Nigeria’s power giant, Schneider Electric in partnership with the National Power Training Institute (NAPTIN) and the French Development Agency, has trained another batch of 50 electricians, including females in Lagos State as part of capacity development and to ensure safety.
The three-month long training covers Solar Power, Cable Routing, Wire Installation, Energy Management Systems, Metering System and several other topics.
The Director-General of NAPTIN, Mr Ahmed Nagode, said at the conclusion of the training that the number of female electricians who participated in the second batch had increased significantly and urged more females to take advantage of the next training.
Noting that the females who turned up for the training proved to be exceptional, he advocated for a deliberate strategy to increase women participation.
“Compared to the last batch, it is good we have registered an increase in the level of interest from women electricians but that is still a far cry from the desired level,” said Nagode, who was represented by an official of the institute, Mr Ayoola Ramoni.
The electrician training co-sponsored by Schneider Electric is open to all prospective electricians, beginners and installers to either learn the profession or consolidate previous knowledge in key electrical installation subjects.
The training is 70 per cent practical to complement classroom knowledge and expose participants to safe installations.
The first round of the training began in May and ended in August this year.
Speaking with journalists at the graduation ceremony of the second batch, Mr Isaac Adeleke, the Training Project Coordinator for Schneider Electric, noted that the company had designed a schedule of follow-up for those trained.
“The quality of delivery is not in doubt. To ensure the application of global standards, Schneider Electric has upskilled NAPTIN trainers through extensive training in France and Nigeria.
“With the support of the French Development Agency, Schneider Electric also provided a fully equipped laboratory to reinforce technical training,’’ he said.
He added:“Graduates, undergraduates and those without any formal education, beginners seeking to refresh their technical know-how are welcome.
“The plan by Schneider Electric and its partners is to implement the programme in three cities: Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt; with Lagos being the pilot city.
“The centres are set to train 360 Nigerians per year in electrical installation across the country.’
(Edited & Vetted By: Peter Ejiofor)
School feeding programme gulps over N500m during Lockdown – Minister
The Federal Government expended about N523.3 million on school feeding programme during the lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic.
Farouk made the revelation against the rumours and speculations going around one of our key interventions of the government – the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
She said that the programmed was modified and implemented in three states following a March 29th, Presidential directive.
“It is critical at this juncture to provide details that will help puncture the tissue of lies being peddled in the public space.
“The provision of ‘Take Home Rations’, under the modified Home Grown School Feeding programme, was not a sole initiative of the MHADMSD.
“The ministry, in obeying the Presidential directive, went into consultations with state governments through the state Governor’s Forum, following which it was resolved that ‘take-home rations’, remained the most viable option for feeding children during the lockdown.
“So, it was a joint resolution of the ministry and the state governments to give out take-home rations.
“The stakeholders also resolved that we would start with the FCT, Lagos and Ogun states, as pilot cases,’’ the minister said.
According to her, each takes home ration was valued at N4,200 and that the figure was arrived at with proper consultation.
“So, each household is assumed to have three children.
“Based on the original design of the Home Grown School Feeding programme, long before it was domiciled in the ministry, every child on the programme receives a meal a day.
“The meal costs N70 per child.
“When you take 20 school days per month, it means a child eats food worth N1,400 per month.
“Three children would then eat food worth N4,200 per month and that was how we arrived at the cost of the ‘take-home ration’.
“The agreement was that the federal government will provide the funding while the states will implement.
“To ensure transparency in the process, we partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) as technical partners.’’
“TrackaNG monitored and gave daily updates validating the programme.
“In the FCT, 29,609 households were impacted, 37,589 households in Lagos and 60,391 in Ogun, making a total of 124,589 households impacted between May 14, and July 6.
“If 124,589 households received take-home rations valued at N4,200, the amount will be N523,273,800.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
Custodian Investment moves to purchase 51% equity stake in UPDC
Mr Wole Oshin, Group Managing Director, Custodian Investment, made this known in a statement posted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday in Lagos.
He said the agreement marked the beginning of a partnership between Custodian and UAC that would achieve both companies’ respective objectives in the real estate industry.
“It also marks a significant milestone aligned with UAC’s strategy to focus on its core businesses,” he stated.
He said the sale shares would be in two tranches initial sale of 946,558,467 shares, representing 5.10 per cent of the issued share capital of UPDC, on execution of binding transaction agreements.
Oshin added that there would be subsequent sale of 8,519,026,201 shares, representing 45.90 per cent of the issued share capital of UPDC upon receipt of requisite approvals.
According to him, completion of the sale is subject to regulatory approvals from the NSE and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
Commenting on the transaction, Oshin said the partnership would provide multiple levers for value creation.
“The rationale for the transaction is that Custodian and UAC share the view that their ambitions for capturing opportunity in the real estate industry will be better achieved working in partnership,” he said.
“The transaction is a significant step in achieving our objectives for UPDC.
“In 2018, the Board and Management of UAC embarked on a strategic review to evaluate the performance of the company and its subsidiaries.
“The objective is to achieve sustainable positive financial performance from our existing operations and enable management to focus on businesses that align with our strategy.
“In reviewing UPDC, the board weighed the long-term opportunities in the Nigerian real estate sector against the fundamental differences between the cash flow profile and capital needs of UPDC and those of the other entities in UAC’s portfolio.
“Following its review, the board concluded that it would be in the best interest of UAC to exit its interest in the real estate sector.
” It allows UPDC to operate as a stand alone legal entity, free to source appropriately structured capital and to unlock value for its shareholders,” Aiyesimoju said.
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
MWUN seeks compliance with govt. directives on stevedores, dockworkers
Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), on Monday has called on dock labour employers and private operators to comply with government directive on the use of registered stevedores and dockworkers.
The President General of MWUN, Mr Adewale Adeyanju made the call in a statement in Lagos.
Adeyanju said that the registered stevedores and dockworkers are government approved and endorsed by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
“We the maritime workers union of Nigeria, wish to call the attention of the general public to a ‘Marine Notice tagged, ‘Government Notice No. 106’ on Stevedoring regulations, 2014, issued by the NIMASA which has been widely published in the print and electronic media.
“The Marine Notice, as well as the Associated Stevedoring Regulation 2014, are operational guidelines issued by NIMASA to all dock labour employers and private operators of any work location.
“It also include Ports, Jetties, Onshore or Offshore Oil and Gas or bonded terminals, inland container depots (ICDs), off dock terminals, dry ports and platforms.
“We have noticed with dismay that some of the stakeholders mentioned have continued to flay this government directive by their blatant refusal to grant the government appointed and NIMASA registered stevedores and dock workers access to the operational areas allocated to them by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).
“This is not acceptable to us, as we cannot sit back, fold our arms and watch our members being disallowed to perform their statutory duties that fetch them their daily bread.
“We therefore use this medium to sound a note of warning to those stakeholders who feel that they can always flout government directive with impunity and in effect expose our members to starvation, to have a rethink.
“They should allow the government approved and NIMASA registered stevedores and dock workers access, without let or hindrance, the operational areas government allocated to them to perform their legitimate duties,” he said.
Adeyanju said that the union would not hesitate to engage, in a manner that had never been witnessed in the land, such stakeholders that see themselves as above the law.
He said that the energy and innovation Jamoh had brought into the agency was a pointer to many laudable achievements in the pipeline.
Adeyanju also acknowledged and commended the commitment Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman, the Managing Director, NPA, for the payment of severance package to the erstwhile Tally Clerks and On-Board ship gangway security men and others.
He, however, requested the managing director to look into the lingering issue of dredging the Calabar channel which would positively boost trade and commerce in the Niger Delta area.
This, according to him, will further help boost revenue to the federal government coffers while also creating employment for Nigerians.
“We want to assure the public of our readiness to partner with the two government agencies in maintaining peace and industrial harmony in the maritime sector.
“We will continue to do so, as long as fairness, equity and justice which they have brought to bear in the system is maintained,” he said.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic responsible for sack of pilots- Air Peace
The company said in a statement on Monday in Lagos that it took the “very painful, but rightful decision”.
It said that the decision followed the circumstances the airline found itself as a result of the devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic on its operations.
“This decision was taken for the greater good of the company and its almost three thousand workforce, the affected pilots inclusive.
“The airline cannot afford to toe the path of being unable to continue to fulfill its financial obligations to its staff, external vendors, aviation agencies, maintenance organisations, insurance companies, banks and other creditors.
“Hence, the decision to restructure its entire operations with a view to surviving the times.
“The pandemic has hit every airline worldwide, so badly that it has become very impossible for airlines to remain afloat without carrying out internal restructuring of their costs.
“Anything short of what we have done may lead to the collapse of an airline as could be seen in some places worldwide during this period.
“Therefore, we decided to review the salaries being paid to all staff. The new salaries reflect a 0-40 per cent cut of the former salary depending on the salary grades of every staff.
“Even after the cuts, it was obvious that for us to be able to sustain our operations and survive the times, some jobs must inevitably have to go,” the statement said.
The management said that Air Peace had never, for one day, ever owed salaries to its workers in its almost six years of existence, pilots inclusive.
It said that rather the management of Air Peace had always been known to be increasing salaries of its employees periodically without being prompted by staff.
“In fact, in one fell swoop, Air Peace increased the salaries of pilots by over 100 per cent in one day!
“Our salaries have always been paid even before the end of the month in the last five years.
“So, we love all our staff. This decision is inevitable under the circumstances we find ourselves.
“In order to protect the continuity of majority of the existing jobs and the possibility of creating new ones in future, the survival of the airline is of paramount importance.
“When everything comes back to normal, those pilots affected today will have a place to come back to in future, if they so wish,” the statement added.
It said that the decision was a reflection of the negative impact of the pandemic on airlines and aviation worldwide.
“We are in trying times. Even, the biggest airlines in Europe, America, Middle East, Asia, Australia and, indeed, Africa, are all either slashing jobs and cutting salaries in order to remain afloat or are shutting down.
“Air Peace is not immuned from these challenges,” the statement said.
Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)