The House of Representatives is unhappy that oil revenues remains the mainstay of the nation’s economy. As a result, the House has stressed the need by the authorities to make adequate plans and preparation for a Post-Oil Economy in Nigeria. Adigun while moving the motion warned that the continuous dependence on crude oil by Nigeria is destructive as it has become glaring that the era of oil is gone. Making copious reference to advanced economies of the world, he asserted Nigeria is never going to become an industrialized nation by selling more oil, even if the oil market recovers fully. He claimed that some companies have started producing electric cars and non-grid solar panels to provide electricity in homes as a replacement for noisy, unwieldy, gas-guzzling electricity plants and an example of such companies is Tesla, an American electric car manufacturer which produced about 80,000 electric cars in 2016,100,000 electric cars in 2017, 86,555 electric cars in 2018 and produced 77,100 electric cars in the first quarter of 2019.
June 02, 2020 17:32 UTC
The Federal Government, on Tuesday, assured all the accredited monitors of the N-Power scheme of its readiness to pay the outstanding two-month salaries within the next 72 hours. “Monitors of N-Power are expected to receive alerts of their payments for the months of March and April, 2020 within the next 72 hours, while the process of May is ongoing,” the statement read. “The Minister regrets any inconveniences caused by this delay towards the payment of the Monitors of N-Power, who have proven their mantle as patriotic Nigerians. “I assure all beneficiaries that GIFMIS is already uploading beneficiaries into the system and hopefully within the next 72 hours, all beneficiaries will start to receive their alerts,” the statement read. The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 disclosed this during its daily briefing in Abuja, saying this is based on the guidelines and protocols agreed by state governments… Read full story
June 02, 2020 17:32 UTC
To this effect, the House directed the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to ensure that airports and aircraft are routinely disinfected promptly. Such measures, the WTO says, represent ‘the most severe restriction on international travel in history’. “The House is concerned that travelling within the country has become severe nightmare as a result of the poor state of our roads and the challenging security situation makes the reopening of our airports more imperative. While ruling, the Speaker, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, who presided over the plenary, mandated the House Committees on Aviation, Legislative Compliance and Ad-hoc Committee on COVID-19 to monitor compliance and report back to the House within two weeks for further legislative action. NIGERIAN TRIBUNE
June 02, 2020 17:32 UTC
The Abuja-Kaduna rail services has received ten new coaches which include four executive cabin coaches and six standard cabin coaches. Disclosing this on Tuesday via its official Twitter handle, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) stated that the new coaches will reduce train waiting time from three hours to one hour. According to the tweet, the coaches were brought in on the orders of the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Chibuike Amaechi had ordered 10 more coaches to be added to the Kaduna-Abuja route. The coaches include four Executive Cabin Coaches and six Standard Cabin Coaches.
June 02, 2020 17:28 UTC
The Ndigbo arm of Lagos State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) was, on Tuesday, inaugurated with a promise to begin early mobilisation of the Igbo kinsmen in the state ahead of the 2023 elections. “Given what is happening in the South- East now, I don’t think any project is bigger than the second Niger Bridge in Nigeria today. So my face is not going to be new in all the markets in Lagos,” he recalled. The Coordinator of the Ndigbo APC, Chief Dimgba, said the Igbo in Lagos would vote massively for the ruling party and continue to support the administration of President Buhari. What will benefit the Igbo people is to come together and I can tell you we are now together supporting the APC,” he said.
June 02, 2020 17:26 UTC
Sepp Blatter said on Tuesday that one Swiss investigation into his handling of a television contract has been dropped, but FIFA said that does not mean its former president is in the clear. “I was officially informed today that the federal public prosecutor’s office has decided … to close the investigation,” Blatter, who is 84, told AFP on Tuesday. The Swiss attorney general has thus shelved one of the two parts of the proceedings opened against Blatter in 2015 on “suspicion of unfair management and breach of trust”. Trinidadian Warner, a former FIFA executive committee member, has since been banned from football for life and is wanted in the United States. Blatter acted “more in Warner’s interests than in the interests of FIFA,” wrote Swiss investigators.
June 02, 2020 17:26 UTC
THREE farmers were on Sunday killed while working on their farms located at Babalola and Egbo villages in Akinyele local government area of Oyo State by suspected herdsmen. While narrating how his elder brother was killed, Oluwale Akande said: “The herdsmen numbering about nine were fully armed when they invaded the community. Only for me to be told that he had been killed by some Fulani herdsmen. “Now, they have killed him, I have suddenly become a widow and our five children are now fatherless. Two of the suspects have been arrested while police detectives have been dispatched to the village to get other suspects arrested,” Fadeyi stated.
June 02, 2020 17:26 UTC
Everton defender Yerry Mina is set to miss the start of the Premier League’s return after suffering a partially torn thigh muscle, his club announced on Tuesday. Mina, 25, sustained the injury in training last week and scans have confirmed the Colombia centre-back will be sidelined for several weeks. The Premier League is due to resume on June 17 after the top tier was postponed in March due to the coronavirus. “Everton Football Club can confirm Yerry Mina is set to be sidelined for several weeks after sustaining a muscle injury,” a club statement said. “A scan confirmed the Colombia international suffered a partial tear in his left quad muscle during training last week.
June 02, 2020 17:15 UTC
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, on Tuesday, secured the endorsement of an Abuja-based group, Obaseki Mandate Forum (OMF), in his bid to clinch the ticket of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to contest the forthcoming gubernatorial election. “Today, you are that choice by the people for Edo State. Momoh said: “Today, you are that choice by the people for Edo State. “Citizens of Edo origin outside Edo State will follow this gesture of love by transferring their PVCs to Edo State to ensure they match their words with action of returning you for a second term. He said the electorate in the state should not be swayed by those, he noted, could not manage kiosks to lead Edo state no matter the circumstances.
June 02, 2020 17:14 UTC
The Federal Government has expressed serious concerns over the wrong disposal of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) used by health workers, which its says can complicate the effort to contain COVID-19 in the country. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, raised the alarm, on Tuesday in Abuja, during the briefing of the task force, saying that children are having access to discarded PPEs. However, he noted that the picture represents a dangerous development, as it underscores the need for more risk communication, community engagement and diligence in the disposal of used PPEs on the part of our frontline workers and the administrators. He added: “It also underscores the need to broaden the theme and messages in our communication strategy. The task force chairman said that on the contrary, COVID-19 is still virulent, dangerous and infectious; and that the citizens’ lives have changed for good and will never revert to what everyone used to know.
June 02, 2020 17:00 UTC
The Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has again called on the Federal Government to review the fuel pump price rate to N70 per litre to reflect global oil price reality. According to the party, any rate higher than this would amount to shortchanging Nigerians and urged that national assembly to compel the FG to account for the overcharges on its current pump price rate. “The party insists that a N121 per litre price amounts to fleecing Nigerians of over N50 per litre of fuel. “PDP insists that the APC and its government have no justifiable reason to retain the pump price of fuel at over N70 per litre. It again challenged the APC administration to disprove Nigerians by immediately publishing the prevailing landing cost, depot cost, trucking cost as well as the retail outlet admin cost and show why the pump price should be above N70 per litre.”NIGERIAN TRIBUNE
June 02, 2020 16:58 UTC
The World Bank is to provide $2.854 billion at average repayment maturity of between 20 – 25 years, 1.25% interest rate, 0.25% commitment charge, 0.25% front-end fee and five years duration. JICA is to provide $200 million at 30 years maturity, 10 years grace period and 1.4% interest rate. Islamic Development Bank is to provide $110 million at average repayment maturity of between 25 years, Service Charge not exceeding 2%, 2.5% interest rate and four years duration. Breakdown of the approved loans include: $350 million World Bank Development Policy Operation loan for Kaduna and $110 million Islamic Development Bank Health Susyems Projects Loan for Katsina State. In a swift reaction to the adopted report on the $22.799 billion external loan, the deputy minority leader, Hon.
June 02, 2020 16:53 UTC
The Katsina State Government has relaxed the COVID-19 lockdown to between 10:00 pm and 4:00 a.m daily across the state. This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Mustapha Inuwa, and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Katsina. “His Excellency, the governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari, has lifted all forms of ban and restriction orders issued under the lockdown throughout the state with effect from Tuesday, June 2,” he said. Inuwa assured that the state government would continue to do its best to curb the spread of the disease. The governor stormed the presidential villa, Abuja, on Monday, to see the president, brushing aside the controversy generated by… Read full story
June 02, 2020 16:41 UTC
Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), on Tuesday, Bolna’an Dongban-Mensen, as the substantive president of the Court of Appeal without going through another acting term. According to the leaders, the path of honour being recommend is for the judges behind Dongban-Mensen in rank to follow one “toed by judges of honour in Kogi State recently when the Nos 2 and 3 refused to accept being made no 1 in controversial circumstance,” adding: “The Chief Judge served out his tenure.”SMBLF, therefore, called on President Buhari to save the government the possibility of such situation by confirming the NJC recommendation immediately, even as it condemned what it described as “shameful manipulation” of appointment figures in Nigeria by a northern-based newspaper to make a feeble rebuttal of Col Umar’s memo to Buhari, declaring such as “most unhelpful to the reputation of journalism.”“President Buhari should save the government the possibility of such a situation by confirming the NJC recommendation immediately. “Lastly, we use this medium to reject the shameful manipulation of appointment figures by a northern newspaper to make a feeble rebuttal of Col. Abubakar Umar’s patriotic memo. It was most unhelpful to the reputation of journalism,” the leaders said. NIGERIAN TRIBUNE
June 02, 2020 16:34 UTC
Two communities in Bayelsa State, Akipelai and Oloibiri, have been provided with two solar hybrid mini-grids with the capacity of 134.64kW under the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP). The project is expected to provide communities with clean, safe and reliable electricity to an estimated 364 households. REA in a statement issued on Tuesday explained that the mini-grids utilise lithium-ion battery storage to provide reliable power throughout non-daylight hours and are designed to scale up as individual household and communal power demand increases. “These two systems include 134.64kW of solar PV, 180kWh of lithium battery storage and two units of 100kva diesel generator sets,” it said. The solar hybrid plants have been commissioned under the Performance-Based Grant (PBG) component of NEP.
June 02, 2020 16:33 UTC