Monday, August 22, 2016, has been declared as public holiday by the Osun State government in commemoration of the annual Isese Day (Traditional Worshipers’ Day).
A statement issued on Friday by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Governor’s Office, Osogbo, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, said the holiday is meant to celebrate the day in the state.
“The Osun Government wishes to announce that Monday, Aug. 22 is hereby declared a public holiday.
“The holiday is in recognition of the annual Isese Day, which allows the adherents of traditional religion to come together for the annual celebration,” the statement said.
The government enjoined all the traditional worshippers to celebrate the day in peace and avoid any act, capable of breaching the law and order in the state.
The Isese Day is the celebration of the peak of festivities among adherents of traditional religion, also known as “Odun Nla,” allows adherents of traditional religions to join their fellow worshipers in the annual celebration of the day.
Apprehension as Sokoto Shuts Down Telco Services
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Sokoto State Government has shut down telecommunications networks in 14 of the 23 local government areas of the state as part of the efforts to check banditry, making it the third Northwest States to do so within the last one month.
The telecommunication blackout was announced by Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Monday, September 20 in an interview with the Voice of America Hausa Service.
Mr Tambuwal said the state secured approval from the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Pantami, before enforcing the ban which kicked off on Monday.
He said the affected council areas are the most vulnerable to bandit attacks in the state and it has caused apprehension among residents of the councils.
The development in Sokoto followed that of the neighbouring Zamfara, where all parts of the state are affected; and Katsina State where 13 local government areas are affected.
Zamfara had announced its communication shut down on September 3 while Katsina followed six days after on September 9.
The governments of the two North-west states announced the suspension of telecommunications networks and banned weekly markets and sale of petrol in jerry cans, among other drastic measures to check the activities of bandits.
Mr Tambuwal said following the ban in Zamfara, bandits have intensified attacks in Sokoto. He said the measure has proved successful in Zamfara, as a result of which the bandits were fleeing from the state to Sokoto.
“Due to the ongoing military successes in Zamfara State, the bandits are fleeing to Sokoto,” the governor said.
Mr Tambuwal also explained the network ban is effective in Dange Shuni, Tambuwal, Sabon Birni, Raba, Tureta, Goronyo, Tangaza and Isa local government areas amongst others.
Isa local government area shares boundaries with Shinkafi LGA in Zamfara State, while Goronyo and Sabon Birni from west and north respectively have borders with the Republic of Niger in the east.
Mr Tambuwal said the measure was long overdue. He said the seven governors of the region had agreed on the network ban to flush out the bandits but this could not be done.
Lagos, DPR at War Over Tank Farms
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Lagos State Government has warned the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) from overstepping its boundaries following the agency’s re-opening of tank farms that violated seeking its physical planning approvals.
It also advised the agency to refrain from aiding unlawful acts in the state.
In a statement, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Idris Salako, described as worrisome the situation in which the DPR, a federal government agency, jumped the requirement for a planning permit and went ahead to issue licences to facilities whose constructions were not approved by the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA) and which consequently did not have stage certification or certificate of completion.
“It is even more worrisome that the state government in the bid to ensure orderly, organised and sustainable development, would seal off illegal and unapproved tank farms and filling stations while the DPR would go behind to unseal such facilities,” Mr Salako said.
The Commissioner said the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development was statutorily mandated to regulate all forms of physical developments in all parts of the state.
He added that the law, being clear on the mandate, did not leave room for any conflict of interest, noting that this was buttressed by the supreme court judgment which specifically placed responsibility for physical development within the confines of a state in the state entity.
“We urge the federal government agency to desist from this untoward act and join us in encouraging promoters of these facilities to respect the law by ensuring that their structures have all necessary physical planning approvals,” he said.
On the continued existence of petroleum tank farms in Ijegun-Egba, the Commissioner said that no new approvals were being granted in the area, while the existing ones were being encouraged to cohabit with the host communities, where they were expected to exercise corporate social responsibility measures for the development of the communities.
He urged fresh applications for approval for tank farms to consider moving to the approved locations in Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area.
The DPR had last week reopened eight petroleum tank farms shut down by the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority in Lagos, saying the state-owned agency lacked the constitutional backing to close the depots.
During the activity, the Zonal Operations Controller, DPR, Lagos Zone, Mr Ayorinde Cardoso, who directed the reopening of the depots in Ijegun-Egba, Satellite Town, said in a statement that the oil and gas business was a regulated environment and under the exclusive legislative list as provided by the 1999 Constitution, which exempts it from the purview of LASPPA.
Mr Cardoso also noted that sealing of the tank farms could lead to disruption in the supply of petroleum products which would eventually lead to scarcity across the country.
He listed the depots reopened by DPR as Wosbab Energy Solutions, Emadeb Energy Services Ltd., Mao Petroleum Ltd., Menj Oil Ltd., Oceanpride Energy Services Ltd., A.A. Rano Nigeria Ltd., AIPEC Oil and Gas Ltd. and First Royal Oil Ltd.
According to him, Ijegun-Egba has 13 tank farm operators which receive between 35 per cent to 40 per cent of petroleum products coming to Lagos before being transported to other areas.
Mr Cardoso said, “We were told that LASPPPA sealed the depots today (Monday) for not having their planning permits.
“We don’t believe that is the right approach because these people are providing service to the nation and if you disrupt that service, there will be fuel scarcity everywhere.
“This is why we are taking proactive action to immediately reopen the tank farms and if LASPPPA has any issues with the operators, they should come to us to see how it can be resolved.”
KEDCO Warns Customers Ahead of Load-Shedding
By Adedapo Adesanya
Customers of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States will experience load-shedding as the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has commenced maintenance work at the Makurdi-Jos lines.
In a statement, the electricity distribution company appealed to energy consumers in the franchise area to conserve power usage by using only important gadgets so as to minimize power wastages in the duration of the work by the TCN.
According to the management, Kedco’s load allocation was reduced by the transmission firm from 365 megawatts (MW) to 238MW, leading to serious load-shedding.
Load-shedding is the deliberate shutdown of electric power in a part or parts of a power distribution system, generally to prevent the failure of the entire system when the demand strains the capacity of the system.
Also, the management stated that the maintenance work by TCN on 330KV Makurdi-Jos Line has commenced and is expected to finish on October 9, 2021.
Kedco management added that the maintenance work by TCN is to ensure efficient and effective power reliability as well as the need to provide an environment where public safety risks are minimised.
Speaking on this, the Chief Technical Officer of Kedco, Mr David Omoloye, appealed for the understanding of customers across Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States.
He said, “in this regard, customers should switch on only essential load to conserve energy and allow optimum utilization of the available energy during the period.
“We regret any inconveniences this may cause our numerous customers.
“We will ensure that our customers enjoy improved services as soon as the maintenance works are completed.”
Kedco operates in the northwestern geopolitical zone of Nigeria and generates, distributes and markets electricity in three states. The distribution company covers the franchise states of Kano, Katsina and Jigawa.
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