Dangote Donates N1.2 Billion to First Business School in the North to Bayero University, Kano

The business educational development of Northern Nigeria took a new turn at the weekend when the renowned businessman, Aliko DANGOTE donated a N1.2 billion ultra-modern business school edifice to the Bayero University, Kano, (BUK), first of such in the northern part of the country.

Christened Dangote Business School, the business mogul disclosed that talks are on to affiliate the school with the popular Harvard Business School, in the United States of America.

Speaking to a group at the opening of the School at the new site of the University, Dangote stated that no effort was spared to ensure that the school, building gate was up to international standard and one of the biggest in the sub-Saharan Africa.

Dangote said the Business School, which was commissioned by the Kano State Governor, Abdulzhi Umar Ganduje, was conceived as part of the contributions of the Nigeria’s business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote towards encouraging world class entrepreneurship education at the highest level in Nigeria.

He described the School as best of its kind in northern Nigeria, adding that the School, as accredited by the Nigerian University Commission, will be the first business school to offer Doctor of Business Administration PhD. program in Nigeria.

Africa’s richest man added that the business school would ease sharing of business information globally and how future African leaders could advance their businesses as well as building capacity which would translate to boosting the continent’s economy.

Dangote traced the journey of the construction of the school to the days of Prof Attahir Jigawa as the Vice Chancellor of the University when he pleaded with him to help in the establishment of a business school that can accelerate entrepreneurship in the country.

He said he agreed to build the edifice because of his conviction that good quality education is the bedrock of meaningful development in the country and only a sound mind can facilitate development.

The school, according to him, will train African Business leaders by carrying out research on how Nigerians can do business in the very particular kind of environment and succeed.

On his part, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Muhammed Yahuza Bello said with the new business school, the university is now poised to serve the society better through training, research and services.

He said the university adopted the name “Dangote Business School”, because the name Dangote (http://Dangote.com) is internationally synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship and successes in business and industry and pledged that the school will live by its name and tradition.

Explaining the uniqueness of the school, he stated that the new structure comprises 650 seating capacity auditorium, two theaters, four lecture halls, two libraries, incubation center, two cafeterias, 800kva soundproof generator and borehole among others.

In their separate remarks, Gov. Ganduje, represented by his Deputy, Prof. Hafeez Abubakar, his Jigawa State Counterpart, Gov. Muhammed Badaru Abubakar and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II showered accolades on Alhaji Aliko Dangote for his several interventions in various sectors in the State and beyond, urging other wealthy individuals to emulate.

Kano Deputy Governor, Professor Abubakar who represented Gov Ganduje said Nigerians have a lot to learn from Alhaji Dangote whose wealth has no influence on his humility and is ever willing to do for his immediate environment and make the society better.

He pleaded with the University authority to grant Alhaji Dangote opportunity to lecture once in a while in the school, even if it’s an interactive session because he has a lot to offer beyond available in the text books as a successful business man.

Emir Sanusi said what Dangote has done is what he has always advocated for other Nigerians to do and that until Nigeria gets her education right a lot of things may not fall in place as expected.

He expressed his appreciation to Alhaji Dangote for rising up to the occasion each time he calls on him to do one thing or the other in the interest of the society.

Emir Sanusi urged other well meaning Nigerians to emulate him and contribute to the development of their society

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Dangote Group.

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#AIS2018: Registration Open Now!

The registration is now open for the second edition of the Africa Innovation Summit (AIS2018) (www.AfricaInnovationSummit.com), to be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 6 to 8 June 2018.

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MONUSCO chief condemns targeted attacks against civilians in Ituri

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Leila Zerrougui, remains gravely concerned by the violence in Djugu territory, Ituri province, that has resulted in the killing of dozens of people since January 2018.

The most recent attack occurred on 1 March 2018 in the village of Maze, in which at least 33 people have been killed.

“I am deeply shocked by this latest attack which has targeted civilians, and that the majority of the victims were women and children. I express my sincere condolences to the families of the victims and those affected by this horrifying act”, said the Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

“I condemn all kinds of violence and I call on the authorities to swiftly investigate this attack and to ensure that justice if fully served. The perpetrators of these acts must be held to account”, added Mrs. Zerrougui.

The burning of huts, forced displacement and sexual violence directed against women have also been reported in recent weeks in the Ituri province, located in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In support to the Congolese Government-led efforts to address the deterioration of the security situation, MONUSCO has reinforced its presence in the area with the deployment of three temporary military bases in Djugu, Blukwa and Fataki and increased patrolling in Djugu territory since 10 February 2018. The Mission is also engaging all communities and authorities to prevent future attacks and stabilize the situation in the region.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General’s remarks on World Wildlife Day

UN Deputy Secretary-General’s remarks on World Wildlife Day (New York, 2 March 2018) [As prepared for delivery]:

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to be with you today to celebrate the incredibly important, diverse and fragile world of nature.

Each year, on World Wildlife Day, we focus on the crucial role the planet’s wild animals and plants play in our cultures and in the sustainability of our societies.

This is also the object of Goal 15 of the Sustainable Development Goals, which highlights the importance of taking urgent action to reverse the alarming loss of biodiversity that is happening in all regions.

Biodiversity is disappearing at a thousand times the natural rate.

The causes are varied, including habitat loss and degradation, climate change, illicit trafficking, and human-wildlife conflict.

These causes are also linked, and cannot be seen isolation from, all 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

Goal 1 is the eradication of poverty and Goal 2 is zero hunger.

We see in so many cases that poverty, hunger and biodiversity loss are intrinsically connected.

Poverty can be the cause of biodiversity loss – as we see with poaching and unsustainable land use, such as slash and burn forestry, illegal wood trade and overgrazing.

And biodiversity loss, in turn, is a driver of poverty as ecosystems become depleted and unable to support lives and livelihoods.

Protecting ecosystems and ensuring access to ecosystem services by poor and vulnerable groups are therefore essential to eradicating extreme poverty and hunger.

The conservation, restoration and sustainable use of biological diversity are an effective anti-poverty strategy.

We simply must better maintain the natural resources on which billions of people depend — especially the world’s rural poor.

We must work resolutely to improve biodiversity conservation and to eliminate the associated mismanagement, illicit trade, corruption and trafficking.

That is why we have SDG 15 — to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

It is why we celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity and – as we do today – World Wildlife Day.

It is also why we work closely at all levels, especially with national stakeholders, to enhance their biodiversity conservation efforts.

Ladies and gentlemen,

For this year’s World Wildlife Day, the spotlight falls on the world’s big cats.

These magnificent predators, which include species such as cheetahs, jaguars, leopards, lions, pumas, snow leopards and tigers, are found from Africa to Asia and the Americas.

Since the earliest of times, big cats have provided a universal symbol of grace, power and elegance.

We see that legacy in the branding chosen by car manufacturers and sports brands, and we see it in fashion and the beloved characters of children’s books, folklore and movies.

Yet, these charismatic creatures are increasingly in danger of extinction.

Big cats have undergone a massive decline in recent times.

Just over a century ago, there were as many as 100,000 wild tigers living in Asia.

Today, fewer than 4,000 remain. They have lost 96 per cent of their historic range.

The story is similar for all the big cats.

They say cats have nine lives. Our big cats are on at least number eight.

We are the cause of their decline, so we can also be their salvation.

The SDGs include specific targets to end the poaching and illegal trafficking of protected species of wild fauna and flora.

Last year, United Nations Member States adopted the third in a series of ground-breaking resolutions to tackle this major cause of wildlife decline.

And governments, civil society and private sector actors around the globe are combining to translate this resolve into action. We must step up these efforts.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Big cats are keystone species. Protecting them also protects the vast habitats they live in and the wide variety of life they harbour.

Big cat conservation is a gateway to protecting entire ecosystems that are crucial to the health and well-being of people and the planet.

The solution to saving big cats and all other threatened and endangered species is conservation based on sound science and the rule of law.

This must always give full consideration and respect to the rights and needs of local people.

When local communities and economies benefit from wildlife conservation, strategies are much more likely to succeed.

We need a new paradigm for conservation and the sustainable management of the habitats — a paradigm that acknowledges that economic growth is not in direct conflict with conservation.

The two can and should co-exist.

Without sustainable development of communities, poaching and illegal trade will not be fully eradicated and biodiversity will not be protected.

The solutions go beyond having stringent laws and declaring national protected areas.

We need new forms of partnerships between governments, conservation groups and local communities to address wildlife conservation as a source of economic opportunity and stability.

And we need people-centred and planet-sensitive economic growth strategies that support environmental protection and wildlife conservation.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Wildlife conservation is a shared responsibility.

Consumers, communities, policy-makers and businesses all have a role to play.

On this World Wildlife Day, I urge people all around the world to help raise awareness.

Let us act together to help ensure the survival of the world’s big cats and all of our planet’s precious and fragile biological diversity.

Thank you.

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