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Why there is blackout in Oyo State—Energy Commissioner

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Oyo State Commissioner for Energy, Mr. Seun Ashamu, has given reasons for the near total blackout experienced by the people of the State from the early hours of Wednesday, February 5.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the Commissioner as saying that the early morning inferno at the facility of the Transition Company of Nigeria (TUC) in Ayede, Ibadan caused the unfortunate disruption.

The Commissioner stated: “In the early morning of Wednesday, February 5, the TCN 150MVA 330/132 kV transformer located at Ayede, Ibadan caught fire.
“Oyo State Fire Service was on hand with others to contain the fire. As a result, there will not be power in the State while assessment of the cause of the blaze and any further damage is investigated.”

The statement added that the Honourable Commissioner for Energy, Oyo State, Ashamu, had visited the location along with top officials of TCN and the management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).

The statement assured that power should be restored to some parts of the State in the evening of Wednesday while the entire State should start enjoying power supply within 48 hours.

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JUST IN: One feared dead in Sagamu As Youths Protest Killing Of Footballer By SARS Officials

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There is currently tension in Sagamu, one of the biggest cities in Ogun State, after angry young men and women took to the streets on Monday to register their displeasure over the killing of a footballer by operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The footballer with Remo Stars Football Club known as Tiyamiyu Kazeem was said to have been pushed from a SARS van on motion and onto an oncoming speeding car that eventually killed him.

This was shortly after SARS operatives allegedly seized him from his car and labelled him an Internet fraudster (Yahoo boy).

Media Officer of the football club, Dimeji Oshode, in a statement confirmed that the incident occurred on Saturday.

However, angered by the situation, youths in Sagamu have now taken to the streets to register their frustration.

In videos making the rounds on the Internet, young men and women could be seen chanting various songs and calling for the abolition of SARS.

One person is currently feared dead as a result of the protest and there are concerns more damage could be witnessed if the situation persists.

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Properties destroyed as fire ravages Jabi motor park, Abuja

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Another fire outbreak has been reported on Friday at Jabi motor park, Abuja destroying properties worth millions of naira.

The cause of the fire cannot be ascertained at the time of this report but men of the FCT fire service have arrived the scene .

The  incident, which started at 10:12am, led to chaos as passengers and motorists scampered for safety, The Nation reports.

The situation got worst when the fire spread to a shop where car batteries and car gas were being sold, causing more havoc .

As time of filing this report, FCT fire fighters have arrived the scene and are battling to put out the fire.

Details shortly……

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Crimes: Oyo to introduce identification cards for commercial cyclists

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….Makinde orders slash of riders’ daily levy from N200 to N100 

The Oyo State Government has disclosed its readiness to introduce an identification system for commercial motorcyclists operating within the state in order to check crimes and the influx of bad elements into the state.

This was as the state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, ordered the immediate reduction of the daily levy to be paid by commercial cyclists from N200 to N100 per day.

The State’s Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Prof Raphael Afonja, who made the disclosure while addressing newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday, added that Governor Makinde does not want to add to the burden of the people of the state.

The Commissioner stated that in order to control crimes being associated with motorcyclists and the influx of commercial motorcyclists into Oyo State, the government will, in due course, issue Riders’ Card to all registered commercial motorcyclists in the state.

He noted that this will enable the government to differentiate registered commercial motorcyclists from criminal elements, who are using motorcycles to operate.

He said: “We have concluded that, due to what happened in Lagos State, which has led to an influx of people moving from Lagos into Oyo State, there is a need to have Okada Riders’ Card to identify people coming into the state.

“So, in collaboration with the revenue collector for the state and FRSC and the unions, we will start this to gather information on those who are engaging in commercial or private cycling businesses in the state. This is possible through profiling. The security agencies are in need of these pieces of information.”

Afonja explained that the Riders’ Cards would afford the government the opportunity to have a database of the riders across the state, saying: “So, this registration of motorcyclists through the Riders’ Cards will be a database for us to know who is who; who owns what; who they are, where they live and the rest. We will also add their BVN to know who they really are.

“Recently, you may have heard about snatching of bikes and robberies using motorcycles. That is why we are trying to make sure that all motorcycles in Oyo State are properly registered. We will ensure they do what is needful to make sure they obey the law.

The commissioner added that Governor Makinde ordered the immediate reduction of the daily levy charge on commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists in the state from N200 to N100 to ameliorate the suffering of the riders.

He said: “This press conference is being held in response to the recent pronouncement by the Ministry of Finance and the Oyo State Board of Internal Revenue regarding the state revenue that we have been collecting from tricycles and motorcycle riders in the state.

“From the information that was passed down to us by the Ministry of Finance and BIR, we were told that it was agreed upon that the consultant was to collect 200 Naira as a daily collection from these commercial bikers including tricycles and motorcycles.

“Upon escalating this issue to the governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, we found out he was not in support of this increase in the revenue collection from N100 to N200. So, I want to apologise to the unions and other stakeholders who are affected by the increment.

“The governor has instructed me to pass this information on that his goal is to ensure that people’s money remain in their pockets to take care of their families. So, he has gracefully reduced this fee from N200 to N100.

“He also believes that this change will trickle down to the people who are in the markets and will help people and their families.

“In addition to that, we have met with those in the quarries to include the union people. They are excited, understanding that the fact that the governor has listening ears. The governor met with them physically. He understands their cry and he has assured them of his support.”
Professor Afonja added that the revenue collectors would be at every park from tomorrow morning [Friday], urging the commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists to cooperate with them.

“Moving forward, commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists will be paying 100 Naira to a revenue consultant daily and this will commence tomorrow morning (Friday),” he said.

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