Thursday, January 17, 2019

Taiwo Adebulu

    Nationwide blackout looms as GenCos threaten to shut down power plants

Nationwide blackout looms as GenCos threaten to shut down power plants

Joy Ogaji, executive secretary of the Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), says the power firms might shut down plants over the inability of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to transmit available volume of electricity generated into the national grid.In a statement on Thursday, Ogaji said the generation companies (GenCos) were increasingly facing lower capacity utilisation with the fact that they [...]

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    Lecturers who are not doctors ‘should no longer’ teach medical students

Lecturers who are not doctors ‘should no longer’ teach medical students

Bodies of medical and dental practitioners in Nigeria say lecturers who are not medical doctors will no longer be allowed to teach medical students.At a meeting convened by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) and Medical and Dental Consultants' Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) in Abuja, the stakeholders said only medical doctors with degrees in basic medical sciences should [...]

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    Probe of security vote: Governors hire lawyers to challenge EFCC

Probe of security vote: Governors hire lawyers to challenge EFCC

Governors under the auspices of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) say they have hired lawyers to challenge the power of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to probe security vote of states.Abubakar Badaru, governor of Jigawa state, disclosed this at the end of the monthly national economic council (NEC) meeting presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the [...]

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    Despite public outcry, police insist on trying Samuel Ogundipe

Despite public outcry, police insist on trying Samuel Ogundipe

The police say Samuel Ogundipe, a Premium Times reporter, was arrested for theft and unlawful possession of restricted and classified documents which could jeopardise state security.In a statement on Thursday, Jimoh Moshood,  spokesman of the force, said the reporter is also being investigated for "violating official secret act, cyber crime act and the penal code law".Ogundipe was arrested on August 14 [...]

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    TCN MD defends repeal of ‘non-performing’ electricity transmission contracts

TCN MD defends repeal of ‘non-performing’ electricity transmission contracts

Usman Mohammed, managing director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), says some Nigerians have made the organisation their farm where they get paid for non-performing contracts.While speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Mohammed said the protest by electricity workers on Tuesday calling for his dismissal was staged because he cancelled some electricity transmission contracts.Mohammed said four of such contracts were cancelled in [...]

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    Man dies months after ‘losing’ FG employment that made him quit his job

Man dies months after ‘losing’ FG employment that made him quit his job

When the National Pension Commission (PENCOM) offered Mustapha Ajiya a letter of employment in March 2017, his joy knew no bounds. With two months left to assume duty, he resigned from his former job and started making preparations towards starting a new career. Then, Ajiya got a telephone call from the organisation that assumption of the new employees had been postponed indefinitely.The [...]

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    Abati: Jonathan secured release of some Chibok girls — but Dasuki said it should not be publicised

Abati: Jonathan secured release of some Chibok girls — but Dasuki said it should not be publicised

Reuben Abati says former President Goodluck Jonathan secured the release of some Chibok girls but did not to publicise it.The former media aide to Jonathan disclosed this on Wednesday during a show he anchored on ARISE TV.Abati interviewed Femi Adesina, spokesman of President Muhammadu Buhari, on the show.He said Sambo Dasuki, the then national security adviser (NSA), advised the government against [...]

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    1999 constitution is a fraud, says Sowore

1999 constitution is a fraud, says Sowore

Omoyele Sowore, presidential aspirant of the Africa Action Congress (AAC), says the Nigerian constitution is a fraud and must be changed.Sowore said this on Wednesday while addressing his supporters at the national party secretariat in Abuja declaration in Abuja.He said Nigerians do not have input in the constitution while it was handed to them by the military."We need to change our [...]

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    Falana asks Osinbajo to stop disobedience of court orders

Falana asks Osinbajo to stop disobedience of court orders

Femi Falana, human rights lawyer, has asked Acting President Yemi Osinbajo to take urgent and decisive measures to put an end to the disobedience of court orders by public officers and institutions.In a letter dated August 14, the senior advocate of Nigeria (SAN) told the acting president that the duty of every government is to defend the rule of law to ensure [...]

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    Bridge House College offers scholarship to student who secured 9As in WAEC

Bridge House College offers scholarship to student who secured 9As in WAEC

The Bridge House College (BHC), an educational institution in Lagos, has awarded a scholarship worth N9 million to David Orisheneye to pursue a two-year Cambridge A' Level course in the College.The scholarship award, according to the sixth form college, is in recognition of the brilliant performance of the prodigy, who in addition to obtaining a parallel A1 in all the [...]

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    Electricity workers threaten nationwide power blackout

Electricity workers threaten nationwide power blackout

Electricity workers in the country have called for the dismissal of Usman Muhammed, managing director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).The workers, under the umbrella of Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC), accused Muhammed of highhandedness and anti-labour activities.They made the call in a protest on Tuesday in Abuja, saying they will ground the country's entire power [...]

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    Pressure mounts on police to release Premium Times reporter

Pressure mounts on police to release Premium Times reporter

The police have come under pressure to release Samuel Ogundipe, a Premium Times reporter, who was arrested and detained on Tuesday.According to the newspaper, Ogundipe was arrested over a story on the report Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police (IGP), submitted to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo over the blockade of the national assembly.Idris submitted the report after the sack of Lawal [...]

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    Report: Governors spent over N2trn on police equipment in 10 years

Report: Governors spent over N2trn on police equipment in 10 years

Governors have reportedly spent more than N2 trillion to boost police operations nationwide.This is contained in a new a research conducted by the media department of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and published in the July edition of its magazine.Some of the items purchased by the governors for the police include Hilux trucks, armoured personnel carriers (APCs), helicopters, river gun [...]

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    Fashola: FG’s N701bn fund raised power generation by 3,000MW

Fashola: FG’s N701bn fund raised power generation by 3,000MW

Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, says the N701bn payment assurance guarantee fund for electricity generation companies (GenCos) has raised power generation capacity to 7,000 megawatts (MW).The minister disclosed this on Monday at the 29th monthly power sector meeting hosted by Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited (MESL) in Minna, Niger state.Fashola said the payment which started in 2017 had [...]

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    Daughter of a judge, Asari-Dokubo’s sister, Ibori’s ex-aide … the female lawmaker who confronted DSS operatives

Daughter of a judge, Asari-Dokubo’s sister, Ibori’s ex-aide … the female lawmaker who confronted DSS operatives

Unfazed by the lethal and fiendish pose of gun-totting operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), she braced herself for a showdown at the National Assembly Complex on Tuesday. It was the height of daredevilry and bravado for Boma Goodhead, lawmaker representing Asalga/Akulga federal constituency of Rivers state. She dared the masked men to shoot her after they invaded [...]

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    Victory in Katsina, Kogi, Bauchi — is APC really affected by defections?

Victory in Katsina, Kogi, Bauchi — is APC really affected by defections?

"I am not bothered about the defections. Ordinary Nigerians have developed confidence in us and are defending us. I assure you, majority of Nigerians are appreciative of our efforts."Those were the exact words of President Muhammadu Buhari after the gale of defections that hit the All Progressives Congress (APC). If the results of the just-concluded bye-elections in Katsina, Bauchi and Kogi [...]

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