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PBUA RESPONDS TO DANGOTE

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BUA RESPONDS TO DANGOTE

 

 

 

It’s with a profound sense of responsibility and a heavy heart that we address the claims and very cheap attempts at blackmail levelled against BUA by Aliko Dangote in a recent 7-page editorial following months of sponsored campaigns of calumny against us using third-party platforms. To put things in perspective, it’s imperative to revisit history—a history not of rivalry but of resilience; not of enmity, but of endurance.

 

BUA RESPONDS TO DANGOTE

 

 

 

In August 1991, a young BUA was doing its commodities trading business just as Nigeria faced a scarcity of sugar. As sugar was scarce, BUA was lucky to be one of the few with any stock for sale, and we stood prepared to supply the nation’s needs as best as our stock could. It was during this period Aliko Dangote approached us to purchase sugar. If only we knew he was setting the first of many traps in our business history. He gave us a Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria Cheque, which bounced upon presentation to the bank. Unbeknown to us, this was a ruse that would lead to a court-sanctioned freeze of our assets orchestrated by Dangote.

 

 

 

 

For three agonising months, our accounts were garnisheed, warehouses shuttered, and our spirit tested. Yet, from the ashes of deceit, BUA survived. (see attached court order)

Fast forward a few years later, we decided that since we were making good progress in our various businesses, we should open a sugar refinery. We approached one Usman Dantata (now late), Aliko Dangote’s uncle, and leased his NPA waterfront land (4.5 hectares) at the Tincan Island port, ‘Polo House’. We took the land, signed an agreement with the consent of NPA, and paid all applicable dues. Dangote waited until our contractors and equipment had been mobilised to the site, then he went to former President Obasanjo. President Obasanjo had the land revoked entirely and gave the lease to Dangote. As a result, even his uncle lost the land. BUA was only given 24 hours to vacate the land.
It took us over a year to get another land. How?

Our survival as a business especially our Lagos sugar refinery is a legacy handed to us by a loving father who, seeing his son’s distress, did what only the noblest and kindest of hearts could do. With unwavering faith, our Chairman’s late father—may his soul rest in eternal peace—handed him the land on which our Lagos Sugar Refinery stands today. This land was the location of one of his thriving businesses with a warehouse, which he shut down and handed to us without asking for compensation. He just saw the pain of our chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu, called him one day and handed him the papers to the land. His gesture was a beacon of hope in one of our darkest hours. And so, BUA survived again another Dangote trap. Today, we are now the largest Sugar refining concern in West Africa.

Our businesses continued to surge forward amid several other attempts, too many to mention now. In 2007, under President Yar’Adua’s visionary mandate to broaden Nigeria’s cement industry and break the monopoly in the sector, BUA was among the six companies selected and granted licenses. Our approach was unconventional but effective: we introduced a floating terminal – ‘BUA CEMENT I’, which is a cement factory built into a large ship, as a stopgap while we were working on securing our land-based cement plant.

What followed, however, was another act intended to drive us out of business. Our application to dock the floating terminal in Lagos met with resistance. We then decided to berth the ship at the terminal we owned in Port Harcourt. Despite this, we faced considerable pushback and it took the decisive intervention of late President Yar Adua, who directed that the Minister of Transport and the Chairman of NPA honour our right to contribute to the nation’s growth.

But the hurdles didn’t end there. The drama intensified when Orwell Brown, a Deputy Comptroller General who was also an older brother to a Dangote Staff, launched a sudden strike, attempting to deport our vessel’s entire expatriate crew. It was a Friday that is forever seared into our memory—the shock of our expatriates rounded up, their confusion as they were shepherded onto a Dangote-funded one-way local flight from Port Harcourt to Lagos en-route Asia via Emirates.

Upon hearing of what had happened, we reached out to Tanimu Yakubu, the then Chief Economic Adviser, who acted with the urgency that the situation demanded. His call to the CG of Immigration was a lifeline, and our expatriate team was brought back from the Emirates aircraft and not deported. The aftermath was swift action by the President, who ensured that such a misuse of power would not go unchecked. DCG Brown, caught in a tangle of undue influence, admitted what he did to the Minister, and he was later dismissed.

Through all these tribulations, BUA’s resolve has only strengthened. These events narrate not just the trials of a company but the resolve of its people, bound together by a shared vision and an unwavering belief in justice and fairness.
We also know what transpired whilst we were building our Edo Cement Plant. Everyone knows the issues we faced. The plant we are operating in Edo would not have been operating and contributing immensely to the economy, if not for the former President Buhari who had to intervene by calling Governor Obaseki that no staff must lose their jobs and the plant must not be shut down, no matter what happens. We cannot say more as the matter is currently sub-judice – and is at the Supreme Court. During that time, Edwin Devakumar and Sunday Esan (two long-time and current staff of Dangote) were caught in leaked emails, whose content were not limited to sending thugs to foment trouble, close our factory as well as pushing bad press against us (See emails attached).

Same thing happened again with our Port Harcourt sugar refinery – the only sugar refinery in Nigeria that is outside Lagos. Dangote utilized every means possible to ensure the refinery did not take off and we raised the alarm. At some point, the terminal was taken away from us and was to have been given to someone else at the behest of Dangote. There had to be a presidential intervention again for NPA to do the right thing. Yet, we survived.

For over 32 years, we have been cast as the antagonists in a narrative woven with malice. We have not just survived; we have thrived, expanding our operations and contributing to Nigeria’s economy without resorting to subterfuge.

To Mr. Dangote and the Dangote Group, we say: Let us build, not belittle. Let us cultivate, not conquer. While we may share the marketplace, we need not share malice. We have nothing to do with your self-inflicted issues. Blame no one but yourself.
In closing, we at BUA remain committed to our ethos of innovation, integrity, and inclusiveness. Our history is not one of being handed anything on a silver platter. We will continue to serve our beloved country and its people with the diligence and honour they deserve. Our past, present, and future activities are rooted in the prosperity of Nigeria, undeterred by the winds of unfounded criticism. We remain focused on building and developing Nigeria.

Signed:
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Dammat Collections Rolls Out 3 Days Birthday Sales

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Dammat Collections Rolls Out 3 Days Birthday Sales

Delectable CEO of Dammat collections, Ms Joshua Damilola Elizabeth is set to make her customers happy by organizing  a mouth watering three days birthday sales.
The three days birthday sales will run from 25th day of July till 27th, July 2024. According to her, there will be price splash on items such as Blender, pot, smartwatch and lots more. Also, there are free gifts on orders above N50, 000 and giveaway at the end of the sales.
Dammat collections which is one of the reputable online stores for dignitaries is known for quality products and services.
https://wa.me/message/EBWP4XSLLWAUG1 send a DM now. Household/kitchen items, and lots more will be on massive sales, 25th-27th of July. Save the date!!!

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10 Ways to Get a Good Deal on Your Home in Nigeria by Dennis Isong

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10 Ways to Get a Good Deal on Your Home in Nigeria by Dennis Isong

 

 

 

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your life. In Nigeria, where the real estate market can be tricky, it’s important to be smart and careful when looking for a good deal. This article you are about to read will give you 10 useful tips to help you make sure you’re getting the best value for your money when buying a home in Nigeria.

1. Do Your Homework on the Area

Before you even start looking at houses, it’s crucial to learn about the area where you want to live. Different parts of Nigeria have different prices and benefits. Some areas might be cheaper but far from good schools or markets. Others might be more expensive but safer or closer to your work.

Take time to visit different neighborhoods. Walk around, talk to people who live there, and get a feel for the place.
Ask yourself:
– Is it safe?
– Are there good roads?
– How’s the electricity supply?
– Is it close to important places like hospitals, schools, or your workplace?
– What’s the community like?

2. Set a Realistic Budget

It’s easy to get carried away when you’re looking at beautiful homes, but it’s important to stick to what you can afford. Before you start house hunting, sit down and figure out your budget.

Think about:
– How much money you have saved
– How much you can borrow from a bank
– Your monthly income and expenses

Remember, buying a home isn’t just about the price tag. You’ll need to think about other costs too, like:

– Lawyer fees
– Taxes
– Repairs or renovations
– Moving costs

Make sure you have some extra money set aside for these things. It’s always better to buy a slightly cheaper house and have money left over than to spend everything on the house and struggle later.

3. Use a Trusted Real Estate Agent

A good real estate agent can be your best friend when you’re looking for a home. They know the market, they have connections, and they can help you find deals that you might miss on your own.

But be careful – not all agents are trustworthy. Here’s how to find a good one:
– Ask friends or family for recommendations
– Look for agents with good reviews online
– Check if they’re registered with the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV)
– Meet with a few different agents and see who you feel comfortable with

4. Don’t Rush – Take Your Time
Buying a home is a big decision, so don’t feel pressured to make it quickly. Some sellers or agents might try to rush you, saying things like “This deal won’t last long!” or “Someone else is interested in buying this house!”

Don’t fall for these tricks. It’s better to take your time and make sure you’re making the right choice. Visit the house more than once, at different times of the day. This will help you notice things you might miss on a quick visit, like noisy neighbors or bad traffic at certain hours.

If you feel rushed or pressured, that’s often a sign that something isn’t right. A good deal today will still be a good deal tomorrow.

5. Get a Professional Inspection
Never buy a house without having it checked by a professional inspector. This might cost a bit of money, but it can save you from much bigger costs in the future.

An inspector will look at things like:
– The foundation of the house
– The roof
– Electrical systems
– Plumbing
– Signs of pests or termites

They might find problems that you can’t see with your own eyes. If they do find issues, you can use this information to negotiate a lower price or ask the seller to fix the problems before you buy.

6. Check All the Legal Documents

In Nigeria, it’s very important to make sure all the legal papers for the house are in order. This can be confusing, but it’s crucial to avoid problems later. Here are some key documents to check:

– Certificate of Occupancy (C of O): This shows that the government has given permission for the land to be used for housing.
– Survey Plan: This shows the exact boundaries of the property.
– Deed of Assignment: This shows that the current owner has the right to sell the property.
– Tax clearance: This shows that all taxes on the property have been paid.

It’s a good idea to hire a lawyer who specializes in real estate to help you check these documents. They can spot any problems and make sure everything is legal and correct.

7. Negotiate the Price
Don’t be afraid to negotiate! The first price the seller asks for is often not their final price.
Here are some tips for negotiating:
– Start lower than you’re willing to pay. This gives you room to go up.
– Point out any problems with the house that might lower its value.
– Be ready to walk away if the price is too high. Sometimes, showing that you’re willing to look at other houses can make the seller more flexible.
– If the seller won’t lower the price, see if they’ll include other things, like furniture or appliances.

Remember, negotiating isn’t about winning or losing. It’s about finding a price that’s fair for both you and the seller.

8. Consider the Future
When you’re buying a home, don’t just think about your needs right now. Think about the future too.
Ask yourself:
– Will this house still be good for me in 5 or 10 years?
– If I have children, will there be enough space?
– Is the area likely to improve or get worse over time?
– Could I easily sell this house if I need to move?

Buying a home that will still be good for you in the future can save you money and stress in the long run.

9. Compare Prices of Similar Homes

To know if you’re getting a good deal, you need to know what other similar houses cost. This is called “comparing comparables” or “comps” for short.

Look at houses that are:
– In the same area
– About the same size
– In similar condition

You can find this information online, through your real estate agent, or by visiting open houses in the area. If the house you want is much more expensive than similar houses, that’s a sign that it might be overpriced.

10. Trust Your Instincts
Finally, trust your gut feeling. If something feels wrong about a deal, even if you can’t explain why, it’s okay to step back and think more.

Maybe the seller seems too eager to sell quickly. Maybe the price seems too good to be true. Or maybe you just don’t feel comfortable in the house.

These feelings are important. Buying a home is not just a financial decision – it’s also an emotional one. You should feel good about your choice.

Dennis Isong is a TOP REALTOR IN LAGOS.He Helps Nigerians in Diaspora to Own Property In Lagos Nigeria STRESS-FREE. For Questions WhatsApp/Call 2348164741041

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Rotary District 9112 Announces Plans To Plant 1000 Coconut Trees To Address Coastal Erosion

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Rotary District 9112 has announced plans to plant 1000 coconut trees to address coastal erosion in Lagos State.

Addressing a press briefing to herald its 2024/2025 rotary tree planting coastal restoration initiative scheduled to hold on July 21st 2024, in Lagos, the District Governor, Rotary International, District 9112, Rotarian Femi Adenekan, said the initiative to plant 1000 coconut trees along the coastal shores of the Atlantic Ocean, is an initiative it has taken up to protect the environment.

“We are here to prepare members of the public ahead of our event on Sunday, the 21st of July where we plan to plant 1000 coconut trees along the coastal shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

“This is an initiative we have taken up to protect us, because we often think it is to protect the environment, but we all know the environment will remain the way it is, but we are the ones changing the environment and if care is not taken, the environment would revolt against us.

“So we need to prepare ourselves against the calamity before humanity and this is why we are planting the 1000 trees along the coastal shores. We expect all members of the public to join us in this effort, but our target is to plant 10,000 trees throughout the year,” Adenekan noted.

On his part, the District Chair, Public Image Committee of Rotary International, District 9112, Mr Ehi Braimah, said the event was to discuss how to protect the environment, stating the urgent need to save the environment against the devastating impact of climate change.

“What we are doing is to focus on one of the seven areas of focus for Rotary International which is protecting the environment. We are planning to plant 10,000 seedlings of coconut, mango or any other seed all over the state, public institutions, coastal areas, private estates, schools and everywhere,” he averred.

The Chair, Tree Planting Committee, Rotary District 9112, Rotarian Gboyega Bada, said the District is determined to be strongly involved in helping to combat the challenges of climate change to have a safer and cleaner environment.

He added that the vision of the Rotary District on the tree planting for this year is achieving a safer and cleaner environment by planting 10000 seedlings of coconut, mango and other related crops that have economic, health and environmental benefits.

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