In its commitment to reducing electrical accidents and tampering with electricity equipment among school pupils, Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) PLC, recently embarked on safety sensitization campaigns in primary and secondary schools across Ondo State.
In a statement made available to Info Daily electronically, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project, Mrs. Felicia Nlemoha, said the sensitization campaign on electrical safety and energy management was aimed at educating school pupils on the danger of unsafe acts such as tampering with electrical installations, living and trading under high tension over-head lines, overcrowded electrical sockets, stepping/touching lines(electrical wires), etc.
She said, “The campaign will promote safety in the use of electricity at home, schools, road, and workplace and reduce the rate of electricity accidents and hazards amongst students. The students will become safety ambassadors in their various homes.”
She further stated that as part of give back to the society, selected schools will get educational materials from BEDC which includes branded exercise books, wall clock, and safety message snapper frames amongst other items.
Nlemoha noted that in addition to the safety campaign, BEDC would also commence creation of energy clubs called ‘Joules’ in secondary Schools, stressing that such will metamorphose into a debate competition among member schools.
“The growth of joules club will metamorphose into a debate competition among member schools. The winners of the competition will in turn become brand ambassadors of BEDC.
“One of the objectives of the joules clubs is to groom secondary students to take up careers in the electricity industry boost to the current drive by BEDC and other distribution companies (Discos) to tackle manpower gap in the power sector.
“It will also encourage students to take the STEM initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in their career path especially the females. And also bridge the knowledge gap in the power industry by educating the students on the entire electricity value chain”, she said.
In her response, the Head Girl, St Louis Catholic Secondary School, Miss Ademukolu Peace appreciated BEDC for the safety sensitization campaign and donation of educational materials to the school and promised on behalf of other students to abide by the safety tips and guidelines.
She further indicated interest to study Engineering and expressed desire to work with BEDC after graduation.
The campaign which took place in some selected primary and secondary schools in Ondo and Owo will be replicated in all the Local Government Areas in the state.
Some of the pilot schools where the campaign took place were; St Patrick Mega Primary School, Ondo; St Andrew Anglican Primary School, Owo; St Louis Catholic Secondary, Ondo, and Imade College, Owo, all in Ondo state.
Recall BEDC embarked on such sensitisation campaign to secondary schools in Benin City, Edo State capital.
FG Extends Kaduna-Abuja Train Resumption
The Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, in Kaduna, extended the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train Service
Recall that the train service was suspended in March 2022, after bandits attacked its passengers, killed 25, wounded several others and Kidnapped over 50 passengers.
However, early this month, the federal government had promised that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would resume before the end of November.
But the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, while on inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the commencement of operations, said certain things needed to be in place before resumption.
He said the FG has introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said is the beginning of security checks that would assist the government to know who boards the train at every point in time.
Although he declined speaking on the actual resumption date, but assured the public that it wouldn’t be far from now.
Dangote Plans Fresh 300,000 Jobs For Nigerians
Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.
A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company quoted the Group’s President Aliko Dangote as saying that the company was providing fresh funds and thus expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.
Mr Dangote, who was speaking at the Flagg off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa State, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.
Dangote, who is Africa’s top philanthropist, expressed optimism that the massive investment will create over 300,000 jobs for Nigerians.
He said, “We are making a massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd. DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”
The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.
Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.
The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.
Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.
The Minister also commended Mr Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.
In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.
Already, Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.
Igbos Inaugurate Biafra House In US, Give Reasons
Igbos residing in the United States, US, have inaugurated the Biafra House in Oxon Hill in Maryland, Washington DC.
It was gathered that the Biafra House was inaugurated to serve people who believe in Biafra and friends of the nation.
This was authoritatively disclosed to DAILY POST by a source.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Biafra House is officially opened for business to the public, including Government Administrative Matters, Diplomatic Protocol, International Relations, and Security, amongst others.”
The Biafra House was formed to help Igbos in the US and Diaspora interact with the international community.
According to the source: “The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.
“Biafra House is where Biafrans in the United States and the World can seek Diplomatic and Consular services, as it’s open for five business days a week and within the New York time zone.”
“Again, The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the Fulani government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.”
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