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White Consult boss, Anofi, makes Case for renewable energy

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An alternative power supply expert, Engr. Adebola Anofi, has taken a swipe at Standards Organisation of Nigeria and one of the products of the telecommunication giant, MTN Lumos Solar System.

According to the founder and CEO of White Consults Technology, Engr. Anofi claimed that neither is SON a yardstick to measure qualities for products nor MTN Lumos Solar System, popularly known as MTN Yellow Box, a true alternative source of power.

He made this known during Freelanews Leadership Session organised by Freelanews, an online news platform, while speaking on the topic How To Attain Maximum Productivity Through Eco-Friendly Alternative Power Source in an exclusive WhatsApp group.

There is no gainsaying that the clamour for stable power supply has been a desirable factor for a while now. Recently, there was a total break-down of power supply due to national grid collapse; crippling businesses and driving the economy to a stand-still.

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Engr. Adebola Anofi, CEO, White Consults Technology Limited

During discussion, he revealed that the woes of small business owners have been compounded as the urge to switch to alternative power supply was made unattractive by the huge cost of diesel, unavailability of fuel and so many other factors.

“Alternative power solution is the Option B that we all have when there’s no supply from Power Holding companies. About two decades ago, moving into the second civilian regime, the power situation in the country began to deteriorate due to so many factors. This brought about the increase in demand for generator set as our preferred alternative power solution.

“You’ll all agree with me that the hazard attached to use of generator set is unlimited, which range from noise to air to environmental pollution,” he said.

With a professional degree in power above ten years, Engr. Anofi has led White Consults Technology in providing alternative solar power supply for about eight years now and have delivered several projects across Nigeria and beyond.

“Due to the pollution cause by generating set and other challenges the owners face, the demand for inverter as alternative source of power has gone up,” Engr. Anofi stated.

The alternative power expert, however, advised that consumers should choose solar inverter over power inverter as the latter is dependent on either the unstable discos or generator to recharge its batteries, unlike the former that is recharged by sun light.

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During comparative analysis, Engr. Anofi was able to convince participants on the cost effectiveness of an inverter over an average generating set.

“An average generator set costs N50,000, fuel for 5hrs/day is N1,000 (N30,000 for 30days and N360,000 per year), engine oil per year costs N24,000, maintenance cost per year N24,000 and the overall total is approximately N480,000.

“An average 2KVA power inverter costs N450,000 with an average of 12hours power supply per day and maintenance cost of N5,000. The total cost is N455,000.

“When you look at the number of hours harvested from both machines, you will agree with me that an inverter is a worthy investment,” he said.

Price list of inverters

The expert also emphasised the need for consumers to get appropriate batteres with cycles commensurate with their load values in order to enjoy longer battery lifespan.

“If you buy a very good battery from a credible vendor and you abide by the guiding instruction then it should serve you longer and you will get dividends of money spent.”

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While agreeing that solar powered inverter is not the only type of alternative power source available to Nigerians, he revealed the reason the solar powered inverter enjoys general acceptability with Nigerians.

“We have solar, wind, biomass and hydrogen. However, the commonest is solar due to the good sunlight we are blessed with because wind requires a large mass area for effectiveness.

“But in this country that everybody is a land owner and almost no breathing space. This has limited the deployment of wind solution,” he said.

While explaining the reasons behind inverter system’s failure, the expert advised that consumers should always deal with certified vendors for purchase and installations.

“Let’s start with the people (buyer) before touching on vendor (seller). We buy products based on cheapest price without trying to understand the technicality of what we are buying because the average Nigerian mind is programmed to look for cheap things. And that is why we end up going for less quality stuff that leads to project failure.”

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Engr. Anofi also blamed the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, a federal government agency saddled with ensuring the importation of quality products into the country, for allowing substandard products into the market.

“It’s also rather unfortunate that SON has failed in its duty as the organization is in the habit of rubber stamping any jagbajantis (low quality products) and allow it floods our market.

“When a vendor brings in a substandard product and companies who want to make quick sales propagate it and sell to end user, the project ends up failing,” he revealed.

He added that the issue of unstable light also contribute to the system failure.

“And lastly, we have the power issue. Charging your inverter system with bad power supply will gradually damage your battery.”

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He revealed that his company has been running off grid for complete four years now.

“Inverter is an alternative source of power if you go for a solar and a supplementary source when you go for power inverter. I shared testimony of our Lagos office that has run completely off-grid for 4yrs with no generator nor PHCN.

“Let me quickly point out that White Consult, my company is a lead partner to Sterling bank and Dangote group. We handle all solar projects for their staff and customers in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt. And these two companies have mandated that any staff or outside customer procuring an inverter solution must buy solar with it,” he revealed.

During a question and answer session, a participant, Ronke McCauley, a well known documentary producer, asked, “My main challenge is that I travel a lot and it seems to affect the battery life. What’s the best way to preserve the battery in that case?”

Engr. Adebola Anofi, CEO, White Consults Technology Limited, receiving an award on behalf of his company recently

“Well, a few factors will have to be considered. How long is your period of being away; if it is less than 6 to 9 months then you will have to buy wet cell battery (tubular). To be on the safer side, move your system to a corner of the house, where you will be comfortable to give an outsider (technicians) access. So, the technical team swing in after 3 to 4months and run 15-20mins maintenance and the shut it down again. Remember, they are rechargeable batteries. So they can’t be idle for long. NEVER!” he responded.

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“Are there clients you render such services for and does your company bear liability on security of these properties when the owners aren’t available?” another participant asked.

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“Yes, on the average we have about 30 clients who are fully based in diaspora. Infact, we grouped them in this order Ileya Entries, Summer Entries, Xmas Entries and Retiree entries. These four sets of people are always away. They come in occasionally and we have been delivering good services with just phone call in Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt,” he responded.

Ben Adenle, an IT consultant, asked, “Educate me sir, if I have 4 1.5HP A/C, 2 chest freezers, use coffee makers, electric kettle and microwave, what would you recommend?”

“The 7.5kva is my pick. Though I will ask if the 4ACs are very crucial and must be used together,” Engr. Anofi responded.

A participant asked, “One last question from me. Is MTN Lumos inverter (a.k.a. Yellow Box) unnecessary product serious Nigerians should stay away from?”

“It’s a scam that even MTN had to silently dissociate from,” he responded, “There are so many of them; MTN Lumos, Battery Kings and others. It is just a battery with about four bulbs and one table fan without inverter or battery. Those don’t even cut out as alternative source of power as you can’t connect them directly to your appliances. You need to get dedicated DC appliances separately to use those devices.”

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While speaking on the training programme offered by his company, Engr. Anofi revealed that it is an avenue to create new entrepreneurs.

“Our training session is N100,000 for three months. It cuts across theoretical learning, practical on-field sessions, market survey and analysis, site auditing to mention a few. It’s a rigorous exercise and anyone who goes through it will testify,” he stated.

Freelanews Leadership Session is owned by Freelart Limited, publishers of Freelanews magazine.

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VSE Joseph Olorunishola – Forgiven But Not Restored

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The official report of the meeting of VSE Joseph Olorunnishola and Rev. Pastor EMF Oshoffa on Thursday, September 29th, 2022.

Following a letter of apology from VSE Joseph Olorunnishola to Pastor EMF Oshoffa, a meeting was arranged for VSE Olorunnishola to apologize in person to the Spiritual Head and Pastor of Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide.

The meeting took place at the New York Parish, Brooklyn before the CCC 75th Anniversary Service of the Founding of Celestial Church of Christ on September 29th.

VSE Joseph Olorunnishola was at the meeting with five of his elders and the USA diocese was also represented by total of six elders.

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Chiefly at the meeting, presided by the Pastor EMF Oshoffa, and sitting on the high table with Pastor were the Pastor’s head of Administration Worldwide, VSE S.F. Adeniyi and the Head of USA Diocese, VSE Olaitan Balogun.

Also at the meeting were the HOD deputies
VSE Solomon Yusuf and Sup. Evg. Ayo Homer-Williams. AVSE Kehinde Akano, Sup. Evg Oluwafemi Sanyaolu, and Sup. Evg. Felix Oziegbe.

Venerable Superior Evangelist Olaitan Balogun, Head of U.S.A Diocese, C.C.C. Worldwide.

Present at the meeting with VSE Joseph Olorunnishola was; Sup. Evg. Yomi Dodo Williams, Sup Evg. Victor Adewusi, MSE Sam Adebayo, Sup. Evg .Timothy Olatokun and Sup Evg Badmus.

The meeting lasted over 4 hours.

Summary:

  1. The meeting started with an opening prayer by the Pastor EMF Oshoffa
  2. The Pastor reiterated the need for peace and oneness in the diocese
  3. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola prostrated to apologize to the Pastor and everybody in the meeting also prostrated alongside VSE Olorunnishola for total forgiveness and spirit of oneness.
  4. The Pastor asked VSE Joseph Olorunnishola to explain himself.
  5. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola stated that he did not do anything wrong as he was simply carrying out the decision made by his then Executive Council members in the infamous March 5, 2021 memorandum of 7-point demand and Declaration of Independence notably from the Pastor.
  6. Superior Evangelist Homer Williams, Superior Evangelist Akande and Superior Evangelist Oziegbe all indicated their efforts at urging VSE Joseph Olorunnishola to rescind the letter as requested by the Pastor. But VSE Olorunnishola blatantly refused and responded to each of the above peace makers with a common “over my dead body”.
  7. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola requested to still be in control of the parishes under his leadership.
  8. The Pastor then requested VSE Olorunnishola to come to Nigeria for further discussions while the Pastor will consult with the elders of the church in Nigeria.
  9. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola replied that he does not have the grace to travel to Nigeria.
  10. The Pastor then asked VSE Olorunnishola to call him when the Pastor returns back to Nigeria.
  11. Superior Evangelist Sanyaolu reiterated at the meeting that for there to be true peace and truce, VSE Joseph Olorunnishola has to withdraw all his court cases with the USA diocese because VSE Olorunnishola is not the owner of Celestial Church of Christ in America. And that the Pastor is both the Spiritual and Administrative Head of Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide as per the Constitution.
  12. The meeting ended with closing prayer by the HOD VSE Olaitan Balogun
  13. The grace said by Pastor EMF Oshoffa
  14. It was gathered that after the grace, VSE Joseph Olorunnishola while walking away then said the status quo remains of which the Pastor did not respond.
  15. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola was asked by some representatives of the diocese to take back his false conclusion of the meeting that “the status quo remains” and a small skirmish ensued.
  16. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola, in his own mind, falsely concluded that the status quo remains, which perhaps could be his primary objective for coming to the meeting and thereby creating some form of legitimacy.
  17. VSE Joseph Olorunnishola was forgiven by the pastor but not restored.
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It is our prayer that the spirit of arrogance and disobedience will be cast away in our midst. And the owner of His church will continue to uphold and strengthen His church, in Jesus mighty name. Amen!

The Publicity and Media Team of the USA Diocese stands by the veracity of this report (Zechariah 8:16-17).

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Together, we move to higher glory.

The Publicity and Media Team
CCC USA Diocese

Venerable Superior Evangelist Joseph Olorunishola.

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Terra Kulture Receives Netflix Support For Its Creative Industry Programmes

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Leading educational and recreational organisation, Terra Kulture, has received a financial donation from the global streaming platform, Netflix.

A statement on Friday by the Lagos-based firm said the donation follows the recent announcement by Netflix to extend the Creative Equity Scholarship Fund for film and television students to select West and Central African countries to study at partner universities in Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Gabon.

The donation received will further the organisation’s effort to promote the richness and diversity of the Nigerian arts and culture sector.
“The support fund will be directed to industry and community-focused areas of engagement which include academic training, theatre, gallery, and bookstore. It is also intended to ensure cultural programming in Nigeria while promoting the various artistic and cultural projects led by Terra Kulture,” the said.

Commenting further on the philanthropic gesture, Bolanle Austen-Peters, the Chief Executive Officer of Terra Kulture, said: “We’re delighted to receive this donation from Netflix. It would be helpful to take our ongoing projects to the next step.”

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According to her, since 2003, Terra Kulture has been at the forefront of promoting Nigeria’s art and culture through exhibitions; indigenous restaurant; and storytelling through its award-winning plays and movies. “Over these years, we have developed an in-depth understanding of arts, culture, and languages to impact the next generation most effectively. With the financial support received, Terra Kulture Academy for the Arts aims to fulfil its mission to support, upskill and inspire Nigeria’s creative youths through educational and recreational programs that will yield multiplicative benefits to themselves, their families, communities, and the overall Nigerian creative economy.”

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Terra Kulture has trained more than 2,000 youth in theatre lighting design, sound design, costume design, batik, tie and dye, makeup, hairstyling, production, acting, directing, production management, props management, and set design, animation, choreography, and motion graphics for stage plays.

In a bid to formalize the skilling efforts, the organization launched Terra Academy for the Arts (TAFTA), which is a free-to-attend training created to formally empower young creatives with relevant skills across key sub-sectors in theatre. The programme is designed to provide training on key technical production skills for the creative industry as well as an entrepreneurial module for students to learn about the industry’s business side.

Quoting a new report on Nigeria’s creative industry, the statement said the creative industry is now positioned as Nigeria’s second-largest employer of labour and has the potential to produce 2.7 million additional jobs by 2025. Also, it is projected to contribute 5 trillion Naira to the country’s GDP, thereby making the sector a significant contributor to the economy of Nigeria, which is Africa’s largest economy.

According to the statement, the intervention is aligned with Netflix’s commitment to supporting artistic and cultural projects, and a part of their creative industry support fund in Nigeria.

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Recently, the global streaming giant extended its Creative Equity Scholarship Fund to include academic institutions in Central and West Africa. The CESF will be distributed to various initiatives over the next five years to build a strong, diverse pipeline of creatives around the world.

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‘Massive!’ Gateway Movement to empower Ogun residents with tractor, SUV, others Oct 2

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The Gateway Movement, in conjunction with Gateway Front Foundation (GFF), will on Sunday, 2nd October, 2022 will be holding a mega empowerment programme.

According to the release made available to Freelanews by organisation’s Deputy Director-General, Hon. John Obafemi, the event will commence by 11:00am at Ita Oba, Akarigbo Palace, Sagamu, Ogun State.

One of those expected at the rally include the former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, who is also the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ogun East Senatorial Candidate for the 2023 general elections.

A major highlight of the event is the raffle where mouth-watering prizes like a N10 million wort of agricultural tractor, Toyota Highlander SUV and 2.5KVA generator.

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Over 500 other items are up for grabs, including sewing machines, grinding machines etc.

The Gateway Movement is a charity organisation with the mission to advance humanitarian causes and make life more pleasant for residents of Ogun State.

On its part, the GFF was founded as a non-governmental organisation 20 years ago and has since been supporting community development, empowerment programmes, microcredits and scholarships throughout the length and breadth of the Gateway State.

The general public, especially well-meaning people across the Ogun East Senatorial District, are hereby invited to this special empowerment programme.

Tickets for participation in the empowerment programs will be available at the entrance of the Akarigbo Palace from 9am on Sunday.

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