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Police Nab Two Kidnap Kingpins In Delta

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Delta State Police Command has arrested two leaders of the kidnap gangs terrorising the state.
The leader of the gang that kidnapped a couple in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area was arrested while trying to collect ransom from the victims while the other was arrested in Ughelli when he was going to buy food for their victim.
Vigilante groups in Agbor and Ughelli, Delta State mobilised to rescue the kidnapped couple after four days in kidnappers’ den.
It was learnt that the victims were kidnapped by a five-man gang while driving out from their home at the Delta State Property Development Authority Estate, Agbor.
The kidnappers were said to have already demanded N10 million as a ransom for the release before their leader was arrested and also leading the vigilante group to the kidnappers’ den at Alifekede community where the victims were rescued
The Vigilante group, in company of the gang leader, went to the forest in Ughelli where the victim was rescued the second day.
The head of the vigilante group, Mr Monday Kiyem, said the group had deployed its members on information-gathering missions that eventually paid off.
He said, “Other members of the gang escaped before we reinforced to their hideout, but we arrested one person and handed the person over to police. The person is now helping security agencies with vital information.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyaye, confirmed in Asaba, said “The couple and the other victim in Ughelli were released without a ransom because their (kidnap gang) leaders were arrested. The suspects have been transferred to CID department and investigations are ongoing.”
She said the command was intensifying efforts towards arresting other members of the gang.

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We Need 1,400mw To Provide 24-Hour Power -BEDC

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The management of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), on Tuesday said it needed a minimum of 1,400 mega watts of electricity to be able to provide 24-hour power supply to customers in its franchise areas.
The BEDC franchise areas are Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti States.
Abel Enechaziam, Chief State Head, BEDC, disclosed this during the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Agency (NERC) and BEDC public consultation forum held in Benin, Edo.
“We need a minimum of 1,400 mega watts but what is currently available to us is between 300 mega watts and 350 mega watts which are far below what we need to give customers 24 hours power supply.
“As part of plan to address the deficit, the company is partnering embedded companies to generate between 800 mega watts and 1,000 mega watts through willing buyers,” he said.
The BEDC boss said the company lost about 55 per cent of power to the activities of vandals and through electricity theft adding that the company also was owed billions of naira by debtors.
While assuring of improved power supply in 2020 to customers, he, however, admitted that the company had not achieved 100 per cent in its performance.
On his part, Shittu Shaibu, Deputy General Manager, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory commission (NERC), urged electricity consumers not to pay for the service not rendered to them by DISCOs.
“Electricity is a two-side thing, if you do not get the service, you do not need to pay for it. But, we want as much as possible to ensure that they have what is needed to serve you better.
“First, you have to report any problem to the customers’ complaints unit and if you are not satisfied you take it to the forum office.
“After which you pass on to the commission and your issues will be resolved and it does not matter whether it is metering, transformer or service delivery problem,” he added.
Shaibu, however, assured that the commission would do everything within the ambit of the law to ensure that electricity problems were addressed in the country.
On the issue of the revocation of BEDC operating licence, he said the electricity company still had up to December 2020 to prove its competency.

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Expert Tasks Trainees On Commitment In Delta

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Trainees of the Delta State Government’s Youth Agricultural and Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) of the 2019/2020 Programme Cycle have been charged to take the training seriously in order to build themselves into entrepreneurs capable of sustaining their enterprises.
The Chief Job and Wealth Creation Officer, Prof Eric Eboh, gave the charge during a one-day Orientation Workshop organised for the 2019/2020 YAGEP trainees to flag-off their enrolment into the programme.
At the event held in Asaba, Prof Eric Eboh, congratulated the trainees for their success at the various stages of screening exercise before their successful enrolment into the programme.
He said the orientation workshop was packaged to enlighten them about the process, rules and guidelines of the 2019/2020 Cycle of YAGEP and to prepare them for a successful take-off as well as to ensure that they meet the condition for a successful participation in the programme.
Delivering his lecture tagged, “Presentation of 2019/2020 YAGEP Process and Guidelines,” he pointed out that the state government’s philosophy of initiating the Job Creation Scheme was to create a lasting legacy of a new generation of youth entrepreneurs who are well motivated, inspired, skilled and adequately enabled to become self-employed and business owners.
He said over 4,200 youths had benefited from STEP/YAGEP in the past 4 years with an additional 850 youths for the 2019/2020 Cycle, emphasizing that the 2019/2020 Cycle has more of Brown YAGEP than the Green YAGEP.
While stating that all beneficiaries of Brown YAGEP must have an active and verified agricultural enterprise which is put in suitable condition and is ready to take support, he explained that Green YAGEP beneficiaries must have verified suitable land space with unhindered access and secured tenure and verified source of regular water supply.
He pointed out that provision of YAGEP support packs will be done in stages as progression from one stage to the next stage is prerequisite to the release of support items in subsequent stage.
The various commodity enterprises for Brown YAGEP include Fish Production, Piggery, Poultry, and Crop Production such as Plantain, Cassava, Maize, Rice and Vegetable, while those for Green YAGEP are Poultry and Fish Production.
On his part, the Hon. Commissioner for Youth Development, Comrade Michael Egwunyenga tasked to develop the right mind-set of seeing the opportunity as a privilege to succeed in their chosen enterprise.
He pointed out that the level of success they achieve in their enterprise would depend on them and the attitude with which they handle it.
On his part, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Youth Monitoring and Mentoring (DYMM), Mr Eddy Mekwuye, in his lecture, “The Role and Activities of Directorate of Youth Monitoring and Mentoring in Relation to YAGEP Trainees,” said the mandate of DYMM was to sustain the success recorded in the programme over the years.
He urged them to do the right thing at all times to ensure that the programme yields the desired results.

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Obuah Meets Service Providers

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The Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah will meet with all Service Providers working with the agency today.
Obuah in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Jerry Needam said the meeting will hold at the RIWAMA Conference Hall, located at Mile 4, Rumueme, Port Harcourt and enjoined all Service Providers to attend without fail.
Obuah warned that the meeting is strictly meant for the Managing Directors (MDs) or Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of all companies doing business with RIWAMA.
The RIWAMA boss expressed hope that all Service Providers working with the agency will by this notice avail themselves of the opportunity to attend the meeting to sustain the good working relationship with the Agency.
Obuah further appealed to all Service Providers to be prompt to the meeting as lateness would not be condoned.
The RIWAMA Sole Administrator also disclosed that the agency has opened its platform for engagement of new Service Providers, adding that only competent Service Providers who own compactors would be engaged.
Obuah called on qualified Service Providers wishing to do business with the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) to take advantage of the opportunity and apply.

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