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Energy Thieves Must be Jailed, Govt Urged



  • Energy Thieves Must be Jailed, Govt Urged

The Federal Government should bring people who perpetrate energy crimes and related offences to book if it is really protecting the interest of consumers in the sector, the Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria President, Mrs. Sola Salako-Ajulo, has said.

She urged the government to prosecute such people and jail them to serve as deterrent to others.

Speaking during a stakeholders’ forum in Lagos, Mrs Salako-Ajulo said the inability of the government to provide mechanisms that would ensure speedy trials of energy criminals is inhibiting the growth in the energy value chain.

She said: “Until we start holding people, especially operators for their actions, theft and other untoward practices in the industry would continue. People must be made to face the consequences of their actions if electricity theft would be honestly checked in the sector. There should be penalties for offences such as meter by-passing, cable theft and others. When this happens, the vices would reduce.

“People at the helm of affairs are fond of giving excuses when somebody does something wrong in the sector. We are fond of providing multiple solutions to problems, which in most cases are ineffective.“

Mrs Salako-Ajulo chided the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for not being alive to its responsibilities, stressing that the Commission has failed to monitor the operation as expected.

According to him, the performance of NERC is tilted towards service providers such as the power generation companies (GenCos), power distribution companies (DisCos), gas providers and other operators, and not the consumers.

The issue, she said, has rendered consumers helpless, as their metering needs are not well attended to by the DisCos.

She said NERC’s Board must include people who understand the industry, noting that incompetent people when appointed to head sensitive offices in the sector perform badly.

On metering, she applauded the government for introducing Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) to solve many of the problems of production and supply of meters in the country.

Mrs Salako-Ajulo said the government would achieve its goal of reducing metering problems in the event that the meter asset providers are well monitored.

She noted that the DisCos had conducted enumeration to determine the number of people that need meters and how they would meet their needs.

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Transcorp Hotels Expand into Marketplace, Launches Aura to Connect People, Hoteliers, Others



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Transcorp Hotels Plc, on Thursday, announced it has launched a new digital platform, Aura, through which people can book accommodation, restaurants and experiences.

Aura, Transcorp’s first in the alternative accommodation segment, is part of the company’s asset-light model, leveraging technology to deliver true hospitality, exciting experiences, and drive shareholder value.

It’s a new dawn in the hospitality industry! I am thrilled to introduce you to Aura by Transcorp, the digital platform we are using to connect people to quality accommodation, great food, and awesome experiences,” Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transcorp Hotels Plc. Dupe Olusola said.

For more than 30 years, Transcorp Hotels Plc has been at the forefront of creating a superior guest experience at our locations. Today, our commitment to innovation has offered us an opportunity to extend this beyond the hotel premises,” Olusola added.

The launch of Aura by Transcorp is one of the most significant developments in the company’s history as it seeks to transform the travel and tourism industry in Africa by focusing on three important components of travel, whether for leisure or business — where you stay, what you eat and how you spend your time. With its people-driven hospitality model, Aura is set to revolutionise travel and help remind Africans of our deep history of hospitality.

Speaking on the launch of Aura, Obong Idiong, Chief Executive Officer at Africa Prudential Plc, Aura’s technology partners, expressed his excitement. “Finding the right accommodation when you travel can be incredibly complex. Options available for the right prices are often limited, and travellers sometimes end up with accommodation that taints the travel experience. Transcorp Hotels Plc has been able to fix that with Aura and we are proud to be associated with them.”

To ensure topnotch user experience, we built a solution to drive digital transformation through the adoption of shared living spaces for the Aura business. With an advanced search algorithm powered by artificial intelligence, Aura determines the relevance of locations taking into consideration, the customers’ preferences and requirements to meet them at the point of their needs,” Idiong added.

Priscilla Adeboye, a travel enthusiast and early adopter of Aura, said the global pandemic has pushed international travel down her list. “But I still want to be able to take some time off work or spend a weekend away from home with the family. I have found incredible homes on Aura that meet my need for space and privacy.


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Siemens Energy Nigeria Appoints Seun Suleiman as Managing Director




Seun Suleiman is the New Managing Director of Siemens Energy Nigeria

Mr. Seun Suleiman is the new managing director of Siemens Energy Nigeria, the company announced on Wednesday.

According to the statement released by the energy company, Suleiman will be responsible for the entire management of operations and decisions on business policies and corporate strategy.

Commenting on his appointment, Suleiman said, “It is an absolute honor to lead the business for Siemens Energy Nigeria and I look forward to delivering on the brand’s promise of excellence.

Suleiman joined Siemens Energy in 2014, bringing over 15 years’ experience and deep expertise in the private sector across Europe and West Africa.

The statement said, “He is an accomplished business strategist and success-driven leader with strong business acumen. Suleiman has also been a core member of the executive management team at Siemens Energy serving in roles as Sales Director West Africa – Service Distributed Generation Oil & Gas and Vice President Service & Digital.

“Prior to this, he also held various functional and managerial positions with ABB Ltd UK, ABBNG Nigeria, Schneider Electric Nigeria and Dresser-Rand Nigeria Ltd.

It added that Suleiman was experienced in establishing operational excellence with specific competence in the power, oil and gas sectors.

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FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations




FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations

The Federal Government on Monday said the Osubi Airport in Warri has been reopened for daylight operations.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Siriki, disclosed this in a tweet.

The airport was closed in February 2020 over mismanagement and debt allegation involving aviation service providers and airport management.

However, Oberuakpefe Afe, a lawmaker representing Okpe/Sapeie/vaie federal constituency, recently moved a motion for the Federal Government through the ministry of aviation and relevant authorities to reopen the airport for flight operations.

On Monday, Hadi Siriki said “I have just approved the reopening of Osubi Airport Warri, for daylight operations in VFR conditions, subject to all procedures, practices and protocols, including COVID-19, strictly being observed. There will not be need for local approvals henceforth.

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