Ogun Set To Sign MoU With OPS On Olokola Deep Seaport
The Ogun State Government and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) have concluded plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the construction of the Olokola Deep Seaport located in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Dapo Abiodun made this known during a breakfast meeting with Chief Executive Officers of the OPS in Abeokuta, the state capital, on Wednesday.
Governor Abiodun noted that the construction of the Olokola seaport would provide another opportunity for companies in the state to move their goods and equipment in addition to the Gateway Agro-Cargo International Airport, which is almost on completion stage, and the planned Dry port to be located at Kajola, an outskirt of the state capital.
Prince Abiodun said: “I want to share with you the fact that whilst we are talking about our road, rail and air transport, we will be signing very soon a Memorandum of Understanding with the private sector players for the construction of our seaport in Olokola.
“This is another giant step to ensure that we enable businesses to continue to thrive in our state.”
The governor said that his administration is working towards putting an end to the multiplicity of taxes in the state, adding that the reforms already put in place by the Ogun State Inland Revenue Service would definitely put pay to the issue.
He also urged businesses to patronize government whenever they are in need of land, saying that all land belonged to the government.
“On the harmonization of taxes, we have put in a lot of reforms on our Inland Revenue Service.
“Be rest assured, be patient with me, slowly and surely, we will remove all these multiplicities of taxes.
“We are also concerned about our physical planning as well. The lands department and physical planning are now working collaboratively to ensure that all the problems we have had in the past are resolved.
“All lands belong to the government. My advice to you is that if you want to buy land, come to the state. We have ensured that any land to be sold to you is properly enumerated and compensated.
“So, please, I want to discourage all of us to desist from buying land from land speculators,” he said.
Abiodun said that his administration would be distributing 5,000 Certificates of Occupancy (CofO) this Friday.
According to him, the state is now at a vantage position to continue to issue out Certificate of Occupancy to subscribers with a newly acquired equipment that can sign 1000 CofOs daily.
Abiodun called on the OPS in the state to give back to their various host communities by either taking advantage of the state government adopt a school or primary health care center project.
The governor spoke on the importance of businesses imbibing the culture of technology transfer, which would further assist the country to move forward technologically.
He reiterated the commitment of his administration to ensure steady and uninterrupted power supply soon through the Ogun Light Up Project.
The governor noted that his administration deliberately laid a lot of emphasis on reconstructing roads that connect the Ogun with other states of the country, especially Lagos, the economic capital of the country.
While commending the OPS for joining hands with his administration at repositioning its security architecture through the rejigging of the Ogun State Security Trust Fund, Governor Abiodun added that his administration would continue to do all it can to make the state the safest place to live, work or play.
Earlier in his address, Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Adebola Sofela assured that the state government would continue to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
He said the present administration would continue to partner with industries in the state with a view of propelling the common interest of both the government and industries to greater heights
Also speaking, Ogun State Chairman of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Chief George Onafowokan, acknowledged the position of the state as the best place for industries to thrive.
He, however, called on the state government to continue to work towards ensuring that the enablers for businesses to thrive are readily made available in the state.
Speaking on behalf of the Agbara Cluster, the Director of African Industry Group, Chief Sohan Baghla disclosed that they have being able to provide over ten thousand jobs for the people of the state, adding that a greater percentage of their investments are in steel production and processing, aluminium production and processing, glass, chemicals, steel rolling mills, all situated in the Agbara business cluster.
The SUN names Dr. Olufemi Bakre as Banker of the Year 2023
The SUN names Dr. Olufemi Bakre as Banker of the Year 2023.
In acknowledgment of his outstanding leadership at Parallex Bank, The Sun Newspapers, organisers of The Sun Award, have conferred the title of Banker of the Year 2023 upon Dr. Olufemi Bakre, the Managing Director of Parallex Bank. In his opening remarks at the elaborate event at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos on Saturday, Mr. Onuoha Ukeh, the Managing Director of Sun Newspaper, said the Sun Awards annually aim to recognise and celebrate Nigerians who have demonstrated remarkable success in their respective fields, despite the challenging economic conditions in Nigeria.
According to Ukeh, the year 2023 was particularly noteworthy for Nigeria, marked by political events and the removal of petroleum subsidies. Despite the myriad challenges faced by individuals and businesses, some Nigerians exhibited resilience, utilising their skills to succeed in their endeavors. He added that the individual awardees have made a significant impact on their chosen careers and interests.
The Chairman of the occasion and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, said nation-building is a collective effort, and the choice of Sun Newspapers to celebrate and reward individuals who are making great strides in nation-building is commendable. Akume congratulated all awardees and urged them not to relent in giving their very best to the nation.
Among the notable Nigerians recognised for their milestone achievement in 2023 is Dr. Olufemi Bakre, who, according to The Sun, has utilised exceptional skills to position Parallex Bank as a leading technology-driven financial institution in the country. Within less than two years of its operation as a deposit money bank in Nigeria, Parallex Bank, under Dr. Bakre’s leadership, has demonstrated strong indicators of being a sustainable and profitable institution.
Dr. Bakre, a seasoned banker, commenced his flourishing career with MBC International Bank, later assuming the position of General Manager and eventually becoming the Group Head, Multilateral, Financial Institutions, and Global Custody at First Bank after MBC’s acquisition in 2006. He distinguished himself by initiating and delivering the First Bank of China Representative Office. He joined FCMB in 2011 and held various positions until he was appointed Executive Director of Corporate and Institutional Banking in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. He was appointed as the Managing Director of Parallex Bank in 2021, making him the pioneering Managing Director of the bank as a commercial bank.
According to Bakre, Parallex Bank’s substantial investment in digital technology has made it the preferred bank in the industry due to the efficiency, convenience, and reliability of its digital platforms. He emphasised that Parallex Bank has become highly attractive to customers due to its value-added services, such as zero account maintenance fees, free interbank transfers, free debit cards, and unique account numbers.
He said Parallex Bank is driven by a commitment to deliver premium value-adding services that meet the diverse needs of all customer segments, including individuals, corporations, and businesses, with a particular focus on SMEs and commercial entities.
Expressing humility in the face of the awards, Dr. Olufemi Bakre stated that it is fulfilling to see efforts, sacrifices, dedication, and passion being recognised externally, in addition to bearing fruit for the organization. Bakre considers the award a great honour and privilege, dedicating it to God, who has transformed his journey from grass to modest grace, and the passionate workforce of Parallex Bank.
Bakre said Parallex Bank’s vision to become the leading financial solutions provider, revolutionising the customer experience through innovation, coupled with the collective determination to redefine banking services and provide customers with unparalleled opportunities, was the driving force behind receiving the award. He added that the steadfast dedication of the Board, management, and the team to delivering limitless possibilities has also garnered the trust and acknowledgment of their valued customers. He expressed gratitude to the Board of Parallex Bank for their relentless support, and the management of The Sun Newspapers for deeming him worthy of the honour.
Other notable awardees of The Sun Awards 2023 include Tobi Bakre, who won the Nollywood Icon of the Year, the founder and president of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Mr. Tony Elumelu, and Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, among others.
Alanquadri Investment Boss, Amodemaja Adeboye Preaches Hope & Positivity On His Birthday
Alanquadri Investment Boss, Amodemaja Adeboye Preaches Hope & Positivity On His Birthday.
Life is on the upward curve for Amodemaja Adeboye, the compassionate philanthropist and chief executive officer (CEO) of Alanquadri Investment Nigeria Limited, a prosperous privately-owned Nigerian company with interests in key sectors of the Nigerian economy. For Amodemaja, it has been a story of onward and upward. His business has continued to thrive despite the economic hardship troubling the soul of Nigeria. All is well on the home front, too.
The high-flying businessman had a reason to celebrate yesterday. Amodemaja turned another year older in style. What a privilege to welcome another year full of grace in the land of the living. Expectedly, Amodemaja’s in a good mood at the moment. It’s a special event because it comes once in a year.
But Amodemaja wasn’t in the mood for a lavish celebration to mark the milestone. Better known for his philanthropic heart, Amodemaja opted for a low-key celebration due to the current economic crisis in the country. Reflecting on the current economic realities in the country; Amodemaja decided to reach out to the less privileged in honour of his special day.
Disturbed by the increasing hardship in the land, Amodemaja apart from his philanthropic gestures has urged Nigerians not to lose hope due to the economic crisis in the country. In his birthday media chat, the successful businessman encouraged his compatriots to exercise a little more patience for the government of President Bola Tinubu to get the country out of the woods. Commending Nigerians for their resilience and patience, Amodemaja said there’s light at the end of the tunnel. He said hope is on the horizon. And that this hardship shall pass, too.
A distinguished member of Nigeria’s business community. Under his guidance, Alanquadri Investment Nigeria Limited has grown in leaps and bounds. Described as a brilliant businessman, Amodemaja’s success is rooted in his commitment to excellence and integrity. He has built a strong reputation for excellence.
His company, Alanquadri, under his leadership became synonymous with quality and credibility. Today, Alanquadri Investment is one of Nigeria’s leading private companies providing job opportunities for hundreds of Nigerians in the private sector.
Amodemaja’s Alanquadri has interests in livestock farming, plantation, agriculture and so much more. Beyond his business prowess, Amodemaja is famous for his philanthropy championing various empowerment initiatives aimed at lifting his people out of poverty.
OKEREAFOCHA IFEANYI DARLINGTON: A TRAILBLAZER IN NIGERIA’S FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS INDUSTRY BY CHINEDU NSOFOR
OKEREAFOCHA IFEANYI DARLINGTON: A TRAILBLAZER IN NIGERIA’S FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS INDUSTRY
BY CHINEDU NSOFOR
Born in Enugu to proud parents from the vibrant community of Ekwuoke Umuekwune in Ngor/Okpara local government area of Imo state, Okereafocha Ifeanyi Darlington’s journey embodies the spirit of resilience and determination deeply rooted in the Nigerian ethos.
Darlington’s educational journey commenced in his hometown in Imo state. However, his quest for broader horizons led him to the bustling city of Lagos, where opportunities abound for those willing to seize them. While some might have opted for opportunities abroad, Darlington’s heart remained steadfast in his commitment to contribute to the growth and development of his homeland.
Embarking on a career in construction initially, Darlington demonstrated a knack for success. Yet, his entrepreneurial spirit urged him to explore new avenues. It was then that he ventured into the dynamic world of freight and logistics, establishing SWISSDARL Freight & Logistics LTD.
The journey wasn’t without its challenges. Despite the evident potential in his venture, Darlington faced obstacles in securing financial support from traditional lending institutions. Undeterred by setbacks, he pressed forward, relying on his unwavering belief in Nigeria’s economy and his vision for SWISSDARL.
SWISSDARL’s rise to prominence was fueled by Darlington’s steadfast commitment and the unwavering support of clients who shared his vision. With the influx of investments from Indian companies, the company’s trajectory soared, cementing its position as a leader in the industry.
In a symbolic move reflecting his dedication to Nigeria’s progress, Darlington acquired No.28 Western Avenue, Ojuelegba Surulere, Lagos, where he erected SWISSDARL TOWER. This monumental edifice, unveiled on 17 June, 2023, serves as the company’s headquarters with over twenty braches nation wide standing as a testament to Darlington’s faith in the nation’s potential.
The unveiling of SWISSDARL TOWER was a momentous occasion, attended by dignitaries including Bishop Osaretin Ben-Naigbe and Chairman of BOZAC Group, Patrick Chibueze. Their admiration for Darlington’s achievements echoed the sentiments of many, who recognized the company’s invaluable contributions to the nation’s economy.
Darlington’s efforts were further lauded when he received the prestigious “ICON OF SOCIETAL DEVELOPMENT” award from the National Association of Northern Nigeria Students (NANNS) in 2023. This accolade underscored his significant role in driving economic growth and fostering national development.
Despite these accolades, Darlington remains grounded and focused on the future. His active involvement in the company’s operations, as evidenced by his social media posts, reflects his enduring commitment to its success.
As SWISSDARL continues to expand its reach, Darlington’s vision extends beyond mere business success. He envisions a future where the company’s growth translates into tangible benefits for Nigeria, including job creation and socio-economic development.
In Okereafocha Ifeanyi Darlington, Nigeria has found not just an entrepreneur, but a visionary leader dedicated to harnessing the nation’s potential for the greater good. As SWISSDARL paves the way for a brighter future, Darlington’s legacy as a pioneer in Nigeria’s freight and logistics industry is firmly secured.
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