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Religious leaders urged to instil morals in children to stem insecurity

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Religious bodies in Nigeria have been advised to return to their responsibility of instilling moral and religious cultures into today’s child, to stem the tide of decay in the land.

Rev Emmanuel Akammadu, a clergyman and youth trainer, who gave the advice observed that notable Nigerian leaders in politics and industry, passed through missionary schools and contributed immensely to the country’s socio-economic development.

According to him, people like late Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowder, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief MKO Abiola, among others, were products of such schools operated by the Methodist Church and called for their sustenance.

He blamed Nigeria’s current security challenges on the abandonment of policies that encouraged good child upbringing, by the government.

He stressed that those in authority abandoned government youth development programmes at the end of the Nigeria/Biafra Civil War, in 1970, while subsequent funds being mapped out for such projects got embezzled.

 According to the man of God, many youths that would have benefitted from government training schemes were left to drift into becoming restive.

 Akammadu, who is currently the Principal of Methodist College, Ugwumba Estate, Aba, in Abia State, also blamed parents for abandoning their children’s upbringing in pursuit of material wealth.

In his words, “Had the leaders that took over the mantle from the nation’s founding fathers continued the development of the Nigerian child, we would not have these problems we are experiencing now.

 “Those in authority in Nigeria pay lip service to human development. Our schools are in shambles while funds meant for infrastructural development and training, including those from world bodies, are diverted into personal use.

 “The result is that generations of youths that would have taken over leadership of the country have graduated into adults with no commitment to national consciousness, patriotism and discipline.

 “What our youths have learnt from being abandoned over the years, have resulted into the current insecurity in the land and government should act positively, instead of threatening the South-East and South-West regions of the country.”

Entrepreneur decries overbilling by EEDC (IAb)

Yolamchi UkagaAba

An entrepreneur, Peter Okpara, who produces nylon in one-room batcher at 200 Powerline, Umuode, in Aba North Local Government Area of Abia State, has applied to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) for connection to national grid to support his production since February, 2021.

Subsequently the shop with installed one unit of small stripping rolling and cutting machine for nylon (waterproof) service was inspected and supplied with electricity by EEDC.

However, when the first bill (February 2021) came with tariff code R2SA-NMD with 335kwh/N20, 141.79, Mr. Okpara quickly called the attention of the marketer to the wrong tariff code R2SA, instead of CITA-NMD as commercial, and complained of over invoicing of 335kwh instead of 276kwa (NERC capping 213/2020).

He stated that the EEDC marketer identified as one Ukamaka Ugwu, agreed with him that since he was selling nylon in large quantity with one small rolling and cutting machine, that his actual tariff code should be CITA-NMD.

The said EEDC staff promised to correct the errors, but insisted that he should pay N20,000 to avoid disconnection, which he did.

Afterwards, he stated that EEDC closed his initial account No.7927369521 (R2SA) and replaced it with a new account No.4472121829 with first bill in March 2021, amounting to N541,122.75 (N9000kwa) and April bill same 9000kwh, amounting to N541,122.75.

Okpara explained that he was threatened with disconnection, which forced him to pay N70,000 in March and another N1000,000 in April, noting that his facility was still disconnected by EEDC.

To remain in business, Okpara said that he was forced to pay another N100,000 and N2,000 reconnection fee on March 21, 2021 before his facility was reconnected.

Meanwhile, the N20,000 he paid in February, 2021 did not reflect in the new account for proper accounting. Consequently, Okpara is of the view that EEDC is out to kill and close his business.

He wandered whether EEDC is contesting the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) capping order 213/2020 for clearly disobeying and NERC capping order.

He noted that EEDC has been wrongfully disconnecting his facility to extort money from him, noting that in April, 2021 bill which was energy used in March, 2021 that he paid N100,000 on March 15, 2021 and EEDC wrongfully disconnected his supply on March, 20, 2021 on the grounds of non-payment of arrears and forced him to pay extra N1000,000 and N20,000 reconnection fee on March 21, 2021 and was reconnected on March 22, 2021.

In his words, ‘This is the climax of intimidation, harassment and violation of NERC regulation”.

He urged EEDC to install the Federal Government free pre-paid meter under the National Mass metering programme (NMMP) on his address and review his bills downwards from February, 2021 till date to be in compliance with NERC capping order 213/2020. 

Yolamchi UkagaAba

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