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Nigerian, Australian Firms Unveil Technology to Curb Fuel Theft



  • Nigerian, Australian Firms Unveil Technology to Curb Fuel Theft

Australia-based Fluid Management Technology Pty Limited has launched a fuel management system in Nigeria in collaboration with Extreme Industrials Limited, a Nigerian firm.

The technology, called SmartFill Gen 2, was unveiled in Lagos on Wednesday.

The Chief Executive Officer, Extreme Industrials Limited, Mr Abiodun Doherty, said, “We are the exclusive distributor of SmartFill Gen 2 for the whole of West Africa. We believe that this product is very important in the Nigerian market because it is going to prevent a lot of leakages.

“One of the reasons companies bleed is because people steal from them. And one of the key areas where a lot of companies have been losing money is in the area of fuel theft. This technology is called fluid management technology, and it is used to prevent theft and to ensure that every single fuel or fluid an organisation uses is properly accounted for.”

He said the technology could be used by organisations to monitor the volume of fuel used for power generation by as well as transportation, distribution and logistics.

Doherty said, “Because of the power situation in Nigeria, a lot of people and organisations have to rely on diesel. Also because of our logistics, transportation and distribution system, we have to put a lot of things on the road. So, you have to use trucks to move things from one place to another, and you need fuel to do that.

“This technology has advantages over several systems. As far as fuel management is concerned, this is the world’s most functional system. When you install it, nobody is asking you to come and pay for data; data is available. It is very simple to operate and very durable.”

The Business Development Manager, Asia Pacific, Fluid Management Technology, Mr John Weedon, described the technology as the world’s most functional fuel management system.

He said, “Our three design principles keep fuel flowing and ensure that every drop is recorded to make accounting and fuel management easy.

“The SmartFill Gen 2 is to help companies in managing their fluid, understanding where their fluid is gone, and eliminating theft.”

While highlighting the benefits of the system, he said, “Data can be recorded online, with no need for special software; modular design allows for rapid installation and repair; and click-in and click-out design requires no special technical skills.”

According to him, the technology records fuel use for in excess of 2,000 vehicles and records the past 5,000 fuel issues in memory.

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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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