FG To Distribute 20,000 Solar Energy Units In 2017

Yemi Osinbajo, Beyond The Grid, Solar Energy UnitsNigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, says 20,000 new solar energy household units will be dispersed across rural areas in the first phase of the Federal Government’s ‘beyond the grid’ project in 2017.

Professor Osinbajo said that while the government’s commitment to developing traditional means of power generation and transmission remained unshakeable, off the grid energy supply would receive heightened attention, moving forward.

He made the disclosure while commissioning the ‘beyond the grid’ solar power project which was launched by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) in Wuna community of Gwagwalada in Abuja.

The Vice President emphasised that while past rural power projects lacked vision and longevity, the solar energy initiative would strategically power industrious communities that provide goods and services to surrounding territories for broader economic development.

Overseeing the project, the Managing Director of the NDPHC, Chiedu Ugbo, noted that project maintenance was central in project conceptualisation.

The traditional ruler of Wuna community, Mr Yusuf Isa, who commended the initiative, said that the usage of kerosene lamps has become a memory.

He, however, highlighted some of the challenges the residents of the community faced before the launch of the project.

A farmer in the community, Solomon Jaka, also thanked the government for the project, saying the solar energy initiative has changed his life and that of his family.

INEC To Conclude FCT Elections On Wednesday

INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13, conclude the cancelled Chairmanship and Councilorship elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Commission said the Saturday, April 9 elections in the areas were cancelled due to non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), and the approved INEC guidelines and regulations.

The elections were cancelled for three reasons namely: violence, over voting and non use of the Smart Card Reader (SCR).

A total of 39, 647 registered voters are expected to participate in tomorrow’s elections.

In Abaji Area Council, the Commission will conclude Chairmanship and Councillorship elections in two Polling Units of two (2) Wards, namely: Nuku and Gawu, with a total of 3,513 voters expected to participate.

In Bwari Area Council, Councillorship elections will be concluded in two (2) Wards and three Polling Units with a total of 5,522 registered voters.

The Commission will conclude Chairmanship election in one Ward (IBWA) and two (2) Polling Units in Gwagwalada Area Council with a total of 1,881 registered voters.

In Kuje Area Council, Chairmanship and Councillorship elections will also be concluded in 12 Polling Units of eight (8) Wards, with a total of 13,368 voters. The Wards are: Gwargwada, Kwaku, Kuje Central, Chibiri, Gudunkarya, Rubochi, Yenche and Kabi.

The Commission will conclude Chairmanship and Councillorship elections in six (6) wards and fourteen (14) Polling Units of AMAC.

The affected wards are: Karu, Garki, Gwarinpa, Gui, Karshi and Nyanya. A total of 15,363 voters are expected to participate in the elections.

The Area Councils affected are Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC). Chairmanship elections will be concluded in four (4) Area Councils of: Abaji, Gwagwalada, Kuje and AMAC while Councillorship elections will be concluded in four (4) Area Councils.

FCT Election Records Low Turnout

BayelsaThe Federal Capital Territory Council polls has recorded a low turnout of voters amidst tight security.

Although the situation was different in the outskirts of the city centre, where turn out of voters can be said to be impressive.

Many of the voters told Channels Television that voting started at 7.45AM amidst tight security by officers of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.

However, some agents of political parties participating in the area council elections in Abuja have commended the FCT Independent Electoral Commission for distributing election materials on time.

Meanwhile, a representative of INEC said the late arrival of security officials to the distribution venue was the initial challenge they had.

The INEC official, however, assured that the Commission has deployed enough personnel to handle the conduct of the election.

Officials started leaving for their pooling units with voting materials as early as 7:25AM.

Six area councils namely Karu, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Gwagwalada, Kuje, Bwari and Kwali are participating in the exercise expected to elect chairmen and councillors into the area councils.

INEC Begins Distribution Of Materials In FCT Council Elections

Military-election-INEC-courtOfficials of the FCT  Independent Electoral Commission have begun distributing electoral materials in the six local councils of the FCT.

Agents of some political parties participating in the area council elections in Abuja have commended the FCT Independent Electoral Commission for distributing election materials on time.

Agents of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC), who spoke to Channels Television at the distribution centre in Karu say the exercise is an improvement over all previous elections.

Meanwhile, a representative of INEC said the late arrival of security officials to the distribution venue was the initial challenge they had.

Officials started leaving for their pooling units with voting materials as early as 7:25 am.

The INEC official, however, assured that the Commission has deployed enough personnel to handle the conduct of the election in Karu Area Council.

Six area councils namely Karu, AMAC, Gwagwalada, Kuje, Bwari and Kwali are participating in the exercise expected to elect chairmen and councillors into the area councils.

IGP Conducts Aerial Patrol On Kaduna-Abuja-Lokoja Highway

Suleiman Abba.The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Suleiman Abba, has reassured Nigerians of round-the-clock safety and security before, during and after the Yuletide.

IGP Abba stated this when he addressed journalists on Christmas Eve at the Custom Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada after completing a phased aerial surveillance of the FCT and the Kaduna-Abuja-Lokoja Highway.

The Police Chief, who was accompanied by senior police officers, added that the helicopter patrol was undertaken to complement the good efforts of Police personnel who are strategically deployed nationwide to ensure safety and security of lives and property.

He further stated that the Nigeria Police and other security agencies are working round the clock to ensure safety and security of Nigerians and enjoined Nigerians to cooperate with the security agencies and report any suspicious persons or group.

This, he said, would enable the Nigeria Police respond to prevent any threat of a breach of the peace.

NSCDC Parades Six Suspected Oil Thieves, Vandals

Civil DefenceIn line with its declaration of war against vandals of critical infrastructure and national assets, the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corp, NSCDC, has apprehended and paraded six suspected oil thieves.

Parading the suspects in Abuja on Friday, Commandant-General of the Corp, Dr Ade Abolurin, said that the oil thieves were arrested in Dobi area of Gwagwalada on the outskirt of the Federal Capital Territory while offloading a 33,000 litre truck containing stolen petroleum product.

Dr Abolurin said that the suspected vandals arrested by the Corp’s anti-vandal squad and the oil thieves would be prosecuted as soon as investigations are completed.

He, however, appealed to Nigerians to volunteer information to security agencies that would lead to the arrest of vandals and criminally minded persons.

Two Killed, 1,500 Persons Displaced In Abuja Communal Clash

A communal clash over the weekend erupted in Gwako Village in Gwagwalada Local Government Area of the Federal Capital Territory between Fulani and Gwari residents claiming two lives and displacing 1,500 people from 27 communities.

The prompt intervention of the security agencies including personnel from the police, Nigeria Security And  Civil Defence Corps and military had helped to curtail the escalation of the crisis which started Saturday as a result of encroachment of a herd of cattle into farmlands in the area.

The Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Muhammad Sani-Sidi who commended the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Muhammad for the promptness of his agencies and his physical presence at the scene, appealed to the warring parties to live peacefully with one another and eschew any form of violence as we enter the New Year.

Sani-Sidi who disclosed that two lives were lost and 27 communities affected, said that over 1500 internally displaced people are currently squatting in a temporary camp on the permanent campus of the University of Abuja in Gwagwalada area.

The Minister of FCT, Senator Bala Muhammad who led other government agencies to assess the impact of the incidence appealed to the communities to remain calm as the government would ensure that the causes of the crisis would soon be addressed so that they could return to their homes.

The Minister had asked NEMA to provide more amenities to the victims in the camp as he also constituted an emergency team for conflict resolution and relief distribution to the affected communities which had membership from response agencies and Urban Affairs Department of FCTA.

Minister Visits Gwako Village

Meanwhile the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Senator Bala Mohammed today (Sunday) visited the site of the Fulani/Gwari incident which led to the death of two in a village in Gwawalada Area Council.

The incident which took place last night led to about 200 persons to seek refuge at the University of Abuja Permanent Site.

Commiserating with the internally displaced at the University Site, Sen. Bala Mohammed said his Administration was concerned about the incident because the history of relationship between the Gwaris and Fulanis has been a very cordial one.

He urged them to take heart and not take any action that will be seen as a reprisal attack.

The Minister said President Goodluck Jonathan who has already been briefed about the incident enjoins both communities to live in peace and harmony with one another. He announced that relief materials including food, water, mattresses and blankets have already been sent to them and they will continue to be looked after by FCT Administration and NEMA.

Senator Bala Mohammed who visited the incident site with FCT Police Commissioner and Commander of the Guards Brigade, and other top FCT Administration officials assured the displaced communities that all measures will be taken to ensure the security and protection of lives and property.

On his part, the Sarkin Fulani, who spoke on behalf of the Fulani Communities now residing temporarily at the University Campus, thanked the FCT Minister and President Goodluck Jonathan for coming to their rescue.

He assured them that they will continue to live in harmony with the Gwaris in the FCT, while urging the government to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.

Meanwhile the FCT Minister has called for a meeting tomorrow (Monday), which he will be chairing at Gwagwalada Area Council.

The meeting will held with leaders of both Fulani and Gwari communities, the Gwagwalada Area Council Chairman, traditional rulers of Gwagwalada with a view to making sure that peace between the communities is maintained, as well as finding lasting solution to such mishaps.

University of Abuja Shut Down

The management of the University of Abuja on Monday shut down the institution following students’ protest.

The protesting students reportedly disrupted the second semester examination that was already underway and blocked the Abuja – Gwagwalada road and the main entrance to the University campus causing huge traffic congestion.

Soldiers and policemen are presently making attempts to restore law and order in the University  as at the time of filing in this report.

Some of the protesters, who spoke with Channels Television, said the problem started when students of the Faculty of Engineering protested the inability of the school authority to produce a time table for their examination; even when students in other faculties have started theirs.

This is not the first time in 2012 that the authority would have to shut down the University following students’ protest.

In April, the management of the institution closed the University after a violent protest by students resulted in a breakdown of law and order in the school community.

The students had protested against the suspension of four courses offered by the University

The Federal Government had suspended some courses including Medicine, Veterinary medicine, Engineering and Agriculture because the departments offering these courses have failed to get accreditation from the National Universities Commission.