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Of Datkem Enterprises, corporate lies and due process

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Of Datkem Enterprises, corporate lies and due process By Yemi Festus Oke

Of Datkem Enterprises, corporate lies and due process

By Yemi Festus Oke

 

 

 

IF the ongoing drama over Datkem Plaza, a structure partially demolished in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, recently, proves anything, it is the fact that many members of Nigeria’s privileged, political class like to mouth such phrases as “rule of law” and “due process” only when it suits their whims and caprices. They love the application of these concepts when they apply to others, not to themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

Such people really have no care for the rule of law; all they are after is personal interest. This perfectly explains why, in the aftermath of the expose on the non-existent company whose name was used by the owners of Datkem Plaza to apply for building approval in Ogun State, a certificate bearing the name “Datkem Enterprises” was hurriedly churned out by former Governor Gbenga Daniel to prove that the company is indeed real. That may deceive unsuspecting members of the public, but not anyone familiar with the basic rules guiding businesses and their registration. Pray, just how do you se “Datkem Enterprises” to prove that “Datkem Enterrpises Ltd” does exist? What kind of childish gimmick is that? How does a person of such an exalted status insult public sensibilities in this manner?

 

 

 

 

 

Of Datkem Enterprises, corporate lies and due process

By Yemi Festus Oke

 

 

 

 

For those who care to know, Datkem Enterprises Ltd was the entity used to obtain approval for the building called Datkem Plaza. An enterprise, which is a mare business name, cannot own such a building. Such a building can only be owned by a corporate entity. It seems that from the very beginning, the owners of Datkem Plaza deliberately wanted to manipulate the system. For one, since there is no Datkem Enterprises Ltd, the name presented to obtain building approval from the Ogun State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, there is no address that can be traced if the building runs into any problem. It is, as such, an entity that only exists in a world that we do not know, cannot see, and cannot touch. Why does it then want to do business with real people?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fact, till this moment, is that Datkem Enterprises Ltd was never registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC); what was registered is Datkem Enterprises. This is highly disingenuous, to say the least. Whereas Datkem Enterprises Ltd would be required to have director(s) and shareholder(s), Datkem Enterprise can only be required to have a sole proprietor or partners (proprietors). A company limited by shares can sue and be sued, and own properties and other assets in its corporate name. It is a taxable legal person and pays its taxes to the Federal Inland Revenue Service(FIRS) in its corporate name under the Companies Income Tax Act. It requires a certificate of incorporation and other documents such as Memorandum and Articles of Association upon registration with the CAC; has a maximum of 50 shareholders, and is required to file returns at the CAC and hold annual general meetings.

 

 

 

 

 

Datkem Enterprises, being not a limited liability company, would not be required to meet these requirements, among many others. Unlike Datkem Enterprises Ltd, Datkem Enterprises can never be converted to a public limited company. One can go on and on, but it is inconceivable that a former governor and serving senator is ignorant of the differences between an enterprise and a limited liability company and even if he was, he had distinguished legal company around him that would have helped him. In the very remote circumstance that he failed to seek legal advice, ignorance of the law would not help him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is striking that when requesting for approval, the distinguished senator presented a fake, unregistered company, namely Datkem Enterprises Ltd. That looks like a deliberate attempt to cheat and deceive the general public. It can therefore be no surprise that what has been built as Datkem Plaza is not what he got approval for. As probably everyone knows, if you get government approval for a three bedroom flat but build a five-bedroom flat, you have violated the law. Somebody who has integrity should not have done that. Besides, is it any wonder that the owners of Datkem Plaza ignored the many contravention notices issued to them since 2022? Even after a stop-work notice was issued, why was work ongoing on the site at night, with deliberate intent to finish the project and make it difficult for the government to demolish without public outcry? By carrying on construction work on the site at night with intent to beat the stop-work notice and appeal to public sentiments if the government takes action against the completed building, the owners of Datkem Plaza played a dirty game. They must not be allowed to get away with it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They lied, covering up with that lie with many more lies. Just how can somebody of such exalted status be posting a certificate for an enterprise when he applied for approval in the name of a limited liability company? Besides, his supporters should tell him to produce the approval given to him to produce the structure on ground in Ijebu Ode. If he cannot, they should keep quiet. Why use a fake name to process the application for building approval? The ordinary citizen who does this would be punished. Why shouldn’t a big politician who does same? He who comes to equity must come with clean hands. Rule of law and due process should apply to all, not only the underprivileged.

 

 

 

 

 

Oke wrote this through yemioke@gmail.com

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2023: Dangote Cement increases shareholder’s dividend by 50%, to N30 per share

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2023: Dangote Cement increases shareholder’s dividend by 50%, to N30 per share

sales from African subsidiaries rose by 12.7%

 

 

 

In line with the promise of Chairman, Dangote Cement, Aliko Dangote at the company’s 2022 Annual General Meeting (AGM), of an enhanced return on Investments to all the shareholders and other stakeholders in Dangote Cement, Plc, the company’s Management for the year ended December 31, 2023, has proposed an increase in the dividend payout to the shareholders, by 50 percent, to N30 per share.

The proposed increase in dividend is subject to ratification by the shareholders at the forthcoming, AGM. Proposing a dividend of N30 per share at a period when many firms are declaring losses is an indication of the resilience of Dangote Cement and the prospects it holds for investors.

A breakdown of the results indicated that Africa’s largest cement manufacturer recorded improvement in all performance measurement indicators with group revenue rising by 36.4 percent to ₦2,208.1 billion while Profit after tax (PAT) was up by 19.2 percent to ₦455.6 billion. Earnings per share went up by 18.8 percent at ₦26.47.

Dangote Cement is garnering more market share across the continent with pan-Africa volumes going up by 12.7 percent to 11.3Mt.

Group Managing Director, Dangote Cement, Arvind Pathak speaking on the results said “This positive full-year outcome is a combination of the strength in the diversity of our operations across Africa and our sustained drive to contain cost amidst an accelerating inflationary environment. The Group achieved double-digit growth in revenue at ₦2,208.1 billion, while Group EBITDA reached a record high, increasing 25.1 percent to ₦886.0 billion.

Despite the challenging macroeconomic conditions, 2023 was yet another testament to the effectiveness of our diversification strategy. Our diverse operations acted as a cushion, providing resilience to country-specific risks. Pan-African volumes were up 12.7 percent and now account for 41.2 percent of Group volume. Consequently, pan-African revenue increased by a record 123.2 percent to ₦925.9 billion, while EBITDA surged by over four-fold to ₦263.7 billion.”

He added, “In response to the heightened inflationary environment, we implemented new and innovative business strategies that helped to drive up revenues, contain costs, and protect margins. These initiatives included fuel mix optimisation, propelling the use of alternative fuels to replace more expensive fossil fuels. We also began the phased transition from diesel power trucks to full Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) trucks.

Looking ahead, following the commissioning of our 0.45Mta grinding plant in Takoradi, we are focusing on our “export to import” strategy in West and Central Africa, while concurrently optimising assets in Eastern Africa. Our strategy remains centered on enhancing our value proposition through the production of high-quality cement and delivering sustainable value to our stakeholders.”

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Harvard Business School Launches Tony Elumelu Foundation Case Study

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Harvard Business School Launches Tony Elumelu Foundation Case Study

 

 

 

Spotlights Role of African Philanthropy in Transforming the Development Agenda in Africa

 

 

At a time of renewed geopolitical interest in Africa, and an increasing questioning of traditional development finance models, Harvard Business School today released a case study examining the role and impact of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), and its unique approach to catalysing entrepreneurship in Africa.

 

 

Harvard Business School Launches Tony Elumelu Foundation Case Study

The Foundation, Africa’s leading funder of young entrepreneurs, has pioneered an innovative approach to seeding, capacitising and networking young entrepreneurs across Africa. Drawing directly from Tony Elumelu’s entrepreneurial journey, his acknowledgement that luck and chance played an important role in his success, the Foundation democratises luck, spreads opportunity, in a sector agnostic approach, and has developed a bespoke infrastructure that reaches every country in Africa. The Foundation is a direct expression of Elumelu’s philosophy of Africapitalism, that the private sector must play a pivotal role in Africa’s development, and that investment must seek social, as well as economic returns.

The case study, the first of its kind focused on African philanthropy, was launched today, Thursday, February 29, 2024, before a class of graduate students at Harvard Business School and explored the Foundation’s unique approaches and transformative initiatives, showcasing how the strategic philanthropy offered by TEF, is driving positive change and elevating countries and communities.

The case study recognises challenges the Foundation faces, and its responses, as it developed its mission, since founding in 2010. The track record is impressive, with over 20,000 entrepreneurs funded, over a million connected digitally and the development of an impact assessment capacity. TEF has disbursed over USD$100 million, reaching every African country. The Foundation is increasingly developing a partnership-based approach, working with institutions such as the EU, US agencies, the UNDP, the ICRC, the Ikea Foundation, and others to develop bespoke programmes focused on fragile states, female entrepreneurs and sustainability initiatives.

Tony Elumelu, who spoke at Harvard said, “TEF is creating economic hope and opportunity for African entrepreneurs. We know that entrepreneurship is the solution to youth unemployment and insecurity. Through the intervention of the Foundation, we are transforming our young people, giving them hope. Collectively, all of us can resolve the challenges that we have on the continent.

It is wonderful to have had the opportunity to work with HBS, to spotlight our successes, acknowledge the challenges that we have at times faced, and provide the opportunity to spread our experience, for the benefit of others.”

The Harvard Business School session provided an opportunity to engage in a meaningful discussion on the role of philanthropy in shaping sustainable and inclusive economies. As the world grapples with complex challenges around demographics, climate and sustainability, the Tony Elumelu Foundation model offers a fascinating model of how strategic philanthropy can be a driving force for positive change.

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Tony Elumelu in Global Academic Limelight as the Tony Elumelu Foundation Case Study becomes part of Harvard’s Curriculum

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Tony Elumelu in Global Academic Limelight as the Tony Elumelu Foundation Case Study becomes part of Harvard’s Curriculum 

Tony Elumelu in Global Academic Limelight as the Tony Elumelu Foundation Case Study becomes part of Harvard’s Curriculum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That In an unprecedented move, the Harvard Business School, the graduate business school of Harvard University, is set to cast the spotlight on the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), recognising the Foundation’s extraordinary philanthropic achievement in a ground-breaking case study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Elumelu in Global Academic Limelight as the Tony Elumelu Foundation Case Study becomes part of Harvard’s Curriculum 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The case study, first of its kind on any philanthropic organisation in Africa, is to be launched on Thursday, February 29, 2024, before a class of graduate students in Boston, Massachusetts and will explore the Foundation’s unique approaches and transformative initiatives, showcasing how strategic philanthropy offered by TEF is driving positive change and elevating countries and communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This move by Harvard underscores the Foundation’s pivotal role in empowering young African entrepreneurs across all 54 African countries and places the Foundation at the forefront of global discussions on transformative and catalytic philanthropy, acknowledging its significant contributions towards fostering entrepreneurship in Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to delving into the foundation’s innovative approaches and the resultant impact it has garnered over the years, the event will also feature an exclusive acknowledgment of the Founder of TEF, Tony Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions the private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the African continent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is the leading philanthropy, empowering a new generation of African entrepreneurs, driving poverty eradication, catalysing job creation across all 54 African countries, and increasing inclusive economic empowerment.

 

Since the launch of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme in 2015, the Foundation has trained over 1.5 million young Africans on its digital hub, TEFConnect, and disbursed over USD$100 million in direct funding to 20,000 young African women and men, who have collectively created over 400,000 direct and indirect jobs.

 

Tony Elumelu who spoke on the impact of TEF on the African youth said, “TEF is creating economic hope and opportunity for African Entrepreneurs. We know that entrepreneurship is the antidote to poverty, youth unemployment and insecurity. Through the intervention of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, we are encouraging our young people, giving them hope through the seed capital we provide, capacitising them through the training and mentoring we provide and setting them up to create businesses that will succeed and create even more jobs. Collectively we are fixing the challenges that we have on the continent.

 

Continuing, he said, “the Tony Elumelu Foundation was set up to create more successful African business leaders. We want to replicate our own success and create entrepreneurs who will build more prosperity on the continent and for the continent. It’s all about transforming our society and making sure that we leave the society better than we met it. It is not about the money that we have in our bank accounts, it is about the legacy that we make and the impact we create. Prosperity for all is what will create the security, harmony and peace that we need.”

 

The Harvard Business School session will provide a platform for thought leaders, scholars, and business enthusiasts to engage in a meaningful discussion on the role of philanthropy in shaping sustainable and inclusive economies. As the world grapples with complex challenges, the Tony Elumelu Foundation stands as a beacon of hope, showcasing how strategic philanthropy can be a driving force for positive change.

 

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