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Stakeholders Seek Deregulation of Operations of Abuja Disco in Niger

Stakeholders at the Niger State ‘Open Forum’ organised by a non-governmental organisation in Minna, the state capital, have called for the deregulation of the activities of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) in the state as one of the ways to improve electricity supply in towns and villages in the state.

The forum organised by the Blue Resolution (The People First) at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre on Tuesday also asked the AEDC "to leave" since it has not been able to address the electricity needs of people in the state.

The grouse of the stakeholders followed the drop in electricity supply from the initial agreed six hours a day to four hours, and presently three hours to virtually all the communities.

They said the situation has been further compounded by the release of "crazy estimated bills" to customers and the refusal of AEDC to distribute pre-paid meters despite announcement that it has over 55,000 of such met…

Buhari Promises Appropriate Action On Autonomy For State Legislature, Judiciary

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja said efforts to ensure autonomy for state legislatures and judiciary will further strengthen democracy and deepen inclusiveness of citizens by guaranteeing fairness for ordinary Nigerians. While receiving the report of the Presidential Implementation Committee on Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary, President Buhari said the government will study the report and recommendations, and take an appropriate decision. “I went through a terrible time getting here for the three times I contested elections. That’s why I want to stabilize the system so that others will not pass through the same experience. “Both young and ordinary Nigerians depend on leadership to ensure justice is always done. So we must ensure that trust is not compromised. This administration will take the report seriously,’’ he added. In his remark, the Chairman of the Committee, immediate past Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubak…

Turkish Airlines Lands Maiden International Flight in Port Harcourt * Wike, FAAN to partner for more international flights

Turkish Airlines on Tuesday landed its maiden flight from Istanbul, Turkey, to Port Harcourt International Airport in River State.
This is as the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, said the state would partner the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to ensure that there were more international flights to and from the state. Turkish Airlines, which prides itself as the airline that flies to more destinations in the world, has promised that passengers from Port Harcourt would experience the airline’s multiple fleet, on board hospitality, and lounges four times a week through the new route.
With this flight, Port Harcourt has became the fourth destination in Nigeria after Lagos, Kano and Abuja where the airline has operated from. Addressing a press conference at the Port Harcourt International Airport to mark the inaugural flight, Turkish Airlines Senior Vice President of Sales (2nd Region), Kerem Sarp, described the Garden City as an important city in Nigeria, adding that its additio…

Wike: Rivers Govt Will not Permit Proliferation of Vigilante Groups in State

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the state government would not permit the proliferationof vigilante groups,stating that youths interested in helpingto build the state security architecture should join the State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency. This is as Traditional Rulers of Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Areas submitted arms retrieved from repentantcriminalsin the area,after a local amnesty programme was held.
Speaking at a brief ceremony where he received the Ekpeye Traditional Rulers from Ahoada East and Ahoada West Local Government Areas at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Tuesday,Wike said this decision became necessaryafter OSPAC from Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area started over steppingtheir boundaries. He said: "I am being very careful about Vigilante Groups in all the local government areas becauseof what OSPAC is doing. They are now going beyond their boundaries.
"We will reintegrateOSPACinto the state Nei…

Stop Playing Politics With Security Challenges, CAN Tells FG

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has asked the federal government to stop playing politics with the security challenges facing the country, instead, it should wake up from its slumber and fix the problem.
The umbrella body of Christians in the country said the recent unpleasant comments attributed to some top government officials regarding the issue of insecurity in the land seemed to portray them as not being responsive to the worrisome situation.
While reacting to a statement credited to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that reports of kidnappings in the country were being exaggerated, the Special Assistant to the CAN president on Media and Communication, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, said there was no doubt thatmost parts of the country have been under "the siege of terrorism, herdsmen killings, banditry and kidnappings but the government of the day continues to play the ostrich and blame game instead."
In his reaction on Tuesday, Pastor Oladeji said: "We are always…

Pastor Jailed Seven Years for Raping Teenager

Justice Hussein Baba-Yusuf of an Abuja High Court on Tuesday handed down a seven-year jail term to a clergyman, Pastor Basil Princewill, for raping a teenager.
Princewill, who is the founder of Mountain Mover Ministry International in Nyanya, a suburb of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was found guilty in two of the four-count charge preferred against him by the Nigeria Police. The charges border on rape, impersonation and attempt to cause abortion and abetting miscarriage, involving a 14-year-old girl. "l must considerthe fate of a young girl and the society", the trial judge said while handing down the sentence According to the judge,"it is even worrisomewhen the person involved is a man of God who we should look up to as next to God. Those who serve in the Lord's vineyard are expected to be an example to the society." Sressing that it is necessary to send a strong signal that such attitude as rape and others would not be tolerated,Justice Baba-Yusuf ho…

Mass Graves of Victims of Herdsmen Attacks Collapse in Plateau

Graves of over 200 persons killed in last year’s herdsmen attacks in Gashish district of Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State have collapsed.

Chairman of Gashish Development Association, Mr. Francis Chong, disclosed that “the top soil covering the graves has ‘sunk’ inwards, bringing back disturbing memories of the attacks.”

He said: “These graves tearing open are a sad reminder of the traumatising experiences the people of Gashish suffered in the hands of Fulani herdsmen last year. Now, over 2,000 children cannot go to school because their parents were killed.”

Chong was narrating the sad experience during a church service in Jos in honour of the slain victims of the attack to mark one year memorial.

He urged the government to rebuild the broken graves and provide security for thousands of displaced persons to return to their homes.

Over 200 persons were reportedly killed in the June 2018 attacks that started in Gashish district of Barkin Ladi LGA, spreading to Ropp, an…

Retirees Protest Unpaid Entitlements in Osun

Retired civil servants in the employment of the Osun State Government on Tuesday trooped to the major streets of Osogbo, the state capital, to protest against the non-payment of 13 months arrears of pension and other outstanding debts owed by the state government.

The retirees, who carried placards with different inscriptions such as ‘EFCC should probe Aregbesola’; ‘Retirees are dying’; ‘Pension, Gratuity are our right’; ‘Pay us our entitlements’; Denying us our entitlements is an act of wickedness and callousness’, among others, said All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government has made life miserable for them.

The Chairman of Forum of 2011/2012 Pensioners, Mr. Yemi Lawal, declared that Osun State retirees were the most traumatised in the country.

Lawal lamented that the state Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, abandoned their problems, allowing pensioners to continue to live in penury, saying it was unfortunate that they were suffering for what they have laboured for after meritor…

MTN Nigeria Launches 4G+ to Boost Customer Experience

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc on Tuesday launched its 4G+ in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt, which is an improvement on its 4G network to enhance download speed.
The enhanced service, according to the network, is aimed at delivering a premium experience to more people across the country.
The telecoms company in a statement said: "MTN 4G+ runs on 4G LTE Advanced Technology using a combination of the recently acquired 800 MHz spectrum and 2600 MHz. The added spectrum and advanced technology extend the reach and capacity of MTN data network in Nigeria and enables speeds of up to 200 Mbps."
The statement added that the 4G+ launch would mean that a 30-minute high definition (HD) video could take as little as three minutes to download, while the same video would take around eight minutes to download on standard 4G.
MTN said the service would be immediately available and would deliver much higher broadband speeds, a more consistent connection and significant improvement in indoo…

Angry Edo Youths Protest Alleged Killing of Indigene by Herdsmen

Angered by the alleged killing of an indigene by suspected Fulani herdsmen at the popular Okada junction along the Benin-Lagos expressway in Edo State, some youths in the area on Tuesday were said to have gone to the camps of the cattlemen and sacked them.
From media findings, circumstances surrounding the killing were sketchy as it was learnt that the youths allegedly marched through the town of Ofumwengbe in Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state demanding that the herdsmen should leave the town.
Consequently, the road was barricaded by the protesters who carried fresh leaves as a mark of solidarity, causing a long traffic jam on the busy expressway which connects the country's commercial capital of Lagos to the eastern and Niger Delta regions.
The state Commissioner of Police, DanMallam Mohammed, could not be reached on his mobile phone as it was switched off at the time of inquiry, while the state police spokesman, Chidi Nwanbuzor, refused to answer his phone call…

NCAA Investigates Landing of Helicopter on Lagos-Benin Highway …We responded to medical emergency, says TAL

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has said it is investigating the landing of helicopter on the Ore-Lagos expressway last Sunday.
The helicopter with registration number 5N-BVQ and aircraft type AW139 landed at the middle of the road and picked an individual.
From the viral video that has been circulating, security operatives were on ground to stop the movement of vehicles to create space for the helicopter to land.
In a statement signed by its spokesman, Sam Adurogboye, NCAA said it was fully aware of the viral video of the helicopter landing on the highway.
“Initial reports indicated that the helicopter is owned by Tropical Arctic Logistics Limited with registration number 5N-BVQ and aircraft type AW13.
“The pilot was compelled to land between Benin and Ore in an unscheduled diversion to air-lift someone. NCAA has commenced full-scale investigation to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the unscheduled diversion. As soon as the investigation is concluded, the outcom…

Insurgency: Nigerian Troops Kill Three Terrorists, Rescue 93 Children, Women

The Nigerian Army on Monday said it killed three terrorists and rescued 93 children and women in two separate operations in Borno State.
Troops of the 112 Task Force Battalion and 22 Brigade killed three terrorists holding the women and children as farm slaves in Kobe and Boboshe villages in the state.
The army said 42 women and 51 children were set free during the operation. Army regimental medical officers in collaboration with the Nigerian Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) meanwhile, administered polio vaccine on 24 of the rescued children.
A statement by the army saidtroops also discovered newly established camps at Dubula village with some bicycles and motorcycle tracks, adding that the camp was destroyed and one of the terrorists was neutralised while trying to escape.

Similarly, the army, in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force, vigilante and hunters group, conducted an offensive clearance operation to Tafana 1 and Tafana 2 villages.
The troops came in con…

House Yet to Decide on Principal Officers, Says Ad Hoc Committee

The House of Representatives has stated that there is no official declaration on principal officers yet, in spite of insinuations that some political parties had narrowed down on some members of the National Assembly for principal officer positions.  The House Ad Hoc Committee on Media, led by its chairman, Hon. Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim, who made the clarification, Monday in a chat with journalists on Monday, however expressed optimism that issues of principal officers would have been resolved by July 2 when the parliament resumes from its two-week recess. Also, a former Plateau State deputy speaker and member representing Kantana Constituency of the state, Hon Yusuf Gagdi, said: “There is no political party that has yet decided on where the position of what should be zoned to. At the risk of us asking question that will generate issues within the polity, we are appealing to people not to heat up the system. “Issue of principal officers is not the responsibility of one party. There are…

Wike Abolishes Fees, Levies for Public Primary, Secondary Schools in Rivers

In a bid to create access to quality education, Rivers State Governor,Nyesom Wike, has announced the total abolition of all forms of fees and leviesin public primary and secondary schools across the state.
He also directed that no principal of any public school in the state should collect fees from students for the West African School Certificate (WASC) or National Examination Council (NECO) fees.
Wike, who spoke on Monday during a meeting with the heads of primary and secondary schools, RiversState Senior Secondary Schools Board and State Universal Basic Education Board at the Government House, Port Harcourt, directed State-Owned Primary and Secondary Schoolsto stop collecting fees and levies from studentsand pupilswith immediate effect.
He stated that henceforth the state government would be sending direct allocationsto all primaryand secondary schools managementfor theiroperations.
He said: "From today,no child either in primary andsecondary schools shouldpay fees and levies in …

Edo Govt To Commence Use of Its Five-Star Hospital

Before he exited as the governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole built a world-class Central Hospital in Benin-city, the state capital, it was learnt.
The hospital, built beside the old Central Hospital, was inaugurated a day before Oshiomhole left office in 2012 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
At the inauguration of the hospital, the present Governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki, stated that the aim of building such a sophisticated hospital was to prevent medical tourism.
However, Obaseki did not open the hospital for use and had remain under lock and keys.
The situation had led to series of protests by individuals and civil society organisations, which demanded that the hospital be put into use.

The governor, in a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Crusoe Osagie, quoted the governor to have said: "Edo State Governor cannot run a hospital of such magnitude."
He added that instead, Obaseki said his administration is looking for a Public Pr…

Why Births, Deaths Digital Registrations Are Paramount, Says NPC