Two Months Free Electricity: ‘We Align With Plan, But Not Yet Binding’ – BEDC
Management of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) Plc, has expressed readiness to abide by the proposal by the House of Representatives that Nigerians should be supplied electricity free for two months as palliative measures during the lockdown period occasioned by COVID-19.
The management, in a statement which was made available to INFO DAILY, while noting that the distribution company fully aligned with the proposal, called Nigerians’ attention to the fact that it has not been signed into law hence not binding on DISCOs yet including BEDC.
It noted that no decision has been taken by the Federal Government on it yet, adding that the date of implementation was also not sure.
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“That the proposed 2 month free electricity bill mooted by the House of Representatives is not yet signed into law, as such not binding on DISCOs including BEDC for now.
“No decision has been taken by federal Government on this yet.
We are also not sure of the date of implementation.
“Electricity currently being supplied to customers is not free
Prepaid customers need to vend energy to avoid service disruption when they run out of energy units
Postpaid customers need to settle outstanding bills because if the palliative measure is approved it will not cover past bills”, the statement reads in part.
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BEDC therefore appealed to customers to continue to pay their bills, stressing that the status quo remains.
The distribution company advised customers to manage their energy consumption particularly at this critical period, even as it promised to provide quality service across all its touch points and improve availability of electricity supply.
“Customers are therefore advised to manage their energy consumption at this critical period to avoid accumulating huge bills that may be difficult to pay in the event that the palliative measure is not approved.
“BEDC assures customers that it shall continue to provide quality service across all its touch points and improve availability of electricity supply to alleviate the hardship of our esteemed customers during this difficult times”, the statement further read.
Recall the House of Representatives had consider a Stimulus Bill that will ensure that Nigerians get free electricity supply for two months.
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A statement by Lanre Lasisi, the House of Representatives speaker’s spokesperson, had said the bill became necessary considering electricity as a commodity consumed by every household, has a greater effect on the people even at this lockdown period.
Fake LASTMA Officer Jailed Two Years
The Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Court sitting at Bolade, Oshodi on Monday, 27 March, 2023 sentenced a fake Lagos State Traffic Management Authority Officer, Omotutu Bamidele, to a 2- year jail term for impersonating and extorting money from motorists across Lagos.
The convicted fake LASTMA officer was arraigned by LASTMA on a 2-count charge of impersonating as a public officer by claiming to be a staff of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (S.78 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015)” and obtaining money by fraudulent trick (Sec. 323 of the Criminal Law, Lagos State) before the court.
The PUNCH reports that Bamidele was arrested a few days ago on Olu Holloway Road, around the Alfred Rewane area of Ikoyi by a LASTMA Monitoring/Surveillance team led by the Zonal Head, Ashafa Moyosore.
In a press statement released by the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, Mr. Adebayo Taofiq said Magistrate Kehinde Ogundare sentenced Omotutu Bamidele to a 2-year jail term without any option of fine after he pleaded guilty to the 2- count charges levelled against him.
Magistrate Ogundare emphasized that the convict should serve the jail term without any option fine due to the gravity of the offences committed.
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The Court Prosecutor Barr. Olufemi Adekunle stated that both offences levied against the convict contravened Criminal Law of Lagos State (2015).
In his reaction to the judgement, the General Manager of LASTMA Mr Bolaji Oreagba said the judgement was a welcome development as it would serve as a deterrent to others who are still extorting money from innocent members of the public under false pretence.
Oreagba also noted that the “Our (LASTMA) Monitoring and Surveillance Unit which has now been fully restructured would continue to hunt for other bad elements disturbing the peace of the society”
Ahmed Musa Equals Zidane’s Record, Surpasses Viera, Lampard
Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, has become the most capped Nigerian player after his appearance in the second leg of Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Guinea-Bissau.
The Nigerian national team defeated the Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau 1-0 at the Estadio 24 de Setembro.
However, Musa, who made his Eagles debut in 2010, and was also part of the 2013 Nations Cup-winning side, earned 108 caps – setting a new record for Nigeria.
With his feat, he has equaled France’s midfielder Zinedine Zidane, German’s Jurgen Klinsmann, and England’s Tim Cahill’s 108 national caps.
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Also, the 30-year-old Super Eagles captain surpassed Patrick Vieira’s 107 international caps for France, and Frank Lampard’s 106 caps for the Three Lions of England.
Since his debut, the Nigerian forward has scored 16 goals for the national team. He is Nigeria’s highest scorer in the World Cup with four goals.
He also has 92 club goals and 65 assists.
NGO Trains Delta Community On Tools For Environmental Justice
The Connected Advocacy, a Benin-based NGO, on Monday trained the residents of Owa/Alidinma community in Agbor, Delta State, on strengthening local movement and demand spaces for environmental justice.
The training featured sessions on environmental monitoring, smart advocacy tools for environmental justice and how to build a non-violent environmental justice movement.
The Director of the NGO, Mr Israel Orekha, said the capacity building was aimed to enable local communities to advocate for and demand freedom from pollution, environmental degradation and exploitation.
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Orekha said the training was due to the impact of oil exploration in the community, which include crises, environmental degradation, diversion of monetary benefits, intimidation from the traditional rulers and non-compliance with environmental multilateral agreements, among others.
“The imperative of smart advocacy tools for environmental justice are evidence-based collective efforts or strategies targeting decision-makers and polluters.
“The training focuses on influencing the actions, programmes and policies of the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and governments toward environmentally friendly interventions, fulfilling the agreement for the protection of the earth, people and planets.”
Taking the participants on environmental monitoring tools, Cadmus Atake-Enade, said the devices were effective for mitigating the danger of fossil-fuel extraction in the local communities.
He encouraged participants to monitor their environment through air, water and soil pollution, and biodiversity issues.
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Atake-Enade listed tools for monitoring the physical environment like pens, pencils, cameras and whistles, saying the need to document the findings or monitor the evidence cannot be over-emphasised.
The training concluded with the reconciliation of the Traditional Community Council and Host Community Network operating in the community.
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