Electricity Operators Intensify Blame Game As Consumers Suffer

By Oji Odu The blame game among operators in Nigeria’s electricity sector has continued over the failure of the sector to meet the 5,465 megawatt (mw) power generation and distribution target set in the revised 2015 Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO). This has not increased power supply in the country, neither has it reduced the exorbitant bills charged the consumers. Recent salvo was released by Sunday Odutan, Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) who rejected the claims by both the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Transmission Company…

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Governor’s Deny Alleged Diversion of Paris-London Club Refunds

By Oji Odu The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has refuted allegations that monies accruing to states from the Paris and London Club refunds have ended in private pockets. The 36 state Governors contended that nothing illegal had been committed in the entire process leading to the final disbursement of the first tranche of Paris-London Clubs’ repayment of the excess deductions from states’ coffers and the refund to states. In a statement by the Head, Media and Public Affairs, NGF, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, the governors regretted that the Paris-London Club refunds have…

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Medical Doctor Commits Suicide

By Oji Odu A medical doctor, Allwell Orji, yesterday committed suicide in Lagos. He jumped into the Lagos Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge and drowned. This brings to the fore the rising cases of suicide in recent times in the country which has become worrisome as Nigerians go through untold hardship caused by recession. The Magazine learnt that the man, who was being driven by his driver in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), was receiving a call when he suddenly asked his driver to park the car on the…

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Former NNPC GMD Docked

By Oji Odu The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arraigned former Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu, at the Justice Ahmed Mohammed Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Yakubu is facing a six-count charge bordering on fraud and false declaration of assets which was filed against him by the EFCC on March 10, 2017. The agency also accused him of receiving huge sums of money without going through the financial institutions. One of the charges read: “That you, Andrew Yakubu, on…

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NCC Declares Controversial ‘State of Emergency’

By Oji Odu The recent declaration of a state of emergency on the Quality of Service (QoS) in the nation’s telecommunications sector by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has continued to generate controversy in a year the regulator declared as the ‘Year of the Consumer’. At an interactive session between the NCC and telecommunications operators on the deteriorating QoS, in Abuja, the Executive Vice Chairman of the NCC, Umar Dambatta, assured operators of finding ways of cushioning effects of the situation and ameliorating the recurrent inaccessibility to foreign exchange. He…

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Lagos Begins One Month Official Darkness

By Oji Odu Friday, March,3, 2017, the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKED),announced a one-month blackout in many of its coverage areas in Lagos to enable it carry out maintenance work. The spokesperson of the power firm, Felix Ofulue, said that the power outage will span from March 6 to April 4, 2017. Ofulue explained that during the outage period, the company will repair its Ikeja West Transmission Station. The affected areas include Ojodu, Magodo, Alausa, Oke-Afa, Bolorunpelu, Egbe, Igando, Shasha, Ipaja, Alimosho, Agege, Egbeda and Abesan. Other areas to be…

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Obasanjo Blames Zuma for Xenophobic Attacks

Angered by the extrajudicial killings of foreigners, especially Nigerians in South Africa and the wanton looting of their properties, Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has condemned the xenophobic attacks, blaming the leadership under President Jacob Zuma for the dastardly act. Obasanjo condemned the attacks on Wednesday, March, 1, 2017, in Abeokuta when he received the leadership of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS) Kuru, who paid him a courtesy visit. The former President who blamed the development on the ‘laxity and insincerity’ of the South African government,…

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Amaechi Loses Home Constituency

Minister of Transport and former Rivers State Governor, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was over the weekend dealt another devastating blow to his political relevance. This followed the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as winner of the conclusive re-run legislative elections for Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency, the Minister’s home constituency, and Etche State Constituency II. The commission’s Returning Officer for the Etche/Omuma Federal Constituency election, Professor Shola Omotola declared the results at INEC’s office in Port Harcourt. He said…

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How Buhari Makes London Rich

By Bayo Bernard Supporters of President Muhamadu Buhari are now in frenzy over news that the ex-military leader is hale and hearty. The president had left for the United Kingdom last month on a medical trip, and is yet to come back to the country, raising wide speculations over the real state of the his health. The meeting between President Buhari and President of Senate, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakabu Dogara, has somehow energised the president’s camp. Despite this, some Nigerians are worried that President…

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Bank Customers Query BVN Effectiveness

The bank verification number of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN is in comatose as customers continue to decry its effective operations By Shadrach Ifurueze Banking late last year and much of this year is getting marred with the crisis that bedeviled the enrolment of customers of the BVN. To douse this crisis, many customers had conveyed on some bank branches across the country resulting to overcrowding in banking halls. This disrupted services in the banks among others. The situation is further aggravated by the slow pace at which the…

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Power Situation Worsens

By Oji Odu Nigeria’s electricity sector has deteriorated in the last one week when system collapse, gas and water constraints nearly brought power supply to a halt. The sector recorded electricity loss of 1,373 megawatts, MW, between February 4 and 9, while generation loss amounted to N5.23 billion. The system which frequency dropped sharply from 49.78Hz to 47.32Hz on February 4 resulted in a total collapse. The following circuits were reported to have tripped off: – 330kV Sapele/Delta (cct S4G) at both ends, – 330kV Benin/Onitsha lines 1 & 2…

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How Justice Onnoghen won the CJN struggle

By Chidiebere Onyemaizu When Honourable Justice Walter Onnoghen, the most senior Judge at the Supreme Court and currently Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, is finally comfirmed as the substative CJN,he will go down in history as the only CJN whose nomination and subsequent comfirmation became subject of public discourse.Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo yesterday sent his name to the Senate for comfirmation.Apparently because the upper federal legislative  chamber was still in recess and did not reconvene by Febraury 10 when Onnoghen’s acting capacity as CJN constitutionally elapsed, the National Judicial…

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Why Ambode and Bello are Fighting

By Bayo Bernard The lanky politician and one time journalist was penciled down to succeed former Governor Babatunde Fashola but fate made a u-turn on Tunji Bello, a serial member of Lagos state Executive Council and former commissioner of The Environment in Lagos state. Bello known to be very close to All Progressives Congress stalwart and ex helmsman of the state, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, lost the juicy position to incumbent Governor Akinwumi Ambode, who later appointed him Secretary to the State Government. Barely two years after the relationship with his…

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Stop Condemning Constituency Projects- Senate tells Nigerians

According to the lawmakers, Nigerians are ignorant of the need for constituency projects by the lawmakers. Chairman, Senate Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Welfare, Senator Ali Wakili (APC, Bauchi-South) who spoke on the issue said the belief that lawmakers siphoned monies meant for constituency projects was regrettable. “We are not quite unaware of the great negativism, stereotypes, perception rigidity and the bad public image of the successive assemblies, including ours, since when the constituency intervention project was introduced. “To some of them, those funds meant for such intervention projects…

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Amaechi living in the past, Senate says

The Senate has directed Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, to withdraw his statement over his allegation that National Assembly was frustrating construction of the Lagos-Ibadan and Ibadan-Ilorin-Minna -Kano rail lines. The minister made this known during the town hall meeting at Ilorin, the Kwara State capital on Monday. He stressed that the Federal Government claimed that the projects were on hold due to refusal of the National Assembly to approve the request of the government for foreign loan that will be used for counterpart funding. The Senate in a statement…

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I wasn’t deported to Nigeria – Ibori

A former governor of Delta State, James Ibori, who arrived Nigeria on Saturday after his release from a London prison, has said he was not deported from the United Kingdom. Mr. Ibori said he left the UK “voluntarily”. There have been reports on social media that the ex-convict was deported from the UK. “It would be easy to verify that I was not deported because the deporting country’s officials would always hand over deportees to Nigerian Immigration officials and documents would also be exchanged,” Mr. Ibori said, Monday, through his…

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