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We Didn’t Owe IBEDC N495m Electricity Bill – UCH




University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, says it did not owe Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) N495 million bill, as being insinuated.
UCH’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Mrs Funmilayo Adetuyibi, stated this in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Ibadan.
NAN reports that IBEDC had disconnected the power supply to UCH due to what it called accumulated bills of N495 million, thus throwing the facility into darkness.

Adetuyibi, however, said that it was not true that the hospital had an accumulated bill of N495million over the last three years.

She said that the present UCH administration, led by Prof. Jesse Otegbayo, assumed office on March 1, 2019 and inherited over N27 million as at Feb.
27, 2019, adding that it had since ensured the monthly payment of bills brought by IBEDC.
According to her, the UCH management has also been settling the backlog of bills inherited from previous administrations.
“This management has had meetings with the IBEDC management on several occasions.
“Aside that, a payment plan on how to offset the backlog of the outstanding debt has been forwarded to both the consultant of IBEDC and the regional head of IBEDC.
“This payment plan was rejected by IBEDC. They insisted that first payment of N250 million should be made within three months.
“This management’s catchphrase is “patients’ comfort and staff welfare.” In essence, the issue of power supply and water supply to the hospital are critical to our operations.
“While we can say that we have outstanding bills to settle with the IBEDC, the hospital management has left no stone unturned in our proactive approach in making sure our teeming patients have access to adequate medical care at all times,” she said.
Adetuyibi denied the report that the hospital usually spent N160 million on diesel on monthly basis, adding that only about N15 to N17 million was being expended on diesel per month.
She also said that IBEDC had never given 24-hour power supply to UCH, according to the records of the hospital’s internal audit department.
“The narrative of patients’ relations buying sachet water does not arise at all. Even though the hospital does not have optimal water supply due to power outage, we rely on the generator to pump water.
“The hospital has only 45 generators. Out of these 45 generators, some are due for servicing while some are due for replacement,” she said.
Adetuyibi further stated that the hospital’s management had also made available solar inverter in some areas, including all out-patients’ clinics, Accident and Emergency Department, Endoscopy Suites, ECG Suites, Staff Clinic, Owena Dialysis Ward and Medical Microbiology Department, among others.
“As stated earlier, the contention we have with IBEDC is the old bill inherited by this current administration.
“We paid N50 million in January 2024, N55 million in February 2024 and N45 million in March 2024,” she said.
The public relations officer added that IBEDC was insisting that the hospital must pay the inherited bills, whereas it (UCH) had been settling the old bills along with current bills.
She said the management had appealed to the electricity distribution company on several occasions not to charge UCH on commercial rates because of the fact that it renders social services.
“But our appeals have not had the ears of the company.
“However, in order to mitigate the effect of power outages, the hospital has set up an energy committee.
“The committee is charged with the responsibility of raising funds for the payment of electricity bills, to have funds to provide solar-powered energy to other service areas in the hospital.
“Aside that, the energy committee is charged with finding lasting solution, in the short and long term, to the energy problem.
“We plead with well-meaning individuals, corporate organisations and the international community at large to come to the aid of the hospital.
“UCH is a national heritage; our collective legacy, and the onus of maintaining it lies on us all,” Adetuyibi said. (NAN)


I-G visits Ogun, Approves Area Commands for Ifo, Imeko, Idi-Iroko




The Inspector General of Police (I-G), Kayode Egbetokun, on Tuesday, began a three-day working visit to Ogun, with an approval for creation of additional area commands in Ifo, Imeko and Idi-Iroko areas of the state.

Reports says that Egbetokun arrived the command’s headquarters at Eleweran in Abeokuta, in the company of the Assistant Inspector General (AIG),  Zone ll, Olatoye Durosimi and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Abiodun Alamutu.

While addressing  stakeholders and the rank-and-file of the police, Egbetokun charged officers of the command to step up their efforts at  fighting crime in the state.

He, however, called for more support for the police to enable them effectively combat crime in the state.

“I have heard your request for an area command in Ifo and that request is hereby granted.

“We are not, however, going to stop at creating an area command in Ifo, we will also create two area commands in the two border areas of Idi-Iroko and Imeko.

“On the issue of manpower, lack of vehicles and operational logistics for Ogun command, I have whispered to the CP that he should give me the list of all the needs of the command and we are going to pay attention to all of them.

“Whatever that we need to do to stop kidnapping in Ogun state, we are going to do it. The fact that there are few crimes being committed here and there does not affect the peaceful status of Ogun state,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, Alamutu noted that Ogun remains one of the safest states in Nigeria in spite of its fair share of security challenges.

Alamutu expressed optimism that  the I-G’s visit would re-energise the officers and men for better service delivery.

He promised that men and officers of the Ogun command would remain loyal and committed to the ideals and vision of the force.

NAN reports that Egbetokun , thereafter,  inaugurated the newly built Main Office,  the Technical Intelligence Unit and the Complaints Unit  within the premises of the command.

The I-G is also expected to visit the four paramount rulers of Egba, Ijebu, Remo and Yewa on his three-day visit to the state. (NAN)

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Abia Govt. Declares War Against Indiscipline, Task Force Enters Streets




The Abia State Harmonized Task Force (ASHTF), Aba Zone, on Tuesday began the enforcement of the law against street trading, illegal parking, indiscriminate dumping of refuse and environmental nuisance.

The Aba zone team, led by Chief Uche Wogu, the Transitional Chairman of Aba South Local Government Area, began the enforcement from Bata Junction down to Aba Main Park.

The enforcement also continued throughout the entire city centre, after two weeks of sensitisation.

Addressing newsmen during the exercise, Chief Wogu said that ASHTF would ensure that all wrong methods of enforcement were eliminated from the system.

“What will change is that nothing will be business as usual as there are massive reorientation of the mentality of the people of this town.

“In the past, you had all sorts of people in the task force doing things recklessly but now, we believe in the rule of law.

“You see people jumping into vehicles, causing accidents and all manner of things. ASHTF has six zones, two in Umuahia, and four in Aba and each zone has Mobile Courts attached to them.

“We have four mobile courts in Aba and when anybody defaults, we would all make use of the mobile courts and the court will issue the penalty charges.

Wogu said that each offence had its penalty and any offence that had a cash payment had to be paid into the single treasury account.

Prince Emmanuel Ahumibe, the Coordinator of ASHTF, Aba Zone-B, has also assured residents that there would be no harassment of any sort.

Ahumibe added that ASHTF was a task force with a difference that would do its job with human face, sensitisation and civil enforcement.

“We will use the mobile courts adequately to ensure that road obstruction, illegal parking, street trading and too many other things were eliminated,” Ahumibe assured. (NAN)

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Naira Appreciation: FCCPC Intensifies Enforcements to Discourage Unfair Price Hike




The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) says it will intensify monitoring and enforcement in formal and informal markets to ensure that business owners do not unfairly inflate prices.

Dr Adamu Abdullahi, the Acting Executive Vice Chairman of the Commission, was reacting to complaints by consumers that in spite of the appreciation of the Naira against the dollar, prices of goods were still increasing.

Abdullahi said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, that the situation was unacceptable, and the Commission was committed to protecting consumers from exploitation.

He said that the operatives of FCCPC would work with trade associations, farmer groups, and other stakeholders to combat price-fixing, and dismantle cartels.

This, according to Abdullahi, will encourage increased competition and ultimately lead to lower prices for consumers.

”The FCCPC understands the significant financial strain these rising prices are placing on Nigerian households. As a result, the Commission is taking proactive steps to addressing this issue.

”While the FCCPC cannot directly regulate prices, the Commission will utilise its existing legal framework to enforce fair competition and consumer protection provisions.

”This includes monitoring and investigating unusual price hikes, addressing complaints filed by consumers, and taking action against any businesses found to be engaging in anti-competitive practices such as price-fixing, price gouging or cartel formation.

”The Commission remains committed to educating consumers about their rights and empowering them to make informed choices.

”We will engage in advocacy and public awareness campaigns to raise awareness about price gouging and other unfair trade practices and provide guidance on how to identify and report such practices.

”We will collaborate with relevant regulatory bodies to develop a comprehensive and coordinated response to anti-competitive practices, price gouging, and other consumer protection issues,” he said.

He encouraged consumers to continue to report suspected price gouging and other unfair trade practices through

”Together, we can work towards a more stable, fair, and competitive marketplace for all Nigerians.” (NAN)

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