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The House of Representatives has called on the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , to declare a state of emergency on the power sector .
The call followed the unanimous adoption of a motion on the power sector at the plenary on Thursday .
A member , Nnolim Nnaji , had moved the motion titled ‘Urgent Need to Declare State of Emergency on the Power Sector ’.
Adopting the motion , the House urged the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to declare a state of emergency on the power sector .
The House also mandated the Committee on Power to “urgently call for a public hearing on the current state of electricity generation , transmission and distribution ; to evaluate the real problems and come up with ideas on how we can expand our energy sources beyond hydro and gas plants to include coal , solar and other renewable sources of energy ”.
The lawmakers further directed the House Committee on Power to exercise its oversight powers by visiting the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and other relevant agencies under the Ministry of Power “with a view to ensuring absolute compliance with all the provisions of the existing Acts ”.
In addition , the House directed the Committees on Power and on Legislative Compliance to ensure prompt implementation of the motion and report back within six weeks for further legislative actions.
Moving the motion, Nnaji said , “The House is aware that currently , there is an ongoing failure of the sector to provide adequate electricity supply to domestic households and industrial producers despite being a rapidly growing economy .
“Only a limited number of Nigeria ’s population is connected to the energy grid whilst power supply difficulties are experienced around the country most of the time . At best , the average daily power supply is estimated at four hours, although several days can go by without any power at all .
“ We are having a serious decline in power generation , thus the idea of our great nation generating 2 ,000 to 3 ,000 MW or less is highly unacceptable ;
“The House is further concerned that if there is no urgent declaration of a state of emergency in the power sector , the collateral damage this will cause us in the nearest futu

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Amotekun: Our own security operation will be everywhere, Nigeria’s breakup won’t affect us – Miyetti Allah

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Miyetti Allah Kautel Hore socio-cultural organisation, has said that it may be pushed to set up its own security operation in the country, adding that if that happens, no one can control it.

Speaking through its National President, Abdullahi Bodejo , in an interview with the Sun, the organization also declared that Nigeria’s breakup won’t affect the Fulani in any way.

Bodejo said he is so afraid the way regions are coming up with illegal security outfits, “One group calls its own, Amotekun; another group calls its own Shege ka fasa”, declaring that he does not support anything illegal.

The Fulani leader pointed out that it would be a disaster for the country if all the groups are allowed to form their own security.

He explained that the Fulani are in every corner, “if the Fulani should set up its own, how many countries will that be; how many countries do they not have brothers- Our brothers are in Cameroun, Niger, Chad, Mali etc. Some migrated to Ghana to rear their cows and other parts of the world.”

He said his organization is looking at the response of the government and security agencies to the formation of these ”illegal security outfits, “because if it comes to our side. I don’t think it is something that anybody can control.”

“If we are pushed to set up our own security outfit, nobody can control it because nobody knows how many Fulani in Nigeria; we are more than every tribe in this country, we are in every corner,” Bodejo warned.

“If anything happens to this country whether break up, nothing can affect the Fulani. Nothing can affect the Fulani,” he added.

He said, however, that Fulani are blessed people who are managing themselves, but are hated by Nigerians “who do not want to take their eyes off them.”

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Abacha loot: Malami reacts as US opposes Buhari govt’s ‘plan’ to hand Atiku $100m

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Nigeria’s Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has dismissed United States’ reported opposition to alleged plan by the President Muhammadu Buhari government to hand $100million to Kebbi Governor, Atiku Bagudu, from recovered Sani Abacha loot

Malami, through Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, his Special Assistant on Public Relations, called the news widely published by the Nigerian media as false.

“The story regarding paying a Governor certain amount of the repartraited Abacha loot is unfounded and baseless.

“It is only a fiction and figment of imagination of mischief makers who are bent on destroying the good efforts of the Federal Government.

“The report should be disregarded by any sensible and well-meaning persons”, Gwandu said in a statement Friday night.
Bloomberg had reported that there was a commitment by Nigeria to transfer funds to Bagudu after the repatriation of over $308million.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) stated that Bagudu was part of Abacha network that, “embezzled, misappropriated and extorted billions from the government of Nigeria.”

The U.S. is also seeking to seize some assets linked to the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Forum.

The world power, following a Nigerian government request in 2012, initiated a forfeiture action, including investment portfolios held in London in trust for the Kebbi helmsman.

In about two decades, Nigeria has been able to recover more than $2billion out of the $5billion Transparency International estimated Abacha stole.

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