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EKEDC assures customers in Agbara, Badagry of improved supply



Raji Rasak

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has assured its customers in Agbara and Badagry communities of improved electricity supply.

Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi gave the assurance at the Customer Engagement and Town Hall Meeting held in Agbara with customers and community leader representatives on Saturday.

Fadeyibi , who was represented by Mr Joseph Esenwa, the company’s Chief Financial Officer, said the meeting was to to feel the pulse of the community on its service delivery.

“Most of the complaints of our customers are tailored towards things that require finances.

“We will continue to resolve most of the issues within the limit of our ability because they have to be happy.

“Their satisfaction is our concerned, we will continue to address their needs and issues definitely so that they can enjoy our services,” he said.

On issue of transformer to all communities in Badagry and Agbara areas, Fadebiyi said that provision of transformer to all communities was a difficult thing to achieve.

“We recognise the provision of transformers to all customers under the network, but are we providing transformers? Yes, we are.

“We are not providing it at the pace that they expect us to do it, but when things improve we will escalate the process of providing the transformer,” he said.

On installation of prepaid meters, he urged customers to apply through the company’s website.

He explained that theM Asset Providers (MAPs) was responsible for the installation of meters.

Fadebiyi said the MAP would install prepaid meter upon the fulfillment of the conditions in the form.

He advised the community representatives to report any staff of the company who demands money to repair faulty pole or wire to the company through their customer care numbers.

Also speaking, Mr Essien Anneka, the Head, Safety Department, EKEDC, said they had come to sensitise customers on the hazard present in the network.

“Most of the people do not know that electrocution, electric shock can actually kill.

“We are here to appeal to people especially market men and women who put their containers under our Right of Way to remove them.

“Apart from coming here today, we have gone into communities in Agbara and Badagry telling them about the danger of selling under the high tension wire.

“If the wire tension snap and fall, it can kill a lot of people, not only the customers buying from the traders but traders themselves,” he said.

Anneka called on the Lagos State government to help the company to evacuate traders and their containers from this Right of Way to ensure safety of life and properties.

Meanwhile, Mr Sesi Adebayo, a representative of Itoga community in Badagry, complained that the company was giving electricity bills to some customers in spite the fact that they had been disconnected three months back.

Mr Akapo James, a customer representing Iperin Community in Agbara said the staffs of the company were demanding money to energise the transformer bought by the community.

Mrs Adebisi Adetunji from Aradagun in Badagry, urged the company to simplify the process of applying for prepaid meter to enable uneducated customers to access it.

She thanked the management for engaging customers in the area and called for its sustainance. (NAN)


FG committed to implementing CNG Keke policy – NOA



The Director-General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Malam Lanre Isa-Onilu, on Friday restated the Federal Government’s commitment to implementing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Keke (tricycle) policy.

Isa-Onilu, who said this on Friday at a news conference in Abuja, said that the policy was part of government’s efforts to alleviate the current economic hardship facing the citizens.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) is a feasible gaseous fuel that is relatively very cheap, environmentally friendly, safe to handle and has abundant available energy.

The director-general added that the policy also geared towards cutting  transportation cost, to ameliorate the suffering of citizens.

According to him, the CNG will offer opportunity to local farmers to move their crops at affordable cost from their farms to the market.

“CNG will reduce fuel dependency and scarcity within the country by a wide margin, as well as strengthen uniformity of national transit system.

“Government will deploy 10,000 CNG filling stations across the country, while private marketers are also in the process of adding CNG points to their business,” NOA boss said.

According to him, the Federal Government is committed in providing Nigerians with affordable energy options. The use of CNG stands as a testament to this commitment.

“CNG offers cost savings for consumers, businesses, and government operations in ensuring that energy remains accessible to all.

“As part  of our environmental stewardship, the adoption of CNG aligns with the government’s goal to create a cleaner and  healthier nation.

“By choosing CNG over traditional petrol, we reduce harmful emissions such as carbon dioxide (CO2) nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter,  in contributing to improve air quality and smaller carbon footprint.”

The director-general said that government recognised the importance of utilising domestic resources to enhance energy security, by  the promotion of the use of CNG, sourced locally.

This, he added, would reduce dependence on imported petroleum products, as well as supporting national economic resilience.

He restated the agency’s commitment in leveraging on the cost cutting benefits of this CNG Keke, to ensure that its community orientation mobilisation officers reach out to communities with government messages.

According to him, the agency has partnered with the Ecomead company to enlighten Nigerians on the Compressed Natural Gas(CNG) Keke tricycle policy.

Also speaking, Chief Executive Officer, Ecomead Company, Mr Kayode Zubaim, commended NOA for embarking on government’s CNG campaign programme to ensure Nigerians were updated with the policy.

According to him, the provision of CNG  is apt and will  help to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians.

He added that the decision of President Bola Tinubu made Ecomead to wear a thinking cap, to contribute its quarter to the nation’s development.

“After carrying out series of research, we are able to come up with a brand that will use both CNG and patrol.

“But the truth is that it is manufactured to use CNG with the capacity of five kilogramme that rider can manage for minimum of one week.

“CNG is environmental friendly and such will help to reduce Nigerians problems,  especially those in the rural communities and communities transport system.

“With NOA partnering with us, we can get across to all part of the country in making sure Nigerians know about CNG Keke ,” he said.

He added  that the issue  of transportation would drastically reduce with the intervention  of CNG  when Nigerians made use to the product .

Mr Shamrat Sharna, Regional Manager, Simba TVS, said  CNG looked new to Nigeria, but the product has been used all over in India.

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FCTA uncovers illegal refinery in Abuja



The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has discovered the presence of an illegal oil refining warehouse in Mabushi, Abuja.

The Director, Department of Development Control, Mukhtar Galadima, who spoke to journalists said that the illegal refining site was uncovered during the continuation of the city cleaning exercise.

Galadima disclosed that about three to four plots of land designated for commercial purposes have been converted to an area where oil and diesel are being adulterated and circulated to other parts of the city.

He said that the city sanitation task force will look into the provision of the law and make necessary recommendations to the FCT Administration for further actions on the plots used for the activity.

He added that there was no arrest, but the items used in carrying out the illegal refining have been impounded.

“During the continuation of our city sanitation exercise in Mabushi opposite Mobile filling station on Ahmadu way, we discovered an illegal refining site where oil and diesel are being adulterated, we have done the needful by moving the items to Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.

“From what we have seen so far, about three or four plots of land designated for commercial purposes have been converted to unapproved activities, which we believe the owners are fully aware of. There will be consequences. We are going to look at the provision of the law and make necessary recommendations to the FCT Administration,” he said.

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Gas production declines despite FG’s N250bn intervention fund to 15 companies — Report



The Energy Institute report has revealed that the production of natural gas fell last year despite an N250 billion intervention fund provided to fifteen companies.

According to the industry report in partnership with KPMG, Nigeria’s natural gas production dropped by 4 billion cubic feet meters between 2021 and 2022.

The country’s gas production recorded at 39 billion cubic feet meters as of 2012 was on a steady growth and had grown to 49 billion cubic feet meters as of 2020, suddenly crashed 45 billion cubic meters in 2021, and then 40 billion cubic meters last year.

According to the report, “The development happened despite a N250 billion intervention fund by FG through the Central Bank of Nigeria, out of which N130 billion was doled out to 15 companies for the construction of Compressed Natural Gas conversion centres.

“The NGEP was introduced by the Federal Government to make the CNG the fuel of choice for transportation and the Liquefied Petroleum Gas, the fuel of choice for domestic cooking, captive power and small industrial complexes.”

After the flag off of NGEP, the CBN also introduced the N250 billion intervention facility to help stimulate investment in the gas value chain as part of its efforts at stimulating finance to critical sectors of the economy.

The fifteen companies – Dangote Oil Refinery, Nipco Gas Ltd, Nipco Plc, Hyde Energy Ltd, Lee Engineering and Construction Company, Pinnacle Oil and Gas FZE, Transit Gas Ltd, Amalgamated Oil Company Nig Ltd, First Modular Gas Systems Ltd, NOVAGAS Ltd, Greenville Liquefied Natural Gas Company, AP LPG Limited, and MOB Integrated Services Limited, Delta State Government, and Gas Nexus Ltd that received a combined N130 billion, would on Thursday face the Senate Committee on gas chaired by Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe.

The summon letter by the Senate said, “The invited companies are required to appear with their progress reports, stating location or projects and the current status of the projects.”

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