SOWETO (AFP) – US President Barack Obama received a huge ovation as he arrived an hour late Tuesday at an emotional memorial service for South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.
Obama, scheduled to deliver a personal tribute at the event, was delayed as his motorcade struggled through the rain-soaked route to the Soweto World Cup stadium.
The memorial event was marred by heavy rainfall which began in the early morning.
Obama and his wife Michelle had arrived at Waterkloof air force base near Pretoria after a 16-hour flight on Air Force One from Washington.
They flew in with former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura, while two other former presidents, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter travelled separately.
…UNIBEN, UNIPORT, UNIABUJA, MOUAU resume academic activities
. ’ve met ASUU’s demands, say officials
The Federal Government has succeeded in breaking the ranks of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, with the resumption of duties by some lecturers.
The Federal Government had last week issued an ultimatum to lecturers to resume from their fivemonth- old strike on or before December 4 or get sacked. The ultimatum has, however, been shifted to December 9.
ASUU on Monday, through its National President, Dr. Nasir Fagge, dared the Federal Government to carry out its threat to sack the lecturers, vowing to continue with the strike until its demands were met.
But lecturers have returned to the classrooms at the University of Benin, UNIBEN; University of Port Harcourt, UNIPORT; University of Abuja, UNIABUJA and Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, MOUAU.
At UNIBEN, lectures resumed yesterday in compliance with the Federal Government’s directive to lecturers to resume work. Our correspondent learnt that some of the lecturers had signed the resumption register stationed at the deans’ offices at the various faculties on the university.
At the Faculty of Law, not less than 33 out of about 50 lecturers had signed the resumption register.
At the Faculty of Management Sciences, lecturers had yet to sign the register, while the heads of departments in the Faculty of Agriculture were seen holding a faculty meeting. Efforts to speak with the executives of the UNIBEN chapter of ASUU proved abortive as members of the union were holding a meeting.
However, a lecturer in the university, who did not want his name mentioned, said that the strike was mismanaged by the national ASUU leadership.
“We are not against ASUU or what it is fighting for, but we are against the methodology as well as the adamant and childish approach of the leadership at this point in time. “Agreement can be written or oral, and President Goodluck Jonathan has assured us that the agreement with ASUU would be implemented.
“I think the sensible thing to do is to await the president’s directive to implement it; and if he does not do it, we then call up another strike. “Many of us are disappointed with the union leadership’s attempt to distort what has been agreed upon by all members across the country.
“We believe in the Federal Government, we believe in what the highest authority in the country has said and we have decided to resume work. “And when we resume and the government is not doing anything about it; then, we will think of going back on strike again,” the lecturer said. Efforts to contact the university’s management team on its next line of action proved abortive.
Lectures have also commenced in almost all departments of the University of Abuja since Monday, a top official of the institution has said. The Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, Dr. Peter Maidoki, of the university, made this known yesterday.
He said some members of ASUU, UniAbuja chapter, were responding positively to the Federal Government’s directive reopening the universities. Maidoki said that a register was opened at both the mini-campus and the permanent site of the university, for returning lecturers to sign.
“I just signed and have finished attending to a class; my colleague has just taken over from me.” He said that some of the lecturers who had resumed work were eager to teach, but that there were no students in some departments to take lectures.
According to him, members of ASUU have embarked on a campaign to discourage the students from returning. Maidoki, however, said that the few who had so far resumed were being given adequate attention. “Attendance of students who were present at the lectures was taken,” he said.
The director called on ASUU to suspend its strike, which he described as being over due, to enable the students to return to classes. The MOUAU has also reopened for the 2013/2014 academic session, an official has said.
The Public Relations Officer of the institution, Mrs. Onyinye Ralph- Nwachukwu, confirmed the resumption in Umuahia yesterday. Ralph-Nwachukwu said the institution reopened yesterday after a meeting of the Senate of the University on Monday.
“The senate of the university met on Monday and resolved to reopen on Tuesday and students have started returning to campus,” she said. The spokesperson said the university time-table would be redesigned for the completion of outstanding examinations for the last semester of the 2012/2013 academic session.
She explained that fresh students had commenced registration. But the Chairman of MOUAU-ASUU, Dr. Uzochukwu Onyebinama, said on the phone that the ASUU strike had not been called off. “The university has reopened, but we are still on strike,” Onyebinama said.
There was confusion at the University of Port Harcourt as discordant tunes echoes from the two sides of the divide as the institution’s chapter of ASUU chose to continue with the strike, even as the institution’s senate has set school’s reopening date for Sunday, December 8.
The university’s Senate council, in its meeting yesterday released a new timetable for academic activities on the three campuses of the university, noting that lectures would resume on Monday, December 9, while students are ordered to be in their hostels by Sunday.
The institution’s spokesman, Dr. William Wodi, said in Port Harcourt that despite the stance of ASUU to continue with the strike, many lecturers had indicated interest to resume class on the said date. Dr. Wodi, further explained that registers would be opened for academic activities and that those who obeys the directives of the school’s authority would receive their dues.
However, reacting to the school authority’s orders, the Uniport branch of ASUU said that it would stick to the resolution of its national body to continue with the strike, while also lambasting the supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, for causing further damages to the various efforts being put into resolving the crisis.
Chairman of the institution’s ASUU, Professor Anthonia Okerengwo, said the union’s congress would wait for the federal government to show faith in the ongoing negotiations before calling off the strike.
ASUU, UNIJOS, chapter said that classes would only resume in the institution if directed by the national body. The chapter Chairman, Dr David Jangdam said in Jos that the lecturers were waiting for directives from the nation body before the five-months strike could be called off.
“Classes will only resume if directed by the national body,” he said. Jangdam said that the decision of the national body was final and binding on all local chapters. A visit to both the temporary and permanent sites of the university in Jos shows that they were deserted.
The only visible presence was those of security personnel at the various entry and exit points. Jangdam also rejected suggestions that the lecturers had not been fair to university education in the country.
But the South West zone of the union yesterday threatened to sanction any of its members who obeyed the federal government’s order. Arising from its congress which held inside the main campus of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, OOU, Ago-Iwoye in Ijebu North local government area of Ogun state, the lecturers vowed that the union would not succumb to threats by the Federal Government to sack them.
The lecturers also maintained that they would continue their strike as long as the government refused to honour the agreements already reached with the union.
The Chairman of the OOU chapter of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Adesola, who is also the South West coordinator of ASUU while addressing the congress stressed that if the government could inject over two trillion into bailing out privately owned commercial banks, it should have no difficulty in expending public funds on government-owned universities.
Adesola further stated that if federal government is genuine in getting the nation’s universities on course by getting the strike suspended, it should do that which is needful rather issuing threats. Meanwhile, the Federal Government said yesterday that it has met the demands of ASUU and there was no need to continue with the strike.
Speaking in Abuja on Tuesday during an interactive session with leaders of the National Association of the Nigerian Students (NANS), Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Students’ Matters, Comrade Jude Imagwe stated that a larger membership of ASUU campus chapters had voted for the immediate calloff of the strike.
According to him, the administration believes that with the agreement and the result of the votes across the campuses, the Union has no reason for further sustenance of the strike, calling for the Union to complying with the call on them to resume work without further delay.
He explained that the directive given by the government was not targeted to threaten the ASUU leadership but to show government’s commitment towards ensuring that all university students return to school.
Also, the Federal Government yesterday, shifted the earlier deadline of December 4, for university lecturers to resume activities. Consequently, a new date of December 9,has been fixed for resumption of academic and other allied activities.
The development is in deference to the late former President of ASUU, Prof. Festus Iyayi, whose funeral rites begin on Thursday The Executive Secretary, ES, of the National Universities Commission NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, made the disclosure in Abuja, yesterday.
Okojie also indicated the Federal Government’s readiness to pay the outstanding arrears of four months,owed lecturers of federal universities. According to Okogie, “Councils have been directed to shift the resumption date to December 9.”
He said that the development has since been communicated to Pro-Chancellors,for necessary action. He continued: “You cannot pay someone who has failed to resume work. You are on strike and you want to be paid. What if some have already left the system? Some of our very bright lectures may have gotten jobs elsewhere already.”
The executive secretary added that the issue of the Inclusion of a “Non- Victimization Clause” as fresh demand by ASUU, did not come up at during the last meetings.- NATIONAL MIRROR
More fighter jets were deployed in Maiduguri, the troubled Borno State capital, yesterday as troops battled fleeing Boko Haram insurgents.
As at press time last night, many insurgents had been killed in air raids but the casualty figure was unknown.
The Defence Headquarters said ground troops were counting the dead.
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, relocated yesterday to Maiduguri to co-ordinate the assault against the insurgents, who stormed the city on Monday to attack the Air Force Base and the airport.
Besides, a team raised by the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ibrahim Ola Sa’ad, went on a stock-taking mission to Maiduguri.
The team, which was led by the Director of Operations at the Defence Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Psakr, also included the Director of Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Chris Olukolade.
A preliminary report obtained by the assessment team revealed that the Air Force Base and the Maiduguri International Airport were attacked by Boko Haram because air assaults against the insurgents were co-ordinated there.
The report has been submitted to the CDS by the assessment team for critical analysis by the military high command.
According to a top source, who pleaded not to be named because he is not permitted to talk to the media, “there has been heavy encounters in the last 24 hours with the insurgents”.
The 24-hour curfew imposed on Maiduguri by the Borno State government in the wake of the attack was reduced yesterday to 12 hours.
The source said: “We have been engaging in heavy encounters with the fleeing insurgents. More fighter jets were deployed in Maiduguri from various formations.
“To underscore the importance of this exercise, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, shifted base to Maiduguri to co-ordinate air assaults on the insurgents.
“There have been serious air raids on all the bases and enclaves or clusters of the Boko Haram insurgents.”
The source spoke on the casualty. He said: “As at Monday night and in the early hours of Tuesday, many of the insurgents sighted have been neutralised. The ground troops are taking stock of the death toll. In the next one or two days, we will be able to give you accurate figures.”
The team sent to Maiduguri was mandated to find out what led to the attack; how it was repelled and the situation in Maiduguri.
Another source said: “The insurgents opted to attack the base and destroy any military aircraft on ground. Unfortunately for them, they could only ground two helicopters. The three other aircraft attacked were already due for museum because they had become de-commissioned.
“The team realised that Boko Haram insurgents were touched by the losses they had incurred from air assaults in the past few months.
“The insurgents were certainly on revenge mission; they wanted to incapacitate the air base because they had suffered huge losses.”
Gen. Olukolade said the authorities were reviewing the situation.
“The operation in Maiduguri and Yobe axis has continued, we will keep you posted appropriately,” he said, confirming that the CDS sent a team to Maiduguri. - THE NATION
Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has told Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi to look in the mirror, if he wants to identify the source of his problems.
Responding to the claims that she is responsible for the delay in the approval of the state’s water project by the African Development Bank, the minister yesterday fired back at the governor, saying that “it is sad that a governor can engage in this kind of undignified charade.
“The question that fair minded people must ask is Amaechi the only governor the ministry deals with? Why is he the only one negatively obsessed with Okonjo-Iweala?
“The ministry has a good relationship with many governors and deals with issues concerning their states based on professionalism and equity.”
The governor’s statement that she is responsible for the delay of the water project “is a complete fabrication.”
“As the ministry had previously explained, the project is going through the processes and must get final approval from the ADB board and the Federal Executive Council before I can sign it. So the idea that I have refused to sign it is preposterous and inaccurate.” - THE NATION
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will receive increased funding from the Federal Government in 2014.
Disclosing this, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Sports, Hon. Godfrey Gaiya explained that the reason for this is the increased number of major global competitions the NFF will prosecute next year.
“If you look at 2014, it is a year that is loaded. Consequently, more money will be required to execute such programmes,” Gaiya exclusively told supersport.com.
The lawmaker however revealed that the ball is now in the court of the NFF in that regard.
“It’s now up to the leadership of the NFF to come up with a proposal to that effect. If they do that, I can assure you that the parliament will favourably look at such a proposal.
“If they have a need to ask for more, they will outline such in a proposal to the House,” he said.
Head coach of the Nigeria national team, Stephen Keshi is currently owed salaries, with the NFF identifying lack of funds as the reason for the anomaly.
Taraba State Acting Governor Garba Umar yesterday sacked the Head of Service, Augustine Bazing and the Chairman, Universal Basic Education (UBE) board, Bubajoda Mafindi.
The acting governor also swapped some permanent secretaries.
Mrs. Asebe Maiungwa and Danladi Batulu were appointed head of Service and UBE chairman.
The sacked officials are loyalists of Governor Danbaba Suntai, who have supported the recuperating governor since the state slipped into political crisis in August.
They are also loyalists of former Governor Jolly Nyame, who recently reconciled with Suntai.
Basing’s and Mafindi’s removal are seen by analysts as another step by Umar to consolidate his hold on power.
Basing was in the office when he was served his dismissal letter, his aides said.
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Gave Yawe, however, said Basing’s and Mafindi’s dismissal was just an “administrative change.”
Yawe was the chief of staff appointed by Governor Danbaba Suntai. But Umar appointed him SSG.
The SSG said the dismissals and appointments were to take immediate effect.
The statement also announced the reshuffling of some permanent secretaries.
Habila Jamaa is now permanent secretary (Finance), Lydia Baba (Women Affairs and Child Development), Abdullahi Ndoba (Agriculture), Ifraimu Kisafi (Lands and Survey) and Aliyu Serkin Numa (Home Affairs).
The affected persons, according to the deputy governor, are to hand over on or before Friday.
According to G. T. Kataps, the SSG appointed by Suntai, “Umar has continued to harass and intimidate Tarabans ,who are loyal to Suntai and Nyame.
“Basing and Mafindi were sacked because they attended a church service with Suntai and Nyame last Sunday.”- THE NATION
WHEN the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) successor companies was concluded recently, the Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, urged Nigerians to look forward to a new era of improved power supply.
The exercise involved the sale of eleven distribution companies (DISCOS), seven generation companies (GENCOS) and the appointment of Manitoba Hydro International of Canada to manage the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
There was no doubt that there would be a necessary period for teething problems, more so as some of the generation companies, such as Afam, Kaduna and Sapele experienced late completion of their privatisation. Nigerians knew that it would take some time before the new private operators would fully take over and begin to make the much expected difference.
About a month into the new era of private management of electric power in Nigeria, the teething problems are in full swing. Power supply has fallen to abysmal levels, while many consumers from across the country are groaning over new “crazy” bills which no one appears to be available to explain the rationale for them.
Before now, people knew who to blame and call names when this kind of problem cropped up: the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) and the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) when the moniker was changed. Right now, no one knows who to run to for explanation.
The manner the new owners and operators of the nation’s power system have started is not encouraging. This is quite different from what took place in the telecoms sector, where competition, promos and avalanches of public enlightenment invaded the media.
Private operation of telecoms took a life of its own from the blast of the whistle and established a bridge to the public that helped shape the industry to the great example that it has become today.
While the new private operators take their time to assume authority, we believe that the Federal Government must continue to assist them in every way possible and go the extra mile to let the consuming public know what is happening and how to seek solutions to the general confusion arising from this novelty.
The Federal Ministry of Power and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) should mobilise information and public enlightenment and also prevail on the new owners to make contact with their customers and start relating with them for serious business.
The confidence of the public must be buoyed through the provision of adequate information and guidelines for approaching the new system. Nigerians must be made to understand steps they could take to leverage on the new opportunities in the sector, create wealth and offer job possibilities to our teeming youth. - CULLED FROM VANGUARDNGR.COM
The Federal Government shifted yesterday its ultimatum for the reopening of universities till Monday.
The deadline of its resume-or-be-sacked-directive to striking teachers would have been today.
Supervising Minister of Education Nyesom Wike, who gave the much criticised directive, announced the shift of date.
He said since the family of the late Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ex-President Prof. Festus Iyayi informed the ministry of funeral rites for weekend, the resumption date had to be shifted to enable the government participate in the ceremony.
Wike said: “The decision to shift the date of the compulsory resumption of federal universities for academic activities is now Monday, December 9. This decision has been taken as a result of the respect we have for the former ASUU President.”
He said the Federal Government took the decision to re-open the universities in the interest of Nigerians and not to engage in a showdown with ASUU.
Wike said Nigerians should appreciate that the pro-chancellors and chairmen of the federal universities Governing Councils took the decision to re-open the schools, pointing out that the Federal Government’s directive was to the vice chancellors who are expected to comply with the decision of the pro-chancellors.
The Minister said the Federal Government had already opened a dedicated account for the revival of infrastructure in the universities.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, has signed the resolution that the Federal Government will commit N1.3trillion into the revival of infrastructure in the universities, he said, adding that the advertisement of internal and external vacancies is part of the process to address the shortage of manpower in the nation’s universities.
According to Wike, the Federal Government has implemented over 80per cent of the issues contained in the 2009 agreement, with only the payment of earned allowances and revitalisation of infrastructure pending.
“The Federal Government appreciates the need to revive infrastructure in our universities and other tertiary institutions, hence the government has put in place the process to effectively address the challenges identified by the NEEDS Assessment report voluntarily initiated by President Goodluck Jonathan,” the minister said.
National Universities Commission (NUC) Executive Secretary Prof. Julius Okojie is displeased that ASUU members are yet to call off the strike.
He said the deadline was not a threat but a call to go back to work.
But ASUU restated its rejection of the ultimatum, issuing yesterday a 14-point guideline to its members on why they must sustain the strike.
It also said no external force was behind its action and spurned sack threats because, according to ASUU, such a measure is against the Labour Act and the International Labour Organisation’s Convention.
The union made its position known in Strike Bulletin No. 14, signed by ASUU National President Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge.
ASUU said: “Our union, as you know, derives its strength from members. Government fallacy of ‘external forces’ behind our union only betrays its desperation to distract our genuine cause. You know better!
“Do not believe in the falsehood being peddled by certain persons as regards some fictitious ratio of branches that voted for suspension of strike.
“ASUU operates strong internal democracy and is capable of taking critical decisions on matters of concern to the Union. Your Union will always do your bidding.
“Our struggle is on course; the threat of sack for failure to sign resumption of duty register is part of the oppression that failed in the past. It will fail again.”
The union came up with 14 guidelines signaling that it is prepared for a long drawn battle with the Federal Government.
The guidelines read in part:
•Do not sign any resumption of duty. Government is out to humiliate us. Hold your head high. This too shall pass!!!
•If you receive any query on account of the ongoing strike, failure to sign resumption of duty register, etc, bring such to the attention of the branch chairperson immediately for guidance.
•It is a general knowledge that members of ASUU are on a national strike. It is against the Labour Act and the ILO convention to sack anybody on account of participation in a strike, no matter how remotely related.
•Remain resolute and refrain from violating the ongoing strike. Our Union is capable of protecting its members.
•Meanwhile, be security conscious. Do not visit security agencies alone. In case of difficulties, always consult your Chairperson.
•With our collective resolve, we can again brush off this unwarranted and provocative onslaught. Stand to be counted on the positive side of history. Do not betray your union.
The leadership of ASUU also justified its struggle and insisted that it is in the public interest.
It said: “Our collective national struggle to save the future of public system has entered yet another critical phase. The National Strike Coordinating Committee(NSCC) commends all members for their steadfastness and commitment to this patriotic cause.
“When we commenced the strike, we were clear as to the possible antics of Government, such as attack on our Union, stoppage of salaries, harassment through security agencies, opening of resumption of duty registers, sacking , etc, all aimed at breaking our resolve
“For five months, we have weathered the storm of persecution, oppression, media attack, manipulation of public opinion by government and its agent against our cause, stoppage of salaries, etc. With our sacrifice and dogged determination, we have remained standing.
“In our interactions with government, we craved for better funding, but arrived at a resolution upon which it offered to begin the process of revitalising the Universities by making available N200bn in 2013 and follow with a release of N220bn annually for another five years.
“Our congresses considered the offer by Government and resolved that the strike be suspended after incorporating the ‘non victimisation clause’, ‘the commencement of renegotiation of FGN/ASUU Agreement by 2014’ and the endorsement of the new MoU by representatives of Government and ASUU with NLC President as witness. We have not made a fresh demand.
“For a Government that recently raised question on the validity of its own document (MoU) even when it was signed by the Permanent Secretary for the Minister of Education, have we done anything wrong by insisting that the MoU be duly endorsed?”
Lecturers of the states and Federal universities in the Southwest said they remained resolute.
They described as “primitive and derogatory”, the threat of the Federal government to sack them, should they fail to return to the class, saying a government that could hurry to inject over two trillion naira into ailing banks that are privately owned should not find it difficult to infuse N200bn into public universities across the country.
Addressing reporters on the main campus of the Olabisi Onabanjo University(OOU), Ago – Iwoye, Ogun State, the local ASUU chair, Dr Adesola Nassir, said the Ibadan Zone of ASUU comprising University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, Lagos State University, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, would sustain the strike.
Nassir said: “Not Nyesom Wike, Doyin Okupe, Julius Okojie was given the mandate to manage the affairs of this country, education sector inclusive.”
Nassir said: “We just want Nigerians to know that ASUU is not going to be cowed. We are very strict as to the reason why we embarked on strike, we want our universities to be repositioned so that they can churn out the type of graduates that would fit into roles that will power the development of this country.
“We cannot continue to be accomplices in the process of producing the half-baked graduates, as we have been accused of.
“Our position is very clear: the Federal government said it was going to infuse N200bn into the universities in 2010, we are barely three or a little over that today in 2013 and our union is saying, government must live by what it has said it would do.- THE NATION
Owners of the Electricty Generation Companies (GENCOs) are to get a N50 billion prop from the Federal Government, which is desperate to expand electricity generation.
The N50 billion will come in form of a guarantee.
On behalf of the Federal Government, the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET) Plc, the government signed yesterday an escrow agreement on power with three Nigerian banks in Abuja.
The three banks are United Bank for Africa (UBA), First Bank Plc and First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Plc, which is the lead escrow agent.
Although the banks will take custody of the fund, the NBET will administer the N50billion, which will be raised from the proceeds of the privatization of the PHCN successor firms.
In the absence of the World Bank to provide Partial Risk Gurantee (PRG), the fund will serve as a palliative for the new owners to improve power generation, The Nation learnt.
But, speaking after the documents signing ceremony, the Director General, BPE, Mr. Benjamin Dikki, noted that such financial guarantee should not BE taken as a grant, considering established processes required for any generation company to benefit from it.
His words: “This N50 billion is not a dash. There are certain conditions that must be met before funds can be drawn from this escrow account. The market and systems operator have to confirm the quantum of power that was put on the national grid. The market operator has to confirm that because of system defects and inefficiencies in the transmission network, certain amount of power was lost. So, there has to be a due process before any Genco can draw from this amount; it is not a gift because certain conditions have to be met.”
He said :”It is actually the generation companies that are left on the high end and we need to guarantee that whatever power they generate will be paid for if not, they will lose their capital and not able to invest in expansion of their capacities.
“We have a deficit of about 29,000 megawatts (MW) of basic power needed to stabilise our power needs of 40,000MW and the average cost of installing a megawatt is about $1.3 million and that will mean an investment of $7.5 billion for 5000MW, and so we need to make sure that we create the atmosphere that will enable these generation companies to make investments without worrying whether they will be able to recoup monies they have invested and that is why this escrow account was created,” Dikki said.
On the roles of the banks, Dikki said: “The banks are the custodians of the money, which is deposited in them and we want to establish a process through which this money will be drawn and not just drawn frivolously; that is why the BPE, Bulk Trader and the banks signed the agreement to say that you have to follow a process to draw this money; otherwise, there will be penalties.”
The distribution companies are not covered by this escrow account because they have committed to reducing the Aggregate Technical Commercial and Collection (ATC&C) losses of the companies.
Dikki said: “If you recall, they (distribution companies) were not given to the highest bidder but to those that committed to reducing ATC&C losses by a certain percentage and so they have committed and have given a technical proposal with a business plan cataloguing the level of investments that they will make every year in this regard.” - THE NATION
IBADAN — RESIDENT doctors in the University College Hospital, Ibadan, have alleged that the Federal Government had short-changed the hospital authorities to the tune of N100million since January this year.
The doctors said this came about through the newly-introduced system of payment by the government.
The faulty system, they said, had resulted in serious blunder which made the government mistake doctors for cleaners and other people doing menial jobs in the teaching hospital.
They said this while announcing the suspension of their two month strike.