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AfDB President commends Sahara Group’s commitment to promoting electricity access in Africa

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AfDB President commends Sahara Group’s commitment to promoting electricity access in Africa

African Development Bank Group (AfDB) President Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina has commended the Sahara Group, the largest privately-owned power generation and distribution businesses in sub-Saharan Africa, for boosting power supply in Nigeria, through its Egbin Power Plant and Ikeja Electric Plc.

Speaking at Sahara Group’s 25th Anniversary celebration, Adesina emphasized the need for Africa to achieve universal access to electricity as soon as possible.   He urged Sahara Group to sustain its role in setting industry standards for environmental sustainability, spearheading the transition to renewable energy, and accelerating affordable electricity access to low-income households and small and medium size enterprises.

“Africa’s future is bright. Nigeria’s future is bright. I fully expect Sahara Group to do even better in the years ahead to help make Nigeria and Africa’s future even brighter,” he said.

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The African Development Bank Group’s Desert to Power initiative, which is geared towards building the world’s largest solar zone in the Sahel of Africa, covers eleven countries including Nigeria. The project, according to Adesina, is expected to provide electricity for 250 million people while generating unprecedented investment opportunities valued at more than $20 billion.

The AfDB President said private sector players such as the Sahara Group, should take advantage of these investment opportunities by providing centralized, off-grid and mini-grid energy solutions; and by taking advantage of Africa’s rapid digitalization and mobile payment systems that enable low-income customers to access electricity more efficiently, flexibly and cost effectively.

“These present new, compelling and exciting opportunities for the Sahara Group to partner with development finance institutions such as the African Development Bank, to lift 600 million Africans out of energy poverty, provide renewable energy across the continent, and accelerate Africa’s energy transition,” Adesina said.

READ ALSO: Sahara Group celebrates 25 years of global expansion, operational efficiency

He urged Sahara Group to implement major initiatives that would enable the energy conglomerate take full advantage of opportunities arising from the African Continental Free Trade Area, in power supply, regional power market pools, renewable energy, and infrastructure development.

“Together, we must Power and Light up Africa. Since the African Development Bank Group launched its Light Up and Power Africa in 2015 when I became President, we have supported the access of 30 million people to electricity,” he said.

According to Adesina, the percentage of people with access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa increased from 33 per cent in 2010 to 46 per cent by 2019. “While that is very encouraging, our collective challenge is achieving universal access to electricity within the next 10 years.  This is critical to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.

Established as an oil and gas trading company in 1996, Sahara Group has emerged as a leading international energy conglomerate with leading businesses in the upstream, midstream, downstream and infrastructure sectors in Africa.

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Why Emirates Airlines Suspended Its Operations In Nigeria

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Emirates Airlines, on Thursday, August 18, 2022, disclosed the suspension of all of its flights in Nigeria.

In a statement in which the airline made this announcement, Emirates said the flight suspension would take effect from Thursday, September 1.

It was gathered that at last count, Emirates had at least $85 million trapped in Nigeria in spite of its efforts to repatriate the funds.

The statement read: “Emirates has tried every avenue to address our ongoing challenges in repatriating funds from Nigeria, and we have made considerable efforts to initiate dialogue with the relevant authorities for their urgent intervention to help find a viable solution.

Regrettably, there has been no progress. Therefore, Emirates has taken the difficult decision to suspend all flights to and from Nigeria, effective September 1 2022, to limit further losses and impact on our operational costs that continue to accumulate in the market.

”We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused to our customers, however the circumstances are beyond our control at this stage.

We will be working to help impacted customers make alternative travel arrangements wherever possible.

Should there be any positive developments in the coming days regarding Emirates’ blocked funds in Nigeria, we will of course re-evaluate our decision.

We remain keen to serve Nigeria, and our operations provide much-needed connectivity for Nigerian travellers, providing access to trade and tourism opportunities to Dubai and to our broader network of over 130 destinations.”

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GTCO Autism Conference Holds on August 29th and 30th at MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos

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The 12th edition of the annual GTCO Autism Conference themed “Creating a Community of Awe-Tism Advocates” will hold on Monday and Tuesday, August 29th and 30th, 2022, at MUSON Center, Onikan, Lagos. 

The annual Autism Conference is a pivotal component of GTCO’s Orange Ribbon initiative and serves as a key advocacy platform for people living with autism and other developmental disorders. In recent years, the GTCO Autism Conference has gained wider acclaim for bringing together some of the world’s leading experts in Autism, especially with the successful coordination of a fully virtual autism conference in 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. For this year, the GTCO Autism Conference will feature keynote addresses and panel discussions by experienced specialists from renowned institutions in Nigeria and abroad in a hybrid set-up to allow for both in-person and virtual participation. Some of the partnering organisations include Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, Autism Compassion Africa, Ghana, The Color of Autism Foundation, USA, Meharry Medical College, USA, and Behaviorprise Consulting Inc., Canada.  

One-on-one consultations and Q&A sessions during the conference will provide opportunities for parents and other stakeholders to further engage on best practices for proper diagnosis and treatment of persons on the autism spectrum with the experts. As a special feature and to ensure more persons with developmental disorders can benefit from professional help, provision has been made to offer specialist care to autistic children in the areas of speech and behaviour therapy, child psychology and psychiatry, as well as occupational development for adults living with autism via in-person consultations at the Chapel of Light, Alausa, Ikeja, starting from Tuesday, August 23rd to Saturday, August 27th between the hours of 10am and 5pm. 

Commenting on the 2022 Autism Conference, Segun Agbaje, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc said, “While much has been done over the years to increase the social consciousness around Autism and to improve the available support systems for managing developmental disorders, we strongly believe that we can do more individually and collectively to create and uphold a culture of inclusion towards people with ASD to enable them reach their full potential.” 

Mr Agbaje further stated; “The Orange Ribbon initiative was created to support children and adults with developmental disabilities with a focus on those with autism spectrum disorders. Now in its 2nd decade, the annual Autism Conference has over the years created a community of people with a shared commitment to create better outcomes for those who find themselves in the margins of society simply because they are different from the rest.” 

Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO) is a leading financial services company providing banking and non-banking services across eleven countries spanning West Africa, East Africa, and the United Kingdom. The Group operates a diversified, proudly African franchise and is renowned for its innovative approach to customer service and stakeholder engagement which has endeared the brand to millions of people across Africa and beyond.  

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Dangote Major Driver of Real Estate Development – Builders

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The Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) and other stakeholders in the housing industry have described the Dangote Group as the main driver of real estate development in the country.

According to a statement from the Dangote Group, President of the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Prof. Yohana Izam, disclosed this at a recent African International Housing Show in Abuja. Coordinator of the AIHS, Barr. Festus Adebayo told newsmen that the housing deficit in the country can be mitigated through Public Private Partnership (PPP). Adebayo said he was optimistic that the partnership with the Dangote Group would yield a fruitful result. The Group Head, Sales and Marketing, Dangote Cement Plc, Mr. Rabiu Umar said Dangote was not resting on its oars, as it has already been investing hugely in the development of infrastructure through the tax credit scheme and its numerous social programmes.

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