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Soludo used N900 million to fuel Anambra streetlight generators, refuses to pay – IPMAN



The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has called on Governor Charles Soludo to pay members N900.7 million debt owed about 70 contractors for diesel supplied to the Anambra government in 2022.

IPMAN made the appeal in a letter to Mr Soludo signed by Chinedu Anyaso and Emeka Iloafor, the chairman and secretary of IPMAN, respectively, on Wednesday.

The letter was titled ‘Request For Debt Payment Of N900,664,805.00 Owed Our Members For Diesel Supplied And Services Rendered In Respect Of Street Lights’.

The association said the decision to intervene in the protracted transactions was reached at its annual general meeting in Enugu on August 24.

It explained that the debt was for March and April 2022, being the period they were approved to supply after the exit of the previous administration before they were directed to stop by the current administration.

IPMAN appealed to Mr Soludo to clear the outstanding debts, which had been verified to enable the affected members already going out of business to remain afloat.

It noted that the marketers had had their trading capitals trapped with the government and that those who obtained bank loans were in a liquidity crisis because of their inability to pay.

“We, IPMAN covering Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu states, write to appreciate the good works you are doing in Anambra and commend all your efforts in making the state a livable place,” stated the letter. “Sir, we want to bring to your notice that your department in charge of paying for diesel and services on the Anambra streetlights has refused to offset an outstanding debt owed to our members. The debt is to the tune of N900,664,805 accrued for the months of March and April 2022.”

It added, “Mr Governor, our members are dying because of these debts and the banks are chasing them around to repay the loans given to them to do this business. We attach the breakdown of the debts for your records, sir.”

TonyCollins Nwabunwanne, commissioner for local government, chieftaincy and community affairs, whose office oversees the transaction, said he had yet to see the letter.

Mr Nwabunwanne said he was aware of the contractors’ transactions and plights, assuring that the government would take the necessary action.

“I am not aware that they wrote a letter to the governor. I have not seen it, but I know what they are talking about.”

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PHOTOS: Plateau Lawmaker Gifts Daughter Brand-New SUV on Graduation Day



– Plateau lawmaker gifts daughter SUV for graduating from Lead British International School Abuja
– Mixed reactions on social media over extravagant gift
– Economic challenges in Nigeria fuel criticism

Plateau State lawmaker, Yusuf Gagdi, surprised his daughter Aisha with an SUV for excelling in her exams at Lead British International School Abuja.

He shared proud moments from her graduation ceremony on Instagram.

Aisha’s achievement in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations earned her the luxury gift. Her father’s gesture sparked controversy on social media, with some questioning the extravagance.

Critics called the gift “absolute nonsense” amidst economic challenges. Others defended Gagdi, saying he celebrated his daughter according to his means.

Supporters argued that people celebrate their children according to their pockets. The debate highlights differing views on extravagant gifts.

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Battery Drain Alert: Tips to Extend Your Phone’s Life



Are you tired of your phone battery draining faster than ever? It’s not just about how you use your phone, but also about underlying factors affecting your battery life.

Here are the top 5 hidden factors behind your fast-draining phone battery:

1. Overcharging: Overcharging your phone can significantly reduce its battery lifespan, causing it to drain faster. “Avoid overcharging, as it can damage the battery’s internal cells”.

2. High Screen Brightness: High screen brightness is a major battery drainer, especially when used for extended periods. Dimming your screen or using auto-brightness can help conserve battery life.

3. Resource-Intensive Apps: Resource-intensive apps like social media and games consume battery power rapidly. Closing unused apps or using low-power modes can help mitigate this issue.

4. Poor Battery Calibration: Poor battery calibration can lead to inaccurate battery level readings and faster draining. Calibrating your battery regularly can help resolve this problem.

5. Outdated Software: Outdated software can cause battery drain due to inefficient power management. Keeping your phone’s software up-to-date can help optimize battery performance.

To maintain your phone battery’s performance and extend its lifespan, follow these simple tips:

– Charge your phone correctly: Avoid overcharging and keep your battery level between 20% and 80% if possible.

– Adjust your screen settings: Lower your screen brightness, use auto-brightness, or turn off adaptive brightness.

– Manage your apps: Close unused apps, use low-power modes, and limit background data usage.

– Update your software: Regularly update your phone’s operating system and apps to ensure efficient power management.

By identifying and addressing these hidden factors, you can optimize your phone’s battery performance, extend its lifespan, and enjoy uninterrupted usage.

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