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HARSH REALITY! Abuja residents now use charcoal as alternative to gas



Some FCT residents have resorted to using charcoal and firewood as the cost of cooking gas continued to increase, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Those who spoke with NAN said with the incessant rise in the price of cooking gas, it is gradually becoming unaffordable to the common man.

NAN check on Friday also revealed that the cost of charcoal is gradually increasing owing to high demand, making some people switch to firewood.

Mrs Victoria Amosu, a resident of Gwagwalada Area Council said she has discontinued the use of cooking gas, adding that she uses firewood and charcoal which was not also cheap.

“I have stopped using cooking gas and I now use firewood or charcoal which the price is also increasing at alarming rate but more preferably that cooking gas.

“Before now, I buy 12.5kg of cooking gas for between N12,000 to N13,000 in 2023 but now it’s sold for between N15,750 to N16,400.

“I cannot continue to spend that much only on cooking gas.

“I use charcoal and firewood now although they are not cheap either but it is affordable and last more that the gas”, she said.

Mr Dayo Kunle, a businessman at Mararaba said with the constant increase in gas, he has resolved with his wife to use firewood or charcoal stove as an alternative to cooking gas.

Kunle said they have to spend more using cooking gas because of the family size and constant boiling of water.

“Though we have refilled our gas cylinder, it is only used to warm our food when the need arises,” he said.

Mrs Shola Bisi, a civil servant said that the increase in the price of cooking gas has really taken a toll on her.

“Using of gas is the only option I have, this is because I stay on the fifth floor in the estate where I live.

“So I use my cooking gas with wisdom, I make sure I get all things ready before I turn on my gas. I cook food that will last me the whole day and only put on the gas to warm my food before eating,” she said.

Mrs Gloria Ikenna, a restaurant owner, said that the increase in price has negatively affected her business and the profit she makes.

Ikenna said her restaurant was located in a residential area and the use of charcoal stoves or firewood are prohibited.

“The situation is a terrible one that needs urgent intervention. I spend so much on gas that I hardly make any reasonable profit from this business,” she said.

She appealed to the government to find a lasting solution to the constant increase in the price of gas in order to help businesses like hers that relied on cooking gas.

Ms Ogechukwu Ukwuani, a corp member, said she uses electric cooker and had to reconsider her choice of food whenever their was no electricity supply.

Ukwuani said that it was very hard to cope as a Nigerian in this present economic hardship.

She called on the government to put an end to the plights of Nigerians.

NAN reports that a bag of charcoal which was initially sold between N3,500 to N4,000 now sells for N5,500 to N6,000 per bag.


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Damagum returns as National Chairman, urges members to work for party’s success



Ambassador Umar Damagum has retained his position as the acting National Charman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

On Thursday, the PDP conducted its 98th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.

In a communique after the meeting, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Barrister Debo Ologunagba said the NEC urged all members to continue to work together for the success of the party for the benefit of Nigerians.

A day earlier, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party passed a vote of confidence on Damagum.

Ologunagba said: “NEC charges all organs, leaders, critical stakeholders and indeed all members of the PDP to close ranks, put aside every personal or group interests and work together in the overall effort to reposition and return the PDP to power at the center in the interest of the Nigerian people.

“Consequently, NEC received and approved the Timetable for Party Congresses across the country.

“NEC also approved the Reconstitution of the Party Disciplinary and Reconciliation Committees to further ensure the stability of the party.

“Similarly, NEC approved the extension of the life of the Party Constitution Amendment Committee to allow it to receive new amendment proposals for inclusion in its deliberation and final report for consideration by NEC.

“NEC commended the efforts of the National Working Committee in its effort towards rebranding the Party including the new look PDP Logo which is widely accepted by Party members and Nigerians in general.

“NEC charges all Party members to continue to work together for the success of the PDP for the benefit of Nigerians and sustenance of Democracy in our country.”

Before the NEC meeting, PDP members loyal to the party’s presidential candidate in the last election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had moved against Damagum, over allegations that he was working for former governor of Rivers State, Barrister Nyesom Wike.

Wike led a group of five PDP governors that rebelled against Atiku while contesting the presidential election last year.

Atiku lost the election to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who appointed Wike as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

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Reps Urge Ports Operators To Cooperate For Economic Diversification




By Gloria Ikibah

The House of Representatives has appealed to ports operators in Nigeria to cooperate and align with Nigeria’s economic diversification move.

The Chairman House Committee on Ports And Harbours, Rep. Nnolim Nnaji, made the call at an interactive Session of the Committee with all Terminal Operators and Nigeria Ports Authority Licensed Agents, on Thursday in Abuja.

He explained that the Committee’s interactive session was very crucial because of the invaluable roles the sector plays in the nation’s economy and national life.

He saud: “It therefore presents us with urgent need to effect changes that will restructure this unique and high-tech sector and position it to strategically compete in the global space.

“This sector is very dynamic and we must constantly review the standards, facilities and operational guidelines to keep pace with its obtainable global best practices.

“I wish to reiterate the Committee’s commitment to ensure that the sector remains one of the best through appropriate legislation and oversight in order to bequeath to Nigerians, a Ports and Harbours that is properly regulated and better managed for greater efficiency”.

The Committee Chairman also said that it was important to harmoniously promote the objective of professionalizing the modus operandi of the sector to improve Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product and revenue generation.

“We intend to collaborate with relevant Stakeholders in the industry to ensure that appropriate avenues are created for its economic development and then make it a hub for better non-oil revenue generation. It is imperative to note that the House of Representatives will continue to support total rehabilitation and upgrading of our Ports and Harbours and allied services. We shall ever be ready to provide the necessary legislation and needed oversight to achieve this purpose”, he added.

Rep. Nnaji disclosed that the purpose of the meeting was to provide the interface for members of the Committee to interact with Stakeholders in the industry, most especially Terminal Operators and NPA Licensed Agents regarding their operations and various activities in the Ports and also create the enabling environment and synergy towards achieving the goals of the Federal Government in the Maritime sector, as well as aligning the sector with its contemporary demands, developmental goals, international standards and best practices.

“It is pertinent to note that the Committee’s role is not only to oversight the NPA, but also to partner with stakeholders in the sector to achieve maximum success taking cognizance of government’s quest on increasing revenue generation, port decongestion and boosting infrastructural development for effective service delivery. Thus, we must be committed to transparency, collaboration and open dialogue with all stakeholders to enhance ease of doing business”, the chairman said.

The lawmaker enjoined the stakeholders to bring their exclusive viewpoints and experiences on board as they will be invaluable in shaping policies and recommendations of the committee.

While briefing the committee, the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria, Mrs Urunta Chinyere, told the committee that there was the news for the digitization of the operations of the agents.

According to her, if operators can adopt the model, it would enhance revenue generation.

“We observed that most of the terminal operators are doing partial implementation of what we ask for. They are not fully complying to what they are supposed to do”, Chinyere said.

In his response, the Managing Director of Five Star Logistics, Mr. Rigor Nazzari, said that his agency has fully complied with all the models.

According to him, there are operators specific issues at the terminals that need to be addressed by the council.

The committee chairman thereforw called on the terminal operators to comply with the council and upgrade their systems.

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Aisha Yesufu queries Gov. Ododo for trying to prevent EFCC from arresting Yahaya Bello



By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

Nigerian female social activist, Aisha Yesufu,  has expressed displeasure with the role played by Kogi Stars Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo in stopping the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from arresting his predecessor, Yahaya Bello.

It was gathered that the Kogi Governor on Wednesday, obstructed the arrest of Bello by operatives of the EFCC.

Recall that the EFCC operatives had stormed Bello’s residence in Abuja in an attempt to arrest him over an ongoing fraud investigation.

But Bello was reportedly smuggled out of his residence by Ododo to evade arrest by the anti-graft agency.

“I cannot imagine I, Aisha Yesufu as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a Governor will come to Abuja where I am, to prevent @officialEFCC from arresting someone.

“As in, prevent it from carrying out its constitutional sanctioned duty. Nahhhhh!
Kai! Poor Nigeria!”

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