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APO Group Becomes Official Sponsor Of The SEED Project, Supporting The Next Generation Of Africans Through Sport And Education

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By Ifeoma Asika, Correspondent Campuses

APO Group, the leading pan-African communications and business consultancy, has been appointed Official Sponsor of the Sports for Education and Economic Development (SEED) Project. SEED Project works with under-privileged African youth to provide quality education, high performance sports training, and the leadership tools ‘to make big dreams come true’.

SEED was founded in 1998 by Amadou Gallo Fall, a graduate student from Senegal who was granted a basketball scholarship to the United States, and wanted to ensure that young people in Africa had access to the same opportunities.

Africa has an extremely youthful population. According to UNESCO, 64 per cent of the population in Senegal are under the age of 24, but poor literacy and lack of opportunity means many end up in poverty. 78 per cent of those aged 15-19 drop out before completing high school.

SEED’s main goals are to maximize school enrolment, retention, and graduation rates – and reduce the gender gap that exists all over Africa. In Senegal, for example, only 39 per cent of women are literate compared to 62 per cent of men.

In the last 22 years, SEED has provided supplementary learning experiences for thousands of young African people – many of them marginalized and extremely poor. Key areas of focus are the power of engagement in sports, tutoring, mentoring and life skills development. Other prominent partners of SEED include Nike and the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Sport and education are also at the centre of APO Group’s CSR initiatives. The Company is a proud member of the UNESCO Global Education Coalition for COVID-19 Response, designed to help countries find distance learning solutions to minimize educational disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

APO Group has also forged partnerships with many leading organizations with the goal of raising the profile of sport across Africa.

The company is the Main Official Sponsor of World Rugby’s African association, Rugby Africa, the governing body of rugby in Africa.

APO Group is the public relations agency of the NBA in Africa, and the Official Sponsor of the Lux Afrique Polo Day, the biggest African polo event in Europe.

“APO Group shares our passion for helping the next generation of Africans, providing them with opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach,” said SEED Project President Joseph Lopez. “Through sport and education, we can ensure more talented young African people reach their potential and are able to shine on the world stage.”

“We are excited to be able to support SEED in the fantastic work they are doing with young people all over Africa,” said Founder and Chairman of APO Group, Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard. “APO Group has always championed African sport, and this kind of initiative gives us the chance to help young people change the narrative and achieve the success they deserve.”

The Federal Government of Nigeria is determined and bent on promoting both domestic and industrial gas utilisation in the country to reduce the hitherto total dependence on premium motor spirit (PMS) commonly called petrol especially in the transportation sector.

Towards this end, plans are on and come Q4 of 2020, vehicles and generator engines would use autogas as fuel instead of petrol.

Pilot schemes have been carried out in parts of Edo and Rivers States of the country, also the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has ordered chief executives of departments and agencies under his Ministry to convert all their official vehicles to run on autogas as about 1 million conversion kits are on ground and Nigerian President, Mohammadu Buhari, is expected to roll off the project in October, 2020.

Nigeria is blessed with an abundant gas reserve (about 22million cubic tonnes) majority of which is flared.

Auto gas unlike petroleum is a clean fuel that does not pollute, it reduces carbondioxide (CO2) emission thereby aiding the global campaign against climate change and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Economically, gas is cheaper than petroleum and could be come as Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) or Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) which differs only by their properties; LPG is propane gas while CNG and LNG are naturally existing oxygen.

The recent deregulation of the oil sector and the resultant increment in petrol pump in Nigeria makes it wise to seek alternative fuels and auto gas is cheaper, more reliable and stable in supply.

Motor vehicles and generators could be powered by both gas and petrol/diesel, the conversion takes between 6-7 hours with the addition of a switch, gas tank and multiple valves to connect the engine. Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) mega stations nationwide are being upgraded and equipped to do the conversion with the hope that other petrol stations would join in.

The gas tanks are made of either mild steel or carbon steel that are ten times more reinforced than petrol tanks and are fabricated to meet the international standard codes of the American Society of Chemical Engineers (ASCEC), they could come in different shapes amd sizes and could be placed under the back seat, in the booth or where spare tyres are kept in the vehicle.

A vehicle running on auto gas is less expensive to run, as gas, a clean fuel, does not block engines or cause wear and tear, thereby reducing maintenance cost and it is cheaper.

The Programme Manager, Nigerian Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme (NGFCP) and Programme Manager, Autogas, Nigeria Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) Justice Derefaka opined the use of autogas would reduce pollution, the damaging environmental effect of carbon from petrol and also generate employment for Nigerians as several people would be trained and employed to do the conversion.

Derefaka stated that the NGEP Committee is engaging large fleet owners, Nigerian Governors Forum, Local Government Councils, conversion companies, and dispensing facility owners to collaborate in the conversion and establishment of refuelling facilities nationwide to leverage already existing pipelines and mother stations and ease the cost burden of conversion, which is a major impediment to auto gas development.

However, lack of state of the art conversion centres, cost of conversion, put at between N190,000-250,000 (US$492-648) depending on the vehicle and no gas dispensing facilities are some issues militating against the success of the programme.

There is also a need for government to aggressively provide and ensure the availability of auto gas cylinders, carburettors and other equipment in the market to make it available and affordable to vehicle owners.

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