The Aristocrat: Kayode Olanshile Alfred, Celebrity Journalist and Style Genius To Launch “2020 Green With Envy Collections”
It’s more than 180 days since the 2020 New Year, and it seems certain folks are prepping up their formations to spice the remaining half of the year with colour, class and cool.
Kayode Olanshile Alfred, the champion of elegant fashion and Aristocrat Clothings, is topping the list of these folks and has made highlights available for a new level in the clothing industry. The 2020 Green with Envy Collections is the first of its kind and will undoubtedly overturn the sad and sorry temperament of elegance-seeking folks, a welcome development after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Since adventuring from journalism into the industry of fashion wear and elegance, Kayode Alfred has become one of those rare monstrosities who are both new to the game and absolute masters of it. The secret to his constant success is the ability to read the currents of fashion demands and promptly satisfy clients. However, he has managed to add—in-between these processes—splashes of the ordinary and the extraordinary, one to pamper clientele and another to improve their tastes. The Green With Envy Collections is also a formation of these two approaches.
Alfred’s baby and company, Aristocrat Clothings, is firmly behind the 2020 Green With Envy Collections. With the launching very imminent, the plan is to harmonize the company’s anniversary with the new development. Thus, with the new Collections, customers will now be able to access Aristocrat Clothings across Nigeria and even in Ghana, especially via the company’s partner, Twice as Nice.
The development is also primed towards reaching far beyond the African continent. In a little while, folks from America and London—and indeed all of Europe—will be able to walk down their respective blocks and buy the signature Aristocrat casual wears and face-caps from Aristocrat Clothings stores.
Nobody doubts the certainty of this new expansion of Aristocrat Clothings. Was it so recently that the company partnered with Twice as Nice? That single investment and foresight contributed to Alfred’s company becoming one of the leading fashion houses in Nigeria.
The 2020 Green With Envy Collections is just a new phase in the advancement of Aristocrat Clothings, and the business goals of Kayode Alfred. To say that the journalist-turned-fashion merchant is extraordinary is to downplay matters. Whenever asked, the genius of penmanship and refinement always deflects the praises and encomium to God, to an awesome crew, and a mission to see simplicity and elegance at the height of clothing and fashioning.
Dangote Refinery Will Generate $21billion, To Employ Over 100,000 Youths
Amid encomium from eminent personalities, which included President Mohammadu Buhari and five other African heads of state, President of the pan-African Conglomerate, Dangote Industries Limited (DIL), Aliko Dangote disclosed yesterday that the newly commissioned 650,000pbd refinery would employ over 100,000 Nigerians youths as well as generate over $21 billion, therefore saving the country huge forex, that would have been used for fuel importation. The company, according to him, now has over 33,000 employees.
Much to the excitement of Nigerians, Dangote said the commissioning has marked the beginning of the new journey of the self-sufficiency in refined petroleum products and exportation of same just as been achieved in Cement and lately fertilizer.
Dangote lamented that the current fuel crisis has had negative impact on the nation’s economy and that informed his decision to build a world class refinery that would change the trend and that though faced challenges but decided to trudge on.
He highlighted events leading to his firm deciding to build its own refinery after his attempt to acquire one of the existing moribund did not materialize noting that he decided to change marketing strategy and settle for gigantic project ever undertaken by an individual world over.
According to him, the refinery plant would be run at the highest effective and efficient level for maximum benefits to all Nigerians noting “we will replicate what we achieved in cement and fertilizer by attaining self-sufficiency and becoming net exporter.
Dangote assured Nigerians that 40 per cent of the production capacity will be available for export with the coming on stream of the plant guaranteeing raw materials for plastic, and pharmaceutical industries.
In his remark, President Buhari congratulated Dangote Group, saying “the 650,000 barrels a day of crude which will enable our country to achieve self-sufficiency in refined products and even have some supplies for export saying the government and people of Nigeria are proud of the doggedness and tenacity of Dangote as entrepreneur.
Said he; “This feat at this time of the nation’s economic development clearly made this event a notable milestone for our economy and the game changer for the downstream petroleum products not only for Nigeria but the entire African continent. Dangote Group has helped transform our economy from heavy import dependence to a net exporter in some critical industries, including cement and Fertiliser.”
He noted that the economy which has been stressed for many decades by huge deficits in economic infrastructure and over a decade of insurgency has also been severely impacted by several external crises, including the global financial crisis, the collapse of world crisis the Coronavirus pandemic and the Russia Ukraine war.
“The consequences of these challenges constitute a severe strain on our economy and limiting government’s ability to provide basic infrastructure without resorting to borrowing. Government therefore decide to focus attention on creating an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive and fill the enormous gap in investments not only in infrastructure, but also in all critical sectors.
“We recognize that without active participation of the private sector and a strong commitment to public-private partnership, the economy will not be able to continue to meet the challenge and economic growth”, while expressing the hope that the coming administration will continue to apply such innovative schemes to accelerate the fruition of critical infrastructure, in particular roads and gas pipelines.
Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele while commending Mr. Dangote for the successful completion of the refinery project said it would not only aid that nation’s domestic petrol needs, but also help in generating export revenues for our country.
Emefiele recalled; “In September 2013, when Alhaji Aliko Dangote announced his plans for the refinery, it was estimated to cost about US$9 billion, of which US$3 billion was projected as equity investment by the Dangote Group and the balance financed through commercial loans. Due to an array of factors, the project was eventually completed with a total of US$18.5 billion with funding distributed into 50 percent equity investment and 50 percent debt finance. I am proud to state that the commercial loan component of the project was financed majorly by our domestic banks with the balance sourced from foreign banks. The Central Bank of Nigeria also partnered, as always, with the Dangote Group in ensuring the successful completion of the project by providing about N125 billion, to cover domestic currency requirements for the venture.
“What you may not be fully aware of, Your Excellencies, is that the Dangote Group has started repaying some of the commercial loans even before the commissioning of this facility. This reflects the commercial capability of the Group and its Chairman. I am pleased to inform everyone today that, following extensive repayments, outstanding debt has dropped appreciably from over US$9 billion to US$3 billion.”
The CBN Governor commended Nigerian banks saying they did not only partnered with the project through effective financing but were keenly aware of the importance of the project for our nation. “They provided immense support and exceptional understanding, even when interest payments and principal repayment had fallen due.”
He described the successful completion of the refinery to President Buhari’s astute vision to ensure that Nigeria produces what Nigerians consume and that we consume what we produce. “The refinery and petrochemical project by the Dangote Group is a testament to your vision for Nigeria. It shows that, regardless of what the world thinks, Nigeria can be self-sufficient in all products that we consume and at the same time export our excess output to the rest of the world.”
“Aside enumerating our strategic efforts in the agriculture and other critical sectors, a sterling projects that we highlighted was the gigantic Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical project. The world doubted our willpower to succeed with this project. In hindsight, I could appreciate their skepticism because they do not understand how a single individual could build a refinery capable of serving an entire nation. To them, projects of this magnitude are usually only undertaken by sovereigns not individuals.”
Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd (NNPC), Mele Kolo Kyari said the NNPC was happy to partner Dangote Refinery because the project has potentials for smooth supply of petroleum and it would guarantee healthy competition for the benefits of the nation’s economy.
He said the NNPC Ltd. was committed to value addition to the potentials of the project noting that the new Petroleum Industry Act will provide security of supply of refined products and protect the plant. The NNPC boss added that his was happy the refinery is coming on board at a time the subsidy on imported products has become unbearable for government.
In their respective goodwill messages, Presidents of Ghana, Senegal, Niger, Benin Republic and Chad expressed satisfaction that the Dangote Refinery will serve the West African region and that their countries would be beneficiaries saying the Dangote Refiner is an African company for Africa by an African entrepreneur.
JUST IN: Atiku’s Campaign Aircraft Catches Fire
The Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign narrowly escaped an enormous tragedy when one of the three aircraft with which it went to campaign in Anambra State caught fire shortly before take-off at the Anambra State International Airport.
Though the incident happened on Thursday, December 15, 2022, it came to public knowledge only about an hour ago following an exclusive report by the news-portal 247ureports.com. It said the incident happened at the conclusion of the PDP presidential rally held at the Ekwueme Square in Awka, the Anambra capital city.
According to the report, “At the conclusion of the campaign rally, the PDP presidential candidate and the dignitaries who had joined the campaign train trooped to the Anambra Airport where three private jets were parked awaiting the arrival of the PDP campaign train.
“Alhaji Abubakar Atiku and his immediate family and close aides boarded one of the Jets and taxied out. It took off uneventfully. The second Jet also taxied and took off uneventfully.
“However, the third jet was not as successful.”
The third jet with PDP heavyweights as occupants, among them former Cross River Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke, was said to have caught fire shortly before take-off.
Report has it that the flight had to be aborted when the pilot noticed fire in one of the engines of the private jet.
The Airport Crash Tender (known in some countries as an airport fire appliance) immediately averted disaster by promptly putting off the fire.
2023: I Won’t Attend Your Town Hall Meeting – Tinubu To Arise TV
Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has declared that he will not attend the Town Hall meeting organised by Arise TV.
Tinubu made this known in a statement by Bayo Onanuga Director, Media & Publicity, Tinubu– Shettima Campaign Council. He said Tinubu has no prior knowledge of the scheduled session with presidential candidates fixed for December 4.
The statement maintained that Tinubu will not honour all invitations from different radio and TV stations for debate and or Town Hall meetings due to his ‘busy schedules’.
It reads: “Our attention has been drawn to an advertisement by Arise News in connection with a Town Hall meeting scheduled for 4 December.
“We are surprised that the TV station listed our candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a participant, when there was no prior consultation with him and his aides and no consent of the candidate obtained for the advertisement.
“We deem this as professionally wrong and reckless.
“No media organisation should arrogate to itself the right to railroad any candidate to fit into its own agenda.
“As we said in an earlier statement, the busy and hectic campaign schedules of Asiwaju Tinubu will not permit him to honour all invitations from different radio and TV stations for debate and or Town Hall meetings hence our decision for him not to start with one media organisation and later ignore the others.
“In the absence of a unified and mutually acceptable all parties and all candidates platform, our candidate has been speaking directly to Nigerians, since President Muhammadu Buhari launched Tinubu’s Action Plan for a Better Nigeria.
“Till date, over seven town hall meetings with strategic sectors have been held across the geopolitical zones, where the candidate and his running mate have spoken about their programmes.
“These direct engagements will continue before the election on 25 February 2023.
“We therefore urge Arise News to stop using our candidate’s name or portrait in its advertisement, forthwith.”
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