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Minister relocates to Enugu ahead of Airport reopening

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Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, his aides and top Ministry officials have relocated to Enugu State ahead of the planned reopening of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport on Sunday, August 30.

Spokesman of the Ministry, Dr James Odaudu, who made the disclosure in a statement explained that the Minister’s relocation was to monitor finishing touches being done by the contractors handling the runway reconstruction and installation of facilities at the airport.

“It is also to ensure that nothing stands in the way of the planned reopening.

“There have been apprehensions about the possibility of the resumption of flights at the airport as planned, as a result of the recent unwarranted and ill-advised pulling down of about two kilometres stretch of the perimeter fence of the airport by an individual claiming ownership of the land on which the fence was raised”, Odaudu noted.

He added that the Minister has assured the public that everything possible was being done to ensure that the South-East region, the major beneficiaries of the project, begins to enjoy flight operations at the airport from Sunday.

Odaudu also noted that Sirika commended the Governors of the South-East States especially Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State for teaming up with the Ministry to ensure a successful return of activities at the airport.

Sirika at the earlier rehabilitation of the runway of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja, had similarly relocated to Kaduna for a number of days to ensure a seamless operation of flights at the Kaduna airport which then served as an alternate to the shut Abuja airport.

The Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu was shutdown in August 2019 to enable the Federal Government reconstruct the runway which had become so dilapidated that aviation experts described it as a huge threat to safety.

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Nigeria Now Generates 13 , 000MW Of Power – Minister Of Power

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The Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman, has said that the Nigeria’s installed grid power generation capacity has grown from 8,000mw to 13,000mw under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mamman made this known on Wednesday during the 2021 budget defence before the House of Representatives Committee on Power in Abuja.
He also said that the distribution system had the capacity to evacuate 5,500mw of power having grown from 4,500mw in 2015.
“Under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, the country’s grid power capacity has increased significantly from the time this administration took over in 2015 to date.
“During the period between 2015 to date, the sector has recorded successes and has faced challenges.
“In order to deliver this administration’s promise of providing stable and affordable power to Nigerians, a way forward was defined and supported by Mr President’s political will,” he said.
However, committee expressed displeasure with the minister for not ensuring sanctions for Distribution Companies (DisCos) for alleged “gross irresponsibility and wickedness in the execution of their contract”.
The Chairman of the committee, Alliyu Magaji (APC-Jigawa), asked the minister to met out stiffer sanctions to the DisCos, to enable them to sit up and provide the desired services to Nigerian people.
Magaji said that if the minister ensured the sanction of the DisCos, he would become the darling of lawmakers and the entire Nigerians.
The chairman informed the minister that as far as the House was concerned, the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) was still under the purview of his committee.
The rep said that the purported transfer of the parastatal to the Ministry of Finance was unacceptable to the legislators.
Members of the committee raised concern about power supply to their various constituencies, urging the minister to ensure supply.

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Bauchi Lost ₦1. 062 Billion To Ghost Workers, Pensioners – Finance Commissioner

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Bauchi State Government has lost over N1.062 billion to ghost workers and pensioners between June 2016 and January 2020.
The state Commissioner of Finance, Umar Sanda, disclosed this while addressing journalists on the outcome of the Bauchi State Executive Council meeting held on Wednesday.
He said a memorandum of the committee on some of the findings on the issue of ghost workers from June 2016 to January 2020, involving 259 ghost workers, were mindboggling.
According to him, in the state payroll, a total of 193 people were involved, while over N270m was lost in the fraud.
Sanda added that at the local government payroll, 66 persons were involved and had collected over N792m.
He said, “The total amount of fraud for both the state and local government payrolls is N1.062bn.
On the issue of prosecution, he said the state government had been arresting culprits.
“We’ve been arresting the culprits, but the problem is that they always change their names. We’ve not taken any definite decision on where to take the culprits because it is an ongoing process,” he added.

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Wike Signs Executive Order Proscribing IPOB, Lifts Curfew

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Rivers State Governor , Nyesom Wike, has signed an executive order to reinforce the ban on Indigenous Peoples Organization of Biafra and its activities in the State .
The governor maintained that while Rivers remains the home to all tribes and ethnic nationalities , the state government is opposed to the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic IPOB and whatever it stands for in Rivers State .
Governor Wike, in a state broadcast on Wednesday night, said while the Government acknowledges and appreciate the enormous contributions from non-indigenes to the political, social , and economic development of the State , it will neither accept nor allow any individual or group from within and outside to violate the peace , endanger lives and property under any guise in the State .
“ And so, let it be understood that we have nothing against all or any specific tribe and will continue to live in peace with people of all other tribal extractions residing or doing business in Rivers State.
“ But we have everything against the presence and activities of the legally proscribed and anarchic Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB ) and whatever that group stands for in Rivers State .
“ This is clearly a terrorist group whose existence, creed, mission and activities are strongly denounced even by the Government and peoples of South- Eastern States of the country. I have therefore signed the executive order to reinforce the total ban on IPOB and its activities in Rivers State or any part thereof and nothing will stop us from enforcing this ban in its entirety ,” he said.
Wike said he has also directed security agencies and the Chairmen of Local Government Areas to fish out and resolutely deal with any member of IPOB found in any community in terms with the executive order and other legal instruments .
With restoration of normalcy in the Diobu area of Port Harcourt , the Governor announced the lifting of existing curfew on Mile 1 , Mile 2 , Iloabuchi , Emenike and Ikokwu areas of Port Harcourt as well as Rumukurushi in Obio/ Akpor Local Government Area of the State .
“ However, the curfew in Oyigbo Local Government Area shall remain in force until further notice while the entire Ikokwu motor spare market shall remain closed , also , until further notice ,” he said.

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