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The eleventh edition of the Guaranty Trust Annual Conference on Autism will hold on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 3 and 4, at the Muson Center, Lagos. Themed, “Life Beyond the Diagnosis,” the conference will feature in-depth conversations on supporting people living with autism facilitated by medical experts and specialists from around the world. 

 

Guaranty Trust has been at the forefront of the advocacy for children and adults living with autism. Its Annual Autism Conference is the major rallying point for driving awareness about Autism, campaigning against the social stigma associated with developmental disorders, and helping people with autism live a full and productive life. In 2020, the Guaranty Trust Annual Autism Conference was held via live stream, bringing together people from around the world at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

 

This year, alongside the livestream option, attendees will be able to physically participate in the Guaranty Trust Annual Autism Conference, whilst observing all health and safety guidelines. At the two-day event, seasoned specialists from renowned institutions, such as Duquesne University, Pennsylvania and The Color of Autism Foundation, USA, will deliver keynote presentations, panel discussions, and topical Q&A sessions on managing Autism. Some of the facilitators include Dr. Waganesh Zeleke of Duquesne University, USA, Lanre Duyile of Behaviorprise Consulting Inc, Canada, and Kora Hardy of Nuru Behavioral Network, USA. 

 

Commenting on the 11th Guaranty Trust Annual Autism Conference, Segun Agbaje, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust said, “The theme of our Annual Autism Conference this year strikes at the very heart of why we are passionate in our advocacy for people with developmental disorders. We strongly believe in building a world of equal opportunity for everyone, and through this Conference, we constantly challenge ourselves and the society at large to do more to help people with autism live a full and rewarding life beyond their diagnosis.” 

 

Guaranty Trust is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world-class corporate governance standards and commitment to enriching lives, uplifting communities and driving societal progress through a well-defined Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy.

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Shop Big Deals This Black Friday On Squad Black November

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With Black Friday finally around the corner, HabariPay is thrilled to announce that it has launched a seller community platform highlighting some of its merchants who have amazing deals for the season! Shoppers are encouraged to check out the Squad Black November sale page here to buy fashion pieces, groceries, household items, electronics, food, art, and so much more at unbeatable discounts! The sale is currently live and will run from now till 30th November 2022.With over 60% of shoppers set to purchase Black Friday deals online this year, HabariPay launched its #SquadBlackNovember campaign to help small businesses seamlessly showcase their products and services online. The company also supported these businesses with discounted logistics, FREE advertising, and connections with millions of ready-to-buy customers to ensure they would achieve massive sales during the period.Also, beyond the discounted prices, customers also have the opportunity to win shopping vouchers and coupons through trivia and contests on the brand’s pages. Follow and stay tuned @Officialsquadco on all platforms to be a part of this!Thinking of treating yourself or getting some early Christmas presents? Shop the Black November sale here – https://squadco.com/black-november/! PS: You still have a chance to be a part of this campaign as a merchant! Follow these steps:Sign up to Squad here – https://dashboard.squadco.com/sign-up and complete your KYC (if you haven’t).Upload the products you have for the black Friday sale to your Squad Storefront in readiness for sale, and make sure you reflect the discounts on each product. Visit the Google form here to input your details! Share your business name & category, brand logo, email, phone number and Squad frontlink.

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Dangote Industries Wins FMDQ Largest Corporate Lodgment Award ….As Dangote Cement Named Most Trusted Brand Of The Year

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In a blaze of honour, the Pan-African conglomerate, Dangote Industries Limited (DIL) and its Africa’s leading cement manufacturer subsidiary, Dangote Cement Plc were adjudged the Largest Corporate Bond lodgment on FMDQ in gold category and the 2022 Most Trusted Brand of the Year respectively.

 

On the back of the Largest Corporate Bond lodgment on FMDQ award came another recognition with the Dangote Group named as the Most Outstanding Conglomerate in Environmental Sustainability.

 

The cement giant came tops in the stock market for its unprecedented N116 billion Series 2 Bond issuance back in May this year.

The FMDQ Gold Awards recognises excellence in Fixed Income, Currencies and Derivatives market. It also recognises demonstrated resilience and agility of the Nigerian financial markets participants and acknowledges the valuable efforts of the stakeholders and their participation in the FMDQ markets and across the financial market. It is also given to the corporate entity for the highest total bonds value admitted on FMDQ Depository.

 

During the annual Most Trusted Brand Award, organised by leading research firm Brand Health Ltd, Dangote Cement was chosen as the most trusted cement brand in a survey of 13,000 consumers.

 

The Chief Executive Officer, Brand Health Ltd, Emman Udowoima commended Dangote Cement for the achievement, describing it as a brand of trust and choice indeed. According to him “four out of ten consumers who took part in the study voted Dangote Cement as the Most Trusted Cement Brand in Nigeria. The popularity and the confidence in the brand is overwhelming as its closest rival scored just 12% while Dangote scored 41%.”

Other cement brands with substantial mentions scored between 3% and 8%. Some of the elements of the survey include questions like ‘the brand that you feel most confident in, the brand that offers you what you want, the brand that offers highest quality, the brand that is distinctive, and the brand you would recommend to your friends and relatives.

 

Udowoima stated that about 13,000 respondents participated in the 2022 survey and were interviewed across 12 states in Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory. The States are: Lagos, Oyo, Enugu, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Plateau, Adamawa, Borno, Kaduna and Kano and the respondents were drawn from both urban and rural communities.

 

The survey, he said, used quantitative method to elicit responses from the consumers, and also focused on such demographics as gender – Male 50%, Female 50%; Social Class: AB 15%, C1 C2 40%, DE 45%; Age: 18-25, 30%, 26-35, 30%, 36-50, 25%, 51+ 15%.

 

He explained that “The Most Trusted Brands (MTB)” Awards was instituted in 2010 to reward brands that keep promises to the consumers. The award is an enabler for brands to do more for consumers, knowing full well that consumers either reward or punish brands according to their experiences.

 

The Dangote Industries Limited also received the award of the Most Outstanding Conglomerate in Environmental Sustainability. The award was given by the Environmental Sustainability Conference, Expo and Awards (ECOSEA) initiated by Brand Communicator, a frontline brands and marketing publication.

 

Joshua Ajayi, the convener of the conference and awards said, “corporate sustainability practices evolved rapidly in the country’s business space, from just being a cosmetic charity activity into organised sustainability needs built into a vision with specific goals.”

 

The award, which took place during the celebration of the organisation’s World Environment Day recently also gathered the best sustainability players to discuss various issues in sustainability during the conference themed Only One Earth: Building a Safer Environment.

 

Dangote Industries, a fully diversified conglomerate with annual group turnover of US$4billion has invested heavily in building a sustainable business which cuts across Cement, Sugar, Salt, Petroleum, Fertiliser and food.

 

Anthony Chiejina, the Group Chief Branding and Communications Officer at Dangote Industries thanked the organisers, describing the awards as another milestone in the Dangote Group’s business trajectory. He said it is a testament to the strategic business model being executed by the manufacturing giant, which is aimed at rejuvenating Nigeria’s economy and engendering developmental growth of Africa.

 

He expressed the assurance that the Dangote Group would not relent in its commitment to Africa’s development, adding that, “we will continue to impact lives positively through production of goods that meet the peoples’ need.”

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