NNPC Set To Generate 4000 MW Of Electricity

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC will generate about 4, 000 megawatts of power in the next ten years to boost the supply in the country.

This was disclosed by the Corporation’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Gas and Power, Engr. Saidu Mohammed, at the 2017 retreat of his Autonomous Business Unit, ABU (Gas and Power), in Kaduna, saying this would be achieved through building independent power plants.

Explaining the concept in Abuja, Engr. Mohammed said the power plants would be built in the next three to ten years by Incorporated Joint Venture Companies that would involve NNPC, International Power Companies and other Nigerian Investors to be structured after the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) business model.

“Power generation is a big business. As at today, NNPC has interest in two power plants, one in Okpai, Delta State and the other in Afam, Rivers State, which were respectively built by our Joint Ventures with Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). These two power plants collectively generate up to 1,000 megawatts and they are the most reliable and cheapest source of power to the national grid in Nigeria today,” Engr. Mohammed affirmed.

He said plans were underway to commence Okpai Phase 2 Power Plant and that other JV power plants like Obite & Agura would also be progressed soon to boost power generation in the country.
The NNPC COO noted that the new thinking involved the extension of the Corporation’s major gas pipeline infrastructure into a robust network to connect various parts of the country, adding that implementation of the Ajaokuta to Abuja-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) extension has progressed.

“The main base-loads to justify such infrastructure are power plants that would consume the gas and for that, we are planning to build about 2,000 to 3,100 megawatts, combined, in these three cities.
“The partnership will involve players who will bring in their various capacities as operators, builders of power plants and as investors. NNPC will also bring its strength of being a dominant player in the Nigerian gas value chain,” Engr. Mohammed revealed.

He stated that NNPC as a stakeholder in the gas value chain had developed capabilities in processing, transportation and marketing of gas for export and domestic utilization.

He further added that the nation’s gas resources had the potential of changing the landscape of the Nigerian economy for the better.
“If you generate enough power, the multiplier effect will revive most of the moribund industries across the country. NNPC intends to capture 50 per cent of the gas market in Nigeria by growing the Nigerian Gas Marketing Company (NGMC) from the 500 million standard cubic feet/day of gas that it is today to about 3 to 4 billion standard cubic feet/day in the next 10 years,” the COO enthused.

He said NNPC required about $15 billion investment to realize the Gas and Power Autonomous Business Unit, ABU, aspirations and that discussions were already ongoing with Investors world-wide to address gas deficit by building on the already existing gas infrastructure.

Engr. Mohammed noted that in line with the Gas Master Plan, NNPC would be producing gas with its JV partners and with other interested Nigerian investors to build treatment plants to achieve the deadline.

“We are going to unbundle the upstream by delineating the midstream so as to allow other players operate in it while NNPC as the operator of the pipeline network will continue to deliver gas to the downstream sector and ultimate consumers,” he stated.

Governor Okowa, Fashola Commissions Gas Turbine In Niger Delta.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa, have commissioned a 115mw gas turbine installed by Transcorp Power Limited Ughelli, bringing the installed capacity to 620mw from the 160mw which the company inherited from UPN privatization in 2013.

According to the management of Transcorp Power, the company currently generates only 300mw owing to shortage of gas supply, and promises to invest facilities that would increase gas supply to the power station if the government creates an enabling regulatory framework.

Mr. Fashola commended Governor Okowa for his commitment to peace in the Niger Delta, observing that it has paid off with the successful operation of Transcorp in the area without issues.

He also observed that the increase in power generation was a clear sign that the privatization of the power sector had started yielding benefits for Nigerians.

However, Governor Okowa called for collaborative efforts in the power sector to ensure that generated power translates into electricity in the homes of Nigerians, assuring that the existing peace in the state would be consolidated as a continuous boost to investors confidence.


Source: Channels TV

Audit Report: Military, MDAs owe power companies N51 billion

An audit report of debt by Federal Government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to power distribution companies (DISCos) has revealed an indebtedness of N59.3 billion by top 100 customers, like defence, military and security agencies owing N51 billion.

This was the communiqué at the 13th meeting of power sector stakeholders yesterday with the Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola, hosted by the Transcorp Power Limited, Ughelli, Delta State.

The report stated that all verified bills would be recommended for payment on a first-come first-serve basis as a demonstration of government’s determination to lead by example with regards to payment for electricity delivered.

In their comments, Fashola and Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa charged power generating companies (GENCos) and the DISCos to do more to ensure regular power supply to Nigerians.

They maintained that regular electricity is critical to the nation’s industrial, technological and infrastructural development.

Fashola also chided the DISCos for failing to strengthen their transformers, thereby leading to epileptic power supplies as a result of frequent breakdowns.

Okowa slammed the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) for the poor power supply in his state. He declared: “No matter what you generate, if it does not get to the common man, then it becomes a problem.”

Okowa charged all stakeholders to ensure peace in their communities to ensure peaceful operation of the power companies.

The Chairman of Transcorp Power, Mr. Tony Elumelu told the minister and governor: “We have two issues: one is liquidity. We want the minister to fast-track access to the Liquidation Assurance Programme funds. The second is gas. We want to do, but there is no gas. We can generate 620WM but due to poor access to gas supply we are handicapped.”

The power sector operators present included the NERC, managing directors and CEOs of GENCos, DISCos, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), as well as various government agencies such as the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET), Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO) and Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) and other operators in the electricity industry.


Source: The Guardian

Power regulatory agency, NERC publishes ‘rights of every consumer’.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the body empowered to meet the yearnings of Nigerians for stable, adequate and safe electricity supply, has taken the bull by the horn by releasing to the public, the rights of every electricity consumer.

Read the rights below:

1. All new electricity connections must be done strictly on the basis of metering before connection. That is, no new customer should be connected without  meter first being installed.

2. A customer who elects to procure meter under the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) Scheme must be metered within 60 days, after which the customer will neither be billed nor disconnected by the electricity distribution company.

3. It is the customer’s right to transparent electricity billing. Unmetered customers should be issued with electricity bills strictly based on NERC’s estimated billing methodology.

4. It is the customer’s right to be notified in writing ahead of disconnection of electricity service by the electricity distribution company serving the customer in line with NERC’s guidleines.

5. It is the customer’s right to prompt investigation of complaints arising from the customer’s electricity service disruption

6. It is not the responsibility of electricity customer or community to buy, replace or repair electricity transformers, poles and related equipment used in supply of electricity.

7. It is the customer’s right to contest any electricity bill. Any unmetered customer who is disputing his or her estimated bill has the right not to pay the disputed bill, but pay only the last undisputed bill as the contested bill go through the dispute resolution process of NERC.

8. All complaints on your electricity supply and other billing issues are to be sent to your nearest business unit of the electricity company serving your premises. If your complaint is not satisfactorily addressed, you can forward your complaint to the NERC Forum Office within the coverage area of your electricity distribution company. Customers also have the right to appeal the decision of the forum at the NERC headquarters in Abuja.

Log into: www.nercng.org for more details or contact:

08164201445 Joseph John southwest; 08130363581 Tony Ray Ene South South; 08062219714 Ekeh Samuel Chukwuemeka Southeast;
07061117416 Hassan GWANDU   north west;
07061097132 Mohammed Umar fufore North East;
07036948408 Friday Sule North Central.

Please share this information and help us protect your rights. However,note that you have an obligation to pay your valid electric bills,avoid meter by-pass or stealing of electricity and protect power infrastructure from being vandalized.

Together,by doing our part, we can get the power sector we all desired.

Dr.Anthony Akah,mni
Ag. CEO/Chairman,NERC

Lagos to achieve uninterrupted electricity by 2022 – Ambode

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday said there are plans by the state to attain 24-hour power supply through generation of 3000 megawatts of electricity by 2022.

Speaking at Lagos House in Ikeja after receiving the report of the Embedded Power Technical Committee constituted by the state government with representatives from the public and private sector, Governor Ambode said while the federal government continues in its efforts to resolve the power crisis, the sustainable solution going forward would be the pulling together of commitment and resources of all stakeholders in the power value chain.

While explaining the rationale behind the embedded power initiative of the state government, Mr. Ambode said the major bane of the power situation in the country has always been with transmission, adding that the initiative was designed to permanently resolve power crisis in the state and by extension in the country.

“The reason why we embarked on this initiative is that we believe strongly that if the power problem is solved in Lagos, it is technically solved in the whole of the country and so because Lagos has more or less tested a solution that works, we can scale this up and also address it on a national scale,” said Mr. Ambode.

“The problem of power in Nigeria is the problem of transmission and that is the truth. Yes, we have generating companies and we have distributing companies and they say power is in the hands of the private sector but we know technically that that is not totally true.

“We also know that transmission is hundred per cent owned by government but we have tested here in Lagos and we have been able to provide 48 kilowatts of power without transmitting it which means that we generate and then distribute.

“So, if that works for 48 kilowatts, can we put Lagos into clusters and actually use embedded power initiative to drive the business of Lagos? That is what this initiative is all about and I want to thank all the stakeholders for submitting their business template into what government sees as the right step to take so that we can join hands together to say in the next two to five years, we can actually power Lagos and then grow our GDP.”

Mr. Ambode said the target of the state government is to generate up to 3,000MW of power through accelerated deployment of various embedded power plants in strategic locations in the state within three to five years.

Out of the 3000MW, the governor said 350MW would be delivered by Q1 2018, additional 850MW by Q4 2018, and the balance of 1,800MW not later Q3 2022, while the state government will support the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to be signed between the distribution companies and the embedded power providers, to enhance bankability of the projects.

He said the embedded power will be distributed off-grid within Lagos State through the network of Eko and Ikeja distribution companies, while the state government will support the distribution companies in upgrading their distribution infrastructure and installation of smart prepaid meters in the areas where embedded power is deployed.

Other areas of collaboration, according to the governor, would include support for collection, appropriate legislation and enforcement of power theft laws.

Mr. Ambode said his administration would collaborate with operators of oil blocks in the Lagos area to accelerate the extraction of gas feedstocks for power generation, adding that alternative sources of fuel would be explored to sustain uninterrupted power supply in the medium to long term, including partnerships on investments in gas pipeline infrastructure through the state’s oil and gas firm – Ibile Oil and Gas.

While recalling the success of the Light Up Lagos Project with installation of over 47,000 poles of street lights, and connection of about 67 communities in the Ibeju Lekki axis to national grid after about six years off grid under the rural electrification project, Mr. Ambode said another 32 communities in Badagry which have not had access to electricity for over sixteen years would be connected to the grid within the next 21 days.

Responding on behalf of Distribution Companies (DISCOS), the Chairman of Eko Distribution Company, Charles Momoh, commended Governor Ambode for the embedded power initiative, saying it was the best thing that has happened to Lagos State in recent times.

He also expressed the confidence of DISCOS in the ability of the governor to see to the success of the initiative.

Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Wale Oluwo, said he was confident that the implementation of the report holistically would address electricity problem in the state.

“Power sector was sold to clueless investors”, says Senate President Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday criticised how the power sector was privatised, saying it was sold to individuals who had no idea about how to run it.

He said the mistakes of past governments “born out of ignorance, selfish interests and fraud”, brought Nigeria to this point.

Saraki said this at a workshop on power sector organised by the national assembly in Abuja.

He lamented that the sector, in spite of the enormous resources committed to it for the last 14 years, had remained in a perilous state.

“Today, we are on the verge of a total systemic breakdown and I see this as an opportunity to stop this train from derailing completely,” he said.

“We sold the discos to individuals and parties who had no idea about running a proper power distribution business. Licenses were issues based on cronyism rather than capital adequacy, market experience and capacity to deliver. Agreements were faulty and transaction integrity hardly imperative.

“This is the opportunity for both the legislature and executive to come together to forge a solution to this perennial problem. We cannot afford to waste the opportunity we have now. We owe it to the people who have entrusted us with the privilege of working out solutions to their problems by electing us to our various offices that we are hard on our heels to bring them solutions not complaints.

“We cannot shy away from the fact that inexcusable mistakes have been made in the past that brought us to this point and we must be willing to face up to them and clearly delineate them in order to ensure that we do not return to the mistakes of the past.

“Clearly some of these where innocent mistakes, others were rather the product of selfish interests, some fraudulent, some borne out of ignorance and others glaring lack of capacity apparent from day one. All of these combined has brought us to the mess we now have to face up to.”

Emphasising that the problems in the sector were the country’s own making, the senate president said sacrifice must be made to overcome the challenges.

“Where we are is not an accident. We walked our way into the landmine we are facing with the decisions we made in the past. While privatisation is a right policy recipe to pursue in order to put in place a power sector that can galvanise our economy, we forgot that the participation of the private sector is not an end in itself,” he said.

“We neglected that unless this is done, observing transparency, competition, transaction integrity we might end up with a sector worse than the past. The BPE did things that were inexcusable. To imagine that even the sale proceeds of about $4bn was solely spent towards the payment of pensions and staff. Not one single kobo was expended towards catalysing the sector back to life.

“GENCOS bought generating units without a clear assurance of source of gas to fire plants and government had no active roadmap for delivery of a gas market infrastructure to make this happen. Yet gas companies and the IOCs were exporting our gas out of our shores to create gas markets elsewhere in Europe and Asia while we languished in darkness as a result of incessant, persistent and erratic power outages. In the face of all these our people continued to be called upon to bear inexplicable bills estimated beyond rationale service value.”


Source: The Cable

Nigeria to deploy drones to protect electricity transmission equipment

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, says it will deploy drones to check vandalism of its transmission lines and equipment  in the country.

The TCN Managing Director, Atiku Abubakar, said this why fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday.

We still have issues of vandalism and as a company, we have gone to the extent of proposing the use of modern technologies, to help us monitor and know the status of our lines, who is interfering with our line?

“We have just considered in our last tender board meeting, the use of drones to ply our lines, where we feel there are issue of vandalism.

“That is a technology we are going ahead with and we believe it will   help  to alert us on  any possible case of vandalism that is likely to  happen on to our line.

“We are also looking forward  to the cooperation  of  the  National Assembly  so that they can promulgate  laws  to  deal with  vandalism of critical infrastructures, I know that  is being contemplated.”

He said the vandalism of transmission equipment and lines was responsible for the collapse of some of its transmission lines in the country.

On the utilisation of the released stranded containers at the port, comprising transmission equipment, Mr. Abubakar said that the first batch of the equipment had been deployed to sites for the completion of the projects.

He said that efforts were being made to secure the releases of stranded TCN containers at the ports.

He said that the release of the containers would facilitate the speedy completion of the critical transmission projects in the country.


Source: NAN

President Buhari’s power sector revival hits major brick-wall

One year after the African Development Bank (ADB) approved $174 loan to tackle Nigeria’s power crisis, the cash remains in the lender’s vaults.

The Senate is believed to be cautious about the Presidency taking the loan because of its conditions, including the restructuring of the Transition Company of Nigeria (TCN), which President Muhammadu Buhari is said to have approved.

The main condition is that ADB experts will run the show at the TCN — the managers of the national grid— for six months in the first instance.

Senators are raising some issues, among which are:

the propriety of allowing the ADB to run the TCN even when it is yet to be privatised;
the legality of removing the TCN management, which is just midway into its tenure; and
the arrangement under which the critical national asset will be “ceded” to the ADB.
The Presidency is said to have made up its mind to take the loan to resolve Nigeria’s “critical power crisis”.

Under the plan, the ADB is to send three experts to run the TCN, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The source said: “The Federal Government has already made a huge allocation in the 2017 budget estimate. Is it now proper to hand over such funds to TCN to be managed by ADB appointees?”

He said: “Curiously the Federal Government is yet to determine whether to privatise TCN. The Senate is insisting that you cannot hand over TCN to ADB without privatising it.

“The Senate is therefore insisting that the status quo must be maintained, failing which the Senate as an institution will not have anything to do with handing over a national asset when it has not been privatised.

“We are therefore watching and waiting hoping that common sense will prevail.”

Quoting Mr. Louis Edozien, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, the Special Adviser (Communications) to the Minister, Mr. Hakeem Bello, said the government’s action at the TCN is part of the restructuring of the organisation in the overall plan to deliver power to Nigerians.

He described the change of guards at the TCN as part of the implementation of the TCN restructuring plan approved by the President.

According to him, following the exit of the Canadian management firm Manitoba, it was agreed with the multilateral funding partners that the TCN needed to have an effective management and structure.

The ADB, it was agreed, would bring in a manager and two others to run the TCN for six months in the first instance – which could be extended for another six months if need be – and to be funded by the organisation.

Workers under the aegis of National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) at the TCN yesterday shut down offices at the firms’s headquarters in Abuja.

They protested what they called the unjustified attempt to remove the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Abubakar Atiku.

Their action was predicated on a January 31 letter written to Atiku, urging him to vacate office for Usman Gur Mohammed.

The letter is titled: “Request for the secondment of Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed from African Development Bank as the Transitional Chief Executive Officer of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)”

Wisdom Nwachukwu, who is FCT chairman of NUEE, said owing to the technical nature of the power sector, it was out of place for an accountant to take over the duty of TCN Managing Director from a trained engineer, such as Atiku. He said it would be tantamount to economic sabotage.

The labour leader insisted that the plot to remove Atiku was not in good fate but to merely bring in the minister’s stooge to manage the $364million loan that the TCN is anticipating from the World Bank.

He added: “We are not against the government taking decisions but the impunity with which this is being done, as the staff of TCN by constitution are supposed to be 75 per cent technical and only 25 per cent non-technical.”

He said constitutionally, the MD/CEO of TCN should have been informed or given a notice of at least three months, noting that “people are trying to subvert the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”.

Power generation ‘slightly’ rises to 3,528 megawatts

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says the country’s power generation improved slightly to 3,528.90 megawatts on February 1 from 2,662 megawatts on January 22.

This figure was Wednesday published on the website of the Nigerian electricity system operator, a sub-agency of the TCN, in its daily forecast on power generation.

“The slight increase in generation is due to slightly increased gas supply to some generating companies (GENCOs) to boost operations.

“The total output of 3,528.90 megawatts from all the GENCOs on Wednesday has been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Nigerian electricity supply industry (NESI) operational report said the power sector dropped to 2,662.20 megawatts on January 22 because of low water levels and the challenge of accessing gas by GENCOs.

The sector recorded highest system frequency of 51.50Hz and lowest system frequency of 48.80 Hz, while the highest and the lowest voltage recorded on Wednesday were 372KV and 300KV, respectively.

A top official of Egbin power station was quoted as saying that due to the slight increase in gas supply, the station now generates 400 megawatts as against the previous 150 megawatts — although the station has a capacity of 1,320 megawatts.

The official appealed for more gas supply to the station, so that it could fire all its five units.

He said the GENCOs were being owed a huge amount of money by the federal government, which posed a serious challenge to their operations.

“Gas to power should not be politicised. Government should take issues of power very serious and find lasting solution to the lingering issues. The 400 megawatts Egbin generated was wheeled out to the national grid at 6.00 am on Wednesday,’’ he said.


Source: The Cable

Kaduna Electricity Company seeks government help in getting bank credit.

The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has appealed to the Federal Government to help guarantee bank loans for DISCOs, and to ease their difficulty in acquiring foreign exchange for their operations.

The company blamed the two problems as amongst the factors responsible for incessant power outage across the country. It also blamed pipeline vandalism.

Abdulazeez Abdullahi, head of Corporate Affairs of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, told journalists on Monday in Kaduna that the low electricity generation was partly occasioned by gas supply shortages as a result of pipeline vandalism.

“There is no forex. Part of the delay in the takeoff of the meter manufacturing factory is indeed this issue of lack of access to forex,” he said.

“Securing loan from banks is not easy considering that any bank that looks at our books is reluctant to give us the loans.

“If the Federal Government as promised, steps in and addresses the liquidity issue in the electricity sector, it will mean that our banks will have assurance that they can give loans and be paid for, at the stipulated time,” he said.

The Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy recently expressed disappointment that electricity Distribution Companies which took over from the Power Holding Company are performing worse than their predecessors.

The Committee chairman, Eyinnaya Abaribe, who led members of the committee on an oversight function to electricity companies in Kaduna last December, said that the performance of the DISCOS was worse than that of the defunct state-owned National Electric Power Authority which preceded PHCN in terms of revenue collection.

Mr. Abdullahi said the DISCOs were having liquidity problem.

He lamented that in January alone the Kaduna DISCO, which is in charge of Kaduna, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi States, had three system collapse.

“So, automatically our revenue for January, 2017 and even that of December, 2016 is not anything to write home about,” he said.

“Monthly invoice is between N3billion to N3.5billion. But roughly we make like N1.5 or there about. So, there is a significant gap.”

He said the Kaduna DISCO has engaged a company called Revolt, to improve revenue collection through modern technology.

“We are going to engage agents, we are going to engage e-channels using POS, internet, quickteller, ATM, to make it easier for the people to pay so we don’t have to be chasing them. All these is to ensure that the energy we give out, we are able to recover it,” he said.

On why customers are left to bear the cost of maintaining faulty transformers and other electricity installations, Mr. Abdullahi said the DISCO often guarantees compensation after confirming the quality.

“We have to also send it to NERC to say that the equipment has been bought by the community, now it has been put on Kaduna Electric network, and then determine how the compensation will be arrived at,” he said.

Sacked staff

He said about 24 staff were dismissed for fraudulent activities and 15 are currently under investigation.

He said only 147 Megawatts of electricity was allocated for the four states under the DISCO as at Friday from the national grid, saying that was not enough for Kaduna town alone.

“Kaduna takes more than any of the other states with 45 Megawatts out of 147 Mega Watts as at Friday, while the rest of the three states of the zone shared the balance.

“The reason why places like Birnin Kebbi gets high is because of our relationship with Republic of Niger.

“We give power to the Republic of Niger from the transmission company in Birnin Kebbi. So, because of that, Birnin Kebbi benefits from that.

“Whatever it is we produce, we have to serve the contractual agreement we have with Niger Republic,” he added.

Birnin Kebbi has been enjoying 24 hour electricity supply despite shotfall of electricity across the country.

Delta residents storm streets with generators to protest power outage.

Some residents of Sapele area of Delta state, Thursday took to the streets to protest a total blackout in the area.


Power supply had been crippled in the area for weeks following the drop in the nation’s power generation capacity from 3,959 megawatts to 3,751.90 megawatts due to dearth of gas.


But the residents, who said they were tired of darkness, took to the streets with generating sets on their heads during the demonstration.


They questioned the Benin Electricity company, BEDC over the continuous power outage which they said had been dragging for months without an improvement


They displayed placards such as ‘No light, no bill payment. BEDC na thief’, ‘We don tire for darkness.’


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DAILY POST had reported that commercial activities in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja have been crippled following total blackout in most parts of the nation’s capital.


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Did Minister Babatunde Fashola Get It Wrong? – By Simbo Olorunfemi

We cannot, for the sake of some agreement and a rigid reading of the law, continue to short-change ourselves by not removing the hurdles in the way of off-grid solutions that will enable independent power plants set up, based on potential demand, to generate and distribute directly to customers without any go-between in form of a distribution company and an overbearing regulator.

Starting out, Mr. Fashola seems to have gotten it wrong. From the outside, one would think his quick and wholesale embrace of what he met on ground in the power sector was rather disconcerting, even if one can see that he felt he needed to ensure continued investor confidence in the sector. Some of us who felt that his coming in would unravel the knotty problem that has almost grounded power supply were unnerved at his pat-on-the-shoulder approach.

He could not have been helped by the fact that the same team that led us to where we are were, under the previous regime, were left intact to baptise the minister into the industry. These are folks whose fixation seemed to have been only on what they call right or appropriate pricing of energy, while all that has to do with the consumer was regulated to the back, fit for occasional talk-shops pretending to be Consumer Fora. It was discouraging to see the minister so quickly integrated into their camp, speaking for an increase in tariff, even in the face of the harsh economic reality and reprieve from an immediate increase supposed to have been obtained from the court.

It was understandable that these people chose that teething period to quickly sink their teeth into another chunk off the flesh of the consumer. That was the reality forced upon us. The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), which had disingenuously politicised the issue of electricity tariff, even claiming some reduction on the eve of the 2015 election, was quick to lead the minister into sanctioning an increase in electricity tariff, even when DISCOs had failed to meet the pre-agreed obligations to meter customers and improve infrastructure. It was a case of pushing the consumer down the slope, with the mouth of the Distribution Companies open.

There were no guarantees for the consumer and we were worried. We said then that the minister had only sanctioned placing the cart before the horse, but our concerns did not seem to matter. A decision to proceed, irrespective of complaints, seemed a fait accompli.

That was quite strange. From what we could see, Mr. Fashola had inherited a defective sub-structure in the sector, with the questionable process under which privatisation of power asset took place. There were allegations that some of those who bought some of the entities neither had the technical competence nor the financial muscle for the task at hand. The least we expected was a review. But the lawyer in the minister seemed to have weighed in on the side of the sanctity of agreements already executed.

…I equally felt that with Mr. Fashola’s experience in Lagos, especially with how the State’s power generation initiative got caught up in a storm induced from the centre – something which the minister, as governor, was quite vocal about – whatever legal or constitutional reforms needed to free up the system will be his immediate charge.

With speculation that some of these entities might have, in fact, breached some terms of the purchase agreement, it did not seem that there was going to be any review. So, we got stuck with same of the same. Rather than interrogate that process and possibly reconsider that foundation, we elected to continue to erect this superstructure of reforms and new dreams on this suspect substructure. Over a year after, it is difficult to tell where we are. For the consumer, he is in darkness, literally and figuratively, unsure of what is going on and where we are headed. It seems even with privatisation sold as the elixir, it has been one step forward, two steps backward.

Can we continue to carry on like this? I am no expert in the field but I doubt that this arrangement in which generation, transmission and distribution sit on different platforms is the best approach to urgently meeting Nigeria’s power need. I have always felt that we critically need to open up the off-grid window to enable power companies come in, generate and directly distribute to consumers, without this complicated framework by the NERC under which evacuation is supposed to be done “through a distribution system which is connected to a transmission network operated by a System Operations Licensee”.

I understand there might be some legal or constitutional bottlenecks in the way of a robust implementation of that which has largely rendered even the embedded power generation option and licensees by the NERC, under the present regime, largely ineffective, making little or no impact.

But I equally felt that with Mr. Fashola’s experience in Lagos, especially with how the State’s power generation initiative got caught up in a storm induced from the centre – something which the minister, as governor, was quite vocal about – whatever legal or constitutional reforms needed to free up the system will be his immediate charge. Perhaps, he is working on it. But what we are faced with is an emergency in that sector. We cannot, for the sake of some agreement and a rigid reading of the law, continue to short-change ourselves by not removing the hurdles in the way of off-grid solutions that will enable independent power plants set up, based on potential demand, to generate and distribute directly to customers without any go-between in form of a distribution company and an overbearing regulator.

This arrangement where the entire country is dependent on the national grid has run its course. It simply does not make much sense. It can no longer meet or sustain our needs for the future. There is also the security implication of our reliance on the grid for the whole country. Off-grid solutions are at the heart of what some countries are doing to increase access to power.

While we sort out the issues of upgrade on transmission lines, gas supply to plants and all those niggling issues, we need to urgently move in the direction of bypassing the present arrangement which has only delivered darkness and offers little hope of delivering anything else.

The legal framework which allows for the farming out of territories to DISCOs, where they operate as monopolies, does not seem to be with the best interest of the country at heart. Why replace one national monopoly with regional monopolies, locking everyone in?

Needless to say that the DISCOs will protest any attempt to break a hold on their territories, citing investment made and agreement signed. That will only be, if they are not found in breach of one or two of the clauses in the agreement. This elaborate system which seems to have engineered disconnect between GENCOs and DISCOs on one hand and other ‘Cos’ out there, is simply all over the place.

As difficult as things are, there must be many companies who will be interested in taking advantage of the off-grid window on commercial basis to set up power generation plants in Nigeria, to tap into the different resource bases – water, sun, etc. and light up Nigeria, if the window can be fully opened.

While we sort out the issues of upgrade on transmission lines, gas supply to plants and all those niggling issues, we need to urgently move in the direction of bypassing the present arrangement which has only delivered darkness and offers little hope of delivering anything else.

I am no expert though. I am just another Nigerian, sweating it in the dark, while figuring out what to make of our local monopoly, Ikeja Electric. It has been investigating, for 16 months now, the crazy estimated bill it slammed on us, with no result forthcoming. There have to be other ways out of this enduring darkness.

Simbo Olorunfemi works for Hoofbeatdotcom, a Nigerian Communications Consultancy. Twitter: @simboolorunfemi

Expect 9-hour power outage in parts of Lagos – EKEDC

There would be a nine-hour power outage in some parts of Lagos state on Monday, says the management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC).


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this was made known by the company in a statement on Saturday.


Areas expected to be affected by the outage are: Lagos Island, Victoria Island and Ikoyi.


Godwin Idemudia, head of corporate communications, said, “We which to inform our consumers that on Monday Jan.23, between 08:00-17:00 hrs, there will be an outage on the 132kv bus-bars (outdoor) at Alagbon S/T.


“This is to enable our maintenance crew to connect the new and old sections of the 132kV bus-bars together.


“With this outage, Lagos Island, Victoria Island and Ikoyi environs will be affected.


“EKEDC highly regrets any inconvenience caused by this nine-hour outage.


Most Lagos residents had in the past few weeks endured erratic power supply.

Mainland residents may experience low power shedding today – Ikeja Disco

Mainland residents under the Ikeja Electric distribution network may experience low power shedding today, December 28, 2016 as the disco company announced the amount of megawatts available for distribution.


According to Ikeja Electric in an announcement few minutes ago, the brand “received a total of 516 MW of electricity. We will judiciously distribute accordingly.”


Furthermore, while urging residents to be wary of power issues in their respective areas, Ikeja Electric urged residents to kindly report all cases of vandalization in their neighbourhoods.


The company also advised residents call these numbers: 01-4483900, 01-7000250 or 0700-022-5543 or email hse@ikejaelectric.com for prompt response to power issues.

Senate vows to probe disbursement of N213 billion Power Intervention Fund

The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said the Senate would look into the disbursement of N213 billion power sector intervention fund by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

Mr. Saraki said this in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, on Saturday in Abuja.

Mr. Saraki, according to the statement, spoke during a meeting to proffer solutions to the worsening electricity generation in the country.

He said the upper chamber would verify claims and counter claims of non-remittance of revenues between the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET), Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) and Generation Companies (Gencos).

Mr. Saraki urged the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy to conduct a public hearing on the funds as well as on the declining electricity generation which currently stands at 3,000 megawatts.

He said the public hearing should take a look at reasons behind the inability of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to effectively supervise and audit the electricity generation and distribution companies.

The president of the senate lamented “the poor electricity supply in Nigeria and the consequences of the negative development in the efforts to move Nigeria out of the present economic recession.’’

He called on operators in the sector to work towards proffering solutions to the “imminent collapse of the electricity system in the country.’’

Discos Allege N10 Loss on Every Kilowatt Hour of Power Sold

The 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) in Nigeria’s electricity supply industry have claimed that they are currently losing an average of N10 on every kilowatt hour (kwh) of electricity they distribute to homes and offices in their networks.

The Discos also said they have been unable to borrow funds to invest in their networks because of the deficit status of their respective balance sheets.

Speaking in Abuja through their association – the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), the Discos equally stated they would want the government to legally recognise the current electricity market shortfall as a deferred income which could help them re-engineer their balance sheets to be bankable.

The Executive Director, Advocacy for ANED, Mr. Sunday Oduntan explained that the current shortfall had reached N809.8 billion, and that the Discos have been operating on deficit for a long time now.
“No Disco is making any profit in this sector now. No Disco has less than N10 loss today on power supplied to consumers. We are struggling with cost recovery,” said Oduntan.

He further said the pegging of capital expenditure in the tariff at N20 billion was a challenge to the Discos because they would not be allowed to spend more than that annually on capital projects.
Oduntan explained that with such capital expenditure peg, the Discos would be unable to conclude their metering plans in the sector, as well as expand their network reach.

“Our capital expenditure is capped at N20 billion per annum. What that means is that whatever we spend outside of this in a year, it is our business and not recognised in the tariff for that period.

“Tell me how we will provide meters and transformers and expand our networks. Meter cost money, how can we get money when we cannot borrow because our businesses are not bankable and we are carrying deficits,” he noted.
He further explained: “If you look at the difference as regards tariff, the same quantum of energy which may sell for N10 had by June increased to N18 from December 2015 to June 2016. What that means is that the invoices to us for quantities supplied have increased, and that is why publications by NBET without explanation can be factual but misleading as they have not told Nigerians that costs have increased while the Discos have not increased tariff.”
“We are not clamouring for an increase in tariff but government needs to come in and do something because the shortfall is now N809.8 billion. If the Discos die, the sector will die as well.

“We are all in this together, and we are all in a desperate situation and need help. We will either swim or sink together. We are allowed to sell electricity based on N197/$ which is what is in the tariff. This cannot work,” added Oduntan.

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Power – FG to generate 7000mw soon

Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, on Sunday gave the assurance that the Federal Government would soon generate 7000 megawatts (MW) of power.

Akande said this when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja that government was working assiduously to step up power generation from 5000mw to 7000 mw.

He said that the country began to experience low electricity supply due to pipeline vandalism and the bombings in the Niger Delta region.

“When the administration came in as a matter of fact we were doing less than 300mw.

“So we were not doing 5000 mw when we came in; actually, we were the ones that took it to 5000 mw for the first time in the history of this country.

“In February, we took it to 5000 mw but unfortunately it was that same February that the bombing of the oil pipelines started, so it brought down the output.

“So, what is being done now is what is called incremental power to try to see how we can in different ways increase the output in power.

“So a lot of transmission facilities and infrastructure for power are being rejuvenated, trying to tap more from gas.

“So, you are going to be seeing more of gas-to-power, government is rejuvenating quite a number of them, ” he said.

He said that the Federal Government had signed Memorandum of Understanding with companies that would supply gas that would ultimately increase the output to 500 mw.

Akande said that by rejuvenating some of the transmission facilities and infrastructure government was doing what is called “incremental power”  in order to bring up the megawatt.

He said government would be carrying these processes in the geo-pollical zones of the country in order to provide constant and sustainable electricity to the people.

“We are doing what is called “incremental power ,” try and bring up the megawatt output, we believed that very soon we will be doing about 7000mw as power is critical to economic growth of country.

“Government is working, it is one of the areas we are working very diligently on a daily basis to sort out the problems,’’ he said.

He said that there were plans also by government to effect public, private partnership to ensure that Mambila project came on stream in power generation.

On the issues of idle power plants Akande explained that the truth was that “a lot of those plants, facilities are just there and not being utilized.

“The power plants are all disconnected and we are trying to fix them so that the plants will bring significant increment to the output.

“So, government is trying to see how this problem can be solved and we believed that there would be an improvement in power sector,’’ he said.

Nigeria’s power generation drops to 3,321 MW

The nation’s power generation capacity has dropped from 4,285 megawatts recorded on September 16 to 3,321 megawatts on December 1 due to scarcity of gas, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN quoted the figure provided by the Nigeria Electricity System Operator on Thursday.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) puts the total output of all the generation companies at 3,321.50 megawatts, which had been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country.

An official of TCN, who preferred anonymity, told NAN that electricity generation had been dwindling due to challenges of accessing gas by generation companies.

The official said that the country’s power generation dropped from over 4,000 megawatts recorded in September and October to 3,321.50 megawatts current recording as December 1.

Similarly, a top management official of Egbin Power Station, who also pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the power plant was generating over 1,000 megawatts.

He said the plant, which is located in Lagos, now generates and distributes between 250 megawatts and 300 megawatts due to shortage of gas.

The official said that Egbin, with an installed capacity of 1,320 megawatts, has the capacity to wheel over 1,000 megawatts daily.

According to him, the plant is now limited to less than 300 megawatts due to shortage of gas.

Godwin Idemudia, General Manager, Communications of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc, attributed recent frequent outages within the company’s network to the drop in energy allocation to it.

Mr. Idemudia told NAN that the company was receiving less than 300 megawatts instead of 1,300 megawatts needed to service its consumers.

He said the company had reached an agreement with independent power companies to argument the little energy being received from the national grid to meet energy demands of its customers.

According to him, Eko DISCO secured additional 160 megawatts of electricity to augment its allocation from the national grid.

“We have entered into bilateral agreements with Egbin Power Plc and Paras Energy & Natural Resources Development Limited for 100 megawatts and 60 megawatts respectively.

“But the generation companies are constrained by gas challenges.

“We are also working on embedded power programme aimed at producing 480 megawatts for distribution to our customers,” Mr. Idemudia told NAN.

NDDC To Delegate Power To State Offices- MD

The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr Nsima Ekere, says the commission has concluded plans to delegate power to state offices to fast track development in the region.

Ekere said in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja that a policy shift to devolve more operational powers to NDDC state offices was ongoing.

Ekere made this disclosure when he paid a courtesy call on the Paramount Ruler of Eket, Edidem Etim Abia in Akwa Ibom State.

He said it was necessary to implement the policy for effective operations and projects monitoring.

“We want to have a situation where state offices do not need to run to Port  Harcourt headquarters for everything they need,” he said.

Ekere who also congratulated the traditional ruler on his recent coronation said that his antecedents made him a suitable candidate for the throne.

“Your contributions to Eket, Akwa Ibom and Nigeria mark you out as a leader of the people.

“We are proud of your legacy and we will support you at NDDC,” he said.

Responding, Abia commended Ekere on his appointment as the Managing Director of the NDDC, adding that the appointment was a deserved one.

He, however, called for increased NDDC presence in Eket which he said was not impressive.

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Probe Obasanjo’s $16b Spending On Electricity, SERAP tells CJN

Anti-corruption organisation, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has asked Justice Water Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), to appoint an independent counsel to investigate alleged corruption in the spending of $16 billion on power projects between 1999 and 2007 by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration.


SERAP’s request was contained in a letter addressed to the CJN. Dated 24 November and signed by Mr. Timothy Olawale, the organisation’s Senior Staff Counsel, the letter explained that the request was based on Section 52 of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000 as well as the letter and spirit of the Act, and the object and purpose of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).


SERAP recalled that a parliamentary hearing by the House of Representatives into the spending of $16 billion on the power project between 1999 and 2007 revealed, through testimonies of witnesses, that the amount budgeted for the power project may have been stolen by some government officials and others and cannot be accounted for.


It pointed out that the parliamentary hearing, which took place between March 11 and 12 March, 2008, revealed that Mr. Bernerd Mensen, the Chief Executive Officer of German firm, Lameyer, was paid N370 million (out of the total contract sum of N600million) just for a feasibility study on a power station. Mr. Mensen, SERAP recalled, however, confessed that he had never visited the site of the Mambilla Hydro-Electric Power Project in Taraba State.


Similarly recalled was the revelation that N200million of the N370million collected was spent to build a bungalow at Gembu, apparently to create the impression that work was in progress, but the project was later abandoned.


A witness, who testified at the hearing, recollected SERAP, said that the ground-breaking was done at Gembu, about 25kilometers from the Mambilla, and that they never got to the Mambilla. He also disclosed that the sample of oil Lameyer collected for test was dumped at somebody’s compound that the company did nothing to implement the project, which was expected to generate 2,600 megawatts of electricity.


The investigative committee, SERAP reminded the CJN, was equally told that the contracts awarded for the Kainji, Egbin, Afam and Ugehlli power stations were never executed despite being included by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in its report to the hearing on how it spent its budgetary allocations between 1999 and 2007.  The hearing also revealed that there were about nine of such contracts, with an aggregate value of $142million.


“Section 52 of the Corrupt Practices Act requires the Chief Justice of Nigeria to authorise an independent counsel to investigate any allegation of corruption against high-level public officials at the federal or state level-and to report his findings to the National Assembly or appropriate house of assembly,” SERAP stated in the letter.


It expressed the belief that the findings by the parliamentary hearing provide sufficient ground for the CJN’s intervention in the matter.


“We therefore urge you to interpret this provision robustly and flexibly in the light of the unique role of the judiciary in the efforts to prevent and combat corruption and its destructive effects on the society.


“We believe your urgent intervention will contribute to improving the integrity of government and public confidence and trust in their government. It would also serve as a vehicle to further the public’s perception of fairness and thoroughness, and to avert even the most subtle of influences that may appear in an investigation of highly-placed executive officials,” the organisation said.


SERAP advised the CJN to be guided by the overall public interest of the right to uninterrupted power supply and the spirit and letter of the constitution, not by technicalities of ICPC Act.


“In particular, Chapter 2 of the 1999 Constitution dealing with Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy, high-level public officials have a clear obligation to eradicate all corrupt practices and abuse of power,” it further stated.


SERAP observed that inadequate electricity supply has compelled many Nigerians to use contaminated surface water for drinking and robbed them of the ability to boil, purify, disinfect and store water. It further argued that the situation has affected Nigerians’ ability use irrigation to boost agricultural productivity, thereby limiting food supplies and shrinking employment opportunities.


The organisation also pointed out that the constitution prohibits the exploitation of the country’s human and natural resources for any reasons other than collective interest, a position that it said is backed by the provisions of the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party.


“In exercising your statutory and constitutional responsibilities, we urge you to work very closely with both the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC),” SERAP counselled.


The organisation equally noted that successive governments have failed to tell the public that the $16 billion expenditure on power supply amounts to failure.


It added that corruption in the energy sector have resulted in the epileptic power supply and corresponding deprivation and denial of access to quality healthcare, adequate food, shelter, clothing, water, sanitation, medical care, schooling and access to information.

Power: Gov Emmanuel urges FG to invest in infrastructure.

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has called on the Federal Government to speed up the development of infrastructure that would facilitate the distribution of electricity in the country.


Governor Emmanuel made the call when the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, called on him at Government House, Uyo.


He pointed out that the Ibom Independent Power Plant has generated enough power and is awaiting evacuation by the Distribution companies.


Governor Emmanuel expressed delight at the assurances by the Minister that the Federal Government was working out modalities for reimbursement of funds expended on federal assets, saying that his administration would use the funds judiciously in the development of infrastructures.


The Governor particularly lauded the Minister’s commitment to ensuring that the various electricity sub-stations are not only completed but energised.


Speaking earlier, Mr. Fashola, said his visit to the state was aimed at working out ways for the completion of the power distribution sub-station at Ikot Ekpene and Itu Local Government Areas.


Mr. Fashola assured that the power sector has been repositioned to enhance steady supply of electricity in the country.

He used the occasion to commend Akwa Ibom State Government for its investment in the power generation plant and intervention in the rehabilitation of federal roads assuring that efforts have been put in place for the reimbursement of the funds expended by the state on federal assets.

Nigerians Should Not Expect Improved Power In Next Five Years, Electricity Boss Says

The Managing Director of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Olufunke Osibodu, has urged Nigerians not to expect any improvement in the power sector in the next five years.

Speaking at the 11th Annual Founder’s Day event of the American University of Nigeria in Yola, Saturday, Mrs. Osibodu said at least N250 billion is required annually to fix the country’s electricity sector.

“And we Nigerians need to understand that we cannot do it overnight, and in addition we have to pay for it,” said Mrs. Osibodu, while delivering the keynote speech titled ‘Beyond Oil: Sustainable Development for All Nigerians.’.

“We need to be ready as citizens also, to accept and live with the pain that we have to go through, and allow time as our friends.

“As Nigerians, often we are the ones that deceive our politicians. The politicians believe that the only way to go is to promise everything immediately possible. Promise that everything is possible today so that they can get elected. But when you see that it is not, so we want to give them time and use time as our friends.

“It is the same story for the power industry. When I tell my friends, that forget any improvement for the next five years, they are scared, but that is the truth. We need minimum of five years to invest before we see results.

“But very often, because Nigerians are impatient, we start pushing our governments and they start reversing good things they have done in various ways. So we need to be more patient.”

Mrs. Osibodu’s statements came despite the claim earlier in the year by Babatunde Fashola, the minister of Power, Works, and Housing, that the country would attain 10,000 megawatts electricity generation by 2019.

Apart of challenges of generation, Nigeria also has problems of transmission and distribution of the generated electricity.

According to Mrs. Osibodu, Nigeria is currently producing two percent of the total electricity it requires.

“In addition, in this country we have 32 million household population. In other words, 32 million houses by statistics. But on the national grid, only four million are officially customers of the various distribution companies.

“About 36 per cent of the power generation is lost either through commercial theft, illegal consumption, or non-payment of bills. But 14 per cent of that power is also lost through very poor network.

“In other words, the two percent that we have is even further played down. About 30 percent of the power, we all waste it, by forgetting to put out the light, many things that should not be turned on, and we pay for that wastage.”

Improvement in power will take at least 5 years – Electricity Distribution Boss.

If you harboured any thoughts on getting improved electricity any time soon, then sorry to burst your bubble because it’s not going to happen.

This is according to the Managing Director of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Olufunke Osibodu.

Osibodu who spoke at the 11th Annual Founder’s Day event of the American University of Nigeria in Yola, on Saturday, said it would take at least five years to see any improvement and at least N250 billion is required annually to fix the country’s electricity sector.

“And we Nigerians need to understand that we cannot do it overnight, and in addition we have to pay for it,” said Mrs. Osibodu, while delivering the keynote speech titled ‘Beyond Oil: Sustainable Development for All Nigerians.’.

“We need to be ready as citizens also, to accept and live with the pain that we have to go through, and allow time as our friends.

“As Nigerians, often we are the ones that deceive our politicians. The politicians believe that the only way to go is to promise everything immediately possible. Promise that everything is possible today so that they can get elected. But when you see that it is not, so we want to give them time and use time as our friends.

“It is the same story for the power industry. When I tell my friends, that forget any improvement for the next five years, they are scared, but that is the truth. We need minimum of five years to invest before we see results.

“But very often, because Nigerians are impatient, we start pushing our governments and they start reversing good things they have done in various ways. So we need to be more patient.”

Rising Bread, Power, Meat Prices Push Inflation To 18.3%

The inflation rate, which began its upward streak over one year ago, has again accelerated to 18.3 per cent (year-on-year) in October 2016, with 0.48 per cent points higher from the rate recorded in September of the same year (17.9 per cent).

The  report released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) yesterday said that food index was the major contributory factor as it rose by 17.1 per cent (year-on-year) in October, up by 0.47 per cent points from 16.6 per cent recorded in September.

During the month, all major food groups, which contribute to the food sub-index increased with fruits recording the slowest pace of increase at 11.5 per cent.

Also, it said price movements recorded by the all items less farm produce or core sub-index rose by 18.1 per cent (year-on-year) in October, up by 0.4 per cent points from rates recorded in September (17.7 per cent).

Also in  the month, the report noted, the highest increases were seen in housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels as well as fuels and lubricants for personal transport equipment and education.

“Significant price movement under the Core Sub-index was also recorded for clothing and footwear, which recorded an increase of 17.8 per cent year-on-year. The groups with least growth pace recorded in October were communication (5.7 per cent), restaurants and hotels (9.4 per cent) and recreation and culture (10.3 per cent),” the report said.

It should be noted that the headline index is made up of the core index and farm produce items as processed foods are included in both the core and food sub-indices; this implies that these sub-indices are not mutually-exclusive.

Also,  on a month-on-month basis, the headline index rose by 0.83 per cent in October, higher from the rate recorded in September (0.81 per cent). The urban index rose by 19.9 per cent (year-on-year) in October from 19.5 per cent recorded in September, and the rural index increased by 16.95 per cent in October from 16.4 per cent in September.

On month-on-month basis, the urban index rose by 0.81 per cent in October from 0.79 per cent recorded in September, while the rural index rose by 0.84 per cent in October from 0.83 per cent in September.

“The percentage change in the average composite CPI for the 12-month period ending in October 2016 over the average of the CPI for the previous 12-month period was 14.2 per cent, higher from 13.5 per cent recorded in September. The corresponding 12-month year-on-year average percentage change for the urban index increased from 14.4 per cent in September to 15.3 per cent in October, while the corresponding rural index also increased from 12.6 per cent in September to 13.3 per cent in October,” the report further explained.



We won’t reverse power privatization on any grounds, says Fashola

Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, says the ministry of power, under his leadership will not cancel power privatisation on any grounds.


Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group, had asked that the power privatisation process be revisited and reversed into the “right hands”.


“We should be as open as we can if government doesn’t  intervene by taking back these assets and giving them to people who really have money that they can really inject, we will not be able to deliver on power,” Dangote had said.


“We should ask, how many people, who and who are these guys that have actually gone into the power sector then you will know when you see the quality of people, are they really serious, because they went in to just make money, power business is not just about money, it is a huge business when you invest heavily you will reap at the end of the day.”


Speaking at the fifth EU-Nigeria business forum in Lagos on Thursday, Fashola said those who want to get out of the agreement could, based on terms of agreement signed at the beginning of the deal, but added that total cancellation is not to be considered.


“I have heard discussions about revisiting the privatisation of power, honestly, I don’t know what it means. I’d like those who made the arguments to be specific; let them come out. Let us have a discussion; does revisiting means cancelling it?If it does, I don’t support it,” he said.


“The investors who took the plough, must have the assurance that government will not flip flop, and contracts that fail, have consequences.

Power, Defence, Transport Take Lion Share Of Capital Releases From 2016 Budget

The Ministry of Power has received the highest capital release of N209.246 billion (as of October 31, 2106) out of the total of N753.633 billion budgeted for 2016 capital projects for the ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the federal government.

Data exclusively obtained in Abuja showed that the Ministry of Defence came second in capital releases with N69.512billion, followed by Transport, N30,540,042,428; Agriculture, N29,578,929,050; Water Resources N25,201,857,951; Interior, N21,210,059,596; Health, N18,472,539,524; and Education, N16,743,672,981.

Others include Niger Delta, N8,161,196,486; Science and Technology, N6,681,349,721; Mines & Steel, N3,360,000,000; Petroleum, N2,413,847,044, and others, N312,511,048,789.
The federal government stated recently that it had so far spent N3.577 trillion out of N6.060 trillion budgeted for the 2016 fiscal year, which translates to 79 per cent performance of the prorated budget for the three quarters.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma, said in addition to the total of N2,439.9trillion so far released for capital, non-debt recurrent and service-wide vote expenditure, a total of N1,137.7 trillion had also been paid out in domestic and foreign debt service expenditures.

This includes N44 billion transferred to the sinking fund to retire maturing obligations on bonds issued to contractors. The national planning ministry further stated that budgeted personnel cost and debt service obligations had been fully met on schedule till date.

“Additionally, the federal government has done reasonably well in the challenging circumstances with respect to capital expenditures. It is noteworthy that the total amount of N753.6billion already released for capital expenditure in 2016 is the highest in the nation’s recent history, even in the era of high oil prices,” the Ministry of Budget and National Planning had stated.

The minister added that the capital that had been released to date exceed the aggregate capital expenditure budget for 2015 of N700billion, inclusive of capital expenditure in statutory transfers.

At an interactive session with members of the Senate Committee on Appropriation in Abuja recently, Udoma said in spite of the shortfall in revenue expectations, the federal government was committed to its debt obligations and had also made efforts in funding the critical sectors to enable government function smoothly, while seeking lasting solutions to revenue shortfalls.

The minister explained that although the 2016 budget was well conceived, with reasonably conservative benchmarks, it recorded unanticipated revenue shortfalls along the line due to militants’ activities in the oil-producing Niger Delta region, a development which seriously affected the budgeted production levels for the fiscal year.

He further explained that government adopted a targeted approach with respect to capital expenditure to ensure that releases are consistently made to those sectors whose activities have the capacity of driving economic growth and fostering job creation.
He said particular attention was focused on infrastructure, agriculture and other areas with high job creation potentials, saying that all the releases had been cash-backed.

It was further gathered that the debt service, which has been implemented up 77 per cent as at September 16, 2016 covers domestic, external and transfer to sinking fund for maturing debts—-full year budget provision for debt service was N1,475.3trillion.

country’s  revenue  generation  mechanism.
He however, stated that the state government would support the auditing and generation of statistics  of the non oil revenue sector by RMAFC.
Leader of the commission’s delegation and Federal Commissioner, Sanya Omirin, said the team was in the state to conduct a wholistic auditing of the non-oil sector, verify mining companies with licenses, verify mining  leases and confirm  royalties that  accrue from mining.

He added that the commission  was working to bring all mining operators within the tax operations  of the government  for revenue generation .
He said the steps have become necessary  because  of  the  need to diversify  the nation’s economy .

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EU to spend €150m grant on power sector in Nigeria.

The European Union will spend 150 million Euros (N50 billion) on the development of power sector in Nigeria, Michel Arrion, the Ambassador and Head of EU Delegation to Nigeria, said on Wednesday.

Arrion made this known at the 5th Edition of EU-Nigeria Business Forum pre-event news conference in Lagos.

He said that the grant would be used mainly for the training of young engineers and funding of some technical aspects of the sector.

According to him, EU is collaborating with National Power Training Institute of Nigeria to inject young engineers into the sector.

Arrion described energy sector as an important aspect of the Nigerian economy, saying that nothing would work well if the sector was not adequately funded.

Arrion said: “The EU is already financing a transmission project in Kastina State and we have spent over five million Euros, about N1.6 billion, on it.”

Arrion said that the forthcoming business forum would focus on creating opportunities for EU and Nigerian Small and Medium Enterprises to create their businesses through the Enterprise Europe Network.

He said: “We want to identify opportunities in the textile value chain and proffer options for accessing long term finance for the critical power sector in Nigeria.

“The 5th EUNIBF has been designed to discuss business opportunities and address bottlenecks to investments, particularly in the power sector.

“We will focus on diversification of the economy through SMEs.”

Also, Filippo Amato, the Counsellor, Head of Trade and Economics Section of EU, said that EU has granted over 750 million Euros to Nigeria between 2008 and 2013.

Amato said that 512 million Euros had been spent from 2015 to date.

He said that 2016 business forum would take place in Lagos from November10 to 11 with the theme: “Harnessing Nigeria’s Potential for Economic Growth’’.

Amato said that key speakers lined up for the event include Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

Others are President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina; the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; and Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Babatunde Fashola.

He said that the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma and the State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Slovak Republic, Lukas Parizek, would attend the forum.

Fashola inspects 30MW Gurara Hydro Power Plant, says plant will boost power.

In continuation of the drive for incremental power, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, Friday inspected the 30 Megawatts Gurara Hydropower Plant in Kaduna saying the additional power would boost efforts to stabilize power supply in the country.

Fielding questions from newsmen at the end of the inspection, Fashola, who assured that the project would be completed early next year, explained that it remained the completion of the Gurara/Kudenda Substation in Kaduna where energy would come down for distribution adding that approval had already been given for the building of the substation.

The Minister, who also said the Gurara hydropower project was also a source of transporting energy, added that the place was supposed to evacuate power from that location through to Kaduna and Mando substations to Kudenda substation to connect to the Kaduna Power Plant.

The Minister told the newsmen, “All the lines are already built as you can see. It remains just the substation where energy comes down in and can be redistributed that we are waiting to complete and with the approval we have now, we should finish early next year at the latest”.

“When I briefed on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council, I spoke of the approval granted by Council for the Gurara/Kudenda Substation in Kaduna; that is what is delaying this project. The place is supposed to evacuate power from here through to Kaduna and Mando Substation to Kudenda substation to connect this to the Kaduna Power Plant”, he said.

Expressing delight that the objective of Incremental Power was being achieved, Fashola noted that with Wind Power being developed in Katsina, Gurara Hydro- power in Kaduna, the Kashimbilla Hydropower in Taraba, added to Jebba, Kainji, and Shiroro Hydropower plants, the nation’s energy mix was slowly but surely coming together.

The Minister, who said the Gurara Hydropower project was being pursued for the same purpose, told the newsmen, “The reason is that you have seen three turbines inside, each contains 10MW of power and that is 30MW. Add that to 40MW yesterday, add it to 215MW in Kaduna and so on and so forth and it brings you back to where we started this journey; Incremental Power everywhere we can get it”.

“What you must understand is that earlier in this administration, we had agitations for power from other sources beyond gas. Why is Nigeria not using hydro power, that was one of the questions I was being asked. Why are we not using solar power, why are we not using Wind power?

“But you have seen that your country is developing Wind power in Katsina, is developing hydro power here in Kaduna, the Gurara Power Plant where we are now, the Kashimbilla where we went yesterday. We have been to Jebba, we have been to Kainji, we have been to Shiroro together; so slowly the energy mix is coming together”, the Minister said.

He explained that wherever a hydroelectricity plant was producing electricity from water, there was collaboration between the Ministry of Water Resources and the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing adding that the Ministry of Water Resources takes the responsibility for Water allocation, Water Rights Issuance and essentially the Dam.

Pointing out that the Power part was to use the force of the dammed water to create energy, Fashola explained further, “In Kashimbilla where we were yesterday, the work is almost done except to impound the dam which they will do in the next few weeks when the rain slows down. The water works is already done here; that was why we were at the Lower Usman Dam Water Works to add solar power to it”.

It could be recalled that the Minister paid a similar visit to the 40MW Kashimbilla Hydropower project in Taraba State on Thursday where he assured that the Dam, when completed about 2018, would serve the purpose of protecting parts of the country from a predicted ecological disaster, provide electricity and support agricultural ventures in surrounding States of the Northeast.

Fashola also told newsmen after the inspection that the project, conceived about 2007, would generate electricity to feed communities like Doga, Wukari, Takum, Kashimbila and many other communities in the Northeast and Yandev in Benue State who are not yet connected to the Grid aside serving as intervention against a predicted ecological disaster that would affect some states in the country.

The Kashimbila Hydropower Dam Project in Taraba State, when completed will add 40 Megawatts of electricity to the National Grid.

Initially conceived as the Multipurpose Kashimbila/Gamovo Multipurpose Buffer Dam and built on the Katsina-Ala River in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State to mitigate the effect of an envisaged environmental disaster as a result of the inevitable collapse of the structurally weak volcanic Lake Nyos, the Dam would be impounded in February next year.

The Minister was accompanied on both inspection tours by the Director, Renewable and Rural Power Access, Engineer Abayomi Adebisi and briefed on the projects by senior management team members of the companies handling both projects.

Reverse Privatisation of Power – Dangote Advises FG

Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote group, has advised the federal government to take back the assets it sold earlier and give it to people who “really have money” to manage them.

According to reports, Dangote said this in Plateau state during the senior executive session of course 38 at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru.

The billionaire businessman reportedly said majority of the people who bought these power assets do not have an understanding of it.

He advised the government to negotiate with them and find solutions to the problems confronting the sector.

“We should be as open as we can if government doesn’t  intervene by taking back these assets and giving them to people who really have money that they can really inject, we will not be able to deliver on power,” he said.

“We should ask, how many people, who and who are these guys that have actually gone into the power sector then you will know when you see the quality of people, are they really serious, because they went in to just make money, power business is not just about money, it is a huge business when you invest heavily you will reap at the end of the day.

“What government did was to privatise but the privatisation was done wrongly. People who wanted to buy all these plants, both the generating and distribution companies, thought that this was another opportunity like mobile phones, where we have moved from 500,000 lines in 2000 and in ten years we now have 120million lines.

“Yes it would have been so but these guys, what they did when they bought these power plants was that they borrowed 90% of the money in foreign currency. You cannot go and borrow dollars when your base income is in naira, you will have an issue because your earnings are in naira you are taking a huge exchange risk and that is what happened today.

“These are guys, with respect to them, when I say guys I don’t mean 100% of them but the majority of them went in without even understanding what they are doing and the worst thing for any entrepreneur is to go into a business without understanding it.

“If you don’t understand a business no matter how much money they show you that you are going to make, how much profit, don’t go into where somebody has to come and sit you down and start explaining because if he is doing something wrong, you don’t have any way of challenging him.

“If you wake me up in the middle of the night on any of the businesses we are doing today, even the new ones I will be able to explain it to you, I know my entry and I know my exit but unfortunately that is what these guys did and today they are holding the entire nation to ransom, it is very embarrassing for us.

“Today, how can we say that we don’t have 300,000 prepaid meters? things have changed you cannot go and charge a rate and then you have to follow people one by one to be scheming for them to pay but with a prepaid meter, once you buy for N10,000 after the N10,000 you have to remain in darkness so it is not an issue to start chasing people to pay. And it is also estimated that 30% of the overhead costs of businesses in the country go into the provision of alternative source of power. This affects their revenue and profitability.

“My own advice is that government should sit down with them and negotiate the best way out because we need power, we are desperate for power and if there is no power no growth because if you look at the medium and small industries, most of their income goes into buying diesel or petrol to generate power and that shouldn’t be the case. I believe with enough power we will have tremendous growth.”

Nigeria’s Power Generation Slides To 3,531mw

The National Electricity Grid, yesterday experienced the further drop in its generation to about 3, 531.7 megawatts (MW). This will translate to a drop in supply sent out to the 11 Distribution Companies (DISCOs) across the country.

Statistics obtained from the Nigeria System Operator (NSO), a section of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), indicated that about 78242.67mw hour (MWh) was sent out on Saturday for supply across the DISCOs. Also, while electricity generation peaked at 3,808.5mw, there was a significant drop the same day to 2,931.9mw.

Meanwhile, the Generation Companies (GENCOs) had earlier attributed the recent drops in the country’s generation to inadequate gas-to-power for the mostly gas-based power plants.

The report further reads that the highest system frequency recorded on the day under review was 51.62 Hz, while the lowest frequency was 48.87 Hz.

However, there are strong indications that the Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, might be forced to increase electricity tariff by 20 per cent, as distribution companies across the country, have threatened a total shut down of operations if their request is not granted. The proposal from the distribution companies seeks to increase the current rate of N22.8 kilowatts per hour, to N105 kilowatts per hour.

The planned increment is coming, not less than 8 months after the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, had increased electricity tariff by 45 percent. Despite the nationwide condemnation and disobedience of court orders on the 45 percent increment, the Distribution Companies have been reported to have sent a copy of the new proposal to electricity regulatory body, for ratification and enforcement.

TOTAL concludes plans to boost Nigeria’s power supply with $3bn.

Pascal Dauboin, Senior Advisor for Digital Technologies, TOTAL, says the company is to spend $3 billion on energy modernisation programme in Nigeria to enhance efficient energy production and usage.

Dauboin made this known on Thursday during a meeting with Nigerian delegation at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition in Dubai.

According to him, TOTAL aims to expand the electricity supply of Nigeria and create more efficient energy production and usage in the country.

He said: “The $3 billion energy modernisation programme aims to expand the electricity supply, create more efficient energy production and usage, and increase rural and semi-urban power access from 35 per cent to 75 per cent.

“TOTAL is at the forefront of adopting innovations such as drones, robotics, and early event detection systems to monitor and repair infrastructure.

“The new generations of sensors will enable the development of new products for real time, on-line analysis, following the always increasing safety and quality requirements.

“Digitally transformed processes will increase performance, robustness and safety in many industrial domains, while building the job skills of tomorrow.”

Dauboin, therefore, urged other multinational companies to do more in supporting better energy infrastructures in the continent, especially in Nigeria.

He said: “Multinational companies’ experience of working in a multinational and multicultural context can help drive innovation across energy sector, by playing a leading role in supporting high-tech energy infrastructure projects in Nigeria and Africa at large.

“Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer, and the world’s fourth-largest liquefied natural gas exporter, according to the United States Energy Information Administration.

“In today’s interconnected world, the ability to find, share, and integrate knowledge from across the spectrum is essential.”

Dauboin said that TOTAL was rapidly undergoing a digital transformation, with a rapid uptake in innovative technologies that were driving digital oilfields.

Responding to the gesture, Dr. Ibrahim Pantami, the Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency, said Africa hosts tremendous investment opportunities for technology-driven energy companies.

Pantami said: “From digital oilfields running on drones and robotics, to smart grids distributing electricity generated from renewable energy, the energy sector in Nigeria and Africa hosts tremendous investment opportunities.

“The meeting provides the opportunity for companies participating in GITEX to find new investment opportunities available in Nigeria under one roof.”

In a related development, Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice-President, Exhibitions and Events Management, Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “The energy, oil and gas sector in Nigeria and Africa is rapidly undergoing digital transformation.

“Key players can discover the latest innovations and business opportunities at GITEX Technology Week.”
DWTC hosted GITEX Technology Week from October 16 to 20, 2016 in Dubai.

Vandalisation Of Pipelines Has Made Nigeria Lose 3000mw Of Electricity – Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has attributed a colossal loss of 3000 megawatts in the last six months (between April and September) to consistent vandalisation and sabotage of the country’s pipelines and assets.

Fashola who gave this disclosure at the Wilson Centre, Washington DC, USA on the sidelines of the just concluded United Nation’s meeting, said, “over 3000 megawatt of power had been lost over the last six months due to consistent vandalism and sabotage of oil and gas pipelines and assets.”

He added that “the generating cap acity of the hydro plants was enhanced as their turbines,

abandoned and not maintained for over three decades, received due attention pointing out that the increase in rainfall would not have meant much if the turbines were not repaired.”

According to him, “In the last one year, we have done a lot of repairs and maintenance work so that every year, of course, there is increased circle of rainfall and water levels, but if you have three turbines and only one is working, you can only depend on one. So where we had one working, we now have two, where we had two, we now have three.

”The hydros are giving us almost 400MW of power and that is a lot of power given our situation. And we have added about 1MW of Solar and there is more on the way.”

Power Generation Capacity Down by 3,000Megawatts

Nigeria is losing about 2,000 megawatts of electricity to the attack on the Forcados subsea pipeline by Niger Delta militants,
the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has revealed.

The Minister told energy reporters at a recent conference they organised in Lagos that not long after the attack on Forcados pipeline, power generation dropped to about 2,000MW from 5,074MW.

Fashola, who was represented by the acting Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, however argued that even at the 5,074 in February, the country was still short of where it ought to be as a nation.

He said: “In the short period between when we started work in November 2015 and February of this year, our generating capacity rose to 5,074 MW, the highest we have ever generated as a nation.”

The minister stated that in the 63 years of government monopoly between 1950 and 2013, the country’s maximum generation was 4000MW.

According to him, the solution was that the needed more power, adding that it is the basis of the first phase of his road map. Fashola argued that it is not gas alone that will allow the country to achieve incremental power, stressing that gas is only one solution amongst many other underutilised solutions.

He said the 3000MW-capacity Mambila Power Station, for example, is likely to be the government’s most defining in the road to incremental power.

He noted that one of the things that struck him during the budget process was the furore about which part of the country got “the lion share” or how many roads were being built in the North or how many bridges were in the South. The Minister insisted that those conversations were unworthy of the country’s collective national responsibility. He added that every road, every bridge, every streetlight, every pipeline is a shared national asset.

FG Gets $100m Loan From India For Power

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday welcomed the $100 million credit facility from India for Nigeria’s power sector.
Speaking at the State House Abuja yesterday while receiving a delegation led by Indian High Commissioner in Nigeria Nagabhushana Reddy, Osinbajo called for more active engagement between both countries.

He said there were opportunities in agriculture and technology for Nigeria and India, noting that diplomatic and economic relationship between both countries had been extremely good.
The vice president said the federal government expected to achieve a 50 percent target reliance on renewable energy for the power sector by 2020.
“We are doing some expandable work in solar energy adding about 1000MW of solar. We are looking at 50% reliance on renewable energy sources by 2020. The Buhari Presidency is determined to improve access to electricity for our people,” he said.
In his remarks, Reddy said his country supported President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s economic plan.

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National Theatre In Darkness For Unpaid N9M Debt

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC) yesterday said electricity supply to the National Arts Theatre in Lagos was disconnected because its management was owing over N9 million debt.

Mr Idemudia Godwin, general manager, Media Communications of EKEDC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the complex was disconnected after appeals and demand notices went unheeded.

According to him, the debt is an accumulation of unpaid bills over time.

“We don’t disconnect without serving notice.

National Theatre

National Theatre

“Besides, we recently ran a newspaper advertisement informing ministries, departments and parastatal agencies (MDAs) of government that were indebted to EKEDC of our intention to disconnect them.

Sokoto To Generate 100mw Of Power From Solar

Sokoto state government has said it is determined to multiply its energy sources so as to improve power supply and in turn boost small and medium scale industries in the state.
Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Bashir Garba, stated this at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Chinese firm, Kunming Engineering Corporation, for the establishment of 100mw solar-powered electricity plant in the state.
“In Sokoto, we have abundant sunlight so it is only logical we tap from the natural resource for the benefit of the populace,” the SSG said.
He added that after exploratory talks held with various companies that showed interest in providing solar power in Sokoto, the government zeroed down on Kunming because of the viability of their proposal and its future impact.
He said the project would be private-sector led, with the state government agreeing to provide a land and other incentives, while the Chinese company regularizes approval permit from the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
“When completed, this project will complement the State Independent Power Project currently in place. We are confident that the two projects will ensure tremendous improvement in power supply in Sokoto. So I urge you to work on the terms of the agreement,” the SSG added.
 In his remarks, the Assistant Managing Director for Overseas Business of the company, Qui Haisheng, said Kunming Corporation has vast experience in electricity generation spanning areas like solar, wind and hydro, adding that they have the requisite capability to deliver quality job on schedule.
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Power: We Are In Very Bad Situation– Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says Nigeria is facing a very dire situation on power supply.
He was speaking in Lusaka, Zambia, yesterday at the commencement of the African Development Bank (AfDB) annual general meeting, with the theme “Energy and Climate Change”.

According to Osinbajo, 45 percent of those who lack access to power in the world are from Africa with “almost half of that African share are in Nigeria.”
“We are faced with a very dire situation, and in most of Africa, we simply don’t have power and without power, there is very little that can be done,” he stated.
He added: “For us, priority today is development, and we have to take development seriously. We think that renewable energy and all of the concern about climate change are important, but we must prioritise development.”
He noted that Nigeria is one of the major hydro-carbon enriched nations; the situation which, according to him, makes fossil fuel important.
The vice president described coal as equally important, saying Nigeria had to leverage all it could get from fossil fuel.
He also told the session that Nigeria has the capacity for solar energy and would tap into it, stating however that “We are dealing with a major developmental problem.”
He, however, explained the limitations of solar power, saying “We must bear in mind that for industries, the base load power is critical and is so much more difficult to get from solar power. So, we must understand that our immediate need requires the base load power that can move us forward quickly, and that we would get from fossil fuel, hydro power and coal fire plants.”

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Fashola Restates FG’s Commitment To Power, Road And Housing Development

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has restated the Federal Government’s determination to develop stable power supply, good road network and affordable housing for Nigerians.

This is contained in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja by the Minister’s Special Adviser (Communications), Mr Hakeem Bello.

It said that Fashola gave the assurance when he spoke at the African Alliance 2016 Investors Day in Lagos.

It stated that the ministry was determined to achieve results by doing things differently to develop sustainable infrastructure to convert current challenges to opportunities for economic growth.

He was quoted to have decried the problems inherent in the entire power chain, “from distribution to transmission, generation and gas supply, including a cross-cutting liquidity problem”.

The statement said the existing gap of meter supply in the distribution segment of the power chain had created enormous opportunities for local production for estimated three million consumers.

“Local producers or investors are expected to meet a significant local content participation that would help Small and Medium Enterprises supply an estimated three million consumers who needed to be metered.

“Apart from metering, the distribution companies have aging assets: Transformers, ring main units, poles, cables, breakers and so on, some of which are 20 to 30 years old.

“It is a problem on one hand and enormous opportunity on the other hand,” it said.

The statement stated that the ministry planned to complete about 47 transmission projects to deliver 1,000 MW more carrying capacity this year to expand national growth plan.

The statement said that the Federal Government, in spite of low oil revenue, had upgraded budgetary allocation to ensure completion of existing roads across the six geo-political zones.

“This is the first step to sustainability. But it is not enough to budget.

“It is important to implement the budget and use the finances properly.

“We plan to phase 206 roads over three years to ensure completion or substantial progress of existing roads with heaviest traffic and strategic economic significance in each of the six geo-political zones.”

The statement also reported the Minister as saying that an agreed common purpose and parameters must be defined to have a sustainable and affordable housing design that had national acceptability.

The minister disclosed that the Federal Government, in partnership with the private sector, was on a Nigerian housing model that would consider geo-political cultural differences.



How PDP Will Return To Power In 2019- Mark

Former Senate President David Mark said yesterday that imposition of candidates against the wish of the people was responsible for the electoral misfortunes recorded by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
The PDP had jettisoned its zoning arrangement to favour former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, who was defeated by the President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC.

Mark also lost his position as the Senate president, a position he occupied for eight years.
Addressing PDP members in his country home in Otukpo, Benue State, Mark canvassed for the repositioning of the party to win elections in 2019.
“We must come to terms with reality that PDP lost the last general election because of over bearing tendencies of some leaders, who imposed candidates on the people.
“It’s inevitable that we must change from the old ways and allow the will of the people to prevail. Unfolding events clearly show that the PDP is the party for the people. But, we must not take them for granted by forcing unpopular candidates on them.
“The coast is clear that the PDP has the road map for peace, unity and development of Nigeria. Nigerians now know the difference,” Mark said, in a statement issued by his media aide, Paul Mumeh.
He said popular candidates must be put forward to drive the ship of the PDP ahead of the next general elections, saying the party has brighter chance of returning to power if all party faithfuls agree to work together in one accord.

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Michael O. Ogunjobi: This Bitter Change

A cursory look at the state of our polity barely a year after the ‘Change’ revolution ushered in by the 2015 General Elections brings to the fore the tortuous path trodden, like a ‘Long Walk To Freedom’. The plight of the average Nigerian can be best captured in these lines of the late renowned poet Kofi Awoonor, a casualty of the terrorist attack by al-Shabaab militants at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya on September 21st, 2013 in his poem- ‘Songs of Sorrow’-

‘My people, I have been somewhere

If I turn here, the rain beats me

If I turn there the sun burns me

The firewood of this world

Is for only those who can take heart

That is why not all can gather it.

The world is not good for anybody

But you are so happy with your fate;

Alas! The travelers are back

All covered with debt.’

Despite hallowed economic and political problems in our fatherland, emphasis has to be laid on the impact on the average Nigerian.  The hash tag #Bringbackourcorruption is already trending on social media platforms. We do not need to order for copies of- “A Commonsense Revolution” by Senator Ben Murray-Bruce from USA to decipher that times are hard. Obviously, our law makers don’t feel the heat since they can afford exotic cars which cannot be used in their constituencies due to the deplorable state of roads.

Education has lost its ‘nullus secondus’ status to entrepreneurship and skills acquisition. University graduates now make life unbearable for Secondary School Certificate Examination holders, taking all available employment opportunities meant for the latter, despite impressive class of degrees. Even National Youth Service Corps is hapless trying to convince State Governors on the need to pay up debts owed corps members. These enthusiastic youths are awakened, post their aluta years having scaled through the hurdle of Academic Staff Union of Universities’ incessant strikes, the only bane they know, to confront the reality of being rejected at the Place of Primary Assignment where they are meant to engage in their mandatory one year youth service. Having read the tongue-in-cheek love notes of the ruling party- All Progressives Congress and the litany of ‘what they cannot do’ incorporated in their manifesto, the hope of these youths for a stipend of #5,000(Five Thousand Naira) to make up for NYSC monthly allowance of #19,800(Nineteen Thousand, Eight Hundred Naira) which ceases upon completion of youth service had only recently been truncated. Yet their parents are expecting to repay debts incurred during their schooling years when they eventually get the ‘white collar jobs’(sic) now turn mirage.

Of course, they hope to teach their children the nursery rhyme- ‘On My Honour/ As A Scholar/ I Will Do My Best…’. Indeed, they are heroes, turn unsung ‘awaiting future leaders’. Tomorrow seem non-forthcoming. Even to afford garri, sachet water, and kerosene to prepare eba have become ‘mission impossible’, how much more pay utility bills or buy fuel for ‘I beta pass my neighbour generator’. The barometer with which we measure the quality and quantity of happiness of the average Nigerian is nothing but the ‘e go beta’ idiosyncrasy, due to our religious dispositions. Marriages are no longer celebrated, due to bride price palava, yet there are numerous breakups. Criminal acts like rape, kidnapping, ritual killing, amongst others are on the increase.

With numerous virus making waves globally, our medical doctors are groaning. Who bears the brunt- the masses dying of malaria or their leaders going abroad for medical checkup? Our idle youths have become the devil’s entrepreneurs. Our streets are now flooded with depressed souls adopting various strategies to beg, ranging from ‘selling Jesus’; some clad in white asking that you honour Osun, the Yoruba Goddess of River with alms; some unemployed yet sharing fliers of ‘Job Vacancies’; some harassing you with their pitiful look of ‘who will buy my wares?’.

Of note, the least migraine the average Nigerian hopes not to bother about at this stage is an outbreak of epidemics. Sunday July 20, 2014 was the day the nation’s Ebola patient “zero”, or index (first) case – the late Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, imported the Ebola virus into Nigeria.
The aftermath of this was the emergence of a heroine, Late Dr. (Mrs.) Ameyo Stella Adadevoh. There is the cliché- “what goes around comes around”. Most times, this has a negative connotation. In the advent of alien ailments like zika virus, laser fever, ebola, and with the hope that the list is not endless, trending globally, no doubt HIV/AIDS will feel slighted, bemoaning its ill fate. There is no gainsaying that our local herbs have so far not led up to expectations. Or rather, we have forsaken the less trodden path of our ancestors.

Of course, we live in an e-world. Our e-mentality condemns our forebears’ ‘once upon a time’ crude ways of doing things. The outcome is that today, different continents of the world now confront peculiar calamities. Third world countries are groaning over sit tight syndrome of political office holders, corruption as canker worm to development, poverty, insurgency, unemployment, underemployment etc. Whereas the ‘G this and that’ are groaning with nuclear weapons rivalry, curtailing immigration, ammunition control, drug abuse, natural disasters, amongst others. Different strokes for different folks indeed! While the latter relish their domineering status, the former is united in resisting suppression.

Despite these variant priorities, mankind is unanimous in this trying moment to combat the menace of alien epidemics which is the prime problem bedeviling global serenity. Concerted efforts are being made by various nations of the world and international organizations. Our fatherland must not be found wanting!

Today, the many sins of Former President Goodluck Jonathan which is being propagated by the various modules of the media like the ‘Good News’, confirms the saying that the fulcrum of greatness is acceding that ‘the buck stops with the leader’. The ruling party have remarkably polluted the minds of the populace by emphasizing shortfalls of their predecessor, but unmindful of the trite point that ‘power does not last forever!’. This has raised a curtain on the culture of ‘yellow journalism’, where the media traffic in salacious fare in an effort to gain readers.

No doubt, there are so many questions begging for answers. Things cannot continue this way, while we claim to channel all our energy towards combatting corruption. Can we continue to suppress ethnic agitations in this tense state of affairs? It seems impossible just as telling a devout mother to dispose the remnant garri she has been preserving for supper simply because she saw a rat drawing ‘X AND O lines’ on same!

Having been compelled by fate to thread the path of ‘Change’ with the All Progressive Congress, how long can we rest on the thin rope of hope, awaiting when the average Nigerian will say, in the words of the poet, ROBERT FROST in ‘THE ROAD NOT TAKEN’– “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—/I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference”?

The Federal Government of Nigeria must vigorously pursue policies aimed at liberalization of the Nigerian Economy with alacrity. Nigeria operates a federal system of government, and each tier of government adopts its own fiscal policy without proper coordination. Consequently, resources are not properly coordinated and purposefully deployed to projects with specific macro-economic goals, resulting in macroeconomic instability. There is need for strong legal sanctions where money is being spent outside the purpose it is appropriated for. The moral tone of the society must also be raised by all and sundry. Concerted efforts should be made to remove socio-economic injustices, imbalances and inequities in the society, alleviate the suffering of the people and provide job opportunities for the right atmosphere for genuine business and investment to thrive. A re-orientation in our sense of values is very necessary, starting from the highest echelons of society downwards. However, all of these will make no sense to the average Nigerian until he/she can afford the basic necessities of life.

*Michael O. Ogunjobi writes from Lagos.

Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

Power Generation Drops To 1,580.6 MW

Senior and junior workers unions’ action to protest the unbundling of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is already taking its toll as power generation  dropped to 1,580.6 megawatts, MW, in the early hours of yesterday. Recall that generation capacity had inched up to 4,387MW on Friday, after crashing to 2,800MW prior to that from a peak of 5000MW due to gas pipeline vandalism, according to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC. Data from the Nigerian Systems Operations Department of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, website,www.nsong.org, indicated that the situation had gone even worse, with generation peaking at 1,580.6MW as at 9.48am yesterday.

Although the Systems Operations did not give any reasons for the drastic drop, or which plant generated what, it however, indicated that the 1,580.6MW were distributed to the 11 electricity Distribution Companies, DISCOs, as follows: Ikeja: 237.09MW; Abuja: 181.77MW; Eko:173.87MW; Benin: 142.25MW; Enugu : 142.25 MW; Ibadan: 205.48MW; Jos: 86.93MW; Kano: 126.45MW; Kaduna: 126.4MMW; Port Harcourt: 102.74 MW; and Yola: 55.32 MW The NNPC workers had threatened that the latest strike will affect every economic activity, as there will be no loading of petroleum products at the depots , a development that has escalated current fuel shortages, while also cutting gas supply. Majority of Nigeria’s power plants whether on-grid or off-grid, depend on gas supply from the Nigeria Gas Company, a subsidiary of NNPC, to fuel the plants. With NNPC workers making good its threat to cut off gas supply and suspend lifting of petroleum products, even to power homes and businesses through private generators will become more difficult and at premium costs. Supply challenges Even without the current crisis, many of the generating plants had been having issues, especially with plant upgrades and re-tooling, which are being frustrated by the scarcity of foreign exchange and inability to import the necessary tools. For instance, the Egbin Power Plc, Nigeria’s largest plant with a capacity of 1320MW, could barely generate up to 900MW last week, which a top management source attributed to gas shortages occasioned by pipeline vandalism. According to the source, “For over a week now, our generation has been between 800mw and 900mw against 1100megawatts recorded two weeks ago.

As a result of this shortfall, it is expected that the power transmitted to the distribution companies would be rationalised.” Meanwhile, when  Vanguard  visited some areas in the Lagos metropolis, it was learnt that residents hardly get more than three hours of power supply daily. At Ajegunle, Ifelodu, Apapa, Amukoko, Awodi-ora, Festac, Agbara, Ile-Ipo, Badagry, Victoria Island, Ikeja, Berger, Ejigbo, residents complained of deteriorating supply of power to their environs. A woman who identified herself as Mrs, Aisha at Ojo Road, Ajeginle, said: “From experience over the years, the peculiarity of power outage in the country will be for a long time, considering how bad the systems were managed by the Federal Government prior the privitisation of these assets. At Orile axis, Mr. Brown Idewo said: “For the past two months in this area, we cannot be assured of receiving power for two hours in a day.

“Currently, we are yet to receive pre-paid meters in this part of the state. We are seriously crying for better power supply regardless of the bills we are subjected to pay.” The story is the same even in Victoria Island, as consumers revealed they receive power supply for about five hours daily. Some of them who spoke to  Vanguard  said that the development has become worrisome as such delivery could barely meet their demands. At Awodi-ora, the situation was fair, as residents claimed to receive up to six to eight hours of power supply in a day. According to Mrs Maryjean Robert, “Recently we have been receiving favourable supply of power ranging from six to eight hours in a day.”

Source – Vanguardngr.com

Power Drops Below 2,800mw– NERC

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said that power supply through the national grid which peaked to 5000mw in past two weeks had dropped below 2,800mw due to vandalism. Dr. Anthony Akah, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the commission disclosed this while signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Consumer Protection Council (CPC). A statement issued on the ceremony by Dr. Usman Abba- Arabi, Head, Public Affairs Department of NERC was made available to newsmenon Wednesday in Abuja. In the statement, Akah expressed dissatisfaction and worries over the spate of vandalism in the power sector. It stated that the NERC boss enjoined the public and the CPC to collaborate with Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and security agencies to safeguard electrical installations. The statement also said that the NERC would soon compel the DISCOs to publish their meter deployment schedules. It added that the publication would ensure adherence to the meter roll out plan contained in the performance agreement signed with government by the utility firms. “Such publication will make unmetered customers to be aware of the estimated period they have to wait before they can be metered,’’ it stated It stated that NERC had issued warning to the DISCOs against wrongful estimated billings and the acts of compelling customers to buy, install and repair transformers and poles. The statement said the MoU between, NERC and CPC was part of concerted efforts to reduce the incidence of estimated billing completely. According to the statement, the Director General of CPC, Mrs. Modupe Atoki, commended NERC for the long standing relationship between the two agencies. Atoki, according to the statement, expressed CPC’s cooperation and renewed effort to protect electricity consumers from abuse of their rights.

Credit: Vanguard

92-Year-Old Zimbabwean President, Mugabe Refuses To Relinquish Power, Says Until He Dies

he 92-year-old Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, on Thursday in Harare maintained that even though is party would choose a successor, he planned to contest the next election in 2018.
Mugabe, who would be 94 by 2018, insisted that he would still seek his last five-year term under a new constitution that would see him through to 99 years old.

The 92-year-old Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, on Thursday in Harare maintained that even though is party would choose a successor, he planned to contest the next election in 2018.

He said with reference to the UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon statement calling on African leaders not to
cling to power, Mugabe responded that he would continue “until God says ‘come’’.

Mugabe, who turned 92 on Sunday, said he had no intention of stepping down in spite being Africa’s oldest leader and the only president Zimbabwe has known since independence in 1980.

He said as the president he still remained in charge of day-to-day running of his government.
Grace, his wife, a powerful figure in ZANU-PF in her own right, told party supporters that he was the only one who could keep Zimbabwe “intact and peaceful”.

She added that she would push him in a wheelbarrow to work if he was unable to walk.
Eldred Masunungure, a political science lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, noted that from analysing the political situation, his political speeches, his political actions, it is increasingly becoming clear that he is gunning to be there for as long as he lives.

He said in spite his old age, Mugabe remained the glue holding together his fractious ZANU-PF, which dominates the political scene.
Masunungure said the president enjoyed support from the military, an institution that has been a major pillar of his long rule.
Meanwhile, many Zimbabweans followed his health with keen interest, especially after assertions by Wikileaks that he might have prostate cancer, which he denied.

They said with Mugabe having ruled for 36 years, some people fear the government could be paralysed and the country riven by instability, should he die without resolving the succession issue.

Zimbabweans recalled that in 2015 he read out the wrong speech in parliament, which the opposition seized upon to question whether he was still of sound mind, though the president’s spokesman blamed his aides.
They noted that his life presidency aspirations could frustrate the feuding big-hitters of his ruling ZANU-PF party, who have been trying for years to position themselves for a post-Mugabe political era.

Critics blame Mugabe for many of the problems facing the country.
They said his policies, including the seizures and redistribution of white-owned commercial farms, drove one of Africa’s most promising economies into nearly a decade of deep recession until 2008 that cut its output almost in half.

Source: Vanguard

Improve Power Supply, Not Tariffs – Union Tells FG

The National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria on Sunday said the Federal Government must ensure steady power supply before increasing electricity tariffs.


A statement issued in Kaduna by the Secretary General of the Union, Issa Aremu, said the group support the planned picketing of electricity distribution companies by the organised labour.


“We hereby declare our total support for the planned picketing by labour and civil society allies of all offices of the electricity distribution companies (DisCos) nationwide, including Abuja, on Monday Feb. 8, to protest the unilateral and unlawful hike of electricity tariffs.

`We commend Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) leadership for this mass action for improved power supply instead of incessant non-service charges.”


Aremu advised President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently revisit the report of the 2014 National Conference and implement the holistic recommendations for the power sector.

He said that the Federal Government should not allow the increase in tariff “by the underperforming generating and distribution companies.”

“The point cannot be overstated; Power/Energy is so strategic to the industrialisation and the wellbeing of the people,’’ the former Vice President of the NLC said.


He also appealed to the federal government to urgently review the privatisation contracts with the electricity Generation Companies (GenCos) and DisCos.


Aremu said the firms should be given a two- year time-frame “to allow them stabilise and provide efficient power supply to Nigerians before they can contemplate any tariff increase. ”


The General Secretary further said that there should be more transparency in all future sales of the nation’s assets.


“We reject the hike in electricity tariffs and hereby call on our members across the country and all well meaning Nigerians to come out and join NLC protest to drive home the fact that the unilateral and unlawful hike of electricity tariffs is unacceptable.“


Aremu said the textile union, instead, called for improvement in power supply.


“The point cannot be overstated. Between 30 per cent and 35 per cent of textile and garment manufacturing costs are energy related expenses. Without electrification, there can be no industrialisation.

The promise and expectation that President Buhari will revive textile industry generally is not possible without electricity, ’’ the labour leader said.


According to Aremu, it is time for the Buhari-led administration to critically review the power sector reform with a view to increasing public sector investment.



Kofoworola Ayodeji: Lessons from Nigeria’s First Coup

Fifty years ago, on January 15, 1966, things fell apart in Nigeria. The five-year old nation embarked on a journey of no return— Nigeria’s first military coup took place.

Nigeria gained independence from colonial rule in 1960, became a republic in 1963, and was dubbed “a superpower in the making”. But 55 years on, Nigeria is yet to become a superpower. Why? The events of Jan 15, 1966 could suggest some answers.

Greed, tribal sentiments and fight for supremacy among the political class of the first republic gave birth to a series of events that culminated in the violence which erupted after the controversial 1965 federal elections. Dissatisfied with the turn of events, five young Army Majors led by Kaduna Nzeogwu decided to seize power and bring sanity to Nigeria.

Majors Nzeogwu, Ifeajuna, Anuforo, Okafor, and Ademoyega therefore plotted the country’s first military coup. According to them: “Our enemies are the political profiteers, the swindlers, the men in high and low places, that seek bribes and demand 10%; those that seek to keep the country divided permanently so that they can remain in office as ministers or VIPs…

Many notable pre- and post-independence politicians—Ahmadu Bello (Premier of Northern region), Tafawa Balewa (Nigeria’s prime minister), Ladoke Akintola (Premier of Western Region), Festus Okotie-Eboh (federal minister of finance)—lost their lives in the coup. And that started many ugly incidents whose effects still haunt Nigeria till date.

Unfortunately, Nzeogwu’s coup was hijacked and the 42-year old General Agunyi Ironsi took over as the military Head of State. That led to a bloody counter-coup on July 29 of the same year, just a little over six months after the first and Agunyi Ironsi was then murdered in cold blood. At that point, tribal sentiments had taken the centre stage. Ironsi was killed by some northern officers because they perceived the Nzeogwu coup as an “Igbo coup”, one that was meant to ensure the dominance of the Igbo tribe.

The 31-year old Lt. Col. Yakubu Gowon took over as the new head of military government amidst serious tribal tension. Not long after, the civil war broke out and over a million innocent Biafrans lost their lives, mostly children. After a failed secession bid by the Easterners, this 30-month long “no victor, no vanquished” war ended. Since then, Nigeria and Nigerians have not been the same—it’s been from one crisis to another.

But, have we learnt from past mistakes?

The main reason for which the first coup was staged— Corruption — is still the greatest problem facing the country today, fifty years after. In fact, it has become pervasive and a way of life. In 1966, corrupt politicians were accused of taking 10% bribes. In 2016, they are not only accused of taking bribes but also squandering the funds that were meant to equip the military. What offence could be more disheartening!

Knowledge of the fact that it was the events of 1966 coups that distorted Nigeria’s history should make every Nigerian more passionate and determined to ensure that the wrongs of the past are corrected, so history doesn’t repeat itself. This would mean a more active participation of Nigerians in the process of governance, increased tolerance for each other, and concerted efforts to fight corruption and other social vices.

If we do not want our children’s children to lament the damages done by corruption, tribalism, religious intolerance, terrorism in about fifty years to come, then we have to fight them now. For instance, every Nigerian should see corruption as evil and therefore treat it as such. With this, no citizen will drum support for “elder statesmen” who are caught in the act of looting our commonwealth.

Nigerians should stop having soft spot for their “kinsmen” who are engaged in nefarious and unpatriotic acts.  Nigeria is bigger than any tribe, religion or political party. As a society, we must learn to condemn what is wrong and commend what is right collectively.

We will keep talking about the numerous problems created by Nzeogwu’s coup without appreciable triumph over them, even in years to come, if we do not learn from our past so as to shape the future. Rome was not built in a day, they say. So also Nigeria cannot be built in a day, but we must begin somewhere at least. And a good place to start is by being a more responsible citizens and holding the government accountable, no matter what. God bless the Armed Forces.  God bless Nigeria!

Kofoworola Ayodeji is a Nigerian writer and transformational speaker who is passionately involved in nation-building.


Fashola Gets N433.4bn for Power, Works And Housing

The Federal Government has earmarked N433.4 billion in the 2016 budget for the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing led by Babatunde Fashola.
President Muhammadu Buhari stated this on Tuesday in his 2016 budget speech delivered at the Joint session of the National Assembly.
“To deliver our development objectives, we have increased the capital expenditure portion of the budget from N557 billion in the 2015 budget to N1.8 trillion in the 2016 budget.“For the first time in many years, capital expenditure will represent 30 per cent of our total budget.“In future years, we intend to raise the percentage allocation for capital expenditure,” he said.

NERC Issues Licences To 8 Companies To Generate 1,648.25MW

Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has given eight companies licences to generate 1,648.25mw and also a licence to a distribution company to distribute power.


In a statement in Abuja on Thursday, Dr Usman Arabi, Head, Public Affairs Department of NERC, said the licences were three categories of embedded generation (55mw), two off –grid generation(525mw) and six on-grid generation (1,588mw).


It named licencees as Ossiomo Offistes and Utilities Power and Infrastructure, based in Edo, which would engage in electricity distribution and in embedded generation.


It added that Ossiomo Distribution Company would generate 55mw of gas power through embedded generation.


Other companies are Cummins Power Generation, Nigeria Limited, in Ikeja with capacity for 3.5mw, off- grid, and Lafarge Africa Plc for on-grid, gas-fired generation of 260mw in Ewekoro, Ogun.


Independent Power Generation Company Limited, Onitsha, Anambra, is an on-grid gas-fired plant to generate 528mw and Azikel Power Limited, on–grid licence to produce 500mw in Bayelsa, the statement said.


It added that Middle Band Solar One Limited in Kogi was given on-grid licence to produce 100mw, while Sinosun Investment Limited, in Kastina, received on-grid, solar power generation licence for 100mw.


The statement also said that LR-Aaron Power Limited, located in Gwagalada, FCT, got licence for 100mw solar powered electricity generation.


It added that there were six gas-fired generation licences with a combined capacity of 1, 348mw,as well as three solar generations with combined capacity for 300mw.



FG’ll Pay Great Attention To Roads, Others – Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has said the Federal Government will pay great attention and invest heavily in road infrastructure, power and housing in the coming years.

The sectors, he said, would be prioritised on account of their contributions to national economy due to their capacities to generate multiplier effects and employment on a large scale.

The minister said this during the opening ceremony of the 2015 induction for newly registered quantity surveyors and practising firms and the 4th annual professional clinic on risk management, organised by the Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Nigeria, on Thursday in Abuja.

Fashola said the government would be counting on the support of registered Nigerian quantity surveyors and other professionals in the construction industry in its quest to deliver good governance to the people.

The minister, who was represented by the Director, Survey Department, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Dickson Onojah, urged quantity surveys to bring their expertise as construction cost managers to bear on the costing of projects in order to achieve value for money and cost efficiency in the implementation of projects in both the public and private sectors of the economy.

He said, “I am delighted to be playing a part in today’s induction ceremony for a group of professionals like registered quantity surveyors, who are key players in the built environment, which is a strategic sector of our economy.

“Here, we are talking about infrastructure such as roads, housing and urban development, all of which come under the purview of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, which I have been charged with the responsibility of overseeing.

“It is one sector, which this government will give due attention to in view of its contributions to the national economic due to its capacity to generate multiplier effects and employment on a large scale.”

Fashola commend the QSRBN for “the good work you have done so far in the pursuit of your mandate not only in the regular registration and induction of eligible quantity surveyors, but also in the area of professional development as well as accreditation of quantity surveying programmes in the universities and polytechnics.”

The QSRBN President, Mallam Hussaini Dikko, stated that 317 newly registered quantity surveyors and 34 practising firms of quantity surveyors were inducted, bringing the total number of registered quantity surveyors and practising firms in the register of the board to 2,777 and 236 respectively.

He warned that the board would clamp down heavily on any registered quantity surveyor that engaged in sharp practices.

Dikko said, “In this regard, registered quantity surveyors must queue behind President Muhammadu Buhari in his anti-corruption crusade. Quantity surveyors have a key role to play in fighting corruption in the building and engineering industry.”

Ghana Launches Power Ship To Boost Electricity

Ghana has taken delivery of a power generating ship which would boost power supply- bringing an end to the chronic blackouts the nation had been thrown into.


Ghana’s Power Minister, Kwabena Donkor, stated this amid anger over the blackouts, which can last for 24 hours at a time, a development that threatens President John Mahama’s chances of re-election next year.


The government contracted the ship from independent Turkish producer, Karpowership, to generate 235 megawatts of electricity daily to help offset a national supply deficit of around 500 megawatts.


“This is only one element in our solution, but it is a very useful element,” Donkor told newsmen in the port of Tema, east of the capital Accra.


“It is a strong signal that we are on course to ending the blackouts and to restoring investors’ confidence in our economy.”


Traditional chiefs welcomed the ship on Sunday by pouring alcoholic spirits onto the ground.


The power blackouts, which have been going on for three years, stem from insufficient rain to operate hydro facilities, obsolete equipment, inefficiency and a long-term failure to add capacity to the grid.


Irregular power has compounded a slowdown in economic growth in a country that, until recently, was investors’ favourite.


Ghana’s economy grew strongly for years through its exports of gold, cocoa and oil, but lower global commodity prices have blunted that expansion and the government began an International Monetary Fund (IMF) aid programme in April.


The generating ship, Aysegul Sultan, should be plugged into the national grid by mid-December and is the first of two plants that will provide a total of 450 megawatts of power under a 10-year contract, Donkor said.


Donkor said an additional supply of up to 250 megawatts was coming next month from the Dubai-based independent producer, Africa, and Middle East Resource Investment.


He added that other projects would deliver about 1,000 megawatts in 2016- that would give Ghana a power-reserve.



Badejoko Adewale: All Hail Babatunde Fashola Nigeria’s New ‘Prime Minister’

Let me be the first to employ the word Fasholaism, which should today and henceforth be incorporated into the Nigerian vocabulary as a fervent believe in a superhuman named Babatunde Raji Fashola. Apparently I’m not alone in this belief; His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari shares my faith, albeit subtler in expression as the president isn’t a man to give away too many emotions, but then, giving one man about three ministries isn’t giving too many emotions, is it?

Who is this exemplar named Fashola isn’t the question I intend to answer in this piece, Wikipedia and Google are rife with articles on that subject already; why does he deserve to be taken into account, and at all serious, is what I propose to paint in my little object dart. Wednesday, November 11, 2015, the President inaugurated 36 ministers from all over the country, all of who will be administering, hands in glove, with him to ensure the smooth sailing of Nigeria, a country that appears to have been tilted overboard by previous administrations. Of these men and women of valour selected is of course Babatunde Fashola representing Lagos state.

Surprising to many but interesting to progressives, the man Fashola was appointed Minister for Power cum Minister for Works and Housing which has generated several ‘beer-parlour arguments’. Some regard the appointment as nothing but a compensation of Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu’s efforts to the ascension of the president (Asiwaju figuratively representing Fashola’s political father). Others, based on ethnic or religious sentimentality just think the appointment silly. Why should he be given such posts, why can’t someone else be given the other positions instead of saddling him with ‘too much work’ some others have questioned?

Well, it will be entirely wrong to make sweeping statements that the above cited sentiments are completely devoid of any truth. Nobody gets into power without being helped, it’s no news Asiwaju played a vital role in the last presidential election, and so if he indeed worked why shouldn’t he be duly compensated, after all the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn shouldn’t be muzzled. As to the sentiment of ‘too much work’, here’s an unspoken rule in leadership many are ignorant of: The reward for good leadership or stewardship is more responsibility. Great leaders don’t (and won’t) die of too much work, truth be told, it brings the best out of them, it challenges them to go beyond themselves, break new boundaries and finding newer horizons. The president isn’t a fool; his ample leadership experience was why Nigerians voted him in in the first place, and with the depth of decay in the Nigerian society, there’s need for persons with not just head knowledge but great leadership skills to make the vision of change a reality.

Of course, there’s the case of the blind loyalists who doggishly cited “Fashola’s work” in Lagos state as an outright justification for his appointment, here’s my reply: whose duty is it to provide citizens with amenities and basic rights? Isn’t good road or good schools part of the government’s duty too? So why the incessant praise-singing for someone who has done what he was voted, and as a matter of fact paid to do. Or was Fashola’s time as governor of Lagos on a Charity basis? But in a deformed society as ours where government failure is the menu of the day, the few ones who perform expected duties a little above average deserves some commendation.

On a concluding note, it would be sheer stupid of anyone (the media especially) to pray or await Fashola’s fall on his new assignment; but to fail himself is to set unrealistic goals like the MDGs; who can eradicate world’s poverty? For when all is said and done, Fashola’s failure or success affects the 170 million Nigerians still waiting for the dividend of their democracy.

Written By: Badejoko Adewale. He is @tha_krone on twitter

Tope Adesipo: “Babatunde Fashola Must Reverse Privatization Of The Power Sector”

Much excitement has greeted the announcement of Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola as the minister of Power,works and housing. Fashola who is a former governor of Lagos,has earned a reputation for being a performer from his time as Governor of that state.whether rightly or wrongly, I dobt doubt his competence but the truth is I’m not one of Fashola’s fans. i don’t usually agree with him I’m one of those who thinks there is so much hype around his works in Lagos which are in sharp contrast with the reality of the state and the average Lagosians. nonetheless, i badly want him to succeed in his new role. Nigeria can not afford not to get electricity right once more. it has been the bane of our development.electricity is central to the development of any Nation and Nigerians, almost six decades after independence still live in perpetual darkness while millions are not even connected at all.
Two years after the privatization of the power sector, Nigerians still depend on  generators for their power needs. so much cheer and excitement came with the privatization in 2013, all that optimism are now starting to wane.it is no news that electricity supply has failed to improve since the power sector was privatized. The former Government of Jonathan blamed vandals and insufficient gas to power but that was a spurious excuse. the truth is the cronies they handed over power distribution and generation to are clueless.  The private cronies have shown an obvious lack in capital base, technical knowledge, history/experience and the will to turn around the sector. Virtually all the private companies that bought the power sector borrowed a large chunk of money used in acquiring Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) subsidiaries in what is seen as one of the biggest scam perpetuated in Nigeria. These sharks first hurriedly registered companies for the purpose of bidding for the distorted and balkanized power sector, got some international energy company to agree as their technical partners and secured loans from the banks.despite the obvious degenerating power supply, the Nigerian electricity regulatory commission (NERC) has continued to increase tariffs.
The history of Nigeria’s electricity crisis itself reflects the history of failure of Leadership in Nigeria. In spite of the enormous wealth that accrued to the country since independence, the country’s electricity supply has not left its colonial height. No new power plant was built by successive administrations (both military and civilian) between 1980 and 2005. Yet several billions of dollars were committed to the power sector in this period. In 2005 when the Obasanjo regime tried to build some new power plants, it was clear that it was to become another conduit pipe for massive looting of public wealth. While over $10 billion was committed to building new power plants, less than 700 MW of electricity have been added to the national grid. The failure and then virtual collapse of NEPA/PHCN allowed the government to claim that nationalisation was the obstacle to providing electricity and that privatization was the answer. while that may be true,it was not only about nationalisation, NEPA failed because it was looted from within and from without. Outside contractors made millions from contracts which often were never implemented while elements within NEPA looted it for themselves. But despite many promises privatization has not improved supply but it has quickly brought price hikes.
The power sector is one sector that is heavily capital intensive and requires planned coordination and synergy amongst the different component (generation, transmission and distribution) of the power sector. According to the International Energy Association (IEA) around $6.1 billion (about N1 trillion) is needed in investment annually for the next ten years to provide electricity for all Nigeria. when you look at how much the investors have invested it is peanuts compare to how much is needed yearly to provide universal access to electricity for all Nigerians. how do you describe a situation where government sustained expenditure in the sector is more than what was pre privatization. The private companies at a time, were finding it difficult to maintain the staffs they met on ground  While generating companies (Gencos) also found it difficult to pay for gas to power the plants and replace obsolete parts of plants at some point.
The stark improvement that we saw shortly after Buhari came in, was as a result of the fear of reversal of the privatization. Now it is becoming clearer to them that Buhari government may not reverse the privatization program which the investors feared Buhari may undertake initially. it is now clear to them that the president is going to continue with it and they have gone back to their old ways. In the past two years of privatization, Nigerians have had to pay stupendous amount of money to the DISCOS in form of fixed charge of N750 by over 25 million households and a regime of crazy/estimated bills that could be as high as N20, 000 monthly for residential consumers. It is clear that with the power privatization, the government handed us over for exploitation and super profit drive of the DISCO’s and GENCOs’ who have no capacity to generate and distribute stable electricity to Nigerians at an affordable price. Why are we using estimated billing? where are the prepaid meters they promised will be supplied?
To solve Nigeria’s electricity problems the new minister must reverse the privatization program for starters . what happened is not privatization it is cronyism. going forward, we must also begin to look at sustainable form of energy generation. the NIPP projects seems to be contributing more power than the legacy Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) power plants to the national grid today. While the NIPP projects are under the government, the legacy PHCN power plants are the ones that have been sold to the private generation companies (genco’s).
Tope Adesipo
Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Views expressed are solely that of author and does not represent views of www.omojuwa.com nor its associates

Ministry Of Power Scrapped By President Buhari

There will be no minister of power in the cabinet inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday. Although Louis Edozien, former executive director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company, was named as the permanent secretary of power on Tuesday, he may turn out to be the most senior officer in the ministry. A special adviser on power, who will co-ordinate the sector, is expected to be named by Buhari.

TheCable was informed that because of the conclusion of the privatization of the power entities, there is no need to have a ministry of power any longer. “After the generating and distribution companies have all been privatised, the only company left is the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN),” a presidential source told TheCable. “What the government will do now is the regulation of the market. All the agencies to do that are in place. The National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) will play in key role in that. You also have the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Authority (NEMSA).”

The power sector reform embarked upon by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005 led to the unbundling of PHCN into  18 successor companies: six generation companies and 11 distribution companies. The privatisation was concluded by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2013. TCN is managed under contract by Manitoba, a Canadian company

Source- Cableng

Victor Terhemba: The Fallacy About Feminism

            In the present world order, the world thrives on hypocrisy and blackmail. We were all humans until …………

These days we are blackmailed with virtually everything, making the victim look like the aggressor. For example, because you are a born again Christian or an Alfa and somebody wrongs you, they don’t expect you to take offence and react because of your faith and when you do, they say you are a “fake” Christian or Muslim.

                Of recent women have being using feminism to babooz and cajole the men into conforming to whims and caprices of feminism. Africa feminist look up to the western feminist activists for courage and direction forgetting that in Africa we’ve had 7 leaders who are/were women. One of the highest you can find anywhere else. Hypocrisy. Some ladies these days don’t feel the necessity to always cook for their husbands they expect the men to also cook. I know a young unmarried girl who said she and her husband will take turns at cooking or else she is not getting into the relationship. I meant to ask her if she meant she’s ready to get married at 70. They will preach feminism with so much vigour and tell us how ‘what a man can do, a woman can do better” yet I haven’t seen a lady who is ready to pay my groom price. Suggest to a lady if she will support her husband to sponsor their wedding and see how flatly she will tell you it’s the duty of the man. Ehen but I thought you want gender equality.

                It is utterly appalling to note that women, now, would abdicate their natural duties and roles, and rather take up new roles they have designed for themselves. From the Christian perspective, when God created the woman, the woman was created as a helper to the man (Gen. 2:20-23) not as a slave as some women erroneously believe their God given duties is to slave for the man. The bible further implores the woman to be submissive to their husbands ….. (Not as slaves).

                I find it quite worrying that women do not appreciate the very important roles they have to play in the lives of men. For illustration purpose, lets look at a house and consider the man to be the house itself and he woman as the pillars. Though the woman isn’t the house but the house cannot stand without the pillar; that’s how important women are .We watch a movie and applaud the superfluous performance of the actors and forget to acknowledge the rest of the crew who made the movie appear the way it is. We simply cant do without women, they are that important.

           Behind every successful man is a strong woman, So the saying goes and its not a saying replete with illusive and grandiose facts. But if the women now want gender equality and stand on their own, then the men would be like a house built on sand and without pillars, and the women like pillars without a house then what is the use of the pillars. The talents of the pillars would, just be wasting like the servant in the parable of Jesus who buried his own tent instead of being a pillar standing alone why not remain a pillar who supports the house. Its illogical to imagine a pillar on a house.

The man has a duty to go out and search the land for food to feed his family, take care of their immediate needs, this was a task specifically assigned to Adam on behalf of men (Gen 3:17-19). In the sane society, we consider a man senile and useless if he leaves the responsibility of taking care of the home needs to his wife. The society frowns very much at this because this is not the order of things. If this is so then why do you feel it is right for a woman to neglect the immediate welfare of her home and concentrate her energy in doing what a should be doing? Marriage is a team so couples gotta live as a team. In a team everybody has his role to play.

I am not of the opinion that women belong to the kitchen or shouldn’t be allowed to work but live as full time housewives. No. That’s not what I mean, I believe a woman should also work so as to support the husband in hard times. It’s embarrassing that as a wife you have to ask your husband for every penny you want to spend. I just don’t feel wives should pick up career working jobs, such as doctors, sailors, pilots, etc. Those kind of jobs that are time and energy demanding. Then you leave your home at the mercy of domestic servants whose idea of a proper home might not correlate with yours. How about a self employed job or an 8 hour job, so you have time to still come back and look after your children and cook for them. I won’t advice any man to allow his wife be a full time housewife unless he’s stupendously rich and he can afford it or he has guaranteed source of income for a last time. Women as wives should work but not work as if it’s her duty to carter for the house.

On a last note, please ladies we love you guys very much, continue to be our mothers, friends, wives, sisters, girlfriends, don’t turn things up-side-down and become our husbands and fathers instead. I love you guys with everything inside of me. For any reservations reach me via my email or twitter handle. And for contributions just comment below.

Victor Terhemba Is a talent manager, political analyst and social commentator from Lagos.

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Burkina Faso’s Interim President Restored To Power Officially

Burkina Faso’s interim leader Michel Kafando was officially restored to power at a ceremony attended by regional heads of state on Wednesday, a week after a coup by an elite army unit.

Kafando, who has led the landlocked west African country through its transition since a popular uprising last year deposed the former president, said “his main objective” now was to organize a general election.

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Power Outage Disrupts Senate Probe On Power

The Senate’s investigation of the power sector was disrupted on Wednesday by repeated power outages at the venue of the hearing.

The power cuts, which occurred in frequent intervals, aroused suspicion and prompted the visibly irritated Chairman of the ad hoc Committee on Power, Senator Abubakar Kyari, to investigate the disruptions during the hearing.

The situation compelled those making submissions to either use the light from their phones or the glow from video camera to make their presentations.

Yesterday’s probe, which began at 11:30 am was a continuation of the hearing which started on Tuesday, but the persistent outage forced the committee to adjourn at 4.00 pm.

The outages, which started at 2pm when the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali, was making his submission on behalf of various electricity companies, lasted for 10 to 15 minutes.

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President Buhari’s Administration Has Brought Change To Electricity – Ministry Of Power

The Muhammadu Buhari administration has promised Nigerians change and it seems that this change is already being witnessed in the country’s power sector.

The improvement in the electricity situation was confirmed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali during a meeting with Buhari on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.Mr Igali told the President that power generation in the country was 1,750 MW in 1999 and now peaked at 4,600 MW.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali

In May, just before Buhari assumed office, Igali said that power generation nationwide had dropped to 1,327MW, a situation which was worsened by the fuel crisis which was being witnessed at the time.

The President also pledged, during the meeting, to further improve electricity in the country adding that his administration had already identified the critical problems in Nigeria’s power sector and was taking appropriate actions to address them.

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FG Takes Over Yola Electricity Distribution Company From Private Investors

Following the declaration of force majeure by Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Company, the core investor in the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, the Federal Government has taken over the beleaguered power firm.
Consequently, the Federal Ministry of Power has taken over the management and control of the electricity distribution company.
It has also appointed Mr. Baba Mustapha, an engineer, to lead the company in the capacity of an acting managing director. Before his new appointment, Mustapha was a deputy director in the Ministry of Power.
The Head of Public Communication, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Alex Okoh, confirmed the takeover of the electricity distribution company in a telephone interview with our correspondent in

Abuja on Thursday. He, however, declined to give further details.

Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Company had on six occasions (November 10, 2013, August 27, 2014, October 15, 2014, April 9, 2015, April 30, 2015 and May 13, 2015) given notices of force majeure, which is an irresistible force or compulsion such as will excuse a party from performing his or her part of a contract.
Consequently, the matter was tabled before the sub-committee of the Technical Committee on Power of the National Council on Privatisation at one of its meetings.
The sub-committee recognised the reality of the force majeure, which was in line with clause seven of the Share Purchase Agreement and made recommendations to the technical committee.
The force majeure clause is a standard clause in most contracts and includes events like natural disasters, wars and other occurrences not within the power or control of the executing party that makes implementation of the contract impossible.
Clause seven of the SPA stated that in a war situation, where the core investor could not operate, it could invoke force majeure on issues beyond its control.
The Yola Electricity Distribution Company covers Adamawa, Borno, Taraba and Yobe states. Except for Taraba State, the other three have been mostly affected by the activities of the Islamic insurgent group, the Boko Haram, and the subsequent war against it.
The recommendations of the sub-committee were deliberated upon by the Technical Committee of the NCP at its meeting in April, where the basis for the declaration of force majeure was also acknowledged, according to the BPE.
The technical committee made recommendations to the NCP, which at its first meeting for 2015 held at the Presidential Villa, set up a committee comprising the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power as the chairman; a representative of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Director-General of the BPE, to explore the implementation of the terms of the force majeure.
The Yola Disco is one of the 11 electricity distribution companies that were sold to private sector operators in a gale of reforms of the nation’s power industry that led to the unbundling of the defunct monopoly, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.
Integrated Energy Distribution and Marketing Company won the bid for the YEDC and was required to pay N9.31bn for the firm.
Many Nigerians have expressed disappointment at the turnout of the privatisation exercise as the significant improvement expected from the power sector following the reform has not yet happened.
Source: The Punch

LMAO !!! Check Out This Fire, Power And ‘Thunda Efangelist Mynistery’ Price List #JokeForTheDay

So it is break time so i can like to share this joke with many of us . The drama from judgement day would be the funniest one ever. Too sad there won’t be a Movie Academy award for that day , knowing Jesus would have to judge scenarios like this one. This is hilarious but then i can like to shut up from here make i go hustle to pay for my UK or US visa and incase you are interested make we gather buy the dozen prize abeg …… lol ………… oya get back to work oh me sef i need to re install my seriousness mind App after this hilarious joke…….

PDP Will Return To Power In 2019- Mimiko

The newly-elected Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, Gov. Olusegun Mimiko on Ondo State has said the party will regain power at the centre in 2019.

Mimiko, who spoke on Thursday during a mini reception organized to celebrate his election as the Chairman of the PDP governors, said the process of regaining power by the PDP had commenced. He said the PDP governors were determined to give the party a new face as the opposition party.

He stated that they have resolved to collectively work assiduously and excel in governance with a view to re-branding the party and selling it to all Nigerians.

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Nigeria’s Power Supply Now 3,085.77 Megawatts

The Ministry of Power, on Monday, June 1, resumed the publication of its power statistics on its website after the last publication of May 11, noting that power supply was 3,085.77megawatts (Mw) on May 31.

The Ministry withheld the publication because the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) recorded dismal power generation, transmission and distribution over the last three weeks.

The electricity market dwindled to a record of 727Mw supply as 18 of the 21 power plants were shut down following the strike.

The period under review was characterized by no gas supply owing to an oil workers’ strike and shortage of water for the hydro power plants.

Following the development, former Minister of Power Chinedu Nebo had explained that the drop in power supply was inevitable, since up to 70 per cent of generation was coming from gas-fired stations, pending the harvest of electricity from the work already executed by the government and private sector investors on new hydro-power plants and other renewables.

We Lack Power For Now To Display Buhari, Osinbajo’s Assets– CCB

Nigerians who are itching to see the net worth of President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, may need to wait a bit longer, as the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, which keeps custody of the assets declared by the two leaders, says it lacks the power to make them public for now.

Chairman of the CCB, Mr. Sam Sada, who spoke exclusively to Vanguard through his Special Assistant, Mr. Gwimi Sebastian Peter, said only the National Assembly is vested with the powers to decide the terms and conditions under which such documents could be made public.

The chairman said even though the Constitution of Nigerian made it clear that the agency should make available to the citizens the assets declared by public officials, the same law vested the National Assembly with the power to decide the terms and conditions for making such materials public.

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Power Generation At All Time Low, Situation May Worsen – FG

The Federal Government on Friday in Abuja raised alarm over dwindling and epileptic electricity supply across the country.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Mr Godknows Igali, made this known after a meeting with Vice-President Namadi Sambo to State House correspondents in Abuja.

Igali, and Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power, had briefed Sambo on the state of power generation, transmission and distribution in the country.

He said the ongoing strike by Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas had further worsened the power supply situation.

The workers were protesting the transfer of the operatorship of the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 42 to two indigenous companies, claiming the move would affect the fortunes of NPDC and its staff.

“With the strike which has gone on for one or two days there is dramatic turn as of this afternoon we have gone down for the all-time low to 1,327 megawatts.

“So, if you look at it from 4,800 there is dramatic turn, the loss is terrible”, Igali said.

He said as at 12 noon May 22, 2015, Utorogu, CHEVRON ORE DO, OB EN gas plants were all shutdown while UGHELI and CNL ESCRAVOS were already isolated.

He said, “on the eastern axis Shell Gas, ALAKIRI has also been shut down. This has led to the several power plants being stranded and shutdown.

“This includes EGBIN, OLORUNSHOGO I & 11, OMOTOSHO 1& 11, GEREGU I & 11, IHONVOR and SAPELE (NIPP) on the western axis and ALAOJI on the eastern end”.

According to him, besides, pipeline vandalism which has continued to have very negative impact on the power supply situation in the country, the ongoing strike by the labour unions in the oil and gas sector has added additional toll.

“The overall effect is that power supply which had started picking up steadily since the beginning of the week following repairs of various vandalised portions of the ELP Line and the Trans-Forcados Gas Pipelines, has fallen to all-time-unprecedented low of 1,327m was at 1.00 p.m. May22, 2015.

He, therefore, warned that “situation could get worse if the strike continues”.

Igali expressed the hope that the ongoing discussion between the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and, the labour unions, would end amicably.

“Indeed, it is hoped the labour unions will help restore supply of gas to the power plants even while negotiation are ongoing”. (NAN)

Buhari Will Be Ill-Advised To Reverse Power Sector Privatisation – FG

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari will be “ill-advised” to reverse the privatization of PHCN, Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, said on Wednesday.

Addressing journalists in Abuja after the weekly FEC Meeting, the minister said the gains of the privatization were very obvious and any attempt to reverse it will take Nigeria many decades back.

“I think the incoming government will be ill-advised to reverse privatization and liberalization of power generation, transmission and distribution because any attempt to do that would be to set Nigeria back many many many decades”, Nebo said.

“The gains of privatization are very obvious. If we can solve the problem of gas like we are talking about energy mix, we are not just going by gas we are doing hydros. It was this same administration that flagged off Zungeru hydro power plants for 750 megawatts, and is a bid to flag off Mambilla 3,050 megawatts, Shiroro has been improved, revamped, Kanji revamped and improved, the same as Jebba.

“So there is a lot of work being done by the government. However to turn back on privatization would mean stopping all of these companies and then reversing the massive inflow of investments coming into the power sector. Nigeria’s power consumption per capita is one of the lowest in the world and that is part of the efforts of government to reverse that. So I don’t think it is in the best interest of the country”, the minister stressed.

Atiku To Buhari: Reverse PHCN Privatisation

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has advised the incoming government of Gen. Muhammad Buhari (Rtd), to will the political power and reverse the current privatisation exercise of the Power sector for Nigeria to move on.

Atiku made this statement at the 36th Kaduna International Trade Fair’s Seminar organised by the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA).

He said the failure experienced in the power sector of the economy has been due to the successive government’s approach in tackling the problem in the sector.

The former Vice President recalled that the Obasanjo-led administration which sunk several billions of United State Dollars into the sector, took the wrong approach in tackling the power sector but failed to address the problem of the power sector because the government took a long-term measure rather than a short-term approach.

In response to why private investors were unable to collect licenses to build private refineries during the Obasanjo/Atiku administration, he said that in his eight years as Vice President to ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo, he knew nothing about what happened in that sector as Obasanjo doubled as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.

“During our administration, there was no transparency and accountability in the oil and gas industry. There was a time we were handed a Ghana-must-go memo on the oil and gas and asked by the president for our input and I refused to support it”, he added.

According to him, President Goodluck Jonathan also took a wrong step in solving the Power sector problem which has accounted for the current epileptic power supply in the country.

“Japan, Singapore never depended on oil but human capital development and today they are ranked among the world best economy,” he said.

State Governments Are Responsible For Power Epilepsy – Yemi Oke

A Senior Lecturer in the faculty of law at the University of Lagos (Unilag) and the Author, Nigeria Electricity Law and Regulation, has accused the state governments of being responsible for the current state of power in Nigeria.

Mr Yemi Oke, said during a daily breakfast show, Sunrise Daily on Channels Television on Tuesday, that power is a concurrent issue and not an exclusive item according to the constitution.

He said that the constitution states that a state has the authority to generate, transmit and distribute power in areas not covered by the national grid, and to set up regulatory bodies to manage electricity within the state.

“The regulatory environment is somehow skewed in favour of the Federal Government, which should not be,” Mr Oke said.

He further pointed that electricity can be generated according to the climatic and environmental situation, noting that Lagos State could generate power from biomass due to its dump sites.

The lecturer also noted that areas with very hot climate could generate power from solar, while areas where there are wind turbines such as Jos could generate wind power in order to ensure energy grabbing and decentralisation.

On electricity privatisation, Mr Oke warned that privatising a sector and changing its law simultaneously would drive away the investors.

He stressed that electricity tariff cannot be increased without the consent of the consumers, noting that there are structured methodologies involved in the process.

On the issue of metering, Mr Oke was of the view that this would give close to accurate estimation of both residential and commercial consumption, although it would reduce the nation’s consumption pattern as consumers would effectively control their consumption.

Jonathan Urged To Hand Over Power May 29

Chairman of Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), in Yobe, Alhaji Umar Kukuri, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to hand over power on May 29, 2015. Huhuri made the call during interview, in Damaturu on Saturday.

He said, “the May 28 handover proposal has generated arguments with a lot of suspicions and interpreted negatively. “So, Mr President should complete the 24- hour difference and hand over power to the president-elect on May 29 to sustain the statesmanship he demonstrated during the election.

“President Jonathan has earned himself international respect when he conceded defeat and congratulated Gen. Buhari. He should sustain this for the remaining period of his administration and beyond.

“Handing over power on May 29 will erase every suspicion, fear of creating vacuum and the judicial interpretation to the difference between May 28 and May 29.’’

According to Kukuri, Nigerians are united towards peaceful transition after the peaceful elections, so, the traditional handover date of May 29 should be respected’’, he said.

He urged the two transition committees of the outgoing and incoming governments to give priority to national interest.

The chairman called on all stakeholders to support a smooth transition from Goodluck to Buhari to consolidate the achievements recorded in the just- concluded election. “The security agencies should also support a successful transition, every Nigerian has a role to play in ensuring a peaceful and successful transition for Nigeria’s democracy to become a role model in Africa.’’

He expressed optimism that the issue will be resolved easily. “l do not see this as a problem, but it seems to be generating serious arguments, l am sure it will be resolved amicably’’, he said.


Scientists Transmit Power Through Air

A group of Japanese scientists have succeeded in transmitting energy wirelessly in space, a new step toward developing new means for the mankind to use solar energy.

Researchers at The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have managed to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of power through microwaves to 55 meters away, said a JAXA spokesman.

“This was the first time anyone has managed to send a high output of nearly two kilowatts of electric power via microwaves to a small target, using a delicate directivity control device,” he said.

The agency has been active in developing new methods of using solar energy in space, a source which has many advantages over solar power use on earth.

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Watch How President Mugabe Plans to Make His Wife Succeed Power

Ninety-year-old Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is – quite literally – paving the way for his wife’s ascent to power. In another sign of the First Lady’s growing clout, Harare residents awoke on Tuesday to a new street, Dr Grace Mugabe Way, leading to the conference center where Africa’s oldest leader may this week anoint his chosen political successor.

The veteran former guerrilla leader, who has manned the helm of the southern African country since the end of British rule in 1980, has never said whom he would prefer to take over when he retires or dies. What little certainty there was has been blown apart this year by the meteoric political rise of his wife, a 49-year-old one-time government typist nicknamed ‘Gucci Grace’ for her reputed shopping skills. Grace’s controversial receipt of a PhD in September, scathing assaults on Vice-President Joice Mujuru and open admissions of political ambition have stirred talk Mugabe is planning to keep Zimbabwe’s leadership in the family.

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My Thoughts On Power – Yomi Balogun

Power, is such a broad word it is hard to define without stating its connotative and denotative essence. In its denotative essence, it would mean the ability to do something or act in a particular way. Beyond this denotation, it comes with other inferences. Electric power for instance. The Power as we were taught in elementary physics, the rate at which work is done also comes to mind. Work/Time = Power as we were thought then. The Power I am writing about now is the power invested in leadership. What is the essence of this power and why do so many people want so much of it? I will be sharing my thoughts on this and many more in the coming days.

Yomi Balogun

Abayomi Balogun wrote in from Lagos.

#INSIGHTWITHLARIGOLD: How Governmental Failures Add Up To Disasters By @Lanre_Olagunju

When government decides to remain hopelessly insensitive to its duties, it results into unpopular but severe implications like citizens trying to find individual solutions to public problems. Nigerians do not expect much from the political class anymore and it shows in the unending quest to personally provide basic things that should have been provided by the government. In several ways, this has telling adverse effect not just on the economy but the environment as well.


One of the most basic psychological needs of man is the need to quench thirst, without the availability of a basic need like water, striving to live becomes difficult. When you consider that in the 21st century, people still struggle for a necessity such as water, and that people actually still drink from the same river they defecate, wash and bath, it becomes absolutely impossible to consider if such people can ever strive for self-actualization.

Sadly, in a country of over 150 million people like Nigeria, only a meager 30% have access to portable water. Is it that government is not aware of the absence of portable water which remains a major pre-requisite for improved health care and sanitation? Moreover easy access to portable water practically helps in combating water borne diseases like cholera.

In the fashion of looking out for alternative means to provide basic amenities, a large percentage of property owners in Nigeria depend on underground water i.e. borehole, which they dig privately, as any attempt to ignore it is to deny occupants access to portable water.

As an hydrologist, I know that uncontrolled drilling of boreholes poses long term environmental threat like man-made earthquake and other environmental damages. It’s quite vital to consider that in places like Lagos and Abuja, people build on less than half a plot. And each individual wants to have a borehole in his residence. This results into excessive pumping of groundwater. And when large quantity of water is pumped out of the ground at a rate higher than it’s recharged, the ground, over time becomes hollow. After a while, the ground will compress and this might lead to collapse of building on such land, leading to loss of lives and property.

Going by the occurrence in countries with similar issues, it has been proven that when groundwater in any community is extensively and excessively withdrawn, after a long period of time, it results into lowering of the land surface, which is called subsidence. It was discovered that the earth lowered by 4.7 meters in Japan which badly affected many structures. As a result of this, Water Law was established to reduce the withdrawal of groundwater. Uncontrolled groundwater extraction via boreholes was responsible for recording similar occurrence in Su-Xi-Chang in China and also in Jakarta, Indonesia in 1994. In terms of contamination, a couple of people in northern Nigeria have lost their lives to drinking borehole water contaminated with Zinc poisoning.

Fortunately, this is a sector that can be revived if government surrenders it over to knowledgeable private investors.


To avert being in the dark due to the constant lack of electricity, individuals purchase generators, as there is hardly a household without at least one I beta pass my neighbour generator– a small sized generator commonly used to power low power-demanding gadgets . To remain relevant in business, big industries and corporations use mega generators to run business activities. And when many couldn’t break even, they had to move production to neighbouring countries with better power supply. But that aside, we can’t neglect the fact that the fumes from this alternative now turned regular source of power is actually toxic. The toxic waste from generators are contaminating the environment and in the wider sense, it’s reducing life expectancy by increasing chances for diseases like cancer amongst other deadly ailments.


When the judiciary fails or slows down justice, as a nation we’ve mastered to take the laws into our hands by lynching alleged criminals, just like the incident of #Aluu4 that shook Nigeria in October 2012. A case where four innocent undergraduates where gruesomely lynched and burnt alive for a crime they actually never committed.


Rather than ask for better roads with nice road networks or even demand that alternative means of transport like the modern train system be put in place, tired and frustrated citizens would rather buy Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) that can whether the bad roads with deep potholes wide enough to cook for an entire community. And you begin to wonder if increasing the number of SUVs on our bad roads would temper the economic gawkiness that lack of good transport system constitutes.

Without talking about security, one can actually go on and on.  And sometimes you can’t but be tempted to ask that won’t the country be better off without the government which is only famously known for corruption, mismanagement and failing successfully at disbursing its basic responsibilities.

Nations only thrive when the government and citizens do that which is required for economic progress and development.

I am @Lanre_Olagunju

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