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Four West African countries to buy Nigeria’s idle electricity
Niger, Togo, Benin and Burkina Faso are collaborating to buy the unutilised power produced in Nigeria, the Chairman of the Executive Board of the West African Power Pool, Sule Abdulaziz, said on Wednesday.
Abdulaziz, who is also the acting Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, said the four countries were collaborating to make the power purchase from Nigeria through the Northcore Power Transmission Line currently being built.
He disclosed this at the WAPP meeting on the Northcore project in Abuja. He said, “The power we will be selling is the power that is not needed in Nigeria. “The electricity generators that are going to supply power to this transmission line are going to generate that power specifically for this project. So, it is unutilised power.”
Experts fault FG’s move to licence WhatsApp, Instagram, others
Experts in the telecommunications industry have expressed opposition to the move by the Federal Government to licence over-the-top and social media platforms in the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, had in a statement last Friday directed the National Broadcasting Commission to immediately commence the process of licensing all OTT and social media operations in Nigeria.
The industry experts, who spoke to our correspondent in separate interviews, however, expressed concerns over the development. A telecommunications lawyer, Ayoola Oke, described the move to license WhatsApp and others as an impossible task, saying, “The National Broadcasting Commission does not even have any constitutional backing to licence OTTs.” “Even if the Federal Government wants to make a new telecoms policy, it comes from the Nigerian Communications Commission. Licencing is a regulatory matter, which is not under the minister.“There is a section of the Nigerian Communication Act that says that the NCC must be independent and the minister must ensure that NCC is independent. How many countries in the world have licenced OTTs, how easy is it to licence OTTs? What kind of licencing framework are you going to apply because it is very difficult to licence OTTs.”
Reps move to provide legal backing for Amotekun, Ebube Agu, others
The House of Representatives is to amend the 1999 Constitution to recognise security outfits created by states to complement the Nigeria Police Force in the effort to protect lives and property.
The bill making the proposal, which Anthony Afe from Delta State sponsored, passed second reading at the House on Wednesday.
The legislation is titled, ‘A Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, to Give Legal Backing to State Security Outfit to Complement the Nigeria Police Force.’
I’m not surprised by my husband’s death, TB Joshua’s widow declares
Evelyn, wife of the late founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations, Prophet Temitope Joshua, aka TB Joshua, on Wednesday, said the death of her husband was an act of God. TB Joshua died in Lagos on Saturday at the age of 57.
She spoke when a delegate from the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, led by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, paid her a condolence visit in the Ikotun area of Lagos.
His widow, while speaking to officials of the state government, said the death did not come to her as a surprise. “What happened was an act of God. There is time for everything, like my husband would say. That was the word I knew from him very well. This is the job he was known for. This is what he was living for. That is what he was going to die for. So, it didn’t come to me as a surprise. I wasn’t surprised when it happened. As we all know, he was in service that day. So, that’s it,” she said.
Obasanjo carpets secession agitators, describes disintegration calls as ‘idiotic’
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on all agitators who promote disintegration of the country to shelve the idea and work for the unity and oneness of the country.
According to Obasanjo, it is better for all ethnic groups in Nigeria to remain together.
He said it would be “almost idiotic” for Nigeria to disintegrate. The former president advised that it was better for Nigeria to remain as one indivisible nation than for each tribe to go its separate ways.
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