Connect with us

News

Imo Power Commissioner meets NDDC over estimated bills

Published

on

The Imo State Commissioner for Power, Chief Enyinna Onuegbu has paid a courtesy visit to Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, at their office at Royce road Owerri.

Speaking at the event, the Commissioner said that Governor Hope Uzodinma deemed it necessary to create the ministry of Power to boost the economy of the State stressing that the engine of any economy is the power sector.

According to him, Imo State has an industrial estate at Onitsha road and other economic hubs that urgently need steady power supply which according to him is the panacea for rapid economic development of the State.

The Commissioner further disclosed that governor Uzodinma is determined to industrialize the State hence the need for improved Power Supply.

 Onuegbu appealed to the management of EEDC to improve the power supply to the citizens of the State as well as address the issue of estimated bills which according to him is adversely affecting the people.

 The Commissioner who harped on the importance of the services of EEDC said the creation of the ministry of Power will further bring synergy between the State Government and EEDC, and urged the staff of the company to feel free to interact with his ministry for the overall good of the state.

He however appealed to EEDC to expedite action in restoring electricity to the State Secretariat saying the huge debts owed to the company by the State Government will be streamlined for payment.

He said: “We are here to extend our hands of fellowship and to seek your assistance in actualizing the 3R programme of His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodinma. You have friends in the government.

Any problem let us know. We will help market the good works that EEDC will do to Imo people during this tenure,” Onuegbu assured. Responding, the Revenue Service Manager, Chukwuemeka Uchime commended governor Uzodinma for creating the ministry of Power describing it as a welcome development.

Uchime equally thanked the Commissioner for finding time to pay EEDC a courtesy visit for better dialogue and Communication saying the Commissioner has started in the right direction and will do well in the new ministry.

He however regretted the challenges the company is having especially in the Transmission Sector which has made it difficult to meet the electricity needs of the State saying that transmission of electricity is the responsibility of the Federal Government.

Uchime equally stressed the difficulty in revenue collection which is a result of apathy from people on payment of electricity bills saying government and EEDC cannot do it alone but requires the co-operation of the people. He however disclosed that the EEDC has started metering in some parts of the State Capital to reduce the issues of estimated bills.

Read Also; South East Governors divided over Ebubeagu

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Eid: Put politics aside, pray for Buhari, Tinubu urges Nigerians

Published

on

All Progressives Congress chieftain, Bola Tinubu, has urged Nigerians to put politics aside and pray for the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) for strength and wisdom to protect the nation.

He made this call on Wednesday in his Eid-el-Fitr message titled, ‘Let righteous acts, efforts of Ramadan continue to guide our actions’.

Tinubu, who joined Muslims in Nigeria and across the world to mark the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast, stressed that the fasting is a sign of complete devotion to God.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to remember the lessons of Ramadan.

He said, “We must never condone and tolerate the works and words of those who would do evil or who would pit brother against brother, Nigerian against Nigerian.”

Read Also: FG careful with kidnappers not with #EndSARS protesters, Omokri slams Lai Mohammed

He also urged Nigerians to put politics aside and continue to pray for Buhari and his government.

“Let us put politics aside and continue to pray to Almighty Allah for our country and all its people.

“Let us remember President Muhammadu Buhari and his government in our prayers that they may be given the requisite strength and wisdom to protect the nation, defeat the challenges that confront us and help establish Nigeria as a more prosperous and just land,” he stressed.

Tinubu also emphasised that Nigerians should pray for soldiers and those that are in the frontline against the war on terrorism and coronavirus pandemic.

Continue Reading

News

FG careful with kidnappers not with #EndSARS protesters, Omokri slams Lai Mohammed

Published

on

An ex-aide to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has slammed the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, for saying that the Federal Government and its security agencies know the whereabouts of kidnappers and bandits but only being careful.

According to Omokri, the government was not careful with #EndSARS protesters last October when soldiers allegedly opened fire on youths at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos, injuring over 30 protesters and allegedly killing some youths.

It was reported that the minister at a briefing on Tuesday said the government indeed knew the locations of kidnappers, adding that security agencies were only being careful to avoid civilian casualties.

“One of the most difficult things to do, for a democratically-elected government, is to use the instruments of coercion against its own people. For example, while the nation’s military have superior firepower over the rag tag band of Boko Haram and ISWA, the terrorists most often than not operate among the populace, either in our villages or towns, hence the military, in tackling them, is usually careful to avoid collateral damage.

Read Also: Eid: Buhari asks Nigerians to pray against banditry, kidnapping

“The same applies to the kidnappers who abduct our school children. Usually, the location of the kidnappers is not unknown to security forces, but they still have to exercise caution in order not to hurt the same children they are trying to rescue. Despite these inhibitions, the security forces have the wherewithal to decisively tackle the challenges,” Mohammed had said.

Reacting, Omokri, in a string of tweets on Wednesday, wrote, “Lai Mohammed says the Buhari government knows where kidnappers are, but are only being ‘careful’. But why was the Buhari administration not careful during #LekkiMassacre, or when they massacred Nigerian Shiites? Why is their mercy only reserved for kidnappers?

“Lai, why is your government now appealing to bandits and herdsmen? Did you ‘appeal’ to #EndSARS protesters before massacring them, or to the people of Orlu before slaughtering them? The Buhari administration is a useless embarrassment!”

Continue Reading

Leadership

Eid: Buhari asks Nigerians to pray against banditry, kidnapping

Published

on

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday asked Nigerians to pray against kidnapping, banditry and blackmail.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President made the call in his Eid-il-Fitr message.

The statement was titled ‘On the occasion of Eid, President Buhari calls for unity and solidarity’.

Shehu quoted the President as saying, “On this blessed occasion, I wish that the Eid festival brings with it peace, safety, security, brotherhood and love amongst all.

Read Also: Six things you didn’t know about India COVID-19 variant

“Unity and solidarity among all citizens, Muslims and Christians are imperative especially at a time when our country is faced with multiple challenges which are surmountable only when we come together as one.

“It is important that we remember how we share, through our faiths, common bonds that should serve to unite us and not allow ourselves to succumb to those who seek to divide us, using our two great religions, for their own selfish advantages.

“We should jointly pray against the tragic incidents of kidnapping and banditry and the desperate quest for political power expressed through blackmail against the existence of our country as a united entity.

“We must resist the temptation to retreat into our communities. I urge our political and religious leaders as well as traditional rulers to encourage our citizens to turn towards one another in love and compassion.”

Continue Reading

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending