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FG shops for new buyers for Afam power plant and Yola Disco

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Afam Power Plc, Yola Electricity Distribution Company, bidders for power firms in Nigeria, Bureau of Public Enterprises

Plans are underway by the Federal Government to find new buyers for two power firms: the Yola Electricity Distribution Company and Afam Power Plants 1-5-which are expected to inject additional power into the national grid- to any willing investors.

The Yola Electricity Distribution Plc, or Yola Disco, is located in the North Eastern region of Nigeria under the activities of Boko-Haram insurgent group. Its area of operation include states such as Adamawa, Borno, Taraba, Yobe and towns near Yaounde, Cameroon, and the Chad and Niger borders.

Following persistent attacks on its facilities in the North-East, the investor-Integrated Energy and Distribution Marketing Company has pleaded with the Federal Government to buy back its 51% stake in the firm.

The investor had on several occasions issued a force majeure to the Federal Government. The Force majeure is a standard in contracts which is invoked in the occurrence  of events such as natural disasters, wars, and other occurrences outside the power or control of the investing company that hampers the implementation of such contracts.

The power sub committee of the National Council on Privatization NCP – the apex body charged with the overall responsibility of formulating and approving policies on privatisation and commercialisation of national assets- has however acknowledged the basis for the declaration of a force majeure hence the pull out of the former investor. The council has also appointed an acting Managing Director for the distribution company.

The Afam Power Plc is a thermal power plant located in the gas rich Rivers State. The plant has an installed capacity of 977MW. It is an open cycle gas turbine. The plant was built between 1975 and 2001. Afam I-IV has an operating capacity of 836.6MW, while Afam V possesses the capacity to generate 276MW of electric power.

In 2005, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) made attempts to buy Afam I-IV and V but the negotiations fell through. Instead, SPDC initiated the construction of Afam VI. Outright sale option was adopted by the Bureau for Public Enterprises in the sale of Afam I-V which was culminated on the 1st of November 2013.

The Taleveras consortium comprising  Alstom Nigeria Limited,  Alstom Group, and Taleveras Petroleum Trading BV, a British West Indies company involved in physical trading of crude oil and refined petroleum products, emerged winner of the bidding process having put in a $260 million bid.

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Fikayo has a degree in computer science with economics from Obafemi Awolowo University. ITIL v3 in IT service management. An alumnus of Daystar Leadership Academy. Prior to joining Nairametrics had stinct in Project management, Telecommunications among others. Also training in Consulting and Investment banking from Edubridge Academy. He has very keen interest in Politics, Agri-business, private equity and global economics. He loves travelling and watching football. You can contact him via [email protected]

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Real Estate and Construction

Osborne, Ikoyi residents move against Lekki Gardens over planning laws violation

The residents accused owners of Lekki Gardens Estate of alleged flagrant and unchecked violation of officially approved building plans.

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Residents of Osborne Foreshore 2 estate, Ikoyi, have moved against a property development firm, Lekki Gardens/Foreshore Waters Limited for allegedly violating the state’s planning laws; in addition to the violation of the estate’s building plan and the existing plan to stop work forthwith.

This is as the residents of the estate have appealed to the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to order that works on all approvals for development in the estate be suspended for 3 months because of the ongoing review of the approval order.

According to a report from Thisday, the appeal is contained in a statement issued by the residents of Osborne Foreshore 2 estate, where they warned that refusal to stop further work might lead to a breakdown of law and order.

What the residents of Osborne Foreshore 2 estate are saying

The residents of the estate in their statement said, “We once again invite your Excellency to visit our estate to see for yourself how the activities of Richard Nyong will one day lead to a breakdown of law and order if this brazen disregard of planning laws of Lagos States is allowed to continue.”

They accused the developer of violating state’s planning laws in its quest to construct multi-storey structures in the expansive residential estate.

They also accused Richard Nyong, Lekki Gardens Estate and Foreshore Waters Limited of alleged flagrant and unchecked violation of officially approved building plans.

The estate management pointed out that other developers have since complied with these guidelines whereas Lekki Gardens had allegedly refused to do the same.

What the Chairperson of Osborne Foreshore Residents Association is saying

The Chairperson of Osborne Foreshore Residents Association, Mrs Chinwe Ezenwa-Mbah, had recently expressed reservations over the impact of the heavy construction by Lekki Gardens and other developers and how it is affecting the houses of other residents in the estate.

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She said, “When we got our plots, we were told that the place was designed as a low population residential area. We did not know that a time would come when this area would become a commercial area.

“When you come into an existing estate and you are doing piling that is breaking your neighbour’s foundations as well as against the approved plan given to you in the name of commercial development, that is not right.”

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that the relationship between Lekki Gardens and the management of Osborne Foreshore 2 Estate broke down after the latter insisted that the property developer must obey building permit laws given to it by both the Lagos State government and the resident association.
  • Several other landlords and Residents of Osborne Foreshore 11, have also complained about the activities of Lekki Gardens and other developers in the area whom they accused of violating the building permit given to them by the government.
  • The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako had held a meeting with all the stakeholders in a bid to amicably resolve the existing dispute.
  • The residents made an appeal to the Lagos State government for reversal of the wrongful classification of Osborne Foreshore Phase II from its original master plan as a low-density to a high-density residential estate.

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The five-ingredient of a successful startup pitch

Every great pitch has these 5 ingredients to help you maximize your chances when fundraising for your startup.

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Startups typically prepare a pitch deck to present to potential investors for funding. A pitch deck is a brief presentation that provides investors with an overview of your business. It typically focuses on showcasing your product and business model. An excellent pitch is highly essential to the success of a startup seeking funding from investors.

According to Romeen Sheeth, an angel investor who heard 200 companies pitch and invested over $1million last year, every great pitch has these 5 ingredients to help you maximize your chances when fundraising.

  • Problem:  Is this an issue?
  • Solution:  Do you have the fix?
  • Market:   Is this a big enough issue?
  • Business: Can you make money
  • Team:  Do you have the human resources to do it?

The best pitches nail all 5. Good ones hit 4. Subpar hit 3 or less.

Problem

The problem statement is an explanation of why a set of circumstances is painful for a set of users. There’s one word in that sentence that is most important: painful. If your problem is not painful enough, it’s a vitamin. The best startups are pain killers.

Solution

The solution statement is an explanation of how you address the pain felt by your users. If you don’t have the right solution, you won’t get customer traction. Customers don’t buy your thesis on the pain point. They buy the actual thing that solves their pain point.

Market

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In tech, only businesses that have outsized potential get funded. To have outsized potential, you have to either be in a: (a) small, but rapidly growing market or (b) large existing market that can be resegmented. If not, the business is not venture backable.

Business

The business model defines how you print cash. What is the key insight you’ve figured out that other people haven’t? You don’t need to reinvent the wheel on everything to be a compelling business. Just explain the secret sauce that helps you capture the value.

Team

Everything else is academic if you can’t execute. Ultimately the investor is betting on your team’s ability to bring out the reality in the insights around the problem, solution, market, and business. Communicate why you are the best in the world to build the business.

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Once you feel good about these 5, think through the connection points. Every topic that comes up in the conversation will be a function of a connection point. For example:

  • Problem-Market = Industry Dynamics
  • Solution-Market = Competition
  • Market-Business = Unit Economics

Bottom line

When you pitch, always keep it simple. Understand the 5 core ingredients, think through how they relate to one another, communicate with clarity, and don’t assume investors understand your business.

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