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13 power plants shut, Discos reject 8,733.39MW in one week
Data obtained by Punch correspondent from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator on Sunday showed 13 out of the 27 power plants on the national grid were not generating any megawatts of electricity as of 6am on Sunday.
All the eight power plants built under the National Integrated Power Project were idle as of 6am on Sunday. As of 6am on Friday, nine plants were shut down but they were joined by Geregu II, Sapele II and Alaoji on Saturday as well as Afam IV & V on Sunday. The other idle plants were Olorunsogo II, Omotosho, Odukpani, Ihovbor, Gbarain, Ibom Power, AES, ASCO and Trans-Amadi IPP.
The shutdown of the power plants was attributed to gas constraint, low load demand by the distribution companies, maintenance, frequency response and rupturing of gas pipeline, among others.
We’re prepared to foil terrorists attack on FCT – DHQ
The security agencies have been placed on red alert following reports that the Boko Haram insurgents were plotting to attack Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The Defence Headquarters explained that the armed forces and other security agencies would ensure effective surveillance of the Federal Capital Territory and other states of the country.
A security report from the Nigeria Customs Service had indicated that members of the Boko Haram terrorists group have flooded the FCT and were planning to carry out coordinated attacks on five identified locations.
FG to reposition economy with N2.3tn, says Adesina
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, has said the Federal Government will spend N2.3tn to reposition the nation’s economy as part of the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan to cushion the effects of COVID-19.
Adesina, according to a statement on Sunday, said this in a presentation at the 2nd Annual Conference and General Meeting of the International Islamic University Malaysia Alumni Association, Nigeria chapter, held on Saturday.
Adesina said the NESP comprised N500bn COVID-19 Crisis Intervention Fund meant to upgrade health facilities nationwide and finance a national Special Public Works Programme; N1.1tn structured lending from the Central Bank of Nigeria; N334bn to be derived from external bilateral and multilateral sources; and N302.9bn from other undisclosed sources.
FG has begun investigating P&ID bribe takers – AGF
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, on Sunday said those named to have taken bribes in relation to the $10bn judgment obtained by the British Virgin Islands firm, Process and Industrial Development, against Nigeria, were being investigated.
Malami, who said this while featuring on Channels Television’s programme, Sunday Politics, also said some of them were being prosecuted. He put the figure of the bribes involved in the controversial P&ID contract at about $301m.
In the interview on Channels TV, Malami said, “As much as I wouldn’t want to be pre-emptive, the fact still remains that at the local level, some of the principal characters were being investigated, and some were not only investigated but were arraigned and then there were certain convictions recorded. Within the official cycles of government, some have retired, and they are being alleged to have been involved in under-hand dealing as it relates to within the region of $301m.
We’ll not compromise struggle for Biafra – MASSOB
The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, on Sunday, said it would not compromise or jeopardise its 21 years of struggle for freedom for anything.
The MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, stated this in a statement titled: ‘MASSOB to commemorate her 21st anniversary with a dimension’, which was made available to our correspondent in Enugu.
Madu said the 21st anniversary of MASSOB formation would be celebrated on Sunday, September 13, 2020, adding that the occasion would be used to renew its commitment to the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra.
Dead party: We’ll surprise Tinubu on October 10, vows PDP
The Ondo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has said it will defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress in the October 10 governorship election in the state.
The party also said the results of the election would surprise the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who had described the PDP as “dead” in the state.
This was contained in a statement titled, ‘Bola Tinubu is a day dreamer’, signed by the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Kennedy Peretei, in Akure, on Sunday.
Why I’ve decided to support Ize-Iyamu against Obaseki – Okunbo
The Chairman, Ocean Marine Solution, Capt. Hosa Okunbo, has said he decided to support the All Progressives Congress candidate in the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, because the party will work to develop the state.
Okunbo, who said this in an interview in Abuja, described himself as a very close person to Governor Gowdin Obaseki, but said the governor should not be allowed to get a second term.
“I still consider Godwin my brother, but I don’t consider him a leader because he doesn’t have the attributes of a good leader,” he said.
Oshiomhole-led NWC sacked to end party crisis – APC
The All Progressives Congress has said its decision to dissolve the National Working Committee, led by its former National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and replace it with a caretaker committee, was taken to end the internal crisis in the party.
The party stated this in a counter-affidavit filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja in opposition to a suit filed by a youth leader of the party in Abia State, Kalu Agu, who is challenging the dissolution of the Oshiomhole-led NWC.
The National Executive Committee of the party had on June 25 dissolved the Oshiomhole-led NWC and constituted a new caretaker committee headed by Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.
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