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Residents of Durumi frown at disconnection of electricity by AEDC, seeks minister’s intervention

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  Some residents of Durumi, Phase 3 in Apo, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), have called on the Minister, Malam Mohammed Bello to intervene in the disconnection of power supply in their area by AEDC.

The residents who didnt want their names mentioned, said they had paid their electricity bills up to-date and were not oweing, and wondered why they were disconnected.

According to them, people are thinking of how to cope and what to eat while in isolation,  AEDC is busy disconnecting power.

“Even those who have paid beyond their current charges are being disconnected without any explanation.

“I, therefore, call on the FCT Minister to act swiftly before the case tilt out of hand.”

Nigeria News Agency reports that two employees of AEDC were attacked in February in Kabusa area of the FCT where they went to disconnect customers who were oweing the company.

One of the employees died on the spot, why the other managed to escape with severe injuries and was rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.

Commenting on the issue, AEDC’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Oyebode Fadipe said that the company was an essential service outfit and so its staff have to be at work.

Fadipe said that the reason for the disconnection could be as a result of danger and the need to cut off power supply.

He said the reason could also be that  the “customer is owing, there is no law that says we should not disconnect.

“We did not touch the customer physically and to disconnect a customer,  you don’t need to move close to the person you just move to the pole and disconnect.

“Disconnecting a customer for reason of indebtness or to remove danger does not expose the customer to COVID-19.

“So, we need to know why the disconnection is takiing place, nobody has done anything wrong except it is an illegal disconnection.” he said.

Electricity consumers have oftentimes frowned at the attitude of AEDC officials who go to their homes to disconnect their power supply when no one was at home.

Some consumers said it was even more worrisome that after disconnection, the AEDC personnel make away with the cables and after payment of bills, they use substandard cables to reconnect the consumers.

Edited By: Ese E. Ekama
(NAN)

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Kwara CP warns residents against impostors

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Commissioner of Police (CP) in Kwara, Kayode Egbetokun has alerted the people of the state to the fraudulent acts of some unscrupulous elements who had allegedly created various social media accounts using his pictures.

One of such accounts, the CP said, “Is a Facebook account with the name Kpansa Terhem using the picture of the Commissioner of Police for obvious sinister motive.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Okasanmi Ajayi, made this known in a statement issued on Monday in Ilorin.

The statement read, “The Commissioner of Police does not operate any Facebook account and as such wishes to warn the general public to beware of the antics of these social media bullies/ fraudsters so as not to fall for their tricks.

The Police Command in the state therefore wishes to advise that members of the public should ignore any request or bogus claim by anybody using the name or pictures of CP Kayode Egbetokun in any social media accounts.”

He urged the residents to report any suspected fraudulent act to the Police Public Relations office, Police Command, Ilorin, through these phone numbers: 08032365122/08081763132 or to the nearest police station.

 


Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Felix Ajide (NAN)
 

 

 

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Egyptian, French presidents discuss regional issues, focus on war-torn Libya

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed on Saturday the development of several regional issues, including the situation in Libya.

During a phone call, Macron said he is keen to exchange views with Sisi over these issues as Cairo plays a key political role in the region, Egyptian Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

For his part, Sisi affirmed Egypt’s firm position towards the Libyan crisis based on restoring Libyan national state institutions, ending the spread of criminal groups and terrorist militias.

He added that Egypt also gives top priority to combating terrorism, achieving stability and security and putting an end to illegal foreign interventions in Libya.

The two presidents agreed to intensify their coordination in the coming period, stressing the necessity to end the Libyan crisis by reaching a political solution that paves the way for the return of security and stability in the country, the spokesman said.

They showed support for international endeavors as well as implementing the results of the Berlin process to end the conflict in Libya.

Libya has been locked in a civil war since the ouster and killing of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

The Libyan conflict escalated in 2014, splitting power between two rival governments, the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in the capital Tripoli and another in the northeastern city of Tobruk allied with self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Khalifa Haftar.

While Egypt supports Haftar’s LNA that seeks to take over Tripoli, Turkey backs the Tripoli-based GNA.

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COVID-19: NGO sensitises Taraba residents on personal hygiene, use of face masks

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The Youth Progressive Association in Taraba (TYPA), an NGO, on Saturday, sensitised Taraba residents on personal hygiene and use of facemasks to check the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The Programme Officer of the organisation, Mrs Francisca Ikyumen, who spoke at the sensitisation programme, called on the people to take issues about the existence of the virus seriously.
She said that the monthly exercise, which was an initiative of Effective Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (E-WASH) in the state, was aimed at ensuring a clean and healthy society.
Ikyumen urged the participants not to depend solely on government in ensuring the sanitation of their environment, as government alone could not do everything.
She also appealed to the people of the state to observe all the protocols for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his remarks, Mr Boniface Kosson, the Chief Executive Officer of the NGO, urged the participants to form groups of willing members in their respective communities to deepen the campaign for personal hygiene.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that stakeholders at the meeting pledged to mobilise their people to ensure effective water supply and sanitation in their areas.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Nsukka council Chairman warns residents against dumping refuse in drains

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Chief Patrick Omeje, the Chairman of Nsukka Local Government Area in Enugu State, has warned the residents against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in drains.

Omeje gave the warning while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Saturday.

He said that it was imperative for the residents to know that the presence of waste in the drains would lead to flooding and erosion in their communities.

“Nsukka residents should have a collective responsibility towards reducing the effect of flood in the area.

“This they must do by ensuring regular clearing of the drains, avoiding dumping of waste in gutters as well stopping erection of illegal structures on water channels.

“We should change the habits that violate our environment as they escalate flooding in our area.

“Together we can protect our environment from flood disaster that will kill our people, destroy property and render many people homeless,” he said.

Omeje assured the residents of his administration’s commitment to constructing more roads with good drainage for free flow of water and to mitigate the effects of flood in the communities.

He said that the council recently began clearing of drains across the university town and other areas, with a view to reducing the effects of flood during this rainy season.

“The council’s environmental team has been creating flood safety awareness from community to community to sensitise the residents on how to be environment-friendly during this rainy season.

“The first priority of my administration is to ensure the protection of lives and property of residents and that’s why the council is always proactive.

“I thank the people of Nsukka LGA for their continued support and cooperation with my administration and I want them to keep it up.

“My promise is that by God’s special grace I will leave Nsukka council better than I met it,” Omeje said

Edited /Ejike Obeta

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Residents laud Gov. Zulum’s  achievements in  Borno in 1 year

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Residents of Borno have commended Gov. Babagana Zulum, for what they described as his ‘modest achievements’ in his one year in office.
A cross section of residents interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in  Maiduguri, said Zulum deserved commendation for his numerous achievements.
Hadiza Ibrahim, a civil servant said that the governor has been able to turn round things in his few months in office.
“He deserves commendation for the way he hit the ground running. He started with civil servants by making them to sit up and exposing late comers.
“He is among the few governors that have implemented the new minimum wage and address the issue of pension, to the extent that when you retire now in Borno, you are automatically switched to start collecting your pension.
”This is unlike before, when you have to wait for months.
“He is a workaholic and rewards hardwork. Look at the way he rewarded Mrs Obiagelli Mazi, a dedicated teacher with money and accelerated promotion,” Ibrahim said.
Mr Habu Ibrahim, a retired farmer said farmers were happy with the governor for his commitment towards full resumption of farming activities in the state.
Ibrahim said he was excited with the governor’s recent visits to farming communities along the Lake Alau and New Marte, to mobilise farmers for his ‘back to farm’ programme.
He urged the governor to intervene in ensuring the supply of adequate fertilisers and other inputs for farmers.
“With adequate inputs and security, in New Marte alone, where there is about 67,000 hectares of fertile land for large scale irrigation farming, many farmers in the state could be transformed.

President Muhammadu Buhari has just spoken on the need for farmers to produce more food
as government has no resources to continue to import food. This shows that Zulum is on track and we are ready to work with him,” Ibrahim said.
Also speaking, a politician and former Councillor of Hausari ward in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Malam Nura Salisu, said Zulum has not failed as a grassroots politician.
Salisu said the governor, in spite of prevailing security challenges, visited all the 27 Local Government Areas(LGAs) of the state to identify with the people and assured them of his commitment to fulfil his campaign promises.
Just before the Sallah celebration he went round six LGAs including Chibok, Askira/Uba, Gwoza, Damboa, Bama and Konduga to inspect projects and ensure government presence at the grassroots.
“He even directed for the establishment of an office in Auno following insurgent attacks in the area, so that he can be coming to work there from time to time, to boost the morale of the people who are deserting the area.
“He is really working and loved by the masses and we are hoping to see more from him in the coming years,” Salisu said.
Mr Yusufu Adamu a businessman, also lauded the governor, saying  his recent assessment visit to dormant industries in Maiduguri with a pledge to revive viable ones, to create employment and boost local revenue was a good move.
Mr Joseph Ali, another resident lauded the governor for his efforts in curtailing the spread of coronavirus in the state.
”He did this by involving all stakeholders, including religious leaders in taking decisions.
“The lockdown was given a human face by allowing people to go and restock on Mondays and Thursdays, while everything possible was done to ensure that palliatives reached the needy on time.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

 

 

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Flooding: Ekiti LG warns residents against dumping refuse in drains

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The Ido-Osi Local Government Council of Ekiti has warned residents to desist from dumping refuse in drains, especially during the rainy season.

The Chairman of the council, Mr Adeola Lawrence, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ido-Ekiti on Friday.

He said with the commencement of the rainy season, there was need for residents of the community to keep the drains clean to avert flooding.

Lawrence said the local government council had been sensitising residents on the need to always dispose their refuse in designated dump sites.

He said that environmental officers of the council would be moving around to ensure that residents complied with the directives of the council.

Adamant residents, he said, would be made to face the full wrath of the law.

According to him, the council has been making efforts to avert flooding and will not tolerate any act which can jeopardise its initiatives.

The chairman assured residents that his administration would continue to create an enabling environment to make living conducive for residents.

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Edited By: Moses Solanke/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Abiodun assures Ogun residents of provision of houses

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Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Thursday said that his administration was working towards ensuring that the people of the state had access to decent and affordable accommodation.

Abiodun stated this after inspecting the ongoing housing projects at the Prince Court Estate at Kemta in Idi-Aba area of Abeokuta.

The governor stated that the project was in line with the social welfare vision of his administration, aimed at improving the living standards of the people.

Abiodun, who said that the completion of the project had been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, however, assured that the first batch of 130 of the 500 units would be completed before Saturday.

“This project is in line with our vision of social welfare to provide decent houses for our people.

“I am impressed with what I have seen here, and I want to commend the workers of the Ministry of Housing for doing a wonderful work,” he said.

The governor explained that the project was carried out through direct labour, mostly by residents from the surrounding areas.

He pledged that similar projects would be replicated in other areas of the state, including Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu, Ota, Ilaro, Ibafo and Mowe.

“This project is done through direct labour. We did not award the construction of this estate to any contractor.

“The people working here were gotten from the catchment areas. We trained some of them and they, in turn, utililised their skills here,” Abiodun said.

Earlier, the state Commissioner for Housing, Mr Jamiu Omoniyi, said the estate, made up of two and three bedroom bungalows, was equipped with pipe borne water, paved roads, perimeter fence, drainages and other facilities.

Edited By: Moses Solanke/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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COVID-19: Police Command warns Oyo State residents against non-adherence to directives.

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The Police Command in Oyo State has warned residents of  the state against violating the  measures put in place by the state government and medical experts aimed at combating Coronavirus pandemic.

The warning is contained in a statement issued by the state Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO), SP Olugbenga Fadeyi,  and made available to newsmen on Thursday in Ibadan.

Fadeyi said that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Shina Olukolu, had observed with dismay, the lackadaisical attitudes of some members of the public.

He said  that despite several warnings some people still continued to treat those  measures with disrespect and low level of compliance

He listed the measures to include: the wearing of facemasks, washing of hands with soaps and running water, and the  lawful proclamation of dusk to dawn curfew from 8p.m. to 5a.m. imposed  by the Oyo State Government on the residents.

The Commissioner of Police wishes to remind all and sundry that the pandemic is real. It is no respecter of persons, status, age, office or religion.

“It is, therefore, part of our civic responsibilities as citizens to comply with the laws of the land as none of us is bigger than the law. In fact, the law is no respecter of any person.

“Consequently, this medium is for the umpteenth time being utilised to warn  members of the public without exceptions,  except those initially exempted for being on essential  services.

`The Oyo State Police Command will continue an aggressive enforcement of all the measures put in place to combat the spread and defeat the Coronavirus pandemic in Oyo State.

“Hence, the dusk to dawn curfew from 8p.m. to 5a.m., especially, in Oyo State, will be vigorously enforced and all  are, therefore, enjoined to comply in their own interests without waiting for any form of minimum force,’’ Fadeyi said.

He advised the citizens to refrain from seeking undue concessions or influence peddling to seek special favours from the leadership of the security agencies.

Fadeyi said that the reinvigorated enforcement of the measures against the pandemic, particularly, the curfew would commence from Thursday May 28 and urged the citizens to co-operate with the Police to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

 

 

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Peter Dada (NAN)

 

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Address water scarcity affecting Agboyi-Ketu Community, residents urge Gov Sanwo-Olu

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Residents of Agboyi-Ketu, a Lagos suburb, on Thursday appealed to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to address scarcity of water affecting the community.

The residents, under the aegis of Joint Action for Good Governance, a civil society organisation (CSO),
made the plea on Thursday in Lagos, as the governor commenced activities marking his first year in office.

Its National Vice President, Mr Abdulwaheed Odunuga, in a statement, described the situation in the community as an irony.

“We live in a city that is surrounded by water, yet we find it extremely difficult to get potable water for drinking and other domestic uses.

“There has been no water supply to the residents of Agboyi-Ketu and its environs for almost two weeks now. We want to tell Gov. Sanwo-Olu that we need water.

“Residents of these communities and its environs now depend on water vendors known as ‘Mairuwa’ for their daily supply of water, while others patronise water tanker vendors.

“So bad, we don’t even know the source of water we buy.

“We cannot ask anybody and the only affordable and accessible well/borehole water is not drinkable,” Odunuga said.

According to him, the group’s investigations revealed that water scarcity is hitting some parts of the state due to non-supply by the Lagos State Water Corporation.

He said that lack of water was now a frequent phenomenon as the corporation had been struggling to maintain supply for about two years.

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Residents of Agboyi-Ketu in Lagos struggling for water

“Currently, none of the pumps is effective from our investigations. Water is not just an essential need for all human and animals, but also a necessity as a means of survival against the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The state government is doing everything possible to flatten the curve of the pandemic.

“But the current non-supply of water to the residents is a leaky bucket strategy of fighting the anti-human virus.

“All efforts to get the resolution plans for the non-supply of the essential resource has only earned the common chorus ‘we are working on it’ from the staff of the corporation.

“The worst we had under the eight years of former Gov. Babatunde Fashola’s administration was 2/3 days of non-supply of water,” he said.

Odunuga advised the governor to also prioritise water supply as he celebrates his first year anniversary in office, saying this become imperative during this trying time of the global pandemic.

“I appeal to all relevant Lagos State Authorities to immediately restore water supply to all affected areas.

“This is to prevent health hazards such as typhoid, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, other related water-borne diseases and prevent future preventable deaths,” Odunuga said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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