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DisCos distribute relief items worth millions of naira to cushion lockdown effects

Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company and the Eko Electricity Distribution Company have donated food and relief items to Oyo and Lagos State governments.

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DisCos distribute relief items worth millions of naira to cushion lockdown effects

As the effects of the lockdown continue to bite harder on citizens, state governments have been receiving support to help people cope with the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Power Distribution Companies (DisCos) have joined the list of companies helping to cushion the effects of the Coronavirus lockdown on Nigerians. The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) and the Eko Electricity Distribution Company donated food and relief items worth millions of naira to Oyo and Lagos State governments.

While speaking on TVC, the Regional Head of the IBEDC, Peter Oyelami said that the company felt obligated to assist its customers at this time, in more ways than just giving regular power supply. He said:

“As a customer-centric company, we take our customers to be very valuable and of course with this pandemic, COVID 19, the company felt it is very important that we do not only give electricity to our customers but also support the Oyo state government in the fight against this coronavirus which is why the company has budgeted enough money to buy food items like rice, indomie, semovita and so on to support the state government.”

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(READ MORE: Nigeria Customs Service to distribute N3.2 billion worth of food items)

He further disclosed that the company’s support would not stop at Oyo State, as it plans to cover areas within its operations such as Kwara, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti, Kogi and Niger.

More details: The EKEDC also announced its donation of food and relief items worth about N150 million to the Lagos State government. The DisCo, which serves part of Lagos and Ogun States, stated that there are a number of other initiatives it had lined up to support the government in cushioning the effects of the lockdown.

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Apart from the contribution of relief items, the company disclosed that direct line access to steady light would be given to isolation centres. The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of EKEDC said:

“I believe with people at home during this period, people would need a few things, one is electricity in their homes we are doing the best we can as we have put in charge very great men and women in our teams as skeletal services to go and support outages, detection and clearing. But the board of this company especially has had a number of different meetings to figure out how they can support so for us today this is just one of the number of initiatives that we have that the board has already approved.  

“The EKEDC board has approved a budget of 150 million to do a host of different things one is the food like you have seen. In addition, we are also providing direct line access to a number of these isolation centres in addition to other relief materials. So for us, this is just a significant drop in ensuring that the lives of people especially the less privileged in our network and seeing how we can impact them.”

Chidinma holds a degree in Mass communication from Caleb University Lagos and a Masters in view in Public Relations. She strongly believes in self development which has made her volunteer with an NGO on girl child development. She loves writing, reading and travelling. You may contact her via - [email protected]

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#EndSARS: NCAA denies alleged shut down of airspace, as Turkish Airlines takes off tonight

FAAN has reportedly shut down the air space of the nation due to alleged unrest in the country.

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The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has denied the alledged shut of the nation’s airspace due to the unrest, arising from the hijacked #EndSARS protests in Lagos, Abuja, and some other states in the country.

Though, the authority has not issued an official statement on the development, a source in the apex regulatory body told Nairametrics that the airspace remains open in Lagos and Abuja.

He said, “It is not true that the airspace is shut as rumoured on some social media platforms. Turkish Airline is attending to its passengers at the moment and the flight is tonight. So, where is the airspace being shut coming from.

“Delta Airline decided to divert the Lagos bound flight to Dakar, Senegal before going back to New York not because our airspace is shut but its Lagos office informed the Pilot that there is curfew in Lagos. Expectedly, American airlines are so sensitive to issues like that.”

Back story: A Twitter user, Osasu Onayiuwana, whose friend is one of Delta Air passengers en-route Lagos from Atlanta, USA, had alleged that Delta Airline returned ti New York because Nigerian air space was shut.

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He tweeted, “A friend returning to Lagos, from Atlanta on @Delta has been informed, during their Dakar, Senegal stopover, that @Nigeria’s airspace has been closed. They are now flying back to Atlanta!

“Actually, his plane is currently on the way to New York, from Dakar. Before this, some passengers asked @Delta to allow them to find their way to Lagos from Dakar. Understandably, the airline refused.”

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FRC to implement new IFRS 17

The FRC is set to implement International Financial Reporting Standard 17 (IFRS) on or before January 2023.

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The Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria is expected to implement International Financial Reporting
Standard 17 (IFRS) on or before January 2023. This follows the amendment of the standard on June 25, 2020.

This was disclosed by the Head, Directorate of Accounting Standards Public Sector, FRC, Dr. Iheanyi Anyahara, during a Stakeholders interactive forum with FRC and International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) webinar recently.

Nigeria adopted the IFRS as part of measures to improve transparency, reporting practices and full disclosures.

Having adopted the IFRS by the Council, Anyahara explained that all amendments to existing standards alongside the new standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) must be implemented by all reporting entities in Nigeria.

According to him, the Council is aware that implementing IFRS 17 commands a radical departure from current accounting standards and produces complex operational challenges.

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He said, “That is why we are organizing this programme and many more in collaboration with IASB to guide the users of the standards both in application and implementation.

“The Council will be organizing more events in financial reporting, auditing and corporate governance in order to sensitize the general public and lessen the knowledge gap in IFRS standards in Nigeria in collaboration with relevant agencies and organisations.”

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Last July, Nairametrics reported when FRC released guidelines for reporting in compliance with the Nigerian Code of Corporate Governance. (NCCG 2018).

In a statement posted on its website, the Council explained that it had been engaging with all regulators of sectors for the purpose of developing sectoral guidelines of corporate governance on specific requirements relevant to each sector, which are not covered under NCCG 2018.

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Geely Auto to invest 54 million dollars in the development of healthy cars

Geely’s leading track record will be taken to a new level with the development of an all-round “healthier car.”

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As Exclusive Partner of Geely Automotive in Nigeria, Mikano brings us great news of Geely Automotive innovative steps towards development of “healthy, intelligent vehicles” by earmarking 54 million Dollars of funding to it; as a furthering of the fight against Coronavirus.

The move not only adds a new dimension to Geely’s understanding of “passenger safety,” it also represents a new development direction for automobiles.

READ: Automotive Bill: Why FG may return it to National Assembly

The development of a “healthier car” differs from specialized medical vehicles in that Geely’s products are made for ordinary consumers. Cars with comprehensive virus protection not only require the capability to isolate harmful substances in the air, it also needs to quickly and effectively purify cabin air for occupants.

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Geely Auto’s global R&D and design networks based in Europe, USA and China will jointly move to develop and research new environmentally sustainable materials with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which can be used within air-conditioner systems and on frequently touched surfaces such as buttons and handles.

Geely Auto will make full use of its global R&D system and resources as well as cooperate with professional medical and scientific research institutions to set up special project teams to work on the new research.

READ: Cars45 CEO explains how to increase demand for Made in Nigeria cars

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An Conghui, President of Geely Holding Group and President and CEO of Geely Auto Group said “Epidemic prevention is a job that requires the long-term effort of wider society. As the most common mode of transportation, consumers spend a considerable amount time in their cars, akin to a “second home” Only by making healthier products can we meet consumer demand for better quality of life. Based on the automotive industry’s development direction built around electrified, connectivity, intelligence, and shared mobility, auto companies should commit to developing products that help protect the health of drivers and passengers. This will become one of Geely Auto key long-term development objectives.”

Earlier on January 28, Geely Holding Group joined hands with the Li Shufu Foundation to set up a special 30 million dollars fund in support of the new coronavirus prevention and control, with a focus on the mass purchasing of much needed medical supplies for China in the short term.

Geely’s leading track record will be taken to a new level with the development of an all-round “healthier car.” Geely’s move sets a new precedent in the development of safety technologies that goes beyond developing leading crash test results and moves into new dimensions of passenger safety.

Visit www.geely.ng to find out more about Geely Nigeria

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