Monday, September 3, 2018

Chinedu Asadu

    We need N100bn from FG to improve power supply, say DisCos

We need N100bn from FG to improve power supply, say DisCos

The Association of Electricity Distribution Companies (ANED) has appealed to the federal government to provide the N100 billion subsidy it promised after private investors took over the power sector utilities on November 1, 2013.In a statement by Sunny Oduntan, its executive director, ANED urged the government to inject funds into the transmission section of the sector.He said that the inadequate [...]

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    DSS DG tells PUNCH correspondent to return to Aso Rock

DSS DG tells PUNCH correspondent to return to Aso Rock

Lawal Daura, director general of the Department of State Services (DSS) has asked Olalekan Adetayo, state house correspondent of The Punch, to return to the presidential villa in Abuja.Adetayo was expelled over a story on President Muhammadu Buhari’s health, published by the newspaper on Sunday.The expulsion attracted  criticisms, with many accusing the current administration of attempting to clamp down on the [...]

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    Aviation College acquires 20 trainer aircraft

Aviation College acquires 20 trainer aircraft

The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria, has acquired 20 “new” DA42NG trainer aircraft to boost the training of pilots in the college.During the delivery of the aircraft to the college by Interjet Nigeria limited on Monday in Zaria, Hadi Sirika, minister of state for aviation, expressed the determination of the federal government to phase out obsolete trainer aircraft [...]

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    Northern group to Buhari: Leave Jonathan alone… your govt is losing direction

Northern group to Buhari: Leave Jonathan alone… your govt is losing direction

President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to leave ex-President Goodluck Jonathan alone and focus on his government which is “losing direction”.The Arewa Peace Coalition (APC) gave the advice in a statement issued by Abdulkadir Mohammed, the group’s coordinator.Mohammed also called Buhari’s attention to prevalent national issues, including the president’s “lopsided appointments” and the economic hardship facing the country.He urged Buhari [...]

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    Security agents foil suicide attack in Maiduguri, kill bombers

Security agents foil suicide attack in Maiduguri, kill bombers

Security operatives foiled an attack in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, on Monday, killing two female suspects.Damian Chukwu, the state police commissioner, confirmed this in a statement, revealing that one of the bombers died after detonating her bomb.The bombers had attempted entering the state capital through Mamanti village in Jere local government area of the state.“At about 0510hrs, three female [...]

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    Adoke: I DID NOT broker Malabu oil deal

Adoke: I DID NOT broker Malabu oil deal

Mohammed Adoke, former attorney-general of the federation, says he did not broker the controversial OPL 245 deal between the federal government and Malabu Oil and Gas in 2011.In a statement by Victor Akhidenor, his media officer, Adoke also denied receiving bribe from anyone in respect to the transaction.Adoke had earlier claimed that he did no wrong concerning the deal and [...]

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    Presidency: ONSA to mop up illegal arms through whistleblower policy

Presidency: ONSA to mop up illegal arms through whistleblower policy

The federal government has initiated plans to extend the whistle-blower policy to the recovery of illegal arms in the country.In a statement on Sunday, Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, confirmed that Babagana Munguno, the national security adviser, has begun work on a template for “the discovery and recovery of illegal weapons through [...]

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    OBITUARY: Adeleke, the man who gave IBB sleepless nights over Abiola’s mandate

OBITUARY: Adeleke, the man who gave IBB sleepless nights over Abiola’s mandate

I believe that only God Almighty shall decide my political future both in Osun state and Nigeria.That was Isiaka Adeleke's response to a question on his interest in contesting the 2018 governorship election in Osun state.Until his death on Sunday, the two-term senator and first civilian governor of Osun, was the lawmaker representing Osun west senatorial district.Adeleke's death happened less [...]

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    Nigerian army arrests three Chadian Boko Haram insurgents

Nigerian army arrests three Chadian Boko Haram insurgents

The Nigerian army has arrested three Chadians in connection with terrorism in the north-east.A statement by Akinloye Badare, the army spokesperson of the 28 Task Force Brigade, Mubi, noted that the Chadians were arrested in a foiled terrorist attack between Borno and Adamawa states’ border.He noted that the troops foiled the attacks of insurgents on Madagali town in Adamawa; and [...]

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    PenCom: DSS denies raid, says ‘we only prevented document tampering’

PenCom: DSS denies raid, says ‘we only prevented document tampering’

The Department of State Services (DSS) has denied reports that its operatives invaded the head office of the National Pension Commission (PenCom).Following the removal of Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, director-general of the commission on Friday, operatives of the DSS were said to have invaded PenCom head office.But a top official of the DSS informed TheCable that the agency's operatives “did not conduct any [...]

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    Tributes pour in for Famakinwa, DAWN commission DG

Tributes pour in for Famakinwa, DAWN commission DG

Since the news of his death broke on Friday afternoon, friends and colleagues of Dipo Famakinwa, director-general of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), have been showering encomiums on the deceased.In Famakinwa's last post on Facebook dated March 9, he prayed for long life for his friends and family.“May we all live long to enjoy the fruits of our labour,” [...]

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    We are very far from the electorate, Ebonyi gov tells appointees

We are very far from the electorate, Ebonyi gov tells appointees

David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, has charged politicians to strengthen their relationship with the electorate.He described as “unhealthy”, the situation when political appointees only relate with the people during the period of election.Umahi said this while swearing in the caretaker committee vice-chairmen of Afikpo south and Ishielu local government areas of the state.“I want us to make our politics [...]

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    Jonathan’s committee has no relevance, says Sheriff’s PDP

Jonathan’s committee has no relevance, says Sheriff’s PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faction led by Ali Modu Sheriff says the committee set up by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan lacks relevance.Speaking in an interview with Daily Trust, Cairo Ojougboh, deputy national chairman of the faction, said Sheriff's group would reject any report submitted by that committee.Ojougboh said only the report of the panel led by Seriake Dickson, governor of Bayelsa state, [...]

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    Two Air Peace aircraft collide at Lagos airport

Two Air Peace aircraft collide at Lagos airport

Two Air Peace aircraft collided at the departure ramp of Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Thursday.One of the aircraft, a Boeing 737 with the registration mark 5N-BQR, was reportedly being towed for departure, when it hit the stabiliser of the B737 aircraft with the registration mark 5N-BQP.Chris Iwarah, spokesman of the airline, confirmed the incident to reporters.“The points of [...]

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    Where are you? Fayose asks  Buhari

Where are you? Fayose asks Buhari

Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti state, has demanded to know the whereabouts of President Muhammadu Buhari.In a statement on Thursday, Fayose questioned the “persistent" absence of Buhari at state functions.He said recent developments in the country suggested “the possible existence of a government within the government of Buhari".“Every day, what we hear is president said this, president said that, without [...]

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    During Easter, deaths from road accidents ‘decreased by 35 percent’

During Easter, deaths from road accidents ‘decreased by 35 percent’

Boboye Oyeyemi, corps marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has revealed that deaths from road accidents reduced by 35 percent during the Easter period of 2017.He made this known during a review of the 2017 Easter special patrol conducted by the commission.But Oyeyemi said this year’s figure showed a 4.4 percent increase from last year’s record in terms [...]

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