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PHED Blames Staff, Consumers’ Rift On Corruption

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The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) says it has identified some areas of contention between staff of the company and consumers.
The Manager, Energy Efficiency and Demand Services, PHED, Mr Franklyn Ajaegbu made this disclosure in a media parley in Port Harcourt, Wednesday.
Ajaegbu noted that the issues bordered on issuance of pre-paid meters, meter by pass connections and estimated bills, stating that these issues were not insurmountable.
He observed that the contention between consumers and staff of the electricity distribution company was not unconnected to corruption and pledged that PHED would endeavour to resolve the issues.
Ajaegbu stressed the company’s preparedness to improve the quality of service to consumers at all times, while appealing to the public to desist from vandalising electricity equipment in their area.
He called on dissatisfied electricity consumers to lodge their complaints at their Moscow Road office and assured that prompt action would be taken towards resolving the issue.
Meanwhile, the electricity distribution company has described as unfounded, claims by residents of Okporo Road, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, that PHED was asking them to contribute N200,000 to fix a vandalised armoured cable from a transformer servicing the area.
The Head, Corporate Affairs, PHED, Mr John Onyi, made this dismissal on Wednesday in Port Harcourt in his reaction to allegations by residents of the area that they were being made to contribute the said sum to have their transformer fixed.
Onyi enjoined the residents of the area to report anyone making such demand to the company, assuring that the company would swing into swift action.
According to him, ‘no official of PHED has asked anybody to contribute money… It is against the business and Management frowns at it’’.
He thanked the neighbourhood vigilante that prevented the vandals from carting away the vandalised cable and charged them to beef up security to stall further occurrences of theft in the area.
Earlier, residents of Okporo Road had appealed to PHED to rescind on an alleged demand on residents of the area to contribute N200,000.
They complained that they had not been getting adequate power supply from the power distribution company and wondered why they should be levied so heavily.

Tonye Nria-Dappa

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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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