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Consumers decry epileptic electricity supply in Kogi, demand staff audit

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Consumers decry epileptic electricity supply in Kogi, demand staff audit at AEDC

In the wake of the November 1st announcement of the kickoff of the Service Reflective Tariff (SRT) in Nigeria, electricity consumers in Kogi State have decried what they termed poor power supply.

The complaints started when a customer using the popular Light Up Movement whatsapp platform expressed fear of losing her chicken in the refrigerator because of lack of adequate  power supply.

The whatsapp platform which was created by the pressure group ‘Light Up Movement’ to help bridge the gap between the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and consumers became inundated with complaints by customers across the state.

The consumers lamented the drop in supply from 11 to eight hours daily which they termed as the sole decision of the Area Manager, Mallam Danladi Baba, citing that it could be a conspiracy to make the job harder for the new Regional Manager, Alhaji Yahaya Jere who had just returned after his transfer from the headquarters.
Some of the complainants promised to take to the streets if the poor supply is not improved upon.

Their theory got more credibility when they recalled that few weeks before the return of Mallam Jere, there was electricity supply during the evening hours before night restoration of electricity which got plaudits from the consumers as they were pleased to have “useable energy”.

It is worth noting that the deplorable electricity supplies which is usually less than 4 hours during the day and 4 hours at night has affected so many businesses relying on power and the new hike in Tariff will only create a frosty relationship between AEDC and consumers.

However, Mr. Segun Medupin who is the Head Commercial Services for AEDC and is on the Light Up Movement WhatsApp platform appealed for calm and promised that management would reach out and meet with the stakeholders to find a peaceful resolution instead of taking to the streets over the matter. 

Speaking to journalists in Lokoja, a resident, Amedu John, called for the total overhaul of the staff of AEDC for their show of incompetence and total disregard for consumers, saying most of the workers lack the basic requirement to work for the organisation.

He said but for the nature of environment Nigerians have found themselves, no sane customer of a company should have to endure what they go through at the hands of the company.

An obviously agitated Mr Solomon Ekele fumed and asked rhetorically; “What manner of company would not differentiate between consumers that pay their bills consistently and those that are perpetual debtors?
“It is so wrong at all levels that we are totally at the mercy of an obviously and acutely inept organisation that cannot provide its customers with the product they need despite not owing them a dime.

“It is actually not their fault, but I heard some young people suggesting taking to the streets. If they do that, I’ll join them to make our dissatisfaction public. We keep paying whenever they bring the bills, but power situation keeps going down.”

Other respondents spoke in the same direction and called for total overhauling of the staff and management of the AEDC for optimal performance.

When our reporter reached out to the Public Relations Officer of the AEDC in Lokoja for their reaction, her number was not reachable and the text message sent to her was not replied as at press time. 

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Humanitarian Minister makes case for compliance with building accessibility law 

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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has made a strong case for the law that makes it mandatory for public buildings to be made accessible to People living with disability is complied with.

The minister spoke on Tuesday during a press briefing at the Nigerian Army Resource center in Abuja while commemorating this years International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDs) in the country. 

She said, “The issue of accessibility for people living with disability has now become a law. It is in the act itself that public and private buildings take into cognisance the issue of accessibility for the People living with Disability (PLWD) 
“For us in the ministry we are doing everything possible to ensure that this law is adhered to. We have written to the Federal ministry of works and Housing to that effect and we are to hold a meeting with the Honorable minister on this issue. “We have also written to the ministry of Labour and Employment, Civil service commission, all these efforts geared towards ensuring that the issues concerning accessibility, concerning their rights employment and other issues are adhered to. 

“So it is work in progress, we are working on it. The Good thing is that It has now become a law and we will try as much as possible that the law comes into effect going forward.”
She said the theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Building Back better: Toward a disability- Inclusive, Accessible and Sustainable post covid-19 world”. 
“This theme is focused on ensuring that Persons with Disabilities are equipped and empowered for inclusive, accessible and sustainable development as is envisaged in the Covid-19 world.”
She said the 3rd of December every year has been proclaimed by the United Nations as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, following the United Nation General Assembly Resolution 47/3 of 1992. 
“The day is intended to prompt member States and other disability stakeholders to focus on issues relating to total inclusion of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), raise awareness on them and awakening the consciousness of all member States toward encouraging and promoting activities that will bring issues of disability in the front burner in both national and international circles, as well as celebrating Persons with Disabilities.”

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2020 IDPWDs: Humanitarian Ministry also donates items to vulnerable In the Church

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The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has donated items to the vulnerable in the church to mark the 2020 International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWDS).
This was coming just as similar gesture was to the vulnerables in the Mosque earlier to mark the same celebration by the ministry.
The items were presented to the Church by the Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the St Mathew Anglican Church, Gwarimpa Abuja.
The Minister through her Representative, Director Special Needs of the Ministry, Mrs. Onwukwue Nkechi Florence said IDPWDs is marked December 3rd every year and the Federal Government, stakeholders and the church are doing so much to remember Persons with Disabilities.
Continuing, the Minister said the church service was organised to pray for the vulnerable in the society and the Ministry and it’s Agencies for God’s grace to achieve the mandate of the Ministry.
The items include: 5 bags of 50kg of rice, 5 cartons of peak milk, clothes and 20 pieces of wrappers.
Earlier, the Vicar of Saint Mathew Anglican Church, Ven. Andrus Ukaejiofo, appreciated the Ministry for the items given to the vulnerable in the Church. He offered prayers for the vulnerable as well as the Management and staff of the Ministry.
The IDPWDs is an annual global event marked every December 3rd, to promote the rights and well-being of the Persons with Disabilities.
To commemorate the 2020 IDPWDs, the activities earmarked to celebrate the Day include Jumat Prayers and Sunday Service, Press Briefing by the Honourable Minister and the Grand Finale.
 
 

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

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#ENDSARS: Association appeals to FG, states to compensate affected traders

By Mustapha Sumaila

The Market Traders Association of Nigeria (MATAN) has appealed to Federal and State Governments to compensate traders whose businesses were affected during the EndSARS protest across the country.

The newly elected president of the association, Alhaji Jamilu Abbas made the appeal at the inauguration ceremony of the new executive in Abuja on Sunday.

Abbas said it was a tough time for his members over the unfortunate incident of EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums which caused destruction of properties of many traders.

He noted that paying them adequate compensation for the loss would help their businesses bounce back and in turn boost the economy of the country.

“I will like to reflect on the unfortunate incident which led to the loss of lives and properties of our members especially those in the southern part of the country.

“It is sad and so unfortunate for this kind of barbaric act to happen in this country for whatever reason. We do hope both Federal and State Governments will pay adequate compensation to the affected individuals.

“We also need to commend the effort of the Northern leaders and youth for their peaceful disposition as their conduct prevented reprisal attack in the region” he said.

Abbas commended the effort of President Muhammadu Buhar’s led administration for initiating various social economic intervention programmes.

He however decried that only few of his members could benefit and then appealed to Federal Government to provide more intervention for his members.

The president reiterated his commitment and determination to work with government agencies concern to ensure that more of his members benefit from intervention programmes.

He pledged to run an open door policy and work to justify the confidence reposed on him by members of the association across the country.

Abbas said in ensuring to make the association a data based, MATAN had commenced biometric registration of all its members.

The new executive officers inaugurated were, Alhaji Muhammad-Sani Kari as Deputy President North while Mrs Ebele Okafor would serve as Deputy President South and Mr Olakunle Johnson as National Secretary.

Others are Muhammad Labaran Abdulrahman as National Tresurer, Dr Sadiq Umar Awwal National Publicity Secretary  and  Alhaji Abubakar Sokoto was also inaugurated as Assistant National Secretary among others. NAN

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