… Prince Usman asssures of continuous ICT Training, total Facelift of the ICT Centre and more Technological initiatives

After a 2-Month Intensive ICT Training for the Elderly, People with Disabilities, Students and Members of Staff of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, the Prince Usman Akanbi Hamzat (UAH) led administration held a Graduation Ceremony, while issuing certificates to successful trainees on Saturday, January 29th at the Local Government Event Hall in Idiagbon. The graduands were trained by seasoned tutors on the basics of Information Communication Technology (ICT); Website Design, Social Media Techniques, IT for Business Development, Basic Computer Skills etc.

A total of 100 trainees were enrolled for the ICT Programme tagged Basic Digital Literacy Programme” which was implemented in conjunction with Tech4Dev and The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

In his opening remarks at the Graduation Ceremony, the Executive Chairman of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Prince Usman Akanbi Hamzat (UAH) who was represented by his SA on Partnerships and Innovation, Mr. Oluwafemi Ojo noted that the initiative was in line with the #UAH_HEEDS_Agenda of his administration towards making information technology available to all. He implored the successful trainees to utilize the skills aquired positively towards self development and societal growth, while commending Tech4Dev and Microsoft Teams alongside FCDO for a worthy Partnership.
The Executive Chairman also stated that thousands of residents had been targeted to benefit in series of Technological initiatives and Digital Skills Programmes through the next few years of his administration.

Tech4Dev’s Program Lead, Mrs. Blessing Ashi, in her speech applauded the technological initiatives of Prince Usman Akanbi Hamzat (Executive Chairman of Ifako-Ijaiye LGA), especially his unequalled commitment towards empowerment of the residents. She charged the ICT Programme beneficiaries to make effective use of the skills earned, as they had been given access to the global marketplace for unlimited possibilities.

Shortly before the Certificate Presentation, some of the graduands shared their experiences, which largely include ability to use basic computer softwares, design website, social media PR’s etc. They ceaselessly thanked Prince Usman Akanbi Hamzat for offering them such privileged opportunity, while promising to be good ambassadors of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government.

Peak of the testimonies came from Stephen Jacobs (one of the persons with Disabilities) who attested that he had started designing websites, from the skills aquired at the ICT Programme. He commended the administration of Prince Usman Akanbi Hamzat for the laudable initiative.
Another graduand, Evangelist Felicia Ugbenofia said the website design and Social Media Techniques learnt from the Programme had improved her evangelical activities, as she had been engaged by top Management of her ministry for ICT development.

Other guests at the event were the Human Resource Officer (HRO), Princess Maryam Bisi; the HOD of Education Department, Alhaja Modupe Ogungbo-Alimi; Ifako-Ijaiye Training Officer, Mr. Wasiu Adeshina; Tech4Dev’s Program Lead; Mrs. Blessing Ashi; Mr. Yemi Orimolade (Philanthropic Lead of Microsoft Nigeria); the APC Ifako-Ijaiye Women Leader, Alhaja Fetuga alongside Parents, relatives and well-wishers of the graduands.

©️ UAH Media Team

Jubilation As Anomo Restores Council Electricity After 6 Years Of Blackout ~Ajasa-Info

Akogun Wale Raji Anomo earlier today fulfilled the promise made to members of staff of Ikosi-Ejinrin Local Council Development Area, when he met with them for the first time in August 2021, where he promised to restore the Council’s Electricity by energizing the Transformer. However, members of staff of the LCDA got into a jubilant mood as the Executive Chairman of the LCDA commissioned a Power transformer for the use of the Secretariat.

Speaking at the commissioning exercise, the Chairman reiterated his commitment to position Ikosi-Ejinrin LCDA for better productivity and efficiency. He also urged the Council staff to take advantage of the restored electricity to upscale their discharge of duties. The Council Boss thereafter handed over the transformer to the Council Manager and Council Engineer for effective management and optimization.

The Council Sectetariat had been running on generator for the last six years due to the power outage and this has impeded the efficiency and productivity of members of staff which is obviously now a thing of the past as the Council now runs on electricity. The event had in attendance the Vice Chairman, Alhaji Wasiu Dehinsilu; Chief of Staff, Hon. William Drew; Council Manager Barr. Oladipo Shobule; Council Treasurer, Mr. Ezekiel Olusanya; HRO, Mrs. Monsurat Giwa and other Management Staff as well as Council Legislators lead by the Leader of the House Hon. Hassan Mustapha.

©️Media and Publicity Team Office of the Executive Chairman, Ikosi-Ejinrin LCDA


… Affirmed their readiness to give him their total support in actualizing his Re-Election come 2023

A group of young Lagosian under the aegis of Lagos Youth For Sanwo-Olu on Thursday 27th January, 2021 has nod Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to seek re-election and also affirmed their readiness to give him their total support in actualizing his re-election to enable the state to continue to witness and achieve desired peace with robust economic development.

The forum which comprises of young Lagosians across the 20 local government area and 37 local council development area stormed BOSCO office at 60, Oduduwa Crescent, GRA Ikeja during the unveiling and inauguration of her executive and sub-committee members.

The State Coordinator of and the convener of the movement, Comr. Ruth Liljirin, from Bariga LCDA said the Youth was out to ensure the continuity of good governance witnessed in Lagos in the past few years of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu in office and as well to appeal to him to seek re-election come 2023.

Comr. Ruth Liljirin noted that the governor had proved his mettle as a capable leader in his first tenure in office by putting the youths first in all his dealings.

Miss Ruth opined that it is the Almighty God that brought His Excellency Governor Sanwo-Olu on board to help actualized the development of the State of Excellence and thanking the national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in person of our Daddy, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for giving the youth of Lagos State a leader in Sanwo-Olu, we are optimistic that the leadership style of the governor is uncommon in this 21st century.

“We are blessed with a leader who is detribalised, full of action and pragmatic. We have never seen a leader that cares so much about the welfare of the masses.”

“Our Governor has done so much in terms of infrastructural development, educational sector, youths and women developments, total overhauling of traffic flow in Lagos State and so on, as such we the youths across the three senatorial districts of the state call on our own Aduragbemi Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to seek another term in office in other for him continue his good work towards taking Lagos State to greater heights.”

The youths also lauded the effort of the Governor in rail constructions and others social amenities across the state. “We are saying Mr. Governor Carry Go!”

The Convener said the youths have lined up programs that will preach the good work and the re-election of His Excellency back to Alahusa which we shall be unveiling to Lagosians as times goes on.

“We are very sure that the re-election of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu will bring more fortunes to Lagosians.”

“We are not only calling His Excellency to seek re-election but we are affirming our total support for his second term ambition because “one good term deserved another”.

Early this year, the leadership of NYCN Lagos received a collaboration Invite from Owu College of Management Technology, Wasimi, Abeokuta ~Ajasa-Info

Owu College of Management Technology situated in Wasimi Abeokuta seek to partner & leverage on NYCN Lagos grassroots capacity in reaching out to Youths with less privilege background and those that couldn’t made higher scores required to gain admission into higher Institute.

OwuTech made an MoU to give Tution Free Scholarship (worth #150,000 per Session) to applicants NYCN Lagos recommend.

Applicants seeking admission into OND program will only have to pay the following fees for a session:
1. Screening Fee – #3,000
2. Acceptance Fee – #15,000
2. Library Fee, Developmental Fee and Damages Fee – #30,000

*Total 1st Year = #48,000 (1st Session) & Total 2nd Year = #30,000 (2nd Session)*

While, those seeking admission into HND will be paying:-
1. Screening Fee – #3,000
2. Acceptance Fee – #35,000
2. Library Fee, Developmental Fee and Damages Fee – #35,000

*Total 1st Year = #73,000 (1st Session) & Total 2nd Year = #35,000 (2nd Session)*

Presently, the Institute run both OND and HND with the courses listed below:-
1. Mass Communication
2. Business Administration
3. Accountancy
4. Science and Laboratory Technology
5. Computer Engineering
6. Computer Science
7.Electronic & Electricians
8. Statistics and Mathematics

OND & HND Programs normally run for 2 Academic Sessions with 4 Semesters.

The Secretary Comrade Agbaje said, that from his (SEC) research, he found out that Owutech is a private tertiary IEI approved by Federal Ministry of Education, JAMB and accredited by National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) since 2013. NBTE is a body that Approved and Accredited Private Polytechnics in the Country.

To support that, Comrade Ajayi Abiodun Mandate, NYCN Lagos PRO confirmed to know two people studying presently at the Institute.

Meanwhile, during our physical conversation with the Institute representative, he mentioned NYCN Ogun Chapter to have benefitted from their Tution Free Scholarship Admission through their Recommendations for Young Applicants over three years ago.

In view of this, the State Leadership will be recommending 5 Interested Youths from each Local Branches/VYO’s for the Tution Free Scholarship to secure Admission at the Institute.

The Scholarship form is available for collection from the three NYCN Lagos Senatorial Districts Vice Chairmen/Organizing Secretaries.

The Screening Exercise will be held on 16th February, 2022.

For more enquiries,
Please contact:
State Secretary – 08024489464 or
Public Relation Officer – 08026410443

Lagos Commissioner Bags Travel and Tourism Personalities of 2021 ~Ajasa-Info

Travellers’ Awards has unveiled the Personality Awards for the year 2021.

The Awards were selected by the elite members of the Tourism Community and approved by the Publishers of Atqnews.com and Travellers Magazine.

Pharm (Mrs) Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, the Lagos State Commissioner of Tourism has been chosen by members of the Tourism 100 Club and the Publishers of Travellers Magazine as the Best Tourism Commissioner in Nigeria in 2021.

Almost all the nominations by the members went for the Lagos Commissioner who engaged stakeholders and initiated training for Tour Operators and Creatives based in Lagos.

Lagos State has become the benchmark for most states in tourism development.

Lagos State launched its Tourism Masterplan in 2021. That is an unprecedented feat by any state in Nigeria. She initiated the Community Based Tourism, CBT projects in the 5 divisions of Lagos.

Lagos launched a Trust Fund that provides loans and grants to tourism practitioners based in Lagos.

Cheche foundation Sensitizes Kosofe Constitutents against Social Vices ~Ajasa-Info

Cheche foundation sensitize the public through a walk in Kosofe federal constituency yesterday 29th of January, from Mile 12 to Ojota, on the need to stop the social vices in our immediate Community.

Cheche foundation is a foundation formed to support the less privileged, empower the youth and to also work against social vices e.g killing ,raping, kidnapping, child abuse, drug abuse to mention but a few.

The founder of Cheche foundation, who is also aspiring for the position of House of Representives Kosofe federal Constituency Engr Abiodun owokoya A.K.A Abbey cheche In his remarks.

“In obedience to the presidential speech in 2019 concerning youth participation/ involvement in the upcoming 2023 presidential election ,the foundation has took it upon itself to see to the realization of it.”

According to the founder of cheche foundation, the youth are the future of every country and so they must be at the forefront of our plans to make our country a better one, He therefore advice the youth to be of a good behavior, desisting from all social vices that can bring bad image to our country and work towards being a source of good innovation that can make our country worth of envy and emulation.

Engr. Abiodun owokoya the founder of cheche foundation made it clear that creating diverse legal jobs for the youth is an important instrument in fighting against Domestic violence.


Barrister Omobolaji Arokoto Mourns the painful death of Barrister Chief Mrs Angela Folarin wife of Senator Teslim Folarin, in a statement made by him early hours of today.

“I am shocked and saddened to learn about the untimely and unfortunate passing of a great woman, the wife of Senator Teslim Folarin, Mrs. Angela Nwaka Folarin.”

“The loss of a spouse is a profound loss and we cannot imagine your grief. But I know that your incredible strength will get you through this tragic time. Please extend our sympathy to your wonderful family. You are all in our hearts and minds.”

“May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”

Barrister Omobolaji Arokoto


By Eric Elezuo

Only a few days ago, he was adjudged Nigeria’s second richest man, a feat he achieved by putting the interest of Nigerians, especially his Northeast region into selfless consideration. He is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, BUA Group, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu.

Describing his efficiency, notable Nigerians, who attended the opening of the 3 million metric tonnes per annum BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4 Factory or 3MPTA BUA cement, line 4 cement plant, in Sokoto, took turns to remark the importance of the industrialist, who on many occasions, has made the Forbes list of billionaires in the world, following his inclination to creating millionaires through the provision of veritable employment opportunities, with special focus on those of his northwest origin. Today, he is the fifth richest man in Africa, and the second richest man in Nigeria.

The BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4 was built to the following specifications: three million metric tonnes per annum capacity; 6,000 TPD ILC with the highest energy efficiency and latest pollution abating equipment; 48 MW dual fuel power Plant and so on. The Line 5 is already in the works and should be ready in the first quarter of 2023.

With an array of political, financial and entrepreneurial presence at the occasion, the person of Alhaji Samad and the importance of his BUA Group were brought to the fore and celebrated. Leading the fray of eulogies, Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, could not hide his joy at the impact of the entrepreneurial giant, noting that he has remained the largest employer of labour in the northwest region of Nigeria.

He said: “I am pleased that through these investments, BUA Cement has created employment opportunities for our citizens. Today, BUA is the largest employer of labour in the North-West region.

“I always remind Nigerians that every region, indeed every state, in Nigeria sits on huge reserves of resources. For example, in this area, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara can boast of rice production, gold and other precious metals development and of course, heavy industries like cement manufacturing.

”As a government, we introduced policies and mechanisms to support such investments in a legal, ethical and inclusive manner.

”For example, we have the National Food Security Council on Food Security Matters and the Presidential Artisanal Gold Mining Development Initiative to develop local artisanal gold mining and ensure health and safety of mining workers and protect the environment.

”We remain prepared to support serious investors to set up businesses that will take advantage of these opportunities through value addition so as to take advantage of the huge market here, as well as in the greater African region and the world at large.”

Recalling how he, as Head of State in 1985, was at the same location to commission the 2nd line of the facility, the president expressed quite a feeling of nostalgia.

”Today, almost 37 years later, to commission the fourth line is a very special day for me personally.

”As you all know, one of the key economic pillars of our administration has been to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. This is necessary for job creation and indeed, for our economy and national security.

”In the past few weeks, I visited Ogun and Kaduna states where I observed many private sector investments in action. And today, I am here in Sokoto to commission this multi-billion Naira project.

”It is therefore very clear for all to see that our policies are working. Progress is gradually being made in all parts of the country,” he said.

In his speech as well, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, lauded the seasoned entrepreneur, and appealed to manufacturers of building materials in the country to bring down cost of building materials to affordable price for ordinary citizens.

Speaking about the high cost of building materials in the country, he said, “let me use this opportunity to appeal to our manufacturers to please take urgent actions in bringing down price of building materials in Nigeria.

“Indeed, there have been call by construction companies urging the cement and steel manufacturers to do something about the skyrocket price of these two essential items in the manufacturing sector.

“These sector is one of the major sectors of our economy that contribute to the creation of employment and produce for both domestic and export use. Please pay more attention at satisfying our domestic needs, so that prices can come down,” Emefiele said.

He assured that the Central Bank of Nigeria on its part will continue to provide needed support in the provision of need cash, plants and equipment, needed to improve the capacity of the cement production in the country

He said the Central Bank of Nigeria is ready to assist existing investors, both the current and prospective manufacturers that the bank is ready to continue to collaborate with them in enabling the development of viable manufacturing sector in the country.

In his response, Abdul Samad Rabiu commended the President for creating the enabling environment for businesses to thrive, and acknowledged the support of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and its Governor in setting up the gigantic project.

He noted that, ”so far, we have invested over a billion dollars in the past four years and we urge the CBN to continue to support industries like ours that use locally sourced raw materials to add value.”

He pledged that BUA would continue to invest more in the cement industry until Nigeria is self-sufficient and the commodity is made available, accessible, and affordable for all Nigerians.

”In the past 6 years, we have completed 4 plants – two in Obu, Edo State and two in Sokoto (of which this Sokoto line 4 is the fourth) with BUA’s total production capacity now standing at 11.5 million tonnes with the completion of this plant.

”Next year, we intend to complete the construction of two new plants of 3 million metric tonnes each for which construction is ongoing – one in Edo and the other, here in Sokoto.”

The Chairman of BUA said he looked forward to President Buhari commissioning these plants next year which will bring total production capacity to 17.5 million metric tonnes.


Your Excellency, The President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR Your Excellency, the Governor of Sokoto State & distinguished guests.

Your Excellency Sir, may I seek your permission to please stand on the already established protocols? Thank you.

I would like to start by expressing my most profound appreciation to Your Excellency, Mr President, for gracing today’s commissioning despite your busy schedule. Your presence here today, sir, is another affirmation of your unwavering commitment to Nigerian businesses and your vision to industrializing Nigeria.
I also welcome You and everyone else to the commissioning of the BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4 at this historic location – a location steeped in history, and one where Mr. President commissioned the second line in 1985 when he was Head of State.
President, a little over four and half years ago, shortly after the commissioning of BUA’s first greenfield cement complex – the 3million metric tonnes per annum BUA Cement Obu Line 1 by His Excellency, the Vice President, we continued our audacious yet structured expansion programme to meet the ever-growing demand for cement in Nigeria with regional exports also in focus.
We had a vision to support your government’s infrastructure agenda by ensuring we use locally available raw materials to produce cement here in Nigeria.
In the past 6 years, we have completed 4 plants – two in Obu, Edo State and two in Sokoto (of which this sokoto line 4 is the fourth) with BUA’s total production capacity now standing at 11million tonnes with the completion of this plant.
Next year, we intend to complete the construction of two new plants of 3 million metric tonnes each for which construction is ongoing – one in Edo and the other here in Sokoto. We expect these plants to be completed next year which will bring our total production capacity to 17million metric tonnes. We look forward to Your Excellency coming to commission them by the first quarter of 2023 ISA.
President, distinguished guests, BUA will continue to invest more in the cement industry until Nigeria is self-sufficient and cement is made available, accessible, and affordable for all Nigerians.
President, there are many reasons one can attribute to the important nature of this plant. The attendant effect of these investments in new factories go beyond the community and the state. It extends to the region and the entire country.
From a job creation and economic standpoint, the Sokoto plant continues to be the largest private sector employer of labour in the North-Western part of Nigeria. Also, by adding value to resources mined in Nigeria, Nigeria is being saved billions of US dollars in foreign exchange that would have been spent on importation, whilst also ensuring product availability. In fact, 95% of all the raw materials used in our cement manufacturing process are sourced locally.
In addition to this, and our investment in social impact and CSR programmes for the community and sokoto state at all levels, we are also committed to environmental sustainability. We have diversified our energy sources by introducing greener alternatives – in this case, LNG – to power the kiln and 48 megawatts power plant. Our power plants are now running on 100% LNG leading to reduced carbon emissions. This is the first of its kind at any cement factory in Nigeria.
What this means also, is that as soon as the AKK gas project comes on stream, we are ready to be one of the first off-takers to satisfy our energy needs. This will also encourage further industrialization within the region, open new industries and ensure greater development and prosperity for this region and the nation in general.
Mr President Sir, all of this will not have been possible without your support and commitment to the development of the Nigerian economy.
As a Proudly Nigerian Company, we will do our best to continue to support those efforts.
The support of the Central Bank of Nigeria and its Governor in setting up this gigantic project is also worthy of mention. So far, we have invested over a billion dollars in the past four years and we urge the CBN to continue to support industries like ours that use locally sourced raw materials to add value because as mentioned earlier, these industries potentially save the country billions of dollars yearly and also ensure products are readily available across the length and breadth of the country.
I must also thank specifically, His Excellency, the Governor of Sokoto State – Rt Honourable Aminu Tambuwal who has never wavered in his support in ensuring an enabling environment for BUA Cement to thrive. Thank you, Your Excellency.
In the same vein, our partnership with our host community, Kalambaina Community, has been mutually beneficial. The people of Kalambaina have been so cooperative, peaceful, and supporting of the business and our activities. This has ensured a mostly hitch-free operation in this area for more than five decades and has given us the confidence to invest more whilst adding to the socio-economic development of the area through various investments in infrastructure, education, healthcare, jobs, and other social impact areas.

Distinguished guests, I would like to restate that BUA Cement remains fully committed in making cement more available, affordable, and accessible using raw materials available locally. This is important for housing and infrastructure development as well as national development and we will keep doing our own part to actualize this goal.

Finally, I want to thank Mr President for his commitment to the growth and development of manufacturing, mining, and other key industries in this country.

Businesses can only thrive if the enabling environment is right and is supported by the right policies.

We are aware of your government’s efforts, but we know that government alone cannot do it without the positive collaboration and support of the private sector. This is where we come in and we will continue to support national and economic development as we have always done.

Once again, I welcome all our distinguished guests to the commissioning of the 3 million metric tonnes BUA Cement Sokoto Line 4.

Thank you for listening.

Among a-list personalities that graced the event together with the host governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, were His Imperial Majesty The Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II; The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar; The Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero; The Emir of Bichi, His Royal Highness Alhaji Nasiru Ado Bayero, The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Mr Olumide Akpata, President of the Nigeria Bar Association; Mr Sijibomi Ogundele of Sujimoto; Mr Segun Awolowo, former helmsman at the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Dr Taiwo Afolabi of the SIFAX Group; Mr Jubril Adewale Tinubu, the Group CEO of OANDO PLC; Chief Sam Iwuajoku, the founder and Chairman of Quits Aviation; Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment; Mr Tayo Ayeni, Chairman of Skymit Motors, Senator Mohammed Daggash; Dr Aliyu Modibbo Umar, former Minister of Commerce and of the FCT; Balogun Akin Osuntokun.

Other dignitaries at the events includes all the Governors of Kebbi, Kano and Kwara States as well as the deputy governor of Jigawa States and his counterpart in Sokoto State.


As one of Africa’s biggest philanthropist, Rabiu has graciously used his BUA Foundation and the phenomenal Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative to not only affect lives, but ensured that the people of world, especially his native Nigeria, live in defined comfort.

Born August 4, 1960, in Kano, to one of Nigeria’s foremost industrialists in the 1970s and 1980s, Khalifah Isyaku Rabiu, Abdul Samad Isyaku Rabiu CON is a perfect combination of many things in one.

It was in his native Kano that he kick started his academic pursuit, carousing through elementary education with ease as a gifted child, and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. He was later admitted into the Federal Government College, Kano, where he had his secondary education, and gradually with honours.

With a combination of fate, brilliance and determination, Abdulsamad was catapulted to Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he studiously studied Economics, and acquired his tertiary education before returning to Nigeria, all before his 24th birthday, to oversee his family business. He was that much sort after, and highly brilliant, and considered capable of holding fort for his father, who was being detained by the administration of General Muhammadu Buhari over matters concerning import duties.

In 1988, just after learning the ropes of entrepreneurial excellence, Abdul Samad Rabiu established BUA International Limited, for the sole purpose of commodity trading. The company followed after the footsteps of his father, and imported rice, edible oil, flour, and iron and steel.

In 1990, having exhibited the character worthy of a world class entrepreneur, and the ability to execute classical projects, Rabiu’s BUA was invited by the government, which owned Delta Steel Company to supply its raw materials in exchange for finished products. This provided a much-needed leverage for the young company, and consequently expanded further into steel, producing billets, importing iron ore, and constructing multiple rolling mills in Nigeria.

Rabiu’s dexterity showed further a few years later, when the company acquired Nigerian Oil Mills Limited, the largest edible oil processing company in Nigeria, and there erupted the company’s and BUA’s influence and care over the people in the provision of affordable edible oil. His passion to see people excel in comfort has continued to make him churn out one great tiding after another, and endearing him in the hearts of the generality of the public.

A man with a vision for tomorrow, Rabiu, in 2005, started two flour-milling plants, in Lagos and in Kano, and by 2008, had broken an eight-year monopoly in the Nigerian sugar industry by commissioning the second-largest sugar refinery in sub-Saharan Africa. This was a feat only a bravest of hearts could wroth. As a result, in 2009 the company went on to acquire a controlling stake in a publicly-listed Cement Company in Northern Nigeria and began to construct a $900 million cement plant in Edo State, completing it in early 2015. Rabiu’s passion for expansion is unequalled.

BUA Group has since concentrated and excelled in manufacturing, infrastructure and agriculture and producing a revenue in excess of $2.5 billion. This is in addition to being the chairman of the Bank of Industry (BOI).

The Group, in 2019, announced plans to merge its privately owned Obu Cement with the publicly traded Cement Company of Northern Nigeria Plc (CCNN), to create Nigeria’s second largest cement producer thereby consolidating the grip on the cement market and breaking its monopolistic status.

It is worthy of note that Cement Company of Northern Nigeria PLC in which Rabiu owned more than 97% was producing two million metric tons of cement per annum (Mtpa) while Obu Cement has an annual production capacity of 6Mtpa. The move is in line with the company’s resolve to deepen the Nigerian capital markets and enhance the growth of the cement industry.

Rabiu’s expansion strides cannot be complete without a mention of his extraordinary philanthropic gestures.

In April 2020, he made a whopping donation towards the fight to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic presently ravaging the country.

In a letter dated April 24, 2020, he personally signed and addressed to The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, the billionaire businessman, congratulated the duo of the Task Force and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for doing a good job while observing that much as so much has been done, there was still need to do a lot more, as the disease continued to make inroads into many parts of the country, especially Lagos and Kano states.

“I view with deep concern, the increased rate of spread of the Coronavirus, especially in Kano and Lagos states despite concerted collective efforts to curb the spread and effects of the virus in Nigeria,” he said.

With sincere reference to ‘what is going on, especially in Kano at the moment’ the philanthropist, who had earlier donated N1 billion to the private sector led CACOVID and other states, announced the release of another N3.3 billion ‘grant to the working group made up of the Presidential Task Force, NCDC and other stakeholders in equipping two existing permanent facilities in Kano and Lagos states’.

He said: “To this end, I am immediately committing and making available – through the Bua Foundation two grants of Two Billion Naira for the Kano-based intervention and One Billion Naira for Lagos State being the two epicentres of this virus in Nigeria.”

Rabiu also informed that “a sum of N300 million will also be made available immediately in cash to the Presidential Task Force to assist with logistical and operational activities of the taskforce. This grant is in addition to BUA’s earlier contributions to the private sector led CA-COVID coalition and donations to other states.”

Giving directive on how the funds will be spent, the BUA Foundation Chairman hinted that the “working Group will be expected to use resources at its disposal to ensure these facilities – to be determined by the Working Group – are fully equipped in the shortest possible time.”

He further revealed his trust in the working group to judiciously use the grant for the purposes meant, saying “I believe this will effectively help to expand the scope of interventions, ongoing research as well support already stretched medical cities dedicated to this fight.”

Rabiu’s BUA had in March through a confirmed funds transfer to the COVID-19 relief fund account with the Central Bank of Nigeria redeemed its pledge of N1billion ($2.6m) to the fight against COVID-19. In addition, the company also announced another donation of N300 million to Sokoto, Edo and Ogun States to assist in galvanizing a coordinated response and adequate preparedness in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in this states. The donations to Sokoto and Edo States were on behalf of its Cement subsidiary, BUA Cement which has its major operations in those states whilst Ogun was also selected as a beneficiary due to its proximity to Lagos which had been the epicenter of the virus in Nigeria.

In total, Rabiu and his group donated N4.6 billion to the fight against the dreaded pandemic in a addition to other incentives, making them the single highest donor as at date.

In 2021, Rabiu’s focus bestowed on him the grace of becoming the biggest gainer in shares. According to Forbes, which listed the billionaire among the four top billionaires in Africa for the year, “shares of his BUA Cement PLC, which listed on the Nigeria Stock Exchange in January 2020, doubled in value in the past year. That pushed Rabiu’s fortune up by an extraordinary 77%, to $5.5 billion. One thing to note: Rabiu and his son together own about 97% of the company, giving the company a tiny public float. The Nigerian Stock Exchange requires that either 20% or more of a company’s shares to be floated to the public, or that the floated shares are worth at least 20 billion naira — about $50 million — a paltry sum, to be sure. A spokesman for the Nigerian Stock Exchange told Forbes that BUA Cement meets the second requirement. (Forbes discounts the value of stakes when the public float of a company is less than 5%.)”

Rabiu has constantly used his BUA Foundation for his philanthropic activities. Some of them include the construction of a 7,000-square-meter paediatric ward at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital and the construction of the Centre for Islamic Studies at Bayero University Kano amongst several others.

He is known to have signed several major deals with French companies in recent times, from Axens as technical partner to his new refinery, to a 300tn plasterboard factory deal with French construction giant St Gobain. He followed it up with listing a segment of his business empire on the Lagos Stock Exchange.

In June 2021 therefore, when French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the France-Nigeria Business Council, a private sector initiative to enhance business relations between the two countries, Abdul Samad Rabiu, was appointed its inaugural President. He had earlier been appointed Chairman of the France Nigeria Investment Club. These appointments drew encomiums from high places including President Muhammadu Buhari.

Practically every woman’s dream, Abdul Samad is married to his beautiful wife, and they are blessed with children, among whom are Isyaku Rabiu, Junaid Rabiu, Rukkayah Rania Rabiu and Khadijah Rabiu. He has 42 siblings including Nafiu Rabiu and Rabiu Rabiu, the chairman of IRS Airlines.

Samad’s fortunes improved as follows giving him the leverage to start the year 2022 on a high note:

BUA Foods’ shares jumped more than 10% from N40 ($0.0968) to N44 ($0.1065) as of press time, Jan. 6.
The company’s market capitalisation increased to N792 billion ($1.92 billion), as Rabiu’s fortune also increased from $5.3 billion to $7.2 billion.
He added a whopping $1.9 billion to his networth, bringing his total fortune to $7.2 billion.

Rabiu’s abilities are compared only with the best. He is a force to reckon with in the field of enterprise and human capacity building. He is quite a gift to Nigeria, and the world.

A hearty congratulations to you sir as you continue to take the entrepreneurial world by storm, and continue to be shinning light for the people of Nigeria, especially the northwest.

from thebossnewspaper.com


The first youth volunteer group in Lagos State which positions itself for the actualization and re-election bid of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu,
on Thursday 27th January, 2022, unveiled its Executives and Sub-Committees at Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu Campaign Organization (BOSCO Office), an Independent Campaign House (ICG) located at GRA, in Ikeja.

The group Executives and Sub-Committees team, who are drawn from the three Senatorial districts in Lagos State, was carefully selected and appointed into different designation of operations.

In the keynote address delivered by the Convener of the group, Com. Ruth Ayomide Lijinri, it was stated that “the group is driven by our sheer-will to add values and make sustainable impacts to the progress of our dear State (The Centre of Excellence).”

“The youths of a nation are the trustees of posterity. Therefore, it’s of prime importance that we rise aright, to indulge in worthwhile activities that will toss our nation forward, for the benefits of all, irrespective of gender, religion, culture, tribes, ideology and differences in reasoning”, she added.

The convener proceeds in her speech that the group stands strongly in awakening the formidable spirits of Lagos Youths across the 3 Senatorial Districts (East, Central & West), in support of the Executive Governor of the state, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu, for more developmental and transformational significance in the State.

Needless to say, we’ve all spotted, noted and certified tremendous execution of projects in our environs, all which were put in place in multitude, at the behest of our youth-friendly Governor, intelligent and diligent man, full of productive ideas and whose kind gesture speaks volume.

Mr Governor, as the No.1 Citizen of Lagos, has not only impressed through his inclusive governance and intellectual capabilities, but has also proven his competence, credibility, exemplary attributes and appealing character of an hardworking Leader with distinctive edge.

Inaugurated to propagate the activities of the group are the following:

① Co-ordinator: Ruth Lijirin (East) Bariga LCDA

② Deputy Coordinator: Sunday Onanuga (West) Mosan Okunola LCDA

③ Gen. Secretary: Babatunde Turner (Central) Lagos Island LG

④ Ast Gen Sec: Oyejobi Olakunle (West) Egbe-idimu LCDA

⑤ PRO: Femi Ojo (West) Agbado Okeodo LCDA

⑥ Ast PRO: Tunmise Sanyaolu (Central) Surulere LG

⑦ Welfare: Comfort Olafare (East) Igbogbo-bayeku LCDA

⑧ Financial
Secretary : Mustapha O. Yakub (West) Odiolowo LCDA

⑨ Treasurer: Olu Osimosu (East) EPE LG

⑩ Organizing: Princess Olayinka (Central) Lagos-island LG

①① Ast Org: Omosana T. Olakunle (West) Oriade LCDA

Ex-officio 1: Ayodele Ayeyèmí (Central) Yaba LG

Ex-officio 2: Sonaike Omotola Idris (East) Ibeju-lekki LG

Sub Committee members of the group are:

❶ Mobilization Committee

Head: Onaolapo Afeez Ajao
*Togunde Oyetola
*Omobolanle Rodiat Nollah-Ajose
*Wasiu Badru (TECH support)
*Caleb Olonitola (TECH support)
*Basheer Martins(TECH support)
*Adeola Adediran

❷ Fundraising Committee

*Head: Ruth Lijirin
*Hon. Idayat Anifowose(Marshal)
*Abdulrahaman Ajasa
*Basheer Martins
*Yetunde Brown

❸ Conflict Resolution Committee

*Head: Hon. Idayat Anifowose(Marshal)
*Obayomi Abimbola
*Akinsanya Adewale
*Afeez Lawal
*Olori Ademiluwa

❹ Financial Report Committee

*Head: Omobolanle Rodiat Nollah-Ajose
*Olalere Samuel Moshood Owoseni
*Ruth Lijirin

❺ Security Committee

*Head: Olalere Samuel
*Amb. Olasunkanmi Akidayomi F.
*Daniel Olukoya
*Eguaoje Shola Ohimai
*Adefolarin Hakeem salau
*Ojolowo Hemmed Olayiwola
*Lawrence Adetayo Oriolowo

❻ Welfare Committee

*Head: Olori Ademiluwa
*Nike Smart
*Erelu Gbemisola Alabi
*Idris Amoo
*Adeola Abibat Olaitan

❼ Publicity Committee

*Head: Prince Oladega
*Tunmise Sanyaolu
*Ayodele Ayeyèmí

The inauguration was made legal and official by Barrister Emeka Onyegbule, who rendered the team oaths of offices.

Present at the event were Mr BAYO SANWOOLU, Hon. William Olakunle (Leader of the Legislative Arm, Lagos-island East LCDA, The state chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, ably represented by his Vice Chairman Com. Ademosu jamiu, Hon. Bolaji Teluwo (Deputy majority leader, Somolu LG legislative arm), among others.

The Asiwaju Distinguished Ambassadors Movement (ADAM) Gives out 300 pair of glasses tagged “Jigi Bola”

… Also 600 person’s were screened for High blood pressure, diabetes, Breast examination, malaria and more.

Jigi Bola is a free eye screening and surgical operation for Lagosians, it was introduced by former Governor of Lagos State Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in the year 2001.

The Asiwaju Distinguished Ambassadors Movement (ADAM) also imbibe the spirit by Organising free test, the opticians had about five hundred free eye tests and 300 pair of glasses were given out.

600 person’s were screened for High blood pressure, diabetes, Breast examination, malaria and more.

A free medical check was also carried out which doctors attended to individual.

According to the convener Aarebirin Hon Princess Folashade Olabanji-Oba, she said “we’re doing this because eyes is very paramount to the human body, also we also use the term used by our Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

“The covener of ADAM emphasis how helpful this initiative was, because some people were not able to afford the cost of test and and that of eye glasses at that period, that is why we’re awakening that spirit of doing the same thing our National Leader did when he was the Governor of Lagos State.”

“Aside the Jigi Bola they were screened for High blood pressure, diabetes, Breast examination, malaria and more.”