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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 05 August, 2020)

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Here’s our picks on today’s top buzzy stories on Punch Newspaper. We prepare it as a quick-read for our visitors who also enjoys Punch News.

Power generation hits peak at 5,377MW

The power sector has recorded a peak generation of 5,377 megawatts, the Transmission Company of Nigeria has said.

It disclosed this in a tweet via its official Twitter handle and stated that the new record was achieved on August 1, 2020.

TCN said the new record surpassed the previous peak generation figure of 5,375MW recorded on the national grid in 2019.

We’ve submitted WASSCE 2020 timetable to FG –WAEC

The West African Examinations Council Nigeria, has submitted the timetable for the conduct of West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination to the Federal Government.

“It was released today (Tuesday) by the Head of Nigeria National Office of WAEC to the Federal Ministry of Education in Abuja. WAEC wishes to inform its stakeholders-schools, parents and candidate that the final international timetable for the conduct of WASSCE, 2020 has been released,” the Head of Public Affairs, WAEC Nigeria, Demianus Ojijeogu, told Punch on Tuesday.

Akpabio stands by contractors’ list, says NDDC

The Niger Delta Development Commission has said  the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, stands by the list of contractors he released, which contained the names    of some lawmakers and ex-governors as NDDC contractors.

The commission said the names emanated from files in the possession of its forensic auditors, adding that it was part of the volume of 8,000 documents handed over to the audit team.

Akpabio had released a list of contractors, which included the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Niger Delta, Peter Nwabaoshi, whose name was listed against 53 projects. He also said Senator Matthew Urhoghide and Senator James Manager got six projects each, while a former senator, Samuel Anyanwu, got 19 projects.

There’s high risk of COVID-19 infection in Nigeria – UK

The United kingdom has advised British nationals against non-essential travel to Nigeria on account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It said based on currently available information, there was a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the country.

In a travel advice on its website, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said individuals entering or returning to the UK from Nigeria “will be required to follow additional UK border measures, which includes self-isolation for 14 days.”

China becoming apprehensive about Nigerian loans, says FG

China is becoming apprehensive about releasing loans to Nigeria following probes by the National Assembly on loans earlier released to Nigeria by the Asian nation, the Federal Government said on Tuesday.

Although the government insisted that no nation could recolonise Nigeria as a result of Nigeria’s indebtedness, it cautioned lawmakers not to hamper its ability to access international funds.

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, said the probe by the National Assembly had made some Chinese to think that Nigeria was probing the loan agreements in order not to repay the about $2bn so far collected from China.

Shaibu accuses deputy speaker of collecting N40m from APC

The Deputy Governor of Edo State, Mr Philip Shaibu, has accused the deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly, Yekini Idiaye, of collecting N40m from the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole, to support the candidate of the party in the September 19 governorship election, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Addressing supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lampese, Akoko-Edo Local Government Areas, Shaibu alleged that Idiaye, who represents Akoko-Edo Constituency (I), and the member representing Akoko-Edo Constituency (II), Emmanuel Agbaje, were paid N40m each to influence their support for Ize-Iyamu.

Shaibu called on the people of Akoko-Edo LGA to ask their representatives at the state’s House of Assembly for their share of the N40m given to each of them by Oshiomhole.

Winning, not zoning is PDP’s focus, says Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says the focus of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 presidential election should be winning and not zoning.

Wike said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Tuesday.

The governor said zoning – which is an arrangement that ensures rotation of political power among ethnic blocs — is a luxury that only ruling parties can afford.

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