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Dapo Abiodun’s Supreme court victory and Ogun’s renewed hope

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By Lekan Adeniran (Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun)

On Friday, January 19, the Supreme Court affirmed the victory of Governor Dapo Abiodun as the Ogun State governor. A five-member panel of the court led by Justice John Okoro held that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu, failed to prove allegations of non-compliance with the Electoral Act during the conduct of the 18 March 2023 elections.

“This appeal is unmeritorious and ought to be dismissed and it is hereby dismissed. The judgement of the Appeal Court is hereby affirmed,” said Tijjani Abubakar who read the lead judgement.

Incidentally, Adebutu’s arrival at a New Year service organised by a former governor of the State was heralded with loud cheers on Sunday, January 17. Videos of the service which flooded the social media presented the false hope that his matter at the Supreme Court would result in him being declared the Ogun State governor. But Governor Abiodun is a man of destiny. The highest court in the land upheld the election that produced him.

It is crystal clear that Prince Abiodun is the Lord’s project and no mortal can stop the march of destiny.

A mandate confirmed is a mandate fully renewed. With a renewed mandate till 2027, Mr. Adebutu and his party, PDP, have no choice but to support the governor in the quest to transform Ogun State. After the judicial rigmarole, Adebutu owes his conscience the moral duty of supporting Governor Abiodun in the quest to turn the Gateway State around. Significantly, the Supreme Court judgment has solidified the legitimacy of Governor Abiodun’s mandate, reinforcing his authority to govern effectively. This ruling has also strengthened the people’s trust and confidence in his leadership, as it demonstrates the judicial system’s endorsement of the election results and affirms the democratic process.

The end to the legal tussle, hopefully, should also bring the much-needed political stability to Ogun State. The prolonged court proceedings have not only been a drain on resources but have also created uncertainty and distractions in governance. This much was attested to by the governor during a Thanksgiving Service to mark his victory at the St. James’ Anglican Church, Iperu on Sunday. He said, “Although this period has brought a lot of distractions, I am relieved that is now behind us, allowing us to fully focus on our unwavering commitment to lead Ogun State to new heights and make it a shining example amongst not just Nigerian states, but other states in Africa.”

One can say unequivocally that the state has never had it so good. Now, the governor can proceed with the implementation of his policies and programmes and push forward with his agenda, with emphasis on good governance, accountability, transparency, and responsiveness to the needs of the citizens. It was fitting enough that the governor’s plane from Abuja after the judgement landed at the Ogun State International Agro Cargo Airport. Ensuring its total completion has been a major plan of the administration. The airport is a legacy project that should be the pride of any administration. The governor has strategically positioned Ogun State to reap the maximum benefits of its contiguity to Lagos. This has no doubt further boosted the state’s economy and ensured its exponential growth. This confirms what a report said last year, namely that Ogun State outperformed Rivers State, a major oil-producing state, on the list of economically viable states for 2022.

Ogun State has consistently ranked among the three topmost revenue generating states in Nigeria since Governor Abiodun came to office. Continuously positioning the state among the economically viable states is a mission that this administration will pursue to a logical conclusion. The Governor Abiodun-led administration has done well in providing infrastructure across the nooks and crannies of the state. It is heart-warming that currently, there is no local government in the state that has not been touched by the government in terms of road construction, but according to the governor, there’s still room for improvement. With improvement in revenue collection, the governor is poised to continue his infrastructural revolution in the Gateway State. The Agbara-Lusada road and the Sango-Ota-Abeokuta Expressway are some of the projects that the governor has promised to complete during his second term in office. Also in the pipeline is the development of the Olokola Seaport and the Kajola Dry Port. The completion of these projects and many more will further enhance the industrialisation of the state.

To the credit of the Abiodun administration, the ease-of-doing-business index has been consistently high under its watch. This surely will continue as the state maximises its closeness to Lagos. With manufacturing concerns continuously choked in the city of Lagos, Ogun State offers a viable alternative for investors seeking to reap maximum benefits from their investment. The state is now poised to make more progress in various sectors. Governor Abiodun can now work on attracting local and foreign investments, improving infrastructure, promoting agriculture, enhancing healthcare and education, and creating job opportunities, all of which are crucial for the growth and prosperity of Ogun State. Indeed, he has been the state’s “salesman,” as he has been taking advantage of every opportunity to market the potential available in the state to local and foreign investors.

On Friday, January 19, the Supreme Court affirmed the victory of Governor Dapo Abiodun as the Ogun State governor. A five-member panel of the court led by Justice John Okoro held that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

The governor has promised that before the end of his tenure, the electricity outlay he is initiating will give stable power supply across the state. The completion of The Light Up Ogun State project will make the state one of the first set of states to take advantage of the constitutional reform in electricity generation and distribution. This, no doubt, is a great incentive to industries considering relocating or setting up in Ogun State.

Increasingly, more and more Lagos residents are taking the advantage of the closeness to Ogun State to register and renew their vehicles documents. This is a testament to the efficient way Ogun State conducts its affairs. It is also a plus to the growing ease of doing business in the state. Governor Abiodun has done well in the last four years and seven months. The Prince from Iperu will write his name in gold between now and 2027.

He has earned the peoples’ mandate and from observations, he intends to exercise it judiciously. The governor has always promised not to leave any part of the state out in his developmental strides. Citizens are right in having high expectations of his government: the last four years have led them to such expectations. The governor must therefore outperform himself between now and 2027.

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A cardiologist’s view on the freezing oil challenge

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As a journalist always on the lookout for intriguing stories, the buzz surrounding the “Freezing Oil Challenge” piqued my curiosity. What exactly does this challenge entail, and what deeper insights lie beneath its surface? Armed with questions and a thirst for knowledge, I embarked on a journey to uncover the truth behind this viral sensation.

During investigation, I came across Aproko Doctor’s video content on social media where he explained why certain cooking oils freeze.

According to him, some oils have high levels of saturated fats, while others have high levels of unsaturated fats. Oils with high levels of saturated fats tend to freeze when kept in the fridge. He further clarified that oils with high-unsaturated fats like Soya oil & Olive oil do not freeze in the fridge. He advised consumers to read product labels and check the nutritional information to make the right choice when selecting cooking oils.

This information led me to more unanswered questions about Saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and trans fats. To paint a comprehensive picture, I knew I needed more expert insights. I reached out to Dr. Monisola Adanijo, a respected cardiologist whose expertise in cardiovascular health could offer invaluable perspectives.

Dr. Adanijo, like Aproko Doctor,  highlighted the importance of being cautious about trans fat. However, she also explained the harmful effects of oils rich in saturated fats, as these fats increase cholesterol levels in your body, leading to health issues like heart disease, stroke, etc. Whereas, unsaturated fatty acids reduce cholesterol levels in your body hence they are good for your health.

She pointed out that many unhealthy cooking oils are rich in saturated fats available in the Nigerian market. How can a consumer understand that your cooking oil contains a high level of unhealthy saturated fats?

She suggested a simple test: if an oil turns solid when in the fridge, it most likely contains high levels of saturated fat. Whereas, oils rich in healthy unsaturated fat will not freeze.

She urged consumers to be mindful while selecting their vegetable oil. Dr. Adanijo advised to check the product level very well, in order to choose the right healthy oil. The oil with high polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and low saturated fats is the best choice.

This is because polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) is good for heart health and lowers cholesterol, while ones with high saturated fats are bad for health.

Oils such as Olive oil and Soya Oil are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) which are good for your heart health and low in saturated fat. A good example is Golden Terra Soya Oil, which is available in our market.

As I wrap up my investigation, I reflected on how the oil freezing challenge may have captured our attention momentarily, but its implications resonate far beyond the confines of social media, reminding us of the profound interplay between health, and our everyday choices of the right cooking oil brands when preparing our family meals

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NERC transfers regulatory oversight of Enugu Electricity Market to EERC

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Following the Enugu State Electricity Law signed by Governor Peter Mbah and the recent constitution of the Enugu State Electricity Regulatory Commission, ESERC, by the Mbah administration, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has formerly transferred the regulatory oversight of the Enugu State electricity market to the state agency effective May 1, 2024.

This is the first time NERC would be ceding such regulatory authority to any state electricity regulatory agency.

The transfer was made known by NERC on Monday in an April 22, 2024 Order No. NERC/2024/039 signed by the Commission’s Chairman, Sanusi Garba, and the Commissioner for Legal, Licensing, and Compliance, Dafe Akpeneye.

The transfer is sequel to the amendments of the Paragraph 14 (b) of the Second Schedule to the 1999 Constitution by the 9th National Assembly in 2023 as well as the Electricity Electricity Act 2023, both of which effectively devolved power generation, transmission, and distribution from the Exclusive List to the Concurrent List and also empowered the states to manage and regulate their electricity markets within their jurisdictions.

It is recalled that the Mbah administration initiated the Enugu State Electricity Bill 2023, which the governor signed into Law in September the same year and also set the pace in March 2024 constituted the Enugu State Electricity Regulatory Commission (ESERC) led by Chijioke Okonkwo as the Chairman/CEO.

The Electricity Act 2023 provides that within 45 days of receiving formal notification of the enactment of the law under subsection (1), the Commission (NERC) shall draw and deliver to the State Regulator a draft order setting out a plan and timeline for the transition of regulatory responsibilities from the Commission to the State Regulator, which transition shall be completed not later than 6 months from the date on which the formal notification in subsection (1) was delivered to the Commission.

Explaining further, NERC said the ESERC now holds the exclusive power to set and adopt end-user electricity tariffs within Enugu State, tailoring these charges to local conditions and requirements.

Also, while ESERC manages local tariff methodologies, any electricity sourced from grid-connected plants and the related tariffs for generation and transmission services must still receive approval from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), ensuring alignment with national energy policies.

Furthermore, the final tariffs approved by ESERC for consumers in Enugu State will be definitive for the state, with the Enugu State Government responsible for supporting and implementing tariff-related policies, ensuring that electricity pricing is both fair and attuned to the specific needs of the state’s residents.

Consequently, NERC ordered that: “Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC, EEDC, is hereby directed to incorporate a subsidiary EEDC SubCo under the Companies and Allied Matters Act for the assumption of responsibilities for intrastate supply and distribution of electricity in Enugu State from EEDC.

“EEDC shall complete the incorporation of EEDC SubCo within 60 days from the effective date of this Order and, EEDC SubCo shall apply for and obtain a licence for the intrastate supply and distribution of electricity from EERC.

“EEDC shall identify the actual geographic boundaries of Enugu State and carve out its network in Enugu State as a standalone network with the installation of boundary meters at all border points where the network crosses from Enugu State into another state.

“EEDC shall create an Asset Register of all its power infrastructure located within Enugu State.

“Evaluate and apportion contractual obligations and liabilities attributable to EEDC’s operations of its subsidiary in Enugu State.

“Identify all the applicable trading points for energy o take for the operations of EEDC SubCo in Enugu State

“Confirm the number of employees that are required to provide service to Enugu State as a standalone public utility; and transfer the identified assets for operations in Enugu State, contractual obligations, liabilities and employees to EEDC Subco.”

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Eko Disco: WPG sacks Tinuade Sanda

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West Power & Gas Limited, WPG, the majority shareholder of Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC, has terminated the appointment of the former managing director of the Disco, Tinuade Sanda.

WPG disclosed this in a recent letter signed by the chairman of WPG, Charles Momoh.

The letter noted that Sanda was no longer an employee of the company on April 17, 2024.

“We refer to your contract of employment dated April 1, 2022, signed between you and WPG Limited. At this moment, we advise you that your service is no longer required, and accordingly, your employment with WPG Ltd is hereby terminated effective April 17, 2021, by clause 10.2 of the Contract. “WPG is obligated to pay you three months’ salary instead of notice and advises that the due amounts have been credited to your account. You are requested to kindly return all the Company’s properties (whether WPG or EKEDP ) in your possession, including but not limited to laptops, identity cards, and status cars upon receipt of this letter.”

The Development comes amid controversy surrounding Sanda’s removal by EKEDC.

Sanda was earlier seconded to the Disco and had returned to WPG when she was removed as EKEDC MD. Mrs. Rekhiat Momoh was appointed as Sanda’s replacement.

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