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IBEDC under-developing Ogun State – Rural communities

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The Coalition of Border Communities Development Associations in Ogun State has said activities of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company is hindering growth and development of many communities in the state.
The coalition in a communique after its end of the year meeting in Ota area, at the weekend, said more than 50 developing communities bordering Lagos will celebrate the festive season in darkness due to highardness and insensitivity of IBEDC.
The communique, signed by its Coalition Chairman, Samuel Ayo-Oloye, and Secretary General, Prince Adekola Adeseyi, said reports about electrifications of developing communities in Ogun State under IBEDC is shameful and gross violation of residents fundamental right of access to electricity.
The communities said deliberate refusal of IBEDC to distribute electricity to these growing communities is crippling economic development of Ogun State in general.
The group said thousands of families are being denied access to electricity, worsening their condition of living in those communities.
The communities said despite spending millions on electrification projects, IBEDC is in the habit of frustrating their communal efforts.
They said: “The coalition received serious complains from member Communities in Ota, Atan, Ijoko, Ilogbo among others.
“In Atan, more than 14 Communities including Ifelodun CDA, Ologode Village, Teachers Estate, Adekoyeni CDA are begin held in darkness due to IBEDC failure to either energize their transformer or give approval to connect to nearby High Tension.
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 “In Ota, two Communities along Itele road had been in darkness for over two years due to issues regarding to 33HTC high tension.
“A clear case is that of Peacland CDA who has completed all it’s internal electrifications, bought a 33HTC compliant transformer and is currently in darkness because IBEDC wanted it so.
“The said Community is about seven poles to the 33HTC but compromised IBEDC Officials are insisting on the community to connect to a 11HTC which is about 50 poles away.”
The group also slammed the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission for not coming to the aid of the communities after receiving several complains and petitions from them.
They said: “NERC will admit that it has received over 500 petitions from Communities in Ogun state, it’s disheartening that these petitions never received good attention nor bought solution to plights of the communities.
“In most cases it worsens the relationship of the community and IBEDC, who always brag that NERC cannot order them to connect any community, it’s seems NERC is a toothless dog that only barks on paper.”
The group called on the Ogun State Government and House of Assembly to quickly intervene in the wave of darkness witnessed by several communities sharing boundaries with Lagos State.
The communities also called on all relevant Federal agencies and ministry to beam its light on IBEDC mundane activities nationwide.
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P+ Measurement extends partnership with Global Communications Agency

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Phillips Odiakose

Media monitoring and evaluation agency, P+ Measurement Services has announced an extension of its media monitoring and evaluation partnership with global communications firm, Burness Communications for 2019. The extension will enable P+ to continue providing print, online, TV and radio monitoring and evaluation services to Burness in the Ghana market.

In a bid to continue the successful rollout of the partnership signed in 2017, P+ will continue to handle Burness Communications client public relations monitoring and evaluation activity while supporting their organizations objectives. Burness Communications specializes in advocacy campaigns, media relations, public policy engagement and event planning and P+ will help the brand maximize its communications objectives by providing real-time, high-quality media monitoring and evaluation services.

Speaking about the partnership extension, Lead Consultant P+ measurement services Nigeria, Philip Odiakose said.  “We are delighted to extend what has been an excellent partnership with Burness Communications to improve the availability of reliable, cost-effective media monitoring services across Africa. The media monitoring and evaluation market is a growing market and with the right frameworks and experts in place we believe we are on the right path to redefining the market with quantitative and qualitative analysis that adds value to marketing communications.“

“As we said at the start of this partnership, it remains true that the media monitoring and analytics market offers huge potentials to stakeholders. With the right partners providing support in the areas of media planning, analytics and reporting we believe we can help our clients make a difference in their business”. He continued.

Nigeria’s fast-growing media intelligence agency P+ Measurement Services continues to spur a PR measurement and evaluation literacy campaign for brands and government agencies in a bid to standardize a procedure that enables stakeholders to understand that implementing the right measurement and evaluation program will help companies get a clearer understanding of consumer habits and sentiment toward brand products and services.

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FMBN disburses N114.5m home renovation loan to 139 beneficiaries in Yobe

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The Coordinator, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, in Yobe, Abdu Goni, has said the bank has disbursed N114,500,000.00 as home renovation loan to 139 staff of Federal Medical Centre, Nguru.

The coordinator disclosed this yesterday while presenting cheques to the beneficiaries in Damaturu.

He said the loan, which is under the bank’s Home Renovation Loan scheme, followed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU)  signed with their employers.

Goni explained that the loan has six percent interest rate and is repayable in five years.

“Already federal government employees in 35 states of the federation and the FCT have benefited with exception of Yobe state.

“Contributors can borrow from one naira up to N1 million to renovate their homes. We solicit Yobe state government’s cooperation and understanding toward assisting and encouraging the employees who are contributing to the NHF scheme to also benefit from this window,” he appealed.

He commended the administration of governor Gaidam for according priority to welfare of its workers in terms of prompt payment of salary and gratuity and allocation of houses on owner-occupier basis.

Earlier, the special guest of honour, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Establishment, Bukar Dapchi said the government would look into the issues raised with a view to assisting its workers benefit from the loan.

Source: DailyTrust

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PDP alleges plots to arrest Atiku, Obi, Saraki, Dogara

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PEOPLE’S Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus has raised the alarm, alleging plots by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest some key leaders of the opposition party on trump up charges.

Secondus listed the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar; his running mate, Peter Obi; Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the party’s other leaders as some of those marked for arrest.

But, the Presidency denied the reports claiming that the Buhari-led government ordered raid on the home of PDP presidential candidate’s son and the alleged blockage of the Obi’s bank accounts and his family.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the reports are manifestation of the PDP’s growing expertise in fake news.

He called on the public to disregard the reports.

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