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EKEDC launches SCADA to enhance service delivery

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The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has launched its innovative network solution –Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition – Distribution Management System (SCADA-DMS) Centre, to enable it to promptly and more efficiently monitor all activities on the networks and resolve issues detected on time.

The project was inaugurated recently in Lagos by President Muhammadu Buhari through his representative and Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman.

The project funded by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) via the Nigerian Electricity Market Stabilization Facility (NEMSF), was being implemented in phases through a partnership with Tech Systems Limited, and a Canadian based company, M/S Survalent Technology, a leading technological company reputed in providing SCADA-DMS-OMS solutions.

SCADA–DMS is considered a state-of-the-art technology that provides remote coverage and relay of interconnected network communication, enabling the company to have real-time access to monitor and control its distribution infrastructure.

According to the project partner, Tech Systems Limited, SCADA System is a futuristic technology integrated with other distribution systems including the GIS/OMS and DERMS Solutions.

The control centre located at the corporate headquarters of the EKEDC is also integrated with all safety and security systems and fully protected with double firewall to provide data security at all times.

The SCADA-DMS Centre is also equipped with modern web technology that enables the EKEDC leadership to monitor the power flow from any location across the globe.

Speaking at the event, the president commended EKEDC for attaining the feat, saying the company would now be able to promptly identify and resolve faults to ensure its customers continue to enjoy power supply.

He described SCADA as one of the most advanced technologies in the power distribution business globally, saying he was “optimistic that this will translate to improved service delivery to customers within EKEDC’s network.”

He added that the development was a clear evidence that the present administration was committed to the improvement of power supply in the country.

The Chairman of EKEDC, Mr Charles Momoh, stated that the implementation of the SCADA – DMS was a further evidence of EKEDC’s commitment towards the development of the power sector in Nigeria.

He said features provided by the system such as real time monitoring, remote fault identification and data analysis, would ensure the company’s operations meet up with global standards as well as give a boost to its service excellence drive.

Managing Director of EKEDC, Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi, reiterated the company’s commitment to improving its services and customer satisfaction.

He added that more projects aimed at actualising the desired stable electricity supply were underway.

Managing Director of Tech Systems Limited, Dr Walter Olatunde, said, “We consider it a privilege and opportunity to partner with Eko Electricity in considering technology as the path to a reliable and efficient customer satisfaction and we are happy to be a partner with EKEDC in moving to the next level as the most advanced and technologically in- tune distribution company in Nigeria.”

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I sold about N70,000 bread daily to bandits when Kaduna students were abducted – Baker

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Hassan Magaji, a baker in the Galadimawa area of Kaduna State, has confessed to supplying bread to bandits.

Magagi, who was recently arrested by the Intelligence Response Team of the Inspector-General of Police, said he sold bread worth N70,000 to the bandits during the time that some university students were abducted.

It is not clear if he was referring to students of Greenfield University, Kaduna, who spent over a month in captivity.

“I observed that whenever they kidnapped many people, like during the kidnap of those university students, the quantity of bread that they bought increased. During that period I delivered up to N70,000 worth of bread everyday until recently when it dropped to N50,000 again.”

“I have not benefitted much except that I married a new wife and I was able to save money to take care of two wives. To stop banditry, government should recruit more security men. We prefer police because they know the job.”

Bandits have been terrorising residents of Kaduna and its environs.

On Saturday, angry residents blocked the ever-busy Abuja-Kaduna highway to protest incessant attacks.

Despite repeated assurances from government, armed gangs have been making life a hell for people.

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Rains: NiMet warns of severe turbulence, flight cancellations

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The Director-General, Nigeria Meteorological Agency (NiMet), Prof. Mansur Matazu, has said airlines will encounter severe turbulence, flight delays and cancellations during rainfall.
He therefore called on pilots and airline managements to adhere to the weather forecast as the likely severe turbulence could cause discomfort, injury to passengers, instability and even loss of control for small aircraft.
Matazu was quoted in a statement on Friday as saying, “Heavy rains could also lead to skidding of aeroplanes due to surface wetness and impaired horizontal visibility.
“Thunderstorms could also lead to accidents, incidents, flight delays, flight cancellation, death, damage among others.
“Windshear could lead to accidents, incidents, aircraft nosedive, discomfort, aircraft lost control and death.”
The NiMet boss urged airline operators to take weather forecast seriously, stating the turbulence usually would cause poor visibility.
He also called on passengers to be patient with the airlines as flight delays, flight cancellations and flight diversion will be experienced within this period.

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Navy arrests 10 vandals with smuggled 210,000 litres of diesel

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Operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft have arrested 10 suspected vandals with 210,000 litre of stolen diesel.
The suspects were alleged to have attempted to smuggle the products concealed in water tanks to neighbouring Benin Republic through a wooden boat when they were intercepted around the Lagos anchorage.
A statement released on Friday by Base Information Officer, Sub-Lieutenant Veronica Effiong, said the suspects with the seized products had been handed over to the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, after preliminary investigations.
She said, “The vandals and seized products were on Tuesday, June 15, handed over to the Lagos Command of the NSCDC for further investigation and prosecution.
“The Commander NNS BEECROFT Commodore Bashir Mohammed reiterated the NNS BEECROFT`s commitment to the protection of critical national infrastructure and the eradication of all illegal activities in its area of responsibility in line with the Chief of the Naval Staff`s mission statement and strategic directive of 2021-5.
“As partners for a safe maritime environment, members of the public especially our host communities are enjoined to kindly furnish the base with credible information to assist in curbing the activities of criminal elements and economic saboteurs.”

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