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OSHODI TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE: LAGOS TARGETS FIRST QUARTER 2019 DELIVERY DATE

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…Says Project Now At 83 Per Cent Completion Stage

 

The Lagos State Government on Monday said the ongoing Oshodi Transport Interchange conceived and being implemented to evolve a seamless way by which Lagosians commute across the State on a daily basis would be completed within the first quarter of 2019.

 

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Adebowale Akinsanya, in a statement on the state of the project, said it was gratifying to report that substantial progress had been made towards its completion.  

 

The Commissioner added that with the ongoing pace of works, the project would be completed within the first quarter of 2019, and operations commencing soon after, saying that commuters around the State should look forward to having a comfortable, accessible and world-class transport system.

 

Besides, Akinsanya commended motorists and residents in the State for cooperating with government in the implementation of the project, just as he assured that all hands were on deck to expedite work and complete it on schedule.   

 

According to him, “At the moment, 83 per cent total work progress has been achieved, including completion of piling works on the three terminals and completion of the piling works for the Skywalks.

 

“Among others, we have also completed works on the pile caps for the three terminals, concrete works of the buildings, ground floor works on all the loading bays for the three terminals, erection of steelworks for the Skywalks and terminals and Taxi Park and car park area, while road works around the terminal are at an advanced stage as well as bus holding bays around the terminals also at an advanced stage,” Akinsanya said.

 

The Oshodi Transport Interchange Project (OTIP) which is part of the Bus Reform Initiative of the State Government, is an iconic infrastructure designed to transform the axis forever and enhance connectivity.

 

The project, in a nutshell, seeks to transform Oshodi into a world-class Central Business District (CBD) with business, travel and leisure activities conducted in a serene, secure, clean, orderly and hygienic environment, comparable with other transport terminals around the world including Stratford and Victoria Bus Station in the United Kingdom.

 

The project, on completion, would consolidate all the 13 city and interstate bus parks into three multi-storey terminals, providing standard facilities including waiting area, loading bays, ticketing stands, drivers lounge, parking areas, rest rooms, accessible walkways and pedestrian sky-walks linking all the terminals.

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Governor Makinde In Dilema Over Future Of Oyo’s Youngest Commissioner-nominee

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The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is currently in a dilema over the future of one of his commissioner-nominees, Oluwaseun Fakorede.

Fokorede’s appointment initially celebrated in Oyo State has now turned controversial leading to a face off between groups.

While a group is opposing the nomination of 27-year-old, the other group is supporting his nomination as a commissioner.

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The anti-Fakorede group is made up of members and leaders of the ruling party who have hinged their protest on claims that Fakore’s father had defected to the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) and worked against the success of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at the elections.

The group, which comprises party leaders, elders and women urge lawmakers not to screen or confirm his nomination adding that his nomination  negates the sharing arrangement by the leaders to cover the interest of all the regions and zones of the area.

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Nigerians Lament New Electricity Tarriff Approve By NERC***See What You Will Now Have To Pay

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Nigerians have criticized the new increase in electricity tariff for electricity distribution companies (DisCos).

Questions bordering on an increase in electricity supply reflecting the increase in tariff have been asked.

For years, Nigerians have lamented the epileptic supply of electricity despite alarming tariffs being paid with no remedy.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) (NERC), announced the approval for the new tariff in a series of publications tagged ‘2016-2018 minor review of the 2015 multi-year tariff order’ (MYTO) for each DisCo,

The review was published on Wednesday, August 21.

The tariff that will see Nigerians paying more for electricity consumption became effective on Monday, July 1.

“Determine and recognise the historical (2015 2018) tariff deficits pursuant to the objective of resolving the impairment of the financial records of DisCos arising as a consequence of the deficits. “This order has taken into consideration the actual changes in relevant macroeconomic variables and available generation capacity in updating the operating MYTO 2015 Tariff Order for the period January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2018, in line with the provisions of the MYTO Methodology (Amended). Projections were made for macroeconomic variables for the year 2019 and beyond based on best available information. “The commission shall make necessary adjustments to reflect actual values at the time of the next minor review that will take effect on 1 January 2020,” the document read.

The DisCos had earlier complained that its major challenge in the sector was lack of cost-reflective tariff, which they said had also prevented them from investing in their networks. The DisCos in 2018 claimed they were incurring huge losses as they were buying electricity at N80.88 and selling to consumers at N31.50, recording a shortfall of N49.38 per kilowatt.

The tariff increase for each DisCo differs, going by figures in the documents released by commission. Breakdown of the new tariff For Abuja DisCo’s minor review assumptions 2015-2021, NERC stated that the DisCo’s end-user cost reflective tariff from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 per KWh were N42.81, N46.44, N52.86, N46.02 and N44.29 respectively. The commission, however, stated that the end-user allowed tariff from 2017 to 2019 per kWh was N32.66 in each of the years, while those of 2020 and 2021 were put at N42.46 and N44.21. The difference between what Abuja DisCo’s customers pay currently and what they will pay from next year, going by NERC’s figures, is an increase of N9.8/kWh.

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For Eko DisCo, the commission said the end-user cost reflective tariff from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh were N39.7, N41.8, N46.1, N39.8 and N39.2, respectively. For the end-user allowed tariff from 2017 to 2019 per kWh, it said this was N28.3 in each of the year, while those of 2020 and 2021 were put at N36.8 and N39.2.

The difference between what Eko Disco customers pay currently and what they will pay from next year is an increase of N8.5/kWh. For Benin DisCo, the commission said the end-user cost reflective tariff from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh were N51.37, N54.36, N59.07, N47.61 and N43.79, respectively. It also stated that the end-user allowed tariff from 2017 to 2019 per kWh was N32.50 in each of the years, while those of 2020 and 2021 were put at N42.25 and N43.79. The difference between what BEDC’s customers pay currently and what they will pay from next year is an increase of N9.75/kWh. For Ibadan Disco, the end-user allowed tariffs for 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh are N30.6, N39.7 and N44.2, respectively. This implies that by next year, Ibadan DisCo customers will pay more; the difference is an increase of N9.1/kWh in their tariff. For Ikeja DisCo, electricity consumers will have to pay additional N8.2/kWh from next year as the end-user allowed tariffs in the order from NERC put the tariffs for 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh at N27.3, N35.5 and N37.1 respectively.

to consumers at N31.50, recording a shortfall of N49.38 per kilowatt. List of cities/towns to find WAEC exam centres in your states The tariff increase for each DisCo differs, going by figures in the documents released by commission. Breakdown of the new tariff For Abuja DisCo’s minor review assumptions 2015-2021, NERC stated that the DisCo’s end-user cost reflective tariff from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 per KWh were N42.81, N46.44, N52.86, N46.02 and N44.29 respectively. The commission, however, stated that the end-user allowed tariff from 2017 to 2019 per kWh was N32.66 in each of the years, while those of 2020 and 2021 were put at N42.46 and N44.21. The difference between what Abuja DisCo’s customers pay currently and what they will pay from next year, going by NERC’s figures, is an increase of N9.8/kWh. For Eko DisCo, the commission said the end-user cost reflective tariff from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh were N39.7, N41.8, N46.1, N39.8 and N39.2, respectively. For the end-user allowed tariff from 2017 to 2019 per kWh, it said this was N28.3 in each of the year, while those of 2020 and 2021 were put at N36.8 and N39.2.

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The difference between what Eko Disco customers pay currently and what they will pay from next year is an increase of N8.5/kWh.

For Benin DisCo, the commission said the end-user cost reflective tariff from 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh were N51.37, N54.36, N59.07, N47.61 and N43.79, respectively. It also stated that the end-user allowed tariff from 2017 to 2019 per kWh was N32.50 in each of the years, while those of 2020 and 2021 were put at N42.25 and N43.79. The difference between what BEDC’s customers pay currently and what they will pay from next year is an increase of N9.75/kWh.

For Ibadan Disco, the end-user allowed tariffs for 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh are N30.6, N39.7 and N44.2, respectively. This implies that by next year, Ibadan DisCo customers will pay more; the difference is an increase of N9.1/kWh in their tariff. For Ikeja DisCo, electricity consumers will have to pay additional N8.2/kWh from next year as the end-user allowed tariffs in the order from NERC put the tariffs for 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh at N27.3, N35.5 and N37.1 respectively.

Customers under Enugu DisCo will get a tariff increase of N10.6/kWh from 2020. This is because based on figures from the commission, the allowed end-user tariffs for Enugu Disco for 2019, 2020 and 2021 per kWh are N35.3, N45.9 and N41.6, respectively. Customers under Jos DisCo will get a tariff increase of N10.1/kWh from 2020 as they will have to pay N43.9/kWh as against N33.8/kWh which they currently pay.

For Kano DisCo, electricity consumers will pay an increase of N14.6/kWh in the tariff they pay for electricity because NERC increased the end-user allowed tariffs from N30.1/kWh in 2019 to N44.7/kWh in 2020 and N41.8/kWh in 2021.

For Kaduna Disco, customers will be paying an increase of N9/kWh. The end-user allowed tariffs for 2019, 2020 and 2019 per kWh for Kaduna Disco, according to NERC, are N30.3, N39.3 and N41.7, respectively.

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UK Group Condemn Attack On Ekweremadu***Says We Won’t Condone Attack On Igbo Leaders

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A United Kingdom-based pro Igbo group known as the Divine Mandate International (DMI), has condemned the recent attack  on former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

The group, while  reacting to the assult of the Senator said that it will not tolerate any sort of intimidation on leaders from the southeast region anywhere in the world by members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

In an open letter to Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi, signed by the group’s chairman, Nick Nwokporo, alongside Francis Kalu and Bartholomew Aleke, its secretary and spokesman respectively, the DMI decried the recent attack on Ekweremadu, in strong terms.

Describing the assault by IPOB members as shameful, the DMI challenged the outlawed group to come up with its threats, adding that it will work with UK authorities to make sure the culprits are dealt with.

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The letter said: “We the entire members of DMI, UK totally condemn and repudiate in its entirety the shameful attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu by IPOB group in Germany. We also challenge the threat to our Igbo leaders as posted by the group and their sponsors. “We, therefore, wish to reiterate our unalloyed support and faith in you and other Igbo leaders. The actions of IPOB are barbaric, disgraceful and uninformed. We will cooperate with relevant authorities to ensure that the miscreants and their supporters anywhere, face the full weight of the law.

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Additionally, we are working with our UK authorities and Ohaneze UK and it’s affiliate organisations to weed out such actions. The UK can never be Germany. Your Excellency, sir, we will not tolerate any intimidation on you or any other Igbo leaders when visiting the UK or wherever

Neither will we ignore any threats to your safety when visiting the UK. Please continue your good works and be rest assured of our continued support. May your good heart not be poisoned by threats from people of no standing.”

 

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