Nigerians Are Reporting Better Power Supply, Less Use Of Generators – Buhari

President Buhari’s Democracy Day Address (FULL TEXT)
File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the nation has witnessed better power supply under his administration going by the minimal use of generators among Nigerians.

The President said this on Tuesday while highlighting some achievements of his administration on Democracy Day.

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He said; “In the area of power generation, Nigerians from all parts of the country continue to report better power supply and less use of generators. This underscores the effectiveness of the methodical plan to deliver incremental and uninterrupted power supply to our homes, markets, offices and factories.”

Also according to the President, the nation has witnessed the highest power supply with over 5,000 megawatts of electricity.

He further stated that the nation’s power generation capacity has been expanded to over 7,000 megawatts with the provision of new facilities.

“The country achieved 5, 222.3 MW representing the highest peak of power generated onto the national grid and delivered to customers in December 2017. With new facilities, repairs and rehabilitation by Government and private investors, generation capability now exceeds 7,500 MW.

“This Administration is committed to lawful interventions to ensure the operators of the distribution business live up to expectations especially in the areas of distribution capacity, service delivery, collection efficiency, and metering to eliminate contentious estimated billing”. Read Full Speech Here.

Lagos Govt Provides 120 Generators To Police

The Lagos State government has donated 120 new 5KVA generators to the Lagos State Police Command to power all police formations across the state.

The state governor, who made the donation on Monday in Ikeja, also pledged his continuous support to security agencies to ensure optimal performance.

He reiterated the commitment of his administration to enforce the rule of law and safety of lives and property in the state, just as he said that his vision was for the state to be among the safest places to live and work in Africa.

Governor Ambode, who was represented at the brief handing over ceremony by the Chairman of Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Mr Oye-Hassan Odukale, said the state government would not relent in coming up with initiatives and programmes to guarantee the safety of the people.

He said the generators were procured by LSSTF to ensure police formations in Lagos State work optimally in their mandate of safeguarding lives and property.

“Lagos State is the safest state and we hope to make the state to be among the safest states in Africa, which is our objective at the Fund,” he said in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Habib Aruna.

“Anything about security is given high priority by our administration. Lagosians (Lagos residents) are now feeling safe.

“The safety that we are experiencing don’t come cheap but I like to assure that at the Fund, we are always willing to move at any time to ensure that we keep Lagos safe,” he added.

The governor also congratulated the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Imohimi Edgal, and pledged to work with him to ensure the safety of the people.

He said aside from the provision of the generators, the LSSTF had also been mandated to carry out the installation of the new equipment in all the divisions and area commands in the state.

Ambode, however, urged the police to take good care of the generators and use them for the intended purpose for the overall benefit and safety of the people.

On his part, Mr Edgal thanked the governor for the gesture, saying the generators would be put to optimal use as they could not have come at a better time.

He said that the facility would go a long way in ensuring that the divisional and area commands were well lit up to enable them to effectively enforce the laws of the land.

“You can imagine the confidence members of the public will have if divisional headquarters and area commands are lit with the confidence that their matters would be earnestly addressed,” the Police Commissioner said.

“Power is very essential. Our communication gadgets, especially phones need to be charged. You cannot function anywhere, you can’t take complaints, you can’t give directives to field officers when there is no power. These generators are very valuable to us,” he added.

 

FG Begins Implementation Of Agricultural Programmes In Three States

Agriculture-in-Nigeria-and-farmingThe Federal government has begun the implementation of the agricultural programmes for value chain development and processing in Benue, Kogi and Kaduna states.

This is through the Bill and Melinda Gate assisted food sufficiency programme.

The Head of Delegation, Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation, Audu Yerima disclosed this in Makurdi at a meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom, after a stock taking session of the Benue states agricultural programmes with relevant stakeholders.

Governor Ortom on his part, is willing to open up the state agricultural policy for impute and greater efficiency for the growth of the sector.

Ortom  asked the Foundation to deploy its expertise knowledge and marketing network, to make millionaires out of Benue farmers.

Besides this meeting, the State Executive Council also approved the cancellation of the ongoing auctioning of government vehicles and equipment due to some lapses.

The Commissioner of Information, Onoja Otokpa, said some government vehicles and generators, removed from the auction, have generated concerns about the entire exercise, prompting government to cancel the auction.

23 Vehicles Burnt As Fire Guts Mechanic Village In Agidingbi

fireThe spate of fire outbreaks in Lagos has just got another incident added to its list, as an inferno overnight gutted a mechanic village in the Agidingbi axis of the state.

A total of 23 vehicles, generators, computers and gas cylinders were torched, raising eyebrows over the issue of safety in areas with high concentration of combustible items.

The General Manager of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), in reaction to the incident, said sensitization on safety measures is on the rise, to curb fire outbreaks in the state.

Recently, a fire incident that occurred around Lawanson area in the state claimed at least five lives.

 

Imo NSCDC Arrests Suspected Oil Thieves And Armoured Cable Vandals

NSCDCThe Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Imo State Command has arrested seven suspects alleged to be involved in illegal sales and adulteration of stolen crude oil, as well as three suspects who are into vandalism and selling of armoured Nitel cables.

Parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Owerri, the Imo State capital, the State Commandant, Pedro Ideba, said the suspects had been in the business for over a long period of time.

They had beaten different security checkpoints by deceiving security operatives, with lorries meant for transporting sands and chippings to smuggle stolen crude oil into the state.

The suspected thieves were said to have covered the adulterated product with sand under the guise of transporting sand and chippings to their construction sites.

He also said a tip-off by some vigilant members of the public, with efforts by his men, traced the suspects to the point of arrest in Owerri where they were caught when trying to sell these adulterated products.

While sounding a note of warning to economic saboteurs who indulge in the line of business, Mr Ideba said it would not be business as usual as the NSCDC Imo Command remained committed to protecting government infrastructures and bring economic sabotage to its barest minimal.

In a similar development, the command also paraded a group led by one Joel Samuel, suspected to have been responsible for excavating and selling armoured Nitel cables and high tension wires.

However, the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, who was present while the suspects were being paraded, commended the command for their recent breakthrough while also warning that the state government would not spare anyone who sabotages the economy of the State and Nation.

He added that the Okorocha-led administration would stop at nothing to ensure that residents of the State were protected from economic sabotage and other crimes.

The command has promised to charge the suspects to court for prosecuted and face the necessary punishment as stipulated by the law.

Items recovered from them are, drums of adulterated crude oil, generators, pumping machine, jerrycans, as well as two lorries used in conveying the products.