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Why Buhari appointed me supervisor of three ministries-Fashola

Why Buhari appointed me supervisor of three ministries-Fashola

Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari, handed over three ministries to him in order to reduce government cost. The former Lagos State Governor made this known at a Federal Government Town hall meeting held in Shehu Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja that he has been playing a

Crazy electricity bills tear DISCOs, consumers apart

Electricity consumers across the Southwest and North Eastern parts of the country are groaning over the persistent high bills being given by the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) without corresponding energy supply. A cross section of them told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews across some South West states and Kwara that the phenomenon

FG partners North South Power Company on hydro power

The Federal Government is partnering the North South Power Company Ltd., in the development of existing dams for power generation. The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu said this when board members of the company led by their chairman paid him a courtesy visit on Wednesday in Abuja. Adamu said the partnership was a

Prepaid Meters: Finance, corruption reasons for non-patronage of local manufacturers – Expert

An indigenous meter manufacturer, Mr Atilade Bolarinwa, on Monday listed finance, technical partner influence and corruption as major reasons why Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) were not patronising made-in-Nigeria meters. Bolarinwa, who is the Vice-Chairman of Unistar Hi-teck System Ltd., an indigenous meter manufacturing company, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of

U.S., DisCos sign $9m Power Africa agreement

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and three Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) on Monday signed a nine million-dollar power agreement aimed to enhance their performance. The agreement was signed between the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, who signed for USAID, and representatives of Abuja, Benin and Eko Distribution Companies. Mrs Olufunke Osibodu, Managing

Nigeria signs 5 bilateral agreements with France — Minister.

Nigeria and France have signed five bilateral agreements on Cultural, Scientific Education and Technical Cooperation, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama said on Saturday. Onyeama, who made this known to State House correspondents in Abuja, said the five bilateral agreements were signed in a closed-door meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the visiting

Stop high electricity tariff now, hoteliers beg Buhari

Some stakeholders in the hospitality industry in Abuja have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in regulating the high electricity tariff and incessant power outage that are forcing some of them out of business. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Friday in Abuja that the development could cause

BEDC officials escape lynching in Warri

Some Officials of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, on Wednesday escaped being lynched by angry consumers in Warri, Delta State. Residents of Warri who took a swipe at the Management of BEDC for incessant tariff hike without electricity, noted that they were fed up with the power situation in the area. Even without supply for over a

New electricity prepaid meters have been tampered, group warns

A group, Citizens Access to Electricity Initiatives (CATEIN), on Monday alleged that the new free prepaid electricity meters being installed by the Ikeja Electric (IE) were a means to exploit consumers. Mr Abdul-Salam Fashola, the Coordinator of the group, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), claimed that the meters had been

Persistent power crisis forces cybercafés to shut down

Persistent fuel scarcity in the country and increasing usage of smart phones by people are knocking cybercafé operators out of business, a check by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) has shown. The check, conducted in Lagos on Friday showed that many cybercafé operators are facing rough times trying to source fuel to power their

Civil Society groups continue to picket Ikeja DISCO

Civil Society groups, in collaboration with the Citizens’ Access to Electricity Initiatives (CATEIN), on Tuesday resumed the picketing of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company over lingering power outages and the sack of 400 workers The groups barricaded the Ikeja DISCO Office in Lagos, asking the company to address the contending issues. Organised Labour had picketed

Sacked Jos electricity workers cannot be recalled – MD

Workers of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC), who were sacked recently, will not be re-engaged in spite of clamour by the workers’ union, JEDC Managing Director, Alhaji Gidado Modibbo, has declared. “We did not engage in a mass sack of workers as is being alleged by the union; we only removed redundant personnel whose

Workers picket Jos electricity coy over alleged indiscriminate sacking

The North-East Zone of the National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) on Monday picketed the headquarters of Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC), alleging indiscriminate sacking of staff. NUEE Vice President in the North-East, Mr Musa Ayiga, who led his colleagues on the exercise, said the union was also angry with JEDC over the “unfavourable working

Review sale of power sector, group advises FG on epileptic power

Mr Vincent Ugbor, the National President of Hotel and Personnel Service Employer Association of Nigeria (HOPESEA) has called on the Federal Government to immediately review sale of the power sector. Ugbor made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja. He said that it was an irony

Privatisation not the problem with Nigeria’s power sector, says BPE DG

Mr Vincent Akpotaire, the acting Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), said on Friday that privatisation was not the problem affecting the power sector in the country. He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday that the long-standing decay in the sector was the main cause of the present challenges facing

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