Blackout looms, as electricity workers threaten to shut down national grid again

Nigerians may soon experience another blackout, as the National Union of Electricity Employees, (NUEE), has threatened to shut down the national grid if the Federal Government fails to honour its demands soon again. Recall, the workers on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, after a meeting with Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment suspended its twenty-four-hour strike for two weeks. The union is protesting the nonpayment of outstanding arrears owed to former workers of the now-defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, (PHCN), the suspension of conditions of service and career path…

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PDP Crisis: Wike promises to not leave Party

Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, says contrary to some expectations, he and his loyalists in Rivers State will not leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but remain to continue the fight for internal democracy. Governor Wike stated this during a meeting with stakeholders of the party across the 319 wards of the state at the Banquet Hall of the Government House in Port Harcourt, yesterday. He said retreating from a fight is a sign of weakness. The meeting was to brief the party leaders on the recent happenings in the…

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Kaduna Insecurity: Army announces arrest of sponsor/financier of terrorists, in Zaria

Nigerian Army troops of ‘Operation Hadarin Daji’ have identified one Alhaji Abubakar as the financier of two terrorist collaborators arrested in Zaria, Kaduna State. The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, made this known at the bi-weekly news briefing on the operations of the armed forces yesterday, in Abuja. Danmadami said the suspects were apprehended on Sept. 15, at Access Bank, PZ Branch, in Zaria, while trying to withdraw the sum of N14 million deposited into the account of Abubakar. He said the relevant agencies were working assiduously to…

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Alleged Secret Bank Accounts: H/Reps probe NNPCL, Joint Venture business 

The House of Representatives has said it is probing the structure and accountability of Joint Venture (JV) business and production sharing contracts (PSCs) of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd. Chairman of the ad-Hoc Committee, Hassan Fulata, yesterday said some NNPC accounts did not follow due process. He said the committee discovered a secret account by NNPC Ltd., alleging the Federal Government did not follow due process in opening these accounts. However, the Acting Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Okolieaboh Sylva, denied the government’s knowledge of such a secret account.…

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Political Broadcast: NBC warns broadcasters against campaigns that incite violence

The Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission, (NBC), Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, has issued a warning to broadcast media outlets on Wednesday against using their platforms to promote campaigns that could lead to violence and division in the nation. Ilelah made this statement in Lagos at the political broadcasting sensitization forum themed: “Towards a fair and responsible broadcast coverage of the 2023 general elections: a multi-stakeholder dialogue”. In his address, the DG said that broadcasters were not legally permitted to pronounce or announce election results except before the Independent National Electoral…

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Crude Oil Theft: ‘Nigerian military guarding oil installations are the chief culprits’ – PENGASSAN

Those in the Nigerian military, according to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), are to blame for the country’s alarmingly high rate of crude oil theft. Recall that on Wednesday, Senator Akpan Bassey, presided over a Senate probe into oil theft and smuggling. PENGASSAN made this statement at the hearing. According to the national Head of PENGASSAN, Festus Osifo, oil theft is a joint operation involving the military troops tasked with guarding oil installations and the locals operating illegal refineries. He said that lawbreakers were being…

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“We believe in one Nigeria, but won’t accept one country, 2 systems” – Akeredolu

Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu,  has insisted that though he believes in one Nigeria, such a Nigeria cannot be a country where laws are applied differently to different groups. The governor, who was reacting to a video of a vigilante group obtaining AK-47 rifles in Katsina State, argued that it’s untenable to allow vigilante groups in the North to bear sophisticated weapons, but deny those in the south the same period privileges. “The video making the rounds showing the equivalent of the Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun Corps) in Katsina,…

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Int’l Peace Day: “Nobody can eliminate any particular religion in Nigeria” – Sultan of Sokoto

In commemoration of the International Day of Peace 2022, the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, III, has disclosed that it is not possible for any religion to supersede another religion in Nigeria, as God who created the different religions in Nigeria did not make mistake. Rather, Sultan Abubakar disclosed that adherents of different religions should learn to accommodate one another and realize that it is the same God we all serve. Speaking as Special Guest of honour at the National Secondary Schools Security Awareness Programme organised by…

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Arewa New Agenda: Northern Coalition to table demands for Tinubu, Atiku, Kwankwaso others

A coalition of professional organisations in Northern Nigeria, under the aegis of the ‘Arewa New Agenda’, on Wednesday assembled in Abuja to brainstorm on the demands they would table before presidential candidates for the 2023 elections. They articulated their agenda in Abuja during the opening ceremony of the conference organised by ANA, in collaboration with Arewa House, with the theme: “Building strategic imperatives of the Arewa agenda”. The coalition promised to harmonise their agenda and interest of the North with regards the 2023 election and present their demands to the candidates.…

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El-Rufa’i blames OBJ, Yar’Adua, others for power sector woes

…Says Nigeria wasted 15 yrs on under-investment Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, has lamented 15 years of propping up the electricity industry but without achieving set objectives. Speaking at the Nigeria Energy Exhibition and Conference, in Lagos yesterday, el-Rufa’i declared that the country has lost about 15 years on efforts in investment in the energy sector. According to him, the clear roadmap for structural reforms set up by the Obasanjo government in the electrical, power and oil and gas sectors were protracted, or abandoned, by his immediate successors. “As examples,…

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