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The exact amount of power used by post paid meter users is unknown to PHCN.

Meters

The Nigerian meter issue has been an insignificant topic for a very long time, when Nigerians got use to the only meter they have ever known. Not until the PHCN, then NEPA, decided to convert the post paid meters to the prepaid in the early 2000, giving Nigerians a taste of transparency in their power usage. Even  though the power holding company then, did it to curb the amount of illegal happenings between power company and power consumers, they didn’t know that they were doing the general public a favour by exposing them to a better way of handling and monitoring the true reading of their electric bills.

Meters
Meters
PhCN problems
PhCN problems
Meters
Meters

Initially, Nigerians repelled the idea of change as usual even though what they had, was nothing to write home about. But  with series of explanations and tricks to convince them and an eventually threat, Nigerians gave in to the pre paid meter idea, and after installation was done,  usage  commenced, it immediately became clear that the Power holding was right after all. The new meter makes you conscious of your power usage, and you are in charge of your own bill, with prove and readings for the very first time,”  it was indeed better than the previous one.” Nigerians screamed in joy, even though not everyone loved it as much.

But since everything in life comes with its good and bad sides,  it didn’t  take long for the bad side of this meter to show up. 15 years later,  the same power holding company (even though their name changed),  noticed that their consumers have found a way of using power without it reading on their meter (direct connection).

Now doing the unthinkable, the power authority is now going back to their vomit, pushing to have their consumers change back to the primitive post paid meter, even going as far as trying to impose it on learned citizens of Nigeria, who now more than anything, know their rights. They tried it with the prominent residents of Federal Low Cost housing estate of Jos Plateau state, who were accused of all doing the illegal connection, but the residents had too many prominent men and women, even the current Governor was and still is a resident of the Estate, even as he occupies the Government house. Last year, The Estate sued PHCN, and surprisingly won. They sure knew their right, as  The court stopped them from changing the meters back to post paid. This gave other residents in the state and its surrounding the go ahead to vehemently reject the new meter. The PHCN Couldn’t believe how much smarter, the world had gotten from the early 2000s.

Meters
Meters

 

                                             THE PROBLEM WITH POST PAID METERS….

I rev toy noticed that the PHCN on its own, like 15 years ago, has no way of keeping record of the exact amount of energy individual consumers use. Isn’t this the most unbelievable thing to hear in 2018.?  

So if the people had agreed to the meter change again, it would have been the exact  same experience like they had in the years before the 2000? They haven’t had anything changed or improved. They just wanted to keep shifting from on meter to the other when they wanted it, thinking people don’t know their left from their right. They have been surprised at the awakening call from Nigerians themselves.

Well, this company keeps taking the notion of a non functional, non growing, non improving, non impressing, non accountable  to a new level. Have you tried calling PHCN costumer care line? Let me save you the stress Dear Nigerians, you won’t reach anyone. The recorded lady keeps reading out options to you, until you change your mind and end the call.

I called them to complain heavily when they started bringing gauge sums of bills to us for our pumping machine, which happen to be running on a post paid meter. The bill was unbelievably high, that I decided to investigate it. They brought us 12 thousand Naira a month for pumping water for the six flats in the building, and that was considered ok, untill four tenants moved out, leaving only two families, and we still got the same 12 thousand Naira as bills. We paid it 24 thousand Naira for 2 months, and started to Complain to them, and was dumbfounded, when we came home one afternoon, five weeks after making the 24 thousand Naira which was meant to be for two months, only to see that they have left another bill with the security guy. We checked it, and were dumbfounded to see the  sum of 81 thousand Naira as the bill for 5 weeks. Even if we were a cash wash company, or a water producing company, we won’t use 81 thousand Naira worth of water for five weeks.

I went to investigate this preposterousness and was told that they actually take the total readings from a general neighbourhood transformer, and share the bills the way they choose to the building that are connected to that particular  Transformer without know who used what. Which means that if you were conservative with power usage  for the whole month, you will still be asked to pay a huge sum of money as your bill. Mind you, the meter was just for pumping water for the building, as every apartment had its own pre paid meter for personal use. At this point, my shock knew no bound.

First of all, how did they even come to that as the best solution for the individuals of different households? Didn’t it occur to you that it is incredibly wrong to spread bills indiscriminately to people who don’t live togther. What if a manufacturing company is situated on that  neighbourhood (like in my case), and the bills from the transformer is then spread across the building connect to the it, does that mean that the manufacturing company will have its neighboring buildings pay its bills? This is by primitive and unbelievable. People are made to pay for the incompetence of the power holding company from their own pocket. They are even at liberty to add any amount the want,  to the bills they are bringing to you. So just because you don’t want to have shortage while accounting at the end of the month,  you make innocent people pay for your company to keep running smoothly. This is incredibly disturbing.

So for everyone using a post paid meter in Nigerian, I am sorry to let you know that you are seriously being exploited by the power holding company on a daily basis.

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Recipes for my delicious Christmas and New Year Traditional snack.

Chinchin

 

So guys, Christmas and the  new year celebrations are gradually coming to an end, but I must confess that while I am writing this, I am chewing on my traditional chin-chin and meat snack. A lot of people in the Southern part of the Nigeria, are not aware of the festivity tradition  in the North, for obvious reasons,all  families are expected to make their very own snacks and drinks, so they can serve the visitors and neighbors who come around to visit. Being brought up in the North, I embibed the tradition so well, that I have been known to be the chin-chin master of my family.

Now staying in Lagos state, I realised that they buy everything here. I didn’t really experience the chin chin in the air smell era that signified Christmas, like in the North. They are all about ram meat, beer and food. So today, knowing that my Northern people are professionals in the chin chin world, I am Going to assume that the recipe  that I am about to share, will be more appreciated by the Southern people. Otherwise, I stand corrected.

Chinchin
Chinchin

I have added a few secret ingredients to my recipe, which makes my mine, a better tasting snack. *Not trying to brag* I love me some sweet tasty snacks. So let us see mama’s recipe.

                      INGREDIENTS

Flour

milk

sugar

eggs

Two bottles of pineapple flavour (foster Clark)

ginger

butter

nutmeg

Water

Preparation

.  Pour in your flour in a clean dry bowl

. Mix your flour with some butter gently and well, untill the moisture becomes homogenous

.  Add your sugar and milk to the mixture and mix really well.

.  Peel your ginger and roast you nut Meg, grind both of them,  till they are very smooth,      pour them into your dough.

. Break your eggs into the mixture and mix.

. Pour in your water in little quantity, making sure that you don’t ruin it with water.

Mix everything together properly even though they have all been mixed in previously, because I have used too many of the world ‘MIX’.

To know if your mixture is perfect, your dough becomes a big lump, it cleans up  the bowl, taking up all the particles and making them a big lump. making sure that no dough is left out of the whole  dough,

That Won’t be your responsibility. If the mixture is correct, You will have it happen all by itself.

. The next step will be to set your pot of oil on the fire, and allow it to get really hot .

. Reach for your dough, and cut out a small chunk of it.

. Place it on a flat surface and knead till it is all flat, and ready for cutting.

.  Reach for your cutter, and cut to your desired shape. Sprinkle a little dry flour on the surface before placing the dough, and another on the dough after cutting, to prevent it from melting back into a whole.

. Drop a few first of all in to the hot oil, as the first batch is always known to be the scapegoat. Stir them continuously to prevent it from sticking to the pot, until it turns golden brown.

. Get a metal sieve and scoop them into it, to let it drain oil while cooling .

.pour it out onto a try for a better cooling, while a batch is poured into the oil.

Practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to try even if it doesn’t turn out right.

Rememeber that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a step, take that step today.

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Things a woman shouldn’t say to her partners.

Dear wife, keep your mouth shut.

In the olden days, African women were only trained by their mothers  to bear kids and raise them,be a good cook and satisfy their husband’s sexual needs. While the man went to the farm, fished, hunted for the family, along side impregnanting their wives.

Centuries later,  the woman’s job increased, while that of the man remained the same.She added going to the farm with the kids to her list of chores, while stilling feeding the family, raising kids and satisfying her husband’s sexual needs. All these happened While  the man’s chores remained the same. He added having more than one wife to his list, so he can have many more kids to work on his farm land. In the Igbo land long time ago, a man’s wealth was measured with the number of male kids his wives bore him. Men literally gave birth to their own bodyguard back then. If you had  majority of female kids, you would be bullied many of your peers. This is  because you automatically have no male kids to avenge or stage a defense on your behalf.

Dear wife, keep your mouth shut.
Dear wife, keep your mouth shut.

Women never got to discuss sex related issues back then, unless you had sister wives, and the decision of who got the husband on what day, was made. At which point the word ‘sex’ wouldn’t be mentioned. Women weren’t allowed to express themselves sexually, they never spoke appropriate things to their husbands, and were always conscious of their kids listening in on them, which brought about a silent sex in Africa.

Sex and  related issues were always silent and almost non-existing. The women in that century didn’t get to choose whom to get marry to back then.  They were in fact not in any position to make those kinds of decisions for themselves, because they were given off  for marriage at early teens.

Centuries later, the women became even more expressive with her thoughts and emotion, talking about their love and to whom they would love to settle down with. At this time, the age range of brides increased a little, because maidens became aware of themselves and what they preferred in a man. They had the power  decision making placed in their hands. They chose whom to spend the rest of their lives with,while their parents decided when it would happen.

Back then, you would get married once and for all. No one knew what divorce was, and no one practiced it. If couples had problems, they would be made to visit their kinsmen for settlement, But if it isn’t  resolved, she is sent to her fathers house to cool off and return back later on.

Dear wife, keep your mouth shut.
Dear wife, keep your mouth shut.

Is most cases the husband gets another wife as her punishment. Especially when it was about childlessness. The women expressed themselves sexually and emotionally so well, because they were told that they would be with just  one man for the rest of their lives.

But in this 21st century, Brides’ age has tremendously  increased, divorce  has come into existence, and has become a big issue. People these days don’t only worry about getting married, they also worry about how to  work hard to keep their marriages. At every age, even till 100 years these days, a marriage is never ever guaranteed. Those candid expressions women gave to their one and only husband in the olden days, can’t be done today, because it is now used as a weapon against the women after they are divorced.

So Dear woman, hold back very vital information about yourself these days even after your marriage. Don’t think you are in love and leave secrets that will be used against  you in the future . Look after yourself and your kids even when married.

Dear wife, keep your mouth shut.
Dear wife, keep your mouth shut

Things not to say to your husband.

. You can’t say “I can’t live without you” to your husband, That triggers the wrong kind of ego in a man. it is a lie, owing to the fact that  you can actually live with out him  and still be thrive.

. Know when to draw the line between revealing things to your husband out of love, and putting yourself into trouble in the name of love.  Teach your kids to be independent, and also teach yourself to be independent.

. Don’t be the kind of woman who contemplates suicide when her marriages crashes. No one prays to have a short lived marriage, but always fight to survive when it happens.

Some secrets are shared, some are swallowed.

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Dear wife, keep your mouth shut.
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Climate change: Devastating effect of Extreme Temperature on Polar bears.

Dead frozen shark

 

 

    Climate Change Horror

Dead frozen shark
Dead frozen shark

 

Climate Change ripple effect as Extreme Low temperature begins to kill Sharks.

How cold is it right now? It’s so cold that sharks are dying,
So cold that literally, a cup of water doesn’t even have time to hit the ground in Winnipeg, Canada, before turning into a frozen flurry.
But this does not disprove climate change.
The climate is desperately changing, hence we will have plenty of extreme hot and cold weather, however, global warming means that we will have a higher ratio of hot to cold weather exceeding 3:1. It’s harder for ice to form, and when it does, it isn’t lasting as long. Warmer temperatures make it harder for the Great Lakes to freeze over, and that means more snow. #
2018 is the year to make a better world for the next generation, the year to #appeasetheearth #changeforclimatechange #climatechange
Via: @climatechange.world”

Malnourished polar bear
Malnourished polar bear

This photograph of an emaciated polar bear in July has been named one of TIME’s Top 10 Photos of 2017. Here, photographer @cristinamittermeier explains coming across the scene: “While looking for belugas on the eastern shore of Somerset Island, in the Canadian Arctic, our group, an expedition team from SeaLegacy, came to a bay where we found an unoccupied fishing camp. Looking through binoculars, we saw a white form lying on the ground but could not quite tell what it was. We stared for a long time until it lifted its head and we realized it was a polar bear that looked very weak. We decided to go on land to better assess the situation and quietly situated our cameras behind one of the sheds, as not to disturb him and waited while he slept, some 500 feet away. After a while, he slowly got up and laboriously started walking towards us. It was then that we realized just how terrible his condition was. He looked emaciated, with muscles atrophied to the point he could barely hold himself up as he searched for something to eat. From an old oil drum, he pulled a piece of trash that looked like burnt foam and started chewing on it. Our team was heartbroken and struggled to process what we were witnessing. The polar bear wandered around a little more, and eventually laid on the ground once again. Shortly after that, he got up and made his way into the water. At first, we thought he might not be able to swim, but he seemed more at ease and agile as he swam away. As the debate over climate change continues to rage around the world, we wanted to let audiences know what the fate of Arctic wildlife might look like in the absence of decisive action.” Photograph by @cristinamittermeier—@sea_legacy
Via @time”

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