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‘Our Electric Buses can travel up to 280km on a Full Battery Charge’- Oando Group tells Lagos Residents

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‘Be the start of something that is good, revolutionary and powerful. Everything after that is a bonus!’

The OANDO group and its team of experts must have had the above quote by Carlos Wallace in mind when they embarked on the journey to revolutionise motoring in Nigeria and introduced the first set of fuel less vehicles into system.

Determined to be part of the revolution to end air pollution which ultimately has been made worse by the emission of  toxic elements destroying our planet, the Oando Clean Energy Limited (OCEL) made history with its inroad into the transportation business in Lagos State.

The organisation, in April 2023 acquired and took delivery of an undisclosed number of electric vehicles from Chinese carmaker, Yutong Bus. 

OCEL is the clean energy arm of Oando Plc, largely owned by Wale Tinubu. His company had earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Lagos State Government through the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) on April 28, 2022.

Following the delivery of the vehicles to OCEL, curious Nigerians have been asking questions about the viability of electric vehicles in the country. Expectedly, this elicited a robust response from the company when it took to its twitter handle express its readiness to kick-start the novel project.

The company said: “Following our recent announcement about introducing electric mass transit buses in Lagos State, we noticed many questions about the viability of electric vehicles in our terrain, battery lifespan, and more. But don’t worry; we have got you covered!

“So, let us challenge ourselves to reach new heights, to discover new horizons, and to achieve greatness.

“For it is through our willingness to dream big and take bold action that we can create a better tomorrow for ourselves and those around us.

“Great ideas have the power to transform the impossible into the possible. They inspire us to see the world in a new light and to push beyond our boundaries.”

The company also took time to explain how the fuelless vehicles would be put to use in Nigeria. “Our electric buses can travel up to 280km on a full battery charge, which is equivalent to a round trip from Ajah to Ibadan! 

“Additionally, the regenerative braking system helps the battery to last longer and reduces maintenance costs.” 

Meanwhile, commenting on the acquisition and deal between the state and his firm, Wale Tinubu, who is the Chairman of OCEL, said: “The arrival of our electric mass transit buses and development of an EV infrastructure ecosystem is a reminder that the only way to remain ahead of the curve is by being unafraid to break new ground and consistently looking for opportunities to leapfrog.

“Public-Private Partnerships have been critical to getting the project to this point and will continue to fuel our expansion across the entire country.

“The commencement of this project gives us a platform to showcase to other States what is possible and open the door for engagements on bespoke solutions to suit their local needs as well as act as a model to be adopted by other organizations looking to venture into sustainable transportation.”

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When Billionaire Gas mogul, Julius Rone Shone like a Diamond

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Think of a billionaire businessman blessed with money, brains, confidence, oratory power and the name of Julius Rone, OFR, Group Managing Director, of UTM Offshore Limited, UTMOL will pop up.

It is definitely an incontestable fact that the serial entrepreneur is one of the few Nigerian business moguls that rub shoulders with other high networth individuals around the world. His rich and diverse entrepreneurial journey that has helped shape

For many years, he has been busy cutting deals beyond the shores of the continent of Africa while also proving that good things can also come out from this side of the world.   

He has a rich and diverse entrepreneurial journey that has helped shape the business sector in Africa. His path to success includes a series of ventures that have significantly contributed to the region’s business growth. 

Aside his pedigree as a topnotch business strategist, it is also a gospel truth that the man, fondly called ‘King of Gas’, is also popular among other high-flying business moguls for his eloquence and articulacy.

The Delta-born top player in the gas sector, as gathered, exhibited that he is not only wealthy but also brainy. 

This he has not failed to flaunt whenever the occasions arise, and the occasions seem to arise so many times lately and Rone has never been found wanting.

In fact, a source revealed that this is the reason he is being invited to seminars, forums and business meetings around the world where he has dazzled many with his talent like the great Roman orator, Cicero.

Once, again he shone brilliantly like a diamond  yesterday, Tuesday November, 14, 2023, at the LNG shipping and terminals Conference in London. The man, full of ingenuity, mesmerised his audience while he spoke about The Role of Policy Instruments and Government Support for the FLNG Project such as Investment Incentives, Regulatory Framework, where government policies can provide financial incentives such as tax breaks, grants, or subsidies to attract private investment in FLNG projects. These incentives, he explained, can help reduce the overall project cost and encourage private sector participation.

The very brilliant businessman also talks about how governments play a crucial role in creating a favourable regulatory environment for FLNG projects, which includes establishing clear guidelines for environmental protection, safety standards, and permitting processes. A well-defined regulatory framework provides certainty for project developers and investors.

Not only that, he also touched on other topics, such as market Drivers for Exploiting Gas in Nigeria, Predicted Gas Volumes from the Development and Quantity expected to be exported, Partnerships in Place and Progress Against Project Timeline and Planning for the challenges of developing Nigeria’s first FLNG project.

The billionaire business mogul received a standing ovation, accompanied with a deafening applause for his dazzling and awe-inspiring speech.

Some of key points he touched include:

The Role of Policy Instruments and Government Support

for the FLNG Project

The Role of Policy Instruments and Government Support For the FLNG Project

Investment Incentives

Regulatory Framework

He gave an insight where government policies can provide financial incentives such as tax breaks, grants, or subsidies to attract private investment in FLNG projects. These incentives can help reduce the overall project cost and encourage private sector participation.

Also, he explained that governments play a crucial role in creating a favorable regulatory environment for FLNG projects. This includes establishing clear guidelines for environmental protection, safety standards, and permitting processes. A well-defined regulatory framework provides certainty for project developers and investors.

The Role of Policy Instruments and Government Support For the FLNG Project

Market Access

Risk Mitigation

Mr. Rone said governments can facilitate market access for FLNG projects by negotiating export agreements, promoting gas trade, and ensuring a fair and transparent market. Access to domestic and international markets is essential for the success of FLNG ventures.

Where LNG projects often involve significant financial and technical risks. Governments can

help mitigate these risks by providing guarantees or insurance options to project

developers. This support can encourage private sector involvement and reduce the

overall cost of financing.

Market Drivers for Exploiting Gas in Nigeria

The Role of Policy Instruments and Government Support For the FLNG Project

Energy Demand & Access

Export Opportunities

He said Nigeria has a growing population and increasing energy demand. Gas is a cleaner and

more environmentally friendly alternative to coal and oil, making it a desirable option for

meeting this growing energy demand. Expanding access to clean and affordable energy is a key driver for gas exploitation.

Rone hinted that Nigeria is one of the world’s top gas reserves holders. Exporting natural gas, especially in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG), provides a substantial revenue source.

International markets, particularly in Asia and Europe, offer attractive opportunities for

exporting Nigerian gas, making it an economic incentive.

The Role of Policy Instruments and Government Support For the FLNG Project

Industrialization & Economic Growth

Government Policies &

Incentives

‘’Gas is essential for various industries, including manufacturing, petrochemicals, and

power generation. As Nigeria aims to diversify its economy and promote industrialization,

gas becomes a crucial driver, as it can provide a reliable and cost-effective source of

energy for industrial processes and electricity generation.

The Nigerian government’s policies and incentives can significantly influence gas

exploitation. Incentives such as tax breaks, investment support, and favorable regulatory

frameworks can attract both domestic and foreign investors to the gas sector. Policies

aimed at improving gas infrastructure and reducing gas flaring also play a role in driving

gas development’’ He added.

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Wale Tinubu, Dangote, Edun, others attend Nigeria-Saudi Business Forum

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The Group Chief Executive, Oando Group, Jubril Adewale Tinubu, was among top dignitaries who attended the  first Nigeria-Saudi Arabia Forum which was part of  President Bola Tinubu’s   effort to boost and strengthen economic and business ties between the two countries. Other top Nigerian business magnates, ministers and many government functionaries such as the President of Dangote Group; Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC); Mele Kyari, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy of Nigeria; Mr. Wale Edun, Minister of Trade and Investment, (Dr) Doris Uzoka-Anita, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Reduction; Dr. Betta Edu Chairman THISDAY Media Group and ARISE News Channel, Nduka Obaigbena, among others, were also at the event

Speaking during the forum President  Tinubu  assured potential investors that their investments are safe in Nigeria.

President Tinubu said Nigeria is ready for business while assuring investors of some of the world’s highest returns on investment.

The President said Nigeria is desirous of enhancing collaboration with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on combating terrorist organizations such as Boko Haram, ISWAP, and other violent extremist groups which have been terrorizing the Lake Chad and Sahel regions.

“Nigeria and Saudi Arabia have always enjoyed a special relationship at both the bilateral and multilateral levels. Within the past six decades, our bilateral cooperation, which was initially hajj-centric, has witnessed diversification to cover a number of areas of common interest. It is delightful to note the presence in this great Kingdom of a large number of our compatriots and professionals, including highly-skilled medical practitioners and professional football players.

“As members of several international organizations including the UN, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, the International Energy Forum, the G77, the Islamic Development Bank, the Digital Cooperation Organization among others, our two nations have effectively used these and other platforms to enhance close interaction and coordination. I am confident that our joint positive disposition within these platforms will continue to be demonstrated as we seek to advance our mutual interests.

“Nigeria, like the Kingdom, is diversifying her economy away from oil dependence to promote sustainable development. My administration has undertaken bold economic reforms by removing wasteful subsidies on petroleum and the merging of our foreign exchange market, among other incentives aimed at improving the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

“I also wish to assure all potential Saudi investors of the safety of their investments based on the sanctity of the rule of law and good returns on their investments in the largest economy in Africa. In this regard, the benefit attached to the early inauguration of the Nigeria-Saudi Business Council can not be over-emphasized,” the President said.

President Tinubu thanked the Kingdom for the various humanitarian interventions in Nigeria through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre.

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Ibukun Awosika, Okewale, Others To Inspire Female Entrepreneurs At WHATrybe Conference

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Boardroom maven and author, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika is set to share her insights on how female entrepreneurs in Nigeria can take their businesses to the next level at the powerful convergence of female business leaders from across the country on Monday 6 November in Lagos. 
The former chairperson of First Bank of Nigeria will be leading other successful women as the keynote Speaker at the debut conference of Women High Achievers Trybe, WHATrybe, a global community of high value women, scheduled to hold at the Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
At the conference themed “Ele­vating The Entrepreneurs: Strategies for Success” other renowned industry experts and female achievers including Folake Kehinde, Ivie Temitayo-Ib­itoye, Bukola Majekodunmi, Jennifer Awirigwe, Eno Sam, Atinuke Babatunde, Adeola King­sley-James, Margaret Nkechi, Toun Sonaiya and Diji Shujahi, will be sharing their thoughts on topics covering branding, marketing, financial management, staff retention, mindset, the power of storytelling and leveraging on media to position the brand. 
Speaking about the conference with attendance free but registration compulsory, Mrs. Kiki Okewale, a Lagos-based social entrepreneur and convener of WHATrybe, said there has been a surge in the number of women starting businesses in Nigeria and regardless of this positive rising trend, so the quantum of challenges these female entrepreneurs face operating their businesses.
She believes women must go back to the drawing board and restrategise thus the need to inspire other women to have a voice as they build themselves up into high achievers. 
“In today’s volatile economy, there are many women with businesses they want to scale above the current level it is. It’s crucial not to leave your business success to chance. As determined women entrepreneurs, how do they navigate through all the tough experiences to achieve greater success in their business? Whether you’re looking to scale your business or fulfill a grand vision, it’s time to reevaluate and strategize for growth. This conference will guide you through the challenges towards greater success,” Okewale said.
Aside tapping from the deep well of knowledge of Awosika, an author of five entrepreneurial books, at the event to be compeered by Tomike Adeoye, there will also be in­teractive sessions and network­ing opportunities for attendees to connect with other women entrepreneurs and experts in various fields. 
Okewale, a fashion mogul behind BK3 Garment Factory, floated WHATrybe in 2020 and has ever since been on a mission to impact and connect powerful women in Africa and the rest of the world. 
The positive feedback she has received in the last three years by her passion for women development and em­powerment has been profound and has encouraged the expansion of the community of Women High Achievers Trybe.

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