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  •  AEDC attributes power outage in parts of FCT to explosion
    AEDC attributes power outage in parts of FCT to explosion 
     AEDC attributes power outage in parts of FCT to explosion
    AEDC attributes power outage in parts of FCT to explosion 
    Economy2 weeks ago

    AEDC attributes power outage in parts of FCT to explosion 

    The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has attributed the current power outage in parts of FCT to explosion at the Transmission Company of Nigeria station serving the area.

    A statement by AEDC Management in Abuja on Thursday listed areas affected to include Central Area, Gwagwalada, Mpape, Suleja, Katampe and its environs. 

    ”Intense efforts are ongoing to restore supply in earnest,” it said.

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  •  Buhari mourns Gowon s sister Maryama Dimka
    Buhari mourns Gowon’s sister, Maryama Dimka
     Buhari mourns Gowon s sister Maryama Dimka
    Buhari mourns Gowon’s sister, Maryama Dimka
    General news2 weeks ago

    Buhari mourns Gowon’s sister, Maryama Dimka

    President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, over the demise of his elder sister, Mrs Maryamu Dimka, who died on Wednesday.

    Maryamu was the wife of Late Commissioner of Police, Mr S.

    K. Dimka, and survived by children including Mrs Elizabeth Rimdans, one time Resident Electoral Commissioner in Anambra and Bauchi states,  Ms Margaret Dimka, Mr Philip Dimka, many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Other surviving relations are retired Flt. Capt. of the defunct Nigeria Airways, Moses Gowon and Dauda Gowon.

    The president said: “She retained right family values and moral strength.

    She instilled a spirit of service in her children as seen through their philanthropic activities and an eagerness to give back to society.

    ” Buhari said the deceased left behind a remarkable record of service and care as a Matron in the female hostel at Ahmadu Bello University in the 60s.

    He stated that the deceased would be cherished for her active participation in many social and religious organizations, including Nigerian Red Cross Society, Young Women’s Christian Association, Bible Translation, Bible Society and Horticultural Society.

    The president urged Gowon and the family members she left behind to preserve her memories and legacies.

    “In this tragic hour, our hearts and prayers are with you and the entire family,” he added.


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  •  EBSIEC counters reports of voter apathy during Ebonyi council polls
    EBSIEC counters reports of voter apathy during Ebonyi council polls
     EBSIEC counters reports of voter apathy during Ebonyi council polls
    EBSIEC counters reports of voter apathy during Ebonyi council polls
    General news2 weeks ago

    EBSIEC counters reports of voter apathy during Ebonyi council polls

    The Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commisson has described the voter turnout at the July 30 Local Goverment (LG) Elections in the state as impressive.

    The Chairman of the commisson, Mr Jossy Eze, said this on Thursday in Abakaliki, while presenting the Certificates of Return to the Chairmen-and-Councillors-Elect.

    According to Eze, contrary to the report in a section of the media that the exercise was marred by voter apathy, the figures from the polls suggest that the turnout was impressive.

    “It showed that the electorate are presently enlightened and know what they want.

    “The electorate presently know the need to exercise their franchise to elect people they want and who would work for them,” he said.

    The EBSIEC boss advised the elected officials to be magnanimous in victory toward their opponents in the polls.

    “You should not see them as adversaries but partners in the desire to make the grassroots more viable.

    “The way you handle affairs in your various areas would help to ensure effective representation of your councils,” he said.

    He commended various stakeholders that contributed to the success of the exercise.

    He said that the commission had been re-invigorated for effective service delivery.

    Responding on behalf of others, the Ivo Chairman-Elect, Mr Emmanuel Ajah, thanked his people for electing him.

    Ajah promised that he would reciprocate the gesture by working hard to improve their wellbeing.

    “I especially thank the youths for their unflinching support all through the electioneering.

    “I promise that with other stakeholders, we shall move our council forward,” he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that APC clinched all the 13 Chairmanship and 171 Councillorship positions during the polls.

    The election produced one Chairperson, Mrs Euphemia Nwali, for Ezza South LG.

    The other Chairmen included Mr Ebere Nwogba (Abakaliki), Chidiebere Uzor (Onicha) and Chinedu Uburu (Ebonyi).

    Others were Mr Chinonso Ajah (Ohaozara), Nnajiofor Ibiam (Afikpo North), Chima Ekuma-Nkama (Afikpo South), John Onwe (Ishielu), Stephen Nwankpa (Izzi) and Ajah (Ivo).

    The rest included Mr Ikechukwu Odono (Ohaukwu), Sunday Nwankwo (Ikwo) and Chief Moses Nome (Ezza North).


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  •  With digitalisation things have changed fast Sanwo Olu
    With digitalisation, things have changed fast — Sanwo-Olu
     With digitalisation things have changed fast Sanwo Olu
    With digitalisation, things have changed fast — Sanwo-Olu
    General news2 weeks ago

    With digitalisation, things have changed fast — Sanwo-Olu

    Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State says digitalisation has come to stay, and everyone must realise that with it, tthings have changed very fast.  

    Sanwo-Olu gave the advice in Lagos on Thursday while declaring open a two-day workshop on Good Corporate Governance, organised by the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).  

    The workshop has the theme, “Journalism and Digitalisation: The Imperative of Good Corporate Governance”.  

    The governor described the theme of the workshop as “apt and speaking to the reality of where we find ourselves”.  

    He said that digitalisation had changed for instance, the way news sometimes breaks, leaving newsrooms to do follow-ups after the news was already out.  

    Sanwo-olu said that with the reality of digitalisation, there was also the need for good corporate governance to ensure things were done properly.  

    He described journalism as a noble profession that gives the public independent assessment and holds the government accountable.  

    The governor emphasised the importance of freedom of the press, but said there was the need to be circumspect and to eradicate fake news by verifying before posting on digital platforms.  

    He urged the media to abide by ethics of the profession and regulate themselves appropriately.  

    Sanwo-Olu said that his administration identified the importance of technology and gave it an important place in its THEMES agenda.  

    The governor said that the state government was laying the first phase of 3000 km fibre optic connectivity ducts in the state.  

    He said they hoped to start the second phase of another 3000 km by the beginning of next year.  

    Sanwo-Olu said this was to bring internet closer to the people.  

    He said some global companies were also bringing in infrastructure that would drive down the cost of internet connectivity and make it cheaper.  

    The governor urged the media to take advantage of these initiatives.

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    Earlier in his speech, NGE President, Mr Mustapha Isah, said that digital journalism had introduced changes which the traditional media were adopting to transform the information space.  

    He urged media experts and practitioners to take advantage of the convergence and other opportunities to ensure the traditional media remained relevant.  

    Isah restated the importance of freedom of the press and urged the media to also embrace good corporate governance.  

    The NGE president expressed reservation with the way the federal government imposed some fines on  media houses.  

    Earlier, Mr Lanre Idowu, NGE fellow and Chairman of the occasion spoke on the evolution of journalism in Nigeria and the birth of digital media.  

    Idowu enumerated changes by the online platforms and how the traditional media could still remain relevant with market shares without sacrificing ethics and professionalism.  

    “I have no doubt that there will be need for better and relevant training that will include more audience research and astute business management,” he said.  

    Also, Mr Lanre Arogundade, Executive Director, International Press Centre  in a goodwill message said that the journalism profession was a “continuous conversation” hence, the need for experts to speak up more against harsh regulatory policies.  

    Miss Maureen Chigbo, President, Guild of Corporate Online Publishers said that the workshop was timely.  

    She said it would address threats posed by citizen journalism taking over a large chunk of the media space.  

    Chigbo added that there was the need for media owners and practitioners to be proactive.        


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  •  Ugwala tasks multinationals on diving approvals
    Ugwala tasks multinationals on diving approvals
     Ugwala tasks multinationals on diving approvals
    Ugwala tasks multinationals on diving approvals
    Economy2 weeks ago

    Ugwala tasks multinationals on diving approvals

    Nigeria’s Chief Inspector of Diving, Mr Julius Ugwala, has urged multinationals and local companies to get requisite approvals from the Diving Governing Board of Ministry of Labour before commencement of diving operations.

    Ugwala gave the advice in a statement in Lagos on Thursday, while on a nationwide enforcement exercise embarked by the Diving Governing Board.

    He also urged them to adhere to the 2018 Diving at Work regulation so as not to fall into the hands of the law.

    According to Ugwala, ensuring safe diving operations and engagement of competent divers is the priorities of the board.

    “Organisations which conduct diving operations without the approval of the Diving Governing Board contravene the 2018 Diving at Work regulation,” he said.

    He added that most deaths and accidents recorded in-country were avoidable if appropriate safety steps were consciously taken by diving contractors and International Oil Companies (IOCs).

    “When safety measures are ignored, it leads to fatalities and sometimes this happens so fast.

    The board will continue to strive to attain its mandate which is a safe diving sector.

    “One of the ways to comply with safe diving regulations is to apply to the Director of Diving informing the Board of the intention to carry out diving activities and obtaining a proper approval.

    “Recall that the Nigerian Diving Board recently prohibited some diving operations in Lagos for operating without approvals, violating other regulations and following the death of a diver on one of the sites,” he said.

    Ugwala noted that they were focused on ensuring safe dives and enforcing compliance to the 2018 Diving at Work regulation.

    “The regulation stipulates that before any diving commences on Nigerian territorial waters, there must be an approval.

    Besides that, there is also something known as Labour Card and Permit to Dive. Organisations should endeavour to obtain them,” he said.

    Ugwala decried the unregulated diving operations which he said was becoming alarming in the country.

    He disclosed that divers were dying on daily basis due to the development.

    Ugwala said that the Board had resolved to carry out audits of all dive jobs on Nigerian waters to close all safety gaps and sanitise the industry while ensuring safe diving operations.

    He further implored IOCs and diving contractors to ensure that trainee supervisors had access to panel hours to boost confidence in the sector.


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  •  President Buhari challenges BUA chairman on investments charity
    President Buhari challenges BUA chairman on investments, charity
     President Buhari challenges BUA chairman on investments charity
    President Buhari challenges BUA chairman on investments, charity
    General news2 weeks ago

    President Buhari challenges BUA chairman on investments, charity

    President Muhammadu Buhari has urged businessman and philanthropist, Abdulsamad Rabi’u, to carry forward his momentum of investments and charitable deeds as he marks his 62nd birthday.

    Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s spokesman stated that the president gave the charge on Thursday in Abuja in a congratulatory message to the President of BUA Group of Companies.

    The president lauded the efforts of Rabi’u and other leading citizens in giving the country a good name at home and abroad.

    “Through your life and career, you have persevered with determination and dignity, the family traditions of business, scholarship and charitable work,’’ the president noted.

    He stressed that he cherished the businessman’s compassion and concern for the weakest citizen.

    “You are a steadfast champion of the poor and the marginalised and your charitable efforts will continue to inspire fellow citizens,’’ President Buhari observed.


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  •  ASUU strike We are losing students to incessant killings Students union
    ASUU strike: We are losing students to incessant killings — Students union
     ASUU strike We are losing students to incessant killings Students union
    ASUU strike: We are losing students to incessant killings — Students union
    Metro2 weeks ago

    ASUU strike: We are losing students to incessant killings — Students union

    The Council of Student’s Union Presidents (CSUP) says that it is losing students to incessant killings from bandits attacks as a result of their prolonged stay at home due to the ASUU strike.The Student Union President (SUG), Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna, Mr. Ishaka Yahaya spoke on behalf of all SUG presidents across tertiary institutions at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.Yahaya said that many students who were to be in school but resorted to doing other jobs were being kidnapped and killed in the process.He appealed to the government to look into the demands of ASUU and attend to them so that they could return to school.“It is true when they say when two elephants meet; only the grass suffers.“It is quite obvious here that both the Federal Government and ASUU have nothing to lose in this fight.“This is because while the strike is ongoing, the salaries of Federal Government staff keep flowing and at the end of every strike, nothing stops the salaries of ASUU members from also flowing.“The only most unfortunate and innocent victim here you would agree with us are the Nigerian students, who have everything to lose.” Even when the strike would have been called off, so many of the students will not be able to serve the nation due to age limit.“So many students after graduation would not be able to get government jobs due to age limit consideration,” he said.Yahaya said that the strike had increased the rate of drug abuses, prostitution, and thuggery amongst other corresponding wantonness and purposelessness by the Nigerian students who under normal circumstances should be in school acquiring knowledge.He said that the Nigerian students and campuses had been exposed to insecurities.and as such students had now become daily victims of kidnapping by the bandits.He said that the CSUP had written to the Ministry of Education, issuing a seven days ultimatum to reach an amicable resolution with their counterparts – ASUU.He said that failure to do so would lead to the mobilization of students across the country in a mass peaceful demonstration to end the strike.” We hereby appeal to the Federal Government to meet the demands of ASUU within the shortest period of time as failure to do so would leave us with no option but to go ahead with our peaceful demonstration even amidst this security instability.” For it is better to die for something than to live for nothing.” Also,  the SUG president of the university of Jos, Mr. Danladi Adankala, recalled an incident that happened to a 500-level student of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomosho who was kidnapped and murdered after paying the ransom.” In LAUTECH yesterday, a 500-level Rachael Opadele of the Department of Fine Art was murdered.” She was supposed to be in school finalizing her education but because of the ASUU strike, she opted to work in a hotel where she was kidnapped and killed after paying the ransom.” This is one of the many we know.Students can also be killed during a protest, so it is essential for the government to meet the demands of ASUU so that students can return to school,” he said.In the same vein, the SUG President, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Mr. Naajim Gbefwi called on the government to prioritize education in the interest of Nigerian students.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that ASUU had been on strike since February demanding the adoption of UTAS against IPPIS, funds for therevitalization of public universities.Others are refusing to honor the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU, among others.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  FG commences enumeration of Trader MONI beneficiaries in Imo
    FG commences enumeration of `Trader MONI’ beneficiaries in Imo
     FG commences enumeration of Trader MONI beneficiaries in Imo
    FG commences enumeration of `Trader MONI’ beneficiaries in Imo
    Economy2 weeks ago

    FG commences enumeration of `Trader MONI’ beneficiaries in Imo

    The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Thursday commenced enumeration of beneficiaries of “Traders MONI, “Market MONI” and “Farmers MONI,” programmes in Imo. The programme, under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP) is poised to lift Nigerians out of poverty.

    Sadiya Umar-Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, at the event in Owerri said that shortlisted candidates would receive N50,000 each to sustain their petty business.

    Umar-farouq, represented by Dr Rabiuo Ibrahim, the Focal Person and Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said that the enumeration was the phase II of the programme.

    According to her, no fewer than 1,800 indigenes have been shortlisted to benefit from the programme.

    She noted that the state had benefited immensely from GEEP under the National Social Investments Programme N-SIP of the federal government.

    The minister commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for lifting Nigerians out of poverty through social intervention programmes.

    She also commended Gov. Hope Uzodimma for his support, especially for creating the state Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

    The state Programme Coordinator, GEEP, Mrs Kath Igwe, said that independent monitors would observe beneficiaries and ensure that the N50,000 loan would be judiciously used.

    “This is an interest-free loan from Federal Government; you must ensure that the money is used judiciously so that you can be able to pay back when demanded.

    “Those who are counted will be sent to Abuja for final enumeration before their accounts will be credited.

    “As the focal person in Imo, I will ensure the success of the programme by strictly monitoring beneficiaries,” she added.

    Some of the shortlisted candidates who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria commended the federal government for its social intervention programmes.

    A trader, Mrs Felicia Okorie, said she was lucky to be one of the shortlisted people beneficiary.

    She gave the assurance of investing the money into business and commended the governor for his inclusive government.


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  •  DPD RI Secretariat Comparative Study Working Visit to the South African Parliament
    DPD RI Secretariat Comparative Study Working Visit to the South African Parliament
     DPD RI Secretariat Comparative Study Working Visit to the South African Parliament
    DPD RI Secretariat Comparative Study Working Visit to the South African Parliament
    Africa2 weeks ago

    DPD RI Secretariat Comparative Study Working Visit to the South African Parliament

    From 31 July to 3 August 2022, the DPD RI secretariat led by DPR RI Secretary General, Mr. Dr. Rahman Hadi, undertook a comparative study visit to the Parliament of South Africa in Cape Town. Members of the delegation consisted of Dr. Mesranian, M.Dev.Plg, Chief of the Second Trial Office; Hartawan, S.IP, Chief of the Finance Office; Mahyu Darma, SH, MH, Head of the Office of Protocol and Media; Nurul Husna, S.Si and Rehan Febri Herdamanu, ST, DPD Secretariat.The DPD RI Secretariat Benchmarking Visit to the South African Parliament was to (1) ascertain the mechanism and administration of the South African Parliamentary Secretariat to support the functions of the local members of the DPD (National Council of Provinces); (2) know the trial mechanism in the South African parliament; (3) know the pattern of financial responsibility of each DPD member.The issues discussed at the DPD RI delegation meeting with the South African parliament secretariat were: 1.1 The South African Parliament building suffered a fire accident in early January 2022.The Parliament building has not been renovated to date.Members of parliament use part of the space in the secretariat of parliament for daily tasks.Along with the current conditions of the pandemic, the role of the secretariat in dealing with South African parliamentarians and administrative tasks was affected.1.2 The members of the South African DPD are 90 people who come from nine provinces in South Africa.Each province consists of 10 members of the DPD (National Council of Provinces).The minister (assistant to the president) also remains a member of parliament.1.3 The House of Parliament consists of a combination of 400 members of parliament (National Assembly) and 90 members of the DPD (National Council of Provinces).1.4 The South African Parliamentary Secretariat is a joint secretariat intended to support the work of the members of the DPR (National Assembly) and the members of the DPD (National Council of Provinces).Unlike in Indonesia, the members of the parliamentary secretariat in South Africa are not state officials.1.5 All trials are open to the public, except for intelligence and broadcast via social media platforms.The public can also attend the trial in person by first submitting an online form.The activities went well.The Secretary General of DPD RI expressed his appreciation for the acceptance of the South African parliamentary secretariat and invited them to come to Indonesia.The delegation received comprehensive data and information related to the functions and duties of the South African Parliamentary Secretariat to support the work and functions of the members of the DPD.The delegation exchanged information and deepened material with the secretariat of the South African parliament and visited the South African parliament on the last day.

  •  NMDPRA to fast track issuance of reviewed petroleum regulations Official
    NMDPRA to fast-track issuance of reviewed petroleum regulations – Official
     NMDPRA to fast track issuance of reviewed petroleum regulations Official
    NMDPRA to fast-track issuance of reviewed petroleum regulations – Official
    General news2 weeks ago

    NMDPRA to fast-track issuance of reviewed petroleum regulations – Official

    The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says it is working to ensure issuance of midstream and downstream petroleum regulations for industry’s growth.

    The authority said that when the regulations were finally published, they would be required to be gazetted by the Ministry of Justice.

    Mr Ogbugo Ukoha, the Executive Director, Distribution Systems, Storage and Retailing Infrastructure, NMDPRA, made this known on Thursday in Abuja at the end of its stakeholders’ consultation forum on regulations.

    The forum which opened on August 1, was attended by stakeholders from Chevron, TotalEnergies and Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria to bequeath the industry with laws and policies to enable investment in the sector.

    The 10 regulations considered by the stakeholders were; Gas Pricing, Domestic Demand and Delivery Regulations; Natural Gas Pipeline Tariff Regulations and Midstream and Downstream Decommissioning and Abandonment Regulations.

    The regulations included Environmental Regulations For Midstream And Downstream Petroleum Operations In Nigeria; Midstream and Downstream Environmental Remediation Fund Regulations and Midstream and Downstream Gas Infrastructure Fund Regulations.

    Others are Petroleum (Transportation And Shipment) Regulations; Assignment and Transfer of Licences and Permits Regulations; Petroleum Pipeline Regulations and Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Operations Regulations.

    Ukoha said the first traditional requirement of the authority as a regulator was to engage with stakeholders to propose draft regulations to people, consult and review their feedback before issuing the regulations.

    According to him, the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA 2021) captured this process and required that it has to publish the regulations and after 21 days invite the stakeholders to listen and make considerations.

    “So, we released 10 draft regulations across board and two more draft regulations but the consultation we were just concluding was for the 10 regulations.

    “We got rich and intensed feedback from stakeholders, what is left for us to do now is to go back and reflect on it and utilise the good part ultimately for the benefit of Nigerians and growth of the industry.

    “The reviewed regulations will be forwarded to the ministry of justice after for gazetting,” he said.

    Ukoha said the regulations which were published online firstly got hundreds of rich written responses from stakeholders while the three syndicates group established at the forum made considerations and challenges clarified.

    The director explained that the authority was mindful of the timeline set by the PIA itself.


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