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Dilapidated Facilities at Orientation Camps Worry NYSC Boss

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Dilapidated Facilities at Orientation Camps Worry NYSC Boss

By Dipo Olowookere

The poor state of facilities at various orientation camps across the country is giving Director-General of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Brig-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, something to worry about.

Mr Kazaure lamented that facilities in many of the orientation camps were nothing to write home about and urged the state governments to support the corps.

Speaking at the opening of the 2018 Batch ‘A’ Pre-orientation Workshop, held in Ibadan, on Wednesday, the NYSC boss commended the Oyo State government for its continued support for the NYSC through the provision of standard orientation camp, located in Iseyin, and its routine maintenance.

He stressed that the provision of an enabling environment for the operations of the scheme in the state was commendable, pointing out that the law establishing the NYSC scheme placed the responsibility of provision and maintenance of orientation camps on state governments.

The NYSC boss therefore reiterated his call on stakeholders to live up to their statutory responsibility through provision of necessary facilities at orientation camps so as to make the scheme more effective.

“Permit me to use this occasion to remind all stakeholders that the law establishing the NYSC scheme places the responsibility of provision and maintenance of orientation camps with the state governments.

“On this note, I wish to reiterate our call on them to live up to this statutory responsibility. This call has become necessary in view of the dilapidated state of the facilities in many orientation camps,” Mr Kazaure said.

The DG said that the workshop, with the theme: “Achieving the NYSC mandate through an effective orientation course,” was aimed at evaluating previous orientation exercises with a view to mapping out strategies for the successful conduct of the forthcoming one.

He added that the workshop would set the tone for the 2018 Batch ‘A’ orientation course, through the formulation of policies and operational guidelines for all players involved in the conduct of the exercise.

Declaring the workshop open, Oyo State Governor, Mr Abiola Ajimobi, acknowledged the pivotal role of orientation exercise in igniting the interest of corps members to render service to their fatherland, being their first point of contact to the scheme.

Represented by his Deputy, Mr Moses Alake-Adeyemo, the Governor described the idea of holding periodic review of the NYSC programmes as a step in the right direction.

As a keen watcher of the scheme, Mr Ajimobi expressed happiness that NYSC had continued to live up to the dreams of its founding fathers by grooming youth in the service of the fatherland.

“I am delighted to equally note that the present management of the scheme has made giant strides in making the scheme respond to the dynamics of the society.

“I, therefore, call on the management to consolidate on the many operational innovations it had started.

“Pursuant to the desire of the Oyo State Government to enable the scheme actualize its lofty objectives, we have stepped up efforts geared towards improving the welfare of corps members serving in the state,” the Governor said.

These, he said, included the payment of the corps members’ monthly allowances and provision of necessary assistance to the secretariats for the smooth conduct of orientation courses, among other gestures.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Schneider Electric Advocates Microgrids for Sustainable Energy Drive

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By Adedapo Adesanya

As part of efforts to drive further adoption of energy alternatives, Schneider Electric, has shared sustainable approaches to providing resilient and clean energy in Nigeria and the world in general.

The digital energy multinational at a recent innovation summit held in Maryland, US, hosted top pioneer companies in the microgrid space to discuss the way forward in the industry.

Speaking at the event, Schneider Electric Group Chairman and CEO, Mr Jean-Pascal Tricoire, addressed how industry experts, through software and technologies, are making the digital, electric world a reality.

He also posed that organisations across the world can accelerate digital transformation by choosing the right technologies to achieve a wide range of sustainability goals, like microgrids.

Adding her input on Schneider’s aim for upscaling the energy world in Nigeria, Microgrids Expert, Schneider Electric, Ms Teina Teibowei, mentioned that carbon emissions from the power sector in the country reached around 11.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2020.

She stated that existing technologies could reduce these emissions by 70 per cent and engineer a healthier energy world for humans across the world.

In addition, she shared a core point for organisations wishing to adopt microgrids in Nigeria on the use of the Energy-as-a-service funding model for seamless project execution.

“The Energy-as-a-service model limits technical and operational risk while delivering on reliability and cost-effectiveness. Schneider Electric is strong with an extensive network of partners in West Africa to deliver on this solution.”

With the recent sustainability dilemma facing the world, rapid transformations in technology across all sectors, and the tripled advancement of cars, computers, phones, and daily technologies relied on, there is an ever-increasing demand for more energy than the 20th-century technology for technological power advancement.

Microgrids are self-contained electrical networks that draw from on-site energy sources and can operate independently of the grid. They offer straightforward solutions for elevating energy resilience and clean energy. Thus, they are a key 21st -century solution for powering 21st-century technologies.

According to, Mr Babajide Ogunlesi, Regional Product Application Engineer, Schneider Electric, the use of microgrids is participating in the resolution of the energy challenge in Nigeria by paving a sustainable path to electrification, as well as providing innovative energy solutions to drive cost-efficiency for homes and organisations.

He also mentioned a key point to note when building a microgrid, which is to start with a rightsized microgrid design to optimize cost efficiency as there is no one-size-fits-all microgrid.

“It is essential to right-size at the design phase of the microgrid for it to deliver measurable

energy-cost efficiency. Factors to consider are the specific load to power, the load requirements at any given time and the demand sources.

“Taking the time to design the solution properly avoids ending up with an under or over-sized microgrid. The goal is to tailor a solution that is just right for the user’s energy needs,” he added.

Schneider Electric has committed to providing energy and automated digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability in every home, industry, infrastructure, and data centre by combining energy technologies, real-time automation, software, and services.

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Osun Tribunal Sacks Adeleke as Governor

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By Dipo Olowookere

The Osun State Election Petition Tribunal has removed Mr Ademola Adeleke as Governor of the state.

The tribunal chaired by Justice Tertse Kume sacked the former Senator via a judgement delivered on Friday in Osogbo, the state capital.

Two of the three judges of the tribunal said Mr Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was the winner of the governorship election held last July.

They held that the Certificate of Return should be withdrawn from Mr Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and issued to Mr Oyetola.

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According to the judges, the APC was able to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Adeleke won the poll through irregularities, including over-voting in some polling units.

Justice Kume, who read the judgement, said Mr Oyetola scored the majority lawful votes of 314,931 against the 219,666 votes garnered by Mr Adeleke.

In a terse reaction, the state government, via a post on the Osun State Government Facebook post, hinted that the judgement would be appealed at the appellate court.

“No cause for alarm. Appeal is the destination.

“There are two judgements given by the tribunal, one favours PDP and the other u favour if the petitioner. The next battle moves to appeal court by both parties. Status quo remains as Governor Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke remains in office,” the post said.

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LASEMA Battles to Curtail Fire Outbreak at Balogun Market

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has said it was working tirelessly with other agencies to put out the fire at 3/5 Gbajumo Street, Balogun, Lagos Island.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the organisation said it received a distress call from concerned persons in the wee hours of today over the unfortunate incident.

It was gathered that a 5-storey building at the Balogun Market was gutted by fire, destroying properties worth millions of Naira.

Giving an update on the situation, LASEMA said the joint teams, which rushed to the scene of the inferno, were having a constraint preventing the fire trucks from having direct access to the source of the fire, which are the shops constructed on the road blocking all routes.

“The agency received a distress call around 12:30 am today, Thursday, January 26, 2023, regarding a fire outbreak at No 3/5 Gbagumo street Balogun market, Lagos Island, which prompted the immediate activation of the Emergency Response Team to the scene of the incident.

“Consequent upon arrival at the scene of the incident, information gathered revealed that some shops (rubber shoes and clothes are stored) on the first floor of a 5-storey building was gutted by fire. However, the cause of the fire could not be ascertained.

“Fortunately, there is no loss of life or casualty involved in the incident.

“Collaborative efforts to put out the fire are ongoing by the agency’s Response Team and its fire unit, alongside Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Federal Fire Service, Police Force, CBD, LASAMBUS, LNSC and NEMA.

“However, the joint teams have a constraint which is preventing the fire trucks from having direct access to the source of the fire, which are the shops constructed on the road blocking all routes.

“Efforts are still ongoing to prevent the spread of the fire to nearby buildings. Operations are also still ongoing,” the statement said.

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