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Fire levels multimillion naira motorcycle spare parts factory in Nnewi

A fire outbreak on Saturday night, razed down Louis Carter Industries Nigeria Limited, a multi-million Naira motorcycle spare parts and allied products manufacturing company factory based in Akaboukwu Uruagu Nnewi, Anambra State.

The company owned by foremost Nnewi industrialist and businessman, Chief Louis Onwugbenu is the manufacturer of Louis Carter brand of motorcycles, which is widely used in the Southeastern part of Nigeria and the South-South.

The fire outbreak, a company source said, started by 10:00pm on Saturday, and raged for six hours despite attempts by men of the Anambra State fire service to put it off.

It was gathered that the fire defied all the fire extinguishing machines in the company. Even the men of the fire service department who were said to have arrived one hour and thirty minutes after the fire had started, could not extinguish it.

General Manager of the company, Mr Ndubisi Okoli said the company’s security men alerted him of the fire last night, adding that it had defied fire extinguisher.

“He said the magnitude of the fire could not be put out with fire extinguishers at the factory, and that they had called the fire fighters’ emergency number, which led to the arrival of the men of the department.

“The fire was caused by Enugu Electricity Distribution Company’s (EEDC) high tension cable that exploded and sparked off fire to the section of the factory which stores our raw materials.

“The raw materials and crushing machines worth over N500million was completely razed down, just as the building was completely burnt too, but no life was lost,” Okoli said.

Also reacting, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of Louis Carter Group of Companies, Chief Louis Onwugbenu said the fire incident had caused a huge loss to the company that had hundreds of workers in its employ.

Onwugbenu acknowledged the effort of Chief Innocent Chukwuma, Chairman of the Innoson Group and member representing Nnewi North in Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Nonso Smart who he said were physically present to motivate the firefighters.

FG halts increase of electricity tariff

The Federal Government has directed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to suspend the recently adjusted electricity tariff.

The Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday.

He said a committee has been set up to work on the new electricity tariffs and should be allowed to complete its work before any adjustments.

Recall that NERC had on Tuesday increased the electricity tariff payable by power consumers across the country.

The commission also blamed the N2 to N4 adjustment in tariff on inflation and movement in foreign exchange rates.

However, Mamman said he directed NERC to suspend the implementation of the duly performed minor review to allow the conclusion of dialogue with Labour centers.

“The public is aware that the Federal Government and the Labour Centers have been engaged in positive discussions about the electricity sector.

”Some of the achievements of this deliberation with Labour are the accelerated rollout of the National Mass Metering Plan, clampdowns on estimated billing, and the reduction in tariff rates.‌

“It should be clear to all that the regulator must be allowed to perform its function.

“The role of the Government is not to set tariffs, but also to provide policy guidance, protect consumers and for investors to engage directly with consumers.

”To promote a constructive conclusion of the dialogue with the Labour Centers, I have directed NERC to suspend the implementation of the duly performed minor review (which adjusted tariffs between N2 per kWh and N4 per kWh) until the conclusion of the Joint Ad Hoc Committee’s work at the end of January 2021.

“I would like to state again that this Administration is committed to creating a sustainable, electricity market for the benefit of all Nigerians,” the statement said.

Ikpeazu elated as Geometric Power Project Aba soon to come alive

Gov Okezie Ikpeazu and Prof Barth Nnaji

Abia State Governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, has expressed joy at the prospect of Aba, the state’s commercial nerve centre, enjoying 24 hours uninterrupted power supply soon following the resolution of issues that had plagued the project led by Geometric Power.

The Governor made this known in a series of tweets via his official Twitter handle on Friday.

Ikpeazu who also thanked the federal government “for the courage to endorse the project” said it was “capable of repositioning our economy for the better”.

“The multifaceted impact of this on our State’s economy is not lost on us. The SME firmament of Aba will change and unleash a quantum leap in our national products score making Nigeria truly ready to play in our continental trade space.

“Secondly, many artisans such as welders, fabricators, tailors, hairdressers etc, will breathe some fresh air as they will enjoy the attendant positive impact of constant power supply on their trades leading to higher patronage that will in turn translate to the creation of more jobs”, the Governor said.

Ikpeazu expressed optimism that the Enyimba Economic City project will also receive the necessary oxygen required for take off, glide in full flight and operate optimally through the power project

Continuing, he said, “with this development, our country would experience real and profound success in her efforts to provide modular power through a divide and conquer strategy, which can be replicated everywhere else”, and expressed hope that the development will lead to “the end of our seemingly intractable ‘quest for power'”.

Prof Barth Nnaji of Geometric Power had earlier visited the Governor and briefed him on the progress made to complete the independent power project in Aba.

Anambra police command resumes patrols across state

Anambra State Police command has resumed its regular security patrols and check points across the state in a bid to deter criminals.

The resumption of the security patrols and check points was necessitated due to the shutdown of the security posts during the October #ENDSARS protests Nationwide.

The move by the state police command also seeks to gain on-the-spot assessment of the various flash points in the state, police check points, patrol teams and security posts to ascertain the level of damage done and the normalcy restored, and also to get information on level of crimes committed during the absence of the police in order to strategize on more ways of securing lives and property of the state’s residents .

Addressing Journalists, the Anambra state Commissioner of Police, Mr. John Abang said the move became imperative due to observed criminal activities by some misguided elements who rob members of the public of their belongings especially during the period, and assured that the police personnel have been deployed to all parts of the state to ensure normalcy.

Mr. Abang who spoke through the command’s Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Haruna Mohammed revealed that the state police personnel have been sensitized and briefed on police Public relations while the welfare of the members of the command is being taken care of by the federal government.

The Police Commissioner also hinted that a total number of ten persons have been arrested during their first day of their resumption of patrols at Upper Iweka Onitsha.

Mr Abang went further to extol the state residents for their support and partnership in rebuilding the vandalized facilities and appreciated their tireless support to the command which has demonstrated that there is existing peace, love and acceptance between Ndi Anambra and the police. Up Sot

Reacting to the return of the security agencies to their posts, a petty trader, Mrs. Ebele Nwoye and a road user, Chief PC Emenaka at Oye-Agu junction, Ifitedunu said that the development has restored their confidence in going about their businesses without fear and urged the state residents to remain law abiding.

A newspaper vendor at Ugwu-Nwasike Ogidi Ifesinachi Kalu and Ejike Obiana recalled how dangerous the area had become due to the absence of the police personnel as residents of the area have been living in fear. Up Sot

At Afor Nkpor and Nkpor Junction, a restaurant owner Mr. Christopher Onyekuba, Ifeanyi Uzoegbu and Felicia Nnakwe asked the police personnel to rewrite the perception of the public about them which will go along way in Promoting good working relationship between them and the members of the public. Up sot

Other places visited included, Amawbia round about off, old Enugu-Onitsha Express Way check point, Enugwu-Ukwu-Abagana boundary check point, Upper Iweka Onitsha, Obodo-Ukwu Junction, Bridge Head Onitsha and Three-Three.

BEDC TO IMPROVE POWER SUPPLY IN IGARRA EDO STATE AND ENVIRONS

Favour Percy -Idubor, Benin

In attempt to significantly improve power supply to Igarra town and other communities in Akoko Edo LGA of Edo State, BEDC has finalized the design, and at the stage of awarding contract for the construction of a 33KV line from Okpella to Igarra.

The project once completed will change the source of supply to the recently completed 60MVA Power Transformer at Okpella TS and cut off the existing source from Okene TS under Abuja Electricity Distribution Company which has not been reliable because of the lengthy feeder and the fact that it’s not within BEDC’s control.

The new source which will be under the BEDC’s network will guarantee adequate, quality and reliable power supply to Igarra, Ibilo, Ososo and communities in Akoko Edo LGA of Edo State.

It will also boost the business of the quarries and other SMEs in the area due to the quality and reliable power supply expected from the project once completed.