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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Lagos signs N844billion on 4th Mainland Bridge. 38km bridge to be completed in 3yrs without federal funding - Ambode

In what is set to become a major milestone achievement in its 50 years of existence, the Lagos State Government on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to kick-start the construction of the 38km 4th Mainland Bridge, expected to bring a 14-year old dream to reality. The Bridge, which is geared towards economic growth in the State, is expected to gulp N844billion in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative and would be delivered in three years.



Speaking at the signing of the MoU held at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, said that the need for the bridge had become imperative following the phenomenal growth of the State with a population of over 21 million people, which has in turn increased commercial activities and traffic gridlock.

“This has made it imperative for us to have a 4th Mainland Bridge that will serve as an alternative route to the Eastern axis and decongest traffic in the State.

“More importantly this bridge will provide the required transportation compliment to the rapidly growing industrial activities on the Eti-Osa - Lekki - Epe corridor of the State,” he said.

He said the proposed alignment of the Bridge will pass through Lekki, Langbasa and Baiyeiku towns along the shoreline of the Lagos Lagoon estuaries, further running through Igbogbo River Basin and crossing the Lagos Lagoon estuaries to Itamaga Area in Ikorodu.

The Governor said the alignment will also cross through the Itoikin road and the Ikorodu - Sagamu Road to connect Isawo inward Lagos Ibadan Expressway at Ojodu Berger axis.

He said the Bridge would be made up of eight interchanges to facilitate effective interconnectivity between different parts of the State.

“This structure will be a Four-lane dual carriageway with each comprising three lanes and two metres hard shoulder on each side. The bridge will be constructed to have a generous median to allow for both future carriageway expansion and light rail facility. There is no gainsaying the fact that huge benefits will be derived from this project but most importantly, make life more comfortable for Lagosians,” he said.

According to Governor Ambode, the Bridge which would be a PPP initiative is a testimony to the confidence the partners in the project have in the State Government and the Nigerian economy in general.

Expressing confidence that the project would be delivered on a Win-Win framework for all investors, the Governor said for the first time in the history of the State, the Government was embarking on the construction of a long-span bridge and expressway without Federal funding as the project is to be solely funded by the private sector.

“I am delighted that this project which has been on the drawing board for quite some time is now set to become a reality. This again, is the Continuity with improvement which we promised Lagosians.

“We have started the process with the signing of this MOU which is an expression of the commitment of major stakeholders including the government and the consortium of consultants and investors to the delivery of the project within the scheduled time frame,” the Governor said.

Governor Ambode also reassured Lagosians that his administration would remain committed to improving the State with world class transportation system as a vital component, which according to him is a key requirement for the sustenance of economic growth in the State.

The Bridge, among others would accommodate cyclists and pedestrians and feature two service areas as well as additional pedestrian crossing.

The Bridge would also accommodate three Toll Plazas which are still being tested from financial point of view and it would serve as a major boost to the actualisation of the Lekki Master Plan.

The project is to be financed by Africa Finance Corporation, Access Bank and other private investors who have already signified intention to be part of the construction, while Visible Assets Limited would be the coordinating firm.

In his remarks, Executive Chairman of Visible Assets Limited, Mr. Idowu Iluyomade, said the project would go a long way to reduce traffic gridlock in the State and would provide job opportunities for Lagosians.

He said aside improving the quality of life of the people, the Bridge would also be a big asset that would be handed to the Lagos State Government at the end of the concession, assuring that it would be delivered on schedule.

Earlier, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson said that the Bridge when completed would utilise state-of-the-art tolling system that will ensure free flow of traffic.
Photos from the MOU signing 
 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

NNPC, Shell, Total, Mobil, others fleeced Nigeria of $4.4bn — NEITI

NNPC Towers, Abuja
ABUJA — The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), yesterday, accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and other oil and gas companies of shortchanging the country and failing to remit $4.4 billion and N358.3 billion to the Federation Account in 2013. This comes as Lagos-based indigenous chartered accounting firm, SIAO Partners, had been contracted by NEITI to carry out the 2014 audit, even as it is in the process of procuring auditors for its 2015 audit.

Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), yesterday, accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and other oil and gas companies of shortchanging the country and failing to remit $4.4 billion and N358.3 billion to the Federation Account in 2013. This comes as Lagos-based indigenous chartered accounting firm, SIAO Partners, had been contracted by NEITI to carry out the 2014 audit, even as it is in the process of procuring auditors for its 2015 audit. NNPC Towers, Abuja Minister of Solid Minerals and Chairman of NEITI Board, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who disclosed this in Abuja, during the release of the 2013 Oil & Gas and Solid Minerals’ Audit Reports, also revealed that Nigeria lost $5.966 billion and N20.4 billion in 2013 to crude oil theft, Offshore Processing Agreement, OPA, and Crude Oil for Product Swap Arrangement. Oil, gas earnings The NEITI report further stated that the country earned $58.07 billion from oil and gas sector, dropping eight per cent from $62.9 billion realised in 2012, adding that the sum was earned from crude oil sales, taxes, royalties and other incomes. Explaining the decline in oil and gas earnings in the year under review, NEITI attributed this to a drop in oil and gas sales, following divestment of federation equity in some oil assets and crude oil losses. In addition, the report noted that N33.86 billion accrued to the federation from the solid minerals sector in 2013. Broken down further, cement manufacturing companies accounted for N30.47 billion or 89.98 per cent of the total; construction companies, N1.98 billion or 5.83 per cent and; mining & quarrying companies, N1.42 billion or 4.19 per cent respectively. Giving a breakdown of the figures in the oil and gas report, Fayemi said NNPC and its sub-units failed to remit $3.8 billion and N358.3 billion in 2013, while $599.98 million was under-assessments/underpayments of petroleum profit taxes and royalties by oil and gas companies. In the case of the NNPC and its sub-units, the report stated that outstanding payments were due from unpaid considerations from divested Oil Mining Leases, OMLs, cash call refunds from the National Petroleum Investment Management Services, NAPIMS; and Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, liftings from Nigerian Agip Oil Company, NAOC, Joint Venture, JV, among others. Under-payments  not true  —NNPC/NAPIMS But in a quick response, NAPIMS, the investment arm of the NNPC, in charge of vetting and approving oil and gas ventures and expenditure in Nigeria, insisted that it was not true. NNPC’s spokesman, Mr. Mohammed Garbadeen, refused to pick his calls. But his NAPIMS counterpart, Mr. Laminu Ahmed, in a telephone response said: “I also read it (report), but it is not true. Let them cross-check the records because that amount is too high. Nobody can do such a thing and other organisations did not know until now.” Ahmed argued that since NAPIMS approved all of the Joint Ventures, JVs and Production Sharing Contracts, PSCs, and other oil and gas industry investments in Nigeria, such underpayments “are simply not possible.” NLNG dividends Specifically, the report accused the NNPC of failing to remit $1.289 billion Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG, dividends, interest and loan repayment for the year under review, despite acknowledging receipt of the said amount from the NLNG. To this end, the report stated that with the 2013 figure, the total NLNG payments received by the NNPC between 2005 and 2013, but not remitted to the Federal Government or the Federation Account, now stood at $12.9 billion. The report also stated that the NNPC only remitted $100 million in 2014, of a total $1.8 billion expected from the divestment of its 55 per cent equity stakes in eight oil assets from the Shell JV to its subsidiary, the NPDC,  adding that the NNPC failed to pay for crude oil lifted from these oil assets on behalf of the NPDC. Shell, Total, Mobil fingered in  under-payments In the area of oil and gas companies shortchanging the country to the tune of $599.98 million, the report identified Total Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited, TEPNG; Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, and Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, MPNU, as the worst offenders in the area of under-assessment/under-payments in the Petroleum Profit Tax, PPT, validation, while SPDC, Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) and Pan Ocean were worst offenders in terms of royalty validation. Specifically, Total, SPDC and Mobil were fingered in under-assessments/under-payments of $294.87 million, $53.9 million and $49.207 million respectively in Petroleum Profit Tax; while SPDC, SNEPCO and Pan-Ocean were fingered in $73.16 million, $50.946 million and $28.006 million royalty under-assessments/under-payment in the period under review. However, none of the IOCs mentioned responded to Vanguard enquiries by calls, texts or electronic messages. While Total promised to provide its response tomorrow (today), Mobil urged that it be “allowed a reasonable response time, given the timing of your inquiry.” Shell simply did not offer a response of any kind.’’ JV/PSC valuations With regard to JV and PSCs valuations, the NEITI report further said: “The value of under-assessment on the fiscal valuation of chargeable oil was over $431.5 million. “The JV companies had the highest under-assessment of over $410.9 million followed by the PSCs with over $15.8 million and Marginal Fields/Sole Risks with $6.7 million. “The under/over assessments were computed based on the advised pricing methodology by NNPC-COMD as against pricing methodologies used by the companies. “For instance, SPDC applied a different pricing methodology against the prices advised by NNPC-COMD, resulting in revenue loss of over $6.2 billion in the last eight years.” On royalty In the area of royalty, the NEITI report stated that the lingering pricing dispute between International Oil Companies, IOCs, and the Nigerian government had resulted in revenue loss of over $4.2 billion in the last eight years. The report added that “the royalty payable on crude oil by companies is a function of the value of the crude oil, which in turn is determined by the price. There have always been issues over the pricing mechanism to be adopted in the computation of royalty, that is, whether Official Selling Price, OSP, as determined by NNPC, or Realisable Price (RP), as determined by companies, should be used. “Royalty under assessments decreased from $465 million, comprising 30 entities, in 2012 to $166.54 million, comprising 17 entities, in 2013, representing a decrease of 64 per cent. The under assessment recorded was mainly as a result of price differentials between the official government position and that of the oil companies. “The Production Sharing Companies, PSCs, entities had the proportion of 34 per cent under-assessment, while the JV entities had 65 per cent. Total under assessment from marginal fields amounted to $443.182 million, representing one per cent. This was due to the fact that reconciliation meetings were held regularly with these indigenous companies and the Official Selling Price (OSP) was applied on their production. “The prices applied by SPDC on its royalty computation continued to differ from the advised prices of NNPC-COMD. This difference resulted in an underpayment of $73.161 million for 2013.” Fayemi, however, noted that despite the gap of three years, most of the issues raised in the two audit reports were still relevant today and should spur the public into asking further questions. He said: “Now that these reports are out, I will like to call on the legislature to take keen interest in the audit findings in designing legislation for the extractive sector and in carrying out oversight functions. “Apart from making our reports more timely, more responsive and more relevant, we intend to broaden our stakeholders’ engagement, widen our dissemination platforms, make our organization more fit-for-purpose, and create more avenues for directly impacting policy change.” Gains of NEITI audits In defence of the gains of its series of audits and implementation of recommendations, as well as closing the gaps in un-reconciled figures, NEITI told Vanguard on phone that it had recorded significant strides. NEITI Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, said: “Most of our recommendations have been implemented or are being implemented.” He listed the success areas to include the unbundling and restructuring of NNPC, which is ongoing; remittance of NLNG dividends into the Federation Account; implementation of the Single Treasury Account; cancellation of Offshore Processing Account; and removal of fuel subsidy which has been changed to price modulation Un-reconciled figures With regard to un-reconciled figures arising from what companies claimed they paid and what government agencies received, Orji said: “In this report, the un-reconciled figures are very marginal, less than one percent. This is because the companies and government agencies are now becoming more responsive on EITI issues. “Some of those wide differences between what was paid and what was received in the past were because of attitude to the audit because nobody took note that anybody was coming to check. But now, the companies and the government agencies are more responsive in keeping accurate records. So the gaps are closing up.” “Every year, our duty is to check how much the companies pay to government in form of revenues, including taxes, royalties etc and we also check how much of these monies paid were actually received by the government either through the accounts of the CBN or through the Accountant General of the Federation or to DPR and FIRS.” Delay in publishing report Orji also explained that the 2013 report was delayed due to the dissolution of federal boards, saying: “This report ought to have been published by December 31, last year, but because our board was dissolved along with other Federal Government agencies’ boards. By the EITI national standard, these reports should be published every two years as approved and released by the board. “But at the point it was about to be released to the public by December 2016, there was dissolution of the federal Boards; our board has just been reconstituted in February, and we had to allow the board sufficient time to study the report, and approval has now been given, and we now release to the public.”

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Jose Mourinho's property transported out of his home to Manchester as he prepares for Man U job (photos)


Just hours before official confirmation that Louis Van Gaal was sacked by Man utd, storage boxes containing Jose Mourinho's belongings were transported out of his London home and he was surrounded by journalists as he left his London home to get a new house in Manchester ahead of official confirmation this week that he will become the new manager of the World's most popular football club. More photos after the cut.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Foundation pledges $80m towards bridging gender data gaps


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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced a commitment of $80 million (about N15.8billion) towards accelerating progress of women and girls in order to close widening gender data gaps.
In a statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos, the foundation said that the funding would run for the next three years, to help accelerate the progress for women and girls around the world.
The statement quoted Melinda Gates, co-chair of the foundation as announcing the commitment at the “Women Deliver Conference’’ held on May 17 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Gates was quoted as saying that the foundation was making the commitment because it believed that a reliable gender data was important for accelerating development outcomes.
“Data holds power and demonstrates the size and nature of social or economic problems, and brings clarity around who is falling through the cracks.
“Through reliable data, women and girls’ lives can become visible and counted, helping to inform programming and hold leaders to account.
“ However, a lack of comprehensive, current information about women and girls, especially in developing countries, hinders efforts to advance gender equality,’’ Gates was quoted as saying.
Gates further said that if the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) must be reached by 2030, the world must advance its knowledge about women and girls’ lives, their livelihoods, their welfare and well-being and their contributions to their communities, countries and economies.
By adopting the SDGs, the world agreed to achieve gender equality by 2030. But we cannot close the gender gap without first closing the data gap.
“We simply do not know enough about the barriers holding women and girls back, nor do we have sufficient information to track progress against the promises made to women and girls.
“We are committed to changing that by investing in better data, policies and accountability,’’ she said.
According to the foundation`s co-chair, the $80 million commitment will be channelled to helping fill critical gender gaps, improving the accuracy and reliability of data collection and supporting civil society in holding leaders to account.
Gates added that the foundation’s commitment would also help equip decision makers with more timely and clearer evidence about programmes and interventions that were working and those that were not, so that they could be redesigned quickly and more effectively.
She said that the fund would also be used to amplify and strengthen organisations and platforms that keep gender equality at the centre of global and national development efforts. (NAN)

Friday, May 20, 2016

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Second Chibok girl found as Nigerian president meets first rescued student

Amina Ali with her young baby was rescued by Nigerian authorities on May 18, 2016 after being one of 219 girls abducted by Boko Haram gunmen in 2014 (AFP Photo/)
Abuja (AFP) - A second Chibok schoolgirl has been rescued, Nigeria's army said Thursday, after President Muhammadu Buhari met the first student to be found and voiced fresh hope for the recovery of the more than 200 others still being held.
Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman said the student was found by troops and civilian vigilantes at about 11:00 am (1000 GMT) on Thursday in the Damboa area of Borno state, northeast Nigeria, during military operations.
"Her name is Miss Serah Luka," he added in a statement, saying she was believed to be a Christian pastor's daughter and originally from Madagali, in neighbouring Adamawa state.
A photograph released by the military showed a young woman in a long, dark blue hijab common in the region and seen on abducted girls in previous videos from the Boko Haram Islamist militant group.
Boko Haram's shadowy leader, Abubakar Shekau, has previously claimed all the girls had converted to Islam.
The first student to be found, Amina Ali, flew with her mother to meet the president at his official Aso Rock residence in the capital, Abuja.
Buhari said he was "delighted" at her release and the government was doing "all it can to rescue the remaining Chibok girls", who were abducted from the remote town in northeast Nigeria on April 14, 2014.
"Amina's rescue gives us new hope, and offers a unique opportunity for vital information," he said.
A total of 276 girls were kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School. Fifty-seven escaped in the hours that followed.
The abduction provoked global outrage and brought worldwide attention to the conflict but until Amina and the latest student were found, there were few indications about their possible release.
- Reunion -
Community leaders said Amina told her relatives at a brief reunion at the family home in Mbalala, near Chibok, that most of the girls were still in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno state but six had died.
Nigeria's military has been conducting operations in the former game reserve for weeks in the hope of flushing out militants and destroying Islamist camps in the sprawling semi-desert scrubland.
Borno state governor Kashim Shettima said on Thursday soldiers were "already moving into the forest aggressively".
"I am an eternal optimist. I believe that in the coming days and weeks more recoveries will be made," he told reporters.
The abducted girls have long been thought to have been taken to the forest. Satellite imagery provided by the United States and Britain reportedly identified the location of some of the students.
But Nigeria's military failed to act on the intelligence, Britain's former ambassador to Nigeria has claimed.
Former president Goodluck Jonathan's delayed response to the abduction and overall handling of the insurgency was seen as a major factor in his election defeat to Buhari last year.
- Medical treatment -
Amina was brought to the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, with her four-month-old baby girl named Safiya and a man she said was her husband.
Her purported husband, identified by the army as "suspected Boko Haram terrorist" Mohammed Hayatu, was shown in one photograph cradling the infant on a hospital bed.
The army said he was "undergoing further investigation at (the) Joint Intelligence Centre" and was being "well-treated".
Boko Haram has used kidnapping as a weapon of war in the conflict, which has killed at least 20,000 people, forced 2.6 million from their homes and devastated the northeast since 2009.
Young women and girls have been forced to marry rebel fighters, becoming sex slaves and even suicide bombers in the group's campaign for a hardline Islamic state.
Men and boys have also been seized and forcibly conscripted.
- Victim support -
Boko Haram is thought to have kidnapped several thousand women and young girls and there have been calls for Nigeria to do more to support former hostages.
Buhari said Amina would receive "the best care the Nigerian government can afford" and disclosed she had undergone medical tests for about five hours and met trauma experts.
The resumption of her education would be "a priority", he added. "Every girl has the right to an education and a life choice," he said.
Francisca Vigaud-Walsh, from Refugees International (RI) said such specialised care was not available to most former hostages.
"On the contrary there is a seemingly arbitrary and haphazard approach to dealing with these women and girls," she said.
RI and other agencies have highlighted in particular the lack of facilities for victims of sexual violence and psychological services.
Northern Nigeria, which is largely Muslim, is deeply conservative and kidnap victims have reportedly been shunned on their return home.

Nigerian firm, Arnergy pioneer African-designed Pay-As-You go solar rental system

Two award winning young Nigerian innovators, Femi Adeyemo, and Kunle Odebunmi, have broken fresh frontiers in the renewable energy sector through state of the art innovations that will enable more than 600million Nigerians and Africans that currently live and run businesses in off-grid and weak grid areas rent uninterrupted electricity and pay only for the energy consumed daily or monthly.

The revolutionary Pay-As-You Go reliable Solar Power System technology allow customers to buy recharge pin using RANA™ (Arnergy's Mobile Electricity app) or via an agent in several rural communities without mobile network, RANA™ synchronizes with Arnergy's cloud based server infrastructure to unlock the Solar Power System and supply electricity whenever the 12 digit pin is keyed into the solar kit. 

Several Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises that have closed shop due to epileptic power supply and those contemplating to close down or struggling due to the recent hike in fuel pump price now have a new lease of life, ARNERGY 500, one of ARNERGY's line of innovative solar rental product is the solution to ensuring Micro and small businesses enjoy uninterrupted, on-demand electricity to run their businesses sustainably. ARNERGY 500 powers lighting, television, standing fan, ceiling fan, laptop, printer, barbers clipper, satellite decoder to mention a few. 

The rural poor and middle class Nigerians are now hedged against fuel pump price fluctuation since they now have no reason to depend on kerosene lantern or petrol generators to light their homes or run their businesses, they only need to sign up on Arnergy's website to subscribe to daily or monthly solar rental packages, pick up the kits at several designated locations and one of ARNERGY's SOLAR ANGEL (Solar Angels are the thousands of unemployed Nigeria youth trained by ARNERGY to become entrepreneur 's selling electricity recharge pin, maintain the system and provide customer supports) will ensure the system is properly set up and supply uninterrupted electricity. 

The new technology takes into account low and uncertain income of people at the BoP (bottom of the social pyramid) and the middle class and their inability to purchase solar outrightly. ARNERGY believes by removing financial and institutional barriers to obtain solar energy, the flexible payment solution will enable several millions of Africans BoP people, micro and small businesses to gain access to clean and affordable energy. 
The ARNERGY's line of SOLAR RENTAL SYSTEMS presents potentials capable of transforming Nigeria's electricity sector, given its extreme versatile application and ease of management. With great adaptation to the Nigerian situation, this innovation presents corollary industrial, agricultural and MSME developments through its unique features. A massive assembling plant is now being planned in Northern Nigeria to meet the expected surge in demand for the solar rental products.
AWARD WINNING BRILLIANCE: 
In December 2015, the Solar Nigeria Programme an Initiative of the UK's Government Department For International Development (DfID) implemented by Adam Smith International (ASI) awarded ARNERGY, a £100,000 (US$146,000) grant to expand operations in Northern Nigeria. 
In July 2015 - the duo of Femi Adeyemo and Kunle Odebunmi emerged the final winners of the Bank of Industry's Request for low-cost rural solar energy proposals, with their innovative and out of the box ideas for confronting the hydra-headed energy problems bedeviling the country. Presented as a series of flexible options for energy solutions, their efforts targeted rural communities that are off the national grid and sought to use abundant solar energy to provide power using state of the art durable and easily applicable technology that excelled where previous attempts had failed. Their presentations secured long-term financing for the installation of off-grid solar home systems in six (6) Nigerian communities with financing from BOI/UNDP programme that has seen 2000 people in Osun and Edo State enjoy uninterrupted electricity in the last seven months. 

LATEST INNOVATIONS 
In a continuous and never ending quest to free Nigerians and Africans from the shackles of energy poverty, the award winning young innovators have advanced their business to the next level by developing the Wireless PLUG and PLAY ARNERGY System that works with or without internet/mobile network, the technology is the first to be developed by local Africans for African market! The strength of the ARNERGY's team lies in the balance between innovation at the management level and cultural fluency and a unique commitment to customer service on the ground level. 

HOW DOES IT WORK? 
An easily mountable solar panel is fixed with about the same effort as is needed to unwrap a new TV set. The solar panel comes with its own integrated electronic control systems, with in-built sophisticated long lasting Lithium-ion battery and cloud-based software to manage all operations. Subscribers pay a token signup fee to have it installed by accredited Solar Angels (micro entrepreneurs) and managed as a permanent property of ARNERG who takes responsibility for ownership and maintenance for life! There by paying a paltry sum as low as 50 naira daily ($0.25/day), customers will receive their electricity token to unlock the solar kit that is totally independent of mobile network or internet broadband. When the token is punched into the solar kit, Voila! 24 hour uninterrupted electricity emerges. 
The system has been designed to be installed by local agents without professional training - or even the customers themselves - with all necessary tools and LED bulbs and cables included. 

ADVANTAGES 
100 million Nigerians live in rural areas with little or no network coverage and off the national grid. With ARNERGY Solar, electricity will be provided in these areas where similar efforts have failed because digital billing systems applied were mobile telephone network dependent, and hence ineffectual. There are also the potentials of massive job creation for teeming youth who would act as agents (SOLAR ANGELS) for the local assembling of the solar kits, installation, routine maintenance and sale of electricity tokens to the last-mile customers, as well as improved energy access for electric dependent MSMEs such as Tailoring, Computer Business Centres, agribusiness, barbing salon, Real Estate Agency Firm, Accounting Firm, Law Firm etc. 

PRODUCT CATEGORIES 
ARNERGY SOLAR RENTAL SYSTEMs are available in three (3) different sizes to match the varying electricity needs and payment abilities of different customer groups: ARNERGY 60, ARNERGY 300 and ARNERGY 500.The smallest unit can provides LED light bulbs for three rooms, a bundled radio, mobile phone charging, DC television and DC Fan per day. The largest system powers multiple lights (5 rooms), consumer appliances like Laptop/Tablet, Blender, AC/DC television, AC/DC fan, and unlimited mobile phone charging and for micro and small business appliances. 
Service is tailored to user needs, with flexible payments, opportunity to change service level, and excellent support from customer care team and local agents. 

In the future, ARNERGY aspires to reach millions of households in peri-urban, rural communities and MSMEs - stimulating economic and social development in Nigeria while simultaneously contributing to global environmental protection and playing our part in actualizing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no 7 (SDG7):-Affordable and Clean Energy. 

Contact: www.arnergy.com +234.802.288.8840, +234.802.288.8841 
Link to You Tube Video: https://youtu.be/SCBghr7cqR8 

TVC Presenter, Wale Fakile arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend (Photos)


Wale Fakile, a presenter and producer with TV Continental (TVC) has reportedly been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend. Wale 'Richboy' Fakile allegedly beat her so much he left bruises on her.

Activist/Co-ordinator of Walk against Rape campaign, Esther Ijewere-Kalejaiye shared the message and pictures which she received from the girl who was seeking for justice.
The message read,
"Dnt publish my name pls, am pass Mandy, my supposed boyfriend that works with TVC beat me yesterday to stupor with bruises all over and he said there is nothing I can do about it bcos he is rich and works with TVC and am poor."
After receiving the message, the case was reported to the Ministry of women affairs and Management of TV Continental. Wale Fakile has since been arrested according Esther

Fuel price hike: NLC faction, CSOs berated over failed protests

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The Coalition of Civil Society Against Corrupt Persons in Nigeria has berated the Comrade Ayuba Wabba-led faction of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC and its Civil Society Organisations allies over what it described as failed protests against the increase in the price of petrol, saying it shows they are out of tune with the thinking and yearnings of Nigerians.
A statement by the coalition’s National President, Linus Ejilogo, on Friday, said the days when labour leaders ride on popular demands to blackmail and extort the government for personal interests are over. The statement accused Labour and its CSO allies of working with elements of the past administration to make the incumbent government look bad by sabotaging its efforts at remedying the mess it inherited. It declared that “Labour’s inability to accept that Nigerians refuse to join the bandwagon by a cross section of self-serving labour and CSO leaders to further compound the current economic hardship is unfortunate. If they can open their eyes to recognize the truth they will realize that their failed protest have confirmed that no group of persons could drag us back to the Egypt where past administrations in this country have held us.” The coalition noted that the few instances and sectors where the strike and protests called by labour had effect were indicative of the incompetence of the staff there and their inability to deliver on what they draw salaries for. According to the group, “ASUU and SSANU that shut down universities for every flimsy excuse they can think of have proven their uncontested position as the enemies of the poor masses whose children have been made into perpetual residents of the nation’s higher institutions of learning and after a while awarded certificates that cannot neither sustain them in lives or make them employable. “It is therefore no surprise that the staff who should be helping them get education are only good at calling for strikes.” The statement advised labour to divert its energy into rebuilding its public perception among Nigerians who now see it as a divisive force especially with the factionalisation of its leadership. It noted that “There is no basis for citizens to trust a labour movement whose leadership is juicy to the point of causing the kind of rift currently rocking it and they can definitely not march behind such leaders in protests even if the issue being championed is reasonable. “In this case what labour is asking for is unreasonable and potentially injurious to the long term wellbeing of the people. In the past, when Nigerians had thought labour was championing their cause, union leaders had betrayed everyone as they used popular protests to negotiate deals for themselves only to abandon the so-called struggle until the next time they are broke.” The coalition, however, hailed Nigerians for being realistic with their acceptance of the government’s decision on the pricing of petrol as it urged them to continue resist attempts to manipulate them.