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Federal Govt announces plans to spend $2.3b on 7,000Mw power generation

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The Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Agba has revealed that  the Federal Government plans to spend about $2.3 billion in the first phase of the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) project, aimed at increasing the nation’s power transmission capacity to 7,000megawatts (Mw).

 

According to Agba, the objective was to increase the transmission capacity from the current level of just over 5,000Mw to 7,000Mw thereby drawing the country closer to it’s electricity-reliance goal.

“The PPI is structured into various three phases, aimed at increasing power delivered to Nigerians to 7GW in first phase, 11GW in the second phase and 25GW in third phase.” Agba said during the Nigerian Energy Forum (NEF 2020) Webinar in Lagos, tagged: Energy Solution for Sustainable Recovery.

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“The project is to be executed at the cost of $2.3billion  forms the phase 1 of the  PPI and is funded by a loan from a consortium of German Banks for 85 per cent of the contract sum; while 15 per cent counterpart funding is provided by the federal government.

“A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) called FGN Powerco is in the process of being set-up following Mr President’s approval. The SPV will warehouse the project’s contingent liability for accountability.

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“We have also constituted the Nigerian Project Management Office (PMO) with the sole responsibility of providing project management of the project on behalf of the government,” he said.

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Agba also announced that the government will implement the Transmission Enhancement Programme with key development partners to improve the sector.

“The World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB), JICA have raised $1.6 billion for Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP), which is ongoing now with major projects as follows:

“The Alaoji-Onitsha, Delta Power Station-Benin and Kaduna-Kano at $410 million and $29 million is intended to build a 330kV Double Circuit 62KM line between Birnin Kebbi and Kamba.

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“The Lagos/Ogun Transmission Infrastructure Project (JICA) with $200 million, Abuja Transmission Ring Scheme (AFD)-$170 million and Northern Corridor Transmission Project (AFD & EU) with $274million,” he said.

 

Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr John Momoh, said the new tariff put in place would address the challenge from stakeholders in power sector. He also said meters would be provided for enumerated customers in a year or two.

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Kogi Tanker Explosion: Photo of woman killed alongside her husband and three children

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A couple identified as Mr and Mrs Olu Samson and their three children were killed in the Kogi tanker explosion which occurred on Wednesday September 23.

 

Most of the victims of the explosion which occurred around 8.30am in the Felele area of Lokoja, along the Lokoja/Abuja Highway, were school children and students of the state -owned Polytechnic located a short distance away from the scene.

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It was gathered that the fuel laden tanker belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) suffered brake failure, rammed into five cars, two motorcycles and three tricycles, as it hurtled down the road, killing the occupants before bursting into flames.

 

The couple was said to be dealing in sewing machines and other tailoring materials at Borehole cantonment in Felele.

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According to reports, Samson wanted to drop off his children at school as had become his daily routine before opening his shop.

 

The couple were on their way to drop off the kids at school when the incident happened. Confirming the report, one Winsome Rufus took to Facebook to mourn the family.

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“Black Wednesday Indeed. Fire Accident At Felele Lokoja. Claim life’s.

RIP To Mr And Mrs Samson And Children (Mummy You Left Just Like That)

An entire Family Was Wipe Off From The Surface Of The Earth.”

 

Meanwhile, it was also gathered that a man from Okene allegedly lost his six children in the explosion.

 

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Four policemen arrested over killing of Rivers musician

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Four  policemen have been arrested in connection to the killing of an upcoming musician, Daniel Ikeaguchi a.k.a Sleek.

 

The musician was killed while fleeing from an anti-kidnapping squad in Elelenwo area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital on Monday September 21.

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Rivers Police spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni identified the suspected killer policeman as Sgt Isaiah Ben attached to the 35 PMF Jigawa and also revealed that he and others from the anti-kidnapping unit have been transferred to the CID for interrogation.

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It will be a sin against God if I don’t thank Wike – Governor Obaseki

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Governor Godwin Obaseki has thanked Governor Nyesom Wike over the role he played in his re-election as the Governor of Edo state.

 

Obaseki who visited Wike on Wednesday September 23, stated that Governor Wike took him in after he was pushed out of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

He also revealed that the campaign council met at Wike’s house to work out the strategies that led them to victory on Saturday September 19.

 

Obaseki was quoted saying in a statement released by Paulinus Nsirim, Rivers commissioner of information;

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“After I was pushed out of my former party, this house was the first place I sought solace. You took me in as a brother, out of the storm, changed my clothes and gave me food to eat.

“It was in this house, the campaign council met to work out the key strategies that led us to victory. You mobilised people across the country. You moved to Benin, went through the humiliation and attacks. You supported us and we won.

“It will be a sin against God if we do not come to say thank you. Even if the victory we are celebrating is from God. He has used people like you to make it happen.”

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Responding to this, Wike praised him for standing “firm” in the election, saying he could not have supported a “lily-hearted person.”

 

He said;

 

“Our work would have been difficult if he did not make himself available. I cannot support a lily-hearted person. Governor Obaseki was firm.

“It is not easy to fight godfatherism. But he has the interest of Edo people at heart. Together, we have conquered it.

I thank you my brother, Obaseki for carrying everybody along in the party.

“Edo people are also looking up to you to forgive everybody. Forgive your political opponents. I am happy that today, south-south is under one political party. We can speak with one voice in moving Nigeria forward. This is the sweetest electoral victory I have ever witnessed.”

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