The Niger-Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has constructed and handed over 16 injection distribution sub-stations to Yola DisCo to further boost electricity supply to Nigerians in the North-East zone.
The Managing Director of NDPHC, Mr Chiedu Ugbo, disclosed this in Yola when he visited the Gov. Bindo Jibrilla of Adamawa.
Ugbo, who briefed the governor on the workings and various activities of NDPHC, said the company had also completed nine intervention electricity distribution projects across the region.
The managing director said NDPHC had been involved in developing National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) in generation, transmission and distribution value chain in the country.
He also said NDPHC had also embarked on the development of solar electricity for households, adding that the company had successfully deployed about 20,000 units of solar technology in the first phase of the project.
Ugbo revealed that the completed 16 injection sub-stations, comprising 1×7.5MVA 33/11KV and the intervention projects, had been handed over to Yola DisCo to boost supply of electricity to its customers in the region.
He listed the locations of the projects to include Mubi, Numan, Jabbi, Konar, Girei, Gashua, old power house, SPY, Dumne, Dima and Tinde Laro in Adamawa.
For Yobe, he said that the projects were sited in Potiskum, Damaturu, while Taraba and Gombe had theirs in Wukari, Jalingo , Riyal and Bauchi road.
For Borno and Bauchi states, he said the projects were stationed in Bama, Biu, Gombe road, and Misau road.
He said work was, however, slowed down for security reasons for the injection sub-station in Bama.
Ugbo further listed the intervention projects to include supply and delivery of transformers and distribution materials required for reconstruction and rehabilitation of vandalised power facilities in Maiduguri.
Rehabilitation of Damaturu-Buni-Yadi Gulani 33Kv Line and replacement of damaged transformer in Guijba and Gulani in Yobe and rehabilitation of 26.5Km 33kV injection sub-station with associated 11Kv line networks at Nguru.
According to Ugbo, the company has also extended electricity supply to three communities in Song Local Government of Adamawa.
“For Bauchi, the company intervened by constructing a 33KV LT lines, supplied and installed distribution transformers in eight communities in Tafawa Balewa/Bogoro council areas.
“It also extended electricity supply to four communities in the council areas.”
Ugbo also noted that other generation, transmission and distribution projects had been completed, while some were still under construction across the country, saying that NDPHC did not have any abandoned projects in the country.
He, however, decried the non utilisation of some of the completed distribution infrastructure by some DisCos, adding that the situation was resulting in the deterioration and vandalism of the infrastructure.
“There were projects that were completed before now that were not taken over by the DisCos, but we have gone to them and said to them, we can’t leave these projects idle.
“The projects were being vandalised , some of the parts are being stolen; we need you to start using this project to supply the communities light and they have come to say yes.
“We are approaching the DisCos one by one, saying, these are the projects; accept this project, and we are also carrying out repairs on the vandalised projects and paying for securing the projects.”
Jibrilla, represented by the Deputy Governor, Mr Martins Babale, said it was cheery that Adamawa was part of the board of NDPHC representing the North-East.
He said the state government was committed to infrastructure development in education, health, among other sectors, for the well being of the people.
He, however, said electricity was required to boost the various developmental initiatives of the government hence the need to work with NDPHC to further develop electricity infrastructure in the state and in the region.
He urged NDPHC to develop more power infrastructure in the region, adding that it would partner the company in solar energy development.
The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) reports that the management of NDPHC had begun the visit to board members in all the six-geo political zones to brief them on activities of the company.
The team had visited the governors representing South-East, North West and North-East on the board of the company with three more regions to visit.
One recurring remark and response from the governors and their representatives in the zones visited was a call for more projects in generation, transmission and distribution in their states and regions.
Pipelines Vandalism: NPDC Adopts Modern Technology To Monitor Facilities
The Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)/ND Western OML 34 Asset Management Team (AMT) says it has commenced the use of modern technology for effective monitoring of its facilities.
The company’s Manager in charge of Government, Community Relations and Security, Mr Sheidu Aiguedo, made the assertion at a media briefing in Warri.
Aiguedo decried the persistent attacks on the company’s facilities by miscreants, saying the company had lost several billions of naira to their illegal activities.
“We are employing the use of technology to enhance our monitoring capacity,” he said.
Aiguedo said activities of the oil thieves had caused serious disaster, adding that the company would continue to intensify awareness to its host communities on the dangers inherent in pipelines vandalism.
“The oil bunkerers are destroying our facilities, and their activities are also destroying the environment,” he said.
Aiguedo urged the Federal Government to apply “prevention, protection and prosecution” approaches as ways of curtailing oil theft in Delta.
He also advised the government to establish and increase its presence in the oil communities with a view to reducing theft in the area.
Nigeria Has Really Favoured Lebanese Firms, Investors -Group
The Lebanese Nigeria Initiatives (LNI) in Nigeria yesterday said that the country had over the past decades been a nation of blessings to Lebanese companies and investors.
LNI’s Secretary, Mr Ali Safiyyedine, made the disclosure in Lagos at a news conference to announce the organisation’s launch of its first Scholarships and Endowment Fund for young Nigerians.
Safiyyedine said that the organisation had opened an endowment fund in American University of Beirut for young Nigerians as a way of giving back to Nigeria.
“We would forever be grateful to Nigeria for what she had over these years done for us Lebanese.
“And as a way of giving back to this great country, we at LNI have decided to open an endowment fund for young Nigerians in American University of Beirut that will continue even after we are gone.
“So, we have after many interviews and tests, selected the first Nigerian, Mr Olubando Ajibola, as the distinguished young man embarking on this journey for his MBA in the American University of Beirut,” he said.
Safiyyedine said that the organisation came up with the initiative to enable Nigerians study in the university for their Post Graduate degree and come back to contribute to the development of their country.
The Consul General of Lebanon in Lagos, Mr Elias Nicolas, said that the gesture was a further demonstration of the Lebanese interest in the development of Nigerians.
According to him, the Lebanese community are always delighted in contributing to Nigeria’s economic and social development.
“We are very pleased to launch the LNI scholarship and endowment fund for Nigerians today. This will further strengthen our long existing friendly relations in the years ahead.
“The Lebanese community has always conceived itself as part of the social fabric of its host country, and this fund is another sign of its commitment to the educational upliftment of young Nigerians.
“I warmly congratulate the huge effort of LNI’s Chairman, Mr Faisal El-khalil and members of the board of trustees for this laudable initiative.
“Let me also congratulate Olubando Ajibola as the first Nigerian selected for this scholarship programme. We hope you will be an ambassador for promoting our two countries values and interest during your study,” he said.
Mr Olubando Ajibola, a graduate of Petroleum and Gas Engineering from the University of Lagos, commended LNI and its board of trustees for selecting him as the first Nigerian beneficiary of the fund.
Ajibola said he would focus his MBA study on data collection analysis that would help enhance business development in Nigeria in the future.
Photographers Decry Effects Of Smartphones On Their Business
Some photographers in Enugu State have cried out against the negative effects of smartphones and social media on their business.
Some of the photographers who spoke during the World Photography Day, yesterday, said they were doing other businesses to make ends meet.
They said that though they were proud to be photographers, they noted that the advent of smartphones and social media had affected their business negatively.
According to them, the business of photography is dwindling as most people prefer to use their phones to take pictures, especially ‘selfies’.
One of the photographers at University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Mr Moses Onyeneke, said; “I am proud to be a photographer but the advent of smartphones and social media have dealt a big blow to our business.
“People prefer using their smartphones to take photographs and post on social media instead of going to a photo studio.
“They don’t value hard copy photos anymore but it is the best, it lasts longer and can be used for remembrance purposes.
“Passport photographs are making waves more because people need it for various official engagements,’’ he said.
Another photographer, Mrs Lizzy Achuagu, decried the low patronage of still photographs, adding that before the advent of smartphones, she finished rolls of films in two days.
“People book you for their social occasions but these days, very few people need our service.
“In a month, you can be making more than N30,000 depending on the occasions you cover, but now, hardly do you make N10,000,” she said.
Some smartphones users that reacted to the celebration of the World Photography Day said that the use of hard copy photos was outdated.
They preferred using their smartphones because it was less expensive and stress-free when compared to using a photographer.
They noted that even when they used a photographer to take photos, they preferred to collect the soft copies rather than the hard copies.
One of the smartphone users, Mr Ugochukwu Okeke, said that using smartphones to take pictures was better, as it was faster and could be posted to the world at the press of a button.
“It can be used to send message immediately than hard copy photograph. It was seven to 10 years ago when smartphones were not really common that hard copies were valuable.
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