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AIG: Touching Lives, Boosting Local Economies With Critical Investments

June 15, 2024

AIG: Touching Lives, Boosting Local Economies with Critical Investments Gujeni, a rural community in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State is one of many communities across Nigeria that could only be seen from the prism of dereliction characterised by poor road networks, run-down social infrastructure, dearth of health facilities, among many other unsavoury narratives. This was also the narrative about Odagbo and adjoining communities in Ankpa Local Government of Kogi State, and many others across the country until African Industries Group (AIG) birthed their operations in their domain. Within a few years, these communities have become a model for sustainable development, attracting visitors and investors from across the country, courtesy of the life-touching investments of AIG in their communities. In Gujeni for instance, AIG, through its mining and processing plant, African Natural Resources and Mines Limited (ANRML), has constructed and repaired the road connecting Gujeni A, Gujeni B and other small hamlets directly to Abuja-Kaduna Expressway using equipment and laterite from its mines. As at the last count, a total 5.5 km roads have been repaired in Gujeni that have improved accessibility. AIG’s $600m Iron Ore mining and processing project in collaboration with Kaduna State Government has been at the back end of the delivery of improved healthcare to the people. Within the last one year, the group has donated varied quantities of medical aids including medicines and other commodities, food items, and other life-enhancing commodities to various categories of people in the community. The, hitherto, rustic Odagbo-Okaba village in Ankpa, Kogi State have also received similar touches by AIG, whose another affiliate company has constructed and repaired the road passing through the village using in-house equipment and laterite. So far, a total of 7km roads have been repaired in the Odagbo, Okaba, Ofano and Ofano Ogane communities. This is, as the Group has also drilled Industrial borewell with overhead tanks and tap facilities for household usage in Ofano and Odagbo-Ojuwo communities. The group renovated the Local Government Primary School building for Ihunsa Community in Igere, Ogun State and also the Odagbo Community School in Ankpa LGA, Kogi state. AIG’s Chairman, Mr Raj Gupta, who spoke on the reasons behind the Group’s huge investments in social interventions in their host communities, said, “We realised since we started doing business in Nigeria over five decades ago that investing in our host communities through basic infrastructure and helping to make the population healthier is a win-win for the community, the country and us.” In summary, he said, annually AIG spends over N2billion on Social Impact projects and interventions. He said the Group has so far supported over 20 Charity organisations and undertaken more than 100 health initiatives, including the donation of 2,000 Oxygen cylinders to various government agencies across various states during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our organisations have touched not less than 50,000 families in various communities, empowering over 25,000 women along the line,” he said. According to Gupta, the decision to host these life-saving interventions across the country by AIG is strategic, as it aligns with the group’s core values. “AIG runs a business strategy that is inclusive and sustainable, for which the people and communities that we operate within are key,” Gupta said in an interview, adding also that this does not only benefit stakeholders but also positively impact the environment and society. African Industries Group, a diversified global conglomerate with a 52-year business legacy that cuts across Nigeria and other parts of Africa, has more than 10,000 employees offering products and services through 11 business verticals. With headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, the group has been contributing to Nigeria’s socio-economic growth and industrial development in diverse ways that could not be ignored. “We are ardently committed to nurturing and development of the local environment, beginning from our contiguous communities. This, we strive to do by conducting various social impact activities, which we have been involved in for years under three main areas, namely, Community Development, Health and Hygiene and Women Empowerment,” Mr. Gupta said. He said the Group has set up series of sustainability initiatives that are helping to improve the human capacity of the members of their host communities. In this regard, he said “AIG has established a multipurpose Training and Development Center for carrying out various trainings related to safety, environment, job skills and administrative skills to be transferred to the National workforce as part of Local Talent Development Initiative.” The group has also installed a fully automatic Organic Compost Machine to convert food and organic waste into organic manure. AIG’s strides have surely not gone unnoticed, as the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Mr. Dele Alake, has hailed the group’s affiliate, ANRML, for observing absolute regulatory compliance that has added value to its steel production operations. Alake, who gave the commendation during a visit to ANRML at Gujeni, Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State, along with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite, expressed happiness over the development, saying, “the company has obeyed our admonition and in concrete terms.” Alake, had, in the previous week given some prerequisite conditions for the issuance and re-issuance of mining license to any firm willing to operate in the nation’s solid minerals sector. The Minister said the ANRML is now a living testimony and example of compliance with the directive, urging other operators in the sector and other prospective investors to emulate them. “I made the point that we will no longer licence any company that want to engage in our mining sector without any concrete plan for local value addition. Today, here is a company that has obeyed our admonition and in concrete terms, shown the whole world what local value addition means,” Alake said. Continuing, he said, “It is not just to mine our iron ore and export, but they are going to process and refine it here. So, I am happy that we have an example to show to the rest of the companies that are in Nigeria’s minerals sector. “This is a company that is worthy of emulation and I commend the firm for this remarkable achievement.” The firm also got similar rating from the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite, who commended the group and the company for making efforts to galvanize the nation’s steel sector. She said her Ministry’s industrial revitalisation plan has positioned the steel sector as a paramount sector that would receive attention being the catalyst of industrialization and national development. Earlier, the Group Managing Director (GMD), African Industries Group, Alok Gupta had assured that the company would use its operations to position Nigeria as a global steel producing giant based on the country’s rich natural resource wealth. Gupta described Nigeria as a nation of limitless potential, disclosing that AIG’s ANRML alone has a mining capacity of over 5 million tonnes per annum. “Nigeria, is a nation of strength, resilience and limitless potential. The country is blessed with abundant natural resources. We have a mining capacity of over 5 million tonnes per annum. The Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) produced here will be a direct substitute for ferrous scrap currently used as raw material for producing steel in Nigeria,” Gupta said. He also disclosed that AIG’s Iron ore mining and processing plant is Nigeria’s largest non-oil Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and marks a significant stride in the direction of utilizing it to make real wealth for Nigeria. It will also gradually position Nigeria as a prominent Crude Steel producer globally,” he added. The AIG’s Chairman also disclosed that the group has created direct and indirect employment for thousands of Nigerians since it was established in 1971 in the country. He further stated and affirmed the Federal Government’s efforts and commitment to drastically reduce the huge importation of steel products into the country annually, and bent on promoting and boosting local production of steel in order to conserve foreign exchange and ensure the steel sector contributes significantly to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). AIG has about 35 state-of-the-art manufacturing plants and facilities located in various locations across Nigeria, creating employment opportunities for thousands of Nigerians, and ancillary employment for many more. With over five decades of responsible business practices, the Group has evolved into a driving force in various sectors like Iron and steel manufacturing, power generation, agricultural products, steel processing, building materials, plywood and allied products, logistics and shipping, lead products, cans manufacturing, refractories products, industrial glass, other construction materials, and more recently, mining and processing, aluminum products, renewable energy like solar energy and is also now venturing into CNG.

Group takes medicare to Kaduna community

April 20, 2024

The African Natural Resources and Mines Limited (ANRML), a company of the African Industries Group (AIG), recently conducted a “Health Checkup and Medicine Distribution” Camp for the people of its Host Community in Gujeni Village, Kaduna state. This was part of a week-long set of Social Impact activities undertaken by the company on the occasion of “World Health Day”. A statement from the company, signed by ANRML Public Relations Officer, Mr. Babatunde Olanrewaju Akeem, said the main objectives of the camp focused mainly on the local community were to provide medical care and treatment; create awareness and educate people about healthcare; identify and address health issues in a community; promote preventive healthcare and reduce the incidence of diseases and finally provide access to medical care and treatment to people who cannot afford it. The camp was organized by ANRML and was completely managed by inhouse doctors. More than 200+ people mostly women, children and elderly benefited from the camp. The team of doctors and medical staff from ANRML undertook health checkups of individuals to know about their medical history, current ailments and prescribe the right medicines and lifestyle improvements. The local leaders also graced the event and took part in the initiative. The company distributed medicines to locals as well. The community was appreciative of the company for the camp and also expressed hope that more such camps and activities will be conducted for their benefit. Happy Dendlame, a beneficiary from local community said “I want to appreciate ANRML for their support with free medical checkup and free medication. The company is trying for community and shown us that our health is their concern. So may God bless the company and reward them” African Industries Group has long been working towards economic and social development within communities wherever its companies operate within Nigeria. The group looks at improving the quality of life for individuals within the various communities through its 3 social impact verticals of “Community Development”, “Women Empowerment” and “Health and Hygiene”. For the Gujeni community, ANRML has also undertaken other initiatives like digging boreholes with overhead tank facility for drinking water, installing transformers and electric poles for electricity and laying of rural road with concrete culverts for transportation among various other things. The Group is dedicated to being socially responsible, economically inclusive, and environmentally sustainable, in turn committed to making the world a better place to live.

World Health Day: Over 200 people benefit as ANRML convene free medical checkup for host community

April 20, 2024

African Natural Resources and Mines Limited (ANRML), a Group Company of the African Industries Group (AIG) has convened free health checkup camp for the people of its host community of Gujeni Village, Kaduna State. The organization also distributed medical supplies to the people of Gujeni community. The exercise was part of a week-long set of Social Impact activities undertaken by the company to commemorate Year 2024 World Health Day. A statement, signed by the Public Relations Officer of the company, Mr. Babatunde Olanrewaju Akeem, said the objective of the camp was to give medical support the people of Gujeni community. “The camp aimed to provide medical care and treatment to the people of the host community, create awareness and educate people about healthcare, identify and address health issues in a community as well as promote preventive healthcare,” the statement said, adding that prevention was a major focus of the exercise. The camp, which was convened by the company, also aimed to provide access to medical care and treatment to people who cannot afford it. Discussing the ANRML free health checkup, which is the most recent effort of the company in Corporate Social Responsibility, the statement explained that the camp was completely managed by in-house doctors, adding that more than two hundred people of Gujeni community, mostly women, children and elderly benefited from the camp. While saying that the team of doctors and medical staff from ANRML undertook health checkups of individuals to educate them about their health status, current ailments, the medical team also prescribed the right medications to address health challenges, adding that change in lifestyle is necessary to keep fit. While thanking community leaders for adding value to the effort by participating in the process, the company pledged continued commitment to the wellbeing of Gujeni community. “We are glad that local leaders also graced the event and took part in the initiative,” the statement said, adding that the participation of community leaders is a sign of gratitude. While assuring that more of such health camps and activities will be conducted for the benefit of the people of Gujeni community, the company expressed delight in the harmonious relationship between the company and the community. A beneficiary from the host community, Happy Dendlame commended the company, saying: “I want to appreciate ANRML for their support with free medical checkup and free medication,” stating that the company has made effort to improve the standard of living of the people of the community. “The African Natural Resources and Mines Limited has shown genuine concern for the health of the people of Gujeni community,” she added. “So, may God bless the company and reward them” African Industries Group has long been working towards economic and social development within communities where its companies operate within Nigeria. The group looks at improving the quality of life for individuals within the various communities through its three social impact verticals of Community Development, Women Empowerment and Health and Hygiene. For the Gujeni community, ANRML has also undertaken other initiatives like digging boreholes with overhead tank facility for drinking water, installing transformers and electric poles for electricity supply and laying of rural roads with concrete culverts for transportation among various other things. “The African Industries Group is dedicated to being socially responsible, economically inclusive, and environmentally sustainable and will remain committed to making the world a better place,” the statement added.

Alake hails company over value addition operations

March 27, 2024

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake, Tuesday, hailed the African Natural Resources Mines Limited plant, ANRML, over compliance to add value to its steel production operations. Alake gave the commendation during a visit to ANRML at Gujeni, Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State, along with the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite. He expressed happiness that the company “has obeyed our admonition and in concrete terms” based on his directive last week as value addition to solid minerals mined in Nigeria to be a condition before mining license would be issued to any company to operate in the nation’s solid minerals sector henceforth. He also said the company is now a living testimony and example of compliance with the directive which other operators in the sector and others that would come in should emulate. He said: “Last week, I made the point that we will no longer licence any company that want to engage in our mining sector without any concrete plan for any local value addition. “So today’s event is a milestone because here is a company that has obeyed our admonition and in concrete terms, shown the whole world what local value addition means. “It is not just going to mine our iron ore and export it away but they are going to process and refine it here. So, I am happy that we have an example to show to the rest of the companies that are in Nigeria’s minerals sector. “This is a company that is worthy of emulation and I commend the GMD for this remarkable achievement.” Earlier, the Group Managing Director, GMD, African Industries Group, Alok Gupta, assured that with the company’s operations Nigeria will be positioned as a global steel producing giant based on the wealth the country has in natural resources. Gupta also described Nigeria as a nation of strength, resilience and limitless potential, and disclosed that ANRML has a mining capacity of over 5 million tonnes per annum, therefore, the Direct Reduced Iron DRI, produced will be a direct substitute for ferrous scrap. “Nigeria, a nation of strength, resilience and limitless potential is blessed with abundant natural resources. Our Iron ore mining and processing plant is Nigeria’s largest non-oil Foreign Direct Investment, FDI, and marks a significant stride in the direction of utilizing this wealth to make real wealth for Nigeria. “We have a mining capacity of over 5 million tonnes per annum. The Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) produced here will be a direct substitute for ferrous scrap currently used as raw material for producing steel in Nigeria. “It will also gradually position Nigeria as a prominent Crude Steel producer globally”, he added. Meanwhile, the ANRML boss disclosed that the company has created 4,000 direct and indirect employment for Nigerians since it was established. He further stated and affirmed the Federal Government’s efforts and commitment to drastically reduce the huge importation of steel products into the country annually, and bent on promoting and boosting local production of steel in order to conserve foreign exchange and ensure the steel sector contributes significantly to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP. Also, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite, commended said the company for making effort to galvanize the nation’s steel sector, and said her Ministry’s industrial revitalisation plan has positioned the steel sector as a paramount sector that would receive attention being the catalyst of industrialization and national development.

Alake: Value Addition Now A Standard for Mining Operations

March 27, 2024

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake has declared value addition as the irreducible standard for mining operations in the country. Speaking during an inspection tour of the gigantic $600m African Natural Resources and Mines Limited (ANRML) facility, in Kaduna state, that hosts the mining and processing of magnetite iron-ore, the Minister hailed the tenacity and foresight of the investors to build what is touted as one of the biggest foreign investment in the mining sector. According to Alake, the company aligns with his vision of value addition and beneficiation through its processing of iron-ore, urging other mining companies to take a cue from it. He restated the position of the federal government to refrain from granting mining licenses to companies without requisite plans for value addition. Drawing parallels between the experience of ANRML and the economic situation in the country, the Minister asserted that the same ingredients of resilience, courage and laying of a solid foundation that the made the company a success story are critical factors guiding the economic restructuring of the present administration, expressing optimism that it will culminate in economic transformation. ” I want to use you, the African Natural Resources and Mines Ltd., as a concrete example of what can happen when you set your mind to it. We have set our minds in this administration and invariably in Nigeria to achieve success, that’s why Mr. President is restructuring the economy. When this company started 7 years ago, we saw one of the foundations through the video documentary, the amount of concrete that went in to erect a foundation, just to carry a giant edifice. “That’s what we are going through. When we get through the gestation period, the results will manifest, and it will herald prosperity, “Dr. Alake added. In her submission, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Doris Azoka-Aniete lauded the company for its giant stride in iron ore production and processing, stressing that the company will be part of the nation’s efforts to scale up local steel manufacturing and local manufacturing of automobiles through the Nigeria Automotive Industry Plan. The ANRML operations involves magnetite iron-ore mining through to beneficiation, and pelletisation processes which results to Direct Reduced Iron (DRI), which will eventually position Nigeria as one of the prominent crude steel producers upon the commencement of exports.

Minister declares value addition as standard for mining operations

March 27, 2024

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, has declared value addition as the irreducible standard for mining operations in the country. Speaking during an inspection tour of the $600m African Natural Resources and Mines Limited (ANRML) facility in Kaduna State on Tuesday, Alake commended the tenacity and foresight of the investors to build what is touted as one of the biggest foreign investments in the mining sector. The ANRML hosts the mining and processing of magnetite iron-ore in Kaduna. According to Alake, the company aligns with his vision of value addition and beneficiation through its processing of iron ore, urging other mining companies to take a cue from it. The minister restated the position of the federal government to refrain from granting mining licenses to companies without requisite plans for value addition. Drawing parallels between the experience of ANRML and the economic situation in the country, Alake said the same ingredients of resilience, courage, and laying of a solid foundation were critical factors guiding the economic restructuring of the present administration, expressing optimism that it will culminate in economic transformation. He said: “We have set our minds in this administration and invariably in Nigeria to achieve success, that’s why Mr. President is restructuring the economy. “When this company started seven years ago, we saw one of the foundations through the video documentary, the amount of concrete that went in to erect a foundation, just to carry a giant edifice. That’s what we are going through. “When we get through the gestation period, the results will manifest, and it will herald prosperity.” Also speaking, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Doris Azoka-Aniete, lauded the company for its stride in iron ore production and processing, stressing that the company will be part of the nation’s efforts to scale up local steel manufacturing and local manufacturing of automobiles through the Nigeria Automotive Industry Plan.

You must have value addition for mining operations in Nigeria, Alake insists

March 27, 2024

L-R: Mr. Alok Gupta, Managing Director, African Natural Resources and Mines Limited (ANRML), Dr. Dele Alake, Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Doris Nkiruka Uzoka-Anite, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Mary Ogbe, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Solid Minerals Development and HRH.Egnr. James Bitrus, Chief of Dnata Chiefdom, during an inspection tour by the Minister of Solid Minerals Development at the African Natural Resources and Mines Limited (ANRML) facility, in Kaduna state on March 26, 2024. *Lauds $600m Iron-Ore Mining & Processing Facility in Kaduna The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake has declared value addition as the irreducible standard for mining operations in the country. Speaking during an inspection tour of the gigantic $600m African Natural Resources and Mines Limited (ANRML) facility, in Kaduna state, that hosts the mining and processing of magnetite iron-ore, the Minister hailed the tenacity and foresight of the investors to build what is touted as one of the biggest foreign investment in the mining sector. According to Alake, the company aligns with his vision of value addition and beneficiation through its processing of iron-ore, urging other mining companies to take a cue from it. He restated the position of the federal government to refrain from granting mining licenses to companies without requisite plans for value addition. Drawing parallels between the experience of ANRML and the economic situation in the country, the Minister asserted that the same ingredients of resilience, courage and laying of a solid foundation that the made the company a success story are critical factors guiding the economic restructuring of the present administration, expressing optimism that it will culminate in economic transformation. He said, ” I want to use you, the African Natural Resources and Mines Ltd., as a concrete example of what can happen when you set your mind to it. We have set our minds in this administration and invariably in Nigeria to achieve success, that’s why Mr. President is restructuring the economy. “When this company started 7 years ago, we saw one of the foundations through the video documentary, the amount of concrete that went in to erect a foundation, just to carry a giant edifice. That’s what we are going through. When we get through the gestation period, the results will manifest, and it will herald prosperity.” In her submission, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Doris Azoka-Aniete, lauded the company for its giant stride in iron ore production and processing, stressing that the company will be part of the nation’s efforts to scale up local steel manufacturing and local manufacturing of automobiles through the Nigeria Automotive Industry Plan. The ANRML operations involves magnetite iron-ore mining through to beneficiation, and pelletisation processes which results to Direct Reduced Iron (DRI), which will eventually position Nigeria as one of the prominent crude steel producers upon the commencement of exports.