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OPC URGES TINUBU TO STOP DISCOS’ PLAN TO INCREASE ELECTRICITY TARIFFS

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OPC URGES TINUBU TO STOP DISCOS’ PLAN TO INCREASE ELECTRICITY TARIFFS

OPC URGES TINUBU TO STOP DISCOS’ PLAN TO INCREASE ELECTRICITY TARIFFS, CALLS IT ANTI-PEOPLE MOVE TO DISCREDIT NEW GOVT

 

The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has raised the alarm over the plan to further increase electricity tariffs by the Distribution Companies (DISCOs), describing the move as anti-people, oppressive, unjustified and aimed at discrediting the new regime of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

OPC URGES TINUBU TO STOP DISCOS’ PLAN TO INCREASE ELECTRICITY TARIFFS

 

Urging Tinubu to kill the DISCO’s electricity price increase, OPC President, Otunba Wasiu Afolabi, in a statement signed by its General-Secretary, Comrade Bunmi Fasehun, noted that the move had similarly been rejected by workers under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and industrialists under the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).

 

 

 

 

Afolabi noted that Nigerians were still grappling with the scrapping of fuel subsidy, and that increasing the cost of electricity would be adding to citizens’ burden and paint the Tinubu administration as uncaring.

 

 

 

DISCOs have already served notice to consumers to expect to pay higher electricity tariffs from July 1, which was deferred following the failure to secure the required permission of the government.

 

 

 

Furthermore, OPC pointed out that the power distributors would increase their earnings if they stopped incessant power cuts with their poor attitude to rendering services.

 

 

 

 

“Today, citizens are the ones buying their own poles, transformers, cables and prepaid meters. DISCOs have turned themselves into rent-takers and blackout distributors,” Afolabi lamented. “We cannot continue this way.

 

 

“Especially, DISCOs should be told to supply prepaid meter meters free-of-charge, something they have refused to do so far because they enjoy sending crazy bills to customers who suffer darkness and power failure all the time.”

 

 

Rather, OPC advised the DISCOs to borrow the example of the telecommunications companies (TESCOS) that had reduced the cost that consumers paid for calls and data.

 

 

 

Reminding the companies that they had inherited the backbone and infrastructure of the old NEPA and PHCN for a small amount, Afolabi said that in comparison, TESCOS independently made colossal investments in laying underground, underwater and fibre-optic cables, antenna and electricity generators, and they were reaping the profits today.

 

 

 

OPC asked DISCOs to justify the hundreds of billions in public funds that past regimes had pumped into the sector, even when the distribution segment of the electricity value chain had been privatised.

 

 

 

According to the organisation, it had become clear that the DISCOs wanted to reap where they did not plant, because the generation and transmission companies were largely discharging their responsibilities while distribution remained problematic.

 

 

Afolabi said: “President Tinubu should tell distribution companies that if they cannot deliver with the current tariff, they should submit their licences and close shop.

 

 

“Moreover, the government should scrap this territorial monopoly, where only one DISCO has commandeered a service area and allows no competition. Consumers in any area should be able to choose and transfer to other DISCOs as currently obtains in telecommunications and in other countries. That will create competition and push DISCOs to render quality service in order not to lose customers to competing suppliers.”

COMRADE BUNMI FASEHUN

OPC General-Secretary

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JOS BUILDING COLLASPSE: CDHR DEMANDS IMMEDIATE COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS, SYMPATHISES WITH FAMILIES 

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JOS BUILDING COLLASPSE: CDHR DEMANDS IMMEDIATE COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS, SYMPATHISES WITH FAMILIES 

JOS BUILDING COLLASPSE: CDHR DEMANDS IMMEDIATE COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS, SYMPATHISES WITH FAMILIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports It was a black Friday, the 12th of July, at the city of Jos, where the residents witnessed an unfortunate building collapse incident that claimed innocent lives. The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, condemns the preventable incident of collapsed building at Saint Academy School, Jos. The incident that occurred at early hours of the Friday has reportedly claimed 22 lives, mostly pupils from the school, while over 120 people are trapped.

 

 

 

 

JOS BUILDING COLLASPSE: CDHR DEMANDS IMMEDIATE COMPENSATION FOR VICTIMS, SYMPATHISES WITH FAMILIES 

 

 

 

 

 

According to the Executive Secretary of the state Emergency Management Agency, Sunday Abdu, 17 persons were confirmed dead after a rescue operation at school located at the Busa Buji community in Jos North Local Government Area of the state but in another development, CDHR gathered that the state Commissioner for Information, Musa Ashoms gave a fresh update on the sad incident, in a statement he issued on Friday night, he confirmed that the death had risen to 22 while 154 persons suffered different degrees of fatalities

 

According to the commissioner, the state government expresses its deepest condolences following the tragic incident. The collapse resulted in 154 fatalities and injuries, he announced. He also explained that emergency responders are currently at the scene conducting search and rescue operations.

 

CDHR, however, blamed the unfortunate incident on the negligence by the state government, and the school management for brutally violating the right to lives of the dead students, the educational progress of the injured and putting the remaining students under perpetual fear that their lives might not be safe under the supervision of the state agencies and officials.

 

The organisation demands immediate and adequate compensation for the families of the deceased by the state government while taking up the medical bills of other victims who sustained various degrees of injuries. The government should put necessary measures in place to checkmate future occurrences and build confidence among the residents and students inhabiting similar structures.

 

E-Signed:

Comrade Debo Adeniran,

National President CDHR Nigeria.

 

 

Comrade Idris Afees Olayinka,

National Publicity Secretary CDHR Nigeria.

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Couple arrested for trying to sell two-year-old son to fund Canada trip

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Couple arrested for trying to sell two-year-old son to fund Canada trip

 

Operatives of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a couple (name withheld) attempting to sell their two-year-old son to travel to Canada.

The command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos.

Hundeyin said that the couple, aged 28 and 22, were apprehended on Tuesday while trying to sell their child off.

He stated that around 2.45 p.m. on Tuesday, the Isolo Divisional Police Officer received information that the couple went to Isolo General Hospital and expressed their intention to sell their baby boy.

 

 

“Upon receipt of the information, operatives from the station moved swiftly to the hospital where they were about to sell their child.

“The baby’s age is two and he has been rescued. Upon interrogation, the couple confessed that they decided to sell the baby to enable the man to travel to Canada for a greener pasture.

“However, the investigation is ongoing,” he said.

 

 

 

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Lagos Lawmakers Invite Attorney-General Over Supreme Court Judgement On LGs

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commend Police for successful operation against kidnappers

– applaud First Lady Remi Tinubu for encouraging gardens

 

 

The Lagos State House of Assembly has invited the Attorney-General of the State, Mr. Lawal Pedro, to appear before it to explain the Supreme Court judgement on local governments in the country.

 

Lagos Lawmakers Invite Attorney-General Over Supreme Court Judgement On LGs

The lawmakers said there was a need for better understanding of the decision of the apex court in relation to some provisions in the Constitution of the country.

A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court had declared on Thursday that the 774 local government councils in the country should receive their funds directly from the Federal Government as well as manage such funds themselves being a tier of government.

The court further declared that allocations to local government councils run by caretaker committees were illegal.

Ruling after a voice vote by lawmakers at plenary on Thursday, the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, ruled: “There is a need for us to seek clarification and understanding of this judgement. It will be good to invite the Attorney-General to brief us and give his understanding so that we do not run foul of the judgement.”

Meanwhile, the Lagos State House of Assembly has resolved to write a letter of commendation to the Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, over the successful operation by men of the force that led to the elimination of nine kidnappers in the state recently.

A letter of commendation is also to be sent to the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Adegoke Mustapha Fayoade, for the efforts of the policemen which led to the fruitful operation.

Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, who presided over the plenary, said the police and men of the force who took part in the operation needed to be commended.

Dr. Obasa agreed with members of the House that letters be sent to Egbetokun and Fayoade further charging them not to relent in keeping the State safe for residents.

He stressed the need for stakeholders to fast-track considerations for the creation of state police to support the federal police system.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Noheem Adams, had earlier recalled how the police launched the operation against some kidnappers in the Ladipo area of the state and eliminated nine of them.

According to him, there has been calm in the area since the operation was carried out.

Noheem added that the Ikorodu area of the state which hitherto had issues of kidnapping now enjoys relative peace.

In another development, the House of Assembly has applauded the First Lady of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, for seeking to encourage subsistence agriculture.

The Speaker said it was a beautiful idea to encourage Nigerians to have gardens in their houses arguing that this would help to create food sufficiency.

He recalled that schools had farms in the past adding that current situations call for a return to that period.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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