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NICE Inaugurate Osun State Chapter

The Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers (A Division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers) The National Secretariat wishes to notify you of the forthcoming Inauguration of the Osun State Chapter and the Investiture of her first State Chairman coming up as follows: Date: Saturday 27th February 2010 Venue: Bishop’s Court Isale-Aro, Oshogbo, Osun State Time: 2. 00pm prompt Chairman Planning Committee: Engr T. Olusegun Abiona, MNSE, Secretary planning committee: Engr Seun Fidudusola, MNSE Chief Host: Alh. (Chief) Engr Fatai Akinade Akinbade, MNSE, Secretary to State Government Members who are able to attend should kindly present at the occasion to celebrate with our brothers in Osun State as they officially join the Chapters of The Nigerian Civil Engineering Families. For further enquiry please call: 07057718456. See you there!

Who bought NITEL?

Despite claims by New Generation Communi-cation Consortium that it had a technical partnership with China Unicom in its bid for Nigerian Telecommu-nication Limited (Nitel), the Chinese firm has again denied having any such arrangement. But the Technical Commit-tee of the National Council on Privatisation (NCP), while confirming New Generation as the Preferred Bidder for Nitel yesterday, said China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd was not part of the consortium. Rather, the committee said, it was Unicom Europe that was a member of the Consortium, which also had GiCell Wireless of Nigeria and Minerva Group of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). But China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd, the parent company of Unicom Europe, in an advert published in Nigerian newspapers yesterday, maintained that it was not part of the deal. In the advert signed by Company Secretary, Chu Ka Yee, the Board of Directors of the company restated that it had not commenced any negotiations with any relevant parties involved in

Fuel shortage in Nigeria: Hope in sight?

Efforts by the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corpo-ration (NNPC), and other private sector participants to find a lasting solution to the lingering fuel crisis has received a boost as Warri and Kaduna Refineries have commenced operation. The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma, confirmed this in a statement yesterday, saying that the Kaduna refinery fully came on stream on February 19, 2010. “Two weeks earlier, the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company, WRPC came on stream after the re-commissioning of its vital units,” the statement said. He said the Kaduna refinery currently produces Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK), Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO). “I am glad to announce to Nigerians that the Turn Around Maintenance of refineries embarked upon by the NNPC is beginning to pay off as the Kaduna refinery fully came on stream

Tunisia, most electrified country in Africa

Tunisia has become the most electrified country in Africa according to a recent report on "Powering Africa" published by African Business. Tunisia which is credited with an electrification rate of 99% comes ahead of Algeria, 98%, Egypt 98%, Libya 97%, Mauritius 94%, Morocco 85% and South Africa 70%. The report which was released in January 2010 issue of the magazine, ranks Tunisia as the country with the highest electrification rate on the continent, including North Africa and Sub Saharan Africa. The report said Africa’s relatively slow development is mostly due to its severe lack of sufficient power: “The correlation power sufficiency and economic development is unmistakable.” Some African countries, according to the report, are approaching universal electrification, adding that in Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Egypt there has been a sustained government support for rural electrification as a form of social development over the past 10 or 15 years. The report stresses