerated as waste, leading to environmental pollution.
One of the community leaders, Elder Hammed Adekunle, said the main stay of the community’s economy was palm oil milling and that the use of PKS for co-processing, offered them opportunity to expand and diversify.
He said the community would appreciate any support from Dangote Cement to enable them acquire modern machines to process the palm oil and in turn, generate PKS.
“The entire process of getting PKS from the harvesting of palm tree involves as much as 30 people depending on the volume of the palm tree being harvested.
“This visit means Dangote cement values us as a critical stakeholder in the value chain of ensuring zero waste-to-landfill by evacuating the waste palm kernel shell (PKS),” he said.
Also, the Dangote team met with various stakeholders within the Ikire hub, Osun, during which the actors in the value chain enumerated the challenges faced by them while trying to collect the waste from different locations.
One of them, Prince Oloyan Lawal, noted that a general challenge was the issue of logistics in a bid to move from one settlement to the other to collect the waste. (