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The Senator representing Anambra North in the National Assembly, Senator Stella Oduah, has called on all South Easterners to plough some of their investments back home to develop the region. With particular reference to indigenes of Anambra State, the former Aviation Minister said any wealthy ‘Anambarian’ who refuse to invest in the region, is not only doing a disservice to the region in general but the state in particular. Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, Oduah said that according to a World Bank definition which she aligned with, one could only be said to be wealthy if the people around such individual feel and benefit from the wealth. Championing the campaign tagged “Aku Lue Uno” (which means ‘The wealth should reach home’), the senator said that Anambra State and indeed the South East had very wealthy people who could develop the region if they invested their wealth back home. She explained that ‘Aku Lue Uno’ is a prosperity sharing gospel that the South East must adopt for their well being as well as the growth and development of the area. She therefore called on all South Easterners especially, those from Anambra, to bring back some of their wealth to develop the region. She however stressed that it was not a call for all investment in other regions to be collapsed adding that the Federal Government should also be mindful of its responsibility to the region. “Aku Lue Uno is a concept that encourages indigenes to think of their homes in their investments. “It is not just the right thing to do, it is economically viable to invest in our homes, particularly for those from the South East and Anambra in particular. “We have the enabling community, we have the population and current government initiatives have provided enabling environment. so what we need is to plough back our investment, our commercial ability. “What we have outside the South East zone should be replicated in the zone, we need to start domesticating our investments so we can help our people. “We would help in improving the poverty level, we will help in creating jobs, we would help in growing our domestic economy. Most importantly our people will feel that accomplishment we have. “In doing so, we would be doing what is termed shared prosperity, in doing so we are doing what is termed Aku Lue Uno,” she said. Itemising the magnitude of wealth controlled by Igbos, particularly those from Anambra, Oduah said that according to statistics, one out of every four industries in Nigeria belonged to an individual from Anambra and one out of every importer or exporter is from Anambra. “We also know that one out of every five successful businessman or woman is from Anambra. “Can you imagine the magnitude of that investment if we can just channel just 10 percent of that home? “We would create massive employment, we would create massive mentorship for the young ones and we would have a society that will be the envy of all. “So my advocacy is to encourage all Anambarians, all South Easterners to think backwards (home) on their investments. “I am not saying uproot your industries, I am saying start divesting and think homewards so that our people can feel your impact and so that our people can grow. “It is only by doing that that you can in all conscience say that you are a wealthy man because it is only by doing that that you can say yes I am an Igbo man and I have made it. “In my book you haven’t made it if you haven’t invested what you have invested outside in your community. Any wealth that does not reach home is a lost wealth as far as I am concerned and it is a useless one. “There must be semblance of that in your state, we must help the state to grow, we must help our people to grow, we must share our prosperity, we must be involved in Aku Lue Uno concept,” she said. She admonished South Easters not to only show their wealth by building mansions or showing off when they organise or are invited to events. Speaking on profitability Oduah said that investing in the region would also be profitable, adding that there is an enabling environment and access to markets. She argued that Anmabra State is safer than Lagos State, pointing out that the international airport in Enugu provides access to international markets. She added that the state is putting enabling environment for its people to come and invest, stressing that there are tax incentives in place to encourage investments. “Most importantly there is security: we have better security in Anambra than you have in Lagos. In Anambra you do not have violence like you have in Lagos. “We have lacuna on infrastructure; rail, airports and so on, but then the state is in joint venture to build the cargo airport. “Above all we have in Enugu, Enugu has an international market so you can export. The Federal Government needs to put inland container terminal in Onitsha so that importers can from Onitsha get their goods without having to go to Lagos or Port Harcourt. “When that happens we have access to international markets. You would be amazed at the number of vehicles that go to other African markets from Onitsha. “We are currently re-exporting in an informal market, that should be formalised. Alaba and other markets in Lagos are our people’s market. We should have a huge portion of that domesticated in Onitsha”.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will commence a forensic audit of Oando Plc on Wednesday, contrary to reports that the audit had been stopped following the suspension of the Director-General of the Commission, Mr Mounir Gwarzo. In a letter obtained by our correspondent on Tuesday in Abuja, SEC notified the Group Chief Executive Officer of Oando, Mr Adewale Tinubu, of its decision to conduct a forensic exercise into the activities of the company. The letter, which was signed by the Acting Director-General of SEC, Dr. Abdul Zubair, said the forensic auditors would be at the premises of Oando on Wednesday to undertake the audit. Zubair was appointed by the Federal Government on Thursday, November 30, 2017. The Letter titled, ‘Re: Forensic Audit into the Affairs of Oando Plc’, reads: “Further to our letter to you dated November 27, 2017 and another letter to your lawyers dated November 28, 2017, wherein the Commission had notified Oando Plc of its decision to go ahead with the Forensic Audit, the Commission in the light of recent development wishes to reiterate the following: ”1. That the Commission is aware, that Suit No: FHC/L/CS/1601/17: OANDO PLC V. SEC & ANOR was struck out on November 23, 2017 by his Lordship Hon. Justice Aikawa of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court. “2. That the Commission is not aware of the existence of any valid or subsisting Order of Court restraining the Commission from proceeding with the Forensic Audit. “While we acknowledge that a Notice of Appeal has been filed to challenge the judgment of the Federal High Court, this notice does not serve as an Order of Court restraining the Commission from conducting the exercise. “We wish to restate that our Forensic Auditors had been directed to commence work since November 27, 2017 and as a result shall be at your premises on any date from Wednesday, December 6, 2017. “Kindly accord them the necessary assistance,” the letter stated. It will be recalled that following the recent suspension of the former Director-General of SEC, Mr Mounir Gwarzo, facts emerged that the DG was suspended for looking into the affairs of Tinubu, a close ally of the present administration.

The Federal Government on Wednesday suspended the Director-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Mr. Mounir Gwarzo, to allow for an unhindered investigation of several allegations of financial impropriety leveled against the Director-General. Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun announced the suspension in a statement on Wednsday, saying that two others had also been suspended. The statement from the Ministry of Finance and issued by Patricia Deworitshe, Deputy Director, Press, said the suspension was in line with the Public Service Rules (PSRs) 03405 and 03406. “Minister has set up an Administrative Panel of Inquiry (API) to investigate and determine the culpability of the Director-General. “She has directed the suspended SEC Director-General to immediately handover to the most senior officer at the Commission, pending the conclusion of investigation by the API,” the statement said. “Also suspended are two management staff of the Commission – Mr. Abdulsalam Naif Habu, Head of Media Division and Mrs. Anastasia Omozele Braimoh, Head of Legal Department – who have been alleged to engage in financial impropriety in the Commission,” the statement added.

A renowned company director, Dr. Mayor Nwachukwu of Godfy Towers Nigeria Limited has called for the proscription of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company in Abia State over its inability to supply power. Nwachukwu made the call in Aba recently while making a contribution during a one day mega seminar on “Electricity Consumers Rights and Obligations”organized by Joint Action Group and attended by professional bodies, labour union leaders, market leaders, youths, civil servants and artisans, where issues bothering on crazy and outrageous bills,illegal disconnection,intimidation by EEDC staff and absence of electricity in some parts of Aba, Abia State were discussed. Dr.Nwachukwu lamented that for over one year now, he has not had electricity in his residence yet receives and pays bill every month.He decried Nigerian Electricity and Regulatory Commission for not doing enough to enlighten the public on their rights as electricity consumers.According to him, the EEDC is just out to milk consumers as nothing has changed since it came into the Power industry.He said, “they occupy the same office as National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) the same office as Power Holding Company of Nigeria(PHCN) and now as EEDC” He suggested that electricity consumers in Aba should match and inform the government of the day about the sufferings consumers are passing through. He said the issue of non-provision of electricity supply, adversely affects the overall economy and production capacity of the state in general and Aba in particular. “What EEDC staff do in Aba is to make money for those in charge and allow the poor masses to suffer the consequences, but when we match to the government functionaries, we will tell them all their atrocities” he concluded. Earlier in his key note address,the secretary, Joint Action Group,Chief Ike Opigwe said the group is a non –profit advocacy body that provides an enabling environment for the education of electricity consumers on their right as guaranteed by the Electricity Power Sector Reform(EPSR) Act 2005 and National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) guideline,directive and methodology which include but not limited to the following: billing methodology,connection, disconnection procedure and rights to certified standard prepaid meter. Mr.Odu Obot,a Deputy Superintendent of Police, who represented Abia State Commissioner of Police, thanked the organizers of the seminar and said if all activities are handled this way;the police will have less job to do. He revealed that Abia State Police Command is tackling the problem of vandalization of electricity materials by creating Electricity Consumers Team to tackle all criminal activities against the provision of electricity in Abia state. Mr. Ezeocha Peter, National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Representative in charge of Ebonyi State, gave an overview of Electricity Sector Power Reform .He said the Commission (NERC) is empowered by the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act, 2005, to ensure an efficiently managed electricity supply industry that meets the yearnings of Nigerians for stable, adequate and safe electricity supply. According to him the Act mandates the Commission to ensure that electricity Operators recover costs on prudent investment and provide quality service to customers. In a lecture on “ Overview of Consumers’ Rights and Obligations” delivered by Comrade Anele Jacobs, he said “ it is pertinent that electricity customers know their rights which include that a new electricity connections must be done strictly based on metering before connection. That is, no new customer should be connected by a DisCo without a meter first being installed at the premises” According to him, consumers have the right to electricity supply in a safe and reliable manner; a properly installed and functional meter; a right to transparent electricity billing and also that all un-metered customers should be issued with electricity bills strictly based on NERC’s estimated billing methodology. He said consumers should be notified in writing ahead of disconnection of electricity service by the DisCo serving the customer in line with NERC’s guidelines; refund when over billed and to report the issue to the NERC Forum Office within the coverage area of the DisCo. Consumers have the right to appeal against the decision if not satisfied and any un-metered customer who is disputing his or her estimated bill has the right not to pay the disputed bill, but pay only the last undisputed bill as the contested bill go through the dispute resolution process of NERC. “It is not the responsibility of electricity customer or community to buy, replace or repair electricity transformers, poles and related equipment used in the supply of electricity” he added .However, he said consumers are under obligation to pay bills for electricity consumed and provide requirements for connection as stipulated by NERC and DisCo. And also to ensure that meters and other electrical equipment within your premises belonging to the DisCo are not tampered with, or by-passed and consumers should notify the DisCo serving you of any tampering or bypass of electricity installations. In an exclusive chat with the Chairman, Abia State Civil Society Network (ASCON) Comrade Cassius Ukwugbe, he decried the crazy bills and epileptic electric supply in Aba that has touched everybody and said the messages should be taken to the appropriate authorities and solution proffered once and for all. According to him, high billings have continued to be a source of worry to many Electricity Consumers in Abia state. He called on the Federal Government to revisit its power privatization policy to check the exploitation of Nigerians by Power Distribution Companies. He said”Aba residents have made their feelings known in the area of over – estimated billings by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company and something should be done.. In his contribution, the Chairman Hotel Proprietors Association, Aba, Chief Godwin Egbuchulam, revealed that hotels will soon sack some of their staff due to high electricity billing in Aba. According to him the cost of running hotels has increased in recent time as a result of fast consumption rate of prepaid meter. A book on Rights and Obligations of Electricity Consumers authored by Chief Ike Opigwe and reviewed by Dr. Mike Iheukwumere was presented to participants. The book; a must read by all electricity consumers, was described by Dr. Iheukwumere as the ‘Bible’ of electricity consumption. The seminar had in attendance notable Nigerians including: the Chairman Joint Action Group-Dr. Mike Iheukwumere, DSP Odu Obot, who represented the Abia state Commissioner for Police, Secretary, Joint Action Group-Chief Ike Opigwe, National Electricity Regulatory Commission(NERC) Ebonyi State Representative-Mr. Ezeocha Peter,Chairman, Hotel Proprietors Association-Chief Godwin Egbuchulam, Chairman, Abia State Civil Society Network-Comrade Cassius Ukwugbe,Comrade Anele Jacobs, Chairman, NASSI-Amb. Darlington Kalu, Manager, Hotel De L’s Paix-Mrs Celestina Asiegbu and others.

Labour leaders on Sunday expressed optimism that the Federal Government would give workers a living wage not minimum wage. President Muhammdu Buhari on Thursday approved the appointment of a 30-member tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee for the negotiation of a new National Minimum Wage. The labour leaders, who are members of the committee, spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos ahead of the committee inauguration scheduled for Monday in Abuja. The committee is made up of persons from the public sector (federal and state governments) and the private sector (members of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) Mr Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) told NAN that“our expectation is that the demand of labour will be met. “We will discuss with open mind to ensure that we achieve our aims and objectives,’’ Wabba said. He said that the meeting with the tripartite committee would be a social dialogue and collective bargaining discussion. According to him, the inauguration is long overdue and effort would be made to fast track negotiations to ensure that workers and pensioners get their accrued benefits. He said that labour would discuss issues relating to rate of Naira because the present exchange rate had increased from the time N56,000 was being proposed by labour. Mr Peter Ozo-Eson, NLC General Secretary, also said that the committee would discuss many issues affecting the minimum wage and the way forward. According to Ozo-Eson, it is over two years since the organised labour proposed N56,000 as minimum wage to the government; and so will consider a number of socio-economic indices to take its action. He said that the organised labour was looking forward to the inauguration because the committee was made up of a tripartite group that would discuss issues affecting the Nigerian workers. “We look forward to the inauguration which I believe will discuss the facts and economic realities when it starts negotiation.’’ I found this interesting I didin't

The Abia State Chapter of United Niger Delta Youths for Peace and Development was inaugurated recently in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, with youths from the 9 oil producing states in attendance. In an address presented by the Abia State Chairman of the United Niger Delta Youths for Peace and Development, Comrade Angel Njoku Ukah said that regrettably due to unattended frustrations, some youths of the Niger Delta region took to arms struggle which escalated and almost collapsed the nation. According to him it was the result of youths disenchantment that resulted to antisocial vices like armed robbery, cultism, pipeline vandalization and kidnapping, which made the region a high risk area. He emphasized on the need to involve the youths in meaningful participation in activities like sports, arts, music, volunteer works, skill acquisition, politics and other social activities. Comrade Ukah said, empowering the youths in the Niger Delta region is very important as this will give them the leeway to participate meaningfully in the society.In his words “the youths today constitute the energetic, creative and the largest percentage of our population and any radical change in the youths will ensure the growth of the economy” .He said that the youths of the Niger Delta region should be developed and not only remembering them during elections when they are used as thugs and dumped thereafter. In his words “Investment in the life of the youth is a live wire in the development of any nation, socially, economically, politically and youths who benefit from such government programmes shy away from anti government activities and I believe that President Buhari will listen to our plea for peaceful developmental initiatives in the Niger Delta region through skill acquisition and development to help reverse the negative attitude of the youths.” He thanked the Chairman, Niger Delta Development Commission, Senator Victor Ndoma Egba and the Managing Director, Obong Nsima Ekere for their efforts in transforming Niger Delta youths through skill acquisition programme. In his opening remark at the occasion the National President of UNDYPD, Barr.(Pst) Godspower Nta, chronicled the origin of United Niger Delta Youths for Peace and Development as having metamorphosed from the Union of Niger Delta Youths Council(UNDYC), conceived and formed by eminent Niger Delta sons and daughters, including Senator David O.Dafione, Chief Eke Horsefall, late Dr. Ime S. Umanah and late Comrade John Israel. According to him, the aim was to create a peaceful region and that the peace being enjoyed today in the Niger delta region was as a result of remarkable efforts of the Union. He said “UNDYPD is about development and we are empowering youths through peace; because we cannot have development without peace.As our main objective, we started youths empowerment towards self reliance because until you have value in life; you amount to nothing and this led us to start skill acquisition training with 800 people at Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom state” UNDYPD is the platform people have been are looking for he said. He advised executive members of Abia state chapter to UNDYPD take their work serious and happily relayed a message from NDDC chairman expressing willingness to send trainees to the skill acquisition centre in Ikot Ekpene. In his speech, His Kingship Eze Amb. Iheanyichukwu Nwokenna, Oba 1 of the Great Ekeoba, who was the Royal Father of the day, advised the Abia state chapter to be peaceful and achieve her objectives so that it will not be relegated to the background in the pursuit of what rightly belongs to them. He advised them to always go for peace as peace is better than war. Eze Innocent Nwaigwe of Okaiuga-Alike Kingdom in Ohuhu clan of Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State in his remarks applauded the decision of the youths of the Niger-Delta region to form a group that would address the issue of peace but advised that nobody should be dropped when it becomes juicy. “Members of the association should not go for crumbs because the crumbs cannot solve your problems rather go for the real things that belong to you and carry everybody along. There is a correlation between peace and development because you cannot have development in the absence of peace” he concluded. Notable Nigerians recognized at the occasion as Grand Patrons included the 2015 All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Abia State Governorship candidate, Dr. Alex Otti, who was ably represented by Hon. Luke Ukara Onyeani, member representing Arochukwu State Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly,His Kingship, Eze Amb. Iheanyichukwu Nwokenna, Sir Marc Wabara, Chief Chris Nkwonta,Dr. David Onuoha(Bourdex),Dr. Nyerere Chinenye Anyim and Barr. George Ero. Those recognized as Patrons included Dr. U.N.Onwuka, Hon.Kalu Kalu Ulu, Mr. Ogbuefi Igwe Gideon Elekwa, Tony Ogbuagu, Rt.Hon.Sir Cosmos Ndukwe and Barr. Kennedy Emeka Adiele. The National President of UNDYPD, Barr (Pst) Godspower Nta inaugurated the Abia State Execuitve Committee headed by Abia State Chairman Prince (Comrade) Angel Njoku Ukah who later inaugurated the Executive Members of the 17 Local Government Areas in Abia State after taking oath of allegiance to be faithful and loyal to UNDYPD. In an exclusive chat with Bishop Nelson Etigwe, the General Overseer of Shiloh International Church, and an Executive member of the association said that UNDYPD is open to the young and the young at heart with the good intention of refocusing the mindset of the youths of the Niger Delta region in particular and Nigeria in general. He said that the good morals which Nigerian youths were hitherto known for had eluded us and unfortunately replaced with violence and other immoral acts that are detrimental to the growth and development of the country. He advised every youth in Nigeria to embrace peace, without which, there will be no meaningful development. The occasion attracted notable national executive members of UNDYPD and other Nigerians among whom are:the National President of UNDYPD-Barr (Pst) Godspower Nta, the National Secretary-Comrade Nweke Kennedy, National Public Relations Officer- Comrade Ekpererong Honesty, National Assistant Treasurer- Comrade David Atanang,National Vice President- Comrade Noah Jefferson, Board of Trustees Member- Chief Christopher Kalu, Abia State Secretary-Chief Ifeanyi Okere, Ex-Officio Member- Elder Ndubuisi Ejikam, Executive Member-Bishop Nelson Etigwe, Chief G.O.C. Kanu, Elder I.I.Onwuka among others

The University of Lagos (Unilag) is researching into a cost-effective solar energy supply to people in its immediate environment. The university’s Director of Research and Innovation, Prof. Wellington Oyibo, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos. “We have colleagues in the energy space. We told them that we want people to have access to energy that must be cost-effective. He said that provision of the alternative source of energy would be a unique way for the institution to make more impact on the society. “If you should compute how much it takes to run a generating set every day, you will discover that what you have spent in buying fuel in a week can actually provide you electricity for one year. “So, we are talking about access to low-cost energy, which is what we are working on now,” Oyibo said. According to the director, the team of researchers is not only concerned about alternative source of energy, but also about low-cost energy. Oyibo told NAN that some research products of the university were undergoing material reduction in an effort to reduce cost. He said that researchers were working on reducing to N10,000 or less, the cost of a product that could ordinarily gulp N100,000, so that it could be affordable. “All these are in the pipeline; of course, we will not want to tie down the time of the completion to any particular period because a number of factors will come into play.” According to him, the research into cost-effective alternative energy source is coming after the university’s groundbreaking research into malaria testing with urine which was validated in 2016. According to him, the urine test kit is currently in the market. Oyibo said that the institution was at an advanced stage of providing solutions to a number of societal challenges. “With focus, commitment and support that the university is providing, we are sure to get to where we intend in terms of research and innovation.”

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Monday uncovered 30 different banned and unregistered products worth millions of naira in Onitsha, Anambra, an official has said. Mrs Christiana Essenwa, a Deputy Director of NAFDAC, said this when she conducted newsmen round the uncompleted building where the contraband were discovered. She listed some of the banned products to include rice, vegetable oil, tomato paste, tomato ketchup and toilet and medicated soaps. The list includes, among others, dairy products, hand wash, creams, cosmetics, toothpaste, furniture, plastic products, electrical cables and textiles imported in a 40-foot container. Essenwa expressed concern that in spite of the Federal Government ban, some businessmen ignored the hazards the banned products pose to unsuspecting consumers. “These contraband items are written in foreign language; it is difficult for consumers to know the content of the products, making it hazardous for consumers in the country. “For instance, these foreign toothpastes contain saccharine which is not allowed in the country; the vegetable oils do not have the eye logo, signifying that they are fortified with vitamin A. “We are going to confiscate every item and get them ready for destruction,” Essenwa said. She said some of the seized products such as textiles, cables and plastics also required the involvement of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) to certify the authenticity of the items. The deputy director said the discovery was made following a tip-off and urged the public to be circumspect before picking products on display in the market. “Check whether they have NAFDAC registration number; whether the labelling is alright, whether it was written in foreign language, manufacturing address and of course, the expiry date,” Essenwa said. Also speaking, an industrialist, Mr Steve Evans, the Manager of Evans Industries Limited, decried the importation of fake products into the country, describing the act as “economic sabotage”. Evans, urged the Federal Government to step up its surveillance on fake products being dumped in the country.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it had arrested a former Kano State High Court Judge, Justice Kabiru Auta, for an alleged N220 million fraud. Spokesperson of the commission, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday. Okoduwa said the suspect was detained on Tuesday when he honoured an invitation by the commission over allegations of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery. Auta, according to her, allegedly conspired with some other persons to defraud a Kano businessman named Alhaji Bashir Yakasai of N220 million. “The matter was referred to the commission after it had been reported to the National Judicial Council which had constituted a committee to investigate the allegations. “The amount involved had been fraudulently obtained from Yakasai by Auta and his accomplice, Bashir Sufi, on the pretext that they were acting on behalf of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Aloma Mukhtar. “Auta in his statement to the Commission disclosed that he made a part repayment of N20 million to Yakasai during the course of the matter,” she said. Okoduwa said the suspect was released on administrative bail, while further investigation into the matter was ongoing.

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN)’s unit (ASCSN-ECN Unit) has declared a 3-day warning strike. ASCSN-ECN Unit’s Chairman, Mr Promise Chukwu, who announced the strike on Tuesday in Abuja, said it was necessitated by ECN’s management failure to implement earlier agreements. Chukwu said that ECN’s management had also consistently disregarded directives from superior authorities. “Up tenth time, the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation issued clarification against the misleading and ignorant stand of ECN management on the `Non Research Institute’ status of the commission. “Up to this moment, the Prof. Eli Bala led management has continued to retain some staff who had passed the statutory retirement age of 60 or 35 years of service in ECN. “The questionable transfer of the ministerial supervision of ECN to Federal Ministry of Science and Technology (FMST) from the Presidency and Federal Ministry of Energy, then (Petroleum and Power) is worrisome. “The mandate of ECN is so peculiar that it can only be implemented with the condition and scheme of service that will address those needs; however 28 years after, the commission lacks comprehensive condition and scheme of service.’’ He said that the mandatory career progression training of staff had become a no go area as the management had turned blind eye to the skill gap and manpower of ECN. The chairman said that the implementation of earlier agreements with the management was the only pre-condition for ensuring industrial harmony in the commission. Chukwu listed some of the demands of the association in order to ensure stability in the commission: “Investigate all the financial transactions in ECN especially the one in ECN Project Account; the association is ready to assist EFCC with supporting documents. “Immediate reversal of controversial supervisory role of ECN from FMST to Presidency or at least, to one of the ministries where their function is directly related to energy such as Federal Ministry of Petroleum. “Immediate reconstitution of the committee on conditions and scheme of service for ECN to address the peculiarity of the commission. “Immediate implementation of recommendations of the Managing Committee on skipping of CONRAISS 10 salary grade; that is abolition of the post of Senior Officer 1 and 11 cadre and review the promotion issues connected therewith. “Immediately release of promotion letters of staff that are due for promotion effective Jan. 1 and fast track promotion exercise of staff due for promotion effective Jan. 1, 2018.’’ He said. He added that the management should immediately constitute a committee to look into staff welfare and liaise with the National Salaries Income and Wages commission to secure energy sector standard remuneration for ECN. Chukwu called on President Muhammadu Buhari and relevant stakeholders to intervene and save the commission. According to him, the industrial disharmony will continue until Bala is relieved of his appointment by the president. Meanwhile, Bala did not pick several calls put across to him for his reaction neither did he respond to the test message sent to him as at the time of filing this report.

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