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Illegal call for street protest by labour over tariff threatens power sector development – Experts … As lawyers describe move by NLC, TUC as illegal, anti-development

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Industry experts at the weekend expressed concern that the call by organized labour to shut down the

Power Distribution and Generation companies over the Multi Year Tariff Order that came into effect in

February would impact negatively on the Power Sector and the nation’s economy.

According to the experts , the planned disruption of the operations may have more severe

consequences than the new Tariff which is aimed at ensuring cost recovery in the power sector value

chain, removal of the fixed charge , encouraging power conservation by focusing on metering before

billing and insisting that consumers are billed for only what they consumed.

Some of the experts argued that any disruptions at this time would negatively affect the steady progress

being made in the sector in spite of challenges posed by gas pipeline vandalism and other acts of

sabotage recently being recorded in the petroleum and power sector.

It would be recalled that on February 2, the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry sent out a peak of

5,074MW at 2130hrs – a record setting figure that displays significant improvement in the capacity of

the transmission system. This is the highest figure ever recorded by the industry in recent times.

The total energy sent out on February 2, 2016 was also a record setting figure of 109,372.01MWH (an

average of 4447.88MWh/h).

According to industry statistics, the past three months has seen a series of record setting figures and

incremental growth in spite of very challenging operational environment, with the previous peak figure

achieved being 4,883MW on 21:15h on November 24 2015, and the previous maximum total energy

sent out achieved on January 27, 2016 being 107,142.32MWH.

The experts noted that though a lot of work remains to be done, such record breaking figures are only

achievable due to the coordinated efforts of all stakeholders in the country, from gas suppliers,

generating plants, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, distribution companies and all citizens who

have been patient with the industry as work towards improving the sector has been intensified under

the leadership of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN.

The progress and the fresh investment drive into the sector being aimed at with the tariff order may be

jeopardized by any poorly considered call for street protests or shut down of operations rather than

dialogue , an Energy expert noted.

Legal practitioners who also spoke with our correspondents expressed the view that the subject of

change in tariff was not a matter for labour agitation. According to them, the statutory objective of a

trade union recognised under the Trade Unions Act is to regulate the terms and conditions of

employment of workers. Price determination is a product of market forces. Electricity is like any other

product and its price reflects its cost of production.

Following the privatisation of the electricity sector, the distribution and generation aspects of the

industry are now in the hands of private investors. Consequently, price is now determined by market

forces in accordance with the provisions of applicable laws.

The law that regulates changes in tariff is the Electric Power Sector Reforms Act and it empowers the

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission to allow a licencee to recover the “costs of its business

activities, including a reasonable return on the capital invested in the business” and “provide incentives

for the continued improvement of quality of services” in the country.

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Ovie Omo-Agege Promises Deltans A Better Tomorrow

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Against all odds and every intimidation, we will continue to visit voters in every nooks and crannies of the state, share our message of ‘A Better Tomorrow’ with them, and gain their support and partnership.

 

As told by His Excellency, Ovie Omo-Agege, Frontline Governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress, APC to all the Delta State Civil Servant, that we are more than willing and capable, of building a robust industry that would Favour every one in the state.

 

According to Chief Mrs Faith Majemite, that Omo-Agege have the tract record and capacity. Agege will not make excuses why we didn’t succeed, rather, those challenges that exist, would be the reason for our testimony that we succeeded, regardless, says Faith .

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More Troubles For Umo Eno As Court Rejects Stay-of-execution Request

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A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed an application filed by Pastor Umo Eno seeking a stay-of-execution of the Order which had nullified his nomination as the PDP governorship candidate in Akwa Ibom State.

The court which nullified Eno’s nomination, ordered that he should be replaced with Rt. Hon. Michael Enyong as the authentic PDP candidate.

In throwing out the request for stay of execution, the Court ruled that Umo Eno was never a party to the case filed by Enyong, and so his request could not be entertained by the COurt. The court therefore described Umo Eno as ‘’meddlesome interloper’’ for seeking to file an application in a matter he was never a party of.

Recall that in a judgement delivered on January 20, Justice Fadima Aminu of the FHC, Abuja, had ordered the PDP to submit Enyong’s name to INEC as its candidate. In a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1295/2022 filed in August, Enyong had submitted that he won the party’s primary held on May 25. The defendant in the case was PDP. Enyong did not join Eno as a party in his case. How clever!

This means that it is only the PDP that has the locus to file an appeal or stay of execution application against the judgement which sacked Eno. So far, the PDP’s National Legal Adviser (NLA) is not willing to participate in the matter especially since he was never carried along in all the Umo Eno legal matters. Rather, the Akwa Ibom State Chapter of the Party had always engaged Barr. Emmanuel Enoidem (the former NLA) as its legal counsel, totally sidelining the current National Legal Adviser. Recall also that the PDP National Legal Adviser had a few weeks ago issued a public statement announcing that it is only the NLA that has the authority to brief and engage lawyers holding briefs for the party. The public statement had also warned party members to desist from engaging lawyers without his knowledge.

Meantime, I understand that Enyong’s lawyers had served INEC with the Court order and his name would soon be published by the electoral umpire as PDP’s authentic governorship candidate.

My Take:

1. The chances of Umo Eno returning to his former status as the governorship candidate is very, very slim. It probably will not happen.

2. Gov. Udom Emmanuel and the PDP have yet to come to terms with the fact that Umo Eno’s name has been deleted as the candidate. They are inconsolable in anger, grief and pain. ‘’They are experiencing a great sense of separation, akin to the overwhelming feeling of loss which one experiences when he is bereaved’’, says a political analyst and business man, Elder Aniefiok Isatt.

3. This development is also the greatest setback and the most devastating blow the PDP has ever suffered in the state since 1999. This case might just be some kind of ‘’Nunc Dimittis’’ for the PDP in the State.

4. Privatively, PDP stalwarts are quick to blame the governor for the woes that has befallen the party this season. They believe that by imposing a very unpopular person as the candidate, the governor had bruised and hurt the majority of the members.

5. The question many are pondering is: Will Udom Emmanuel take to Enyong and accept him as the PDP candidate, thus conceding that Umo Eno was never God’s revelation, contrary to what he told the people; or will the governor leave Enyong to his own devices and embrace a different person?

 

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Our Client Wanted To Say ‘Pupsy’, Not Her Private Parts — Lawyer Defends Embattled Nigerian Polytechnic Female Graduate

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Barrister Ikechukwu Nwaopara, a legal practitioner representing the interest of Sharon Ogechi Okoroafor, the graduating student of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, who went viral on social media for saying that she graduated with the help of God and her private parts, has said his client was misinterpreted.

The lawyer, who made the appeal to the institution’s management in a statement made available to newsmen, claimed that their client had no intention of disparaging the institution’s reputation, standards or integrity.

The statement reads: “We are solicitors to OKOROAFOR OGECHI SHARON (our client under our Pro Bono (Free Legal Services) on whose behalf we write this memo to you.

“We are aware that she will be facing the school disciplinary panel this morning, and we wish to use this medium to express our confidence that the panel will carry out their duties in compliance with the principles of Fair hearing, good conscience and natural justice, devoid of harassment, intimidation, and threats.

“We have met and discussed with our Client and evidence before us shows that she has no intention to defame the character, standard and integrity of the institution. In her words what happened in the said viral video was a slip of tongue as a result of her uncontrollable ecstasy over her graduation. Her intended words were “God and Pupsy” in appreciation of the Almighty God and her dad.

“It is clear, therefore, that she had no intention whatsoever to use such a “foul word” in the said viral video to cajole or blackmail the institution, as no lecturer or name of the institution was mentioned or referred to in the said viral video.

“Our lawyers are already on ground at the institution now to follow up the proceedings at the panel against any form of intimidation or harassment. The integrity and standard of the said institution is not in doubt especially since my senior brother, Rev Dr Arimanwa took over as the Rector. Indeed, justice is for all parties.”

We had reported that after Sharon’s video went viral on the internet, the management of the institution announced that it would investigate her action as it was capable of dragging the reputation of the school to the mud.

 

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