Oil & Gas

EKEDC cautions customers against assaulting its workers

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Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), has cautioned customers against assaulting its staff members.


 

Mr Godwin Idemudia, General Manager, Corporate Communications, EKEDC, in a statement issued on Monday in Lagos advised them to use alternative means of complaint resolution rather than resorting to self-help.

 

Idemudia said the company would not hesitate to take legal action in the event of any form of assault, manhandling or harassment of staff members of the company.

 

He said the warning was necessitated by the assault, attack and stabbing of a staff member of the company on Ogombo Road in the Ibeju Business District of the Company on Aug. 29.

 

Idemudia said: “The suspect (names withheld) allegedly stabbed the staff and fled the scene immediately.

 

“The company, with the support of the Nigerian Police and the suspect’s estate security team arrested and detained the suspect in the early hours of Aug. 30, for questioning and further prosecution.

 

“These barbaric acts will neither be tolerated nor condoned by us.

“It is rather unfortunate that customers still engage in such acts when we have made available several platforms for complaints or dispute resolution.

 

“We will take full legal recourse in this case to serve as deterrent to others.”

 

He advised customers to report all complaints, disputes and discontents to the company via email ([email protected]) and its social media platforms

 

Idemudia added that such issues between the company and its customers could be handled with civility.

Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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General news

Motorists decry deplorable roads in Southern Kaduna

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Motorists and other road users in Jema’a, Sanga, Kaura and Jaba Local Government Areas in the South of Kaduna State,  have decried the deplorable state of roads in their locality.


The motorists, who spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday, cited the Kafanchan-Kagoma-Kwoi, Kagoro-Manchok and Forest-Sanga-Akwanga roads among those in dire need of attention.

Malam Audu Balarabe, a commercial driver, stressed that the poor condition of the roads had forced commercial vehicle drivers in the area to jerk up their fares.

“A journey that is supposed to take a small amount of time, takes several hours owing to the terrible nature of these roads.

“This‎ has caused commercial operators like me to increase our fares because of the stress we go through,  driving on our roads,” he said.

Another commercial driver, Bobai Monada, who regularly plied  the Forest-Sanga road, spoke of how he took his vehicle to the mechanic for repairs at least twice a week because of the bad road.

“The better part of the money one makes is spent on one repair or the other every time because of the potholes on the roads.

“It is  really a pathetic situation down here because we are suffering and we don’t know when all this will be over,” he added

However, some repair works could be seen going on at the Forest-Sanga road when our correspondent visited.

On his part, Sunday Kuyambana, noted that the deplorable state of the roads was impacting negatively on the local economy of the people in the area.

“This Kagoma to Kwoi road has really brought us untold hardship. It is hindering our social and economic activities.

“It is rather sad that we are still grappling with issues of basic amenities like roads in this age and time when others countries have gone far,” he said.

Godwin Bala described himself as a victim of the bad roads in the area, noting that he was lucky to have survived an accident on the Kagoro-Manchok road in 2019.

“Last year, I was traveling to Jos on that road when I was involved in an terrible accident with another vehicle.

“If not God, maybe I would have been long gone by now but here I am, talking and sharing my experience with you on the state of our roads.

“The bad condition of the road contributed very greatly to that accident and the road is still the way it has been all this while,” he added.

Bala called on the elected representatives from the region to use their good offices to attract the intervention of the relevant authorities.

For Haruna Sani, a passenger, he blamed the worsening condition of the roads on the movement of articulated vehicles carrying overloads of liquids and dry cargoes.

Sani called for the creation of alternative routes for articulated vehicles to move cargoes.

According to him, articulated vehicles carrying more than 45,000 litres or 35 tons of dry cargo should not be allowed to ply those roads.

Others who spoke to NAN called on governments at both the State and Federal levels to come to their aid by reconstructing or rehabilitating the roads.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/ Maharazu Ahmed
Source: NAN

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Troops rescue 22 kidnapped victims in Zamfara, Katsina

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The Nigerian Army troops of Operation Sahel Sanity fighting banditry and kidnapping in the northwest region have foiled bandits’ attacks and rescued 22 kidnapped victims.


The troops also recovered arms and ammunitions in various operations in Zamfara and Katsina States.

Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Gusau on Friday.

According to him, troops deployed at Moriki and Jangeru, responded to a distress call on Sept. 13, and folied a planned bandits’ attack on Mai-Zuma village in Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara.

This, he said, followed severe shoot out along Kayawa axis forcing the bandits to withdraw and abandon three motorcycles recovered by the gallant troops.

Onyeuko said on Sept. 12, troops deployed at Dandume in Katsina State rescued two young girls kidnapped by bandits on August 18, adding that the bandits abandoned the victims after a hot pursuit.

He said that on Sept. 17, troops also rescued 8 kidnapped victims from suspected bandits at Fankama and Sabon Layi area in Faskari LGA of Katsina.

“Troops on patrol at Chabas Chabas, swiftly rescued a truck driver, 11 women and children, on their way to Batsari Market but blocked by suspected bandits along Shimfida – Gurbi Road in Katsina State,” he said.

The Acting Director added that troops deployed at Forward Operation Base (FOB), Dansadau arrested a suspected bandit named Bello Ibrahim riding a motorcycle on his way to Dandalla village.

Onyeuko noted that the troops recovered one Pump Action rifle and three live cartridges from the suspected bandit.

He said: “On Sept. 16, troops deployed in Faskari arrested a suspected bandits’ informant named Isah Indo while spying on troops’ location.

“Following credible information; troops deployed at Yankara arrested a suspected bandits’ collaborator named Idris Isah from Yampa village in Faskari LGA of Katsina, who is engaged in illicit activities with bandits.

“Also on Sept. 16, troops deployed at Magami arrested Yaya Rabiu at Magami checkpoint, the suspect was identified to be a member of a notorious bandit gang.”

According to him, the bandits recently attacked troops location at Ruwandawa-Kwankele village in Gusau LGA of Zamfara.

Onyeuko reiterated commitment of the Nigerian Army to protect lives and property, and  urged the people to provide credible information on suspicious movements and persons in their communities.

Edited By: Josephine Obute
Source: NAN

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FEMA alerts Abuja residents of severe flood

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The FCT Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has once again issued a high alert on prospect of severe flood within the FCT, especially the riverine parts of the city.


The Director-General of FEMA, Alhaji Abbas Idriss, issued the alert in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Idriss said the red alert became necessary following rainfall and repeated floods being witnessed in different parts of the country and around the FCT,

Idriss said  though FCT was not on the red alert, but could be at the risk of heavier flooding because of its closeness to neighboring red line States.

He assured that the agency was prepared to handle any eventuality that may arise.

“As we speak, about nine rivers in nine countries are discharging their contents from their rivers which will eventually flows into River Niger and settles at Lokoja,” he said.

Idriss, who described  flooding in the FCT  as human-induced, appealed to FCT residents to desist from activities that could lead to flooding during the peak season.

The FEMA boss stressed that the FCT administration cannot  afford to lose more lives resulting from the reckless behaviour of those who refuse to adhere to early warnings from relevant authorities.

He called on residents living around the riverine and flood-prone areas of the FCT to move to higher grounds, clear their water channels and drainages.

Idriss also enjoined the residents to avoid dumping refuse on water ways and avoid walking or driving through flooded water to keep safe.

“What we are about to witness from now on is ‘river flooding’ and this is going to be heavier and more forceful than the flash flood we experienced  earlier,” he warned.

The FEMA boss emphasised that the FCT administration had been on its toes doing the needful to ensure safety in and around the FCT.

Idriss, therefore, stressed the need for residents to take personal responsibility of the safety of their environment, saying ” disaster management is an all-inclusive effort from both the government and the governed.”

He assured residents of the agency’s efforts to work with all the relevant stakeholders to mitigate any possible effect of flooding in the FCT.

The DG said that the agency had strengthened its Ambassadors (FEMA volunteers/Vanguards) in all the area councils to be able to sensitise their people using town criers and other indigenous means of communication.

” This will enable them to drive the message home, in the bid to minimise loss of lives and properties.”

He added that FEMA had also mounted reflective billboards at various flood prone points warning off and cautioning residents from these danger areas.

Idriss challenged religious leaders, community heads and well- meaning Nigerians in authority to take responsibility of the public education and sensitisation of people around them.

” Especially those living close to flood prone areas to move to higher grounds for safety and to always call the national toll-free emergency number 112 for prompt response of any emergency.”,he said.

He said flood could catch up with anybody, anywhere, citing the   example of the victim of Trademoore Estate ,Lugbe, a visitor in the Estate that was swept off by flood water.

Idriss said FEMA had been unrelenting in sensitising FCT residents on appropriate safety measures following earlier NIMET and NIHSA prediction of torrential rain fall this season.

Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN

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COVID-19: NCDC announces 221 new cases, total infections rise to 56,956

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 221 new infections  of Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) in the country.


The NCDC made this known on its official twitter handle on Friday.

According to it, the new cases are confirmed from 18 states in the country.

The new infections brought the total number of confirmed cases to 56,956 in Nigeria.

The public health agency said that Lagos had 59, the highest number of cases, followed by Abia with 46 cases and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), 22.

Among others were; Rivers, 11,  Bauchi, 7,  Benue, Ekiti and Imo,  6 each, Kaduna, Kwara and Ondo, 4 each,  Ogun and Osun, 3 each,  Bayelsa, Edo and Kano, 1 each.

The NCDC said that 213  COVID-19 patients were successfully treated and had been discharged across the country, bringing the number of treated cases to 48,305.

According to it, those discharged on Friday include 100 community recoveries managed in Oyo State in line with new case management guidelines.

The health agency sadly recorded one more death, which brought the national death toll to 1,094.

It noted that a multi-sectoral national emergency operations centre (EOC) activated at Level 3 had continued to coordinate the national response activities across the country.

The NCDC urged Nigerians not to ignore any symptoms, adding that a sudden loss of taste/smell, cough or fever might be COVID-19 .

“Please dial *258*258# for the COVID-19 self-assessment tool if you suspect that you or a loved one may have been exposed to COVID-19,” it said.

It cautioned that the risk of getting infected with COVID-19 was higher when people did not wear face mask in public places.

“Wear your face mask properly at all times. Adhere to all non-pharmaceutical preventive measures of COVID-19,” it urged Nigerians.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as the people of Edo State prepared to vote their preferred candidates at the governorship election on Saturday, Sept. 19, NCDC urged all to observe the COVID-19 guidelines recently released.

It noted that relevant stakeholders must take actions that would reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 during the election.

“Ensure there is hand hygiene and temperature checks at the campaign ground, polling stations; providing additional polling stations or booths to ensure physical distancing, with clearly marked floors to enforce spacing on queues.

”Mandating the use of face mask for everyone, regular cleaning of polling stations, tables and other surfaces highly essential because those are the areas that are easy to contract the virus.

”Multiply hand-washing points or alcohol-based hand sanitiser, while staff at the polling units should practice hand hygiene frequently,.” 

 

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
Source: NAN

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