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600m People In Sub-Saharan Africa Without Electricity – Mamman
At least 600 million people forming two-thirds of the sub-Saharan Africa’s population lack access to electricity, said the Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman.
Engr. Mamman stated this at the inaugural meeting of the Joint Ministerial Steering Committee (JMSC) of the WAPP North Core project in Abuja Thursday. “Nowadays, the limited access to electricity as well as the endemic electricity shortages constitutes a bottleneck to the socioeconomic development of ECOWAS Member States. Two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africa’s population, approximately 600 million people, are without access to electricity, despite the region’s significant endowment of natural resources.”
He noted that the 330 kilovolts (kV) North Core power transmission project by the West African Power Pool (WAPP) spans about 875 kilometres to interconnect Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso.
Twitter Ban: Respect The Rights Of Nigerians, US Cautions Buhari
The US has sent another message to President Muhammadu Buhari over the ban of the microblogging site, Twitter.
In a statement on Thursday, Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, said restricting social media has no place in a democracy. He called on Nigeria to reverse the ban and allow freedom of expression.
The statement read, “The United States condemns the ongoing suspension of Twitter by the Nigerian government and subsequent threats to arrest and prosecute Nigerians who use Twitter. The United States is likewise concerned that the Nigerian National Broadcasting Commission ordered all television and radio broadcasters to cease using Twitter. “Unduly restricting the ability of Nigerians to report, gather, and disseminate opinions and information has no place in a democracy. Freedom of expression and access to information both online and offline are foundational to prosperous and secure democratic societies.
Herders Back Buhari As Afenifere, Ohanaeze Reject Grazing Routes Recovery
Herders and some farmers on Thursday throw their weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari who for the first time expressed his support for the recovery of designated grazing routes as one of the ways of resolving the protracted farmers/herders clashes.
President Buhari spoke while fielding questions during an exclusive interview broadcast Thursday on Arise Television.
But the Afenifere sociocultural group in the South West, Ohanaeze in the South East and PAN Niger-Delta Forum (PANDEF) in the South South kicked against the move, insisting that the power to allocate land is vested on governors and not the president.
Bomb Threat: Vigilantes To Protect Onitsha Market
Anambra State vigilante services have expressed readiness to protect Onitsha main market from attack.
Chairman of Anambra North vigilante Services Chief Chinenye Ihenko gave the assurance while addressing traders of Onitsha Main Market and its environs.
The traders were worried over a reported plan by some unidentified persons to bomb the market. Ihenko, who boasted that no person can bomb Onitsha main market, stressed that his men are battle-ready to confront any attacker.
Again, Buhari Asks Security Operatives To Gun Down Illegal Arm Bearers
President Muhammadu Buhari has again ordered security agencies to shoot any person or persons found illegally wielding AK-47 and other assault weapons.
Buhari reiterated his directive at the official handing over of security equipment to the Lagos State Police Command on Thursday.
While handing over event, Buhari also vowed to act firmly and decisively against all persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on security personnel.
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