COVID-19: TGI GROUP TAKES INTERVENTION DRIVE TO EDO

Edo – May 12, 2020

In its continued bid to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Tropical General Investments Group through its subsidiary WACOT Limited, has donated food items including rice, soya oil and seasoning cubes, to the Edo State Government.

The Group delivered 1,000 bags of 10kg Big Bull Rice produced by its subsidiary – WACOT Rice Limited in Argungu, Kebbi State, 1,000 cartons of Golden Terra Oil and 1,000 cartons of Terra Seasoning Cubes, produced by subsidiaries West African Soy Industries Limited (WASIL) and West African Cubes Limited (WACUB), both located in Sagamu.

Handing over the items, Engr. Ayo Ijaoye, Head of the WACOT Fertilizer manufacturing plant located in Auchi noted that the donation is to serve as palliatives to ease people’s burdens at this time. “We appreciate the severity and enormous negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on businesses and the livelihood of Nigerians. As we have done in other states where we have operations, we are supporting the Government by providing food items to feed 1,000 households around our factory here in Auchi.”

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Receiving the items on behalf of the state government, Chairman Etsako West Local Government, Hon. Yinusa Imonofi expressed gratitude towards the gesture. He described the gesture as timely, and a welcome development. He described the intervention as commendable and one that would go a long way in creating some ease for the people, as the government continued to its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recall that the TGI Group had donated the sum of five hundred million naira (N500million) to support Nigeria’s COVID-19 intervention fund organized by the Private Sector Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID), and food items for 2,000 families in Lagos, 500 families in Abuja, 500 families in Ogun and a donation of twenty million naira (N20,000,000) for an Isolation and Treatment Centre in Lagos, among others.

Commenting on the donations, the Group Managing Director, TGI Group, Mr. Rahul Savara noted that ‘’As we continue to navigate the uncharted waters of this COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world, it has become more obvious that it is only through collective responsibility that we can get through this. Many lives have been lost, and in order to stem the tide, the pandemic has to be combatted on all fronts – humanitarian angle, medical supplies and research. It has therefore become necessary for us to join hands with government, credible institutions such as the Central Bank of Nigeria and other private sector players to pool resources in order to tackle this challenge”.

Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group is an international investment and holding company with diversified interests. Its corporate identity is based on respect for people, its communities and the natural environment as it continuously seeks to support its communities during and beyond challenging times.

 

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COVID – 19: TGI Group Donates Food Items to Lagos Food Bank

Lagos – March 29, 2020.

Tropical General Investments Group has donated food items including rice, soya oil and seasoning cubes, as part of its efforts to support the Lagos state government in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the presentation, TGI Group provided 200 bags of 50kg Big Bull Rice produced by its subsidiary – WACOT Rice Limited in Argungu, Kebbi State, 2500 cartons of Golden Terra Oil and 3000 cartons of Terra Seasoning Cubes, produced by subsidiaries West African Soy Industries Limited (WASIL) and West African Cubes Limited (WACUB), both located in Sagamu.


Corporate Communications Manager, TGI Group, Rafiat Raji, in her address during the presentation of items, stated “in view of the stay-at-home directive, it is clear that many Lagosians are facing one level of hardship or the other. Therefore, we understand that it is a collective responsibility to provide support for the less privileged among us, hence our contribution to the Lagos State food bank which will provide succor to at least 20,000 families”.
Commissioner for Agriculture – Lagos State, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, who received the items alongside the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, on behalf of the state government noted that the donation was a welcome development. He commended the efforts of TGI Group in its timely response to partner with the state government in its intervention to provide food for two hundred thousand households across three hundred and seventy seven wards to cater for the most vulnerable and indigent within the state in this period.
“This will also add to what we have in mind in terms if supporting our people. Our target is to reach 200,000 homes across Lagos, and distribution is already ongoing in multiple locations” Lawal said.
The group reassured the state Government of their commitment to keep supporting the state and country on all fronts in order to flatten the curve of the Corona Virus pandemic.
Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group is an international investment and holding company with diversified interests. Its corporate identity is based on respect for people, its communities and the natural environment as it continuously seeks to support its communities during and beyond challenging times.
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Terra Seasoning commences Terra Cares4Naija to mark World Food Day

Lagos, October 11, 2019.  Terra Seasoning Cubes has launched an ambitious Food security and Corporate Social Responsibility initiative – Terra Cares4Naija, to make a difference in the lives of 10,000+ people across Lagos State. This initiative will commence on the World Food day (October 16,2019).

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According to United Nations report, more than one billion people are undernourished globally while under nutrition is to blame for one-third of all child deaths. One in eight people are suffering from chronic hunger. As per reports, Nigeria has the highest number of people below poverty line in entire Africa and 53.5% Nigerians live less than $1.90/day. This year, the World Food Day calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone.

Terra Seasoning Cubes, launched in April this year, is now taking an initiative towards making a difference in the lives of these vulnerable and underprivileged people by providing nourishing food to them.

Addressing a press conference in Lagos, Marketing Manager of TGI Distri Limited (Marketers of Terra Seasoning Cubes, Big Bull Rice, Renew fabric care range amongst others), Mr. Govind Agarwal said this initiative is true to the values which make TGI group, a responsible business in the Nigerian Society. Through the Terra Cares4Naija initiative, the business will positively impact the society and give back to the community where it operates. Commencing from October 16 which is celebrated globally as the World Food Day, Terra will be reaching out to 1000+ people every Saturday for 10+ weeks across different parts of Lagos and provide them with nutritious food. In all, it will impact 10,000+ lives during this period and increase access to quality food among communities. “We believe that a healthy population is an asset to a nation; hence we are at the fore in driving the conversation on the need to eat right and cook with the right seasoning which Terra Cube offers. The importance of good nutrition in raising a healthy family cannot be overemphasized”, Agarwal said.

“Terra Seasoning Cubes is a true cooking seasoning sensation allowing everybody to enjoy great taste. Terra Seasoning Cubes have particularly been designed to meet the palate requirements of all Nigerians especially in terms of aroma and flavor. It is available in two variants: Beef and Chicken, in sizes of single cubes of 4gm. They are also designed to preserve the aroma of meals during and after cooking”, he added.

TGI Distri Limited is a member of the TGI Group, the conglomerate that produced reputable companies like Chi Limited and iconic brands like Chivita & Hollandia. TGI group also has subsidiaries like Cormart, West Africa Cotton Company (WACOT), Chi Farms amongst others that produced strong national brands like Renew Starch and Big Bull Rice etc.

TGI Distri Limited is the distribution, sales and marketing arm of TGI Group companies and is the marketer of Terra seasoning, Big Bull Rice, Renew Starch, Shine All Dishwashing Liquid, Shine All Scouring powder and many other notable brands. TGI Distri is also the fulcrum and catalyst for innovation and New Product Development for the TGI Group”.

CORMART Launches New PVC Glue

July 8, 2019 – CORMART Nigeria Ltd., a leading chemical company in Nigeria and a member of TGI Group, has recently launched a new resin-based PVC adhesive for plumbers.

The new adhesive called VinkoGit is a special glue used for joining PVC pipes, a key material in plumbing and construction. VinkoGit which is produced at the company’s factory located at KM51, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, is set to replace imported PVC glues in Nigeria, which are more commonplace.

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CORMART’s General Manager, Dr. Johannes Flosbach, disclosed during the launch that, “VinkoGit is an absolute premium product in its category, and it is of a higher quality than most of its imported counterparts”.

He went on to state that CORMART intends to increase local production of many of its product offerings. He said, “We have a strategy to replace imported products with quality locally produced chemicals. We have a dedicated Research and Development department that continuously seeks to improve the quality of products by introducing better alternatives into the market”.

The Business Unit Head of CORMART’s Adhesives Department, Mr. Diwakar, explained that customers like the quality of the new adhesive and sales have already exceeded expectations. He said, “We have partnered with the Plumbers Association of Nigeria and carried out trade sensitization programs across Nigeria, which have been very successful.”

 

WACOT LTD. CONFERS DISTINGUISHED HONORARY AWARD ON GOV. ABUBAKAR OF JIGAWA

Gumel, Jigawa (August 15, 2019) – WACOT Limited has honored Gov. Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, executive governor of Jigawa state with the WACOT Ltd Distinguished Honorary Patron award, for his substantial and outstanding services and contributions to the growth of Agriculture in the state.

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Alh. Sadiq Kassim, General Manager, Corporate Affairs, TGI Group (parent company of WACOT Ltd) and National Deputy President National Sesame Seed Association of Nigeria (NSSAN) presented the award certificate to His Excellency, Gov. Mohammed Abubakar during the conferment ceremony at the inaugural stakeholders forum of the association held at the Gumel Emirates Foundation Hall in Jigawa.

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Manager, WACOT Ltd, Ms. Osenaga Umobuarie, described the support of the governor as laudable highlighting his enormous contributions and achievements in the state including encouraging sesame seed farmers through good agricultural practices leading to its global acceptance. She said “Your excellency, under your watch, Jigawa has grown from a marginal sesame seed producer to the main producer in the country, placing Nigeria as the third largest exporter of sesame seed globally with 580,000MT per annum”.

Gov. Mohammed Badaru Abubakar disclosed his continuous support for WACOT Ltd and its quest for the development and growth of agriculture in the state. “Our current strategy is to diversify our non-oil exports to meet the needs of our families and communities. We must be able to feed our two hundred million Nigerians and create jobs by doing this. We need to move away from the shocks associated with oil prices which has exposed our economy to factors outside our control”, the governor said.

He further acknowledged the contributions of WACOT Ltd in improving the lives of its farmers and resolved to work together to maintain the state’s reputation as the leading state in non-oil export produce in Nigeria.

Present at the ceremony were the Emir of Gumel, HRH Alh. Ahmed Mohammed Sani II, representatives of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), various agricultural development partners and community heads across the state.

WACOT Limited is a leading food and agro-allied company with sizeable investments in value chains of various crops across Nigeria from origination to aggregation, processing, supply chain and logistics, manufacturing and branding. Its areas of operation are edible nuts, cocoa, maize, sorghum, cotton and cotton seed, agrochemicals amongst others. WACOT Ltd is the agribusiness arm of Tropical General Investments (TGI) Group.

Persons Impersonating TGI Group

The attention of Tropical General Investments Nigeria Limited (“TGI”) has been drawn to the activities of one Mr. Stephen Kunle Olayito who claims to be a staff of TGI. Further, Mr. Stephen Kunle Olayito is using the following contact details:

TGI  GROUP  NIGERIA  LTD
118 MARKET ROAD , ABA, (QUARTER),
ABIA STATE , NIGERIA
Zipcode: 450251
VAT: NG128 481 709
Tax No.: 11405986-0002
Reg. No.: RC 678901
Tel.: +2347032415411
Email:  tgi.nigerialt@gmail.com / tgi-ng@tgi-nig.com

The above mentioned details are a false representation of TGI.

TGI hereby informs its customers, potential partners and members of the public that Mr. Stephen Kunle Olayito is not and has never been in the employment of TGI.

We hereby disclaim all correspondence issued by Mr. Stephen Kunle Olayito in the name of TGI and advise our customers, potential partners and members of the public to disregard the same and engage TGI only through its official channels which are clicktgi.net amd tgigroup.blog.

Please be informed that we have notified law enforcement authorities of the criminal activities of Mr. Stephen Kunle Olayito and steps are being taken to apprehend him. Members of the public are hereby advised not to engage Mr. Stephen Kunle Olayito on any matter relating to TGI.

Whilst TGI will continue to take opportunities measures to forestall fraudulent impersonation of our staff and business, please note that we will not be responsible or liable for any losses/damages suffered by anyone who falls victim to such fraudulent acts.

TGI Distri storms seasoning market with the launch of Terra Seasoning Cubes

Lagos, April 15, 2019: TGI Distri Limited has launched and announced the availability of Terra Seasoning Cubes in all markets across Nigeria. Terra Cubes is produced by West African Cubes (WACUB) Limited at its ultra-modern plant in Sagamu, Ogun State.

Mr. Sunil Sawhney, Managing Director of TGI Distri, stated that: “Terra Seasoning Cubes are a true cooking sensation allowing everybody to enjoy great taste. We are now releasing two variants; Beef and Chicken into the market. Both variants come in single cubes of 4gm. Terra Cubes have particularly been designed to meet the palate requirements of all Nigerians especially in terms of aroma and flavour. They are also designed to preserve the aroma of meals during and after cooking”.

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“The response from product testers and early adopters have been very encouraging and we could not be more enthusiastic about releasing this seasoning revolution to the market,” he added.

Also speaking at the product unveiling event, which took place in Lagos, Dr. Onyekachi Onubogu, Executive Director – Commercial of TGI Distri, said: “Terra seasoning is launching with two SKUs to address different pocket power: 50-cube pack and a 25-cube pack. We are also launching with 5 free cubes in the 50-cube pack and 2 free cubes in the 25-cube pack as a consumer promo”.

Giving reasons for the choice of the brand’s pay-off line “Locks the aroma in; Gets the taste out”, Onubogu stated that Terra Seasoning Cube has been formulated and manufactured to preserve the aroma of meals during and after cooking.

Responding to a question on why he believes the new brand will be accepted by the market, Mr. Sawhney said: “We believe in studying the needs of our consumers and acquiring genuine insights into their requirements and demands. We respond to these requirements with better products and services that enhance the quality of life. We support our product offerings with strategic marketing and sales initiatives”.

Sawhney continued “we’re excited to be launching these new variants of seasoning cube into the market and we have no doubt that in a short period of time Terra Seasoning will gain competitive edge over other brands and control a large chunk of the market”.

“Terra Seasoning Cube is an outcome of painstaking research, it is many steps ahead of other brands in the market in terms of taste and aroma.  I enjoin everyone to try it”, he added.

There was also a lot fanfare and celebrations at the launch including a food tasting event.

TGI Distri Limited is a member of the TGI Group, former owners of Chi Limited, producers of Chivita and Hollandia. The conglomerate has continued to grow, and owns other reputable companies such as Cormart (Nigeria) Ltd, WACOT Ltd, Chi Farms Ltd, WACOT Rice Ltd, among others.

TGI Distri Limited is the sales, distribution and marketing arm of TGI Group Companies’ Consumer Products and is the marketer of Terra Seasoning Cubes, Big Bull Parboiled Rice, Renew Starch, Shine All Dishwashing Liquid, Shine All Scouring Powder and many other notable Brands. TGI Distri also serves as the Innovation and New Product Development Centre for the TGI Group.

TGI 2018 Food Safety Week and World Quality Day

For the past four years, TGI Group across all its operations has observed the Food Safety Week wrapped up with the World Quality Day. This year was no different. he 2018 TGI Food Safety Week was held November 12 – 15, 2018, followed by the World Quality Day on November 23rd, 2018.

 

Themed: Procure no defect; Produce no defect; Pass-on no defect, the World Quality Day event was well attended both members of staff and management. Gracing the occassion was the Chairman of TGI Group, Mr. Cornelis G. Vink, TGI Group Managing Director, Mr. Rahul Savara, Group Executive Director, Mr. Jerome Shogbon, and other members of the executive management team across the Group’s businesses.

Featuring messages from all and sundry on the importance of quality to the business in all areas, the key message as stated by the GMD, Mr. Rahul Savara in his opening remark was that “Quality is a culture which must be imbibed in every facet of the business’. This was reiterated by all the speakers as well.

 

The Chief Quality Officer for the Group, Mr. Mohammed Mustafa, recanted the reasons for the theme, stating that for the organization to achieve the 3Ps, it will take teamwork. In his words, “it is the policy of the Group to ensure that the businesses consistently deliver products and services to customers, which totally meet Quality, Food Safety, Efficacy and Regulatory requirements”.

The event wrapped up with the recitation and signing of the quality pledge, led by GED, Mr. J.O. Shogbon.

 

Meanwhile, staff across the Group celebrated the Food Safety Week with activities  such as: Quality Policy Recitation, Cleaning and Sanitation among others.

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2019 TGI Management Trainee Program (LEAP)

We are seeking to hire top talents who are academically brilliant, hands-on and ready to explore unique career opportunities through our Management Trainee Program (LEAP).  

The objective of the program is to develop top graduates into world class Managers, to ensure a steady supply of well-trained managerial talent for TGI’s current and future business needs. The program is for one calendar year and is designed to be cross-functional

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Our 2018 MTP set at LBS on a training as part of their program

Function Areas: Finance, Engineering, Sales, Human Resources, Agriculture/Agri-business, Strategy & Business Development, Production, Legal, HSE, Regulatory, Corporate Communication and Supply Chain

Job description

  • To understudy line managers to acquire knowledge of methods, procedures, and standards required for the performance of departmental duties
  • To train in functions and operations of related departments – Apply skills and energy to proactive learning and timely process/project completion
  • To create value- provide support and solution based on departmental objectives, including reporting, presentation creation, strategic planning, data-entry etc.
  • To implement assigned projects and also take up own projects that provides solutions/interventions in line with organizational business objectives.

Key competencies and attributes:

Candidates must have

  • High integrity
  • Effective communication skills (oral and written)
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Sales skills
  • Strategy formulation and business awareness
  • Computer appreciation skills
  • Relationship management skills
  • Good work ethics

Geographical mobility: Candidate must be flexible and work in different business areas and locations across Nigeria when required

Application Requirements (Qualification): MBA/MSc/MA or 1st Class BSc with NYSC Discharge Certificate. Applicants must not be older than thirty (30) years by December 2018.

  • How to Apply: Interested and qualified candidates should forward their Application with an updated CV to career@clicktgi.net with the subject ‘LEAP’ and indicate their function areas based on list provided above.
  • Assessment details: Assessment would be in Abuja and Lagos in December 2018.
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CHI Farms Partners Zoetis to Improve Livestock Health in Nigeria

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Chi Farms Limited is partnering with ZOETIS, a global animal health care company and representative of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Africa to establish an ultra-modern veterinary centre in Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria, called “City Laboratory”.

The world class veterinary centre which will execute scientific research programmes, deliver quality diagnostic products, medicines and vaccines as well as carry out genetic tests, biodevices and a range of other animal care services was built under ZOETIS’s African Livestock Productivity and Health Advancement initiative (A.L.P.H.A.).

Supported by the ZOETIS/ALPHA Initiative, CHI Farm’s City Laboratory is being established with the purpose of improving livestock health in Nigeria through quality medical supplies and veterinary consultations to local farmers.

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According to the General Manager of CHI Farms Limited, Dr. Tunji Olaitan, the laboratory will provide world class veterinary services, diagnosis and medicines for Nigerian farmers at affordable rates.

He further revealed that its partner, ZOETIS, will also support local farmers with all technical expertise as well as materials and equipment needed for education and training to help increase productivity.

“Access to the right medicines, diagnostics laboratory facilities and education nationwide will help farmers raise healthier animals and secure more sustainable revenues, which is critical to the health and economic development of the country. Only healthy animals can produce healthy food and that is what City Laboratory is all about” he said.