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President/CEO, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote has been described as the ‘Pride of the Black Race’.

Governor of Kano state, Dr. Umar Ganduje, who was speaking at Dangote Special Day, Monday said Nigeria is lucky to be blessed with someone like Aliko Dangote who has made Nigeria and indeed, Africa proud in different ways.

Represented by state Commissioner of Commerce, Industry, Cooperatives and Tourism Ahmad Rabiu, the Governor said Danngote is synonymous with development given the giant strides recorded in the different sectors of the economy.

Second from right, Hon. Commissioner of Commerce and industry Kano State Alhaji Ahmed Rabi’u and second from left representative of Dangote Group Alhaji Bello Dan Musa during the Dangote Day at the ongoing 38th Kano international Trade Fair in Kano on Monday.

“Dangote Group and Dangote Foundation have touched lives in the different states in Nigeria and beyond.

“There is no household that does not use Dangote product. Every where you go there are Dangote products and services from which many are benefitting.

“Many sectors of the economy have been boosted- Infrastructure, Agriculture, the Mining sector, Health, Education etc Dangote is surely a man of the people”

Governor Ganduje expressed gratitude to the foremost Industrialist for his contribution and support to the Fairs conducted by Kano state over the years, many of which recorded immense success.

He said there is no doubt that the 38th Kano International Trade Fair will also be a success because Aliko Dangote is involved.

He called on leaders, wealthy individuals and organisations to emulate his unique qualities for a better society by making life a lot easier for the people especially at the grassroots.

Speaking earlier, President/CE, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote said the current administration’s diversification agenda has put the Nigerian economy on the right trajectory for growth.

The Africa foremost industrialist said diversification would take the country to the next level, and away from overdependence on oil.

Represented by General Manager Stakeholder Management, Dangote Group, Bello Abdullahi Dan-Musa, Dangote the nation should continue to explore opportunities in the various sectors to grow the economy.

“We are committed to diversification as it is what Nigeria needs and indeed Africa, to add value to our basic endowments for economic growth.

“That is why we are also exploring opportunities in the different sectors, cement, flour, salt, sugar and recently, Oil and Gas as well as Agricbusiness to move the nation forward.

“Dangote businesses are meant to impact the lives of the people in different ways, that is why Dangote Group is structured to deliver basic goods and services that are essential for improving standard of living of the general populace, and have presence in 13 different countries.

Last week, Dangote commissioned its cement plant in Congo Brazaville.

Its mission in the next five to ten years is not only to be the largest brand in Africa but also be amongst the top 20 companies of the World.

Hajiya Maijidda Modibbo of the Corporate Communications, Dangote Group, spoke briefly about Dangote Rice out-grower scheme in line with President Buhari’s policy to reinvigorate the economy, saying it has gone a long way in enhancing farmers and their households.

Participants at the fair thronged Dangote Pavillion to see what Dangote has to offer. They include Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar, Dangote Salt, Dangote Rice, Dangote Flour, DanQ, among others.

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Minimum Wage: Organised Labour To Demand 2 Years Arrears Payment

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The Organised Labour on Wednesday said it would demand for two years arrears payment of the proposed new national minimum wage for Nigerian workers from the federal and state governments.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, President Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said this when Mrs Rosa Pavanelli, General Secretary, Public Service International (PSI), visited him in his office in Abuja.

Wabba said that the delay by President Muhammadu Buhari in transmitting the executive bill to the National Assembly was worrisome.

“Workers in the country have made a tremendous sacrifice and I think going forward, we are going to demand for arrears of those two years we have lost.

“Because I think with all fairness and justice, as they are going out to campaign we will also go out to campaign for our minimum wage.

“I also want to inform you that we have passed the first hurdle and it took us almost a year to be at the tripartite negotiation table for a figure, and we have agreed on a figure of N30, 000.

“That figure has been transmitted to the Mr President who set up the committee and we have also told them to forward an executive bill immediately to the National Assembly.

“We are not unaware of the new tactics by the state governors to try to arm-twist what has already been done,’’ he said.

Wabba explained that six state governors were part of the negotiation process, with each representing their geopolitical zones.

He told Pavanelli how public hearings were held in the zones, where the state governors were invited to make their inputs.

“So, mutually on the negotiation table, we have looked at all other factors, especially factors that were provided in convention 131 and 95 of the International Labour Organisation on the minimum wage in which five factors were considered.

“The issue of the purchasing power parity, inflation, ability to pay, all those factors were considered and that is how our demand of N66, 500 was then agreed mutually on N30, 000.

“So, workers have made enough sacrifices as we have lost already two years,’’ he said.

Speaking earlier, the PSI General Secretary which covers over 170 countries said she was in Nigeria to show support for trade union movement in Nigeria.

She said workers in the public service were faced with a lot of challenges especially in Nigeria.

“Working for months, providing services to people without being paid is something that is unacceptable and this unfortunately what is happening here.

“In a country which is rich of resources that can have wealth distribute but it is oppressed by the greater international capital that wants to grab the resources and forget the people who create wealth for the country.

“This is very wrong and unacceptable, we must ensure good governance, social justice for the Nigerian workers, we will support you anytime you call on us,’’ she said.

She also noted that PSI was in Nigeria to fashion out ways of assisting the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

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Oba Elegushi, St. Ives, Asisat Oshoala, Odumbaku, Others Nominated For 2018 Lagos Times Achievers Award

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Popular Lagos monarch Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Super Falcon star, Asisat Oshoala, wave-making women radio host, Toun Okewale-Sonaiya and prominent businessman, grassroots politician and respected cleric, Dr. James Omolaja Odumbaku lead a stellar cast of eminent dignitaries and corporate bodies nominated for recognition at the 2018 Lagos Times Achievers Awards.

They are joined by leading politicians, businessmen, captains of industries and organizations shortlisted for this high-octane event that honours those that have contributed to the development of Lagos State in different categories.

From business to politics and fashion, cultural achievements to corporate social responsibility, the 2018 Lagos Times Achievers Awards will see the state’s best and brightest compete in an atmosphere of conviviality for different awards in recognition of their contributions to maintaining Lagos’ unmatched status as the country’s center of political, economic, social, cultural and sporting excellence.

The Lagos Times Excellence Awards is an initiative of the Lagos Times magazine borne out of a desire to recognize and garland the few upstanding individuals and corporate heroes who have and continue to expend energy and resources in uplifting the state and its communities.

In furtherance of the desire to ensure only the most deserving are considered for the awards, the organizers mandated the judges to comb the length and breadth of the metropolis for uplifting stories of uncommon people doing uncommon things for the good of the state.

Hence a stellar and meritorious list of Lagos personalities was drawn up, all united by their outstanding achievements in the past year.

The 2018 Lagos Times Achievers Awards will take place in the first week of December. Other prominent names on the honour list include Mr. Hundeyin Adedeji, CEO, Club Phantom, Olawale Olaleye, political editior,Thisday newspaper, Bukola Olopade, Micheal Afolaranmi of 12 Basket Foods, Mike Dada, the CEO of AFRIMA, Dr. Tunde Okewale’s St. Ives’ Hospital, Ms. Kehinde Oyelade of MK Fashions and other prominent names.

It is expected that this year’s installment will not only deservedly recognize the meritorious but also serve as a source of encouragement for those in positions of influence, privilege, and responsibilities to redouble their efforts towards taking our beloved state to the next level.

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Watch Highlights Of The 2018 Zenith Bank Christmas Light Up Ceremony [VIDEO]

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Enjoy highlights of the 2018 Zenith Bank Christmas light up ceremony below if you missed the event.

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Watch this space for the Zenith Bank Light Up Ceremony giveaway.

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