The Nigerian Army on Friday, inaugurated solar powered industrial borehole equipped with 20KVA Generator for Rinze Community in Akwanga West Development Area, Nasarawa State to address perennial water problem in the community.
The project was executed by the Department of Civil Military Affairs as part of the Chief of Army Staff’s civil-military cooperation intervention project.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, represented by the Chief of Administration (Army), Maj.-Gen. Ogbe Ali, said the project was in line with his command philosophy of cooperation.
Yahaya said the army had over the years taken deliberate steps towards ensuring that it gave back to society for the corporation it enjoyed from them.
He said the projects was as part of army’s corporate Social responsibility in communities where it conduct internal security operations.
According to him, the project is an immediate response to the request by the community to realise the dreams of the conception and completion of the water projects being commissioned today.
“This enforces the civil military cooperation drive of the Nigerian army, geared towards bridging the communication gap between the citizens and the Nigerian army.
“It is our desire to ensure that we are connected to various communities where they conduct internal security operations in order to enhance civil military cooperation, as well as winning the hearts and minds of our operations.
“The project being commissioned today is one of the several civil military cooperation related activities and quick impact projects executed in various parts of the country towards contributing to national development.
“Thus, I believe this project will assist you to eliminate the dearth of portable drinking water facing this community and its immediate environs.
“Therefore, I want to appeal to you to see this project as a symbol of friendship between the Nigerian army and your community.
“Let it foster the desired peace, progress and indeed bring prosperity to the community as well,” he said.
The COAS commended the people for the cooperation and support they had given to the Command Science Technical Secondary School located in the community over the years.
He urged them to take advantage of the school to encourage their children to go to school, adding that illiteracy was part of the reasons for the insecurity in the country.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State, represented by the Commissioner for Water Resources, Nuhu Ochafu, thanked the Nigerian army for bringing succor to the community.
Sule said the projects was aimed at increasing access to safe drinking water and promote sanitation and hygiene in the rural communities.
He said the intervention by the Nigerian army was timely in view of the commitment of his administration to provide potable water and promote sanitation and hygiene across the states.
This, according to him, is a demonstration of the commitment of the government to key into various programmes by the Federal Government and donor agencies as part of efforts to meet global standards has increased, as envisioned by the Sustainable Development Goal. “To address the challenges of rural water supply, sanitation and hygiene in the states, the provision of access and safe water supplies is essential for hygiene and health, productivity and livelihoods, especially for our women and young girls.
“Access to water supply is at 65 per cent in Nasarawa State and it is our desire to improve the access level and make basic water supply accessible to all residents of the state by 2030. “In line with the national aspiration, as outlined in the National Action Plan for the revitalization of the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, I am happy to say that progress has been made in improving portable water supply in Nasarawa State with the provision of water facilities advisory committee.
“It is our hope that this laudable program will be extended to other communities in the state and our doors are open for more support if the need arise,” he said.
The governor urged the community to give the necessary support and desired attention to the maintenance of the project, adding that he expected good reports on the management and maintenance of the facilities for the benefit of the people.
The Chief of Civil Military Affairs (Army), Maj.-Gen. Markus Kangye, said the community had about three months ago requested for assistance from the Nigerian army for the provisions of potable water.
Kangye said the request was necessitated by the acute shortage of drinking water in the community, adding that the community was highly susceptible to different kinds of waterborne diseases such as cholera.
He said the COAS directed the immediate interrogation of the request towards addressing the challenge of acute shortage of portable drinking water in the community.
According to him, the dreams and aspirations of this historic community for a source of portable drinking water have come to fruition with the completion and hand over of brand new solar powered borehole to the community.
The Chun Ngah II of Mada, Alhaji Yusuf Amwe, thanked the army for the provision of portable water and command secondary school to the community.
Amwe said the presence of the command secondary school in the community had boosted the security of the town and encouraged their children to go to school.
He added that lack of portable water had been a major challenge to the farming community until the intervention of the army.
The traditional ruler used the occasion to present artifact as a gift to the CAOS as a symbol of honour and acceptance.
The National Lottery Regulation Commission on Wednesday lauded Dangote Cement Plc for its commitment to giving back to customers through the ‘Bag of Goodies Promo Season 3.’ Principal Administrative Officer of the commission, Mr Afam Ojeh, praised the company in Sagamu, Ogun, in a statement by Mr Anthony Chiejina, Group Head, Corporate Communications, Dangote Group.
The statement said two people won N5 million each in Sagamu, five persons won N1 million each, while hundreds of other customers won different prizes.
According to the statement, Ojeh lauded the efforts of the company during an award winning ceremony where customers of Dangote Cement were presented cash and other prizes.
“The management of Dangote Cement should honestly be appreciated by its customers as the company paid handsomely to the Federal Government to be given permission to conduct the yearly promo,” he said.
In the same vein, Representative, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, Susie Onwuka, noted that the Season 3 promo was bigger than the previous two promos.
She charged the cement company to continue to add value to the lives of its customers.
“By so doing, the company is also helping to boost economic activities in Nigeria,” she said.
National Sales Director, Dangote Cement Plc, Mrs Funmi Sanni, said the company had set aside a total of N1 billion in cash and gifts for the ongoing promo running from July 5 to Oct. 31. Sanni, represented by the Dangote Cement Regional Sales Director, , Dolapo Alli, said over 32.3 million mouth-watering prizes were currently being won.
Some of prizes, she said, included television sets, refrigerators, rechargeable fans, 2KVA generators, and millions in airtime of major networks in Nigeria.
She assured customers yet to win that there were enough gifts and money for all that patronised the brand because every bag of dangote cement contained both winning and non-winning scratch cards.
She added that the promo was designed to continuously reward loyal consumers who had stayed faithful and remained the backbone of the cement business.
“We are offering life-changing prizes, which have immense economic values as they can be used to kick-start small scale businesses.
“These prizes are targeted to help many families recover from the nation’s economic situation,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the winners, Mr Abolarin Sunday, Teacher and cement retailer, thanked the company for initiating a promo of this calibre that had changed the lives of so many cement users.
“I won N5 million and this will change my life for good.
“I have never doubted the promo because I have friends that have also won from the Promo as some people won cars last year and I am happy to be winning my own huge sum today.
“On behalf of all of us that won in Sagamu, I thank the management and staff of Dangote Cement and pray that the company will continue to grow from strength to strength,” he said.
The Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc (DSR) has scaled up its social intervention programmes around host communities in Adamawa and Nasarawa States where its Backward Integration projects (BIP) are located.
The Group is investing hugely in raw sugar production as part of the Federal Government Sugar Master Plan. This is coming on the back of 500million dollars that has so far been injected into the project in Nasarawa.
National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) has developed a road map for the realisation of self-sufficiency in the sugar sector within a short time, which led to the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan (NSMP) that gave birth to the BIP.
Billions of naira have been expended in social intervention schemes around the communities hosting DSR Numan in Adamawa, and Tunga Sugar Project in Nasarawa.
The company said with 78,000 hectares of farmland in Nasarawa and 32,000 hectares in Adamawa, it is creating thousands of employment opportunities for Nigerians.
Currently, over 600 workers are being engaged, while 90MW of electricity is to be generated in the Dangote Sugar Project in Tunga, Nasarawa State.
The Dangote Group is the second largest employer of labour after the Federal Government.
While speaking at a recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the company, the Chairman of Dangote Sugar Refinery, Aliko Dangote, noted that Nigeria could rake in foreign exchange of up to 700 million dollars yearly from the BIP scheme.
He warned that the BIP scheme must be protected to insulate the Nigerian economy and create jobs.
“If the national sugar master plan is followed strictly and the players follow the rules, the country will be better for it as Nigeria will save between $600 million and $700 million annually as forex,” he said.
A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company said when the factory is fully operational; it would have the capacity to crush 12,000 tons of cane per day.
Some of the Corporate Social Responsibility projects executed include the provision of blocks of classrooms, scholarship, water scheme, rehabilitation and opening up of road network, and construction of health centers.
Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, who was on a working tour of the Dangote’s expansive Savannah Sugar Company (SSCL) Ltd in Numan, Adamawa State, and the Tunga sugar project site in Nasarawa State, had described the projects as “huge, impressive and amazing.
” The Minister said: “It’s a very impressive sight.
It’s amazing that such a project exists in this place.
What we’ve seen so far from all the plantations we’ve been to is very impressive.
We are impressed with the level of work they are doing.
” In the same vein, in the DSR Numan, the company is not resting on its oars.
In 2020, the company constructed multimillion Naira blocks of classrooms, administration blocks, and an examination hall.
DSR Numan also intervened in the provision of electricity through the donation of 300KVA to the Gyawana Community, as well as the donation of a 27KVA Generator to the Lamurde Community.
The company has also instituted an out-grower scheme in DSR Numan, of which 294 people have so far benefited.
Its intervention in the area of road infrastructure has been very huge, some of which include: the rehabilitation of the Gyawana-Lamurde road, Gyawana-Zekun road, Gyawana Township road, the rehabilitation of Dubwangun road, and the rehabilitation of Opalo-Zekun roads.
The company has also gave out financial support to youth, religion, and development-based groups in Adamawa State.
– Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has inaugurated a multi-million naira medical centre in Miringa, Biu Local Government donated by Chevron Nigeria Ltd, but abandoned since 2020.This is contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor, Baba-Sheik Haruna and issued in Abuja on Friday.
The governor’s action followed a peaceful protest launched by the people of Miringa on the governor’s convoy on Tuesday while on his way for a 3-day working visit to Biu LGA asking him to put the facility to use.
He said the governor who promised to act on the matter, immediately directed the Commissioner of Health to mobilize health workers as well as make it fully operational.
The governor then formally inaugurated the facility for the second time after its virtual inauguration by Chevron in October 2020.Zulum also directed for the construction of staff quarters and perimeter fencing of the hospital for the comfort of the staff.
The medical centre was constructed and fully equipped by Chevron through a collaboration with Agbami Group.
The group collaboration also provided a 100 KVA generator, a solar system, and water facilities to the centre.
Zulum thanked the two bodies for bringing healthcare service closer to the people promising that the facility will be put to full operation.
The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested an ex-convict, Yekini Opeyemi, 35, with two allegedly stolen 2.8 KVA generators at the Ojota area of the state.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrest in a statement he issued on Wednesday in Lagos.
He said that the suspect was arrested over the weekend by officials of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) for being in possession of two suspected stolen generators.
“The suspect, who was working as a security guard, was arrested at about 4:00 a.
m. near Odo-Iya Alaro, Ojota in company of others (now at large).
“Yekini and his accomplices were trying to load one Fireman and one Tigamax generator, 2.8 KVA each, into a Volkswagens Golf car.
“The driver on sighting the police officers sped off, leaving Yekini behind.
“Investigation revealed that Yekini, who arrived Lagos last week, was employed as a security guard at Ojota New Garage,” the spokesperson said.
He said that the suspect, who had been imprisoned on four different occasions over separate incidents, could not give any satisfactory explanation about the generators.
Hundeyin said that the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, commended the RRS Commander, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi, and directed that the case be transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department, for further investigation and prosecution.
The Oyo State Secretariat in Ibadan and some communities in the state capital have been thrown into in total darkness due power outage.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that for the past one week, the whole communities have been without electricity supply, thereby paralysing activities in many of the government offices.
Mostly affected were offices of the state Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Ministries, Departments and parastatal Agencies within the Secretariat complex.
NAN Correspondent, who went round the affected areas on Wednesday gathered that only those offices that could afford to put on their generators were having electricity supply.
Some workers who spoke to NAN on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk said the situation had been worrisome for some time now.
They said only those offices that were connected to the generator in the Governor’s Office were enjoying electricity supply to work, including the Ministry of Finance.
Another official said her ministry had been operating on generator, which they put on only whenever they have an important work to do or meetings.
“We learnt that there was a technical glitch, hence, the sustained power outage for days now.
“Only those connected to the Governor’s office have light, because there is a generator that supplies electricity,” an official said.
Meanwhile, the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), in a statement by Ibadan Region, had earlier issued a notice of power outage, stating that it would affect some communities due to a technical fault on the Agodi 33KVA Feeder.
According to the notice, customers in the following communities are experiencing power outage: New and Old Bodija, Yemetu, Awolowo Area, Mokola Area, Coca-Cola, Bashorun, Igosun Area, Oje, Iwo Road, Humuani Alaga, NTA, BCOS, Yidi Area, Salvation Army, Ekotedo, UCH, Oyo State Secretariat and Oyo State Government House.
“Our technical team is working to ensure power supply is restored.
We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience,” the notice read.
A Dei-Dei Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Tuesday ordered that a 20-year-old scavenger, Ali Ibrahim, should be remanded at the Nigerian Correctional Service in Suleja for allegedly stealing church property.
The police charged Ibrahim, whose address was not provided, with criminal trespass and theft.
Ibrahim pleaded not guilty to the offence The Judge, Sulyman Ola, adjourned the case until Nov. 15, for hearing.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Mr Chinedu Ogada, told the court that the complainant, Mr Ayo Dele of The Redeem Church, New Birth Assembly, located in Dawaki Abuja, reported the matter at the Dawaki Police Station on Aug. 26 Ogada said that the complainant claimed that on the said date he found the church was forcefully opened, and a 5.5 KVA generator, a 40-inche LG plasma television and a keyboard were stolen.
He also told the court that a student mattress and other valuables, whose values were yet to be ascertained, were also stolen.
Ogada said that on Aug.29, the defendant was arrested and brought to station, and during police interrogation, he confessed to have stolen the items from a church.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 348 and 288 of Penal Code.
Kolajo Community in Oluyole Local Government area of Oyo State has commended Rep. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe (APC-Oluyole) for replacing a faulty 500KVA transformer in the community.
Mr Dauda Lawal, the General Community Chairman; Mr Emmanuel Titilolu, Kolajo Community Chairman and Mr Iliasu Adekola, a Community Leader, spoke on behalf of the community.
They said, in a statement by her Media Aide, Olamilekan Olusada, on Friday in Ibadan, that the lawmaker had influenced many projects for communities in Oluyole local government The trio described Akande-Sadipe as a lawmaker who stood by her words “She has fulfilled her promise to replace the faulty transformer before October.
“This is one of her numerous constituency projects and truthfully, she has influenced many projects for communities in Oluyole Local Government area,” they said.
The leaders thanked the lawmaker for always coming to their aids, promising on behalf of all communities in Oluyole, to vote for her in the 2023 election.
Earlier, Akande-Sadipe promised to do her best to ensure that Oluyole get its fair share of numerous constituency and influenced projects.
“This is my first term, as a member of the House of Representatives and I have honestly facilitated various constituency projects for Oluyole.
“I am enjoying the mandate of my people, because they voted for me and I have never gone to sleep on their matter,” she said.
Gov Diri Commissions 1,000 KVA power plant at Bayelsa Varsity Gov Diri Commissions 1,000 KVA power plant at Bayelsa VaGov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa on Wednesday commissioned a 1,000KVA power-generating plant donated by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to the Niger Delta University (NDU) at the Wilberforce Island, Amassoma.
Diri also performed the groundbreaking of the model hostel building sponsored by the federal interventionist agency for the state-owned premier university.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NDU is a state-owned University, established in 2001 by late Diepreye Alamieseigha, a former Governor of Bayelsa.
Speaking at the ceremony, Diri commended the management of the NDDC for providing the institution with the power plant and awarding the contract for the 500-bed space hostel.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, also thanked the commission for adding value to the university by donating a 36-seater Coaster bus to the state’s premier university.
He said the state government was quite impressed with the gesture under its current Sole Administrator, Dr. Effiong Akwa, and expressed the hope that there would be more collaboration between NDDC and the NDU.
The Bayelsa Chief Executive, however, remarked that the state was eagerly looking forward to seeing the inauguration of a substantive board of the Commission in compliance with the NDDC Act.“I believe this collaboration that has started will continue to be successful.
It is better we collaborate and cooperate, rather than compete.
I am happy the new NDDC is having the spirit of cooperation with our state.
“We are happy that you have made some on-the-spot commitments for the NDU and we always believe that you can do more for us.
“We are happy with what you are doing, but it will be better if we move further from what it used to be, to what it ought to be.
“We are looking forward to the inauguration of the NDDC board that will give it all the powers to operate,” he said.
Earlier at the ceremony, the Sole Administrator of the NDDC, Mr Effiong Akwa, pointed out that the NDU had contributed immensely to the human capacity development of the Niger Delta and the entire country.
Effiong, who commended the Vice Chancellor of the NDU for clear focus, said the NDDC would look into some of the demands from the institution, and charged the management of NDU to make investments in aquaculture, farming and research for self-sustenance.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo, expressed gratitude to the NDDC for providing the power plant, Coaster Bus, and the awarding of the 500-bed project.
Edoumiekumo, however, requested the Commission to construct an access road to link some of the faculties, supply three tractors for agricultural production, and increase the solar panels from about 250 to 2,000 to lighten up the campus.
The University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) Alumni Association is spending N120 million on a 200 KVA solar power project in the university, Chairman the association, Mr Baba Shettima-Kukawa, has said.
The chairman made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said that the first phase of the project, a 10 KVA solar power for the university’s main library, had been completed, while the second phase of 20 KVA for the library would be inaugurated on Sept. 7. Shettima-Kukawa said that the initiative was to provide alternative source of energy to the university which had been without electricity for 19 months.
He said that the disruption of power supply from the national grid to Maiduguri, followed attacks on power facilities by insurgents.
“This has made the institution to be in dire need of an alternative source of electricity.
“Considering the rising cost of electricity supply in the country, this will further provide comfort for students.
“The project is very realistic as the cost estimate for 200 KVA is about N120 million.
“We have thousands of graduates from University of Maiduguri and if we get 5,000 members to contribute N25,000 each we will get there,” he said.
The chairman said that the association was coming up with many programmes to enhance interaction among members and deepen support for the university.
Shettima-Kukawa called on members to imbibe the culture of giving back to the society, not just the institution.
“Interest is quite low largely because we have a poor culture of giving back to the society.
“The alumni association is coming up with so many programmes to develop interaction among members and encourage participation.
“We all must collaborate and provide support to the University of Maiduguri and its students,” he said.