In its bid to improving quantum and quality of power supplied to customers, Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) PLC, says it is set to engage power generation companies within and outside the country that specialise in embedded generation.
A statement released by Management of BEDC, which was made available to Info Daily, indicates that the partnership is aimed at achieving the company’s aims and objectives.
It states that the measure was aimed at solving the problem of power supply in some of its franchise states as power generation companies are expected to produce power through embedded generation/off national grid to augment shortfall from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
The initiative, BEDC argued will permanently improve power supply in such locations within the shortest possible time.
“We implore our customers to note that the power sector improvement process is a journey and not a race and that with your collective support by prompt payment of bills and honoring of your obligations, we will all get to our desired destination faster, while all participants shall benefit from better power supply,” the statement reads.
The statement therefore states that companies willing to build, operate and evacuate power lines at 11KV or 33KV from their facilities to BEDC’s designated take-off points are the categories of firms the partnership is open to.
“The point of take-off shall be at 33KV or at 11KV voltage level, while the substation up to grid shall be required to be maintained by the respective party i.e. up to the 3KV or 11KV feeder (from power plant to linking point of BEDC network)”.
“This invitation is open to existing generation companies within BEDC’s franchise areas and those operators with genuine intention to site their generating facilities within our franchise area which covers Delta, Edo, Ekiti and Ondo states in Nigeria” the management asserted”, the statement reads in part.
For the purpose of Expression of Interest (EoI), the Power Distribution Company divided the sites lots into: Asaba as Lot A, while Warri and Benin as Lots B and C respectively. Akure is categorised under Lot D, Okitipupa in the same Ondo State as Lot E, while Ado Ekiti is lot F.
The statement added that each stated Lot location would be parceled into sub- areas under the Lot, stressing that interest of expression and bid will be based on these sub areas.
Among the preliminary requirements listed by BEDC for submitting the proposal are that the minimum capacity of power generation shall not be less than 5megawatts (MW) and that the minimum power availability from the plant shall be above 90 per cent.
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The Jigawa State and Local Governments Contributory Pension Scheme said 100 civil servants died within one month.
Executive Secretary of the Board scheme, Alhaji Kamilu Aliyu Musa, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the payment of the retirement and death benefits in his office.
He said the Board has paid N1.215bn to 550 retirees for the month of July, 2022.
Kamilu explained that, the beneficiaries are categorized into four for the payment of their rights.
According to him “the first category include 411 beneficiaries who have retired from the service and were paid over N920,331 million.
“The second category of the beneficiaries are those 100 people that have died while in service and their families received the total amount of N267,329 million”
“The third category of 8 beneficiaries are under the death pension balance and will get N27, 952 million as their entitlement
“While the fourth category of beneficiaries are those who are not in service for up-to five years, the board will refund 8 percent to them amounting to N201,437 thousands as their entitlement.”
The Executive Secretary also reiterated the board’s commitments to pay each retired civil servant his entitlement within one month of his retirement.
He then commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubukar for his support to the Board and releasing the Pensioners entitlement in a right time.
INEC Reacts As Hoodlums Burn Razed Its Enugu Office
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed that hoodlums burnt down its office at Igboeze North Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The incident occurred on Sunday night when the arsonists stormed the office situated at the council’s headquarters in Ogurute.
Confirming the incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr. Emeka Ononamadu, in a statement on Monday, said the arsonists overpowered the security guards, forced their way into the premises, and set the building ablaze.
He said although no casualties were reported, 748 ballot boxes, 240 voting cubicles, office furniture, and equipment were destroyed in spite of the effort of the Enugu State Fire Service deployed from Nsukka.
Ononamadu added that the Commission is working to ascertain the status of voter registration machines for the ongoing Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise as well as uncollected Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) locked up in the fireproof cabinet.
”The incident has been reported to the Nigeria Police for investigation and further action.
”The attack, coming in the middle of the voter registration exercise and other preparations for the 2023 General Election, is worrisome. It will be recalled that on 23rd May 2021, our office in the neighbouring Igboeze South Local Government Area was attacked in a similar manner by unknown gunmen.
”This followed earlier attacks on the Udenu Local Government Area office on 13th May 2021 and the State Headquarters in Enugu on 16th May 2021.
”The Commission has since substantially recovered from these attacks and resumed normal activities there, including the VR and collection of
”The Commission will continue to work with the security agencies and the emergency services to protect our facilities,” the statement added.
Niger Attack: Death Toll Of Security Operatives Rises To 48
The number of security personnel killed in Niger State by suspected bandits has increased following the discovery of more bodies in the bush.
Sani Kokki, the convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths of Niger State, explained that more bodies of the security operatives were discovered in the bush by the locals.
According to Sani Kokki, “On Saturday evening, the dead body of a mobile policeman was also discovered by a passerby.”
Recall that a number of soldiers, policemen and civilians were killed after bandits attacked a mining site on Wednesday in Niger State.
He explained that the death toll of the security personnel killed by the bandits had risen to 48.
He alleged that the bandits killed 34 soldiers, eight mobile policemen and six civilians.
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