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Nigeria, Russia to sign business agreement on pre-paid metres production

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The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), on Friday, said that Nigeria and Russia would sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the production of pre-paid meter to bridge the gap that currently exists in the sector.

President of ACCI, Adetokunbo Kayode said that the agreement would be between Russian electrotechnical company, Energomera and NT Power Nigeria Ltd.

A statement issued on Friday by Mr Lubem Gena, Media and Strategy Officer, ACCI said that preparations had reached advanced stage to facilitate the signing of business cooperation between both parties.

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The statement said ACCI president, Adetokunbo noted that the company was interested in investing in pre-paid meters production to bridge the gap that existed in the sector.

In the series of meetings and exchange of communication, we both agreed to sign the MOU to formally form the basis of the business relationship.

“During the Russia-Africa Business Forum which took place in Sochi in October, we concluded discussion to this effect.

“This will add value to electricity distribution and greatly reduce the sharp practices associated with electricity consumption and payment system.

“The NRBC is proud to play a pioneering role towards deepening our economic ties with a friendly nation like Russia.

“This has been made possible by the active facilitation of the Nigerian Ambassador to Russia, Prof. Steve Ugbah,” Kayode said.

The Energomera is a recognised leader in the Russian market of electricity meters and metering system and produces over three million meters annually.

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NRBC is an association of collected businessmen with a deep interest in doing business with the Russians.

“The MOU signing event will take place during the Future Energy Exhibition holding in Lagos on Sunday, Nov. 17,’’ Kayode said.

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Kwara commends BUA Group for donating three ambulances

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has commended the BUA Group for donating three ambulance buses to the Kwara State Government

A statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye, on Friday in Ilorin said the donation came two months after the conglomerate donated N100 million to the state’s COVID-19 campaign.

“I am so glad that BUA has lived up to the expectation again. It is not just the buses.

“BUA recently gave us N100 million which we are very grateful for,” Ajakaye quoted the governor as saying shortly after the ambulances were handed over to him in Ilorin.

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The governor said that the gradual reopening of the economy did not mean that the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic was over.

AbdulRazaq, therefore, urged the people of Kwara to adhere to all safety protocols, adding that the world now appeared to be in the middle of the health crisis.

“I want to specifically thank the Chairman of BUA, Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu, for N100 million, these ambulance buses, the hundreds of people being employed in Kwara State, and for the internally generated revenue they contribute to the state and for future prospects and investments,” he said. 

The Senior General Manager of the Lafiagi Sugar Company (BUA Group), AbdulRasheed Olayiwola, while presenting the ambulances said they were meant to further campaign against the pandemic which had affected everyone.

“We are stakeholders in Kwara State and our Chairman is very particular about development.

“As a responsible corporate organization, we’re not only interested in our investment here, we are also interested in the wellbeing of Kwara people.

“We deem it fit, therefore,  to support this government in its drive to fight the scourge of COVID-19,” he said. 

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Kaduna completes the first phase of an ultra-modern market

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Kaduna State Government has completed the first phase of the ultra-modern market being constructed at Kasuwan Magani in Kajuru Local Council in Kaduna State.

Facilities in the market which include police posts, clinics, banks, fire service stations, warehouses, and administration blocks have been completed.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Musa, who led newsmen on a tour of the market, said that the construction work in the market had reached advance stage.

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The project, with a cost of over N2 billion, has 224,000  shops.

A representative of the construction company, Hamza Bello, said over 400 shops had so far been completed in the first phase of the project.

He said that about 80 percent of the work had been completed and assured that the remaining work would soon be completed.

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Some laborers at the project site expressed their commitment to meet the completion target given to them.

Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai launched the reconstruction of the burnt market as part of his administration’s readiness to promote equality in opportunity and economic development in the communities.

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COVID-19: Edo discharges 80 more patients

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Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has disclosed that 80 more coronavirus (COVID-19) patients have recovered and have been cleared to reunite with their families and the society after testing negative to the virus.

In a statement, the Governor said the death toll in the state has risen to 43 with the elderly accounting for a large number of the fatalities, urging residents to observe precautionary measures to stay safe, healthy as well as protect the aged.

Obaseki noted:

“We have discharged 80 more COVID-19 patients from our isolation centres. The number of discharges now stands at 498. We lost one more person to the virus, bringing the number of fatalities to 43. Stay safe and protect our aged parents, who are most endangered”

Commissioner for Health, Dr Patrick Okundia, said the state has recorded a total of 1,203 confirmed cases, 6,046 suspected cases and exited 2,532 others, including 2,185 line-listed contacts and 347 persons-of-interest (POI), who have completed the compulsory 14-day follow-up and tested negative.

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Okundia said the 1,203 confirmed cases were recorded in Oredo (391), Esan West (117), Egor (223), OviaNorth East (86), Ikpoba-Okha (160), Uhunmwode (14), Etsako Central (2), Esan South East (7), Akoko-Edo (1), Esan Central (107), Ovia South West (19), Owan East (1), Esan North East (43), Etsako West (20), Etsako East (9), Orhionmwon (2), Owan West (1) Local Government Areas (LGAs).

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The commissioner, who reassured residents that the state government would continue to intensify efforts to contain the pandemic and protect the Edo people, said the state has tested over 6,371 residents and is contact-tracing 2,794 others as well as visited over 1,035 rural and urban communities for Active Case Search (ACS) activities.

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He added:

“While the state government intensifies efforts to protect the Edo people from this deadly disease, we urge all citizens to stay at home and observe all precautionary measures against the spread of the infectious disease, including regular handwashing with soap under running water and the use of alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Cover your mouth and nose properly when sneezing and/or coughing.”

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