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FG ‘ll end Estimated Billing Syndrome in Nation’s power Sector- Omo-Agege

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 Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy President of the Senate, on Saturday said the Federal Government was committed to ending the estimated billing syndrome in the nation’s power sector.Omo-Agege made this known at the ground breaking ceremony of the Power Sub-Station in Orogun, Ughellli North Local Government Area of Delta.

The project is being constructed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) and National Integrated Power Power Project (NIPP).
“I remind the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) of its obligation to customers and the government regarding the mass metering initiative of the Federal Government aimed at ending the era of estimated billing syndrome.
“ That is what President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the National Assembly want.“ All over the world, you pay for the energy you consumed. The only obligation government has is to provide the enabling environment  for it to be made available,” Omo-Agege said. He said that the Federal Government was committed to addressing energy poverty in the country through mass metering. The senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, said that the establishment of the power sub-station was one of the several initiatives of President Buhari’s administration to make electricity available to Nigerians. He described energy as the backbone for the social and economic development of any nation as well as an enabler for industrial and improved healthcare delivering. The senator said that establishment of the power sub-station would promote research and development in the recently approved Federal Polytechnic in Orogun.“President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is currently making significant effect aimed at reducing energy poverty that has over the years impacted negatively on the economic development and public health.“ The objective has been to ensure that the number of people who used modern energy should increase to reduce social cost than to increase social benefits.“ The establishment of this power sub-station is one of the several initiative of this administration aimed at addressing the energy poverty in our nation.“ Earlier, we have leverage on the vision of this administration in the power sector to provide transformers to several communities in our Senatorial District to improve the energy availability and supply to our people.“ We have already provided Solar-power street lights across most communities in Delta Central Senatorial District.“ We are looking forward to doing more when the implementation of the 2021 budget begins,” he said. Also, Mr Chiedu Ugbo, Managing Director, Nuge Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), said that the power station would help regulate the power voltage.“ The station has the capability to regulate its voltage to the normal level. It will also create employment for the teaming youths of this community,” Ugbo said. The President-General of Orogun Kingdom, Mr Benson Idakara, represented by Mr Godspower Odenema, thanked the Federal Government for the initiative. Idakara appealed that a committee be set up to ensure that the contractors handling the project used standard materials. (NAN)

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Minimum Entry age to Tertiary Institutions18 Years – FG

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The Federal Government has directed that admission to tertiary institutions should not be given to candidates less than 18 years.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman gave the directive on Monday during a monitoring exercise of the ongoing 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Bwari, Federal Capital Territory.

He decried the activities of some parent, who were pressuring their underage students to get admissions into tertiary institutions,

The minister said that the 18-year benchmark is in line with the 6-3-3-4 system of education.

“The minimum age of entry into the University is 18, but we have seen students who are 15, 16 years going in for the entrance examination.

“Parents should be encouraged not to push there wards too much. Mostly, it is the pressure of parents that is causing this.

“We are going to look at this development because the candidates are too young to understand what the whole university education is all about.

“This is the period when children migrate from controlled to uncontrolled environment; when they are in charge of their own affairs.

“But, if they are too young, they won’t be able to manage properly. I think that is part of what we are seeing in the Universities today,” he said.

On skill acquisition for those who will not be able to gain admissions into tertiary institutions, Mamman said the ministry is taking skills to pupils from primary school.

“ In overall, it is 20 per cent that can be admitted into the University, Polytechnic and Colleges of Education system.

“So, where will the 80 per cent go to? That is why the issue of skills acquisition is very important.

“Any student who is unable to proceed to tertiary institutions should be able to have a meaningful life after primary and secondary school’s education and the only solution to this is skill acquisition,” he said.

Corroborating the minister’s position on the benchmark of 18 years for admission to tertiary institution, the JAMB spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin said 18 years is the is in line with the 6-3-3-4 education system.

The Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu who was in the monitoring team applauded the conduct of the 2024 UTME, particularly, the introduction of online examinations as a way of checking malpractices.

He said the Computer Based Test (CBT) had reduced examination malpractices to the barest minimum.

Sununu commended the Board for setting simple but high standard for the examination. (NAN)

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EFCC Arraigns Businessman for Allegedly Tampering with Forfeited Property

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned a businessman, Ifeanyi Bosah-Reginald, before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for allegedly tampering with forfeited property.
Reports says that Bosah-Reginald was arraigned on a count charge alongside Magnificat Homes & Leisure Ltd.

 and fifth Neighborhood Management Ltd.

The EFCC alleged that the defendant ran foul of the offence of dealing with forfeited property without authorisation contrary to Section 12(1) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act 2004.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The EFCC Counsel, Mr Babatunde Sonoiki, thereafter applied to the court that the defendant should be kept in appropriate custody and also  asked for a trial date.

According to the EFCC, the defendant was alleged to have trespassed property of one  Jokotade Tade Estate Resources Ltd. and that of one Mrs Foloshade Ogundare.
The EFCC said the property, a subject of forfeited order in suit ID/2168/2015, was said to be measuring about 10,687 hectares, situated at Sangotedo Lekki, Lagos State.
It said the property had been forfeited to the Federal Government based on the interim forfeiture order of the court of competent jurisdiction.
Justice Rahman Oshodi ordered the defendant to be remanded in Kirikiri Correctional Centre.
The judge, however, adjourned the case until  May 31 for commencement of trial. (NAN)

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Raid: Police Arrest 1,802 Suspects in 2 Weeks

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The Police Command in Lagos State says no fewer than 1,802 suspects have been arrested in raids at different black spots in the state within the last two weeks.

SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the command’s spokesperson, disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos  on Monday.

Hundeyin said that between April 8 and  April 14, the command arrested 1,019 suspects in various raids within Oshodi, Mushin, Agege, Lagos Island, Ojota and Orile-Iganmu areas.

He said that also between April 15 and April 20, another 783 suspects were arrested when the command raided again some of the places earlier mentioned and other areas.

He said that the exercises were carried out by area commands, divisions, and tactical teams, including the Rapid Response Squad.

He also said that the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Adegoke Fayoade, who gave the order for the massive raid, commended the officers for reducing crime and criminality through the exercise.

Hundeyin added that through the exercise, many attacks on the public in some areas, particularly at night and early morning had been checked.

He said the exercise would be sustained as it was yielding the expected result of checking crimes.

The image maker who noted that the exercise was not meant to extort members of the public, stressed that proper screening always takes place after raids, to ensure that innocent persons were not added to suspected criminals.

He advised the public to always go about with their means of identification and avoid hanging around suspected criminals and black spots.

Hundeyin further called on the public to keep on informing the police about the activities of suspected persons or group in their areas. (NAN)

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