Black Out : Delta Community Threatens Chevron

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Indigenes of Kokodiagbene community, Gbaramatu Kingdom, in Warri South Local Government area of Delta state have threatened to relocate to the from their homes to the Utunana Flow Station, owned by Chevron Nigeria Limited in the same Local Government area, as a result of persistent power failure.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Chairman of the Community, Mr. Sheriff Mulade.

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The statement maintained that if the Oil company does not extend electricity it presently enjoys by the end of the month, the community would make good its threat, while warning  that this should not be taken for granted by the state Government.

Before this time, hundreds of indigenes of Kokodiagbene had on  1February , laid siege to the Utonana flow station, protesting the company’s alleged refusal to supply electricity to the community and threatened to shut down its operations at the expiration of a 14-day ultimatum.

But the intervention of the state Government saved the situation from degenerating.

However, the community has expressed displeasure in the manner the state Government is handling the issue.

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Lack of Regular Power Supply Affects Workers’ Productivity- Lab.Scientists

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The Oyo state branch of the  Association Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) has blamed the low productivity of  workers to the poor power supply in the country.

The association made this assertion through its Chairman, Comrade Kehinde Adegoke, in a chat with Federationews2day.

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”There are so many challenges we are facing  as professionals. We work with sophisticated laboratory equipment that needs power. Power has been a challenging problem. The  insufficient megawatts generated has affected all establishments”.

”The cost of fueling generators by  institutions is so high, most times, we a5re unable to work optimally and patients are kept waiting  for so long because of the epileptic power supply”, Comrade Adegoke concluded.

Kano To Provide Steady Electricity Supply for Companies in 2017

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Kano state, Nigeria is to provide steady electricity to a sizable number of business concerns operating in the state in 2017.

This disclosure was made  on Wednesday at the State House of Assembly, Kano  by  the state Commissioner of Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Alhaji Rabiu Bako.

Ahaji Bako was in the House of Assembly to defend he ministry’s 2017 proposed budget.

The commissioner also disclosed that the ministry proposed to expend over N1.7 billion to complete ongoing projects including the state hydro power project.

”We have discussed with the management of 100 companies out of the 600 we have in the state on this issue of power.

“We have concluded to provide them with constant power supply during their production hours; after which we can divert the power to other places including our major streets”, Alhaji Bako concluded.

45 % Increase in Electricity Tariffs : We are begging government to rescind its decision-Printer

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Nigerians are still expressing surprise at the recent 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs by the Nigeria Electricity Regulation Commission(NERC). In this interview with Federationews2day, the Chief Executive Officer of Akola World of Colours(a printing company), Mr. Kolawole Alade,says the increase appeals to the Federal Government to rescind the decision. Excerpts :

What is your reaction to the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs ?

Increase in electricity tariffs at this period in time is not good for the country. The small scale businesses in Nigeria rely solely on electricity to power their businesses. Now the government said that it agrees with the electricity distribution companies to increase the tariffs. Even the Minster of Power, Babatunde Fashola defended the reason for the increment. But I believe that certain things need to be put in place before the increment. For instance, not all consumers have prepaid meter. Even the electricity supply is not constant, it is not stable. We are relying on generator, no light. It is when we are enjoying the services provided by the electricity distribution companies, that we can sya that, anytime it is increased, it is ok by us. Now, other costs of production have increased, that means we are heading for a serious problem. Companies may close down. We use diesel and petrol generators. For diesel generators we consume N16,000 worth of diesel per day, while we spend N3,500 for the generator that use petrol. We spend N10,000 for prepaid cards per month. When they were about to increase the tariffs, electricity supply was not regular, now that they have increased it, the situation has not changed. Government should help us, we deserve constant power supply. We are begging government to rescind its decision.

45% Electricity Increase : We are now paying more for darkness-Restaurant Operator

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Nigerians have continued to groan over the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs by the Nigeria Electricity Regulation Commission(NERC). In this interview with Federationews2day, Mr. Ikechukwu Okolie, a restaurant operator at Olu Ayoola street, Idi-Odo, Challenge, Ibadan, Nigeria laments that Nigerians have started paying more for darkness. Excerpts :
How has the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs affected your business ?

It has affected my business negatively. Before the increase in tariffs, I used to buy 115 units as a prepaid subscriber, and that 115 units lasts for about two weeks, now that the tariffs have gone up, the 115 units does not last for up to a week anymore. It has resulted in the reduction of customers, they complain that our drinks are not cold. And when there is no electricity, I spend between N1,000 and N1,500 per day for my generator.
Since the electricity  tariffs were increased, we enjoy electricity supply just twice a week. We are now paying more for darkness. The Federal Government has to intervene, to save us from hunger, that would result from lack of sales.

Workers In Nigeria Protest Hike In Electricity Tariff

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Workers and members of civil society organizations in Nigeria, on Monday embarked on a nationwide protest against the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs by distribution companies.

In the Federal Capital Territory, the protest began from the Labour House in the Central Business District, with the protesters moving towards Abuja Distribution company and  the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).  

Also, members of the Nigeria Labour Congress( NLC ) and Trade Union Congress(TUC), Kaduna state chapter shut down the zonal headquarters of Kaduna Electricity Company, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, KAEDC,  some other district service stations in the state.

Their action followed the directive by the national leadership of the workers union to its state chapters to embark on a nationwide protest against the 45 per cent increase in electricity tariffs by electricity distribution companies.

The workers who arrived  the zonal office of the company at about 7 O’clock in the morning ,chased out all the staff and security, before  locking the main gate  with padlock.

The state NLC Chairman,Adamu Ango, atributed their action to the directive of the labour unions directive to its state chapters to protest against the recent hike in price of electricity tariff across the country.

“We have closed the zonal office now and we are moving to Kawo, Kakuri,Barnawa and Kawo,”  Ango said.

 

45 Per Cent Electricity Tariff Increase : Nigerians Are Not Happy-Eze Ndigbo

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The Eze Nidgbo of Ibadan and Oyo state, Eze(Dr)Alex Anozie has declared that Nigerians are not happy with the decision of the power distribution companies to increase electricity tariffs by 45 per cent.

Eze(Dr)Anozie made this declaration in a chat with Federationews2day.

”We are not happy, I know how much I spend daily on fueling my generating sets, I have about three or four generating sets now, almost all of them have packed up, because of the load of work. I am thinking of how to make money to buy new generating sets again. But if there is constant power supply, I may not have need to buy nay generating sets again.That is my opinion anyway”.

He further said that if the power distribution companies could ensure constant power supply, Nigerians would be better off for it.

”If that is what they would do, and they can give constant power supply, let it be.That is my argument, if that is what they think is the only thing that can be done and there would be constant power supply let it be. But it would be very devastating and unfair if after they have done the increment, we do not get constant power supply, that would be injustice been done to the masses by the government. So, I am expecting that they should try and make sure, from wherever that they can source for funds and make sure that there is light, constant power supply and they now tell Nigerians that ‘you can see, you now enjoy light, 24 hours that makes the day or even if it is not 24 hours that makes the day, 3 1/4 of the hours that makes the day, ‘so we need your cooperation, we are embarking on so, so, so increment to be able to continue to serve you better, somebody can still think that way too. Giving the service,then settle your bills. That is my opinion.”.

The private companies managing electricity distribution in the country had on 1 February announced the upward review of electricity tariffs by 45 per cent.

45% Electricity Tariff Hike : Another Burden Imposed On The Masses By Govt.-NASU

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Nigerians are not presently,not a happy people. There are several reasons for their unhappiness. But at this particular point in time, the reason for their present unhappy state, is the decision of the electricity distribution companies to increase electricity tariffs by 45%, in spite of the very poor state of electricity supply in the country. In this interview with Federationews2day, Chairman of the Non Academic Staff Union(NASU)Oyo state chapter, Comrade Fatoki Olusola-Cole, describes the action of the as unfair,insensitive and wicked. Excerpts :
What is your reaction to the recent increase in electricity tariffs by the distribution companies ?

This issue is very important to every sector of the economy in Nigeria and to every individual in Nigeria, so to say, because there is nobody that is left out, once you talk about electricity supply. Electricity is very important to the development of the economy of any country. And once they are talking about electricity generation, Government was saddled with that responsibility until the time the sector was privatized. Before the privatization, the promise government was making then, was that there would be improvement, government cannot do it alone, government needs private people to come in and run it, so that we would have stable generation of power. but this promise has not been realized since then, in fact it has become worse. When the private sector took over, the problem persisted and got worse, than it was. And we began to worry about the problem. And they came out to tell us, that it was because they were not charging enough tariff to maintain the equipment, we are not paying enough to maintain the distribution. We begin to wonder, why should these people begin to say this, after they have taken over.,Did they not know the problems of the power sector before they took over ? And that means that maybe they were not aware of the problems, and they were not prepared for it. They just went in, took over and now realized that the problems are enormous. And coming back to what the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Raji Fashola said, I think it is think that it is unfortunate that the kind of government that we are expecting to be fair and just to the masses, to the people of Nigeria, is trying to impose this thing on the country. Why should you sat that it is irreversible ? In the first place what necessitated the increase ? Did you really come out to tell the public ? That is the problem they are having.there. What efforts have you made to get the understanding of the Nigerian people ? And for them to know that what we need is increase in tariffs. There is no way that 90% of Nigerians would be convinced that it is because of the low tariffs that people are paying makes power to be irregular. They have been increasing these tariffs, I think it is every year, I know that in 2012, in 2013 they increased it, even in 2014 it was increased it, giving us the same excuse, that before power could be stable, they have to increase the tariffs. And after increasing the tariffs, there is no visible change. And now, what is the assurance, what is the confidence that we have a vision that as it is increased that we would have a stable power supply ? And I think it is very unfair and Fashola is nor really taking the poor condition of the masses, the poor condition that the masses are, in this counrty into consideration, before accepting 45% increase from the power generation companies. I don’t think it is fair. It is a burden, another burden imposed on the masses. It is not only the rich people that electricity will be available to, it is not only the big companies, these small people that are having shops on their streets, like the barbers, hairdressers, welders and so on, this will also apply to them. Let us see what 45% will be in terms of what they would be paying as electricity costs, which means, they are going to be paying about 50% additional to what they were paying before, it is enormous, it is a great burden. If Fashola does not realize it, we are making it known to him, that he is not considering the plight of the masses at all. And for the fact that the All Progressives Congress(APC) says it is a party for the masses, what Fashola has done negates what the APC claims to represent. And in fact I begin to wonder what kind of government we have now, if you are saying that you are protecting the interests of the masses, is this the way to protect the interest of the masses ? Considering what everybody is passing through in the country today, it is unfair and I would say it is very wicked of this government not to have taken into consideration the plight of the masses, the less privileged. So we are totally against it, the masses are against it and my members are against it.