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Minister of power inaugurates 5 projects under Presidential Power Initiative

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The Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, has inaugurated five projects, located in Okene, Kogi state, Amukpe, Delta state, Potiskum, Yobe state, Apo in Abuja, and Ihovbor, Edo state, under the phase one of the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI).

The phase one of the PPI is targeted at increasing Nigeria’s wheeling capacity by 272 megawatts, thus culminating in a more robust delivery of electricity to consumers across the nation.

Speaking at the commissioning of the 60MVA power transformer , Adelabu, said: “Concurrently, we are remotely inaugurating four additional sites, namely Amukpe in Delta State, Potiskum in Yobe State, Apo in Abuja, and Ihvobor in Edo state.

“This is why we commend the strides that have been made by the FGN Power Company under the Presidential Power Initiative. In particular, the partnership that has been forged with the German government and Siemens Energy which led to the production and installation of these world-class equipment we are commissioning today.

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“PPI, I must note, is a strategic and systematic approach to solving Nigeria’s perennial problems of unreliable and inadequate electricity supply. I am delighted that with the German Government’s partnership with the Federal Government of Nigeria on the execution of the PPI, we will be able to deliver reliable power supply to the entire country. Mr. President has mandated that we accelerate our Agreement with Siemens Energy, and we are currently finalizing the scope of that work with all stakeholders.”

Similarly, the Managing director/CEO, FGN Power Company, Mr. Kenny Anuwe, said: “Today marks yet another historic day in the journey of our beloved country, Nigeria and the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI). The inauguration of four other sites, which include Amukpe in Delta State, Potiskum in Yobe State, Apo in Abuja and Ihovbor in Edo State, will collectively boost the transmission wheeling capacity by 272MW for onward delivery to electricity consumers. These signify a pivotal step forward in the revitalization of the power sector, serving as a masterstroke that will profoundly impact our industrial, social, and commercial life as a nation.

“The PPI has embarked on a noteworthy initiative by deploying Ten (10) Power Transformers and Ten (10) Mobile Substations across Nigeria. This strategic move will augment the transmission wheeling capacity, a pivotal component of the current administration’s concerted efforts to expeditiously deliver enhanced power supply. Importantly, the deployment of these devices underscores our steadfast dedication to advancing improved electricity access for the people of Nigeria.

“Let me at this point express my profound gratitude to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, His Excellency, Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his single-minded determination to continue the pursuit of improved power supply for Nigerians, as initiated by his predecessor, former President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“I extend my gratitude to the Honourable Minister of Power for your exemplary leadership and dedication to fulfilling the mandate of the PPI. Special thanks are also due to the former Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello and the incumbent Governor of the State His Excellency, Ahmed Usman Ododo for your invaluable support during the project implementation in Okene, which has made the commissioning of this project a reality.

“We acknowledge the importance of improved power supply towards the attainment of the present administration’s Renewed Hope agenda and assure Mr. President of our determination to provide all necessary leverage towards the attainment of his administration’s national objective.”

He said: “When, on August 31, 2018, the Federal Government of Nigeria established the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), the underlying objective was to coordinate the partnerships and secure financing for the project that would improve the country’s power transmission, distribution, and generation capacity for the benefit of Nigerian households and businesses.

“Through hard work and driven by an immeasurable sense of patriotism, the Nigerian government was able to reach an agreement with the German government, resulting in Siemens Energy’s emergence as the implementation partner to deliver on PPI’s mandate to modernize and revamp infastuctures in the power sector .

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“Partnering with the German Government, Siemens A.G and Siemens Energy, we were able to set for ourselves and our dear country Nigeria, the ambitious task of boosting power supply from an estimated 4,000 megawatts to 25,000 megawatts.

“We are aware of the country’s economic and social potentials and needs. Therefore, FGN Power Company, through the PPI, has laid plans for an even distribution of power infrastructure across all the geopolitical and potential economic power zones of the country.

“This is why this commissioning of the power transformer in Okene, Kogi State is important. We strongly believe that with improved power supply in Kogi State as well as in other parts of North Central Nigeria, investments in agriculture and food processing will begin to spiral, and with that, there will be spontaneous personal, regional, and national economic growth.”

He added: “This administration is setting the course towards economic development, and access to energy is the foundation for job creation and economic growth. I am happy to announce that with our partnership with Siemens Energy, we have been able to create more jobs while also delivering capacity building in the area of power sector engineering for Nigerian engineers.”

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Unite for Change: Nigerians Urged to Protest Peacefully to Avoid Economic and Social Fallout

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In light of the upcoming protests planned across Nigeria, we urge all citizens to engage in peaceful demonstrations. It is crucial to express our grievances and demand change without resorting to violence, which only exacerbates the issues we face as a nation.

Recent examples from around the world highlight the destructive outcomes of violent protests. In *France, the yellow vest protests, which began as peaceful demonstrations against fuel tax increases, escalated into violent clashes with police, resulting in significant property damage and injuries.

Similarly, in **Chile*, protests over economic inequality and living costs turned violent, leading to widespread destruction and a heavy-handed government response. These instances serve as a reminder that violence undermines the legitimacy of protests and often leads to severe repercussions for all involved.

In a recent interview with Victor Walsh Oluwatemi, the Chief Executive of the Africa Development Studies Centre (ADSC), he emphasized the importance of non-violent protests.

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“We must learn from the recent events in *Kenya*, where protests against rising living costs and economic hardships turned violent, resulting in severe economic disruptions and further strain on the country’s fragile economy,” Oluwatemi stated. “The violence not only led to loss of lives and property but also scared away investors, causing long-term damage to the nation’s economic prospects.”

We acknowledge the frustrations and hardships that many young Nigerians face. With high unemployment rates and limited opportunities, it is understandable why the youth might feel they have nothing to lose. However, resorting to violence is not the solution. Violence only leads to more suffering and delays the progress we seek.

“We understand the deep frustrations felt by our youth,” said Oluwatemi. “But history has shown us that non-violent movements can bring about significant and lasting change. The Civil Rights Movement in the United States and the Indian Independence Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi are prime examples of how peaceful protests can lead to meaningful and transformative outcomes.”

To ensure our message is heard and to bring about the change we desperately need, we must remain united in our commitment to non-violence. We urge community leaders, activists, and all citizens to advocate for peaceful protests and to discourage any form of violence. Let us stand together and show the world that we can demand justice and change without compromising our principles or endangering our communities.

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EXPOSED! How they tried to bribe Justice Nwosu-Iheme but she refused-Hon EJ

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A Federal Commissioner of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Honourable Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma has recounted how Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme of the Supreme Court was kidnapped when she was ruling on a case that deals with electoral fraud which involved him as a candidate in an election.

He accused INEC of rigging the election, pointing out that the perpetrator was apprehended by the DSS.

He noted that they had brought the culprit before both a tribunal and a court. However, he stated that despite the evidence provided by the DSS, the tribunal’s chairman dismissed the report as inconsequential.

He further recounted how the appeal process unfolded, particularly highlighting the integrity of Justice Iheme Nwosu. He alleged that despite attempts to bribe her, Justice Nwosu remained steadfast and was subsequently kidnapped, an ordeal during which her police orderly and driver were tragically killed.

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He said in an interview with Channels TV, ”I contested for Election and my mandate was stolen. INEC rigged the election and the man who did it was caught by the DSS. The DSS did a fantastic investigation and they took the man to court, they took him to the tribunal.

The Chairman of the Tribunal said the DSS report is inconsequential. At the end of the day, we went to appeal Court and the Appeal Court Judge, Justice Iheme Nwosu who is a wonderful woman.

They tried to bribe Justice Nwosu but she refused and she was kidnapped, they killed her police orderly and her driver. She was in captive for over 30 days and today that woman is now the Justice of the Supreme Court. That is the kind of woman that should be celebrated in this country.”

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Speaker Abbas endorses MoU with UN CEDAW on women empowerment

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…says Reps open to partnership with CSOs, others on gender equality

By Gloria Ikibah

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Abbas Tajudeen, on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Office of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Nigeria Member (OCEDAWNM) on legislative interventions on issues affecting women.

At the epoch ceremony, Speaker Abbas restated the commitment of the 10th House, under his leadership, to empowering women and ensuring gender equality in politics, governance and other spheres of life.

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Speaker Abbas pointed out that the MoU “uniquely attests to recognition of the need to marshal out diverse resources to achieve our 2024 International Women Development (IWD) themed: ‘Inspired Inclusion.’”

He said: “It is barely one week after my endorsement of a similar Parliamentary Development Programme for the 10th House sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for capacity building of members and staff of the House of Representatives.

“We are here again this afternoon to enter another working agreement with the United Nations group on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to promote the vision of our Legislative Agenda on inclusion and affirmative action for good governance.

“There is no better way to underscore the dedication of the House towards rebuilding the confidence of our people through pragmatic citizen’s engagement and capacity strengthening.”

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The Speaker said given the huge gender gaps in many sectors, there was the need for proactive measures to consolidate the 10th House Legislative Agenda’s vision of promoting inclusion and affirmative action for good governance, and promoting innovative and technology-based approaches to stimulate economic growth and ensure that no one is left behind in line with the SDG2030 & AU3063 Agendas.

He also said the measures should include harnessing existing opportunities for replicating good practice models in women’s peace and security, climate change management and renewable energy, and fin-tech, e-commerce and market access that could expand livelihoods and catalyse economic revival at the grassroots level.

He stressed the need to rebuild confidence in the people through pragmatic citizen engagement and capacity strengthening for key stakeholders as duty-bearers and rights holders.

Speaker Abbas added: “I urge our development partners, private Sector Companies and civil society associates to identify pillars in the partnership log frame where they can collaborate maximally to help realise concrete and transformative results

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“I look forward to receiving the out ones of your first contact meeting with details of priority interventions, strategic actions with timelines that will help utilize our eight-fold legislative mandate to advance our global and regional obligations in a way that responds to our local realities and contexts.

“The House will provide necessary legislative actions and support for the success of this partnership.”

The Speaker noted that the House recently had an ‘Open Week’ to engage citizens during which the members presented their one-year scorecard in office.

“Nigerians responded with great enthusiasm. The bottom-top approach intrinsic in the Open NASS Week and the unmatched performance of the House as meticulously articulated in the scorecard were greatly acknowledged by Nigerians who attended the Open Week and have largely enhanced our legislative image and heightened people’s confidence in the 10th House as a bastion of the common man,” he said.

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Speaker Abbas added that the House would “continue to engage our constituents because they are the reason we are here.”

The Vice-Chairperson, UN CEDAW, Madam Esther Eghobamien-Mshelia, who led the OCEDAWNM and with whom the Speaker signed the MoU, commended Speaker Abbas and members of the House for their efforts towards gender equality and women empowerment so far, while urging them to implement the agreement towards achieving more results.

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