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Dangote Cement Consumer Promo produces three millionaires in Ibadan

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The ongoing Dangote Cement ‘Bag of Goodies Season 3’ national Consumer Promo has produced the first set of millionaires in Ibadan, Oyo State.

No fewer than three lucky Dangote Cement consumers were presented with one-million-naira cheques each even as many others won various prizes including television sets, refrigerators, rechargeable fans, 2KVA generators, and millions of airtime gifts.

The leading Cement manufacturer had weeks ago unveiled a Bag of Goodies National Consumer promo, Season 3 in Lagos during which the Company announced that 500 consumers would win a million naira each while another 100 would win N5million Naira within three months.

Amidst praises on the management of the Cement Company, the winners who are block moulders in Ibadan described their winnings a very surprising as they never believed the promo was real pointing out that crediting of their accounts was timely given the prevailing economic downturn that has impacted negatively on their business.

National Sales Director, Dangote Cement, Mrs. Funmi Sanni explained that the promo was deliberately planned for this period to help the Dangote Cement customers and consumers because of the hard times brought upon businesses by the COVID-19 disruptions.

According to her about N1 billion would be given as prizes by Dangote Cement in form of cash as well as home appliances, saying the promo was indeed a bag of goodies for the Cement customers across the federation.

While congratulating the winners in Ibadan, Mrs. Sanni said the promo was aimed at giving back to consumers who have been the company’s pillar of support and to encourage them for more patronage.

“We create value through quality products, exceptional service, competitive pricing and unparalleled consumer value proposition.”

This, she noted, was in demonstration of the Company’s vision which is to provide for the welfare of its stakeholders among which she stated the consumers of the Dangote Cement product were a very strategic and important members.

While handling over cheques to Messrs. Shittu Ibitayo, Biliaminu Kehinde, and Adepegba Adekunle who won N1 million each in the promo, Sanni explained that 500 customers would win N1 million each, 100 customers would win N5 million each, coupled with N32 million worth of other gifts including television sets, Standing Fans, Generators and Fridges.

According to her, “The promo started 5th of July, we say thank you and we will continue to appreciate Nigerians for their patronage and loyalty, we want to urge them to continue to do business with us whenever the need for cement arises.”

The National Sales Director said,  “We produce quality products for any types of cement application, we are the leaders in cement industry, we lead the way and others to follow. The Dangote Bag of Goodies spell and win promo will give an equal chance to everyone, even those at the grassroots level, to become millionaires.”

In his own remark, Dangote Cement Regional Sales Director, Mr. Tunde Mabogunje said the Season 3 promo is to further take Dangote Cement customers to another level of prosperity as the promo will produce 125 millionaires monthly as over a N1 billion is up for grabs.

He assured the customers of the Company in the South West that they are in for good deal with Dangote Cement as “we are determined to empower our customers financially in appreciation of their patronage and loyalty to the Dangote Cement brand.”

Also speaking at the ceremony, the West Zonal Director, National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Mr. Fasunwomi Omotayo said his commission has gone through every details of the promotion and certified it good for the cement consumers and that his presence was to lend credent to the fact that the promotion is genuine.

He commended the management of the Dangote Cement for the transparent manner it was conducting the promotion, saying that Dangote cement was one of the leading indigenous companies in Nigeria that reached out to its consumers, noting that this is not the first time of doing such.

“As a regulatory body, we are into it together for the sake of accountability, professionalism and equity. Dangote has raised many millionaires and they are still raising it, the lottery is pure and transparent,”  he submitted.

The beneficiaries, who won N1 million each expressed their gratitude to Dangote Group for the cash prize.

It would be recalled that Dangote Cement Plc had unveiled in Lagos its National Consumer Promotion tagged “The Bag of Goodies spell and win Season 3” with fanfare.

The management said It was designed by to empower Nigerians. The promo, it explained has run for two years consecutively and that this year’s edition of “Bag of Goodies,” is set to produce 125 millionaires monthly.

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Court adjourns suits seeking to stop Secondus, Omehia from PDP NEC, BoT meetings

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A Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, fixed April 16 for hearing of a suit seeking to stop former Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, from participating in the party’s meetings.

Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a short ruling, also fixed the date in a separate suit filed to bar sacked Rivers Governor, Celestine Omehia, from attending the PDP’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting pending the hearing and determination of the matter.

Titus Jones, a member of the PDP at Ward 5, Ikuru Town, Andoni Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, had filed a suit marked marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/440/2024.

In the suit, Secondus; PDP; acting PDP Chairman, Umar Damagun; PDP Secretary, Samuel Anyanwu; PDP NEC; PDP National Working Committee (NWC); PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) are 1st to 8th defendants respectively.

Jones, through his counsel, Joshua Musa, SAN, had sought an order restraining the NEC, NWC, party’s chairman, secretary, and BoT from allowing Secondus to attend any of the meetings pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice, having been suspended from the party.

Also in another suit filed by Precious Wobisike, a member of PDP at Ubima Ward 8, Ikwerre LGA, Omehia, PDP, Damagun, Anyanwu, NEC and INEC as 1st to 6th defendants respectively.

In the originating summons marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/436/24, Wobisike, also through Musa, sought an order of Injunction restraining Omehia from demanding from Anyanwu, the party’s secretary, any notice of meetings of the NEC.

He also sought an order of injunction restraining Omehia from attending any NEC meeting of the party or participating in the proceedings/deliberations of such meetings in any manner howsoever.

Besides, Wobisike sought an order of injunction restraining Anyanwu from giving notice of meetings of the NEC to Omehia, “not being a former Governor of Rivers State as to be a member of the National Executive Committee.”

He equally sought an order restraining INEC from according recognition to the reports, proceedings, conclusions or resolutions reached at any NEC meeting attended by Omehia.

This, he said, is in violation of the judgment of the Supreme Court in the case of AMAECHI v. INEC (2008) 5 NWLR (Pt. 1080) p. 227, the judgment of the High Court of Rivers in the case of Sir Celestine Omehia v. The Governor of Rivers  & 2 Ors – Suit No: PHC/3317/CS/2022 and Article 31(1)(w) of the Constitution of PDP (2017 as amended).”

NAN observes that Justice Ekwo had, on April 5, granted the motions ex-parte moved by Musa on behalf of Jones and Wobisike restraining Secondus and Omehia from participating in the party’s meetings pending the hearing and determination of the substantive matters.

The judge, who ordered that the processes be served on the respondents within five days, fixed the matter for today for motion on notice.

When the first matter was called, Musa, who appeared for Wobisike, told the court that the ex-parte order had been served on the defendants.

He said the matter was fixed for hearing of the motion on notice.

However, Ibrahim Mark, who represented Omehia, told the court that they were served on Monday and due to the public holiday, they were yet to regularise their processes.

He sought an adjournment to enable them regularise their court documents.

M. S. Atolagbe, who appeared for 2nd to 5th defendants, aligned with Mark’s submission, and Musa did not oppose the application for adjournment.

Justice Ekwo consequently adjourned the matter until April 16 for hearing.

The judge equally fixed the sister case against Secondus to April 16 for hearing.

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Price crash: Dangote Refinery diesel will reduce Nigeria’s inflation — Aliko Dangote

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President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has revealed how diesel obtained from the Dangote Refinery can reduce Nigeria’s inflation rate.

Nigeria’s inflation rate reached 31.70 percent in February 2024, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), with food inflation at 37.92 percent – a 27yr high. The country’s inflation rate has been on the rise since January 2023.

Similarly, the fluctuating exchange rate of the dollar to naira has been pushing the prices of commodities and services. However, with the gradual gains recorded by the Naira over the past weeks, economic experts predict a gradual fall in the price of goods and prices with some manufacturers like Dufil Prima (makers of Indomie), airlines already crashing their prices.

The price of Diesel had also been affected in recent times by the exchange with the cost per litre rising to over N1,700.

Responding to this hike, Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote has urged Nigerians to expect a drop in inflation given the reduction of diesel pump prices.

Speaking on Wednesday during a chat with journalists after he paid Eid-el-Fitr homage to President Bola Tinubu at his Lagos residence.

“I believe that we are on the right track. I believe Nigerians have been patient and I also believe that a lot of goodies will now come through. There’s quite a lot of improvement because if you look at it, one of the major issues that we’ve had was the naira devaluation that has gone very aggressively up to about N1,900.

“But right now, we’re back to almost N1,250, N1,300, which is a good reprieve. Quite a lot of commodities went up. When you go to the market, for example, something that we produce locally like flour, people will charge you more. Why? Because they’re paying very high diesel prices.

“Now, in our refinery, we started selling diesel at about N1,200 instead of N1,650 and I’m sure as we go along, things will continue to improve quite a lot,” Dangote said.

Speaking further, he said, “If you look at it now, when you are buying N1,650 or N1,700 for a litre of diesel, and that one has been cut off by almost two-thirds, you are now paying N1,200 for diesel.

“Maybe, going forward, even though the crude prices are going up, I believe people will not get it much higher than what it is today, N1,200. It might be even a little bit lower, but that can help quite a lot because if you are transporting locally-produced goods and you were paying N1,650, now you are paying two-thirds of that amount, N1,200. It’s a lot of difference. People don’t know.

“This can help to bring inflation down immediately. And I’m sure when the inflation figures are out for the next month, you’ll see that there’s quite a lot of improvement in the inflation rate. So a step at a time. And I’m sure the government is working around the clock to make sure that things get much better because it is in the interest of everybody that things get better.

Recall that marketers had earlier confirmed that the Dangote Refinery had commenced the sale of Diesel and that the product was dispensed to marketers at between N1,225/litre and N1,300/litre depending on the volume of purchase.

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Lagos-Calabar Coastal road to be completed in Tinubu’s tenure — Works Minister

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The Minister of Works, Dave Umahi has noted that the Lagos-Calabar Coastal road will be completed in President Tinubu’s tenure.

While fielding questions about the project on Channels Television’s The Morning Brief, Umahi said, “We are looking at eight years in the life tenure of Mr President [Bola Tinubu].”

The Minister said each kilometre of the coastal road would cost N4 billion but said the government’s prudence made that possible.

“You know, there are other projects not awarded by me that are also going for about N4 billion per kilometre,” the former lawmaker explained.

“So, I will pride myself, to the glory of God, that this project is the most prudent project that I’m starting. Other projects I made, we are reviewing, we are fighting, and we’re trying to review, the cost,” he said.

Umahi, however, said the cost is a tentative one.

“Well, I cannot sign my signature on that because it can come down, it can go up,” the minister said.

But there are plans to recoup the money via tolling, according to the minister.

“Let me leave out the infrastructure along the corridor. Let me just concentrate on the tolls and I put 50,000 vehicles as an average passage on these toll points per day,” Umahi said on the breakfast show.

“I put N3,000 as an average cost. N3,000 because the cars could be like N1,500, and the big trucks could be like N5,000,” he said. “So, we put an average.”

“In 15 years, you make back the money,” he said, dismissing calls that the cost budgeted for the road was high.

He explained further that there will be security at the toll gates and also some facilities like filling stations.

“At every point of tolling, we also have toll station where we have a kind of relief activities: the restaurants, filling stations, parking lots, and so on and so forth,” Umahi said.

“So, people will now have confidence. In these sections, we intend to put CCTV all through.”

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