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Kaduna Electric sacks 10 over fraud, indiscipline

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The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company says it has sacked 10 members of staff for cases of fraud and indiscipline.

Mr Abdulazzez Abdullahi, the Company’s head of Corporate Communication, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday in Kaduna.

Abdullahi said:

“In a bid to instill discipline and curb fraudulent practices among its workforce, some staff of Kaduna Electric have been relieved of their appointments.

“The staff had their appointments terminated for various acts of fraud and gross indiscipline.

“The affected staff were served dismissal letters recently after they had appeared before the company’s Disciplinary Committee to defend themselves over the allegations proffered against them.

“The Committee found them in breach of the company’s Conditions of Service rules, hence their dismissal.”

According to Abdullahi, the management took the decision to let go of the staff in order to send the signal to other staff that such unscrupulous behaviour that tarnishes the company’s reputation is no longer tolerable.

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He urged customers not to collude with Kaduna Electric staff in perpetrating fraudulent acts and endeavour to report anyone engaged in such, for disciplinary action to be taken.

Abdullahi said the company had commenced series of campaigns aimed at reorientating its staff towards service excellence.

He warned that the company staff who did not key into the new vision would be shown the way out.

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Meanwhile, the company said it would reflect the new 7. 5 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on customers’ electricity bills from Feb. 1.

Abdullahi, in a separate statement on Wednesday in Kaduna, said:

“The Management of Kaduna Electric wishes to inform its esteemed customers that due to the federal government’s new Value Added Tax (VAT) increase from 5% to 7.5%, customers will notice a slight increment in the VAT component of their electricity bills.

“The VAT increase will also reflect on the vended token for metered customers.

“The increment reflecting the new VAT rate will commence from the electricity bills for the month of February 2020 which will be distributed in March 2020.

“As announced by the federal government, the VAT increase takes effect from February 1, 2020.”

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IPMAN says they can’t sell petrol at N121.5 per litre

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IPMAN says they can’t sell petrol at N121.5 per litre

The Oil marketers in Nigeria on Tuesday said it was impossible for its members to sell petrol at the new government-regulated N121.5 per litre.

Acting under the aegis of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), the marketers said they have directed their members to sell petrol at N123.5 per litre.

Reacting to the new price announced by the Petroleum Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), IPMAN said the agency has advised them to either sell at the new pump price or adjust to what will make Nigerians happy.

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And as such, they accordingly instructed their marketers to comply with the advice of the government and adjust to N123.5 per litre pending the Deport Petroleum Marketers Association’s action on the new pump price.

The IPMAN Chairman Kano chapter, Alhaji Bashir Danmallam, in a statement in Kano, urged marketers under his jurisdiction to comply with the new price modulation advice by ensuring that no one sells above the approved N123.5 per litre.

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In the circular, the PPPRA advised marketers to sell fuel, not above N123.5 per litre.

“After a review of the prevailing market fundamentals in May and considering marketers’ realistic operating costs, as much as practicable, we wish to advise of a new PMS guiding pump price with corresponding Ex-Depot price for the month of June, 2020, as follows: Price Band: N121. 50 — B123. 50 per litre. Ex-Depot price:N102.13–N104.13 per litre. Ex-Depot for collection:N109.78–N111. 78 per litre.

“All marketers are advised to operate within the indicative prices as advised by the PPPRA,” the circular said.

Danmallam assured the public of a steady supply and distribution of petroleum products at all times and in all circumstances, praying also that God should put an end to the pandemic.

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He advised both the public and marketers to continue to observe all public health measures of personal hygiene and social distancing to curtail the spread of the virus.

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FG releases guidelines for reopening of worship centres

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FG releases guidelines for reopening of worship centres

Following the recent lifting of ban on religious houses by the Federal Government, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in a statement said it does not recommend that people go to places of worship, but if they have to, the task force will provide guidelines that would make it safe to do so.

The PTF National Coordinator, Sani Aliyu, said this at the briefing on Tuesday.

See below the full list of guidelines.

1. Places of worship must comply with all non-pharmaceutical measures such as mandatory use of face mask by worshippers, hand washing spots at the entrances, hand sanitizers with at least Sixty percent alcohol content and mandatory temperature checks.

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2. Facilities should be structured in a way that physical distancing is observed.

3. Worshippers are advised not to touch each other in a manner such as hugging, shaking, kissing etc.

4. Families are advised to stay together during the worship services.

5. Church/mosque volunteers (ushers, choir, security etc.) that have underlying illnesses should not be allowed to serve.

6. The time for worship services should not be more than one hour.

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7. Churches/mosques with high number of worshippers can divide their services into two or three depending on the number to ensure physical distancing, and should have break of at least 30mins between the services to allow worshippers wash their hands or to disinfect the centers.

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8. Mosques are to open 20mins before prayers and close 20mins after prayers.

9. No Islamiya schools.

10. Prayer sections should be staggered.

11. Worship centers should have different entry and exit points.

12. No social gatherings before or after services.

13. Business outlets at worship centers should remain closed.

14. The elderly above 55 are advised to observe there worship services at home.

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15. Churches/Mosques should improve their environmental hygiene.

16. Windows should be left open during services, as it’s more dangerous to hold services in enclosed places.

17. Open-air services are preferable.

18. There should be frequent cleaning of centres.

19. Surfaces should be cleaned with diluted bleach.

20. Worshippers with COVID19 symptoms should not go to places of worship.

21. Churches/Mosques should keep a record of staff and worshippers for contact tracing purposes.

22. Persons identified with high temperature after a temperature check should be turned back.

23. It is better to stay at home and worship than to go to worship centres.

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NDDC says late finance director died of COVID-19

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The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) says its Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Chief Ibanga Etang, died of complications from Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Mr. Charles Odili, the NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, said this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Tuesday amid controversies that trailed Etang’s death on May 28.

It was recalled that after the death of Etang, the commission shut its head office in Port Harcourt and directed its staff to go on self-isolation immediately.

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This had fueled speculations that the director died from complications of COVID-19, but the commission later dismissed the reports on the cause of Etang’s death.

Odili, however, said the family of the deceased has now authorized NDDC management to announce that the late executive director tested positive for Coronavirus.

“Our late executive director, Ibanga Etang who passed away in the early hours of May 28, tested positive to COVID-19 as confirmed by his family.

“The Rivers State Ministry of Health has written to NDDC, confirming the cause of death to be COVID-19.

“The ministry has directed the commission to order all management staff to go into self-isolation for a period of 14 days with effect from June 2,” he said.

Odili said the health ministry also sought the cooperation of organizations doing business with NDDC to trace their staff and contractors who had close contact with the deceased.

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The NDDC spokesman said the family of Etang and NDDC management were pleading to members of the public against politicizing the death of the executive director.

“We wish to be left alone to mourn him with dignity while we pray for the peaceful repose of the soul of Etang,” he appealed.

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