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UCH Ibadan: Sachet water sellers inflate prices as scarcity persists in hospital

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Sellers of sachet water at the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan are currently making brisk business with the commodity following the lack of water supply to the hospital.

A visit by newsmen correspondent to the hospital on Thursday revealed that sachet water seller has randomly increased their prices.

Our correspondent learnt that the sachet water christened, UCH Grace sachet water with NAFDAC registration number C1-5851L is being produced by UCH Grace CICS Multi Ventures.

It is the only sachet water that is allowed to be sold in the hospital, DAILY POST gathered.

Newsmen gathered that a bag of sachet water which is sold between N100 and N120 in some parts of Ibadan is being sold between N150 and N200 in the hospital.

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Recall that medical doctors at the UCH suspended all surgical operations until further notice for lack of water

Investigations by newsmen in Ibadan showed that patients on admission and their relatives have had to solve their water needs from other sources, including buying sachet water bags.

A visit to some shops in the hospital community showed that traders have hiked the prices of bags of sachet water to N150 and N200.

While some sold a bag of water at N150, others insisted on selling at N160 while some other shops sold the same product at N200 a bag.

Despite the hike, some patients relatives were seen carrying bags of sachet water to the wards as there is no alternative solution to the water crisis.

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A patient who was at the hospital for an eye examination said he was pressed but could not use the toilet for lack of water in the building.

He said, “I am looking for where to defecate because there is no water in the wards. If I can see bush to defecate. This place is not a good place to come. I want to do an eye examination and I have not been attended to.”

However, the Public Relations Officer of the hospital, Toye Akinrinlola when contacted told newsmen that the water scarcity was caused by ongoing renovation in the hospital.

Akinrinlola had on Wednesday told newsmen that the renovation is to be completed in three weeks.

“When you visited UCH what did you observed? You will observe that there is a massive renovation ongoing. We are replacing the sewage system, that is why we have to shut down some facilities.

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“When such renovation is ongoing, we have to shut down five blocks. We do not admit patients except few critical cases.

“The renovation is to be completed in three weeks. The issue of water scarcity that came up this morning is very strange to me. We have shut down our water plant and we cannot bring water from outside because we have our own water treatment plant. The best is for our patients to be patient with us.”

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Why AMCON Took Over Ibadan DisCo

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The Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) says it took over control of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) Limited over inability of the DisCo to clear its acquisition loan from Skye Bank, now Polaris Bank.

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AMCON Takes Over IBEDC Over Debts

IBEDC distributes electricity to consumers in Oyo, Osun, parts of Kwara, Ondo, Ekiti states.

After a court ruling empowering AMCON to take over the asset, IBEDC came under receivership on Thursday, January 20.

The DisCo was acquired by Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited (IEDML) the same firm that acquired Yola DisCo, all during the 2013 power sector privatisation exercise.

It later returned Yola to the federal government over insecurity issues in the franchise area. It was only in December 2021 that another private firm took over Yola DisCo from the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE.

IEDML got 60 per cent stakes in both DisCos to become the core investor.

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However, the funding for the assets acquisition were loans taken from banks and have had repayment issues eight years after acquiring IBEDC.

Just in November, AEDC, another of the 11 DisCos had acquisition loans settlement issues with UBA, promoting UBA to takeover the DisCo in full receivership.

AMCON in a public notice, stated that it had appointed Mr Osayaba Giwa-Osagie SAN to take over the the entire undertakings, assets of IEDM including shares and interests in related companies and entities, and also monies kept in of the 25 banks in Nigeria.

AMCON said it executed the take over of IEDM following a default in a Loan Servicing Agreement executed with Polaris Bank.

“AMCON has pursuant to Section 48 and 61 of AMCON Act 2010 been appointed Receiver/Manager over all the Assets of Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited as stipulated in the instruments executed in favour of AMCON by virtue of the Loan Purchase and Limited Servicing Agreement executed with Polaris Bank Limited dated 30th November 2018 and a Notice of Appointment of the Receiver/Manager dated August 6th, 2021, which was duly stamped by the Commissioner for Stamp Duties” the statement read.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had previously fined IBEDC N50 million for ”its failure to secure a refund of an interest free loan the Board of IBEDC granted to its core investor group.”

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Also in a memo to the staff by the IBEDC Chief Operating Officer (COO), Engr. John Ayodele, AMCON would not sack the management of IBEDC unlike the AEDC case where the management and board were reconstituted.

“Further, to the judgement wherein the Federal High Court on the 8th of September 2021 granted preservative orders in favour of Asset Management Corporation (AMCON), (being the Receiver/Manager of Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Limited); the court has appointed Mr Kunle Oqunba Esq. SAN to act as Receiver/ Manager Nominee in the receivership action.

“Based on the foregoing the Receiver/Manager came in today 20th January 2022 to the IBEDC Headquarters to take charge formally and subsequently met with the Management team. Therefore, I hereby wish to inform all staff that there is no cause for alarm.

“We are assured of job security which entails our position/ duties in the company, being entitlements to our salaries and other benefits etc.

“On behalf of the Management, I urge us all to kindly go about the efficient discharge of our duties to ensure a speedy and mutually beneficial resolution.

“I wish us all the best, while I appeal that we continue to remember IBEDC in our prayers,”

Engr. Ayodele stated in the memo.

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#JusticeForHanifa: Hanifa Must Get Justice, Kano Gov vows

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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has vowed that Hanifa Abubakar, the five-year-old pupil, who was murdered by the proprietor of her school must get justice.

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#JusticeForHanifa: Hanifa Must Get Justice, Kano Gov vows

Hanifa was abducted in December and later killed by Abdulmalik Tanko, proprietor of Noble Kids Nursery and Primary School, Kano, where she was enrolled to learn before she was killed.

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Her death had sparked a nationwide outrage, with #JusticeForHanifa trending on social media.

In a statement Malam Muhammad Garba, Commissioner of Information, issued on his behalf, Ganduje said just would be served.

The governor listed some of the measures taken on the matter as indefinite closure of the school where the child was gruesomely murdered, withdrawal of its operational licence, among others.

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He said government is terribly disturbed that people entrusted with the care of children turned out to be murderers.

Ganduje added that government had been in touch with the family of the child, reiterating that justice must prevail to serve as deterrent to others.

The governor, who commended security agencies in the state for the prompt action that led to the arrest of those allegedly involved, stated that while investigation is ongoing, government would follow the case to its logical conclusion.

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He also commended the international community, human rights-based organizations and well-meaning Nigerians for their concern in the matter, assuring security agencies of government’s support in carrying out their duties.

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Gunmen kidnap Otokito Federal, Bayelsa Commission from his residence at Otuokpoti

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Otokito Federal Oparmiola, Bayelsa State Commissioner for Trade and Commence, has been reportedly kidnapped by gunmen.

Gunmen kidnap Otokito Federal, Bayelsa Commission from his residence at Otuokpoti - Naija News 247
Gunmen kidnap Otokito Federal, Bayelsa Commission from his residence at Otuokpoti

Naija News 247 gathered that, Otokito was kidnapped by armed men at his residence at Otuokpoti, Ogbia Local Government area last night.

Sources said the gunmen invaded the community at about 11pm, Thursday night and fired severally shots to scare people away before they proceeded to Otokito’s residence where he was whisked away to an unknown destination.

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Gunmen kidnap Otokito Federal, Bayelsa Commission from his residence at Otuokpoti
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