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Nigeria’s Power Grid Collapses…Leaving Consumers In Darkness

Nigeria’s power transmission grid collapsed on Tuesday night, leading to the shutdown of the country’s electricity grid at 10:20pm last night. Confirming the incident on Wednesday, the Federal Government said the collapse was due to a fire incident on the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System of the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Limited. A statement by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing reads: “Regrettably, after a sustained period of increasing production and distribution of power since…

Who Presidential Documentary Epp?

On Christmas Day, I stumbled on an interview given by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina. Although it was a fairly lengthy interaction with the presenters of Sunrise Daily on Channels Television that morning, two things that the presidential spokesperson said amplify the fault with the President’s communication. Confronted with a front page report quoting the National Bureau of Statistics as estimating that eight million Nigerians had become unemployed between January…

FG Concludes Plan To Reintroduce Toll Gates Nationwide

The Federal Government said it has concluded plans to reintroduce toll gates on various highways across the country. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, made this known on Thursday while speaking at an interactive session with the senate committee on the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA). Fashola said the toll gates would be reintroduced in 38 locations across the roads. The minister said road users would be able to pay for toll through their phones, adding that the money realised would…

$35m Alleged Fraud: ‘My Ministry Has Done Nothing Wrong,’ Fashola Replies Senate

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has reacted to allegations that his ministry mismanaged funds to the tune of $35 million. He described the allegations which was presented by Dino Melaye, the senator representing Kogi West, as ‘unverified’, stating that neither himself, his staff and his ministry have done nothing wrong. In a statement he personally signed, the minister said he would cooperate with the Senate whenever he was called upon for questioning. “With all emphasis, I state that…

Fashola To Appear Before Senate Over Alleged $35m Fraud

The Senate, on Wednesday, mandated its Senate committees on Power; and Public Accounts to invite the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), to explain how his ministry spent $35m out of the money on power projects without approval by the National Assembly. The investigation follows the alleged plan by the Ministry to secure the release of $350m domiciled in the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority to finance electricity projects. The decision followed the adoption of a motion moved by Senator…

FG Signs Agreement On Construction Of Lagos-Abidjan Highway

Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, says the federal government has signed financial agreement for the execution of Lagos-Abidjan highway. NAN reports that Olusegun Ogunkayode, senior information officer in the ministry, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday. According to the statement, Fashola made this known at the ninth steering committee and experts meeting of the Lagos-Abidjan Corridor Highway Development Programme. The minister said the signing of the financial agreement was…

Ali Bubu And The Forty Thieves

With the recent revelations that Abdulrasheed Maina (a man that former President Jonathan fired from the civil service and declared wanted for allegedly pilfering 100 billion Naira from the Pension funds) was secretly recalled, reinstated and given a juicy position within the Buhari administration, not even the most hardcore Buharist can still harbour any pretence that the present Nigerian government is prosecuting an anti corruption war. With the reinstatement of Maina, the non-prosecution of the Secretary to the…

Fashola Wants End To Apapa Gridlock, Port Congestion

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Thursday in Lagos called for the collaboration of all stakeholders to tackle traffick gridlock, port congestion and other problems in Apapa and its environs. Fashola made the call at a stakeholders meeting on the ongoing Apapa Wharf Road reconstruction project in Surulere. The stakeholders at the meeting included the three financiers of the project, AG Dangote Construction Company Ltd, Flour Mills of Nigeria Ltd and Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA).…

FEC Approves N25.9bn Payment To Discos

The Federal Executive Council has approved the payment of N25.99 billion to electricity distribution companies in the country. The amount is part of the N67.41 billion the discos said they were being owed by the government – ministries, departments, and agencies. The decision was reached at the FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, on Wednesday in Abuja. Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde…