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Ikeja Electric begins massive installation of smart meters

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The management of Ikeja Electric on Wednesday said the company was set to embark on massive installation of smart meters within the zone in September.

Mr Abiodun Ajifowobaje, the Chief Executive Officer, announced this at a consultation meeting on tariff review with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) ,professional bodies and association in Lagos.

Ajifowobaje said that the company had installed 2,120 smart meters in August to its numerous consumers free of charge as a pilot scheme in all the units of the company.

He said that the aim of the scheme was to eliminate estimated billing and ensure that all consumers within the zone were metered.

Ajifowobaje said that it was pathetic that 24 out of 2,120 meters installed by the company had been bypassed by consumers.

“When we came on board in Nov. 1, 2013, we discovered that out of 138,000 prepaid meters installed, 78,000 meters were bypassed by consumers within the zone.

“This was the reason why we introduced smart meters, because we can easily identify any of our consumers that bypasses it.

“As I am speaking to you now, 24 meters out of the 2,120 meters installed in August have been bypassed and I can see it from my office,” he said.

The chief executive officer urged the associations to embrace the tariff review by the company to promote uninterrupted power supply.

He lamented that energy consumption was being subsidised by the government before the privatisation, adding that they were running the company at a loss.

Ajifowobaje said that out of 100 per cent billing sent out by the company, 60 per cent went to Generation Companies (GENCOS), 25 per cent to Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) while it was left with 15 per cent.

He said that what would be left could not guarantee adequate power supply to the numerous consumers.

The chief executive officer said there would be an increase in tariff but it would come down later.

Responding, Mr Ambrose Uche, the Chairman, Ikeja Branch of MAN, said that the association was not ready to dialogue with the company because the tariff review case was in court.

Uche said that the case would come up on Sept. 29 in Lagos.

He urged the company to allow court to decide on the issue before deliberating on it.

The chairman said that MAN could not operate on a tariff that would be changing all the time

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APPLY: WTO opens entry for 2022 young professionals programme

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The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has opened applications for its 2022 Young Professional Programme (YPP).
The programme provides opportunity for young professionals to enhance their knowledge of the organisation and international trade issues.

In 2021, 14 professionals out of 2,400 candidates were selected for the programme from Bangladesh, Belize, Dominican Republic, Eswatini, Guatemala, Georgia, Indonesia, Malawi, Mauritania, Namibia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Chinese Taipei and Thailand.

WTO said “The YPP is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience which can help open the door for future professional opportunities in the field of multilateral diplomacy and global trade.

“The YPP selection gives preference to young professionals from developing and least-developed countries that are members of the WTO and whose nationals are currently under-represented or not represented in the organization’s Secretariat.

“The programme is part of the Secretariat’s overall goal to increase its diversity to better reflect the make-up of its membership.”

To be eligible, applicants must be of age 32 as of January 1, 2022, and selected candidates will work at the WTO secretariat for one year, starting from the beginning of next year.

The areas of work at the programme includes accessions, agriculture, dispute settlement, intellectual property rights, market access, media and external relations, WTO rules, trade and development, trade and environment, trade in services and investment, trade facilitation, trade policy analysis and trade-related technical assistance.

WTO said candidates must have advanced university degree in law, economics, or other international trade-related subjects relevant to WTO work; must possess relevant expertise or continued academic study in a field of interest to the work of the WTO.

Equally, candidates must similarly have a minimum of two years relevant work experience.

The trade organisation further said selected candidates will be paid $3821.66 (N1,454,141.63 million) monthly and applications can be accessed on the WTO e-Recruitment website and should be completed no later than 29 April 2021.

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Buhari receives briefing from Osinbajo

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The President had last Thursday returned to the country after a16-day medical trip to London, United Kingdom.

He left Nigeria on Tuesday, March 30, briefly after a security meeting with defense and intelligence chiefs as well as other security sector managers.

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Gunmen attack Imo police station, kidnap officer

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A police officer has been abducted in an attack on Mbieri Divisional Police Headquarters in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state on Thursday morning.

This comes three days after the state Police Command headquarters and Owerri Correctional Center were attacked while 1,884 inmates released.

A resident of Mbieri said the gunmen released the suspects in custody.

However, the policemen on duty were said to have engaged the attackers in a gun duel but they were reportedly overpowered by the gunmen who had sophisticated weapons.

A community leader, Nokey Ebikam, told newsmen that the police divisional headquarters was not burnt but only freed the suspects in detention after vandalizing it.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu, confirmed the attack on the police station but did not go into details.

It was gathered that aside the officer who was abducted, two others sustained injuries in the incident which is the second major attack on a police station since an armed gang invaded the state police headquarters on Monday.

The Police authorities have blamed the attacks on the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) but the group has distanced itself from the attacks.

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