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LADOL Managing Director, Dr. Amy Jadesimi with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, while receiving the Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The “2012 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow” is a prestigious fellowship given to leaders from across the continent who have shown great community spirit, as well as positive leadership in Africa. Dr. Jadesimi was selected along with 21 other African leaders.

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MD LADOL launches BSDC “Better Business Better World MENA” report in Cairo.

LADOL MD, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, today attended the launch of the Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) report “Better Business Better World – Sustainable Business Opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa”; Dr Amy is a founding member of the Commission.

“Sustainable Businesses are the single most lucrative opportunities for private sector – generating $637 billion and creating 12.4 million jobs in MENA & $12 trillion for the world by 2030”, commented Dr. Amy at the launch event. “Sustainable businesses correct market failures creating exponential GDP growth, high profits and driving positive social changes, prosperity and stability”.

“As countries in the Middle East and North Africa rise up to open new opportunities for women, welcome refugees and diversify their economies, there remains a long road for the region as a whole to become inclusive and sustainable,” chairman of the BSDC Mark Malloch-Brown said. “Better Business, Better World MENA shows there is a compelling economic incentive for business and government to accelerate, embracing sustainable solutions and rolling out innovative strategies to ensure that the region exploits fully its potential,” he added.

Click here to read the full report.

Left to right:
– Mr. Ashraf Bakry (CO-Chairman AmCham Egypt Industry & Trade Committee; Managing Director – Unilever Mashreq)
– Mr. Mohammed El Kalla ( Chair, AmCham Egypt Education Committee; Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer – Ahead of the Curve)
– Dr. Amy Jadesimi (Commissioner – Business and Sustainable Development Commission; MD & CEO – LADOL)
– Mr. Frederic Sicre (Managing Director – The Abraaj Group)

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World Bank Growth Report – Nigeria’s growing economy

Statistics don’t put food on the table. The World Bank named Nigeria as one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, but here’s how it can grow faster.

This month the World Bank announced that Nigeria was among the fastest-improving countries to undertake business globally. After years in the economic wilderness, negotiating an unpredictable oil price and weathering political upheaval, Nigeria seems finally to have attained recognition for the resilience of its economy.

Click here to read more at huffingtonpost.co.za

LADOL wins Africa Infrastructure Award

LADOL recently took part in the Seatrade Maritime Awards 2017 and was the winner of the Africa Infrastructure Award. These are the awards that everyone in the region wants to win and this was an extremely competitive category.

Collected on behalf of Lagos Deep offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) by Mrs Vanessa Stephens, Global Events Director and Managing Director Middle East and Indian Sub-Continent, Seatrade.

Presented by Mr Andrew Williams, Aviation and Seatrade Group Director, Seatrade and Mrs Emma Howell, Group Marketing Manager, Seatrade.

Click here to read more at seatrademaritimeevents.com

LADOL Sponsors FT Africa Summit 2017

LADOL was a primary sponsor of the recent FT Africa Summit 2017 – what makes Africa work.

Too often we focus on Africa’s problems, whether of governance, commodity dependency, poor infrastructure or entrenched poverty. Without taking a rose-tinted view, this year’s FT Africa Summit aimed to shift the focus to what is working in Africa in the hope of drawing broader lessons that could benefit the continent as a whole. In that spirit, the agenda turned the spotlight on what is going right – without, of course, losing sight of what is going wrong or what could be done better. The most pressing questions were asked of a range of business people, policymakers, investors, practitioners and innovators including LADOL MD Dr. Amy Jadesimi. The summit focussed on Africa telling its own stories and learning from its own complex and diverse experience.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the FT Africa conference, sponsored by leading African and international companies including LADOL

Dr Amy Jadesimi with other delegates at the summit.

Dr. Ami Jadesimi speaks after VP Yemi Osinbajo on putting job creation first and Sustainable Industrialisation in Africa.

Click here to read more about the summit at live.ft.com

LADOL MD Attends Sustainable Development Impact Summit

LADOL MD, Dr Amy Jadesimi, has recently attended the Sustainable Development Impact Summit at the World Economic Forum in New York.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) recognizes that delivering on the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris climate agreement will require accelerating public-private cooperation and deploying new technological solutions. So the WEF Sustainable Development Impact Summit covers a wide range of topics from gender parity to circular economy and technology. The Summit aims to bring together leaders from government, business, academia and civil society who will be present in New York during the United Nations General Assembly:
– Increase the impact of existing multi-stakeholder initiatives
– Catalyse new partnerships and alliances
– Explore how the advanced technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution could be better leveraged for sustainable development.

Dr Amy Jadesmi, a panellist at Women Leading the World to 2030 seminar

Dr Ami Jadesimi with delegates at Womens World Banking seminar.

Global Thinkers Forum
MD LADOL, with Femi Oke and Elizabeth Filippouli at Global Thinkers Forum

P4G (Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals)
MD LADOL with MD Safaricom (Bob Collymore) speaking at P4G Summit at United Nations

Click here to read more about the summit at www.weforum.org

Nigeria – Separating Fact From Fiction, Forbes

LADOL CEO, Amy Jadesimi has written an article for Forbes magazine entitled “Nigeria — Separating Fact From Fiction To Restore A Nation’s Tarnished Image” to try and dispel the inaccurate image of Nigeria portrayed in the world’s media. The Full text of the article can be read below.

Running a legitimate private sector company in Nigeria is fraught with challenges. Of those challenges, the negative perceptions of Nigeria’s business environment from both local and international sceptics is one of the most difficult to overcome. In the worst cases, one is assailed with questions and concerns more appropriately addressed to someone running a company in non-specific barren war-torn country run by pirates. In reality, Nigeria is a largely peaceful, democratic country where the rapidly growing legitimate private sector is creating a level of growth and profitability that will soon rival Brazil.

However, that’s not to say there aren’t challenges. The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index ranked Nigeria 169th out of 190 countries in 2016 and the country’s worst recession in 25 years is keeping investor expectations low. Until recently, Nigeria had a heavy handed government famous for colluding with multinational companies and foreign governments, enriching a select few and keeping the economy from generating any sustainable momentum. Unfortunately, this chequered past means that Nigeria is still considered a market only suitable for high-risk investors and oil companies.

Unfortunately this misperception overlooks the resilience and year on year growth of Nigeria’s legitimate private sector and the new generation of Nigerian leaders that are changing the status quo. President Buhari’s implementation of business focused Executive Orders show that this government is committed to reversing the damage done to the economy by previous administrations which smothered the legitimate private sector.

In April 2017, President Buhari issued a directive putting an end to a long-standing corrosive monopoly in the maritime and oil and gas logistics sectors. This directive was noted for its solid legal basis, going so far as to rule out the return of such monopolies acknowledging the huge economic damage they inflict. Then, in May 2017, Executive Orders were put in place to ensure the government stays out of the way of real businesses and eliminates the temptation for government officials to extort the companies seeking to ply their trade legally. Such strong legal positions have reassured local business owners that this government supports transparent, value adding companies and is willing to uproot long-standing quasi-private enterprises that have benefited from cronyism for years.

Huge strides have also been made in the maritime sector. Being Africa’s largest and most populous country and home to West Africa’s longest coastline, Nigeria is a natural hub for the continent. But for decades it has failed to live up to this potential. Now under the leadership of Hadiza Bala Usman, one of Nigeria’s newest and youngest leaders, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has been transformed into an organisation that actively promotes competition and investment. The NPA has rapidly embraced Buhari’s directives and is leveraging them to create an efficient, technology driven parastatal which is discussing multi-billion-dollar investment opportunities on the world stage.

Certainly, the Nigerian government has a long way to go, but in a world where many governments seem to be openly and increasingly acting against the interests of their voters, Nigeria’s leadership is taking drastic steps to break with its past and move in the right direction.Real private sector leaders, those that have been investing and struggling for decades against the odds, are increasingly optimistic. The challenges they face today, from financing to manpower, pale in comparison to the almost insurmountable hurdles that they confronted from their own government and the multinationals that colluded with and instigated rent seeking in the past. Now that the playing field is being levelled, they are rapidly gaining traction.

The UN forecasts that by 2050 Nigeria and greater sub-Saharan Africa will make up 22% of the world’s population. This impressive population growth not only alludes to the immense human capital resources at sub-Saharan Africa’s fingertips, but also how critical this region is to global growth and stability. Even as the growth in established Western countries continues its complex decline the negative perceptions held about Nigeria prevent people from seriously looking at its opportunities.

Given the importance of this region now and going forward, it is imperative that Nigeria’s leadership does not give up on the struggle against corruption and negative perceptions. The good news is that the reality is already much better than the perception and continues to improve every day.

Click here to read more at forbes.com

USTDA hails LADOL as haven for investment

The United State Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has commended the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) as a safe haven for investment and having great capacity for job creation in the African sub-region.

This is coming just as the Federal government as well as Lagos and Oyo states governments have indicated interests in collaborating with the private oil and gas services yard in undertaking trainings and skills development for the youths.

Acting Director of USTDA, Mr. Thom Hardy, who expressed delight at the massive private investment when he led a five-man delegation to the LADOL Free Trade Zone in Apapa, Lagos, Friday, said the base would no doubt add value to youths development efforts of the Nigerian governments at various levels.

LADOL is currently playing host to the integration of a $3.8billion oil and gas exploration platform otherwise known as Egina project which has been described as first-of-its-kind in the Sub-Sahara Africa.

The Egina Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) project is being undertaken by Korea-based Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) for TOTAL Oil Exploration, with LADOL acting as the local content partner.

Speaking with journalists after the facility tour, the American envoy said his team was on a fact-finding mission to ascertain how businesses were carried out in Nigeria as to seek ways of encouraging American investors to invest in the country.

Click here to read more at nigeriancurrent.com

LADOL logistics base set for expansion

Facing an uphill battle, the privately owned West African free zone and logistics hub Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) has been rapidly expanding over the past 15 years and has established itself as an important logistics base for international oil companies. It now has its long-term sights set on diversifying away from oil and gas.

Global Trade Review (GTR) speaks with LADOL managing director and CEO Amy Jadesimi about how the free zone is evolving into a platform for industrialisation across West Africa, and the challenges it faces.

GTR: What is LADOL and how did it develop?

Jadesimi: LADOL is an industrial free zone. It was built out of a disused swamp inside of Apapa Port, which is probably the busiest container terminal in West Africa. It’s basically an island: we get to it over the water. We chose that location because we knew we had to be completely independent to achieve our aim, which is to create opportunities for large industrial projects to happen in Nigeria for the first time.

The largest industry in Nigeria is oil and gas, so we started with focusing on that by building a specialised logistics base. We, as the base operator, provide all the facilities through which services are delivered to our clients, as opposed to what happens in other logistics bases in Nigeria, which are basically converted government facilities and tend to be very bloated with many people doing the same thing.

GTR: Can you outline the various phases of development, what has been achieved thus far, and what are your plans for the future?

Jadesimi: The founders of LADOL started investing in the concept in 2001. They started investing on the ground in 2004, so the investment on the ground has been going on for 13 years. Phase one included a logistics base, hotel and offices, all of which were completed in 2011.

As part of phase two, LADOL has built the largest shipyard and installed the heaviest crane capacity in the region. The shipyard is currently constructing and will do the final integration of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for Total’s US$16bn Egina deepwater field. The vessel will be the largest to ever berth in West Africa, and the first FPSO to be fabricated and partially integrated in Nigeria, despite the fact that Nigeria has spent US$30bn or so building similar vessels in the past, without seeing much happen locally.

Also part of phase two is a 50MW gas-fired power plant, a new hotel and a liquid mud plant, which are currently being built and will be completed over the next 24 months.

For phase three, over the next decade we plan to develop the remaining infrastructure in the free zone to support non-oil and gas industrial activity. Our strategic focus is on supporting and attracting manufacturing and engineering businesses that have a multiplier effect on job creation and which use innovation to develop sustainable business models, disrupting current systems that perpetuate poverty. Phase three will also be distinctive in that the developers plan to significantly increase the level of sustainability in the design and layout of the free zone. In addition, we want to attract manufacturing and engineering companies with sustainable business plans and operations to set up in the zone to industrialise West Africa and be part of what will be one of the world’s largest growth markets.

GTR: Are there other, similar logistics bases in Nigeria?

Jadesimi: In Nigeria, no. Historically, our oil and gas has come from the Niger Delta, which is where the biggest logistics servicing facility is located. But this is a very different set up to LADOL. It is funded by the government. It is a very open design, whereby some of the facilities are in nearby towns, so you don’t have the streamlined, fully-integrated facility, where everything is done within one ecosystem.

The market LADOL is servicing is very different, which is why we set up a unique, fully-integrated facility. We are servicing the offshore and deep offshore market. Our target clients are people who are drilling in the middle of the ocean, sometimes 3,000 metres deep. This is a very expensive setup, costing US$20-30 a barrel, although we are trying to reduce that cost. And so, when you are servicing an operation like that, what we realised is that it’s better done from a location like Lagos where you can operate 24/7, you can quickly get in and out of the facility, and you need a custom-built logistics base that is very streamlined and efficient. Everything is set up by the base operator, which means we take all the capital expenditure risk and then people come and deliver their services through facilities that we have already built.

GTR: Given the global oil scenario, what fuels your confidence that LADOL’s built capacity will be utilised?

Jadesimi: The current oil price is driving a lot of business to LADOL. Oil majors have known for over a decade that for deep offshore blocks, Lagos is the optimal support location – LADOL is the embodiment of the ideal logistics base envisioned by Shell, Chevron and ExxonMobil when they first tried to build a base in Lagos. By building the base ourselves, LADOL has also demonstrated the need for international oil companies to support legitimate private sector companies in the sector to cut costs and ensure long-term stability. Interest in Nigeria’s offshore oil and gas assets is still high because Nigerian companies like LADOL and the current government policies have made Nigeria highly competitive.

GTR: How is LADOL financed?

Jadesimi: Since we have been going, for over a decade, financing has been challenging to say the least. Initially LADOL was financed with equity from ourselves. The Bank of Industry, a Nigerian bank, was the first major equity investor. We expect to go to another financing ground next year. We have also received bank loans. The financing challenges are one of the reasons why it has taken some time to get the infrastructure built.

GTR: Have you sought or achieved any kind of international financing?

Jadesimi: That is what we are doing next year. We wanted to get a few things in place, and position ourselves. With a project like LADOL, the idea of giving money to a relatively small private company to incrementally build a sustainable industrial free zone is a new one, albeit one which the development institutions are just now getting their heads around. We are talking to them.

GTR: How receptive has the Nigerian government been to what you have achieved so far and to your plans for the future?

Jadesimi: It has been an uphill battle: explaining who we are and getting over the fact that by adding value and adding transparency, particularly with our logistics activities in the oil and gas sector, we are shining a light on a lot of improper things that were happening before. To be honest, the pushback we have had over the past decade is far more than we had anticipated.

However, I would say that this government has taken a very clear position and a very clear stand. The president issued a policy recently which confirmed the fact that the maritime sector and oil and gas logistics sector was a liberal sector and that everybody had a right to participate. It even made specific reference to LADOL, commending us for our investment and basically saying that under this new government, they wanted to encourage the creation of more LADOLs.

I would say it has been an uphill battle for lots of reasons. One of the most effective things we have been able to do is to educate the government and civil society and other private sector companies about the benefits that come from opening up the market to the private sector in this way. Where we are at now is a place where we will see a lot more private investment coming in over the next decade.

Click here to read the full interview on the GTR website.

Executive Director speaks at Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit

Jide Jadesimi, Executive Director of LADOL, was invited to speak at the Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit (NDDIS) recently held in London. The 4th NDDIS is dedicated to mobilising the Diaspora to set up small and medium scale industries in Nigeria to create employment for young Nigerians to address the issues, to stimulate solutions, to create deals and to move beyond the usual ‘talkshop’. Nigeria’s huge Diaspora population can be a portent force for national transformation. The High Commissioner of Nigeria to the United Kingdom will declare The Summit open.

The NDDIS was set up with the following remit.
-It will provide the opportunity for Nigerian States to lay out their projects and programmes and to engage with the diaspora to maximize the effectiveness of every investment and every project.
-It will give the Federal Government and it parastatal Agencies the opportunity explain their strategies and the incentives and opportunities they are creating
-It will give the diaspora the opportunity to engage directly and bring forward projects and business opportunities that matter to them and their families and their communities.
-International investors will be offered qualified investment opportunities in Infrastructure, Agriculture, Industry and Services.

Watch the video of Jide Jadesimi’s presentation here.

Click here to read more about the NDDIS

Click here to read more about the 4th summit

LADOL CEO invited to Afreximbank AGM

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) held its 24th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM) in Kigali from 28 June to 1 July with participation by some of Africa’s most high-profile political and business leaders, joined by leading international experts.

LADOL Managing Director, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, was invited to the event as a guest speaker.

Click here to read more about the event.

LADOL CEO attends G20 Africa Summit

LADOL Managing Director, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, recently attended a G20 conference focussing on the development of Africa and hosted by the German President of the G20 in Berlin.

The summit was organised to propose the ‘G20 African Partnership Initiative’ to spur private investment in infrastructure and employment. The Partnership intends to support related political initiatives of the G20 and facilitate joint commitments (Investment Compacts) between African countries, G20 Partners and International Financial Institutions. Compacts should be demand driven and form the basis for long-term cooperation, with the aim of creating a sound investment climate in relevant sectors of selected African economies. The initiative builds on existing regional and international strategies and can be viewed in the context of addressing root causes of migration.

The G20 is comprised of 19 countries plus the EU. The countries are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Click here to read the full objectives of the initiative.

LADOL continues to mark milestones as deepwater port

Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base (LADOL) is awaiting what is considered to be a historic moment in the development of the country’s offshore oil and gas industry. Having fabricated part of the topsides of Total’s Egina FPSO, it will soon receive the completed hull for integration, making it, according to LADOL Managing Director, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, the first such procedure to be completed in Nigeria.

“Finally, everyone is in [agreement] on the importance of making Nigeria the hub for West Africa, and how facilities like LADOL are crucial to making that happen,” she said.

Relating this achievement to the Nigerian market, she said that this was only the first step, one for LADOL and other Nigerian ports to continue to build upon – something, she told Offshore, that government officials including newly appointed secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board Simbi Kesiye Wabote are encouraging.

“He [Wabote] also wants to see pricing coming down, because when local content works, you end up getting tremendous cost savings for the industry,” Jadesimi said. “It brings down the cost of doing business because you are operating close to your oil block, you are using local people, and you are manufacturing locally.”

LADOL is implementing several plans to streamline its processes and make them more cost-effective.

Like most of the industry, ways to decrease cost is of increased importance to Jadesimi and her team. She said although oil companies have always wanted to curtail spending, the recent oil price crisis has actually helped bring these abstract pricing discussions about saving money into more concrete terms.

“As soon as the oil price fell, these discussions became very real. We have been able to make a lot of headway this year, in bringing on board IOCs with our business model,” she said. “Our facility is specialized for offshore, so it is a very streamlined, fully integrated business model, [meaning that] we as the base operator provide all the facilities through which the services are delivered.”

As an example, Jadesimi revealed that LADOL was building its own mud plant to service all companies using the yard, with service providers providing design input. Once completed, the oil companies’ chosen service providers will deliver service through this facility. She said that it will cut down on costs for both sides, eliminating the need to maintain multiple plants. It is also designed to allow LADOL to maintain the quality control to a very high standard.

Jadesimi said that model was being replicated across the yard’s facilities, pointing to a roll-out of an extensive cashless and paperless enterprise resource planning system related to its warehouse inventory. She also acknowledged at least one area where LADOL had looked outside of its country for external models.

Click here to read the full report at African Leadership

Channels TV Interviews LADOL Executive

Jide Jadesimi, Executive Director of LADOL, was recently interviewed on the Business Morning program of Channels TV. Discussing the subject of local content development in the Nigeria energy market and the role of local investors, Jide explained how LADOL is contributing to these initiatives and helping to boost the economy.

Watch the full video below.

Nigeria network meeting – Egina Floater

An historic event will take place in Lagos later this year when the Total’s Egina Floater arrives at Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) in Nigeria.

Mr. Jide Jadesimi, Executive Director Business Development at LADOL recently gave a presentation on their partnership strategy in this venture and was also be available for B2B meetings with participating companies. The event was held at the Norwegian Energy Partners office, Hoffsveien 23, Oslo.

Click here to see the event itinerary at www.norwep.com

NPA Ends Era of Monopoly at Ports

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman has directed that every terminal in the port was free to receive any cargo as far as it has the technical competence to handle such goods.

Usman introduced the measure as part of the efforts to promote competitiveness in the ports environment and check monopolistic tendencies in the industry.

Click here to read the full report at www.shipping-day.com

British High Commission Visits LADOL Free Zone

Representatives from the British High Commission recently visited LADOL Free Zone to review progress of the facility.
From left to right.
Ms Ola Sorunke – Head of Energy, Nigeria, Department for International Trade, British Deputy High Commission
Mrs Laure Beaufils – Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos
Dr Amy Jadesimi – MD LADOL
Mrs Harriet Thompson – Deputy High Commissioner in Abuja
Mr Wale Adebajo – Communication Manager and Political Adviser British High Commission in Lagos

LADOL Keynote Speaker at Grand Health Bazaar 2017

The 3-day Grand Health Bazaar (#GHB2017) event recently took place at the Havilah Centre, Sheraton Four Points Hotel, Lagos from April 25-27 2017. #GHB2017 invites high profile keynote speakers from different organisations who enlighten and update attendees on new innovations in their various fields of expertise. Representatives from LADOL where invited to speak at the event which also hosted delegates from over 10 countries including the USA, UK, Egypt, Mauritius, Uganda, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Togo and Ghana.

In line with the Global Sustainability Agenda, the theme of this year’s GHB was ‘Creating Shared Value as an Essential Tool for Enhanced Corporate Sustainability’.

Delegation From The Society of Petroleum Engineers Visits LADOL

LADOL Executive Director, Jide Jadesimi, welcomes members of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) to the LADOL Free Zone. The visit was organised to familiarize the SPE representatives with the facility to facilitate future business opportunities

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MD of NEPZA Visits LADOL

Dr Amy Jadesimi, MD of LADOL, welcomes Hon. Barr. Emmanuel Jime, Managing Director of Nigeria Export and Processing Zones Authority to the LADOL Free Zone.


Nigeria To Become West Africa’s Hub For FPSO Integration

The Chairman of the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics (LADOL), Ladipupo Jadesimi, has expressed the hope of Nigeria emerging the hub for Floating Production Storage and Offloading vessel (FPSO) integration in the nearest future.

Jadesimi, who expressed optimism on the fast growing development at the logistics base, however, bemoaned allegations that the company is berthing vessels illegally at the base.

Click here to read the full report at guardian.ng

LADOL Sponsors Chevening Partnership

The Chevening Scholarships programme is the UK government’s prestigious international Leadership programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. Young professionals with outstanding academic and leadership talents are given the opportunity to study for a one-year Masters degree at any UK University of their choice, after which they are required to return to Nigeria to assist in further development of the country.

A total of 44 Nigerians who were awarded Chevening Scholarships in 2015/2016, are back in-country after having successfully completed their study in various UK universities.

As a sponsor for the Chevening Partnership, representatives from LADOL recently attended a welcome reception hosted by the British High Commission for the 2015/2016 Chevening Scholars.

Ms Pamela Uwagboe (LADOL Human Resources & Administration Superintendent)
Ms Laure Beaufils British Deputy High Commissioner
Ms Josephine Oviomaigho (LADOL Human Resources & Administration Senior Superintendent)
Justice Eberechi Suzette Wike, wife of the Governor of Rivers state.

CNN Money – Nigeria’s Female Oil Tycoon

It’s rare to find a woman at the top of an oil business. It’s the last place Amy Jadesimi expected to be.

“The one thing that I definitely didn’t want to do was work in oil and gas,” Jadesimi told CNN.

That was before she got involved with Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL), a company founded by her father in 2001 to provide support services to Nigeria’s oil industry. Jadesimi had set out on a very different path. She received a medical degree from Oxford University and went on to work as an investment banker in the U.K. Then she moved to the U.S. to complete an MBA at Stanford Business School, before returning to Nigeria.

“I knew that I had enough education and experience that I could really add value in the market here,” she said.

But she wasn’t sure exactly how to do that until she joined the family firm. “When I got involved with LADOL I realized that’s what I’d been missing.”

The company counts Nigeria’s Bank of Industry among its backers. It provides long term financing to Nigeria’s industrial sector. LADOL hires locally and focuses on projects within the region.

“We decided to grow the business organically as a 100% indigenous [Nigerian] firm,” Jadesimi said. “You can’t really achieve your full potential as a country unless you have local shops [and] local investment.”

She manages more than 1,000 Nigerian employees who offer a huge range of services to the country’s giant oil sector, including providing utilities, security and support for offshore production and projects.

But Jadesimi also wants to lead LADOL into new sectors, such as car manufacturing and education. She said the company has partnered with Samsung Heavy Industries to expand its offshore base and build a large dry dock.

“It helps us diversify outside oil and gas because you can use that shipyard for any kind of steel fabrication from railways to bridges to general works, and that is part of what LADOL’s strategy is,” she said.

“What we want to do is use the investments we have made in infrastructure to bring up other industries in the country.”

Click here to read the full report at money.cnn.com

Watch the full video below.

Sustaining Your World: How Business Can Help Solve the Planet’s Challenges

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission is making an important case for the private sector to be more involved in solving the planet’s biggest challenges. In collaboration with The Economist Films, the Business Commission developed a 10-minute film to explain what the challenges and opportunities are and highlight some of the companies leading the conversation on sustainable development. LADOL’s Managing Director, Dr Amy Jadesimi, contributes to the film by setting the global context.

Watch the full video below.

OECD Global Forum on Development

Dr Amy Jadesimi, MD of LADOL, has been invited as keynote speaker at the OECD Global Forum on Development Conference to be held in Paris on 5th April 2017. Participants at this year’s conference will take stock of existing initiatives to catalyse the power of the private sector in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals, explore new avenues of partnerships to mobilise the necessary resources and understand how the OECD can help.

Click here to find out more about this conference on the OECD website.

A fantastic business opportunity

“A fantastic business opportunity.” Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director of LADOL and Commissioner at the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, tells Abraaj Week 2017 that there is huge potential to create value through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Watch the full video below.

Make It Local, Make It Cheap. Africa Oil & Power Report

Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL), explains why local content done right always reduces costs, and how low oil and gas prices can be a boon for the oil and gas industry.

Click here to read the full report at africaoilandpower.com

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US Ambassador Visits LADOL

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington recently visited LADOL to review progress on the development of the site and discuss business opportunities.

Click here for Stuart Symington’s Wiki profile.



LADOL Aerial Views

The following video gives a birds eye view of the development of LADOL. This clip was filmed by Jay Brother Productions (http://jaybrothersproduction.com).

Watch the full video from our YouTube channel below.

Sustainable Business Can Unlock at Least US$12 Trillion in New Market Value

A new report from the Business & Sustainable Development Commission shows that the next decade will be critical for companies to open 60 key market “hot spots”, tackle social and environmental challenges, and re-build trust with society.

The flagship report, Better Business, Better World, asserts that sustainable business models could open economic opportunities worth at least US$12 trillion, create 380 million jobs a year, and unleash a step-change in growth and productivity by 2030.

“We need to show these ideas work not just in a report but on the business frontline,” said Dr. Amy Jadesimi, CEO of LADOL and a member of the Commission.

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2016. It brings together leaders from business, finance, civil society, labour, and international organisations, with the twin aims of mapping the economic prize that could be available to companies if the Global Goals are achieved, and describing how they can contribute to achieving them.

Click here to read the full report at businesscommission.org

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LADOL joins global most influential maritime firms over $600m logistics facility

Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics base (LADOL) has joined the few Nigerian companies that have crossed all barriers to play in the league of global leading firms that shape business development in the world’s shipping sector.

Industry analysts attribute the growth of LADOL to the construction of the fabrication and integration yard of the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) oil platform, known as Egina, worth over $3.8 billion and built in partnership with Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) as technical partner for Total Oil Company.

The analysts say the integration facility, which has received many commendations from companies and government representatives across the global, is positioned to not only attract over $10 billion worth of investments into Nigeria in the next few years, but to also create engineering capacity and jobs for Nigerians and serve as source of foreign exchange for the economy.

“LADOL’s investment exemplifies the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board’s (NCDMB) vision of domestication of industry operation, creation of job opportunity for Nigerians as well as extracting legacy for major industry projects”, Simbi Kesiye Wabote, executive secretary, NCDMB, said during his recent visit to LADOL base.

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BBC World News : Nigeria’s desperate drive to diversify (Source: BBC 25/11/16)

With the collapse in the international oil price, Nigeria has found itself centre-stage as its economy falters. It has prompted experts to put pressure on the country to diversify its economy and take a different approach to the oil and gas sector.

To find out more for Africa Business Report on how companies and entrepreneurs are investing in the sector, the BBC’s Lerato Mbele started by visited LADOL – which has turned a former swamp in Lagos harbour into a port facility to support offshore drilling operations.

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Senate to support LADOL

The Senate Committee on Marine Transport has pledged to support Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL), Niger Dock Ltd. and the Lagos Channel Management (LCM) to achieve success in the interest of the country.

The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Ahmed Yerima, said this during an oversight function of the committee to Lagos Channel Management (LCM), Niger Dock Ltd. and LADOL in Lagos.

He said that the committee members were impressed with the facilities the companies had been putting in place, adding that he would give them all the encouragement required in the interest of the country.

We are highly impressed. This is the first time I am seeing LADOL physically. I have seen them in document and I have tried to know about them and I now know them practically.

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LADOL CEO Attends Danish Maritime Forum

Dr. Amy Jadesimi, CEO of LADOL, recently attended the Danish Maritime Forum and engaged with key leaders from the public and private sectors in collaborative activities to unleash the potential of the global maritime industry.

The 2016 Danish Maritime Forum included a number of high-level panel discussions and key notes featuring key business leaders, top government officials and prominent experts. They served to set the context and highlighted the most significant challenges and opportunities in the global economy.

Watch the highlights from the event here.

NPA board frets over lingering crisis in logistics sector

The Board memebers of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), have promised to made into the lingering crisis in the oil and gas logistics value chain.

The Board, during a visit to the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics (LADOL) base in Apapa Lagos, promised to probe into the issues and table it before President Muhammadu Buhari in a short distannce for due inteference.

The board members led by its Chairman, Emmanuel Adesoye Olajide, an engineer, said they will look into the matter, which has threatened forex earnings in the country and ensure that the president himself wades in.

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LADOL Vital For Diversification of Nigeria’s Economy – NPA

The Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics base (LADOL) has been described as an organization that is foremost to current efforts by the Federal Government in checking the lingering foreign exchange challenges currently facing the country.

The assertion was made in Lagos on Friday by members of the Board of Directors of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), when the team made a tour of the Apapa port-based logistic service provider, on facility assessment.

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LADOL Boss Stresses Women’s Role in Global Economic Growth

Women have contributed significantly to global economic growth and as leading agents in Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The assertion was made by the Managing Director of the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics base (LADOL), Dr. Amy Jadesimi, in a speech she delivered at the just concluded United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held in New York, United States of America.

Dr Amy Jadesimi, who is a member of the 31 International Commissioners, spoke on behalf of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission which is chaired by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown and co-founded by Paul Polman, the CEO of Unilever.

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LADOL CEO Gives Speech at UN General Assembly

The Managing Director of LADOL, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, gave a speech at UN General Assembly on 22 September 2016 on behalf of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission which is chaired by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown and co-founded by Paul Polman the CEO of Unilever. Dr. Amy is one of only 31 international Commissioners on the commission, one third of whom are women. Business Commission is drawing upon the expertise of these 31 global private sector and civil society leaders to inform its work and reach new audiences.

The Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment report was released on 22 September 2016, at the launch event, which was attended by Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General, a handful of leading women were asked to make commitment statements on behalf of their organisations.

Dr. Amy Jadesimi contributed on behalf of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission as follows:

Title: Women Are Driving the Global Economy
Commitment Statement:

I’m Dr. Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director of LADOL, a $500m Free Zone in Nigeria, a Commissioner on the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, which is Chaired by Lord Mark Malloch Brown. The Business Commission is making a powerful case, supported by sound evidence, rigorous research and compelling real-world examples, for why the private sector should seize upon the SDGs as the greatest opportunity for corporate growth and profitability of our lifetime. The commission’s work will help high growth, low income countries achieve the SDGs by catalysing the empowerment of and the investment in critical and currently marginalised groups, such as local private sector companies and women.

Women are not simply beneficiaries of SDG Goal 5. They are also leading the achievement of all SDGs. If the world commits to gender equality, equal engagement in the workforce adds $28 trillion US dollars to annual global GDP in 2025. Women are drivers of the global economy and they are critical to leading the shift to an inclusive and sustainable world.

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission’s mission and vision are in line with those of LADOL. Just as LADOL has positively disrupted the oil and gas and maritime sectors, the BSDC seeks to support and drive disruptive innovations that breaking new ground and transforming business models in health, education, mobility, agriculture and energy. Such business models are challenging the status quo of established industries – from fossil fuels to fashion. The work of the Commission is all the more important given the threats of social and environmental externalities. The private sector needs immediately accelerate inclusive growth and drive sustainability at a far greater speed and scale than it has to date.

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission, launched in January 2016, aims to accelerate this market transformation and advance the world’s transition to a more prosperous, inclusive economy. The core of its mission is to make a powerful case – supported by sound evidence, rigorous research and compelling real-world examples – for why business leaders should seize upon sustainable development as the greatest opportunity of our lifetime.

The Commission we will show how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide the private sector with a framework for achieving this market shift. The Business Commission’s flagship report, due to be published in January 2017, will highlight:

  • The evidence for new sustainable growth models, which are becoming increasingly more attractive and affordable. However, there are many more companies that remain on the current path, and our research will make clear the significant risks, which could lead to adverse effects on growth and profit.
  • New business models and how they can align profitability with sustainable development, and how first-movers are already gaining an advantage in the market.
  • The challenges and opportunities for new financial tools to crowd in private capital and align economic and social returns. We will identify major financing challenges, such as pervasive short-termism, as well as potential solutions, including prioritising the benefits of patient, long-term investments.
  • The need for business, government, and civil society to effectively build a new social contract to create a more enabling environment and drive collective action for achieving inclusive, sustainable growth. This will require a stronger role for all stakeholders, and it will also require the private sector to proactively earn the trust of society. We will argue that delivering the SDGs requires both a stronger private sector and a stronger public sector.

Although still in the early stages, the research findings so far show there are significant economic opportunities for the private sector to create new business models that transform markets and drive inclusive growth across several key industries. These findings will be finalised in the coming months, and will take centre stage in the Commission’s final report.

Oil Crash Boosting Nigeria’s Local Services Industry

According to Amy Jadesimi, CEO of LADOL, the crash in oil prices is forcing offshore producers in Nigeria to turn to local service providers to save costs.

“There’s no way IOCs can afford to do business in Nigeria unless they get their offshore support from Lagos,” Ami Jadesimi said in a recent interview in with Bloomberg in New York. “Return on investment in Nigeria is half what it is in Brazil, half what it is in the North Sea. That’s because the cost is too high. What will unlock more investment is producers lowering their cost of doing business”.

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LADOL advances in $3.8b Egina FPSO vessel construction

The Lagos Deep Offshore Logistic Base (LADOL) is blazing the trail in the quest for local capacity development in the country as it advanced with the construction of the world-class Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel.

The indigenous oil and gas logistics firm is currently working on the sections of the FPSO at its Free Zone base in Apapa. The Managing Director of LADOL, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, said the yard is where the first ever locally fabricated Floating Production Storage Offloading (FPSO) project took place.

During a recent tour of the yard the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, she said the implementation of the $3.8 billion project in-country would boost capacity and aid the national economy.

She said: “This project is first of its kind in Africa and sitting at an indigenous facility like LADOL, speaks volumes of our national resolve and determination to take our pride of place as the regional hub.”

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LADOL awarded first local Chevening Partner

The UK Government has awarded Chevening scholarship to 53 Nigerians for the 2016/2017 Chevening cycle, the UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, has said.

Mr Arkwright stated this at the pre-departure orientation programme in Abuja, organised for Chevening scholars to commence their study programmes in the UK this September, according to the High Commission.

“I’m delighted to announce our first local Chevening Partner, LADOL Integrated Logistics Free Zone Enterprise, who are co-funding an award in the energy sector, starting 2017/18”, he said.

For the 2016/2017 Chevening cycle, Nigeria recorded the highest number of applications globally, with about 4000 eligible applications.

Following this, a total of 53 Chevening scholarship and fellowship awards were made available to Nigerians this year.

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LADOL becomes a Founding Patron of Prince’s Trust International

Today, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) announces it has become a Founding Patron of the Prince’s Trust International (PT), which seeks to help disadvantaged young people around the globe into education, training and work.

Commenting on the announcement, LADOL CEO, Dr Amy Jadesimi, noted: “LADOL is delighted to support the important work of Prince’s Trust International. The issue of youth empowerment is one that is well understood here in Nigeria, with 1.8 million young people entering the labour market each year. LADOL shares PTI’s passion for providing relevant training and helping young people not just to have jobs but to build life-long careers. We look forward to supporting Prince’s Trust International as they expand overseas and learning from their work.”

Launched at CHOGM in Malta in 2015 by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Prince’s Trust International has been created to build on the success of the Trust in the UK and enable it to share its insight with governments, companies and NGOs seeking to tackle youth unemployment around the world. The Trust is building its programme across countries in the Commonwealth and beyond, in places where it can most effectively bridge the skills gap to help the next generation into employment.

Alan Kennedy, Chief Executive of Prince’s Trust International added: “LADOL is committed to the principles on which the Trust was founded and we’re confident its addition to the circle of Founding Patrons will give us a fresh perspective on our work over the coming years.”

British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Paul Arkwright CMG welcomed the appointment saying, “LADOL Free Zone has shown how powerful private sector investment and entrepreneurial spirit can be in creating jobs and opportunity in the local economy. This new partnership with Prince’s Trust International will help to highlight those shared entrepreneurial values, as well as the fantastic work of PTI around the world.”

LADOL is very much focussed on building capacity in Nigeria

Dr. Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base, the 100-hectare free zone and logistics hub, talks to MEET THE BOSS on advantages in the low oil price environment, best practices in the Free Zone and how the private port facility could help in bringing in Foreign Direct Investments into the country.

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LADOL’s Founder Is Appointed Chairman of NDPR

Ladi Jadesimi, founder of the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics (LADOL) base, has been elected Chairman of the Niger Delta Petroleum Resources Limited (NDPR).

Mr. Jadesimi took over from Goodie Ibru, the Hotel magnate who had been Chairman since 2012 and who retired from the board after serving for 10 years.

A graduate of Oxford University (Jurisprudence, 1966) and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, England and Wales, Mr. Jadesimi is former Partner of Arthur Anderson in Nigeria.
After over 15 years of practice as a Chartered Accountant, Jadesimi took early retirement from practice to engage in private business, primarily in banking, oil and gas and real estate.
In 2000, started planning, with others, a purpose-built, state-of-the-art logistics and engineering base west of the Niger Delta.

“LADOL was conceived and designed to be an efficient, custom-built, fully integrated, secure and independent engineering and logistics base operating 24/7 in the LADOL Free Zone for deep offshore oil and gas projects”, the company says in its website.

Apart from NDPR and LADOL, Jadesimi serves on the board of several companies, including First City Monument Bank (FCMB), as a Non-Executive Director.

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PETAN Chairman visits LADOL

Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN) Chairman, Bank Anthony Okoroafor, joined LADOL Executive Director, Jide Jadesimi, onsite earlier this month for a tour of the LADOL facilities as both organisations work towards the development and growth of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

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Britain to Partner LADOL to Facilitate Trade and Investment

The United Kingdom (UK) trade envoy to Nigeria, John Howell has pledged to encourage UK companies to partner Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) to facilitate trade between Nigeria and his country.

Howell, who stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to LADOL in company of the UK High commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, Friday in Lagos, promised to bring UK expertise and encourage companies in its oil and gas sector to work with LADOL.

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LADOL’s Integration Facility for Egina FPSO is Ready

The Managing Director of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base, Dr. Amy Jadesimi, recently revealed the progress of development activity on the base in an interview with Chika Amanze-Nwachuku, Ejiofor Alike and Abiodun Eromosel.

A key facility, built by her company for the integration of Total Upstream’s Floating Production Storage Offloading vessel for the $16 billion Egina deepwater field, is ready, ahead of the March 2017 scheduled date for the arrival of the $3.3billion offshore vessel from South Korea. She also called for the full implementation of the Nigerian Content Law.

LADOL had started executing several projects mainly on the logistics side before the Nigerian Content Law was enacted in 2010. Having seen the implementation of this law in these past few years, has it has achieved the aim of the indigenous operators like LADOL?

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Lawmakers Applaud LADOL’s Giant Local Content Stride

Ladol Oil and Gas Free Zone (LFZ), operators of the Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics (LADOL) base, has been described as one of the success stories of the local content administration in the country.

The appraisal was made in Lagos on Wednesday by the House of Representatives and Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCMB), during a joint tour of the base by top legislators from the House Committee on Local Content as well as management of the board.

Chairman of the House Committee Hon. Emmanuel Ekon and Executive Secretary of the Content Board, Obah Patrick, who took turns to address journalists after the tour, expressed pleasant surprise at the development of the facility, saying their visit was a testimony of the commendable operations at the zone.

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Dr Jadesimi panellist at Global Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen

The Managing Director of LADOL, Dr Amy Jadesimi, joined the opening plenary session panel for the 3GF – Global Green Growth Forum – in Copenhagen this week. 3GF brings together world leaders across business, government and the third sector to tackle global development issues through practical discourse that leads to solutions. Dr Jadesimi represented the Global Commission for Sustainable Development led by Lord Mark Malloch Brown and Unilever CEO, Paul Polman.

Fellow panellist included the Prime Minister of Denmark, Lars Lokke Rasmussen; Vietnam’s Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, HE Tran Hong Ha; Director General of IUCN, Inger Andersen; Danfoss CEO, Niels Christiansen; and EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella. The session was moderated by Connie Hedegaard, board chair for the KR Foundation and CONCITO.

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“Nigeria is a successful investment destination” says Amy Jadesimi in an interview with The Guradian

The Managing Director of LADOL, Dr Amy Jadesimi, in a recent interview with the Business Editor of The Guardian, ADE OGIDAN, explains the need for faithful local content policy implementation and the need to further promote the operations of indigenous firms in the country.

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LADOL sponsors The Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria Spring Lecture 2016.

The Managing Director of LADOL, Dr Amy Jadesimi, stepping in for the Chairman of LADOL, Mr. Ladi Jadesimi, recently gave a keynote speech, at The Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria Spring Lecture 2016.

The event was hosted at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Victoria Island, Lagos with the theme – Education: Reach for the Stars; Ensuring Access for All.

Guest of honour at the LADOL sponsored event was Diane Abbot, Member of the British Parliament and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, where she spoke out against the “fantastically corrupt” allegation levied against Nigeria by Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron.

From left to right in the photo
Ambassador Oladapo Fafowora; Past President, The Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria
Diane Abbott; Guest Lecturer, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, UK Member of Parliament
Dr. Amy Jadesimi; Managing Director, LADOL
Prof Bolaji Akinyemi; Former Minister of External Affairs
Ahmed Bashir; Acting British Deputy High Commissioner
Akinfela Akoni; President, Oxford and Cambridge Club of Nigeria

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