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  •  Pension contributors in active employment can now pay for equity contribution for mortgage from the balance of their Retirement Savings Accounts RSA PenCom in a statement by its spokesman Mr Abdulkadir Dahiru in Lagos on Friday said the policy specified in the new guidelines of the National Pension Commission PenCom would be implemented with immediate effect The commission said the approval was in line with Section 89 2 of the Pension Reform Act 2014 PRA 2014 which allowed RSA holders to use a portion of their RSA balance toward payment of equity for residential mortgage The statement said the guidelines covered pension contributors in active employment either as a salaried employee or as a self employed persons Interested RSA holders applicants must have an Offer Letter for the property duly signed by the property owner and verified by the Mortgage Lender The RSA of the applicant shall have both employer and employee s mandatory contributions for a cumulative minimum period of 60 months equivalent to five years A contributor under the Micro Pension Plan MPP is also eligible provided he or she has made contributions for at least 60 months five years prior to the date of his or her application the statement said According to the commission RSA holders that have less than three years to retirement are not eligible The statement said married couples who were RSA holders were eligible to make a joint application subject to individually satisfying the eligibility requirements The commission said RSA holders who registered before July 1 2019 must have their records updated through the RSA data recapture The statement said application for equity contribution for residential mortgage should be forwarded in person and not by proxy The commission said the maximum amount to be withdrawn shall be 25 per cent of the total mandatory RSA balance as at the date of application irrespective of the value of equity contribution required by the mortgage lender Where 25 per cent of a contributor s RSA balance is not sufficient for payment as equity contribution RSA holders may utilise the contingency portion of their voluntary contributions if any the statement said It added that to qualify as a mortgage lender for this purpose the company must be licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria comply with the Contributory Pension Scheme and have valid Pension Clearance Certificate The statement said the commission shall publish names of the eligible mortgage lenders on its website The commission hereby invites interested RSA holders to contact their PFAs for more information and guidance NewsSourceCredit NAN
    RSA holders can now use contributions for mortgage – PenCom
     Pension contributors in active employment can now pay for equity contribution for mortgage from the balance of their Retirement Savings Accounts RSA PenCom in a statement by its spokesman Mr Abdulkadir Dahiru in Lagos on Friday said the policy specified in the new guidelines of the National Pension Commission PenCom would be implemented with immediate effect The commission said the approval was in line with Section 89 2 of the Pension Reform Act 2014 PRA 2014 which allowed RSA holders to use a portion of their RSA balance toward payment of equity for residential mortgage The statement said the guidelines covered pension contributors in active employment either as a salaried employee or as a self employed persons Interested RSA holders applicants must have an Offer Letter for the property duly signed by the property owner and verified by the Mortgage Lender The RSA of the applicant shall have both employer and employee s mandatory contributions for a cumulative minimum period of 60 months equivalent to five years A contributor under the Micro Pension Plan MPP is also eligible provided he or she has made contributions for at least 60 months five years prior to the date of his or her application the statement said According to the commission RSA holders that have less than three years to retirement are not eligible The statement said married couples who were RSA holders were eligible to make a joint application subject to individually satisfying the eligibility requirements The commission said RSA holders who registered before July 1 2019 must have their records updated through the RSA data recapture The statement said application for equity contribution for residential mortgage should be forwarded in person and not by proxy The commission said the maximum amount to be withdrawn shall be 25 per cent of the total mandatory RSA balance as at the date of application irrespective of the value of equity contribution required by the mortgage lender Where 25 per cent of a contributor s RSA balance is not sufficient for payment as equity contribution RSA holders may utilise the contingency portion of their voluntary contributions if any the statement said It added that to qualify as a mortgage lender for this purpose the company must be licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria comply with the Contributory Pension Scheme and have valid Pension Clearance Certificate The statement said the commission shall publish names of the eligible mortgage lenders on its website The commission hereby invites interested RSA holders to contact their PFAs for more information and guidance NewsSourceCredit NAN
    RSA holders can now use contributions for mortgage – PenCom
    Economy2 months ago

    RSA holders can now use contributions for mortgage – PenCom

    Pension contributors in active employment can now pay for equity contribution for mortgage from the balance of their Retirement Savings Accounts (RSA).

    PenCom, in a statement by its spokesman, Mr Abdulkadir Dahiru, in Lagos on Friday, said the policy specified in the new guidelines of the National Pension Commission (PenCom) would be implemented with immediate effect.

    The commission said the approval was in line with Section 89 (2) of the Pension Reform Act 2014 (PRA 2014), which allowed RSA holders to use a portion of their RSA balance toward payment of equity for residential mortgage.

    The statement said the guidelines covered pension contributors in active employment, either as a salaried employee or as a self-employed persons.

    “Interested RSA holders (applicants) must have an Offer Letter for the property duly signed by the property owner and verified by the Mortgage Lender.

    “The RSA of the applicant shall have both employer and employee’s mandatory contributions for a cumulative minimum period of 60 months, equivalent to five years.

    “A contributor under the Micro Pension Plan (MPP) is also eligible, provided he or she has made contributions for at least 60 months (five years) prior to the date of his or her application,” the statement said.

    According to the commission, RSA holders that have less than three years to retirement are not eligible.

    The statement said married couples, who were RSA holders, were eligible to make a joint application, subject to individually satisfying the eligibility requirements.

    The commission said RSA holders, who  registered before July 1, 2019, must have their records updated through the RSA data recapture.

    The statement said application for equity contribution for residential mortgage should be forwarded in person and not by proxy.

    The commission said the maximum amount to be withdrawn shall be 25 per cent of the total mandatory RSA balance as at the date of application, irrespective of the value of equity contribution required by the mortgage lender.

    “Where 25 per cent of a contributor’s RSA balance is not sufficient for payment as equity contribution, RSA holders may utilise the contingency portion of their voluntary contributions (if any),” the statement said.

    It added that to qualify as a mortgage lender for this purpose, the company must be licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria, comply with the Contributory Pension Scheme and have valid Pension Clearance Certificate.

    The statement said: “the commission shall publish names of the eligible mortgage lenders on its website.

    “The commission, hereby, invites interested RSA holders to contact their PFAs for more information and guidance.


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  •  The Deputy Vice Chancellor Nile University of Nigeria Prof Dleep Kumar has called on the Federal Government to explore changes in modern technological to advance the development of education sector in the country Kumar made the call at its Postgraduate Master Class in Abuja on Friday The theme of the Master Class is Managing Work and Business in a VUCA Environment He explained that there was need to explore technology in the education sector due to the volatility uncertainty complexity and ambiguity of the environment occasioned by COVID 19 pandemic We must move from the traditional method to automation We need to revisit all education programmes to showcase the employability of graduates The future of this country lies with how we use technology in every sector particularly in the education sector COVID 19 impact has created several opportunities especially in business We need to make the organisation work in a more efficient and effective way by exploring the existing resources at the most available time Industries like hospitality and education among others almost collapse during the pandemic and it will take much time to catch up the business time If we don t join other countries in the use of technology in our education system then we cannot move forward as a country The future of this country is in the use of technology he said He said that the country was gradually recovering from the pandemic adding that insecurity had posed a challenge in its full recovery Kumar therefore said that a lot of recovery would be visible after 2024 but the country must begin to explore opportunity the pandemic brought Classrooms are gradually disappearing admissions in universities will now be virtual or online This complete change is happening with the use of technology so Nigeria should also key in he added The deputy vice chancellor said that the country at this period should be prepared for the change manage the change process and reinforce the change for the future of the country Also Prof Joseph Nnanna the Chief Economist Development Bank of Nigeria DBN called on stakeholders to begin to reposition and adjust to the global trend Nnanna said there was need for the country to be dynamic to respond to the changes for all sectors to progress NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Don urges FG to explore technology to advance education sector
     The Deputy Vice Chancellor Nile University of Nigeria Prof Dleep Kumar has called on the Federal Government to explore changes in modern technological to advance the development of education sector in the country Kumar made the call at its Postgraduate Master Class in Abuja on Friday The theme of the Master Class is Managing Work and Business in a VUCA Environment He explained that there was need to explore technology in the education sector due to the volatility uncertainty complexity and ambiguity of the environment occasioned by COVID 19 pandemic We must move from the traditional method to automation We need to revisit all education programmes to showcase the employability of graduates The future of this country lies with how we use technology in every sector particularly in the education sector COVID 19 impact has created several opportunities especially in business We need to make the organisation work in a more efficient and effective way by exploring the existing resources at the most available time Industries like hospitality and education among others almost collapse during the pandemic and it will take much time to catch up the business time If we don t join other countries in the use of technology in our education system then we cannot move forward as a country The future of this country is in the use of technology he said He said that the country was gradually recovering from the pandemic adding that insecurity had posed a challenge in its full recovery Kumar therefore said that a lot of recovery would be visible after 2024 but the country must begin to explore opportunity the pandemic brought Classrooms are gradually disappearing admissions in universities will now be virtual or online This complete change is happening with the use of technology so Nigeria should also key in he added The deputy vice chancellor said that the country at this period should be prepared for the change manage the change process and reinforce the change for the future of the country Also Prof Joseph Nnanna the Chief Economist Development Bank of Nigeria DBN called on stakeholders to begin to reposition and adjust to the global trend Nnanna said there was need for the country to be dynamic to respond to the changes for all sectors to progress NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Don urges FG to explore technology to advance education sector
    General news2 months ago

    Don urges FG to explore technology to advance education sector

    The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Nile University of Nigeria, Prof. Dleep Kumar has called on the Federal Government to explore changes in modern technological to advance the development of education sector in the country.

    Kumar made the call at its Postgraduate Master Class in Abuja on Friday.

    The theme of the Master Class is: “Managing Work and Business in a VUCA Environment ‘’.

    He explained that there was need to explore technology in the education sector due to the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of the environment occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.

    “We must move from the traditional method to automation.

    We need to revisit all education programmes to showcase the employability of graduates.

    “The future of this country lies with how we use technology in every sector, particularly in the education sector.

    “COVID-19 impact has created several opportunities, especially in business.

    We need to make the organisation work in a more efficient and effective way by exploring the existing resources at the most available time “Industries like hospitality and education, among others almost collapse during the pandemic and it will take much time to catch up the business time.

    “If we don’t join other countries in the use of technology in our education system, then we cannot move forward as a country.

    The future of this country is in the use of technology,” he said.

    He said that the country was gradually recovering from the pandemic, adding that insecurity had posed a challenge in its full recovery.

    Kumar, therefore, said that a lot of recovery would be visible after 2024, but the country must begin to explore opportunity the pandemic brought.

    ”Classrooms are gradually disappearing; admissions in universities will now be virtual or online.

    “This complete change is happening with the use of technology, so Nigeria should also key in,” he added.

    The deputy vice-chancellor said that the country at this period should be prepared for the change, manage the change process and reinforce the change for the future of the country.

    Also, Prof. Joseph Nnanna, the Chief Economist, Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) called on stakeholders to begin to reposition and adjust to the global trend.

    Nnanna said there was need for the country to be dynamic to respond to the changes for all sectors to progress.


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  •  A Wuse Zone Six Magistrates court on Friday ordered that Prof Zainab Duke be remanded in Suleja correction centre for alleged assault Details later NewsSourceCredit NAN
    News Flash!! Court remands Prof. Duke for alleged assault
     A Wuse Zone Six Magistrates court on Friday ordered that Prof Zainab Duke be remanded in Suleja correction centre for alleged assault Details later NewsSourceCredit NAN
    News Flash!! Court remands Prof. Duke for alleged assault
    General news2 months ago

    News Flash!! Court remands Prof. Duke for alleged assault

    A Wuse Zone Six Magistrates’ court on Friday ordered that Prof. Zainab Duke be remanded in Suleja correction centre for alleged assault.

    Details later….


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  •  An exhibition to showcase historical portraits artefacts and paintings that chronicle Nigeria s history from the 1914 amalgamation to independence in 1960 will debut in the Federal Capital Territory FCT Mr Akin Laniyi the Project Director tagged Nigeria 1914 disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja The exhibition with the theme The Story of Nigeria s birth history milestones and icons is scheduled to hold from Oct 1 to Oct 8 at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja Laniyi said the project was part of events to commemorate Nigeria s 62nd independence anniversary and had received the endorsement and support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and other relevant stakeholders Nigeria 1914 exhibition is a government endorsed educational exhibition of pictures portraits artefacts and paintings based on Nigeria s history milestones icons and culture from the 1914 amalgamation and through 1960 independence to more recent times We felt that at a time like this Nigeria is in need of such a project because it will provoke our consciousness as a people to reflect on our great history and the much needed social order It will hold for eight days at the Transcorp Hilton starting on our independence day and it is aimed at promoting our education nationhood and good things about us as a richly diverse people Each day of the exhibition has been titled and named after a reputable foundation for good cause in Nigeria to encourage and appreciate their work especially in education The exhibition will host the public and dignitaries from all works of life with Honourable Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed as the Special Guest of honour he said Laniyi explained that Nigerian artistes drawn from across the country including Kola Ogunwale and many others would have their iconic pictures and paintings showcased at the exhibition According to him members of the diplomatic community top government functionaries patriotic Nigerians drawn from both the public and private sector and stakeholders in the creative industries will attend the exhibition He said special guests expected to visit the exhibition include former president Goodluck Jonathan former vice president Atiku Abubakar Mr Jide Adeniji and Prince Arthur Eze as the Grand Patron of the exhibition Others are the Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Alhaji Nura Kangiwa and that of the National Council for Arts and Culture Otunba Segun Runsewe among others He added that since the project was geared towards promoting national unit and common history the exhibition would also be staged around major cities in Nigeria including Abuja Port Harcourt and Lagos Laniyi further said that plans were underway to take the exhibition on a global tour alongside the currently being produced Nigeria 1914 movie It is to present Nigeria her people opportunities and potential on the global stage through iconic pictures paintings artefacts and portraits The Nigeria 1914 project will expose the majesty of unknown aspects of the Nigerian story and way of life that will resonate and touch hearts and consciences all over the world unforgettably he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Independence: Historical art exhibition “Nigeria 1914” set for debut  
     An exhibition to showcase historical portraits artefacts and paintings that chronicle Nigeria s history from the 1914 amalgamation to independence in 1960 will debut in the Federal Capital Territory FCT Mr Akin Laniyi the Project Director tagged Nigeria 1914 disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja The exhibition with the theme The Story of Nigeria s birth history milestones and icons is scheduled to hold from Oct 1 to Oct 8 at the Transcorp Hilton Abuja Laniyi said the project was part of events to commemorate Nigeria s 62nd independence anniversary and had received the endorsement and support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and other relevant stakeholders Nigeria 1914 exhibition is a government endorsed educational exhibition of pictures portraits artefacts and paintings based on Nigeria s history milestones icons and culture from the 1914 amalgamation and through 1960 independence to more recent times We felt that at a time like this Nigeria is in need of such a project because it will provoke our consciousness as a people to reflect on our great history and the much needed social order It will hold for eight days at the Transcorp Hilton starting on our independence day and it is aimed at promoting our education nationhood and good things about us as a richly diverse people Each day of the exhibition has been titled and named after a reputable foundation for good cause in Nigeria to encourage and appreciate their work especially in education The exhibition will host the public and dignitaries from all works of life with Honourable Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed as the Special Guest of honour he said Laniyi explained that Nigerian artistes drawn from across the country including Kola Ogunwale and many others would have their iconic pictures and paintings showcased at the exhibition According to him members of the diplomatic community top government functionaries patriotic Nigerians drawn from both the public and private sector and stakeholders in the creative industries will attend the exhibition He said special guests expected to visit the exhibition include former president Goodluck Jonathan former vice president Atiku Abubakar Mr Jide Adeniji and Prince Arthur Eze as the Grand Patron of the exhibition Others are the Director General of the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Alhaji Nura Kangiwa and that of the National Council for Arts and Culture Otunba Segun Runsewe among others He added that since the project was geared towards promoting national unit and common history the exhibition would also be staged around major cities in Nigeria including Abuja Port Harcourt and Lagos Laniyi further said that plans were underway to take the exhibition on a global tour alongside the currently being produced Nigeria 1914 movie It is to present Nigeria her people opportunities and potential on the global stage through iconic pictures paintings artefacts and portraits The Nigeria 1914 project will expose the majesty of unknown aspects of the Nigerian story and way of life that will resonate and touch hearts and consciences all over the world unforgettably he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Independence: Historical art exhibition “Nigeria 1914” set for debut  
    General news2 months ago

    Independence: Historical art exhibition “Nigeria 1914” set for debut  

    An exhibition to showcase   historical portraits, artefacts and paintings that chronicle Nigeria’s history from the 1914 amalgamation to independence in 1960, will debut in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    Mr Akin Laniyi, the Project Director, tagged: “Nigeria 1914’’ disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.

    The exhibition with the theme: “The Story of Nigeria’s birth, history, milestones and icons” is scheduled to hold from Oct. 1 to Oct. 8 at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.

    Laniyi said the project was part of events to commemorate Nigeria’s 62nd independence anniversary, and had received the endorsement and support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and other relevant stakeholders.

    “Nigeria 1914 exhibition is a government endorsed educational exhibition of pictures, portraits, artefacts and paintings based on Nigeria’s history, milestones, icons and culture from the 1914 amalgamation and through 1960 independence to more recent times.

    “We felt that at a time like this, Nigeria is in need of such a project because it will provoke our consciousness as a people to reflect on our great history and the much needed social order.

    “It will hold for eight days at the Transcorp Hilton, starting on our independence day, and it is aimed at promoting our education, nationhood and good things about us as a richly diverse people.

    “Each day of the exhibition has been titled and named after a reputable foundation for good cause in Nigeria to encourage and appreciate their work, especially in education.

    “The exhibition will host the public and dignitaries from all works of life, with Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed as the Special Guest of honour,” he said.

    Laniyi explained that Nigerian artistes drawn from across the country, including Kola Ogunwale, and many others would have their iconic pictures and paintings showcased at the exhibition.

    According to him, members of the diplomatic community, top government functionaries, patriotic Nigerians drawn from both the public and private sector and stakeholders in the creative industries will attend the exhibition.

    He said special guests expected to visit the exhibition include former president Goodluck Jonathan, former vice president Atiku Abubakar,  Mr Jide Adeniji and Prince Arthur Eze as the Grand Patron of the exhibition.

    Others are the Director-General of the National Institute for Hospitality and  Tourism Alhaji Nura Kangiwa and that of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, among others.

    He added that since the project was geared towards promoting national unit and common history, the exhibition would also be staged around major cities in Nigeria including Abuja, Port Harcourt and Lagos.

    Laniyi further said that plans were underway to take the exhibition on a global tour alongside the currently being produced Nigeria 1914 movie.

    “It is to present Nigeria, her people opportunities and potential on the global stage through iconic pictures, paintings, artefacts and portraits.

    “The Nigeria 1914 project will expose the majesty of unknown aspects of the Nigerian story and way of life that will resonate and touch hearts and consciences all over the world unforgettably,” he said.


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  •  The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the ministry and the National Youth Service Corps NYSC will explore avenues to showcase the cultural talents of corps members He gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja while closing the 2022 Annual NYSC Sports and Cultural Festival The festival has Sustaining the Gains of Sports Development and Socio Cultural Integration through Conscious Exploration and Promotion of Skills and Talents of the Youth as its theme Mohammed who was the special guest of honour was represented by the Director Entertainment and Creative Service Mrs Ugochi Nwosu The minister said it was heartwarming to see the youths showcasing abundant talent especially as many of them do not belong to the ethnic communities of the culture they have showcased This has therefore reinforced my confidence in the ability of our young men and women to imbibe positive values and norms and project the good image of Nigeria both at home and abroad He congratulated the winners of various categories of the competition for the feats achieved It is my hope and desire that you will continue to support our strides to promote the Nigerian culture and the creative industry through avenues such as this one provided by the NYSC I wish to assure you that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture will continue to support NYSC towards the success of this festival We also will work with the scheme with a view to exploring additional avenues for the exposure of the talents of these corps members including opportunities to stage performances during national programmes I urge well meaning Nigerians public and private sector organisations to give their support towards the continuous improvement of this festival especially through their corporate social responsibility Mohammed also called on movie and music producers to help in harnessing the potential of the corps members through mentorship and assignment of roles and contracts He however encouraged the corps members to avail themselves of the opportunity for rewarding careers in the entertainment and creative industry The Director General NYSC Brig Gen Muhammad Fadah said the festival remains a sustained medium for the promotion of the nation s cultural heritage He said the theme of the 2022 edition was apt given the fact that the nation s cultural diversities were great assets that should strengthen rather than divide it Apart from exposing the abundant talents of corps members in dance comedy acting and directing among others the festival provides further opportunities for interaction and cross cultural appreciations by our youths However this is thereby contributing towards the sustaining unity and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians As you may be aware one of the hallmarks of the national service is the effective integration of corps members into their host communities This largely accounts for their ability to stage dances and songs that are indigenous to communities away from their ethnic and geographical zones as seen in the last three days In essence irrespective of our ethnic religious and social backgrounds we can build a united and prosperous nation through our shared values spirit of patriotism and collective will Fadah said He also commended the corps members for their display of unimaginable creativity in drama comedy and dance adding that they can become stars in the entertainment industry The Director Community Development Service and Special Projects Alhaji Abdulrazak Salawu said the NYSC had demonstrated that Nigeria s multi ethnic and cultural diversity could be adequately harnessed through the festival The various events have proven to be a vehicle of social mobilisation promotion of diverse cultural expressions and preservation of Nigeria s cherished traditions through galvanisation of the talents and skills of its youths It has great potential to building a virile and united Nigeria that Nigerians will be proud of The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the festival was instituted in 1984 following management s decision to use dance and drama as tools to further entrench and deepen the objectives of the scheme NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ministry, NYSC to explore avenues to showcase corps members cultural talents
     The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the ministry and the National Youth Service Corps NYSC will explore avenues to showcase the cultural talents of corps members He gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja while closing the 2022 Annual NYSC Sports and Cultural Festival The festival has Sustaining the Gains of Sports Development and Socio Cultural Integration through Conscious Exploration and Promotion of Skills and Talents of the Youth as its theme Mohammed who was the special guest of honour was represented by the Director Entertainment and Creative Service Mrs Ugochi Nwosu The minister said it was heartwarming to see the youths showcasing abundant talent especially as many of them do not belong to the ethnic communities of the culture they have showcased This has therefore reinforced my confidence in the ability of our young men and women to imbibe positive values and norms and project the good image of Nigeria both at home and abroad He congratulated the winners of various categories of the competition for the feats achieved It is my hope and desire that you will continue to support our strides to promote the Nigerian culture and the creative industry through avenues such as this one provided by the NYSC I wish to assure you that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture will continue to support NYSC towards the success of this festival We also will work with the scheme with a view to exploring additional avenues for the exposure of the talents of these corps members including opportunities to stage performances during national programmes I urge well meaning Nigerians public and private sector organisations to give their support towards the continuous improvement of this festival especially through their corporate social responsibility Mohammed also called on movie and music producers to help in harnessing the potential of the corps members through mentorship and assignment of roles and contracts He however encouraged the corps members to avail themselves of the opportunity for rewarding careers in the entertainment and creative industry The Director General NYSC Brig Gen Muhammad Fadah said the festival remains a sustained medium for the promotion of the nation s cultural heritage He said the theme of the 2022 edition was apt given the fact that the nation s cultural diversities were great assets that should strengthen rather than divide it Apart from exposing the abundant talents of corps members in dance comedy acting and directing among others the festival provides further opportunities for interaction and cross cultural appreciations by our youths However this is thereby contributing towards the sustaining unity and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians As you may be aware one of the hallmarks of the national service is the effective integration of corps members into their host communities This largely accounts for their ability to stage dances and songs that are indigenous to communities away from their ethnic and geographical zones as seen in the last three days In essence irrespective of our ethnic religious and social backgrounds we can build a united and prosperous nation through our shared values spirit of patriotism and collective will Fadah said He also commended the corps members for their display of unimaginable creativity in drama comedy and dance adding that they can become stars in the entertainment industry The Director Community Development Service and Special Projects Alhaji Abdulrazak Salawu said the NYSC had demonstrated that Nigeria s multi ethnic and cultural diversity could be adequately harnessed through the festival The various events have proven to be a vehicle of social mobilisation promotion of diverse cultural expressions and preservation of Nigeria s cherished traditions through galvanisation of the talents and skills of its youths It has great potential to building a virile and united Nigeria that Nigerians will be proud of The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the festival was instituted in 1984 following management s decision to use dance and drama as tools to further entrench and deepen the objectives of the scheme NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ministry, NYSC to explore avenues to showcase corps members cultural talents
    Entertainment2 months ago

    Ministry, NYSC to explore avenues to showcase corps members cultural talents

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the ministry and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) will explore avenues to showcase the cultural talents of corps members.

    He gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja, while closing the 2022 Annual NYSC Sports and Cultural Festival.

    The festival has “Sustaining the Gains of Sports Development and Socio-Cultural Integration through Conscious Exploration and Promotion of Skills and Talents of the Youth” as its theme.

    Mohammed, who was the special guest of honour was represented by the Director, Entertainment and Creative Service, Mrs Ugochi Nwosu.

    The minister said it was heartwarming to see the youths showcasing abundant talent especially as many of them do not belong to the ethnic communities of the culture they have showcased.

    “This has therefore reinforced my confidence in the ability of our young men and women to imbibe positive values and norms and project the good image of Nigeria both at home and abroad.

    ” He congratulated the winners of various categories of the competition for the feats achieved.

    “It is my hope and desire that you will continue to support our strides to promote the Nigerian culture and the creative industry through avenues such as this one provided by the NYSC.

    “I wish to assure you that the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture will continue to support NYSC towards the success of this festival.

    “We also will work with the scheme with a view to exploring additional avenues for the exposure of the talents of these corps members including opportunities to stage performances during national programmes.

    “I urge well meaning Nigerians, public and private sector organisations to give their support towards the continuous improvement of this festival especially through their corporate social responsibility.

    ” Mohammed also called on movie and music producers to help in harnessing the potential of the corps members through mentorship and assignment of roles and contracts.

    He, however, encouraged the corps members to avail themselves of the opportunity for rewarding careers in the entertainment and creative industry.

    The Director-General, NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Fadah, said the festival remains a sustained medium for the promotion of the nation’s cultural heritage.

    He said the theme of the 2022 edition was apt given the fact that the nation’s cultural diversities were great assets that should strengthen rather than divide it.

    “Apart from exposing the abundant talents of corps members in dance, comedy, acting and directing among others, the festival provides further opportunities for interaction and cross-cultural appreciations by our youths.

    “However, this is thereby, contributing towards the sustaining unity and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.

    “As you may be aware, one of the hallmarks of the national service is the effective integration of corps members into their host communities.

    “This largely accounts for their ability to stage dances and songs that are indigenous to communities away from their ethnic and geographical zones as seen in the last three days.

    “In essence, irrespective of our ethnic, religious and social backgrounds, we can build a united and prosperous nation through our shared values, spirit of patriotism and collective will,’’ Fadah said.

    He also commended the corps members for their display of unimaginable creativity in drama, comedy and dance, adding that they can become stars in the entertainment industry.

    The Director, Community Development Service and Special Projects, Alhaji Abdulrazak Salawu, said the NYSC had demonstrated that Nigeria’s multi-ethnic and cultural diversity could be adequately harnessed through the festival.

    “The various events have proven to be a vehicle of social mobilisation, promotion of diverse cultural expressions, and preservation of Nigeria’s cherished traditions through galvanisation of the talents and skills of its youths.

    “It has great potential to building a virile and united Nigeria that Nigerians will be proud of.

    ’’ The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the festival was instituted in 1984 following management’s decision to use dance and drama as tools to further entrench and deepen the objectives of the scheme.


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  •  The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria MOMAN has reiterated its support to Nigeria s energy transition and efforts of the Federal Government to actualise net zero carbon emission target by 2060 MOMAN also said it had within the last one year organised several trainings for its members to improve efficiency and safety in the petroleum downstream sector operations Mr Olumide Adeosun made these known at a news conference to mark his first year anniversary as the chairman of the association on Friday in Lagos Adeosun said our members are committed to the energy transition and the sustainable decarbonisation of our respective businesses As a collective we have embarked on several impactful initiatives and projects that signals that commitment to cleaner energy According to him MOMAN has been engaging with the National Gas Expansion Programme NGEP to drive the expansion of the use of gas in Nigeria He said the association had recently reviewed the contents of the Federal Government s Auto Gas policy and have sent in a memorandum with the association s input to the policy My members are ready to move as long there is regulatory and policy clarity he said Adeosun who is also the Chief Executive of Ardova Plc said as part of these efforts the company had invested in the construction of a 20 000MT Liquefied Petroleum Gas LPG storage facility in Ijora Lagos He said this new capacity which would come on stream in 2023 would enable economies of scale for coastal gas delivery and help deepen the adoption of LPG as the cooking fuel of choice nationwide Adeosun also reiterated MOMAN s position for the petroleum downstream sector going forward especially with regards to the continued payment of fuel subsidy by the government He said We have tabled our recommendations to the government on our considered view on subsidy removal approach It can best be summarised as full deregulation in phases These huge subsidy payments are simply not sustainable The government should focus on palliatives for Nigerians such as mass transit improve power supply agriculture education etc Government may subsidise sectors that would stimulate sustainable economic growth Overwhelmingly the right course of action is a clear trajectory toward full implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 as it is a very well thought out legislation that would ultimately cause the petroleum industry in Nigeria to grow Listing some of the achievements of his administration in the past one year Adeosun said it included engagements with stakeholders such as the Ministry of Petroleum Resources the National Assembly and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission He said MOMAN had also engaged the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority Dangote Refinery and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd and the media These engagements have all been in a bid to ensure that downstream positions and our customers interests are well articulated and documented The goal has always been to develop good working relationships with the regulator and positively impact the petroleum sector Adeosun said He said MOMAN member companies being the heritage of International Oil Companies IOCs who have operated in Nigeria in some cases for over 100 years were the custodians of years of operational experience and evolved industry competencies Adeosun said It was our opinion that under investment arising from years of operation under the subsidy regime has led to a degradation of equipment industry knowledge and practices In response MOMAN established regional collaborations with other industry associations across Africa We share best practices and collaborate on various fronts We have therefore pooled our resources and recently published compendiums of best practices for the downstream industry in Nigeria he concluded NewsSourceCredit NAN
    MOMAN reiterates support for energy transition, safety 
     The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria MOMAN has reiterated its support to Nigeria s energy transition and efforts of the Federal Government to actualise net zero carbon emission target by 2060 MOMAN also said it had within the last one year organised several trainings for its members to improve efficiency and safety in the petroleum downstream sector operations Mr Olumide Adeosun made these known at a news conference to mark his first year anniversary as the chairman of the association on Friday in Lagos Adeosun said our members are committed to the energy transition and the sustainable decarbonisation of our respective businesses As a collective we have embarked on several impactful initiatives and projects that signals that commitment to cleaner energy According to him MOMAN has been engaging with the National Gas Expansion Programme NGEP to drive the expansion of the use of gas in Nigeria He said the association had recently reviewed the contents of the Federal Government s Auto Gas policy and have sent in a memorandum with the association s input to the policy My members are ready to move as long there is regulatory and policy clarity he said Adeosun who is also the Chief Executive of Ardova Plc said as part of these efforts the company had invested in the construction of a 20 000MT Liquefied Petroleum Gas LPG storage facility in Ijora Lagos He said this new capacity which would come on stream in 2023 would enable economies of scale for coastal gas delivery and help deepen the adoption of LPG as the cooking fuel of choice nationwide Adeosun also reiterated MOMAN s position for the petroleum downstream sector going forward especially with regards to the continued payment of fuel subsidy by the government He said We have tabled our recommendations to the government on our considered view on subsidy removal approach It can best be summarised as full deregulation in phases These huge subsidy payments are simply not sustainable The government should focus on palliatives for Nigerians such as mass transit improve power supply agriculture education etc Government may subsidise sectors that would stimulate sustainable economic growth Overwhelmingly the right course of action is a clear trajectory toward full implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021 as it is a very well thought out legislation that would ultimately cause the petroleum industry in Nigeria to grow Listing some of the achievements of his administration in the past one year Adeosun said it included engagements with stakeholders such as the Ministry of Petroleum Resources the National Assembly and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission He said MOMAN had also engaged the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority Dangote Refinery and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd and the media These engagements have all been in a bid to ensure that downstream positions and our customers interests are well articulated and documented The goal has always been to develop good working relationships with the regulator and positively impact the petroleum sector Adeosun said He said MOMAN member companies being the heritage of International Oil Companies IOCs who have operated in Nigeria in some cases for over 100 years were the custodians of years of operational experience and evolved industry competencies Adeosun said It was our opinion that under investment arising from years of operation under the subsidy regime has led to a degradation of equipment industry knowledge and practices In response MOMAN established regional collaborations with other industry associations across Africa We share best practices and collaborate on various fronts We have therefore pooled our resources and recently published compendiums of best practices for the downstream industry in Nigeria he concluded NewsSourceCredit NAN
    MOMAN reiterates support for energy transition, safety 
    General news2 months ago

    MOMAN reiterates support for energy transition, safety 

    The Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN) has reiterated its support to Nigeria’s energy transition and efforts of the Federal Government to actualise net zero carbon emission target by 2060.MOMAN also said it had within the last one year organised several trainings for its members to improve efficiency and safety in the petroleum downstream sector operations.

    Mr Olumide Adeosun made these known at a news conference to mark his first year anniversary as the chairman of the association on Friday in Lagos.

    Adeosun said: “our members are committed to the energy transition and the sustainable decarbonisation of our respective businesses.

    “As a collective, we have embarked on several impactful initiatives and projects that signals that commitment to cleaner energy.

    ”According to him, MOMAN has been engaging with the National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP) to drive the expansion of the use of gas in Nigeria.

    He said the association had recently reviewed the contents of the Federal Government’s Auto Gas policy and have sent in a memorandum with the association’s input to the policy.

    “My members are ready to move as long there is regulatory and policy clarity,” he said.

    Adeosun, who is also the Chief Executive of Ardova Plc, said as part of these efforts, the company had invested in the construction of a 20,000MT Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage facility in Ijora, Lagos.

    He said this new capacity which would come on stream in 2023 would enable economies of scale for coastal gas delivery and help deepen the adoption of LPG as the cooking fuel of choice nationwide.

    Adeosun also reiterated MOMAN’s position for the petroleum downstream sector going forward, especially with regards to the continued payment of fuel subsidy by the government.

    He said: “We have tabled our recommendations to the government on our considered view on subsidy removal approach.

    ” It can best be summarised as full deregulation in phases.

    These huge subsidy payments are simply not sustainable.

    “The government should focus on palliatives for Nigerians such as mass transit, improve power supply, agriculture, education etc.

    “Government may subsidise sectors that would stimulate sustainable economic growth.

    “Overwhelmingly the right course of action is a clear trajectory toward full implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, as it is a very well thought out legislation that would ultimately cause the petroleum industry in Nigeria to grow.

    “Listing some of the achievements of his administration in the past one year, Adeosun said it included engagements with  stakeholders such as the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the National Assembly and the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

    He said MOMAN had also engaged the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, Dangote Refinery and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. and the media.

    “These engagements have all been in a bid to ensure that downstream positions and our customers’ interests are well articulated and documented.

    “The goal has always been to develop good working relationships with the regulator and positively impact the petroleum sector,” Adeosun said.

    He said MOMAN member companies, being the heritage of International Oil Companies (IOCs) who have operated in Nigeria in some cases for over 100 years, were the custodians of years of operational experience and evolved industry competencies.

    Adeosun said: “It was our opinion that under investment arising from years of operation under the subsidy regime has led to a degradation of equipment, industry knowledge and practices.

    “In response, MOMAN established regional collaborations with other industry associations across Africa.

    We share best practices and collaborate on various fronts” We have, therefore, pooled our resources and recently published compendiums of best practices  for the downstream industry in Nigeria” he concluded.


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  •  The Federal Medical Centre FMC Abuja has decried the rate at which the resident doctors have left the service saying it has an adverse effect on the generality of healthcare delivery in the country The Chairman Board of Management of the hospital Dr Alex Ideh made the disclosure when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha on Friday in Abuja Ideh said the situation among other challenges faced by the hospital made them to seek government s intervention through the SGF s office He listed other major equipment needed by the centre to includes Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI fire truck solid waste truck and liquid waste truck Today we have completed building to house the Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine That equipment is a very expensive equipment but its benefits to the generality of Nigerians cannot be overemphasis We have completed everything about its building but we do not have the machine we therefore thought it wise to bring this to your attention It is not an easy thing even if you want to put it in the budget because of the constraint of the budget envelope that is usually given from the ministry to all the parastatals under them it is difficult for it to be accommodated in our budget We thought we should tell you about this to get some special intervention fund so that we can have the machine at the medical centre On doctors brain drain Ideh sought the urgent need for the government to address the issue as the country was losing doctors to other nations of the world We also want to use this opportunity to talk about issue that has been affecting the generality of healthcare delivery in the country and this is the issue of brain drain This is a very serious matter In our last employment exercise we employed about 70 residents doctors in January 25 of them have left the service and they all gone to Canada Saudi Arabia and others The same percentage applied to nurses and lab technicians pharmacists so this is a big challenge and we felt that we should come and table before you to liaise with relevant authorities so that the can be a way for the replacement of the doctors Responding Mustapha commended the team and the Chief Medical Director of the centre Prof Saad Ahmed for their concern in medical service delivery and their efforts in different medical exercises they have conducted at the centre I was just looking at some of the clips you sent to me sometimes ago it is loaded to the fact that FMC Abuja is doing well in major surgery which is quite commendable it means that so much is going on at the medical centre Citing the COVID 19 pandemic as an example the SGF said equipping hospitals in the country should be of major concern to the government to protect the country against future medical challenges I have said it and I will continue to say it that the COVID 19 pandemic came with challenges but it also provided opportunities for us to re engineer the entire medical services and infrastructure in this country he said Mustapha however assured the medical team to deliver its request to the appropriate authorities for considerable action NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FMC Abuja decries rate of doctors’ resignation, wants more equipment
     The Federal Medical Centre FMC Abuja has decried the rate at which the resident doctors have left the service saying it has an adverse effect on the generality of healthcare delivery in the country The Chairman Board of Management of the hospital Dr Alex Ideh made the disclosure when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha on Friday in Abuja Ideh said the situation among other challenges faced by the hospital made them to seek government s intervention through the SGF s office He listed other major equipment needed by the centre to includes Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI fire truck solid waste truck and liquid waste truck Today we have completed building to house the Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine That equipment is a very expensive equipment but its benefits to the generality of Nigerians cannot be overemphasis We have completed everything about its building but we do not have the machine we therefore thought it wise to bring this to your attention It is not an easy thing even if you want to put it in the budget because of the constraint of the budget envelope that is usually given from the ministry to all the parastatals under them it is difficult for it to be accommodated in our budget We thought we should tell you about this to get some special intervention fund so that we can have the machine at the medical centre On doctors brain drain Ideh sought the urgent need for the government to address the issue as the country was losing doctors to other nations of the world We also want to use this opportunity to talk about issue that has been affecting the generality of healthcare delivery in the country and this is the issue of brain drain This is a very serious matter In our last employment exercise we employed about 70 residents doctors in January 25 of them have left the service and they all gone to Canada Saudi Arabia and others The same percentage applied to nurses and lab technicians pharmacists so this is a big challenge and we felt that we should come and table before you to liaise with relevant authorities so that the can be a way for the replacement of the doctors Responding Mustapha commended the team and the Chief Medical Director of the centre Prof Saad Ahmed for their concern in medical service delivery and their efforts in different medical exercises they have conducted at the centre I was just looking at some of the clips you sent to me sometimes ago it is loaded to the fact that FMC Abuja is doing well in major surgery which is quite commendable it means that so much is going on at the medical centre Citing the COVID 19 pandemic as an example the SGF said equipping hospitals in the country should be of major concern to the government to protect the country against future medical challenges I have said it and I will continue to say it that the COVID 19 pandemic came with challenges but it also provided opportunities for us to re engineer the entire medical services and infrastructure in this country he said Mustapha however assured the medical team to deliver its request to the appropriate authorities for considerable action NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FMC Abuja decries rate of doctors’ resignation, wants more equipment
    General news2 months ago

    FMC Abuja decries rate of doctors’ resignation, wants more equipment

    The Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Abuja has decried the rate at which the resident doctors have left the service, saying it has an adverse effect on the generality of healthcare delivery in the country.

    The Chairman, Board of Management of the hospital, Dr Alex Ideh, made the disclosure when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, on Friday in Abuja.

    Ideh said the situation among other challenges faced by the hospital made them to seek government’s intervention through the SGF’s office.

    He listed other major equipment needed by the centre to includes Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), fire truck, solid waste truck and liquid waste truck.

    “Today, we have completed building to house the Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine.

    “That equipment is a very expensive equipment, but its benefits to the generality of Nigerians cannot be overemphasis.

    We have completed everything about its building, but we do not have the machine, we therefore, thought it wise to bring this to your attention.

    “It is not an easy thing even if you want to put it in the budget, because of the constraint of the budget envelope that is usually given from the ministry to all the parastatals under them, it is difficult for it to be accommodated in our budget.

    “We thought we should tell you about this to get some special intervention fund, so that we can have the machine at the medical centre.

    ” On doctors’ brain drain, Ideh sought the urgent need for the government to address the issue as the country was losing doctors to other nations of the world.

    “We also want to use this opportunity to talk about issue that has been affecting the generality of healthcare delivery in the country and this is the issue of brain drain.

    “This is a very serious matter.

    In our last employment exercise, we employed about 70 residents doctors in January, 25 of them have left the service and they all gone to Canada, Saudi Arabia and others.

    “The same percentage applied to nurses and lab technicians, pharmacists, so this is a big challenge and we felt that we should come and table before you to liaise with relevant authorities so that the can be a way for the replacement of the doctors.

    ” Responding, Mustapha commended the team and the Chief Medical Director of the centre, Prof. Saad Ahmed, for their concern in medical service delivery and their efforts in different medical exercises they have conducted at the centre.

    ” I was just looking at some of the clips you sent to me sometimes ago, it is loaded to the fact that FMC Abuja is doing well in major surgery which is quite commendable, it means that so much is going on at the medical centre.

    ” Citing the COVID-19 pandemic as an example, the SGF said equipping hospitals in the country should be of major concern to the government to protect the country against future medical challenges.

    “I have said it and I will continue to say it that the COVID-19 pandemic came with challenges but it also provided opportunities for us to re-engineer the entire medical services and infrastructure in this country, ” he said.

    Mustapha, however, assured the medical team to deliver its request to the appropriate authorities for considerable action.


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  •  The Nigerian electricity supply industry has recorded 31 deaths and nine injuries in the fourth quarter of 2021 says Nigeria s regulatory agency The accidents involved both employees of the companies and third parties This is contained in the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC Fourth Quarter Report 2021 released late on Thursday The report said that the total number of incidents that occurred in the quarter under review were 40 with nine injuries and 31 deaths compared to the 49 incidents recorded in Q3 with 19 injuries and 30 deaths According to the report the commission has launched investigations into all the reported incidents with a view of understanding the root causes records as well as meting out relevant sanctions against the licensees In line with its 2017 2020 strategic goals the commission has intensified efforts at implementing various safety programmes aimed at eliminating accidents in the industry Some of the safety programmes implemented by the Commission include the standardisation of protective schemes public enlightenment on health and safety engagement of government agencies on Right of Way RoW violations And a review of an operational procedure for distribution system operators on fault clearing it said The commission also said that out of the 87 mandatory health and safety reports expected from licensees in Q4 2021 it received 75 reports against 85 submitted in the Q3 Port Harcourt DisCo had three outstanding reports while AES Barge Afam Power Abuja Benin Eko Enugu Ibadan Ikeja and Kano Electricity Distribution Companies DisCos each had one outstanding report for Q4 The report said that in accordance with Section 32 1 e of Electric Power Sector Reform Act EPSRA the commission continued to monitor the health and safety performance of the NESI In order to guarantee the delivery of safe and reliable electricity to Nigerians the report said It said that the commission had developed new processes to track the submission of statutory reports including the health and safety reports by licensees The report said the processes would guide the implementation of relevant actions against licensees that do not meet their obligations The health and safety reports were analysed in line with the provisions of Section 32 1 e of ESPRA for monitoring and evaluating of health and safety performance of licensees In order to ensure that operators abide by their responsibility of delivering safe electricity services to consumers the report said in part NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Electrical Accidents -31 deaths, 9 injuries recorded in Q4, 2021 – NERC
     The Nigerian electricity supply industry has recorded 31 deaths and nine injuries in the fourth quarter of 2021 says Nigeria s regulatory agency The accidents involved both employees of the companies and third parties This is contained in the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission NERC Fourth Quarter Report 2021 released late on Thursday The report said that the total number of incidents that occurred in the quarter under review were 40 with nine injuries and 31 deaths compared to the 49 incidents recorded in Q3 with 19 injuries and 30 deaths According to the report the commission has launched investigations into all the reported incidents with a view of understanding the root causes records as well as meting out relevant sanctions against the licensees In line with its 2017 2020 strategic goals the commission has intensified efforts at implementing various safety programmes aimed at eliminating accidents in the industry Some of the safety programmes implemented by the Commission include the standardisation of protective schemes public enlightenment on health and safety engagement of government agencies on Right of Way RoW violations And a review of an operational procedure for distribution system operators on fault clearing it said The commission also said that out of the 87 mandatory health and safety reports expected from licensees in Q4 2021 it received 75 reports against 85 submitted in the Q3 Port Harcourt DisCo had three outstanding reports while AES Barge Afam Power Abuja Benin Eko Enugu Ibadan Ikeja and Kano Electricity Distribution Companies DisCos each had one outstanding report for Q4 The report said that in accordance with Section 32 1 e of Electric Power Sector Reform Act EPSRA the commission continued to monitor the health and safety performance of the NESI In order to guarantee the delivery of safe and reliable electricity to Nigerians the report said It said that the commission had developed new processes to track the submission of statutory reports including the health and safety reports by licensees The report said the processes would guide the implementation of relevant actions against licensees that do not meet their obligations The health and safety reports were analysed in line with the provisions of Section 32 1 e of ESPRA for monitoring and evaluating of health and safety performance of licensees In order to ensure that operators abide by their responsibility of delivering safe electricity services to consumers the report said in part NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Electrical Accidents -31 deaths, 9 injuries recorded in Q4, 2021 – NERC
    Economy2 months ago

    Electrical Accidents -31 deaths, 9 injuries recorded in Q4, 2021 – NERC

    The Nigerian electricity supply industry has  recorded 31 deaths and nine injuries in the fourth quarter of 2021, says Nigeria’s regulatory agency.

    The accidents involved both employees of the companies and third parties.

    This is contained in the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Fourth Quarter Report 2021, released late on Thursday.

    The report said that the total number of incidents that occurred in the quarter under review were 40 with nine injuries and 31 deaths compared to the 49 incidents recorded in Q3 with 19 injuries and 30 deaths.

    According to the report, the commission has launched investigations into all the reported incidents with a view of understanding the root causes records as well as meting out relevant sanctions against the licensees.

    “In line with its 2017-2020 strategic goals, the commission has intensified efforts at implementing various safety programmes aimed at eliminating accidents in the industry.

    “Some of the safety programmes implemented by the Commission include the standardisation of protective schemes, public enlightenment on health and safety, engagement of government agencies on Right of Way (RoW) violations.

    “And a review of an operational procedure for distribution system operators on fault clearing,‘’ it said.

    The commission also said that out of the 87 mandatory health and safety reports expected from licensees in Q4, 2021, it received 75 reports against 85 submitted in the Q3. “Port Harcourt DisCo had three outstanding reports while AES Barge, Afam Power, Abuja, Benin, Eko, Enugu, Ibadan, Ikeja, and Kano Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) each had one outstanding report for Q4. The report said that in accordance with Section 32(1)(e) of Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA), the commission continued to monitor the health and safety performance of the NESI.

    “In order to guarantee the delivery of safe and reliable electricity to Nigerians,‘’ the report said.

    It said that the commission had developed new processes to track the submission of statutory reports,  including the health and safety reports by licensees.

    The report said the processes would guide the implementation of relevant actions against licensees that do not meet their obligations.

    “The health and safety reports were analysed in line with the provisions of Section 32(1)(e) of ESPRA for monitoring and evaluating of health and safety performance of licensees.

    “In order to ensure that operators abide by their responsibility of delivering safe electricity services to consumers,” the report said in part.


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  •  The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board OYOSUBEB on Friday warned the public especially the job seekers against falling victims of scammers over purported recruitment exercise for 2022 Dr Nureni Adeniran the Executive Chairman Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board gave the warning in a statement by Olamide Adeniji Head Media Team OYOSUBEB on Friday in Ibadan Adeniran advised job seekers to be wary of fraudsters parading their social media platforms and websites as recruitment platforms for the state government According to him when all procedures have been completed the Board will formally come on air to let intending applicants know Adeniran also said that the Board would always carry out its genuine recruitment exercise through due process and not through the social media or any unofficial website He said that the purported advertisements did not in any way emanate from the Board nor from any Oyo State Government representative The attention of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board has been drawn to a false advertisement purporting an ongoing recruitment exercise of the Board for the year 2022 on some social media platforms and websites The Board hereby informs the general public that there are no such online recruitment as portrayed by the websites The Board will recruit and procedures for recruitment are being put in place When this is completed we will formally announce to the public We hereby advise the general public against downloading any form online or paying anyone for any recruitment Applicants should also beware of fraudsters parading their websites as recruitment platforms for the council The Board when recruiting will advertise through due process including using the National tabloids and not through any other website Adeniran said He however expressed dissatisfaction with the slow pace of work on some school projects in the state Adeniran said that the multi billion naira projects initiated to enhance the educational development in the state was already over stretching its time lapse The board chairman who raised the concern at a meeting with the defaulting contractors in Ibadan said that government would not hesitate to terminate the projects of any contractors who breached the contractual agreement He said that majority of the projects were awarded by the past administration NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We’re not recruiting yet, OYOSUBEB warns job seekers
     The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board OYOSUBEB on Friday warned the public especially the job seekers against falling victims of scammers over purported recruitment exercise for 2022 Dr Nureni Adeniran the Executive Chairman Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board gave the warning in a statement by Olamide Adeniji Head Media Team OYOSUBEB on Friday in Ibadan Adeniran advised job seekers to be wary of fraudsters parading their social media platforms and websites as recruitment platforms for the state government According to him when all procedures have been completed the Board will formally come on air to let intending applicants know Adeniran also said that the Board would always carry out its genuine recruitment exercise through due process and not through the social media or any unofficial website He said that the purported advertisements did not in any way emanate from the Board nor from any Oyo State Government representative The attention of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board has been drawn to a false advertisement purporting an ongoing recruitment exercise of the Board for the year 2022 on some social media platforms and websites The Board hereby informs the general public that there are no such online recruitment as portrayed by the websites The Board will recruit and procedures for recruitment are being put in place When this is completed we will formally announce to the public We hereby advise the general public against downloading any form online or paying anyone for any recruitment Applicants should also beware of fraudsters parading their websites as recruitment platforms for the council The Board when recruiting will advertise through due process including using the National tabloids and not through any other website Adeniran said He however expressed dissatisfaction with the slow pace of work on some school projects in the state Adeniran said that the multi billion naira projects initiated to enhance the educational development in the state was already over stretching its time lapse The board chairman who raised the concern at a meeting with the defaulting contractors in Ibadan said that government would not hesitate to terminate the projects of any contractors who breached the contractual agreement He said that majority of the projects were awarded by the past administration NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We’re not recruiting yet, OYOSUBEB warns job seekers
    Education2 months ago

    We’re not recruiting yet, OYOSUBEB warns job seekers

    The Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (OYOSUBEB), on Friday warned the public, especially the job seekers, against falling victims of scammers over purported recruitment exercise for 2022. Dr Nureni Adeniran, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, gave the warning in a statement by Olamide Adeniji, Head, Media Team, OYOSUBEB, on Friday in Ibadan.

    Adeniran advised job seekers to be wary of fraudsters parading their social media platforms and websites as recruitment platforms for the state government.

    According to him, when all procedures have been completed, the Board will formally come on air to let intending applicants know.

    Adeniran also said that the Board would always carry out its genuine recruitment exercise through due process, “and not through the social media or any unofficial website”.

    He said that the purported advertisements did not in any way emanate from the Board, nor from any Oyo State Government representative.

    “The attention of the Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board has been drawn to a false advertisement purporting an ongoing recruitment exercise of the Board for the year 2022 on some social media platforms and websites.

    “The Board, hereby informs the general public that there are no such online recruitment as portrayed by the websites.

    “The Board will recruit and procedures for recruitment are being put in place.

    When this is completed, we will formally announce to the public.

    “We hereby advise the general public against downloading any form online or paying anyone for any recruitment.

    “Applicants should, also beware of fraudsters parading their websites as recruitment platforms for the council.

    “The Board, when recruiting, will advertise through due process, including using the National tabloids and not through any other website,” Adeniran said.

    He, however, expressed dissatisfaction with the slow pace of work on some school projects in the state.

    Adeniran said that the multi-billion naira projects initiated to enhance the educational development in the state was already over-stretching its time-lapse.

    The board chairman, who raised the concern at a meeting with the defaulting contractors in Ibadan, said that government would not hesitate to terminate the projects of any contractors who breached the contractual agreement.

    He said that majority of the projects were awarded by the past administration.


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  •   The Nasarawa State Women for All Progressives Congress APC group has organised a one day sensitisation meeting with a call on their counterparts to participate actively in politics for good governance The Convener of the group and former Secretary to the Nasarawa State Government Dr Zainab Ahmed made the call on Friday during a one day sensitisation programme for women across the Nasarawa North Senatorial District in Akwanga Ahmed said that the event was aimed at sensitising women ahead of the scheduled 2023 general elections According to her it has become necessary for women to take up the gauntlet and mobilise fellow women towards educating and enlightening them towards the successful conduct of the 2023 general elections She particularly emphasized the need for women to protect their voters cards from desperate politicians who might attempt to disenfranchise them We cannot afford to fold our arms while women are relegated to the background politically mostly as a result of their lukewarm attitude Let s all women come out enmass to participate actively in politics by voting and protecting their votes in 2023 general elections she said She disclosed that even the Nasarawa Women for APC group was founded barely two months ago and the group had since constituted its structure down to the 147 electoral wards of the state The Nasarawa Women for APC has a state coordinator three zonal coordinators as well as 147 coordinators across the 147 electoral wards of the state she stated Ahmed thanked the Nasarawa North coordinator of the group Hajiya Rabi Musa Abdullahi for her prompt response and for mobilising women who turned up in their numbers to attend the sensitisation programme State Chairman of the APC Mr John Mamman appreciated the women for coming together to support the party by sensitizing women on their electoral rights Mamman who was represented by the state Secretary of the party Mr Aliyu Bello described the programme as timely especially with the 2023 general elections is approaching when unscrupulous politicians would employ strategies to confuse the voters The efforts by the group is commendable and worthy of support The sensitisation is not only about the APC but for the women to understand how to appreciate the dividends of democracy he said The chairman said that Gov Abdullahi Sule deserved a second term in office over his tireless efforts towards sustaining and maintaining peace in the state He equally called on the women to appreciate all the development strides of the governor particularly his employment generation drive which had paved the way for their children to be employed Chairman Akwanga Local Government Area Mr Safiyanu Isa Andaha said the Nasarawa North zone deserved an award for effectively mobilising such large number of women to attend the event Andaha said the high turn out by women was a demonstration of the love the people have for both the APC and Gov Sule as their son The chairman called on the people of the area and the state in general to support Gov Sule beyond 2023 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Group urges women to participate in politics
      The Nasarawa State Women for All Progressives Congress APC group has organised a one day sensitisation meeting with a call on their counterparts to participate actively in politics for good governance The Convener of the group and former Secretary to the Nasarawa State Government Dr Zainab Ahmed made the call on Friday during a one day sensitisation programme for women across the Nasarawa North Senatorial District in Akwanga Ahmed said that the event was aimed at sensitising women ahead of the scheduled 2023 general elections According to her it has become necessary for women to take up the gauntlet and mobilise fellow women towards educating and enlightening them towards the successful conduct of the 2023 general elections She particularly emphasized the need for women to protect their voters cards from desperate politicians who might attempt to disenfranchise them We cannot afford to fold our arms while women are relegated to the background politically mostly as a result of their lukewarm attitude Let s all women come out enmass to participate actively in politics by voting and protecting their votes in 2023 general elections she said She disclosed that even the Nasarawa Women for APC group was founded barely two months ago and the group had since constituted its structure down to the 147 electoral wards of the state The Nasarawa Women for APC has a state coordinator three zonal coordinators as well as 147 coordinators across the 147 electoral wards of the state she stated Ahmed thanked the Nasarawa North coordinator of the group Hajiya Rabi Musa Abdullahi for her prompt response and for mobilising women who turned up in their numbers to attend the sensitisation programme State Chairman of the APC Mr John Mamman appreciated the women for coming together to support the party by sensitizing women on their electoral rights Mamman who was represented by the state Secretary of the party Mr Aliyu Bello described the programme as timely especially with the 2023 general elections is approaching when unscrupulous politicians would employ strategies to confuse the voters The efforts by the group is commendable and worthy of support The sensitisation is not only about the APC but for the women to understand how to appreciate the dividends of democracy he said The chairman said that Gov Abdullahi Sule deserved a second term in office over his tireless efforts towards sustaining and maintaining peace in the state He equally called on the women to appreciate all the development strides of the governor particularly his employment generation drive which had paved the way for their children to be employed Chairman Akwanga Local Government Area Mr Safiyanu Isa Andaha said the Nasarawa North zone deserved an award for effectively mobilising such large number of women to attend the event Andaha said the high turn out by women was a demonstration of the love the people have for both the APC and Gov Sule as their son The chairman called on the people of the area and the state in general to support Gov Sule beyond 2023 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Group urges women to participate in politics
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    2023: Group urges women to participate in politics

    The Nasarawa State Women for All Progressives Congress (APC) group, has organised a one-day sensitisation  meeting, with a call on their counterparts to participate actively in politics for good governance.

    The Convener of the group and former Secretary to the Nasarawa State Government, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, made the call on Friday during a one-day sensitisation programme for women across the Nasarawa North Senatorial District in Akwanga Ahmed said that the event was aimed at sensitising women ahead of the scheduled 2023 general elections.

    According to her, it has become necessary for women to take up the gauntlet and mobilise fellow women towards educating and enlightening them towards the successful conduct of the 2023 general elections.

    She particularly emphasized the need for women to protect their voters cards from desperate politicians who might attempt to disenfranchise them.

    ” We cannot afford to fold our arms while women are relegated to the background politically, mostly as a result of their lukewarm attitude.

    ” Let’s all women come out enmass to participate actively in politics by voting and protecting their votes in 2023 general elections,” she said.

    She disclosed that even the Nasarawa Women for APC group was founded barely two months ago and the group had since constituted its structure down to the 147 electoral wards of the state.

    “The Nasarawa Women for APC has a state coordinator, three zonal coordinators, as well as 147 coordinators across the 147 electoral wards of the state,” she stated.

    Ahmed thanked the Nasarawa North coordinator of the group, Hajiya Rabi Musa Abdullahi, for her prompt response and for mobilising women who turned up in their numbers to attend the sensitisation programme.

    State Chairman of the APC, Mr John Mamman, appreciated the women for coming together to support the party by sensitizing women on their electoral rights.

    Mamman, who was represented by the state Secretary of the party, Mr Aliyu Bello, described the programme as timely, especially with the 2023 general elections is approaching when unscrupulous politicians would employ strategies to confuse the voters.

    “The efforts by the group is commendable and worthy of support.

    The sensitisation is not only about the APC but for the women to understand how to appreciate the dividends of democracy,” he said.

    The chairman said that Gov. Abdullahi Sule deserved a second term in office over his tireless efforts towards sustaining and maintaining peace in the state.

    He equally called on the women to appreciate all the development strides of the governor, particularly his employment generation drive, which had paved the way for their children to be employed.

    Chairman, Akwanga Local Government Area, Mr Safiyanu Isa-Andaha, said the Nasarawa North zone deserved an award for effectively mobilising such large number of women to attend the event.

    Andaha said the high turn out by women was a demonstration of the love the people have for both the APC and Gov Sule as their son.

    The chairman called on the people of the area and the state in general, to support Gov. Sule beyond 2023.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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