By Our Reporter
The first of the four ember months will end tomorrow, Saturday, September 30, 2017, and the usual rush to make things done in the last quarter of the year will commence from next week.
Some people will start travelling a lot so as to accomplish their goal for the year.
Ten years ago, the Nigerian Breweries PLC went into partnership with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to initiate a campaign against ‘Don’t Drink and Drive.’
As a pro-active and intelligent driven government agency, FRSC has invested massively on process, people and technology through the installation of over V-Sat networking and inter connectivity to ensure real time exchange of information among staff of the corps across the country.
At a media briefing held Thursday, September 28, 2017, at the Nigerian Breweries office in Lagos, the officer in charge of Public Education at the FRSC, Bisi Kazeem, explained that the partnership with the Nigerian Breweries was sensitize Nigerian drivers on safe driving.
Bisi Kazeem, who represented the Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, stated further that the partnership has helped pushed the ‘don’t drink and drive’ message in the country, recording a huge success.
Bisi Kazeem said, “Alcohol-related road traffic crashes remain a major global issue which has taken the front burner over the years.
“This is further signposted by pillar 4 of the United Nations decade of action for road safety (2011-2020) which focuses on developing comprehensive programmes to improve road user behaviour through sustained enforcement of road safety laws and standards combined with public awareness and education to increase seat belt and helmet wearing and to reduce drinking and driving, speeding etc.”
“We should note that alcohol, when taken above recommended basis limits, reduces our sense of judgment as a vehicle driver and often results to speed limit violation for a driver who is driving under the influence of alcohol, in addition to other road vices.
“Speed limit violation is a related factor to drunk driving because when a driver is driving beyond the specified alcohol limit, the tendency is for him to accelerate above recommended speed limit for vehicles,” he said at the briefing.
The FRSC top officer also added that in line with the Presidential directive, the agency has commenced a routine check of vehicles for the installation of speed limiting device.
He said while non-compliant drivers are not issued any tickets for now, they should endure to install this device on their vehicles, pointing out that it would bring sanity on the nation’s highways.
“The corps commenced a nationwide clampdown on vehicles without the speed limit device from 1st February 2017 and our record as at 20th September 2017 indicates that a total number of 165,040 commercial vehicles stopped for routine checks while 66,774 vehicles were installed with the device translating to 40.5% compliance,” he said.
He further also disclosed that within the same period, “56,214 vehicles were issued tickets for non-compliance translating to 34.1% while 41,617 motorists were cautioned and advised to install the device in their vehicle.
“In the same vein, 494 motorists were arraigned before mobile courts for non-compliance while 19,602 vehicles were impounded.”
He said ahead of the yuletide celebrations, the FRSC has put in place some measures through Special Intervention Patrols and the usual special patrol with the theme of this year’s campaign tagged ‘Right to life, Not Negotiable.’
Verification of Bank of Agriculture Pensioners Begins
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
Pensioners of the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) who missed the previous verification exercises under the Defined Benefit Scheme (DBS) now have the opportunity to be verified.
This is because the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) has fixed Monday, August 22 to Wednesday, August 24, 2022, for their verification.
In a statement signed by the management of the agency, it was stated that the verification exercise is also for pensioners of other organisations who could not appear for the previous ones.
In the statement, PTAD said Bank of Agriculture pensioners and others should appear at the Afficient Event Centre located on No. 74, Sultan Road, Nassarawa G.R.A. Kano State and at the PTAD Marquee, tucked in 22 Katsina-Ala Crescent, Maitama, Abuja between 8 am and 4 pm for the three days.
PTAD emphasised that pensioners with incomplete documents should obtain a Letter of Introduction from the management of their agencies and an affidavit for the loss of documents.
The documents they are expected to present for verification include the original and photocopies of their career documents, stamped and signed BVN with a picture, one month stamped and signed bank statement, NIN or any other valid identification.
Ikeja Electric Signs Deal for Better Power Supply to Ayobo
By Adedapo Adesanya
A tripartite interconnected mini-grid agreement has been signed by Ikeja Electric Plc, Enaro Energy Limited and the Ayobo community for the provision of reliable and uninterrupted electricity supply to Ishokan Phase 1 Estate, Mercy Land Estate, and Mercy Land Phase1 residents in Ayobo, Lagos State.
The initiative is in line with the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission’s (NERC) goal of ensuring there is a reliable and steady power supply across communities in the country through partnerships between distribution companies (DisCos) and independent power generators.
The agreement, which was signed on Wednesday at Ikeja Electric’s corporate headquarters in Alausa, Lagos, will rely on the interconnected mini-grid initiative of the power sector to provide the customers with an uninterrupted power supply.
Speaking on this, Mrs Seqinah Adewunmi, the Chief Finance Officer of Ikeja Electric, who represented the Chief Executive Officer, Mrs Folake Soetan, during the signing of the agreements, stated that the initiative was a landmark in the history of the power sector in the state.
She added that those communities will be the first to experience uninterrupted power supply via a blend of grid and off-grid generation and distribution of power.
According to her, “it will demonstrate the possibility that our customers can enjoy 24 hours power supply which is in line with the core mission of Ikeja Electric to be the provider of choice wherever power is consumed.”
She congratulated everyone that has been part of the process, revealing that the initiative will transform the ways in which electricity is being distributed in Nigeria.
She further stated that this initiative will set the pace for bigger things to happen as the plan is to expand to other communities within the Ikeja Electric Franchise area.
On his part, Mr Oluwaseun Smith, the Managing Director of Enaro Energy, expressed his appreciation that the project was finally coming to fruition, adding that the journey began about two and half years ago and was glad that all the efforts towards ensuring the signing of the contract were worth it.
He stated that Enaro Energy was committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure the success of the project.
Obasanjo Charges Africa to Decide Its Energy Future
By Adedapo Adesanya
Former president of Nigeria, Mr Olusegun Obasanjo, has said Africa must take charge of its own energy destiny and use its rich resource assets for the benefit of its own people.
His comments come in support of the Africa Oil Week (AOW), which is necessitated as the world scrambles to find new sources of oil and gas to meet its energy needs following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In this context, Mr Obasanjo noted that African countries cannot be beholden to the unrealistic ideals of the Global North for an exclusively renewables-driven economy, saying this is particularly true when the developed world is itself accepting the need for hydrocarbons.
“Like the rest of the world, Africa must follow energy policies that promote socio-economic development and sustainable hydrocarbon use,” he said.
The former Head of State, who ruled Africa’s largest crude oil producer from 1999 to 2007 said, “Africa is the lowest producer of greenhouse-gas emissions and needs to lift nearly half-a-billion citizens out of poverty.
“Responsible management of our hydrocarbons and investment in our economies is necessary to ensure a just energy transition and sustainable growth for our people.”
The European Union (EU) had previously said it intends to cut Russian-supplied oil by up to 90 per cent by the end of 2022, and the announcement has already caused global energy costs to soar.
Africa is one of the potential new sources of energy to replace this supply, with an estimated 61 billion barrels of oil equivalent being discovered in the region over the past 10 years.
Mr Obasanjo’s view aligns with that of the African Petroleum Producers Organization (APPO), which also called on member countries and other global institutions to use petroleum as a catalyst for energy security, sustainable development, and economic diversification in Africa through collaboration and partnerships.
Mr Obasanjo has been a major leader of Africa’s post-colonial period, having overseen Nigeria’s transition to representative democracy. Since his move out of the government sphere, he has been a senior statesman, active in defining geopolitical issues – including energy.
He also helped to shape the modern Nigerian oil industry, inaugurating policy reforms that have seen the country become an energy superpower on the African continent.
“Creating an African oil industry that benefits Africa’s people needs strong policy and regulation.
“During my time in government, we launched oil-and-gas policy reforms that helped to build a modern oil and gas hub. There were many learnings that we can apply across the wider region. I look forward to discussing these opportunities for Africa.”
He then called for accelerated dialogue on the sustainable development of hydrocarbons, and the role of Africa as a supplier of global energy needs.
“There has been much talk at forums such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos about a just energy transition. However, we must not allow Africa to be dictated to. The discussions at AOW will be pivotal in charting a new energy course for Africa. We will decide what is best for us,” he said.
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