Ikeja ‘Notorious’ Electricity Distribution Company

By Oji Odu No month or year passes without Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) being enmeshed in one form of controversy or another. To electricity consumers under it, the name of the company is now  synonymous with ‘Notorious’, because of its myriads of illegalities employed to rip them off of their hard earned money without commensurate services. Worse still, it seems the electricity company is above the law. Because IKEDC has allegedly been treated with kid gloves by the authorities, the company has continued to ignore and refuse to obey…

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Minimum Wage: Nigerian Workers Remain Monkeys

By Oji Odu There is heightened anxiety and fears by Nigerian workers less than one month to the September date for the kick-off of the new minimum wage regime that the date may not be feasible. This means a continuity of the peanut N18,000 minimum wage and Nigeria’s ‘Monkey’ labour force, because when you pay peanuts to your workers, you tuMinimum Wage: Nigerian workers to Rrn them to monkeys. It also means a continuity of high level corruption in the civil service which they use the tight bureaucratic structure perpetrate…

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2019 Election: Vetoing Buhari’s Veto

By Oji Odu It may not yet be uhuru for the National Assembly whose quest for reordering of the sequence for the 2019 general election as put forward by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was upheld by the Appeal Court after President Muhammadu Buhari vetoed it. The daunting poser remains: Why is the President and the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the reordering of the 2019 elections which kicks off with the Presidential election in spite of its popularity claims? Why does the National Assembly think that the INEC…

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Federal Governments Questionable Security Deployment

By Oji Odu Given the recurring spate of killings, invasion and alleged occupation of parts of Middle Belt states and parts of the north, and the non chalant and indifferent stance of Federal Government to the problem in spite of several security deployments, why should the the President Muhammadu Buhari government continue to deploy security personnel to the areas that have been invaded by fulani herdsmen or bandits with the attendant pathetic loss of lives and properties? Of what use are these deployments when the perpetrators of the killings continue…

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Fashola And DISCOs: Power-ful Liars

  By Oji Odu Both the Power Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola and the electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) should know that the supposedly gullible Nigerians are tired of all the bickering and lies they are always engaged in almost on weekly or monthly basis to explain to why the sector is not working. They should also know that Nigerians are no longer deceived or fooled by their theatrical fisticuffs while the helpless electricity consumers continues to be ripped-off on daily basis with the estimated and crazy monthly electricity bills…

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Buhari’s Budget of Partial Development

  By Oji Odu Six months into the country’s financial season, after the 2018 Appropriation bill was presented to the National Assembly in November 2017,  President Muhammadu Buhari is expected today, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, to sign the bill into law, leaving government with only six months to perform all the magic and abracadabra needed to make Nigeria a better place and better the lives of the sun stricken Nigerians. Are Nigerians surprised? No. Are they expecting life impacting changes in the remaining six months? Definitely, many are not. This…

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Electricity Metering: Not For DISCOs

By Oji Odu With earlier partial failure by Federal Government to meter the unmetered electricity consumers, despite billions of grant to the electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs), there is a lot of skepticism to the success of the new N37 billion grant by government to the DISCOS to provide meters to their unmetered customers through an undisclosed private operator so as to solve the prolonged issue of crazy billing. To many electricity consumers, this new intervention is dead on arrival. This is because there is no means of compelling the DISCOs…

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Visionscape: Overpowered By Lagos “Peculiar Mess”

By Oji Odu In most parts of the Lagos metropolis, dirt has taken over. From Alimosho, Shomolu, Badore, Mushin, Ajegunle, Ikorodu et cetera, the situation is same, prompting the belief by Lagosians that Visionscape, the waste disposal company in the state cannot deal with about 13,000 metric tons of waste generated in the state daily, about the highest in sub-Sahara Africa. This is also posing a huge challenge to the state, and with grave health implications for its citizens. The situation has also raised fears that the company will likely…

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Jega,National Assembly: Nigeria’s Bribery Syndicate

By Oji Odu Jega: Members of the National Assembly are bribe takers. National Assembly: You nko? You no dey give? In short mention those involved in this act, both the givers and takers. The above dramatic capture of the bribery allegation war between former Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega and members of the National Assembly has not only gone viral, but exposed Nigeria to more ridicule to the outside world in recent times. Are the nation’s legislators guilty of such despicable act which has become a pathetic tag…

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Let Metuh Not Die In Court

By Oji Odu Olisa Metuh, former Publicity Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) may one day die in court. His falls and collapses are increasing by the day whenever he presents himself for defense in the graft case against him. Monday Morning, May 21, 2018, recorded yet another of such collapse in the court. The incident happened just as he was making his way to the dock for his resumed trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja. Metuh, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial…

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