Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC, has appealed to the National Assembly to enact a strong anti-theft legislation to empower Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN successor companies to prosecute electricity vandals.
The Managing Director of 4Power Consortium Limited, the core investor in PHEDC, Mr. Matthew Edevbie,who made the appeal also expected such legislation to include customers who attack utility personnel in the cause of their duties.
He made the appeal when he received members of the House of Representatives Committee on Commercialisation and Privatisation, who were in Port Harcourt in continuation of their nationwide oversight visit to various PHCN successor companies.
Edevbie revealed that the PHEDC, since taking over the DISCO in November 2013,has recorded significant achievements.
These include the construction of new 33KV lines at Trans Amadi Industrial area; re-conduction of Okrika 11KV feeder for Jokrama Communities in Ahaoda; and commissioning of the NIPP 1 x 15MVA 33/11KV Injection Substation at IkotAbasi;
Others are RVSG constructed 1x15MVA 33/11KV Injection Substation at Eleme; RVSG constructed 1x15MVA 33/11KV Injection Substation at Eliozu-Eneka; 4 units of 1 x 15MVA and 15MVA Injection Substation in Trans Amadi; 22 units of Distribution Substations, and general maintenance of the network.
He however lamented that the condition of the network his company inherited was worse than envisaged, and listed higher average technical, commercial and collection, ATC&C Loss, the Multi Year Tariff Order, MYTO assumption, vandalism among others as the challenges being experienced by PHEDC.
In a similar tour of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the DISCO, Mr. Robert Dickerman, called on the Federal Government to address the problems of inadequate gas supply to the GENCOS and pipeline vandalism which militate against power generation in the country.
Dickerman further revealed that Nigerian engineers and accountants were currently being interviewed for employment by the company.
In her remarks, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee, Honorable Khadija Bukar Abba-Ibrahim, stated that the purpose of the oversight tour was to assess the performance of the companies since the acquisition of the 60 percent equity in the enterprises.
The tour will also enable members to review the development and investment plans for improving, maintaining and stabilising power distribution in the country.
“We will like to have honest interactive discussions on the challenges with the view to intervening for the benefit of the investor and the Nigerian people,” she added.
She also revealed that her Committee was using the visit to ascertain the level of compliance to the post acquisition development plans submitted to BPE by the core investors.
She commended the management of the companies for their concerted efforts and well-articulated plans to expand the network and urged them not to relent in their efforts at making the company a success.
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims
Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.
According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.
Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.
The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.
He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.
Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.
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