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Global Health Impact: Sir Emeka Offor Expands His Philanthropy

Written by Dr. Edwin Ndukwe A growing partnership design, one which brings together Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs’) and private sector venture capitalists is making giant strides in the delivery of much needed global health, particularly in Africa. One of such organs is a budding relationship between The Carter Center (TCC), a U.S. based NGO and Sir Emeka Offor, conjoined to fight off the scourge of River Blindness (RB) from Sir Offor’s region in southeastern Nigeria. "Many people from our region both middle aged and older have lost their ability to see over the years. We often associate their predicament with the curse of old age,” Sir Emeka Offor stated. Any form of impairment to vision, whether brought on by Onchocerciasis or Trachoma steals from its victims. It does not only steal the natural ability to see but it also steals ...


Nigerian Billionaire Emeka Offor Donates $1.25M To Rotary International

The following article, written by Oyeniyi Adegoke, was published on June 25, 2014 in Ventures Africa. To view the original, please click here.  Nigerian Billionaire Emeka Offor Donates $1.25M To Rotary International VENTURES AFRICA – Nigerian billionaire Sir. Emeka Offor, the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian oil and gas firm, Chrome Group, has donated an additional $1 million to a Rotary International polio eradication program, PolioPlus, following an initial $250,000 gesture. According to Vanguard, Offor made the announcement on Sunday at the ongoing 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal. “…polio should have no place in our world. Therefore, today I am giving an additional $1 million to PolioPlus,” he said. Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only remaining polio affected areas in the world. “Considerable effort is being made to eradicate polio in Nigeria, but at times progress is slow. ...


Ventures Africa: Nigerian First Bank Eager To Fund Kaztec’s $1.3bn Local Fabrication Contract

The following article, written by Onyedimmakachukwu, was originally published in Ventures Africa on September 30, 2014. To view the original article, click here.  Nigerian First Bank Eager To Fund Kaztec’s $1.3bn Local Fabrication Contract VENTURES AFRICA – Nigeria’s premier lender First Bank Plc has said it is willing to support the funding of a $1.3 billion fabrication contract awarded by Sinopec-owned Addax Petroleum to Kaztec Engineering, a subsidiary of the Chrome Group. The contract will see Kaztec execute all of the fabrication processes for Ofrima/Udele oil wells development project in Addax Petroleum-owned oil mining lease (OML) 137 in offshore Nigeria for which it recently finalised agreements. Kaztec’s fabrication, set to begin in October is a giant step towards the aim of Addax to attain a daily production well in excess of 100,000 barrels per day (bpd). First Bank’s interest in furthering ...


Construction Review: Kaztec Engineering completes phase one of Nigeria’s oil, gas project

The following story was orignally published by Construction Review on June 12, 2014. To view the original story, click here.  Kaztec Engineering completes phase one of Nigeria’s oil, gas project Jun 12, 2014 Kaztec Engineering, a subsidiary of Chrome Group, has completed phase one of its Engineering Procurement and Completion (EPC) integrated oil and gas project located on Snake Island in Lagos and plans to begin phase two in July. The project contains fabrication yard, oil and gas training centre, pipe mill, pipe coating, and a dry-dock base, as well as a power plant and will create job opportunities for Nigerians. Speaking at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas recently, Chrome Group’s Head Communications and Business Development, Dr Edwin Ndukwe, confirmed that Kaztec is a 100 % indigenous Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Installation, Commission and Management Company (EPCICM), servicing all ...


No letting up fight to end polio

This article by Raheem Oluwafunminiyi was originally published in News Africa Now. To see the original article, click here.  No letting up fight to end polio At a time the Ebola virus is fast spreading to other climes, with a recent case detected in Texas, it is apparent that Ebola is now a global disease. With over 3000 death recorded in West Africa alone, and as the number grows daily, there is the need for all to pull the necessary resources together in the eradication and spread of Ebola. While global effort against Ebola continues, we must not forget that though no viable vaccine has been fully certified by global health bodies, the disease is controllable through what Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls “rapid, focused interventions”. The Ebola success story in Nigeria is worthy ...


Nigeria: Overcoming Obstacles to Eradicate Polio - Philanthro-Capitalist Sir Emeka Offor Leads the Way

This article by Edwin Ndukwe was originally published in allAfrica.com on October 30, 2014. To see the original story, click here.  Nigeria: Overcoming Obstacles to Eradicate Polio - Philanthro-Capitalist Sir Emeka Offor Leads the Way Africans in their unique cultural tradition are endowed with rich social capital. Therefore, the welfare of each child in any community is inherently the responsibility of all, which gives credence to the proverb "it takes a village to raise a child". In the world of business, that same spirit of communal support extends into our modern appreciation of corporate social responsibility, more aptly identified as social sustainability and philanthropy. Philanthropy, whether internally generated or from external sources, is not a novel concept within the domain of the rich and wealthy. It is a principle that has addressed the fundamental challenges of our societies beyond the ...


The Herald: GMD NNPC visits KAZTEC fabrication yard, impressed by level of work

The following article, "GMD NNPC visits KAZTEC fabrication yard, impressed by level of work," written by Raheem Oluwafunminiyi, was oringally published in The Herald on October 14, 2014. GMD NNPC visits KAZTEC fabrication yard, impressed by level of work  Leading 100% indigenous Engineering, Procurement, Installation, Construction, and Management (EPIC-M) Company, KAZTEC received a delegation of leading oil and gas Chiefs to its fabrication yard at Snake Island over the week. Led by the Group Managing Director Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawha and members National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), the scheduled visit came at a time when the fabrication yard, visited about three months back by the GMD, had witnessed rapid improvement in terms of the massive level of work done so far. Marc Robillard, KAZTEC’s Commercial Director, who welcomed the GMD NNPC delegation took them round ...


Sir Emeka Offor Foundation Cheers on Nigerian Team at IWAS Junior Games

It's Day 1 at the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports (IWAS) Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville, UK, and like a typical English day, it drizzled and drizzled. Then, it drizzled a bit more and while it did, the dark cloud briskly dissipated, giving way for the warm heat of the sun to heal our cold skin. The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation is proud to be supporting athletes from the Nigerian Paralympic Committee at the IWAS Junior Games. The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, a non-governmental, philanthropic organization focused on youth employment, families, education, healthcare and infrastructure development donated 2.6 million Naira to help send the Nigerian athletes to the event. The Foundation is the only private sector sponsor of future Nigerian Paralympians. The mood around the stadium was unchanging unlike the weather and the excitement all around was visibly captivating. There was ...


Rotary Ambassador Sir Emeka; Journey to End Polio Now

In August 2013, after surprising Rotarians and the world with a recent mega donation towards the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Sir Emeka was conferred the Rotary International Polio Ambassador to Nigeria, the first ever.