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‘All On’ First Investments in Nigerian Off-Grid Energy Businesses To Aid SMEs



All On, an independent impact investing company, has made its first set of transactions aimed at facilitating increased access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy sources for low income households, SME’s, and communities.

Seeded with funding from Royal Dutch Shell, All On works with partners to increase access to commercial energy products and services for under-served and un-served off-grid energy markets in Nigeria, with a special focus on the Niger Delta.

“This initial set of transactions demonstrates our commitment to utilizing a market-based approach to making a sustainable impact in the off-grid energy sector in partnership with global and local market leaders,” Dr. Wiebe Boer, CEO of All On, said. “it is just the beginning of our investments towards improving access to energy in Nigeria for the tens of millions of off-grid households and SMEs across the country,” he added.

The initial investments include an equity investment in Lumos Global BV, the fastest growing “distributed utility” in West Africa, and a grant to renowned Nigerian tech ideation incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to launch a challenge to engage Nigeria’s technology innovation ecosystem in the access to energy space.

All On has also entered into a grant agreement with Solar Nigeria, a UK Aid-funded project implemented by Adam Smith International, for the receipt of grant funding to further de-risk investments made by All On in the Solar Home System (SHS) space.

The firm is also currently in the latter stages of negotiations for an equity and debt investment in Green Village Enterprises (GVE), the award-winning indigenous mini grid operator in Nigeria headquartered in Port Harcourt.

Commenting on the proposed investment, Ifeanyi Orajaka, managing director of GVE, said: “We at GVE are excited about this relationship with All On. An investment from a world-class organisation such as All On further validates our position as one of the leading and most innovative indigenous clean energy solutions providers in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are very optimistic and look forward to achieving our medium-term target of impacting 2% of Nigeria’s 180 Million population through this partnership.”

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of CCHub, Bosun Tijani, says: “The organisation is proud to partner with All On to support Nigeria’s early stage clean energy entrepreneurs. Matching our expertise identifying and supporting innovative startups with All On’s seed capital, we hope we can unearth amazing enterprises to meet the energy needs and aspirations of Nigerians.”

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Rights Group to Picket Telcos, Pay TV Operators over Poor Services



Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), a civil rights organisation, has expressed its readiness to picket and disrupt business activities in telecoms and pay television service providing companies in the country.


The group has already sent a petition to the National Assembly in this regard, asking it to act in the interest of the Nigerian masses.


The petition dated Monday 18th of December, 2017 was addressed to Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Senate President, and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the House of Representatives.


It was copied to President Muhammadu Buhari and Mr. Adebayo Shittu, minister of Communications.


Also copied include the Chairmen of both the Senate and House Committees on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition, the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, the Inspector-General of Police, the Director-General of the Department of State Security (DSS).


CHRSJ specifically listed companies to be affected to include MTN, Airtel, 9Mobile and Glo while the affected pay television to include Strong TV, DSTv, Startimes and GOTV.

It accused the companies of extorting Nigerians via provision of poor services and high fees, saying the trend would come to an end after the expiration of an ultimatum it gave for the companies to change their operational mode.

Comrade Adeniyi A. Sulaiman, executive chairman of CHRSJ, said that the organisation had in December 2017 written the affected companies, telling them that they risk having their operations disrupted should they continue to milk the Nigerian people via poor and exorbitant fees.


CHRSJ also flayed telecoms operators for habitually failing to redeem promo offers to their customers who are usually ripped off as some of the claims are bogus and never enjoyed by the people.


In the statement, the group stated that apart from the petition, its members are expected to stage series of rallies and protest marches across the country with a view to sensitizing the public on the need to preserve and secure their rights for quality service.


Sulaiman added: “We have written and fine tuned our petitions to the National Assembly, the Presidency the ministers responsible for supervising the activities of these companies and organisations.


“After that, we have mobilised our members to be on standby as we will also stage peaceful rallies in the premises of the affected ministries, which would last for a year terminating on October 1st, 2019 based on our engagement diary and timetable.


“We are also engaging the National Assembly with a view to ensure that they do the needful by siding with the masses of Nigeria in this struggle and that they must respect and act on the petitions that we have written to them.”


Sulaiman listed some of the grouse of his group to include unsolicited messaging, over billing for terminated calls from telecom services as some of the ways they have been fleecing Nigerians, saying the situation would no longer be condoned.


For Ikeja Electric, Sulaiman accused the company of unduly fleecing the people through bogus and phony estimated billing system, which he said has left many people poor, saying the company should commence aggressive metering drive of its customers otherwise it would incur its wrath.


He listed participating group that would participate at the planned protest marches and rallies to include the following; Apata Ayeraye Socio-political Volunteer Group, De Mainstream Independent Campaign Group and we, the facilitator, the Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice.


Others include Centre for Constitutional Rights and Counter-Corruption Crusade, the Conscience Mainstream, African Masses Voices for Survival, The Christian Youth for the Peoples Rights and Development.


Sulaiman also listed the Coalition Against Illegal Arrest and Unlawful Detention, Islamic Movement for Muslim Rights, Veteran Group for Operation Clean Crusade, Divine Nigerians Liberators for Peoples Fundamental Rights.


Others are Passengers Fundamental Rights Group in Africa, The Christian Volunteer Group for Good Governance in Nigeria, The Islamic Political Awareness Group, the Christian Awareness Mission Group and Centre for Socio Justice and Equity.


“We are urging these companies to desist from their illegal and unlawful activities of milking the people of this country. We will not relent in our efforts at ensuring that we make them do the right thing by utilising all legal and lawful means to send them out of the country should they continue in their evil ways of subjecting the people to poverty and misery.” Sulaiman concluded in the statement.





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Law Firm Asks NiRA to Shut Down Daily Times Website



Ikechukwu Obiorah Chambers, a law firm, has accused Folio Communications Limited of illegally publishing the Daily Times newspaper (DTN).


Cable reported that, the firm has asked The Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) and SmartWeb Nigeria Limited – providing and hosting the online domain and platform – to take down the newspaper’s website “immediately”.


In February, a federal high court sitting in the FCT granted an interim injunction stopping the further publication of the newspaper either by Folio Communications or any of its associates.


The law firm said being the managers of the domain and the platform carrying the website ‘’, the court injunction also affects NIRA and SmartWeb Nigeria Limited.


In a letter written to the two bodies and dated March 15, the firm said continuing to manage the newspaper’s online edition will amount to disobedience of the court order.


It alleged that the Anosike brothers have “for a long time seized [sic] being members, officers and/or authorised associates of DTN in any capacity whatsoever and have no consent of the DTN to engage in the publication of DailyTimes.”


The letter, signed on behalf of the law firm by Ifunanya Oranuba, read: “Take notice that unless you take down the website immediately, you would be in contempt of court thereby exposing yourselves to sanctions of court including imprisonment.


“Please be aware that sanctions shall apply to the executive members being the principal officers and NIRA as well as SmartWeb Nigeria Limited jointly and severally.


“Take further notice that your participation in the illegal publications of ‘Daily Times’ by providing the platform and website with which the publication is made and sold to the public through subscriptions and adverts, also exposes you to the criminal charges of cheating by impersonation and of criminal conspiracy as provided by section 321 and 96 of the penal code respectively.


“Note also that civil damages and restitution to DTN will in due course be claimed from you in a separate lawsuit.”


The federal government owned 96.05 percent shares of Daily Times before it was sold to Folio Communications Limited in 2004 during the Olusegun Obasanjo-led administration.


Since the privatisation exercise, however, Folio Communications has been embattled with court cases with Ikechukwu Obiorah, one of the managers of the law firm.


This led to a subsequent take-over of the assets of DTN by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).


When contacted by TheCable for reaction, Bonaventure Melah, spokesman of Folio Communications, accused Obiorah of flouting court orders, and “going through the backdoor” to obtain the said court ruling.




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FIIRO seeks Partnership with Research Institutes, Universities



Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO) says Nigeria needs a paradigm shift from a consuming nation to a producing nation through collaborative efforts between research institutes and universities.

Prof. Gloria Elemo, the Director-General of FIIRO made the call on Thursday while delivering a lecture titled: “Fostering collaboration between research institutes and universities towards commercialising research products’’.

The event was organised by the Faculty of Science, Adeyinka Adebayo Federal University in Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State.

“Nigeria is currently an importing nation rather than being an exporting nation; efforts must be geared toward reversing this situation.

“In achieving this, no nation has it all; there must be harmonisation of our diverse cultures, professions and personalities through collaboration to improve our economy.

“A conscious efforts at creating an enabling environment for investing in research at all levels must be encouraged to develop our economy.

“The development of our small, medium and large-scale businesses is achievable through commercialising our research products,’’ the Director-General said.

Earlier, Prof. Kayode Soremekun, Vice-Chancellor of Adeyinka Adebayo University, said for a nation to develop effectively technologically, research would have to play a vital role.

Soremekun said he believed that between now and the future, the two institutions – FIIRO and AAU Oye-Ekiti would have a productive relationship aimed at developing the economy.

The Dean, Faculty of Science of the university, Prof. Olayide Lawal said entrepreneurship was important to transforming the nation from a consumer nation to a producer nation.

He assured that the energy that the institution intended to create with its collaboration with FIIRO would assist in propelling members of staff and students toward realising its  goals.

FIIRO director-general signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Adeyinka Adebayo Federal University on research to foster the nation’s economic development.

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