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The of Representatives has resolved to intervene in the ongoing impasse between the Federal government and the National Union of Electricity , (NUEE) to forestall power outage.

The Union on the November 7th petitioned the Ministry of Power, Distribution Companies of (DISCOs)and Generation Companies of (GENCOs) over unpaid pensions of 2000 disengaged staff of the defunct Power Holding Company (PHCN) since 2013.

The Union subsequently issued a 21days ultimatum to the federal government with a threat to embark on strike.

The House on Wednesday resolved to wade into the crisis following a motion of urgent public importance moved by the Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu).

The motion prayed for the intervention of the leadership of the House, to avoid the of the power sector.

Speaking on the motion. the Minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu condemned those responsible for fulfilling agreements with the Unions.

“Even the meagre 4,000Megawatts, Nigerians are still without power, then imagine it now shut down. Those managing to survive, they will have issues. Let us restrict it to this chamber, look at cameramen, they will have to iron their clothes. Imagine the calamity of a shutdown, because someone due to ignorance, ignored the 21days ultimatum given,” Elumelu said.

The Acting majority leader and former of The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas (NUPENG), Peter Akpatason in his contribution blamed government for industrial actions by Labour.

“Over the years, we have always complained that the reason for industrial action is that a lot of agreements are not fulfilled. Public officers given responsibilities wait till things get out of hand. If the House had not intervened, the people would have gone on strike with the intended and unintended consequences. Many of NEPA workers were forces out of as a of privatization. These people did not prepare for pension but were laid off and their pensions are not paid. These workers today will become pensioners tomorrow,” he stated.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila in his reaction worried that 21days will elapse today by 12 midnight.

He, therefore, directed the Clerk to invite the Union, Minister of power, Saleh Mamman, minister of Labour, employment and productivity, Chris Ngige and the Director-General of Pension Commission, Aisha Dahir Umar for an interface with the leadership of the House on Thursday by 2 pm.

He added that the House leadership in the meantime will reach out to the union through a backchannel to appeal to the union to “ceasefire.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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Boko Haram: Buhari reacts to execution of CAN chairman

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Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the Boko Haram killing of Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of (CAN) in Michika local government area of Adamawa state.

Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, described the murder as cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative.

He expressed sorrow that the terrorists went on to kill the religious leader while giving signals at the same time of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third parties.

“President Buhari consoles the Christian community all over Nigeria, the government and people of Adamawa state and the Bishop’s family over the sad loss of the man of God and assures that terrorists will continue to pay a heavy price for their actions and would comprehensively be defeated by our determined armed forces.

“President urged nations of the world to end all support provided to Boko Haram and Islam in West Africa, ISWA terrorist groups whose only goal is to sow death, violence and destruction in the sub-region”, the statement read.

Andimi was abducted by Boko Haram when they attacked Michika on January 3.

Initially, he was declared missing but later appeared in a video released by Boko Haram, wherein he pleaded with authorities to secure his release.

Michaka and some other areas in North-eastern Nigeria have been repeatedly attacked by Boko Haram.

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BREAKING: Panic as Pipeline Leakage Leads To Fire Outbreak In Abule Egba, Lagos Community, Houses Burnt(VIDEO)

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BREAKING: Panic as Pipeline Leakage Leads To Fire Outbreak In Abule Egba, Lagos Community, Houses Burnt(VIDEO) IMG 20200119 WA0016

A pipeline leakage in Abule-Egba area of Lagos State has caused a heavy fire outbreak.

The pipeline leakage was said to have led crude oil spilling all over the place and eventually caused fire outbreak, eyewitnesses confirmed.

Not less than 10 houses have so far been razed by the fire.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the inferno was as a of pipeline vandals who bursted one of the oil pipelines in the area to siphon the product.

Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Fire Service, Mr Amodu, who confirmed the incident, said there was no casualty at press time.

The raging fire has displaced several residents who have fled their abodes for fear of being caught up in d inferno.

Meanwhile, as at 9.30 pm, men of the Lagos State Emergency Response Agency, LASEMA and other First Responders already mobilized with the activation of the Lagos State’s Emergency Response Plan.

Also, Lagos Commissioner for Information and Strategy Gbenga Omotoso has reacted to the Pipeline outbreak at Abule Egba, Lagos today the 19th day of January 2020.

He said, “A pipeline fire has been reported at Abule-Egba. LASEMA and other security/emergency agencies have activated their machinery to fight the fire”.

Two bodies have been recovered by LASEMA from the inferno.

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