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(PHOTOS) Ikpeazu awards full 5-year undergraduate scholarship to Abia-born electricity transformer innovator

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has awarded 5 years scholarship to Mr Solomon Ukoha who constructed an electricity sub station with crude oil and other locally sourced materials. The scholarship is for him to further his education in any tertiary institution of his choice.

Governor Ikpeazu who made this pronouncement at his lodge in Aba while receiving the 24 year old Solomon who is from Amaekpu in Ohafia LGA of the State expressed joy over the technical ingenuity exhibited by the young innovator noting that Abia has youths who can compete favourably with their international counterparts in technical education if given the opportunity.

The Governor explained that power supply has been a major problem facing the country and as such has impacted negatively on economic growth and industrialization especially in the shoe, leather and garments sub sectors for which Aba is well known.

The Governor encouraged Solomon to train some other youths and impart same knowledge to them for the greater benefit of society.

The Chief Executive however encouraged him to build a more presentable prototype of the sub station to enable it compete in external exhibitions revealing that the scholarship covers his tuition fee and accommodation immediately he gets admission.

Showcasing his innovation to the Governor, Mr Solomon Ukoha who said he has completed his secondary school education without any hope of going to the university due to financial challenges revealed that he got the inspiration from God.

He appealed to the State Governor to assist him further his education, a step he said would help him greatly in fulfilling his ambition and expressed his readiness to teach other youths as advised by the Governor.

Recall that Mr Solomon Ukoha whose video went viral on the social media last week tested the electrical sub station before the Governor.

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Again, activist Eholor cries out on airport security, as darkness hits Benin airport for 7th day 


Civil rights defender and philanthropist, Comrade Patrick Osagie Eholor has again sounded alarm over the security of Nigerian travelers at the airports. Eholor this time sounded a note of warning following a visit to the Benin airport yesterday May 3, where he noted that there was no electricity for the past seven days.

According to him, travelers in Nigeria are currently facing several challenges, top of which is security.

He said “the situation at the Benin airport is terrible. There is no light, and there has been no light for seven days. We could not scan our bags, and that’s a security breach, a major security risk. If we only know what is happening in this country, only God has been saving us. I am talking to the Minister of Aviation, to whom I wrote a letter and nobody responded. We cannot continue to live like this in this country.

“If we don’t do anything about what’s going on now in the next six months, this country might cease to exist. I am sorry to say this but that is where we are heading.

“If the governor of Edo State knows what he is doing, if he is not playing politics with our lives, you cannot as number one Chief Security Officer, you will not tell me that you are oblivious of the fact that there is no light at the airport for seven days. I beg you, Mr Godwin Obaseki, I beg the followers of Godwin Obaseki that this is not politics. He should try to make our airspace safe, and contact the Minister of Aviation immediately.

“I was also told that in a number of occasions, the BEDC had come to the airport to cut the lights. Who does that? That is preposterous! Every day, we read that the governor is bringing in investors, are you bringing investors into darkness? If investors are coming from China or America, or Germany or U.K., will they be landing in darkness? Will that not terrify any reasonable investor?

“This is a very serious issue. I urge the governor to, within the next 24 hours, make sure that there is light restored at the airport, to make sure there is uninterrupted electricity at that airport, to make sure that he adds more generator to the airport to ensure there is uninterrupted power supply, so that the lives of citizens will not be at risk. This is a matter of urgency, or else, I will ask the president to declare a state of emergency in Edo state”, he said.

Recall that in April 2021, Comrade Eholor had written to the National Security Adviser and the Minister of Aviation over the illegal hoarding and hiking of airline tickets by airport and airlines staff.

In the letter, the activist who is also the global chairman of One Love Foundation observed that the development was very dangerous and could jeopardize the security of travelers and even that of the country.

He had warned that terrorists could take advantage of the development to hijack aircrafts and even engage in suicide bombings of planes loaded with passengers.

He therefore called on the National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, as well as the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika to as a matter of urgency, address the problem before it endangers the lives of travelers.

Eholor revealed neither the NSA nor the Minister has responded or reacted to the warnings he sent since last month.

BREAKING: Confusion as DISCOs clandestinely increase electricity tarrifs by 100 percent

By AYOOLA OLAOLUWA

Many electricty consumers were on Monday thrown into confusion following the decision of Electricity Dictribution Companies (Discos) operating in the country to clandentinely increase electricity tarrifs by about 100 percent.

Bussiness Hallmark reliably garthered that the increment was effected last week Tuesday, but many Nigerians were not aware of it until Monday morning when they visited the offices of their electricity providers to complain about their inability to load the token generated for energy purchased.

Our correspondent who purchased energy of N5,000 last Tuesday was unable to load the token generated for him by an Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) vendor.

All attempts to load the token failed, with ‘X AAAAA’ message always displaying on the monitor. Thinking it was probably due to a network problem, this writer kept trying until Monday, April 19 but didn’t record any success.

Feeling frustrated, he decided to visit the Jankara (Ijaiye-Ojokoro) office of the IKEDC to lodge a complaint. He however met a huge crowd of over 500 customers already waiting to be attended to over the same complaint.

With tally number 507, our correspondent waited for over three hours before he could be attended to. The customer care office who attended to him apologised profusely, blaming the hiccup on the reconfiguring of theit tariffs template.

The reporter was promptly issued three sets of tokens (20 numbers each), totalling 60. He was very happy when the successful sign popped up after he had entered all the 60 numbers.

However, he was shocked to find out that only 100.8 units was allocated to him instead of the usual over 200 units. He quickly raced back to the IKEDC office. And after waiting for another one hour, he was attended to by another customer service agent who explained to him that his tariff has been increased by about 100%.

“That was why you couldn’t load the first token generated for you because your tarrif code had been reconfigured to accommodate the new rate”, the official explained.

Some of the complainants who spoke to BH also confirmed the sudden and unexpected hike in electricity tariff.

“Before now, I used to purchase a little over 100 units for N2,500. But I was shocked when they gave me only 51.2 units for the same amount. What pained me most is the fact that I wouldn’t have know if I had not visited their office to complain that I could not load the rechsrge token generated for me.

“I have been calling them since last Wednesday, but instead of telling me the truth, they were telling me to either check the battery of my loader, or that a magnetic body, whatever that means, must be blocking my metre and that I should move the loading machine close to it.

“They are just fraudsters, making me to go through all the stress when they could have simply informed me that they had reconfigured their system”, the visibly angry customer, Alhaji Lekan Badmus stated.

BH finding revealed that the increment cuts across all the distribution units scattered across the country.

Efforts to reach IKEDC’s Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue, were not succesful. While calls made to his line didnt connect, he had yet to reply to a text message sent to him.

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Anger rises as millions in Texas, United States enter day 3 without electricity and heat

In the wake of a record winter storm, millions in the southern US state of Texas – considered the energy capital of the United States – remain without power, as anger among residents is growing by the hour.

“I know people are angry and frustrated,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who woke up to more than one million people still without power in the state’s largest city. “So am I.”

Power and heat remain out for two to three million homes across Texas, more than 36 hours after historic snowfall and record freezing temperatures created a surge in demand for electricity in a state that rarely experiences such cold weather for extended periods.

Vice President Kamala Harris said in a televised interview she and President Joe Biden will be targeting emergency federal relief for the state.

“I know they can’t see us right now because they’re without electricity. But the president and I are thinking of them, and really hope that we can do everything with that is possible through the signing of the emergency orders to get federal relief to support that,” Harris told US broadcaster NBC on Wednesday.

The cold snap, which has killed 21 people, is not expected to let up until this weekend.
In addition to the bad weather, compounding the problem is a lack of communication about when residents can expect their electricity service to return.

Making matters even worse, expectations that the outages would be a shared sacrifice by the state’s 30 million residents quickly gave way to a cold reality, as pockets in some of the US’s largest cities, including San Antonio, Dallas and Austin, were left to shoulder the lasting brunt of a catastrophic power failure, and in subfreezing conditions that Texas’s grid operators had known was coming.

The breakdown sparked growing outrage and demands for answers over how Texas – whose Republican leaders as recently as last year taunted California over the Democratic-led state’s rolling blackouts caused by wildfires – failed such a crucial test of a major point of state pride: energy independence. And it cut through politics, as fuming Texans took to social media to highlight how while their neighbourhoods froze in the dark Monday night, downtown skylines glowed despite desperate calls to conserve energy.

“We are very angry. I was checking on my neighbour, she’s angry, too,” Amber Nichols, whose north Austin home has had no power since early Monday, told the Associated Press. “We’re all angry because there is no reason to leave entire neighbourhoods freezing to death.”

“This is a complete bungle,” she said.

Republican Governor Greg Abbott called for an investigation of the grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). His indignation struck a much different tone than just a day earlier, when he told Texans that ERCOT was prioritising residential customers and that power was getting restored to hundreds of thousands of homes.

But hours after those assurances, the number of outages in Texas only rose, at one point exceeding four million customers.

“This is unacceptable,” Abbott said.
Joshua Rhodes, an energy researcher at the University of Texas in Austin, told the Associated Press the state’s electric grid fell victim to a cold spell that was longer, deeper and more widespread than Texas had seen in decades.

Climate change should be factored in too, he said.
“We’re going to have to plan for more of this kind of weather. People said this would never happen in Texas, and yet it has.”

Nigerian Observer, Edo creative Hub get 24-hour power supply from Ossiomo Power Plant

The 55MW CCETC-Ossiomo Power Plant in Benin City has commenced supply of 24-hour electricity to the premises of the Edo State-run newspaper outfit, Nigerian Observer, which houses the Edo Creative Hub.

The move is part of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration’s drive to restructure the state-owned newspaper company and provide viable space for innovative youths in the creative industry.

The General Manager of Bendel Newspaper Company Limited (BNCL), Barr. Solomon Imohiosen lauded the governor for redeeming his electioneering promise to make the state an industrial hub.

Imohiosen said: “The 24 hours power supply would increase the total output of the company. This is the first time that the state is experiencing this kind of transformation. We are now a reference point.”

“The initiative of the Governor Obaseki-led government during his first term in office is meant to provide stable power supply to government buildings, agencies other public utilities and industries for efficient and better service delivery to the people of Edo State. We are happy that we have been connected to the state’s power reforms,” she added.

The Edo Creative Hub, which is part of a number of initiatives to drive job creation and skills development in the state, has a facility within the premises. It is being run by the Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs).

Head, EdoJobs, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, said with the 24-hours power supply from the the 55MW CCETC-Ossiomo Power Plant, all is set for the opening of the Edo Creative Hub at the premises.

She said the creative hub will engage more innovative youths in the state and provide them with 24 hours of electricity and spaces where content creators can come in with their equipment to finish their creative works, including films and music, among others.

NERC explains why it shelved hearing on BEDC vs Asaba Distribution Ltd

THE Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has postponed the hearing in the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) against Independent Electricity Distribution Network (IEDN) indefinitely because it is before the court.

This is contained in a public notice of the NERC that The Nation sighted yesterday.

The notice submitted that “the Commission acknowledges that the matter is now subject to judicial review and hereby notifies the general public that the hearing shall no longer hold as scheduled as the parties are now required to present their positions to the court in a manner that respects the independence of the judiciary’’.

The notice, which the management issued on the postponement, was dated January 18, 2021.

NERC’s management urged the public to “take notice that the hearing scheduled for 19 January 2021 to consider the petition filed by Benin Electricity Distribution Plc (BEDC) against Asaba Distribution Limited (ADL) application for an independent electricitpety distribution network licence has been postponed indefinitely”.

The notice added that the hearing was meant to be conducted pursuant to Section 70 (2) of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA), clause 11 of the NERC Application for Licences Regulations 2010 and Section 17 of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (Business Rules of the Commission) Regulations (Business Rules) 2006 and considered by a panel of three commissioners.

It recalled that the Commission was served court processes on January 18, 2021 of a suit (FHC/ABJ/CS/36/2021) that was filed at the Federal High Court by BEDC on January 15, 2021 against the Commission and ADL.

BEDC, according to the notice, avers in the suit that it “has the capacity to and has in fact been supplying adequate and sufficient electricity that meets the demand of the Delta State Government for whom the IEDN licence is purported as being procured for within the BEDC electricity distribution area, including the designated area”.

Fire levels multimillion naira motorcycle spare parts factory in Nnewi

A fire outbreak on Saturday night, razed down Louis Carter Industries Nigeria Limited, a multi-million Naira motorcycle spare parts and allied products manufacturing company factory based in Akaboukwu Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State.

The company owned by foremost Nnewi industrialist and businessman, Chief Louis Onwugbenu is the manufacturer of Louis Carter brand of motorcycles, which is widely used in the Southeastern part of Nigeria and the South-South.

The fire outbreak, a company source said, started by 10:00pm on Saturday, and raged for six hours despite attempts by men of the Anambra State fire service to put it off.

It was gathered that the fire defied all the fire extinguishing machines in the company. Even the men of the fire service department who were said to have arrived one hour and thirty minutes after the fire had started, could not extinguish it.

General Manager of the company, Mr Ndubisi Okoli said the company’s security men alerted him of the fire last night, adding that it had defied fire extinguisher.

“He said the magnitude of the fire could not be put out with fire extinguishers at the factory, and that they had called the fire fighters’ emergency number, which led to the arrival of the men of the department.

“The fire was caused by Enugu Electricity Distribution Company’s (EEDC) high tension cable that exploded and sparked off fire to the section of the factory which stores our raw materials.

“The raw materials and crushing machines worth over N500million was completely razed down, just as the building was completely burnt too, but no life was lost,” Okoli said.

Also reacting, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of Louis Carter Group of Companies, Chief Louis Onwugbenu said the fire incident had caused a huge loss to the company that had hundreds of workers in its employ.

Onwugbenu acknowledged the effort of Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman of the Innoson Group and member representing Nnewi North in Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Nonso Smart who he said were physically present to motivate the firefighters.

FG halts increase of electricity tariff

The Federal Government has directed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to suspend the recently adjusted electricity tariff.

The Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday.

He said a committee has been set up to work on the new electricity tariffs and should be allowed to complete its work before any adjustments.

Recall that NERC had on Tuesday increased the electricity tariff payable by power consumers across the country.

The commission also blamed the N2 to N4 adjustment in tariff on inflation and movement in foreign exchange rates.

However, Mamman said he directed NERC to suspend the implementation of the duly performed minor review to allow the conclusion of dialogue with Labour centers.

“The public is aware that the Federal Government and the Labour Centers have been engaged in positive discussions about the electricity sector.

”Some of the achievements of this deliberation with Labour are the accelerated rollout of the National Mass Metering Plan, clampdowns on estimated billing, and the reduction in tariff rates.‌

“It should be clear to all that the regulator must be allowed to perform its function.

“The role of the Government is not to set tariffs, but also to provide policy guidance, protect consumers and for investors to engage directly with consumers.

”To promote a constructive conclusion of the dialogue with the Labour Centers, I have directed NERC to suspend the implementation of the duly performed minor review (which adjusted tariffs between N2 per kWh and N4 per kWh) until the conclusion of the Joint Ad Hoc Committee’s work at the end of January 2021.

“I would like to state again that this Administration is committed to creating a sustainable, electricity market for the benefit of all Nigerians,” the statement said.

Ikpeazu elated as Geometric Power Project Aba soon to come alive

Gov Okezie Ikpeazu and Prof Barth Nnaji

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has expressed joy at the prospect of Aba, the state’s commercial nerve centre, enjoying 24 hours uninterrupted power supply soon following the resolution of issues that had plagued the project led by Geometric Power.

The Governor made this known in a series of tweets via his official Twitter handle on Friday.

Ikpeazu who also thanked the federal government “for the courage to endorse the project” said it was “capable of repositioning our economy for the better”.

“The multifaceted impact of this on our State’s economy is not lost on us. The SME firmament of Aba will change and unleash a quantum leap in our national products score making Nigeria truly ready to play in our continental trade space.

“Secondly, many artisans such as welders, fabricators, tailors, hairdressers etc, will breathe some fresh air as they will enjoy the attendant positive impact of constant power supply on their trades leading to higher patronage that will in turn translate to the creation of more jobs”, the Governor said.

Ikpeazu expressed optimism that the Enyimba Economic City project will also receive the necessary oxygen required for take off, glide in full flight and operate optimally through the power project

Continuing, he said, “with this development, our country would experience real and profound success in her efforts to provide modular power through a divide and conquer strategy, which can be replicated everywhere else”, and expressed hope that the development will lead to “the end of our seemingly intractable ‘quest for power'”.

Prof Barth Nnaji of Geometric Power had earlier visited the Governor and briefed him on the progress made to complete the independent power project in Aba.

Anambra police command resumes patrols across state

Anambra State Police command has resumed its regular security patrols and check points across the state in a bid to deter criminals.

The resumption of the security patrols and check points was necessitated due to the shutdown of the security posts during the October #ENDSARS protests Nationwide.

The move by the state police command also seeks to gain on-the-spot assessment of the various flash points in the state, police check points, patrol teams and security posts to ascertain the level of damage done and the normalcy restored, and also to get information on level of crimes committed during the absence of the police in order to strategize on more ways of securing lives and property of the state’s residents .

Addressing Journalists, the Anambra state Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Abang said the move became imperative due to observed criminal activities by some misguided elements who rob members of the public of their belongings especially during the period, and assured that the police personnel have been deployed to all parts of the state to ensure normalcy.

Mr. Abang who spoke through the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Haruna Mohammed revealed that the state police personnel have been sensitized and briefed on police Public relations while the welfare of the members of the command is being taken care of by the federal government.

The Police Commissioner also hinted that a total number of ten persons have been arrested during their first day of their resumption of patrols at Upper Iweka Onitsha.

Mr Abang went further to extol the state residents for their support and partnership in rebuilding the vandalized facilities and appreciated their tireless support to the command which has demonstrated that there is existing peace, love and acceptance between Ndi Anambra and the police. Up Sot

Reacting to the return of the security agencies to their posts, a petty trader, Mrs. Ebele Nwoye and a road user, Chief PC Emenaka at Oye-Agu junction, Ifitedunu said that the development has restored their confidence in going about their businesses without fear and urged the state residents to remain law abiding.

A newspaper vendor at Ugwu-Nwasike Ogidi Ifesinachi Kalu and Ejike Obiana recalled how dangerous the area had become due to the absence of the police personnel as residents of the area have been living in fear. Up Sot

At Afor Nkpor and Nkpor Junction, a restaurant owner Mr. Christopher Onyekuba, Ifeanyi Uzoegbu and Felicia Nnakwe asked the police personnel to rewrite the perception of the public about them which will go along way in Promoting good working relationship between them and the members of the public. Up sot

Other places visited included, Amawbia round about off, old Enugu-Onitsha Express Way check point, Enugwu-Ukwu-Abagana boundary check point, Upper Iweka Onitsha, Obodo-Ukwu Junction, Bridge Head Onitsha and Three-Three.