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NDPHC, Kano Sign Purchase Agreement to Boost Water Supply

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has signed a power purchase agreement with the Kano Government to boost water supply in the state.

Signing the agreement in Kano, the Executive Director Generation, NDPHC, Mr Kassim Abdullahi, said that the company has a total installed capacity of about 4,000 Mega Watts(MW).

“‘As I speak, NDPHC has about 700 megawatts on the national grid running. NDPHC has 10 generation companies and Alaoji generation company which will supply power to Kano State is one of them,” he said.

Mr Abudullahi further stated that NDPHC decided to pick Alaoji because of the reliability and availability of power to be delivered under the agreement with Kano State.

He said that Alaoji Generation Company has a capacity of 500 megawatts, adding that the agreement with Kano State was less than 20 megawatts.

“So, we have a lot of power available and I believe this agreement will give comfort to the state that we have more than enough supply to give out.

“We have done so much to ensure that the tariff we gave to Kano is highly competitive.

“We have also done a lot to ensure that the state benefit from the intervention as NDPHC has gone ahead to put in infrastructure and investment prior to the signing of the agreement.

“We have spent so much money and we are about to finalise the connection to ensure a constant supply of electricity to the state,” he said.

Mr Abdulahi said that NDPHC had signed a number of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) across the country, adding that the company has a bigger capacity of megawatts with some customers.

He said that the company has also invested a lot in the transmission and distribution of electricity and not just generation.

He assured the state that NDPHC would own up to its own part of the agreement and follow it through.

On his part, NDPHC General Manager Commercial, Mr Mahmoud Wali, said that the company was willing to supply power to anybody that demands it.

Mr Wali said that NDPHC has been talking with Distribution Companies (DisCos) and state governments that the company can supply power when needed.

“We have an agreement with Lagos Government, Benin Disco and some other customers on the power supply.

“Anybody that needs power above two megawatts we are ready to supply,” he said.

On his part, the Kano State Commissioner for Water Resources, Mr Sadiq Wali, said that the agreement was for the supply of about 95 per cent uninterrupted electricity to water plants in the state.

Mr Wali said that five water treatment plants were selected in the first phase of implementation.

He listed the water treatment plants to include Challawa Complex Water Treatment Plant, Wudil Regional Water Treatment Plant and Watari 75mld Water Treatment Plant.

Others, he said, were Joda Regional Water Treatment Plant and Kusalla Regional Water Treatment Plant.

The commissioner said that it was a well-known fact that part of the major problem facing the state was an inadequate supply of potable water.

He said that the inadequate supply of potable water was attributed to a lack of power supply to the water treatment plants.

“It is on this note that my office focused on identifying various solutions for the improvement of water supply services in the state by finding ways to address the acute power shortage affecting the state water treatment plants which adversely hinders their daily operations.

“This initiative is a milestone in relieving the pains and improving the economic gains of the residence of Kano and the State Government.”

On his part, Kano State Commissioner of Justice, Mr Lawal Abdulahi, said that the venture would be for a long period last to ensure an uninterrupted power supply to the state water plants.

Mr Abdulahi said that the agreement was important to the people of Kano as it would save costs and ensure a steady water supply.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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Group Laments Absence of Sign Language Interpreters at TV Stations, Hospitals

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By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

A former leader of the women’s wing of the Nigerian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD), Mrs Monsurat Abdulwasiu, has raised the issue of exclusion of hearing-impaired individuals, especially in major TV broadcasts.

The counsellor made the complaint to the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, on Thursday during the 2021 annual lecture organized by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in partnership with the Albino Foundation and the European Union (EU).

Speaking through an interpreter on behalf of the disadvantaged, Mrs Abdulwasiu said that because many TV stations across the country do not feature sign language interpretations in their major broadcast, persons with disabilities only look at images during news hours without understanding the message.

In her words, “Only the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, has a sign language interpreter during one of its news hours. In the other media platforms, there are no sign language interpreters. Even in the healthcare sector, no sign language in Nigerian hospitals.

“So, what happens to deaf people when they are reading news, and when they are sick and go to the hospital. Does it mean that we are not entitled to information and healthcare? The government needs to look into this.”

Responding to this, the Minister confirmed this and said he was touched by the point raised, adding that there was a need for sign interpreters during the network news and other major news belts.

Mr Mohammed then assured that he would direct all TV stations in the country, both public and private, to feature sign language interpretation in their major broadcast.

“I am going to ask the NBC to direct all our television stations to ensure that there are sign [language] interpreters in all television stations during their major news hours.

“This will not apply to only the Nigerian Television Authority. Whether public or private television stations, they must comply with the directive.

“This directive will work both ways. It means the complaint of exclusion will be tackled and the persons with disability of hearing will also be included in programs and policies of the government,” he said.

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CBN to Inject Fresh N15bn into Lagos Blue Line Railway Project

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By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said that another tranche of N15 billion is due for disbursement to Lagos State for the completion of the ongoing Blue Line Railway project.

This is part of the N60 billion the apex bank has earmarked for the project of which the sum of N45 billion has been disbursed to the state already.

The provision of the funding by the central bank, through select banks, is under the Differentiated Cash Reserves Requirement (DCRR) intervention to ensure Lagos State had the financial capacity for the project.

Speaking after a tour at the Marina site on Thursday, October 14, to monitor the progress of the infrastructure operated by the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), the Director of CBN Development Finance, Mr Yusuf Philip Yila, remarked that the “progress of the job matches the funding so far.”

“The total amount we have made available for this line is N60 billion. We have disbursed N45 billion. There’s another tranche of N15 billion.

“We are confident, based on what has been shown, that progress has been made. Disbursement of the funding is being done in tranches. So, another tranche is due.

“As the central bank, we felt it is important to come and see what is on the ground and the quality of work is quite impressive,” Mr Yila disclosed.

Evaluating the work done on the site so far, he noted the job opportunities that have been opened to young Nigerians in the state through the avenue which includes welding, fabricating and others.

He said, “There are over 500 jobs on-site here, which is a good takeaway. I am happy, having met some of the people on-site and across other stations.”

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FG Approves N2.5bn for Senior Citizens to Curb Poverty

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The federal government has approved N2.5 billion as a take-off grant for the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC), the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Ms Sadiya Farouq, has disclosed.

The Minister said this at a one-day Southern Zone Stakeholders Consultation on Development of NSCC Strategic Plan on Thursday in Lagos, where she was represented by the ministry’s acting Director, Social Services, Mr Mansur Kuliya.

According to her, the money is presently being processed for disbursement to the centre and would be used to identify the strategic priorities, processes and approaches that would provide an impetus for the centre to achieve its mandate of integrating senior citizens.

The Minister said that the centre was collaborating with relevant stakeholders to brainstorm and produce ideas for the development of a 10-year strategic plan.

“This consultation indicates the commitment of the ministry, board and management of the centre to ensure full implementation of Mr President’s agenda toward the establishment of the centre.

“The ministry and the centre will ensure that the country benefits from the wisdom and wealth of experiences of the senior citizens,” she said.

The Director-General of NSCC, Mr Emem Omokaro, in his presentation, said the consultation was to inform stakeholders about the National Senior Citizens Act and its mandate.

Mr Omokaro said the Act aligns with the National Policy on Ageing and the SDGs Agenda 2030, which was the guiding document for the operations of the NSCC and the parameters of the stakeholders’ deliberation.

Corroborating this, the Minister noted that, “This consultation is also to engage stakeholders on critical issues affecting older persons; to listen to your views, context, evidence and even myths.

“It is to bring innovative solutions that will constitute actions that NSCC should consider and the means to achieve them.

“By this consultative forum, NSCC is creating and fostering an environment of collaboration in the key decision-making process.”

The Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Segun Dawodu, in his remarks, said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu was committed to reducing the sufferings of older citizens in alignment with the theme policy agenda of the state.

Mr Dawodu, who was represented by Ms Caroline Inegbedion, the ministry’s Deputy Director, Correctional and Elderly Care Services, noted that the commitment was geared toward reducing the vulnerability of elders to poverty.

He said it was also to make them economically independent and improve their general well-being.

The Commissioner said plans were underway for the construction of Day Care Centre in each of the three senatorial districts, adding that the facility was at 85 per cent completion in Epe.

He noted that the state government had a functional and well-funded Old Peoples Home to take care of its vulnerable aged people with social workers, nurses, doctors and physiotherapists attached.

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