Stop Sending ‘Crazy Bills’ to Customers, Fashola Warns DisCos

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Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, Minister of Power, Works & Housing

Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has warned electricity distribution companies to desist from estimated billing, noting that, “The Discos have the obligation to meter their customers.

 

“They must provide them with meters for effective metering before charging them.”

The minister spoke in Kano during the 18th monthly power sector and stakeholders meeting.

He said power generation and transmission in the country has improved. According to him, as of August 10, 2017, the generation was 6,863mwts, while the transmission rose to 6, 700mwts as against the 5,000mwts in 2016.

“The Federal Government is doing its best to ensure improvement in electricity supply. Government has embarked on serious expansion of transmission capacity with some power plants already completed, while others have reached advance stages of completion,” he added.

He assured support for any state willing to involve in generation and distribution of electricity.

Fashola disclosed further that there was no monopoly in the business of electricity generation and distribution and that state governments and big companies could also involve in the business.

“Large power consumers like government and big manufacturing companies can engage in power supply business. All they need to do is to secure permit from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).”

Source: Nigeria Electricity Hub

Int’l Youth Day: Ambode’s Wife Empowers Youths With Entrepreneurial Skills

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Founder, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM) and wife of Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode (middle), to her left is C.E.O, HOFOWEM, Ms. Oyefunke Adeleke (left), in a group photograph with aspiring entrepreneurs during the closing of a 2-day Hope for Youth Entrepreneurship Training Programme, organized by HOFOWEM to mark the 2017 International Youth Day, at the HOFOWEM’s office in Oregun, Lagos on Tuesday, 15 August, 2017.

As part of its activities to mark the 2017 International Youth Day, Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM), a pet project of wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, commenced a two-day entrepreneurial training programme, at its Oregun office for youths in Lagos State, aged from 15 to 34 years.

The programme, which thoroughly examined entrepreneurship education, trained more than 80 youths in skills like baking technology, piggery, fish, grass-cutter, mushroom, poultry, snail and vegetable farming, to channel the focus of the youths to skill acquisition for sustainable self-employment.

Speaking on this year’s International Youth Day, Founder of HOFOWEM, Mrs. Ambode, observed that concerted effort was needed to empower the teeming youths with relevant skills and put them in a position to generate steady income by themselves.

She said that it had become necessary to explore viable ways of generating viable employment for the vibrant and job-hungry youths, aside of strict office jobs.

“When you have a skill, it helps you to employ yourself and when you employ yourself, you enjoy the freedom and peace of mind to drive your own business. And if you are committed and hard-working enough, you will grow your business to such levels that you make more money than you can ever earn as salary from any employer. This is why we are laying this platform for our youths in Lagos State,” Mrs. Ambode said.

She urged youths to put to good use all they have learnt and be prepared for a better tomorrow, saying it was achievable and doable.

According to her, “I am very passionate and optimistic about a better tomorrow. It is achievable. It is doable. I urge you to put to good use all you have learnt. Congratulations and see you at the top.”

Mrs. Ambode, who described the programme as a pilot one for the youths, promised that many such skill acquisition training would be organized in future for their benefit.

Addressing guests and beneficiaries at the programme, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Ms. Oyefunke Adeleke, noted that since inception, HOFOWEM had undertaken many people-friendly programmes including widows’ empowerment, support for expectant mothers, kits for pupils in public primary schools, sponsored surgical procedures, support for sick youths and aged women, scholarship for brilliant but indigent students in public tertiary institutions, among others.

According to her, “In commemoration of this year’s International Youth Day which comes up on 12th August every year, the founder of HOFOWEM, Her Excellency, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, wife of the Governor of Lagos State, out of her milk of kindness, approved this entrepreneurship training programme to empower youths with various skills that appeal to their passion from which they can be financially independent as entrepreneurs rather than waiting endlessly for a white-collar job’.

She noted that just as the mission of the NGO was to touch and transform the lives of less privileged persons for sustainable living; the youths must use the opportunity to transform their lives permanently for good.

Some youths who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked Mrs. Ambode for her kindness and passion for improving the welfare of youths in the State, promising that they would not disappoint her but make the best use of the opportunity presented to them.

August 12 every year was set aside by the United Nations as International Youth Day, to examine the welfare of youths around the world and explore ways of improving it.

 

Press Release: ASUU/FG Ends Crucial Meeting

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The meeting between leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU ) and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige has just ended.
The meeting held at the Minister’s Conference Room, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Federal Secreatriat , Abuja took significant steps towards the resolution of the issues raised by ASUU.
Particularly, the meeting agreed on the forensic audit of the sum of 30 billion Naira earlier given to ASUU in 2010 and further agreed on monthly remittances to ASUU while the audit lasts.
“The Minister hence wishes to assure members of ASUU, in deed all Nigerians that government is already at work to resolve all outstanding issues in line with the resolve of the present administration to cast any form of disruption of universities’ academic calendar into the dust bin of history.
The meeting continues Thurday August 17, 2017.
Samuel Olowookere
Deputy Director, Press
Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The Shameful State of African Primary School, Erikorodo in Ikorodu division, Calls For Urgent Attention From Government, Community

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Middle part of the main that housed administrative offices, classroom and toilets blown-off

These ugly images, which depict the present state of the African Primary School, Erikorodo in Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area of Ikorodu Division, underscore the level of the degeneration of the educational sector in the country.

What really made the dilapidatory condition of this school to be sadden is that it is the only primary school serving that locality and has being in this state  for several years now without any intervention from the government or the community despite the fundamental role being played by primary education in the educational development of the children.

The school, built by The African Church in 1955 as part of the Church’s contribution to humanity, has no single habitable classroom to accommodate the pupils or staff.

While most of the structures in the school premises have collapsed, others are on the verge of collapsing.

When the situation of the school was first brought to the attention of the public, the oldest of the buildings was on a dangerous verge of collapsing but on a recent visit on Sunday, August 13, 2017, the building had collapsed.

The remaining two buildings are not even fit to habour animals. The situation is even more pathetic considering the fact that the poultry facilities within the locality are far better and well taking care of than the structures accommodating pupils in the school.

More so, there is need for the government, as a matter of urgency, to reconsider the location of the school or put in place necessary security measures to protect the staff and the pupils, considering the porosity of the present security situation in Ikorodu division.

The school is presently without fence while the two structures that are still standing are not only dilapidated but also a threat to the lives of the innocent pupils and staff.

Another factor is the route leading to the school from the Itoikin-Ikorodu Expressway which is often bushy and isolated. Considering the ages of the pupils, there is need for constant clearing of bushes around the area and putting in place measures to prevent kidnapping or other criminalities against the children.

 

Also, whenever it rains, it’s always difficult for the staff and pupils to gain entry into the school compound.

The lack of fence is also allowing many unscrupulous elements like drivers of  trucks used in collecting and disposing faeces to bring their trucks to the school premises to wash them after they might have emptied their tanks into a swamping forest around the school.

 

IMPACT lenses caught one of the trucks, MUS 757 XN in the act during the second visit of its reporters to the school within a month.

 

THE IMPACT gathered that the new administration in Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area under the leadership of Mr Adeola Banjo, in collaboration with community efforts, is currently working to  bring back sanity to the school.

It was gathered that the Council has written Hon. Babajimi Benson to include the school in its ‘Back To School Project’ by assisting in reconstructing a structure as its Constituency projects which the federal lawmaker has accepted.

The African Church Bethel Cathedral in Ikorodu, the original owner of the school,  is also reported to be working on giving the school a facelift.

An urgent attention from the Lagos State Government, local and international organizations and companies, especially Lucky Fibre company which is a stone throw from the school and other privately owned farms in the locality will be a welcome development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LASPOTECH Strike: Court Orders Unions To Call-off Strike

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The National Industrial Court in Ikoyi has directed the Staff Unions of the Lagos State Polytechnic to suspend the strike action embarked upon on August 1st, 2017.
In a press statement issued by the Special Adviser to the Governor on education, said that Hon. Justice F.I. Kola-Olalere gave the order in his ruling on Tuesday, August 15th 2017, pending the hearing and determination of the Unions’ notice and preliminary objection to the notice of interlocutory injunction by the Lagos State Government.
It also stated that while adjourning the hearing of the preliminary objection by the defendant to Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the court also directed the parties involved to explore amicable resolution of the issues before the adjourned date in line with the provision of section 20 of the NIC Act, 2016.
It will be recalled that the State Government on August 1, 2017, approached the court to stop staff unions of the institutions from continuing their industrial action. In response, the Unions filed a Statement of Defence and preliminary objection on Friday, August 11, 2017.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has reiterates her commitment to resolving and finding a lasting solution to the agitations by the union.

Lagos To Host First Ever International Drinks Festival In December

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This coming December promises more fun than ever before as Lagos is set to play host to the first ever International Drinks Festival, as brand owners, retailers, and holiday fun seekers are expected to besiege Africa’s entertainment capital in the single largest gathering of stakeholders in  drinks’ business ever witnessed in Nigeria.

At an exclusive press conference and elaborate unveiling ceremony held on Thursday, August 11, 2017, at Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Balmoral, organizers of the event and one of Africa’s biggest event management companies, revealed that the event, which will take place from the 1st – 3rd December, 2017, at the Balmoral Convention Centre, Federal Palace Hotel, V.I, is going to be an Exhibition of various drinks brands, Master classes with various drink professionals as well as summits which will give the attendees opportunities to ask questions and interact with the drink experts.

The festival also promises lot of interactive and funfill events to lighten up the atmosphere and introduce various brands to the general public.

The unveiling ceremony was indeed an indication of the glamour and finesse that would encapsulate the major event slated to hold in December.

 

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Palmwine section at the press conference and unveiling ceremony 

The unveiling brought together members of the press from major media outlets, as well as the crème de la crème in the music, movie, and beverage industries including the political class.

Guests were treated to a cocktail session on an exquisite artistic floor plain featuring a spirit bar, palmwine joint, and a local beer parlor complete with ladies on stilts, and some standing inside waist-high glass chandeliers.

Coming on the heels of a report by Euromonitor International (a world renowned business intelligence company) that Nigeria consumed 36.68 million litres of soft drinks in 2016; its spirits market worth $6 billion, and beer accounting for 55% of the total market share, Balmoral’s First-Ever International Drinks Festival will no doubt take Christmas to a whole new level in Lagos, come December 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Glo Lafta Fest: Basketmouth, Gordons, Helen Paul, Others Thrill Ikorodu Subscribers

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Basketmouth thrilling Glo subscribers in Ikorodu on Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sunday, August 13, 2017, was a day that would not be forgotten easily in the lives of glo subscribers in Ikorodu as they were thrilled to an afternoon of laughter by A-list comedy acts,courtesy the telecommunication giant, Globacom.

The event,which was tagged ‘Glo Lafta Fest’ and held at the Musical Village, situated along Obafemi Awolowo Way,Ikorodu, according to Globacom, was to honour its existing and new customers for staying true to the fully integrated communications outfit.

World-class comedy acts,Basketmouth and Gordons as well as Helen Paul, Kenny Blaq and … lived up to their billings as they treated  Glo subscribers in Ikorodu to an unforgettable evening of rib-cracking jokes with intermittent standing ovation and shout from the audience in appreciation of their outstanding performances.

The security situation in the Ikorodu, especially the Badoo menace which prevented the event from lasting into the night, was reduced to a comic by the duo of Basketmouth and Gordons as the residents laughed off the unfortunate situation which has claimed dozens of  lives across Ikorodu division since its started two years ago.

While speaking at the event, the Globacom representative said that the event  was staged to reward and delight the existing and new customers of the network for their patronage.

“It is the turn of Ikorodu to be thrilled. We have brought A-list comedians to entertain our customers in Ikorodu who have stayed true to our network”, he stated.

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Gordons also on stage in Ikorodu

He also introduced a new package of the telecommunication giant called ‘Glo Cafe app’ which he explained as a one-stop destination for managing  Globacom account, bill payments, mobile recharges and checking usage.

It was indeed an event full entertainment and fun as the audience, comprising of elderly people,couple,kids and youths connected well with the comedians and anchor persons.

Celebrity guests and Nollyhood veterans such as Richard Mofe Damijo (RMD), Kanayo O. Kanayo,Bolaji Amusan (Mr Latin),Patience Ozokwor ( Mama Gee) and Odunlade Adekola who were in attendance, also added colours to the occasion.

RMD mounted the stage to appreciate the people of Ikorodu and particularly described Ikorodu as a place that played  a  prominent role in his development as actor.

He recalled with nostalgia the shooting of a popular soap in the 80s, Checkmate, which was dociled in Ikorodu.

The event also featured dancing competitions among the male and female audience with gift items given to the best two dancers in the two categories.

 

 

Lagos Hosts FG Ecology Team

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Hon. Muslim Folami with members of the Federal Government Ecology team in group photograph during the visit

The Federal Government team on a comprehensive survey of ecological sites across the country on Monday, August 14, 2017, arrived in Lagos for the collation of ecological issues peculiar to each Local Government and Local Council Development Area in the State with a view to proferring lasting solutions to the challenges.

Receiving the delegates on behalf of Chairmen of Local Government Councils, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Muslim Folami described the visit as a welcome development and an indication that the Federal Government identifies with ecological peculiarities of the State.

He added that although the State Government swiftly responded to the flooding issue that wreaked havoc in some areas in the State in July, the assistance from the Federal Government will further compliment the efforts of the State Government in proferring lasting solutions to the issue of flooding in Lagos.

Folami stated that Governor Ambode had already assured residents of the State that the flooding experienced in some quarters across the State in the last few weeks would soon be a thing of the past as the State Government had already initiated a holistic way to address the situation.

“The State government is implementing new strategies to find a lasting solution to the problem of flooding but it is also important for residents to play their part by inculcating new attitudes towards civic obligations at all times, without which the efforts of government would be in futility.” the Commissioner reiterated.

While soliciting for the full cooperation of all the stakeholders especially, the LG and LCDAs to make the data collation exercise a success, the Commissioner used the occasion to warn residents of the State who have cultivated the habit of erecting structures in unauthorized places to comply with the State’s physical planning law.

Earlier, Mr. Solomon Olorunfemi, Team Leader and an Assistant Director in the Federal Ecological Fund Office, said that the visit would afford the team the opportunity to compile a comprehensive list of ecological challenges in Lagos State with a view to having the data bank of all ecological issues across all the LGAs.

While pointing out that federal government wants to know the extent of ecological effect on residents of the State for necessary assistance, Olorunfemi acknowledged the fact that the cosmopolitan nature of the State makes it susceptible to some natural occurrences including ecological challenges, stressing that it is the responsibility of Government to provide succour and render assistance to victims of ecological issues.

He disclosed further that the visit was part of the resolution reached by the Federal Executive Council in response to the agitations from some State Governors.

The Team is also expected to visit the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment to acquaint themselves with the ecological issues in the State as already documented by the Ministry.

Other members of the visiting team include Mallam Mamman Sani, Ms. Eme Cosmos and Mrs. Olowhu Otah.

LASPOTECH Strike: Industrial Court Resume Hearing Today

The National Industrial Court (NIC) will resume hearing today, Tuesday, August 15, 2017, in the matter instituted against Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnic (SSANIP) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), Lagos State Polytechnic Chapters by the Lagos State Government.

Government has filed a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction before his lordship, Hon. Justice Kola-Olalere of the National Industrial Court sitting in Lagos to restrain the staff unions of Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) from embarking on another strike action in respect of their demands for the payment of CONTISS 15 Migration Salary arrears.

The Claimants (State Government) had on August 3, 2017 filed written motions ex-parte order in the suit No. NICN/LA/368/2015) which was struck out.

 

The court in its ruling stated, “In the circumstance, I find and hold that the claimants have failed to satisfy the court on the urgency of this application. I therefore decline to grant this motion ex-parte and dismiss same”.

 

The matter was adjourned to August 15, for hearing of the motion on notice. The court in its ruling also order that the motion ex-parte, the ruling on it and the initiating process in the matter be served on the defendants.

Ambode Mourns Passage Of LASIEC Commissioner, Lateef Raji

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Mr Lateef Raji

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday, August 14, 2017, expressed sadness over the death of a Commissioner of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Mr. Abdullateef Raji.

 

Raji, a former Special Adviser on Information and Strategy between 2011 and 2015 died in the early hours of Monday at the age of 54.

 

Governor Ambode, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, described the late Raji as a seasoned media strategist who was always committed to serve in any capacity he found himself.

 

“Raji in no small way contributed to the success of the last local government elections in Lagos where he served as one of the LASIEC Commissioners. He was ever committed to contribute his quota in any office he was appointed to serve.

 

“His demise has come as a rude shock to us as he died in the line of duty. He was a brilliant scholar and an astute writer of repute, who used his pen to enhance the narrative of rule of law and democracy in Nigeria,” Governor Ambode said.

 

While praying for the peaceful repose of his soul, the Governor urged his family to draw strength from the fact that he made meaningful impact during his lifetime.

 

“On behalf of my family and the people of Lagos state, I want to express our heartfelt condolence to the family of Lateef Raji on this great and irreparable loss. He will be sorely missed”, he said.