Residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have commended the Federal Government on improved power supply in the last few weeks.
The residents said that power had greatly improved adding that they have been enjoying constant supply.
The residents, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday, said the improved electricity had helped to boost their businesses.
Electricity Consumers residing in Lugbe, Nyanya, Kubwa, Apo, Gwarimpa and environs told NAN that they were very happy with the development and appealed to the Federal Government to maintain the tempo.
Mrs Egulor Akpobome, who resides at Apo Legislative Quarters said that power supply had improved in her area.
Akpobome said that for close to three months, power supply in the legislative quarters had been constant.
According to her, at times they have light for close to 24 hours, saying, ”this is very commendable.
“ I am appealing to the Federal Government to please continue to give us light this way,’’ she said.
Mr Tony Obayuwana , a resident of Apo New Site said that for weeks, the estate had been enjoying steady light for more than 15 a day.
Obayuwana said that the government was doing very well as power supply had greatly improved.
Mrs Titilayo Oba, a banker who resides at Gwarinpa said that the electricity situation in the area had improved in the last three months.
Oba said that for over three weeks, there had been constant light as she had to put off her freezer before she could bring out things she put in there.
“You know I am a banker and I close late from work, I only cook once a week every Saturday, but with this light situation, I cannot do that.
“I am appealing to AEDC to give us light even for two or three hours a day,’’ he said.
Mrs Kate Okiria, a civil servant residing at Kubwa said that the light situation in the area was encouraging, adding that since the beginning of July, they had light for more than 14 hours a day.
Okira described the development as ”wonderful” and commended the Federal Government for the feat.
“Also in Lugbe, a fashion designer, Mrs Ruth Oko said stable electricity supply in the area had continued to boost her business, saying that she was now meeting her customers’ needs.
“I am very happy now as I can deliver my customers clothes on time as the power supply has greatly improved, ’she said.
The Federal Government, in a bid to ensure effective power supply, through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), approved a special gas pricing for emergency contracting of gas from the Nigerian Gas Marketing Company Ltd. The Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, in a statement, said that the approval was given for power plants owned by Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), in order to optimise the capacity utilisation of the plants Aliyu said that with the approval an on-grid improvement of about 800 Megawatts (MW) generation capacity was expected from the NDPHC plants.
The minister said that the approval followed the emergency meeting convened by him on March 14, towards the restoration of normal electricity supply nationwide.
” And the development of a framework for sustainable improvement of supply, “he said.
Aliyu said that at the meeting, the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading(NBET) Plc was also directed to enter into fast-track negotiation with NAOC on an interim energy sales agreement.
The minister said that this was with a view to bringing the new Okpai Il Power Plant in Delta State on the grid thereby contributing an additional 400 Megawatts (MW)of generation capacity.
“The pegging of the gas pipeline supplying gas to the Odukpani power plant in Calabar is scheduled for completion in March, thus ramping up generation by about 400MW.
“In the medium-term, we have agreed with the Nigeria Gas and Power Investment Company (NGPIC ), a subsidiary of NNPC on the framework for the overhaul of the Okoloma gas processing plant in River State “Thereby restoring the full capacity of the 650MW Afam VI in Port-Harcourt combined cycle power plant, “he said.
“We wish to reassure all electricity consumers that all relevant agencies involved in the restoration of normality in power supply have been charged to act in the context of the emergency state of the industry, “he said,ng
Some Education stakeholders in the Northwest have identified poor pay-packet of primary school teachers as the key factor responsible for the decline in quality of education.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria that apart from ascribing ‘low status’ to teachers, the poor renumeration had scared away quality personnel from taking to the teaching profession in primary schools.
The stakeholders noted that teaching in primary schools had become a ‘last option’ to most people, who often discharged their duties with divided attention as they continued to scout for other options.
The respondents therefore warned that that unless teaching in primary schools was made lucrative enough through enhanced renumeration, the search for a solid foundation for the country’s education system would remain a wild goose chase.
Mr Ibrahim Dalhatu, Kaduna State Chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), described as pathetic, the token being paid teachers, saying apart from the package being very poor, there was always delay in payment of the meagre amount.
He said that a newly recruited teacher with a National Certificate of Education were paid between 37,000 and 38,000 a month, while those with university degrees received between N45,000 and 46,000. According to him, providing school infrastructure without reasonable renumeration for teachers is like moving ‘one step forward and two steps backward’.
Also, Mr Tijjani Aliyu, Citizens Co-chair, Kaduna Basic Education Accountability Mechanism, lamented the poor renumeration, which he said was responsible for poor performance and declining productivity in primary schools.
“It is also worrisome that primary school teachers are being promoted but without corresponding increase in salary”, he said.
A primary school teacher in Kaduna who spoke on condition of anonymity, told NAN that after spending about 13 years in the service, his salary was paltry N40,000 per month.
According to him, the poor enumeration is responsible for the exodus of teachers from the primary to secondary schools.
“Not only is the salary in primary schools very poor, it is also not being paid on time; most times, the salary is spent on settlement of debts.
“As I am talking to you now, some of us have not received our June and July salaries, and August is gone already.
“Not only that, over N19,000 is being deducted from our meagre salary every month for over a year now, and it is not reflected in our payslip,” he said.
However, Mrs Hauwa Mohammed, Public Relation Officer, Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (Kaduna SUBEB), explained that the board never delayed payment or tolerated unlawful deductions.
Mohammed said payment of salaries of primary school teachers and all Local Government Education Authorities employees, was the sole responsibility of Local Government Councils.
In Sokoto, Malam Bello Abdullahi, a retired primary school teacher, said poor renumeration of primary school teachers had been an issue of great concern for a long period.
“I was a teacher and I know how difficult it is when you wake up in the morning and there is nothing for the family to eat; one will and cannot even concentrate to give his or her best to the pupils or students,” he said.
Malam Abdullahi El-Kurebe, a public analyst, also said the pay- package of teachers was not encouraging.
“You think of employing a labourer to work in your farm and the renumeration is not good enough to give him strength.
What do you expect?
“You are going to have poor performance in the farm; same when you have teachers with poor renumeration; both quality and quantity of output will definitely suffer,” he said.
He reminded the authorities that primary school teachers were people who laid the foundation for future, through the grooming of leaders of tomorrow.
“Good renumeration is the only ingredient that will motivate primary school teachers to perform optimally in order for us to have quality education that is lacking today,” he said.
In Zamfara, stakeholders also concurred that poor remuneration had affected primary education in the state.
Abdul’aziz Auwal, a teacher, described the condition of primary teachers in the state as worrisome, saying that poor salary had discouraged qualified persons from accepting to teach.
Dr Abubakar Dogo, State Chairman, School Based Management Committees (SBMCs) said that primary education, as pillar of educational development, must be given priority by government at all levels.
“At SBMC level, we are advocating for community based support to education.
considering that government alone cannot handle effectively, the entire education sector.
“We believe that there must be the involvement of all stakeholders and this is the major area where the SBMC participates”, Dr Dogo explained.
Meanwhile, the Executive Chairman, State Primary Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, said government promoted over 6, 000 teachers as part of efforts to boost their morale.
“ Welfare of teachers is one of the major priority areas of present administration in the state under Gov. Bello Matawalle.
“When Matawalle assumed office as governor, primary school teachers had spent over 10 years without promotion and the governor directed that all teachers should be promoted to their deserving levels.
“His directive was effected immediately and all the teachers were paid their accumulated promotion arrears”, he added.
In Kano, an Educationist, Dr. Aliyu Abdulsalam, urged the state governments to intensify efforts at enhancing salary of teachers to boost education at the grassroots.
He also urged the governments to address the issue of training and promotion of teachers, and other matters relating to welfare.
He stated that many people were rejecting teaching appointment because of poor renumeration.
Meanwhile, the Director, Public Enlightenment, Kano State Ministry of Education, Alhaji Aliyu Yusuf, said that the government had constituted a 13-member committee for the implementation of “Career Path Policy and Presidential Approvals for Teachers” in the state.
He said that the committee was to identify critical issues responsible for low morale of teachers, especially those in the state civil service.
The committee is also mandated to be compiling an updated data bank of teachers, as well as promoting and encouraging digital teaching and learning in the state.
Some Parents in Katsina State also attributed the falling standard of primary education to poor renumeration of teachers, among other factors.
A respondent, Malam Isiyaka Khaliel, said that unless government rose up to the challenges bedeviling primary school education, public primary schools would collapse gradually.
A parent, Alhaji Sadeeq Lawal, said poor renumeration had reflected on the standard of teaching, resulting in pupils carrying over such deficiencies to secondary and tertiary institutions.
In conclusion, the stakeholders were unanimous over the need for pay-packet of primary school teachers to be enhanced in the overall interest of the education sector.
As some of them put it, the age-long talk of “the reward of teachers being in heaven” had long become colloquial.
The Federal Government on Wednesday said plans were underway to build a 2.5 Megawatts (MW) hybrid solar power plant in the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.
This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Iyali Peter, Special Adviser, Media to the Minister of State Power.
Peter quoted the Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, as saying this at the 40th National Solar Energy Forum (NACEF 2022) held in Kaduna.
The two days forum was organised by the Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (SESN) in collaboration with the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and National Energy Commission (NEC).
Aliyu, who was represented by the Minister of State, Power, Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba, said that the building of the solar power plant would enhance security at the academy Aliyu said that the theme of the forum: “The Role Of Green Energy Technologies in National Security, Power Generation and Economic Sustainability”, was timely and necessary.
He said that reliable and sustainable energy was key in the fight against insecurity in the country.
According to him, such meetings with extensive and robust discussions will always bring out desirable outcome that can move solar energy penetration in the country forward.
He said, “Countries all over the world are exploring avenues of fulfilling their specific commitments and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and COP26 Agreement in Glasgow.
Nigeria is not left out.
“ To achieve Nigeria’s commitment to COP26, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is implementing different initiatives targeted at achieving at least, 30,000MW generation by 2030 with 30 per cent from renewable energy sources.
“The Buhari administration is fully committed to the global decarbonization drive.
To demonstrate this commitment, Government has opened discussions with some Independent Power Plant (IPP) solar project developers planning to deploy Solar mini-grids across the country,” he said.
Aliyu said that 10 state governments are facilitating solar projects in their states that would deliver 100MW each, contributing 1000MW to the Off-grid structure.
On her part, Kaduna Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe, said the outcome and suggestions reached at the forum would further enhance government’s efforts to rid the country of insurgency.
Earlier, Commandant of NDA, Maj-.
Gen. Manu Yusuf, in his address said the theme of the forum was to address the contemporary security challenges facing the country.
Yusuf said that, “there is still much to do to achieve improved access to green energy sources.
“As an institution, we have devoted a lot of resources to improve knowledge on the issue and track global development on renewable energy sources because energy is a critical component of national security.
” Managing Director of REA, Mr Salihijo Ahmad, while delivering the keynote address said that in the last few years, there had been significant improvement in the nation’s renewable energy space because of different initiatives of the government.
Ahmad said FG was deliberately driving policies that are targeted at drawing in private sector participation by encouraging investments and scaling up socio-economic impact of off-grid electrification nationwide.
The managing director assured NASEF of REA’s continued support and collaboration.
He urged the participants to see themselves as active stakeholders within the renewable energy space.
“ It is important to keep up with this momentum by playing our part in different spheres because on this journey towards ending energy poverty in Nigeria, strategies and roadmaps cannot be designed in silos.
“ But must be implemented as fit-for-purpose and deliberate endeavors to solve the nation’s energy problems,” he said.
The Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, on Tuesday urged investors to tap into the numerous investment opportunities that abound in Nigeria’s Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
This is contained in a statement by Mr Odutayo Oluseyi, Assistant Director, , Ministry of Power issued in Abuja.
Aliyu was quoted to have said this at the 2-day Nigeria-India business forum.
He said that with the commitment made by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Conference of Parties’ 26th Annual Summit (COP26) in Glasgow, where Nigeria planned to achieve Net Zero Carbon Emission by 2060. The minister said structures were being put in place to increase the opportunity for investment in Gas-to-Power and other gas related opportunities.
“The efforts by the government are paying off and will eventually eliminate the issues of gas constraints along the gas network.
“We are putting in all these efforts to ensure that timely Return on Investments (ROI) is realised.
” Let me emphasise that the NESI is young with many investment opportunities, ‘’he said.
The minister said that the power sector, like most other sectors, had suffered many years of neglect resulting in the sorry-state of its infrastructure.
According to him, several efforts had been made to create an enabling environment under the Buhari-led administration.
He said that the administration had done this by retooling of policies, initiation of programmes that are geared towards attracting the right investment and boosting investor confidence.
Speaking on the Nigeria-India Business Forum, he said that it was a strategic platform that has the possibility of showcasing the investment opportunities in the Nigerian Power Sector.
“With the outlook of increasing energy demand in Nigeria, it is imperative that the government take a forward-looking approach towards building future energy sources that are secure, sustainable, affordable and reliable,’’ he said.
Inaugurating the forum, Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, encouraged entrepreneurs to take advantage of the huge investment opportunities in various sectors of the economy in Nigeria.
Represented by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite, he expressed optimism that the forum would solidify the existing business relationship between Nigeria and India with mutual benefits to both countries.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Aliyu was among the dignitaries honoured by the forum in appreciation of his unwavering support and unrelenting guidance towards the success of the forum.
The forum had in attendance various investors and would-be investors from Nigeria and India, members of the Diplomatic corps of both countries, the military and various stakeholders, among others.
The National Council on Privitisation (NCP), chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, has received an update on the takeover of four electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs).Osibajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said the vice president presided over a virtual meeting of NCP.BPE Director General, Mr Alex Okoh, informed council that the take-over of Kaduna, Kano, Ibadan and Port Harcourt DISCOs had been concluded successfully.Okoh added that the challenge in the takeover of the Benin DISCO was being addressed.The vice president was represented at the meeting by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, who is the Vice Chair of NCP.Okoh also made a presentation on the concession of the Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Plant, inviting NCP to note steps taken by the Bureau to fast track the process.The director-general presented for approval, a proposal to amend the Procedures Manual of the BPE.The announcement focused on legal framework, reform activities, pre-transaction activities, project advisory and delivery team, receipt of technical and financial transaction strategies, opening and evaluation of technical proposals, among others.More so, the vice president virtually inaugurated the board for the Nigeria Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO).The board will enhance ongoing efforts to resolve liabilities relating to tariff shortfalls for distribution companies, among other challenges plaguing Nigeria’s power sector.The company has been running without a duly constituted board since the first one was inaugurated in 2013 and dissolved shortly after.“Today’s inauguration marks an important milestone in the bid to resolve the liabilities relating to tariff shortfalls in the power sector (specifically for Distribution Companies), and to provide a veritable mechanism for managing the very dynamic nature of the liquidity challenges of the power sector.“This ceremony formally brings on board the invaluable skills and experience of notable and highly respected personalities as members of the Board of NELMCO.“As a board, you are expected to make conscious and deliberate efforts to develop appropriate strategies to facilitate the successful conclusion of the outstanding pre-privatisation issues of the defunct PHCN.”They are also to ensure an effective implementation of NELMCO’s additional mandate to resolve the tariff shortfall problems of the Electricity Distribution Companies.“In view of the challenges ahead, you are expected to draw extensively on our experience over the years, to continue to give credence to the Federal Government of Nigeria’s economic development programme in a transparent, sustainable, credible and acceptable manner.“The board is required to take appropriate steps to also ensure that the interests of the various segments of our society, particularly the ordinary citizens, are protected in the implementation of NELMCO’s mandate.”Osinbajo urged members to diligently carry out the responsibilities assigned to the board in accordance with the provisions of the Memorandum and Articles of Association (MEMART) of the company.He said some of the provisions of the MEMART of the company include to assume and administer the stranded debts of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Plc, pursuant to the provisions of Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005.“To manage post-privatisation liabilities in the power sector as may be directed by the National Council on Privatisation, or any authorised agency of the Federal Government from time to time in line with the power sector reform act 2005.”Responding on behalf of the members, Ahmed, the Board Chairperson and Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, assured the vice president of the board’s preparedness to ensure quick resolution of tariff shortfalls and related issues in the power sector.Other members of the board include the BPE boss, Okoh, Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, Director General of Debt Management Office (DMO), Ms Patience Oniha and Managing Director of NELMCO, Mr Bayo Fagbemi.Mr Muhammad Jumma’a, Mr Olufunso Olukoga, Dr Chinedum Orisakwe, Mojoyinoluwa Dekalu-Thomas and Dr. Nurain Ibrahim are also members.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
Breaking; Electricity workers suspend strike for two weeks < leadership of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), says the union has suspended the ongoing strike by two weeks.
Mr Godfrey Abah, the Chairman, FCT chapter of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday.
Abah said that the suspension followed a meeting held with the Ministers of Labour, Mr Chris Ngige, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, Powe as well as the Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba, and thevrepresentative of the Head of Service.
Others at the meeting he said were the representative of the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) and the management of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
He said all the issues were presented and a high power delegation was set up to look into the matter and report back within two weeks.
”On that premise, we decided to suspend the strike for two weeks pending when the issues will be resolved, ” he said.
Abah also said that on the issue the union had with the TCN’s Board, they had written a letter to schedule a meeting with them to resolve the issue.
NAN reports that NUEE had in a notice signed by its General Secretary, Mr Joe Ajaero directed its members to stop work effective Aug. 17.”You are hereby enjoined to mobilise immediately for serious picketing of TCN Headquarters and Stations nationwide over the directive by the TCN Board that all Principal Managers in acting capacity going to Assistant General Manager must appear for a promotion interview.
”This directive is in contravention of our Conditions of Service and Career Progression Paths and was unilaterally done without the relevant Stakeholders,” the union said.
The union also decried the failure of the authorities to pay the entitlements of former staff of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) since December 2019. (www.
FG seeks partnershiThe Minister of Power, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, on Tuesday called for technological support of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), to address power and clean energy needs of the nation.
Aliyu, represented by Mr Kingsley Odoh, his Special Adviser, Technical Services, made the call while delivering a keynote at the first Ademola Isaac Olorunfemi Colloquium in Lagos.
The event was organized by the Ikeja Branch of NSE as part of activities to mark its 2022 Engineering Week, in honour of Olorunfemi, a former President of the Society.
Speaking on the topic: “Power and Energy Insufficiency in Nigeria – Way Forward”, the minister said Nigeria was working towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 7. He said the expertise of engineers was needed towards achieving Goal 7 which focused on Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modem Energy for all.
“May I challenge and at the same time encourage the engineering community to join hands with us to develop sustainable solutions that will add value to the Green Growth revolution, tailor-made for Nigeria.
“The way forward must gravitate towards Green Energy Technologies which we already know will play a major role in our drive towards increasing our energy mix.
“We welcome the Nigerian Society of Engineers to partner with government as we evolve and explore the potential of Green Energy Technologies to improve our Energy mixes across our Energy sources, some of which are Solar, Wind, Hydro Power, Geo Thermal, just to mention a few.
“This proposed partnership with NSE looks forward to the implementation of Green Energy Technologies that will guarantee a more resilient energy market and energy security,’’ he said.
He said access to adequate power and energy would boost the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), noting, however, that current available power to end users was between 4,000 to 5,000MW for over 200 million Nigerians.
The minister said collective effort was needed because of the commitment Nigeria made to achieve Net Zero in its carbon emission by the year 2060. He listed efforts of the federal government already yielding positive results and opportunities for engineers in the energy and power value chain.
“The Net Zero Commitment we made in Glasgow will require investment, we need to invest about $410 billion on our pathway towards Net Zero. “Funding this pathway will require collaboration’’, he said.
Panelists at the programme identified generational gap in skilled manpower as one of the reasons the power sector privatisation failed.
They called for infrastructure upgrade and capacity development in the nation’s power and energy value chain for Nigeria to be able to make progress.
They also urged the federal government to create enabling environment to attract investors and reduce capital flight.
President of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Mr Tasiu Gidari-Wudil, represented by Mrs Margaret Oguntala, described Isaac Olorunfemi as an expert who contributed immensely to infrastructure development in the nation.
Gidari-Wudil said infrastructure boost was important to the growth of all sectors, hence the need for NSE to tackle power and energy challenges.
He mandated the Ikeja branch of NSE to submit its communique from the colloquium to the society’s headquarters within two weeks for action.
The honouree, Olorunfemi, while also making a presentation, said the NSE would come up with about three pages on resolution of power problems.
“We must do something, we will come here next year and we must assess what we have done,’’ he said.
Earlier, Chairman, NSE, Ikeja Branch, Mr Olutosin Ogunmola, said he was glad to anchor the first colloquium to honour Olorunfemi for being instrumental to completion of national projects.
Ogunmola gave a scorecard of the 29-year- old Ikeja Branch and its efforts in Research and Development as well as building a four floor engineering Resource Centre.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says a Pan-African position articulated and promoted by leaders of the continent on global Net-zero emissions target by 2050-2060, will further advance quest for a just energy transition. Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the vice president said this when he met with diplomats from the G-7 countries comprising the U.S, UK, Germany, Canada, France, Japan, and also the Republic of Egypt.Other global agencies like the UN, World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), were also in attendance at the meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.The vice president, who spoke after a presentation of Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan, and brief comments by the diplomats and country representatives, said the plan was geared toward the actualisation of a Pan African initiative. “Developing a common African narrative is absolutely important because it sets the stage in providing a clear vision and a clear objective to have a Pan African initiative.“The broad-based coalition will ensure that the private sector and government work together in driving the processes and the nuances are adequately taken care of.“It is important that we factor in all the nuances across the continent.“There is a great deal of enthusiasm and support for the country’s energy transition plan.”He said the Federal Government had adopted intentional approaches including the setting up of an Energy Transition Office, among others to coordinate the processes.Earlier, the Minister of Environment, Alh. Mohammad Abubakar, emphasised the need to have a Pan-African transition plan that would ensure a shared vision on the continent’s position at the forthcoming Climate Change Conference.He assured development partners and members of the G-7 countries of Nigeria’s firm commitments to the net-zero emission targets. On her part, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, said authorities were making efforts to ensure stability in fiscal and monetary policies.She said that stakeholders especially in Africa must define their common interest and leverage existing opportunities to build new partnerships.In his remarks, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr Matthias Schmale, commended the leadership of the vice president in developing and implementing an energy transition plan, pledging the UN’s support toward its actualisation. In the same vein, the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, said the U.S. would support initiatives aimed at creating conducive environment for investments in the sector. She acknowledged the emergence of a movement championing common initiative for Africa’s energy transition, describing Nigeria’s plan as a manifestation of country’s position on energy transition. The UK High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, said in addition to what her country planned to do in the area of off-grid solutions, more UK investors had indicated interest in the country’s renewable energy sector. Also, the World Bank Country Director in Nigeria, Mr Shubaham Chaudhuri, commended ongoing efforts to reform Nigeria’s energy sector.He called for more investments in off-grid solutions while pledging the support of the bank for initiatives adopted by government. In separate remarks, the representatives of the EU, Republics of France, Germany, Japan, Canada, and Egypt, the IMF and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), all commended Nigeria’s leadership toward the actualisation of an African initiative for energy transition.Top Federal Government officials present at the meeting included the Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of State for Power Mr Goddy Jedy-Agba. The Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari and the Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency, Mr Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, among others were also at the meeting.
The Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu says the ministry will ensure that the changes in corporate governance do not impact on the service and stability of the Distribution Companies (DisCos).Mal Isa’ Sanusi, Special Adviser on Media to the Minister of Power, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.Sanusi said that the minister had reassured electricity consumers that the recent changes in the governance of the DisCos would not adversely impact on the ongoing reform initiatives including the National Mass Metering Programme.He said that the minister had been briefed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Bureau of Public Enterprise(BPE) on the recent events relating to corporate governance in Kano, Benin, Kaduna, lbadan and Port Harcourt DisCos.Sanusi said that the event had necessitated a change in the respective Board of Directors and Management of the DisCos. According to him, the changes announced was as a result of the receivership of the core investors in Kano, Benin, Kaduna and lbadan DisCos.”Whereas the actions in Port Harcourt DisCo are sought to provide much needed liquidity and prevent the insolvency and risk of collapse of the utility in implementing the changes.Sanusi affirmed that while the Government continue to hold a 40 per cent equity stake in all the DisCos.“ The utilities are still private sector led “going concerns” falling under theprovisions of the COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT (CAMA) and subject to regulation by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).” The ministry had received a confirmation from the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) and the Central Bank of Nigeria that in exercising the rights of lenders to the core investors.”The financial institutions do not retain the ownership of the shares and management of the DisCos in perpetuity.‘It is therefore expected that clear timelines for exit of the banks would be prescribed by the regulators as and when appropriate,” he said.The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN} recalls that Fidelity Bank said it planned to take over the boards of Kano, Benin and Kaduna Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and to collateralize their shares.
The Director-General of BPE, Alex Okoh, and the Executive Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Sanusi Garba said this in a joint statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
“Today, we were informed by Fidelity Bank that they have activated the call on the collateralised shares of Kano, Benin and Kaduna (Fidelity and AFREXIM) DISCOs.
“They have also initiated action to take over the Boards of these DISCOs and exercise the rights on the shares.(www.nanews,ng)
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, inaugurated a 55 kilometers Nguru – Gashua – Baymari road and handed it over to the Yobe government.
Buhari, represented by the Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu, said the project was part of Federal government’s commitment to improving road transport infrastructure and economic growth by extension.
“As you can all see, we are handing over the 55 Kilometers road, which links Nguru-Gashua-Bayamari in Yobe to Jigawa and Borno.
“A very important road that connects agrarian and trading communities to ease movement of farm products.
“By linking these communities together, this road becomes a critical component of our national road network,” he said.
Buhari enjoined road users to drive in accordance with the law as stipulated in the Highway Code.
In his remarks, Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, noted that the ministry had commenced the first of the second phase of project completion and handovers in the country.
Fashola was represented by Mr Celestine Shuwusu, the ministry’s Director, HighWays, Northeast.
He expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Finance, members of the National Assembly and Chairmen of the Senate and House Committees on Works in the eight and ninth assembly for their support.
He also commended his staff, contractors and affected communities for their hardwork and cooperation.
Also Speaking, Alhaji Bashir Alkali, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said the focus was to link the major arterial roads to refineries, ports, tertiary institutions and high volume commercial centres.
Alkali represented by Mr Olusegun Akinmade added that the ministry had successfully completed several roads and maintained several bridges to ensure that road users had a rewarding road travel experience.
Speaking at the occasion, Gov Mai Mala Buni said the inauguration of the road was historic to the people of the state after several years of neglect by previous Federal government administrations.
“The importance of this road to the socioeconomic development of the state cannot be over emphasized.
“It is a link between Zone C Senatorial District and other parts of the state.
“It also serves as bridge connecting social and international trade between other parts of the state and the border communities of Niger Republic.
“Therefore, the road is a life wire to the means of livelihood to many families within and outside the state,” he said.
Buni added that For several years, business activities and economic growth of those depending on the road, had been slowed down by its deplorable state.
He also thanked the President Buhari’s administration for investing hugely in rebuilding peace in the northeast region and Yobe in particular.
Buni expressed gratitude to the Federal Executive Council for refunding the sum of N18 billion expended by Yobe government for the reconstruction of Federal roads in the state among others.