Niger State Approves 0.5bn Naira For Power Contracts

Niger State, PowerThe government of Niger State has approved the sum of 536,944,754 naira to connect two local government headquarters with 33KVA direct line to the national grid after decades of abandonment.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, Transport and Rural Development, Abdulmalik Cheche, disclosed this to reporters on Monday after a State Executive Council meeting in Minna, the Niger State capital.

He explained that the approval was made as Mariga and Agwara local councils have never been connected to the national grid since their creation.

The Commissioner was optimistic that the completion of the projects at Bangi and Agwara, the headquarters of Mariga and Agwara respectively would have added value to the people and boost their economic productivity.

He regretted that the two local governments remained the only councils in Nigeria that were not connected to the national grid, despite Agwara’s proximity to Kanji Dam.

Mr Cheche further stressed the need for the project to alleviate the plight of the people of the areas, as other local governments were connected to 11KVA.

He stated that the contract would be completed at the stipulated time agreed so as to ensure its commissioning by January 2017.

The Commissioner disclosed that Mariga and Agwara projects cost 401,252,162 naira and 135,692,592 naira respectively.

He said that the Niger State government has never relented in the payment of its statutory 35 million naira monthly due to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) for its power consumption.

Cheche stated that contractors were given equal opportunity to bid for the contracts, adding that all due processes were followed in the award of the contracts.

APC, Others Condemn Election Process In Anambra

anambraIssues and complaints have continued to trail the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly Elections in Anambra State, as collation of results is concluded in various constituency  and Local Government Headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the Senator representing Anambra Central and a leader of the party in the State, Senator Chris Ngige, on Monday condemned the election and called for its cancellation.

In a press briefing, Senator Ngige, demanded that the election should be conducted based on the use card reader and the release of party members held hostage in some parts of the State.

Senator Ngige’s statement came days after the factional senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for Anambra South senatorial zone, Mr Chris Uba, asked the INEC not to announce any of the candidates of the PDP winner of the election or issue the certificate of return to any “until the suit at the supreme court is determined to State”.

Similarly, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has maintained that the collation of results had not been transparent.

The APGA  commended the INEC for ensuring a good outing at the riverine areas of Anambra East and West, but, however, had issues with the collation of results. Members of the ruling party in the State had accused the PDP of hijacking the process of collation to suit it.

Addressing the grouse of the political parties, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr Edwin Nwatarali, said all issues should be addressed to the appropriate quarter, as the election and the commission were guided by law.

While the complaints mount, results of winners of the National Assembly elections are being announced.