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‘Bag Of Goodies’Promo, Not A Scam -Dangote …Rewards Rivers Customers With Car, Other Gifts

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Nigeria’s leading cement manufacturer, Dangote Cement Plc has said that its on-going national promo tagged ‘Bag of goodies’ is not a scam as speculated in some quarters.
Chairman, Dangote Cement Plc, Alhaji Aliko Dangote stated this in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital at an event to reward its customers.
A 35-year-old Engr. and businessman, Tochukwu Anthony from Enugu State won the star Prize of a brand new GACs car, while Amadi Richard and Julius Ilabeshi won LED flat screen TV sets a piece. A table top refrigerator was also given out at the brief but colourful event.
Alhaji Dangote who was represented by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and member of the company’s Board of directors, Mrs. Dorathy Ufot stated that the promo was the firm’s way of giving back to its customers.
He further said that the event was a proof to doubting Thomas’s that the promo is not a scam, pointing out that the company value its customers; which explains why it would not make any promise that it won’t fulfil.
“We are giving out 43 cars nation-wide and other prizes. We are here today to say thank you for your contribution to the growth of our company, Dangote Cement PLC. We value our customers that is why we have brought this promo to Port Harcourt. We value everybody in our value chain system (distributors, wholesalers and retailers) and this our own way of giving back to our consumers.
“On behalf of Alhalji Aliko Dangote, the board of Dangote Cement, the management staff and the entire of the company, we are here to say a big thank you to you to all. The national promo is for real. It is not a scam, it is not a gimmick and not a 419 thing.
Handing over the car keys to the star Prize winner, he said, “This is the car key to our star winner. We are for real. This is proof that we give life changing prizes. If you continue to buy Dangote Cement, the next car may very well be yours.
In her remark, Marketing Director, Funmii Sanni stated that aside the quality product the company offers, it realizes the need to give competitive pricing to maintain the loyalty of growing customers so that they are not lured into buying any other brand of cement.
Sanni further said, “Those in the value chain are the reason the company is bagging a minimum of 800, 000 bags daily. You are very important to us and the reason for this promo tagged bag of goodies targeted at our consumers so that we can say thank in a special way. In every bag there is scratch card and this scratch card has won somebody a car today and other winners as well.”
In a chat with newsmen, Regional Director (South South), Dangote Cement Plc, George Okoro, said we believe in appreciating our customers for their dedication and their loyalty across all members of the channel. We have scheme running for distributors.

 

Dennis Naku

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‘Lagos Ports Are Not Congested’

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The Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN) says the Lagos Port Complex, Apapa and the Tin-Can Island Port Complex are not congested.
The spokesperson of the association, Mr Bolaji Akinola, said this in a statement in Lagos, yesterday.
Akinola  said that both ports were operating at less than 70 per cent capacity.
He said the major challenges facing the ports were the access road, which had become dilapidated.
“It is important to correct the understanding of the public about the ports.
“The hinterland infrastructure leading to the ports in Lagos, such as the roads, are at breaking points, while the ports are not congested and not at breaking points.
“Most of the terminals in the two ports are operating below capacity. The busiest terminals are operating at less than 70 per cent at the yard and 60 per cent at berth.
“So there is no port congestion anywhere as of today.”
Akinola said the ports in Lagos had capacity to handle beyond the volume of cargo they are handling at the moment if the dilapidated port access roads were repaired.
He urged government to put an end to the manual operation of cargo clearing processes deployed by the Nigeria Customs Service.
He said that port operation was not about the size of the port only, but about the efficiency of the connecting facilities around the port.
“I think the major problem we have at hand is that successive governments allowed the port access roads to degenerate so bad. The two main entry routes into the Lagos ports are the Ijora-Wharf Road and the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway.
“The Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, which is the major road to the ports with six lanes, has packed up several years ago.
“Every petroleum tanker, port truck and trucks belonging to many manufacturing concerns in Apapa now use the narrow Ijora-Wharf Road, which is not even in a perfect state also.
“This results in the inevitable chaos we see on the roads. If these roads are repaired as they should be, the chaos will disappear,” Akinola said. He said ports in other parts of the country were not immune to the challenges of bad road. He called on the Federal Government to embark on “urgent comprehensive repairs” of the roads leading to the ports in the country, especially the Lagos ports.

 

Taneh Beemene

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FMDQ Explains Name Change

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FMDQ Securities Exchange Plc, which recently became a full blown securities exchange, has explained that it is not out to compete with the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) in equities trading but to create new entities for the future.
FMDQ Managing Director, Mr Bola Onadele, said last Saturday at a media parley in Lagos that the new securities exchange would work with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and private companies to create new entities for the future.
Onadele said the company’s intention was not going into the equities market to compete with the exchange or ask companies to delist.
The Tide reports that the exchange recently secured necessary approvals for a name change to ‘FMDQ Securities Exchange PLC”, thereby aligning its name to its upgraded status in the capital market.
Also in June 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registered its wholly owned central securities depository subsidiary – FMDQ Depository Limited – positioned to provide collateral caching, custodian and settlement services.
Onadele noted that the exchange was looking at how to create new entities for the future, work with and nurture SMEs and private companies in Nigeria that had no access to long-term financing.
“We are not playing the game of attacking the NSE, that is not our role or our job or the way we do business.
“Rather we are looking at how to create new entities for the future, to work and nurture them, to work with SMEs, private companies in Nigeria who have not had access to long term financing.
“So, we are in the business of planning 20-30 years ahead and working with Nigerian entities in getting prosperity to Nigerians,” he said.
The managing director stressed the need to position the nation’s capital market to become number one in terms of standards, governance and transparency.
Onadele said FMDQ would continue to work with government and regulators to develop the Nigerian capital market.
He assured that the exchange would continue to trade in all securities including fixed income, derivatives, commodities and foreign exchange.
Also speaking, Associate Executive Director, Capital Markets, FMDQ, Ms Tumi Sekoni said the exchange would continue to educate and enlighten investors and operators on its products and services.
Sekoni said the exchange would launch the first derivatives product in the first quarter of 2020.
She said preparations were in top gear to ensure the launch of the product, noting that the exchange would continue to meet the yearnings and aspirations of its stakeholders.

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Rivers Community Faults News Of Renaming Mile One Market

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The Rumuwoji Community Council (RCC), the apex and decision making body of Rumuwoji Community of Abali, Rebisi in the Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State has faulted a purported publication by a local tabloid that the popular Rumuwoji Market also called Mile One Market may be renamed by the state government.
The Chairman of the community council, Hon Isaac Chibueze Wigodo, in a statement at the weekend, said the story was misleading and had no bearing, adding that the state government was not considering renaming the popular Rumuwoji Market.
A Port Harcourt based local tabloid, South South Voice, had reported recently that the state government was planning to rename the Rumuwoji Market at Mile One, Port Harcourt.
Wigodo urged the general public to disregard such insinuation by the local tabloid, adding that the news was concocted to mislead the public and create confusion amongst the people.
According to him, “although, I do not hold brief for the state government, it has not come to our notice and the government we know will not think that direction”, adding that the writer was only trying to cause confusion between the chiefs of Port Harcourt  and Rumuwoji community.
He said the market has been named Rumuwoji Mile One Market even before the civil war, and alleged that the writer who is from a neighbouring community wanted the market to be renamed to reflect the name of his community.
“The story is misleading and falls short of the ethics of journalism profession. Nobody from the state government or chiefs as stated in the story spoke of the purported move to rename the market”, he insisted.
According to him, the aim of the originator of the news was to bring factions, confusion and mislead the public.

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