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#OneStaffOneTree: Seven-Up Bottling Company Leads The Act of Tree Planting

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SBC ‘One Staff One Tree’ The conversation about deforestation and its implication on the climate has been on for decades. It is estimated that the world has lost 3 trillion trees to deforestation and needs 1 trillion trees for climate restoration. While the awareness drive continues, Nigeria’s leading beverage bottling business, Seven-Up Bottling Company (SBC), has called on Nigerians to stop the talk and start planting the trees. In celebration of this year’s World Environment Day, SBC flagged off its “One Staff One Tree” initiative, to plant 2,500 trees across various Nigerian cities where the company’s plants are located. The initiative was flagged off in partnership with the Lekki Estates Residents & Stakeholders Association (LERSA), and Eco-Restoration Foundation (ERF), along the Lekki – Epe expressway, Lagos.At the flag off ceremony held on the Lekki Peninsula corridor in Lagos, on Wednesday, SBC donated 1000 trees to the ambitious 5 million trees project of LERSA, aimed at combating environmental threats and promoting sustainable development in the coastal area. The fun-packed event was a convergence of green environment stakeholders who were visibly excited to be part of the “Generation Restoration” group. Lovelyn Okoye, Sustainability Manager, Seven-Up Bottling Company(SBC); Odozimba Uche Iheakanwa, Chairman of Power Committee, Lekki Estates Residents & Stakeholders Association, (LERSA); Nkemdirim Agboti, Head, Legal & Corporate Affairs, SBC; Hon. Ademola Balogun, Representative of Eti-OSA Local Government; Omoyeni Balogun, Representative of Lagos State Ministry of Environment; Ziad Maalouf, Managing Director, SBC; Alhaji Sulyman Bello, President of LERSA; and Norden Thurston, Chief Marketing Officer, SBC, were all present to witness what was the largest donation to the Lekki Million Trees project thus far. Saving The Earth To Save Us: Ziad in his remarks emphasised the importance of sustainable development to climate restoration and SBC’s business policies. He noted that the company is fully committed to making a difference while calling on other organisations to get actively involved. “If we don’t all make an effort, we will be leaving a disaster for our children. One person can make a difference. We are on a 5 million tree journey and with more organisations collaborating on this, it will be a reality,” he said.SBC’s Head, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Seven-Up Bottling Company, Nkemdirim Agboti, tasked Nigerians to be more intentional about tree planting and nurturing. She called on individuals to donate trees and plant one on behalf of their children. SBC Trees On Tracker: Eco-Restoration Foundation (ERF) also announced that each tree planted under the One Staff One Tree initiative will be added to the existing tracker to monitor their growth and contribution to neutralising the carbon footprint. Commendation For SBC: All stakeholders in attendance commended Seven Up Bottling Company for supporting zero carbon projects and leading the #StopTalkingStartPlanting campaign. The representatives of ERF applauded the company for making all staff environmentally responsible with the One Staff One Tree initiative, while the LERSA President expressed his gratitude to the company for the notable contribution. “We are excited to partner with SBC as it is a critical step towards safeguarding our environment and promoting sustainable development,” he said.At the climax of the event, everyone in attendance was given a responsibility to plant a tree, and encouraged to extend the act to their communities. They all left with the insight that the environment will protect itself if we fail to get active, and might get rid of us in doing so. Hence the need to see our land as our future and life.

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Gov AbdulRazaq Announces Minor Cabinet Reshuffle

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has effected a minor cabinet reshuffle involving four commissioners.

Those affected are the Commissioner for Social Development Hon. Afolashade Justina, who moves to Women Affairs; and the Commissioner for Women Affairs Hon. Bosede Olaitan Buraimoh who switches to Social Development.

Hon. Commissioner for Youth Development Nafisat Buge moves to the Ministry of Environment, whose Commissioner Hon. Shehu Ndanusa Usman moves to the Ministry of Youth Development.

The cabinet reshuffle takes immediate effect.

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Kwara Gov excited as Nigerian Army launches CBT Centre in Igbaja

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  • Gov hails Army’s support for internal security, seeks respect for security agencies
  • Army Chief lauds Gov’s support in Kwara, North Central • Gov attends Igbaja Day, now Taiyese of Irese Land

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Thursday advocated more appreciation for the sacrifices of the security agencies, including the Nigerian Army.

He said the military has played important roles to support civilian authorities at all times, including at a time when the country was under intense pressure from hostile non-state actors.

The Governor spoke in Igbaja, Ifelodun LG of the state, at the commissioning of a Computer Based Testing (CBT) center, a special intervention project of the Chief of Army Staff (CoAS), Lieutenant General T. A. Lagbaja.

The project was executed by Major General Adelokun Eyitayo, a serving military officer and native of Igbaja Land, who also launched his three books, titled: ‘Life of Prince Daud and Spirituality; Tears for Suni and Titi; and The Boy on the Highland’.

“This Computer Centre means a lot for the socioeconomic growth of this community. Not only does it nudge members of the community towards acquisition of necessary skills for this age; it opens up new frontiers of socioeconomic benefits for Igbaja and communities around it,” the Governor said.

“I am also fascinated by the spirit behind this project. It is timely and necessary. The need for better military-civil relations cannot be over-emphasized. Recent developments in our country again suggest a need to deepen citizens’ appreciation of the sacrifices that our security forces make to keep us safe, stabilise the fabric of our society, and ward off every threat against the Nigerian state.

“Over the last two decades, the military has played very important roles to support civilian authorities at all times, including at a time when our country came under intense pressure from hostile non-state actors.”

AbdulRazaq commended the Federal Government and the Chief of Army Staff for establishing the CBT centre that he said will aid skill acquisition and boost socioeconomic growth of the area.

“We therefore cannot thank the federal government and our military enough. We must appreciate and honour members of our security forces, including military personnel deployed in internal operations and during emergencies, and cease all attacks on them,” he added.

The commissioning attracted various dignitaries, including the CoAS Lieutenant General T. A. Lagbaja, who was represented by Maj Gen Obinna Onubogu; the Elese of Igbajaland Oba Ahmed Awuni Arepo III; and Igbaja CBT Project Executor Major General Adelokun Eyitayo; among others.

Lagbaja, for his part, said the execution of the project further affirms the transformational drive of the Nigerian Army towards achieving its constitutional responsibility through a non-kinetic line of operations.

The Army Chief thanked Governor AbdulRazaq and the people of the state for their continued support for the operations of the Nigerian Army.

“The Nigerian Army has received tremendous support from your government. It is also gladdening to note that we have enjoyed cordial working relationships with you over the years, and your support has contributed immensely to our operational success within the state and the entire North Central region,” he said.

Maj Gen. Eyitayo thanked CoAS for the approval of the project and his unwavering support for its delivery.

He also appreciated the Governor for directing the purchase and supply of his three books for the use of students of public secondary schools in the state.

The Governor, meanwhile, attended the 2024 Igbaja Day celebration, where he urged the people of Igbaja to continue to recognise the rich cultural heritage and diversity that makes the community to be unique.

He congratulated the Elese of Igbaja, the Jagunmolu of Igbaja and founder of Al-hikmah University Chief Oladimeji Igbaja, and all sons and daughters of Igbaja community on the celebration, requesting them to continue to unite for accelerated growth.

“Let us embrace and celebrate our diversity, and continue to build bridges of understanding and empathy,” the Governor said.

“As you are aware, our administration has embarked on various projects that touched the lives of everyone across the state, including Igbajaland. We will continue to do more to improve the lives of our people.”

Chief Oladimeji, who was excited by the Governor’s culture of arriving early for events, praised AbdulRazaq for time management, and how the administration has executed many laudable programmes and projects in the town and elsewhere.

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Africa needs to be competitive, says Chike-Obi, Fidelity Bank’s Chairman

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Africa needs to be competitive and efficient in its area of strength, according to Mustafa Chike-Obi, the Chairman of Fidelity Bank, who spoke with CNBC Africa’s Kenneth Igbomor on the sidelines of the AFREXIMBANK Annual meetings in Nassau, the Bahamas.

Chike-Obi emphasized the importance of focused and sharp leadership in harnessing the continent’s strengths to achieve prosperity. He highlighted the need for Africa to identify areas of competitive advantage in producing goods and services efficiently to unlock its full potential.

He pointed out that success stories in areas like sports demonstrate Africa’s potential when leveraging advantages. However, he stressed the crucial role of collaboration and seamless interaction among African nations and regions for sustainable development.

The chairman urged for enhanced integration to facilitate the movement of goods and services across the continent, emphasizing the necessity to work collectively towards common goals.

Chike-Obi also addressed the importance of prioritizing Africa’s strengths, such as power supply, through cohesive policies and agreements to drive economic growth. He emphasized the need for coordinated banking policies to promote financial integration within Africa and with external partners, emphasizing the significance of streamlined banking services and transactions.

The Chairman highlighted the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as a significant opportunity for economic advancement but called for more practical implementation to ensure its effectiveness. He underscored the importance of execution in translating policies into tangible outcomes for the African people.

Reflecting on the annual meetings and the discussions on trade and investment, Chike-Obi reiterated the critical importance of collaboration for Africa’s progress, emphasizing that unity and concerted efforts are essential for realizing the continent’s potential.

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