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FG scores self high on provision of electricity to rural areas

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The Minister of State, Power, Goddy Jedy Agba, has rated the Federal Government high in the provision of improved Urban and Rural supply of electricity across the states of the country.
This was contained in a press statement by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media and Communications Strategy, Mr. Ofem Uket.
The statement indicated that the effort is in line with Government’s policy trust of creating employment through improved supply of electricity for artisans like welders, mechanics, factories, industries, small and medium scale enterprises and our institutions of higher learning.

The statement also pointed out that the country recorded successes in the power sector through major interventions less than two years of his being at the helm of affairs as Minister of State, Power,

Some of the benefiting states so far he said, include, Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Edo , Ebonyi, Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Bauchi, Niger and satellite towns within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“Greater attention is focused in the rural areas where advantage is taken of the emerging alternative energy sources in Nigeria; particularly the solar mini- grid systems.

The minister declared that in Cross River State, there was no electricity in Bekwara Local Government for six years, adding that today the area is enjoying steady supply of electricity. Also, the Honourable Minister has ensured steady power supply in Calabar.
“In the northern Cross River State, areas far away from the National Grid are being provided with the solar mini Grid electricity.
“Currently, a solar mini Grid project is ongoing at the Bottom Hill of the Obudu Ranching Resorts with the intention of providing electricity to the people of Bottom Hill, Agbakoko, Belinge, and Amana.
“These are places linking up the great tourists attractions in the Obudu Ranching Resorts.
The Minister said arrangements have been concluded with the Japanese Consortium, JAICA, for the electrification of the Utanga and the Ranch. “The Japanese have already dropped the relevant work materials but they have been unable to come because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
“As a result of the improved electricity the Honourable Minister ensured that the bore hole projects in Ukeme, Yache, and Gabu were completed.
“Similarly, the bore hole in Utugwang and water supply in Ukwel, Obudu, all in Cross River state are some of the numerous projects occasioned by the improved electricity, meant to enhance better living condition of the people, he added.
The Minister indicated that he is not interested in giving handouts of bags of rice, oil, wrappers etc.
“Our focus is to create an environment that will be economically viable and sustaining for our people. “We should stop the politics of bitterness and rather come up with creative thoughts to assist leadership.
“We must always bare in mind that Ministerial appointments are given National responsibilities, thus it is quite erroneous to expect a Minister to completely focus on his/ her State of origin.
It’s on this thrust that the
He said people should appreciate the giant strides so far in the sector nationaly and in Cross River State in particular going by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a prolonged lockdown.

The Minister promised to adhere to issues of National interest as demanded by his ministerial responsibilities.

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UN Rescue Services worries, Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb with 10m out of school children

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United Nations Rescue Services has raised concern that Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gunpowder with over 10m out of school children roaming the streets that are available as easy recruits by insurgency.
The UN International Chairman, security and intelligence, African Affairs Ambassador Steve Madila who spoke in Abuja at a media briefing on Wednesday said they are developing vocational  training centers of minimum 3 months and maximum 1 year to keep the out of school children busy as the idle mind is the devils workshop.

He said, the United Nations program on eradication of extreme poverty and hunger was born in 2021 to advocate on sustainable development goals. 
“Before the year 2000 we heard about the Millenium Development goals. It was established because the UN carried out research and found out that about 2.5 billion people on planet earth were living below poverty line and their definition of living below poverty line is if you can not afford to spend at least $2 per day on yourself. 

“$2 is less than N1000. In Nigeria poverty walks on its two legs, there are some people that go out and don’t come back to their houses until another 6pm”

“In Nigeria 50,000,000 bags of cement was  delivered in IDP camps in  the north east, to deliver affordable housing with a minimum of 5,000, 000 naira Nigerians that are 18 years old can have access to affordable housing project. “Our goal is to deliver at least 10,000 housing units across the 6 political zones of Nigeria. The condition for giving you a house that will last a 1000 years.”Civil servants and people in the informal sectors like barbers, taxi drivers that can accumulate between  300,000 to 500,000 can choose from a one bedroom to a two bedroom bungalow, and above. 
“We target people who have lost hope of owning houses of their own and 40 federal Government agencies including NNPC NTA , radio Nigeria, DSS, EFCC,ICPC and the police whoare in dire need for houses because government cannot provide housing for them.  “These have made us to expand our project to 36 states of Nigeria and the FCT.”
He said they will also bring about revolutionary health services in the 6 geopolitical zones  such that it would be made medical hub with 1000 hospitals dedicated to women and children. “These hospitals must have international airport facility to cater for patients in the state that need surgery.  

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Senate puts off plenary to mourn death of N’Assembly members

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The Senate, upon resumption from its two weeks recess, on Tuesday again adjourned plenary till Wednesday, 14th March, 2021, as a mark of honour for two members of the National Assembly that died recently

The upper chamber thereafter held a minute silence in honour of both lawmakers who are members of the House of Representatives. 

The decision to suspend plenary was is in tandem with the tradition of the National Assembly, following a motion moved by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, and seconded by the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe. 

The Senate Leader said, “The passing away of two members of the National Assembly by names of Honourable Haruna Maitala, who until his demise represented Bassa/Jos North Federal Constituency of Plateau State, and who we lost on 2nd April, 2021, in a ghastly motor accident.

“The second loss we suffed, was that of another Honourable member, Hon. Suleiman Aliyu Lere, representing Lere Federal Constituency from Kaduna State, whom we also lost on 6th April , 2021.”

Abdullahi added: “Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues, I rise in accordance with our tradition, to move a two motions: one for the suspension on all other items scheduled for consideration on the order paper today; [And] also another motion for this Distinguished chamber to observe one minute silence in honour of the departed, I so move.”

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, while putting the motion to a voice vote which was unanimously supported by Senators, described the demise of the two lawmakers as “another sad development in the National Assembly”.

The upper chamber, thereafter, held a minute silence in honour of the deceased lawmakers before adjourning plenary till Wednesday, 14th April, 2021.

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Ramadan fast commences Tuesday as Sultan of Sokoto sights the moon

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Ramadan fast commences Tuesday as Sultan of Sokoto sights the moon

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has announced the commencement of Ramadan having sighted the moon.

The Sultan in a live broadcast on Monday announced that the Ramadan fast will begin on Tuesday.
He admonished Muslims to ensure strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocol during the Ramadan period.
The beginning and end of Islamic months are determined by the sighting of the new moon.

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