The President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, on Thursday, advised the federal and state governments to back the lockdown across the country with provision of essential needs to the masses.
According to the union, unless everyday needs of the people are made available, the emerging lockdown of the country may not achieve its desired result of promoting self-isolation and social distancing.
The ASUU president, in a statement entitled “COVID-19: Together We Shall Win”, a copy which was made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Ibadan, said there must be ‘reasonable’ electricity supply, water and unbroken chain of food items.
Ogunyemi hinted that the nnion’s intervention in distributing sanitisers and other sensitisation materials to check the spread of COVID-19 had taken place at Universities of Ibadan and Jos, adding that such endeavour would hold in other chapters nationwide.
He warned that unless the needs of people were made available, the federal and state governments might face rebellion from the masses, which, according to him, might be counter-productive.
The ASUU president called on the federal and state governments to see how education and health would be given top priority after the pandemic, assuring that working together, the country would overcome.
“Access to electricity and running water as well as unbroken chain of food supply and availability of other essential items should be key components of the policy called “lockdown”.
“It can be argued that no issue has ever brought humanity so close for many decades as the Coronavirus pandemic.
“The lesson in all of this is that more than ever before, the world has come to realise that issues of health and safety know no territorial boundaries.
“And political leaders everywhere had better worked with everyone to make our world safe for all.
“ASUU subscribes to this winning formula and path to collective health. In this our shared globe, no one is safe epidemiologically, socially or physically until everyone is safe,” he said.
According to him, “We can conquer the fear emerging from the manifestation of this global pandemic in our little corners.
“We can contribute to the global movement for prevention and control of its spread by applying the health guides and information from WHO and other professional institutions in our personal and family lives to stay safe and healthy.”
Edited By: Saidu Adamu and
Schneider Electric develops equipment for DISCOS to fix grid faults, restore power in minutes
Schneider Electric has developed intelligent equipment that will help electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) and others to fix major faults in the nation’s grid system and restore power after disruption within minutes.
The equipment is known as “Self-Healing Grid’’ solution with minimal human intervention, the leading digital transformation, energy management and automation giant said.
The Head of Offer, Strategy and Business Development, Schneider Electric, Mr Ifeanyi Odoh, who made the disclosure on Sunday said the company had also held a one-day utility end- user training organised in collaboration with Bolarmark Engineering Ltd. in Lagos.
“What we have done basically is to provide more intelligent and advanced equipment that enables systems to be smart grid ready and to be able to at the basic level, restore service operation automatically within seconds needing less human intervention.
“As such, it reduces operational downtime of DISCOs) to less than a minute,’’ he said in a statement.
According to Odoh, the new solutions will save DISCOs significant operational costs, time and money. With the aid of equipment such as the Ringmaster RMU, switchgears, transformers, transient or passive faults which occur 75 per cent of the time, will be addressed. This will save downtime for DISCOs.
“Take for example, you are driving and you knock down a pole, the system will isolate the line feeding that particular point as close as possible, localise the fault and restore power to the rest of the community not affected so that only that particular pole would then be localised or separated for manual intervention.’’
He also disclosed that the training had over 30 participants from about five electricity distribution companies and other stakeholders in attendance.
The participants were drawn from Eko, Ikeja Abuja Ibadan Lagos State Electricity Board, Viathan Utility and Bolamark Engineering Ltd.
It also examined improving energy efficiency to minimise technical and non-technical losses and distributed energy resource integration to enhance grid stability and accommodate alternative sources of energy like solar, wind, gas among others.
The Head Channel Marketing, Omobolanle Omotayo, said the solutions would benefit not just the DISCOs but also consumers with the aid of smart devices such as efficient utility meters, sensors and release devices connected to software that could be read on mobile devices, or on the web and managed remotely to reduce the face to face time.
The statement said that PAE and Product Manager for Schneider Electric, Moyosore Oyefuga, while speaking, noted that the new equipment would bring extra level of visibility on the network so that DISCOs could accurately improve their forecast and make more informed decisions.
He explained that the equipment would help to reduce the issue of load shedding by the companies.
““With the kind of automations we bring, some loads could be deferred if for any reason, DISCOs realise that there is a little bit more demand than supply or vice versa.’’
Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
NAWOJ National Election: Akingbehin launches campaign Oct. 2
Senior Editor Ayaba Omobolanle Akingbehin, who is contesting the Vice President’s seat, Zone B, of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), is to launch her campaign on Friday, Oct. 2.
The NAWOJ election is to hold on Nov. 11, in Minna, Niger State.
A statement by Akingbehin-For-VP Campaign Council, announced on Sunday in Lagos that Mrs Abosede Adelaja, the Assistant Secretary, NAWOJ, Lagos State chapter, is the Campaign Coordinator for Lagos.
It said that Modupeola Sobukonla, Chairperson, Ogun NAWOJ, would coordinate other states in the zone that comprises of Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti.
It said that the candidate’s vision was to ensure that NAWOJ South-West, B-Zone, remained an indivisible entity while focusing on training and retraining of the female journalists in the zone.
“l will focus more on developmental programmes and trainings.
“When elected, l will ensure that NAWOJ South-West, B Zone, stands on truth and fairness,” the statement quoted Akingehin as saying.
She appealed to other contestants across the country to make their campaigns issue-based and avoid attack on personalities.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan and Ephraims Sheyin
Ligue 1: Mbappe shines as PSG hit top gear against Nice
France forward Kylian Mbappe marked his return to action with a vintage performance and a goal as champions Paris St Germain rediscovered their form with an impressive 3-0 win at Nice in Ligue 1 on Sunday.
Mbappe, who missed the opening three games after contracting the coronavirus, fired PSG ahead with a 38th-minute penalty.
He also had a big part in Angel Di Maria’s strike before Marquinhos headed home the third in the second half.
PSG made a sluggish start to their campaign as they lost the opening two matches and eked out a last-gasp 1-0 home win over Metz on Wednesday but they tore Nice apart with sublime skill and crisp one-touch passing.
Mbappe blasted his spot-kick into the roof of the net after he was fouled by Khephren Thuram and Nice goalkeeper Waller Benitez could only parry the forward’s crisp low shot for Di Maria to sweep home the rebound.
The visitors missed a string of chances in the second half with striker Mauro Icardi hitting the post, before Marquinhos added the third with a glancing header from a Di Maria cross.
Ander Herrera also hit the woodwork with a deflected shot in the first half while the home side were denied by acrobatic goalkeeping from Keylor Navas.
The result lifted PSG to seventh place on six points from four games, with Nice slipping to 10th also on six points.
In Sunday’s other stand-out fixtures, second-placed St Etienne, who have a maximum nine points from three games, visit 14th-placed Nantes and Olympique Marseille in eighth are at home to fourth-placed Lille.
Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Peter Ejiofor)
Okiro urges peaceful coexistence among Ex-Niger Delta agitators, Nigerians
A former Inspector- General of Police, Mr Mike Okiro has called for peaceful coexistence among members of the Ex-Niger Delta agitators and other citizens of the country.
A statement by Mr Supreme Ibitomi, Special Asssitant, Media to Okiro said he made the call when leaders of the ex-agitators visited him on Sunday in Abuja.
He advised them to be peaceful wherever they found themselves as it was the only panacea to development in a heterogenous country like Nigeria.
The former police boss thanked the group for embracing the presidential amnesty programme of the Federal Government and urged them to be law abiding.
Earlier, the leader of the ex-agitators, Mr Awe Akuke said they were indebted to Okiro for the role he played in the actualisation of the amnesty programme.
Akuke said that many of them would have been dead by now if not that they resolved to embrace the amnesty by the federal government.
The group, which comprised of leaders of phase one, two and three of the programme, expressed gratitude to Okiro, who they referred to as “Father of Amnesty”.
In a related development, Okiro has advised the leaders of the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), to always carry their members along in decision making to minimize friction, rancour and suspicion.
Okiro gave the advice when leaders of the group led by the pioneer secretary and chairman of the Elders Council, Abuja chapter, visited him in Abuja.
He assured them of his support in the quest to unite and work towards an enduring peace in the Niger Delta.
Earlier, leader of the group, Mr. Braye Odiowei, Chairman of the Abuja chapter of the Elders Council, said the visit was to expressed their gratitude and invite the former police boss to their upcoming general election.
He said that the council has resolved to make Okiro its life patron in recognition of his contributions to the development of the region and the Ijaws in particular over the years.
The chairman said that Okiro has always being in the forefront in protecting the interests of the people of the region and had never disappointed them. ( NAN)
Edited By: Joseph Edeh/Felix Ajide