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DISCO Installs Pre-paid Meters In S’East

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The Enugu Electricity
Distribution Company (EEDC) had started to roll out tamper-proof pre-paid smart meters to checkmate customers tampering with electric meters in the South-East.
Head Communications of EEDC, Mr Eugene Anionwo, who disclosed this on Sunday in Enugu, said the move was to curb revenue losses in the region.
“We will install new tamper-proof-pre-paid-smart meters on pole tops with a customer interface unit in customers’ premises to check customers tampering with the meters”.
Anionwo said that the new EEDC’s Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) programme would include two types of meters, depending on the customer’s class.
He said that the price for the meters ranges from N39,375 to N68,901.
He also said that customers who wished to advance money to EEDC for their CAPMI meters would receive a discount on their bills.
The discount, he said would be spread for 36 months stressing that the opportunity would enable them recover their money at 12 per cent interest rate per annum.
“EEDC is pleased to announce that, with our new tariff approved by NERC and beginning in February 2016, we have decided to eliminate all fixed charges to our customers.
“The new tariff takes into account the elimination of these fixed charges, as we will now be billed for energy only.
“At the same time, we are introducing our CAPMI programme, which will allow our customers to obtain their meters now and no longer wait for meters to be received.
“This  CAPMI programme gives EEDC’s customers the option of advancing funds to EEDC for the purchase and installation of their meters within 45 days.
“EEDC’s customers that choose not to advance funds for their meters under CAPMI will be metered during our larger comprehensive metering programme. “Any funds received will be reimbursed with interest as credits against energy bills,” he said.
Anionwo advised EEDC’s customers that wished to participate in CAPMI to visit its district offices to complete form 74 and obtain further details.
He said that after completing the form, EEDC would survey the customer’s prmises to confirm the type of meter such customer would need to pay for.
“EEDC is dedicated to improving the supply of electricity to its esteemed customers, ending estimated bills, and addressing all service problems,” he said.

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NTVOA Promotes 24hr-Online Operations On Faulty Vehicles

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The National Towing Vehicles Owners Association (NTVOA) has commenced consultation with security agencies and stakeholders in the transport logistics chain system on the best way to respond promptly  to rescue articulated vehicles parked along major roads and highways nationwide through digitalisation .
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) affiliate association said plans are already afoot to introduce an app designed to respond swiftly to brokendown  vehicles in furtherance to ensure free flow of traffic.
NTVOA said it will test-run the app in  Lagos when completed  due to the predominant and peculiar nature of traffic, noting that the technological device would take the form of “Uber”
In a chat with the National Secretary of NTVOA, Comrade Sylvester Afonughe in Ogun State, he noted that the move would be an all inclusive app through which security agencies will also be alerted  in line with the technological innovation .
He said the operation when completed will encourage faster response to vehicles with technical hitches to be evacuated from the roads.
The scribe sad aggressive campaigns and sensitization mechanism would be put in place to enable stakeholders understand how to use the app upon completion.
Afonughe, an engineer and the Business Relationship Manager, Moniepoint, affirmed that: “It looks tasking, no doubt, but that is what we are looking at as a union because we have already commenced consultation for the website which will operate like Uber or O Pay in nature.
He said the union is also resolved to key into the automation system as part of efforts to address human contact and to promote seamless operations in modern day transport technology.
“We are looking at how we can improve on our operations because it is what I single-handedly initiated under the stable of my organization, then the national can take it up from there.
“So many factors are also considered in this project because we are looking at 24 hours online real time operations because we cannot rule out night activities.

“Security is key here so these are the things we are looking at because we need to carry security agencies along because security must not be compromises when we kick start this project.

By; Nkemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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NIWA Provides Waterways Ambulance For Search, Rescue

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The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has introduced a new ambulance boat to serve the Lagos waters.
Disclosing this in a statement made available to our correspondent in lagos, NIWA said “The decision to introduce the new ambulance was in response to critical empowerment of the search and rescue team in Lagos, and as strategic fulfilment to suggestions made by the cream of maritime media at a recent parley with the Managing Director of NIWA, Dr. George Moghalu .
“Dr. Moghalu noted that the new craft fitted with amber lights and two 175 Horse Power engines by Yamaha, with cream colour leather interior, fitted with medical equipment, first aid boxes, communication system and stretchers, will form the fulcrum rapid response to accidents on Lagos waterways.
“Rugged and built to  ferry accident victims and those who require immediate medical attention to the nearest hospital and Medical Hold Bay, the ambulance watercraft can travel at controlled timing without fear or anxieties of being buffeted by high impact waves”, it stated.

By: Nkemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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CBN Raises Savings Interest To 4.2%

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Bank customers in the country are now to be paid more interest on their savings after the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) reviewed upward minimum interest payable to 30 per cent of the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR).
At its last meeting in July, the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the CBN had raised MPR to 14 per cent due to the persistent rise in inflation rate in the country.
The upward review of interest on savings was stated in a circular signed by the CBN Director, Banking Supervision, Haruna Mustafa, and issued to all banks dated August 15, 2022.
With the new circular, banks are expected to increase interest rate on savings from 10 per cent of MPR to 30 per cent of MPR with effect from August 1, 2022.
Consequently, bank customers can now earn up to 4.2 per cent, which is 30 per cent of the 14 per cent MPR as against 1.4 per cent, which was 10 per cent of the MPR.
According to The Tide’s source, the circular states in part:  “It will be recalled that as part of the efforts to ameliorate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Central Bank of Nigeria reduced the minimum interest rates payable on local currency savings deposits from 30 per cent to 10 per cent of the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR).
“This was aimed at stimulating growth in the larger economy following the economic slowdown occasioned by the pandemic.
“However, following the return to full normalcy and considering the prevailing macroeconomic conditions, it has become necessary to effect an upward adjustment of the interest rate payable on local currency savings deposits.
“Accordingly, effective August 1, 2022, the negotiable minimum interest rate on local currency savings deposits shall be 30 per cent of MPR. This supersedes our letter dated September 1, 2020, referenced BSD/DIR/GEN/LAB/13/052 on the subject.”

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