There was jubilations, fanfare at Oke-Irhue, Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State, Sunday, December 29, following connection of the community to national grid by Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) PLC.
Oke-Irhue, an agrarian community, was connected to national grid for the first time in its existence.
BEDC’s powering of the community with electricity on Sunday put an end to the travail of some members of the community who, over the years, had relied solely on generator as the only source of power.
Non-availability of electricity has no doubt slow down the pace of development in the area despite being blessed with abundant resources, even as the residents opined that the energisation will no doubt spur the socio economic development of the area.
A statement by BEDC management says the connection was in furtherance of the company’s mandate of ensuring power availability in communities of energizing, spread across its franchise states which were without power supply for a long period of time.
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The statement further says it is the company’s resolve in partnering communities without electricity supply in order to address their power outage challenge, after fulfilling all necessary preconditions for energisation.
Speaking, President-General, Oke-Irhue Community General Assembly (OCGA), Mr. Douglas Agbonleni, commended members of the community, the electricity committee for their patience, commitment and cooperation in ensuring that the energisation project became a reality, urging them to guide “this noble project jealously against the activities of vandals.”
Agbonleni noted that there would be re-awakened socio-economic advantage engendered by the new status of the community, as he thanked BEDC management for its guide, support and understanding in spite of inadequacies, promising that the OCGA would keep its own side of the bargain by ensuring safety of the equipment and meeting financial obligations.
He noted, “We the entire people of Oke-irhue are happy in that 15months after the community’s General Assembly worldwide took up the challenge and struggle to light up our community, God finally answered our prayers during this special season of Christmas by granting our village the opportunity to be linked with the national electricity grid today 29-12-2019, a project which has been ongoing since 2002.”
The Commissioner of Police (rtd) thanked the Federal Government and the entire community members including those in the diaspora for the actualization of the project which according to him started through the Rural Electrification project (REA) initiated since 2002.
Recall the Federal Government through the Rural Electrification Agency embarked on the electrification of the community long before the privatization of the power sector with the provision of two 300KVA distribution transformers.
BEDC however took over the project and carried out enumeration, line rehabilitation/maintenance and also the subsequent metering of customers by through its Meter Asset Providers (MAP) scheme.
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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