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The much-anticipated lifestyle television series ‘Better-half’ talk show was launched on September 19, in Lagos to plug the knowledge gap in lifelong relationship building.
Better-half show is a non-religious and non-ethnic platform which seeks to critically analyse and address issues affecting married people and their counterparts in relationships leading to marriage. Its uniqueness lies in active participation by renowned relationship experts, discussants and a diverse audience mix setting the stage for robust exchange of ideas to build sustainable relationships.
Renowned relationship counsellor Godman Akinlabi, popularly known as PG, will double as host of the Better-half series. He said, “Official statistics vastly understate the rate of failed relationships in Nigeria because separated couples often do not publicise their status. Many marriages face challenges, but if we can get singles to look at the right things and factors before making marriage commitments, the level of marriage success will increase.
Akinlabi holds a special Twitter event every Friday with the hashtag #MrMrsBetterHalf. The conversation shares practical tips on building Godly relationships, and has featured on the top 100 British “trending topics” on Twitter. Better-half show is an offshoot of the digital conversation.
Meka Olowola, Managing Partner of branding and reputation management outfit Zenera Consulting and sponsor of the TV series, said: “We’ve done extensive work around tackling the scourge of drug abuse and helping vulnerable and displaced children over the past few years.
However, we’ve realised that social vices have their roots in dysfunctional families. So, the most proactive strategy is to lay the foundation for sustainable relationships that will breed individuals responsible to themselves and society; hence our sponsorship of this event.”
Source: New Telegraph Newspaper
• Electricity generation stagnates at 4,129.60mw
• Troubled sector exports 300mw to Niger, Benin
• Countries yet to pay N33b outstanding debt
Energy theft in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) remains a major hurdle as government investigates collusion by some staff, customers and meter manufacturers to bypass meters under some areas covered by the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company.
This was revealed in a communique issued at the 15th Monthly Meeting of the Power Sector Operators presided over by the Minister of Power Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, at the NIPP Injection Substation, Lamingo, Jos at the weekend.
According to the statement, “Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company noted that the collusion to bypass meters has been reported to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and is currently under investigation.”
The document noted a lack of corporate governance displayed by some DisCos as represented in their failure to provide audited accounts, among others. The disclosure shows that the perennial epilepsy in power supply is systemic and could defy official solution unless government succeeds in wiping out corruption from the polity.
Despite acute shortage of electricity supply, Nigeria still exports about 300 Mega Watts (MW) to Niger and Benin Republic, as part of commitments to boost regional integration in the West African sub-region. Both countries, The Guardian learnt, are indebted to Nigeria by as much as $252 million (N90 billion) — at commercial bank foreign exchange rate of N360 per dollar — for the energy exported.
It was learnt that both countries have only been able to pay $159.773 million (N55 billion), with an outstanding balance of $92.315 million (N33 billion) as debit.
In spite of having the national peak demand of 19,100MW, Nigeria’s electricity generation stood at 4,129.60MW as at yesterday, with deficit of about 14,971WM.
The implication of this is that the country would now have to concede 300MW from the 4,129.60MW to service those bilateral obligations leaving a balance of 3,829.6MW to serve a population of over 180 people.
But, the Executive Secretary, Lubricant Producers Association of Nigeria (LUBAN), Emeka Obidike, sees it as a way of raising foreign exchange for the country.
According to Obidike, earnings from electricity exports to other countries would assist the country in economic recovering from recession.He said: “There are many forces working against regular electricity supply in the country. As we all know, the issue of power is beyond generation and there is nothing wrong with earning foreign exchange from exporting electricity.”
Also, the Managing Partner of Zenera Consulting, Meka Olowola, emphasized the need for the Federal Government to tackle the challenge of transmission.He said: “Nigeria’s electricity challenge is not solely generation. Most of the time, the generation companies complained of not being able to evacuate the electricity generated and therefore resulting in stranded power. There is nothing wrong in exporting power, which the distribution companies are not able to distribute due to poor transmission network.
“We are also having the same issue with Liquefied Natural Gas. Nigeria LNG is able to export large quantity of LNG to other countries and yet we complain of lack of gas to power plants due to pipeline vandalisation. The Federal Government should upgrade the country’s transmission network and get experts to manage them. This will enable the country utilise the electricity generated.”
The Executive Secretary of the Association of Power Generation Companies, Dr. Joy Ogaji called on the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to improve the reliability of the power grid system to avoid incessant blackouts and incidents of deemed capacity (stranded generation).
She also urged them to maintain grid-acceptable frequency limits of between 49.5Hz and 50.5Hz at all times.The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, which expressed joy over the ability of the countries to make part-payment to clear the indebtedness, said that payments made have been remitted to the power generation companies and service providers in Nigeria.
The ministry stated that the two African countries made the payments through their power companies, NIGELEC of the Republic of Niger and Community Electric du Benin of the Republic of Benin.
Nigeria currently supplies 300 mega watts of electricity to Togo, Benin and Niger Republic, out of which CEB countries have 200MW of the supply with the balance of 100MW to Niger Republic.
The meeting also noted that the failure of distribution companies to remit payment as owed to Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) led to the approval by the Federal Government of Nigeria of N701billion Payment Assurance Guarantee to Generating Companies, to fill the payment gap.
Enjoining the public to halt the practice of illegally constructing structures beneath and illegally connecting to power lines, the meeting said it would encourage prioritisation of investment in education and communication on electrical safety measures through the creation of a task force within the sector, adding that it would work with state governors to reduce accidents as a course of action.
According to the communiqué, the Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Lalong, highlighted the work being done in various areas of Plateau State to supply power using solar, wind and other renewable resources saying they were complementary to the Federal Government’s projects.
Blame Regulatory Bodies – LUPAN
Unless the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) moves urgently to clamp down on illegal filling stations littered around residential areas in the country, lives and property will continue to be in terrible danger.
This is because, siting of fuel stations in residential areas is becoming fashionable. Though, DPR data showed 86 illegal filling stations around the country, The Guardian findings revealed that there are over 200 indiscriminate location of such.
For example, there is a filling station springing up around Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos, with the operator turning deaf ears to several DPR warning signs at the site to desist from the construction.
A few checks also revealed that some people in the neighbourhood actually wanted to stall the development – however, their protestation did not make the desired impact.
The Guardian gathered that the situation is even worse in rural areas where there is little or no presence of DPR officials. DPR Director, Modecai Ladan, said the agency had already clamped down on the illegal filling stations, saying the agency is collaborating with other agencies and relevant stakeholders to tackle the problem.
Speaking on the indiscriminate siting of filling stations in residential areas, Secretary General/Chief Executive Officer, Lubricants Producers Association of Nigeria (LUPAN), Emeka Obidike, attributed it to sharp malpractices between the regulatory bodies and operators.
He described the practice as a time boom, which the Federal Government and the relevant authorities have refused to tackle Obidike said: “It is alarming how tank farms and filling stations are sited indiscriminately. Look at Kirikiri and Navy town for example; the tank farms are so close to the armories. Any little ignition will set the whole-area ablaze. The Federal Government needs to step in urgently and ensure the relocation of any filling station around residential areas. The regulatory bodies should avoid compromising in the issuance of licenses to operate filling stations.”
Also, oil and gas analyst/ Managing Director, Zenera Consulting, Meka Olowola, stressed the need for relevant authorities to take an audit of all existing filling stations to ensure filling stations are sited professionally.
He said there is need for the DPR to evaluate the basis of licenses issued to existing filling stations to ascertain that they have been done correctly and professionally.
“There is possibility that development has caught up with some filling stations, which were not originally in residential areas at the time of construction.
There are instances, whereby; the state government gave approval for residential building around existing filling stations. There should be special working committee that will include various tiers of government so that they will be able to work harmoniously to ensure that things are done correctly,” he added.
A copy of the guidelines for operating a filling station was made available to The Guardian by the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR); it stated that operators of filling stations are expected to follow a well-laid-down rules and regulations, which are designed to be tolerably environmental friendly when effectively observed.
Source: The Guardian Newspaper
alm3 Strategy, in partnership with Zenera Consulting and Africa’s largest television network, the Nigerian Television Authority, today announced that the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit and Expo would be broadcast LIVE on the NTA as part the network’s commitment to the economic advancement of Nigeria. The Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, is expected to give the keynote address at the opening plenary.
The summit is a social investment to empower entrepreneurs, create sustainable jobs and boost economic opportunities by providing access to finance, skills, knowledge and other critical resources.
A Proudly Nigerian Expo would run beside the conference and attract more than 5,000 youth nationwide. Registration is now open for the Summit, which will be held at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites Convention Centre, Victoria Island Lagos, on Tuesday July 12th, 2016.
The meeting’s theme is “Towards a diversified economy: harnessing the power of Africa’s largest consumer market, agro-allied resources and technology for innovation through entrepreneurship.”
Other speakers and panelists include, His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, The Executive Governor of Lagos State; Mr. Waheed Olagunju, Acting Managing Director, Bank of Industry; Mr. Kyari Bukar, Chairman, Nigeria Economic Summit Group; Dr. Abdu Mukhtar, Chief Strategy Officer of the Dangote Group; the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Technical Vocational Education Board, Engr. Olawunmi Gasper; CEO, Wecyclers, Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola; Mr. Bunmi Otegbade, CEO, Generation Enterprise amongst others.
The speakers will share on the current economic climate and what opportunities exist for entrepreneurs, how to get past challenges in accessing finance and investment, and also disseminate in-depth knowledge via Master Classes from entrepreneurs who have made it and succeeded in Nigeria despite the challenges.
There will also be a business matchmaking session where delegates will be able to network and get one-on-one advice from business leaders and the speakers on the day. In addition, a Proudly Nigeria expo will run concurrently, showcasing the rich diversity of Nigeria’s entrepreneurs.
Budding startups can obtain free legal and financial advice and business consulting services on the day. The Expo is free to attend but registration information can be found at www.yesnigeria.com.ng
“We are very excited about the level of enthusiasm we have received from speakers, sponsors and attendees for this unique conference,” said Mr. Ndiana Matthew, Managing Director of YES Nigeria on behalf of the organisers.
“We look forward to the growth and enhancement of the MSME sector in Nigeria and to our youth being job creators, and not just job seekers.” According to Mr Meka Olowola, the Chairman of Youth Entrepreneurship Summit, “Nigerians can look forward to a well-facilitated conference that meets the public and private sector’s aspirations of stimulating the Nigerian economy away from current recessionary trends.
We have put our several years of research on the Youth and SMME sector at Zenera Consulting behind this legacy summit, and we are confident that this summit will not be a mere talk-fest, but a truly national initiative that accounts directly for a revolution in sustainable wealth creation across the bottom half of the socio-economic value chain.”
Delegate fees are discounted at N30,000 and N5,000 for students. For more information, and to register for the conference, please visit www.yesnigeria.com.ng
About: YES Nigeria is a collaboration between Palm3 Strategy, a Pan African event and strategic communications consultancy, and Zenera Consulting, a reputation management and investor relations firm in Nigeria. Both companies have over 35 years of strategic business, investor relations and event management experience between them.
Youth Entrepreneurship Summit and Expo 2016 is endorsed by the following MDAs; Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Small And Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, Government of Lagos State (LASTVEB)
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