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Five-month Darkness: No N90 million to replace Ife North transformer, says IBEDC

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On Wednesday, the management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) explained to the Osun House of Assembly that the five months of power outage in Ife North local government council was due to not having N90 million to replace a damaged transformer in the area.

The regional head of IBEDC, Akin Ogunleye, explained to the lawmakers that the power outage in the council was caused by a faulty transformer that would cost N90 million to replace.

“When we were contacted on the power outage, we got to work thinking that it was a minor thing that we could fix, only to find out that the coil of the transformer had gone bad,” explained Mr Ogunleye. “The bill we got for the repair of the transformer was around N28 million to N35 million, and experience has taught us that it is not the best to repair but replace with a new one which is in the region of N90 million. IBDEC cannot afford it,” he said.

Mr Ogunleye added that the distribution company had tried its best to resolve the power outage, saying that the situation was beyond what IBEDC could handle because of the amount needed to fix the problem.

He further explained that the company was faced with a paucity of funds and could not, for now, take the full responsibility of restoring power to the affected communities in the local government.

Speaker of Osun Assembly, Timothy Owoeye, stated that the legislature could not continue to see residents in darkness and watch without finding a lasting solution to the situation.

He held that the parliament would not shy away from its constitutional responsibility and would not allow people of the state to be deprived of their rights to electricity and meaningful life.

He, however, adjourned the meeting until October 26 for IBDEC to come up with a solution template.

On Thursday, the Osun parliament had summoned the managing director of IBDEC, the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) and the Federal Competition and Consumers Protection Commission (FCCPC).

The summon was based on a motion moved by Tunde Olatunji, representing Ife North.

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#Justiceforsylvester: Lagos police investigate death of Dowen College student

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The Lagos Police Command on Saturday said investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni of Dowen College, Lekki, is currently ongoing.

In a statement by spokesperson Adekunle Ajisebutu, the command said although no report was made to it, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered an investigation into the death.

“The Lagos State Police Command is not unaware of the reported death of one Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, which is currently going viral on the social media.

“The Commissioner of Police, upon hearing about it, instantly directed the Divisional Police Officer, Maroko Division, under whose jurisdiction the place of incident is, to immediately visit the school to carry out initial investigation into the incident.

“This directive has been carried out as investigation into the case has since commenced.

“However, in view of the seriousness of the case, the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, has also been directed to take over investigation of the case immediately.” he said.

Mr Ajisebutu, in the statement, cautioned the public against taking laws into their hands, saying the command has assured the bereaved family of justice.

“Members of the public, particularly the deceased’s bereaved parents, friends and relatives, are assured that the Lagos State Police Command has deployed all available human and material resources at its disposal to unravel the circumstances surrounding the sad and unfortunate incident.

“While diligent investigation is ongoing, members of the public are advised against taking the law into their own hands. They are also enjoined to refrain from comments that could jeopardize investigation.

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while commiserating with the bereaved family, has equally assured that the outcome of police investigation would be made public in due course,” he said.

The Lagos Ministry of Education on Friday, December 3, announced the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of investigation into the boy’s death.

(NAN)

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Gov. Wike offers N50 million, automatic employment to physically-challenged person

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Governor Nyesom Wike has offered James Daniel, a disabled student of the Rivers State University with N50 million and automatic appointment as a university lecturer for bagging a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

Mr Wike announced the monetary reward and appointment on Saturday at the 33rd convocation of the state university in Port Harcourt.

He said the honour bestowed on Mr Daniel was in recognition of his academic excellence and for being an inspiration to other disabled persons.

The governor cautioned state-owned universities to stop indiscriminate conferment of doctoral degrees on all manner of questionable candidates and people of material influence.

He emphasised that serious universities guard their reputation jealousy and award doctoral degrees only to students who have gone through years of rigorous intellectual research and interrogation and whose dissertation is independently adjudged to be sound and contributory to new learning.

He described as unfortunate, the current trend and practice in universities to award doctoral degrees indiscriminately, like chieftaincy titles, to all manner of questionable candidates.

Mr Wike also assured that the infrastructural development in the university started by his administration, including the four new campuses at Ahoada, Emohua, Ebara and Sakpenwa, will be completed by the second quarter of 2022.

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PDP inaugurates new NWC members December 10

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold presentation of certificate of return and swearing-in ceremony of its newly elected national officers on December 10 in Abuja.

A statement by the party National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Saturday said that the event would hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, by 9:30 a.m.

It said the transition from the outgoing to incoming national officers of the party was sequenced to the successful conduct of the October 30 and October 31 elective National Convention.

“Accordingly, the valedictory session of the outgoing National Working Committee (NWC) has been scheduled to hold on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the NEC Hall of the National Secretariat, Abuja at 11am,” the statement said. 

The party advised all leaders, critical stakeholders and its members nationwide to note accordingly. 

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