Okechukwu Nnodim, AbujaIf you don’t have electricity, it is not the Federal Government’s problem, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has declared. And so if you don’t have power, it is not the government’s problem. READ ALSO: Fashola denies saying power can be fixed in six months“The people who are operating the power sector, generation and distribution are now privately owned companies. Let us be very clear.”The minister added, “So for those of you who want to weaponise electricity, face the businessmen who have taken it up. However, it is important to allow the referee to continue to decide the game because investors like to know who decides.”
December 13, 2018 09:56 UTC
A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from Ghana’s most prestigious university after complaints that he was racist against black Africans. But lecturers soon began a petition calling for its removal, citing passages written by Gandhi claiming that Indians were “infinitely superior” to black Africans. The online protest was one of a number on university campuses in Africa and beyond about the enduring symbols of the continent’s colonial past. The Gandhi statue on the university’s Legon campus in Accra appeared to have been removed overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, students and lecturers told AFP. Campaigners in Malawi are currently trying to stop a statue of Gandhi going up in the capital Blantyre, also arguing that he used racial slurs against black people.
December 13, 2018 08:15 UTC
In the suit, Falana urged the court to declare that the packing of tankers and trailers on the overhead bridges in Lagos was illegal and constituted a threat to citizens’ fundamental right to life. He urged the court to declare that the Federal Government’s failure to remove obstructions, repair and maintain the Oshodi-Apapa Expressway was a violation of Section 33 of the constitution, which guarantees citizens’ right of life. Hearing in the suit has been fixed for January 19, 2019, according to the statement. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH. Contact: [email protected](Visited 694 times, 78 visits today)DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON
December 13, 2018 03:31 UTC
Jennifer AbrahamMany years ago, I interviewed a cattle rancher who told me how profitable the business could be. Milk and dairy-derived products are also among the foods that are not considered healthy for older adults. Other milk sources or milk cows as I have termed them in this article include nuts like tigernuts, cocoanuts, almonds and so on. Soybeans and rice are also great sources of quality milk and can be fortified with needed nutrients during production. Standardised forms of our local milks derived from our grains, legumes and nuts can help Nigeria clinch a share of the global market for dairy alternative drinks which is expected to surpass $11.4bn this year.
December 13, 2018 03:22 UTC
Investors in the nation’s equities market lost N27.89bn as the market dropped further on Wednesday. The top traded by volume were Zenith Bank Plc, (55.3 million units), FBN Holdings Plc (54.0 million units) and Access Bank Plc (21.0 million units), while Zenith Bank (N1.3bn), Guaranty Trust Bank (N614.4m) and Nigerian Breweries Plc (N483.9m) were the top traded stocks by value. The Consumer Goods index trailed, losing 0.92 per cent due to losses in Nigerian Breweries and Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc. Similarly, the Oil & Gas index depreciated by 0.24 per cent on the back of losses in 11 Plc and Conoil Plc. The Banking index shed 0.09 per cent as a result of the profit-taking In Diamond Bank Plc and UBA.
December 13, 2018 03:11 UTC
OPEC and 10 allies led by Russia agreed on Friday to a six-month, 1.2 million barrels per day production cut from October production levels, starting January 2019, with OPEC shouldering 800,000 bpd of that. OPEC’s 15 members pumped 32.98 million bpd in October, according to an average of the six independent secondary sources used by the group to monitor output. The forecasted call on OPEC crude for Q1 2019 is 31.67 million bpd, rising to 31.77 million bpd in Q2, OPEC said in its report. Non-OPEC supply will average 62.19 million bpd in 2019, OPEC projected. Global demand, meanwhile, was kept unchanged at 100.08 million bpd for 2019, an expected growth of 1.29 million bpd from 2018’s level.
December 13, 2018 03:11 UTC
Afeez HanafiLagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode; and his Borno State counterpart, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, on Wednesday appealed to aggrieved aspirants who lost out in the All Progressives Congress primary elections to embrace peace in the interest of the party. The governors urged the affected members to embrace the party’s reconciliatory move and ensure its victory at all levels during the 2019 general elections. Ambode and Shettima are members of a reconciliatory committee set up by the APC to pacify aggrieved members in the South West. The committee had met with aggrieved aspirants in Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Oyo States. Speaking at a meeting held at the Lagos House, Marina on Wednesday, Ambode said the aggrieved members should consider making the necessary sacrifice, no matter how difficult it was, in the overall interest of the party.
December 13, 2018 03:00 UTC
Oluwatobi AkindeleA rights activist, Sunday Oladipupo, has protested against his alleged detention, torture and arraignment by policemen at the Gbagada Police Division in Lagos for trying to free a victim of extortion, Samuel Oyekanmi, from the police net. In a petition addressed to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, Oladipupo asked for proper investigation of the case with a view to bringing the errant police officers to book. Upon his arrest, the police reportedly requested the sum of N150,000 from the parents of the 23-year-old as bail for his release. It was gathered that the victim’s parents sought the help of Oladipupo for the release of their son. Oladipupo noted that while trying to help the parents with the release of their son, his rights were abused and his character was defamed.
December 13, 2018 02:15 UTC
Samson FolarinThe Lagos State Police Command has described as misplaced a tweet credited to the head of the Police Complaint Rapid Response Unit, Abayomi Sogunle, that having sex in a car is not a criminal offence. The command’s spokesperson, Chike Oti, said it was an indecent act to have sex in a car in a public place not only in Lagos, but in the entire country. He said lovers who engaged in sexual activities in vehicles parked in public places, under Lagos laws, were liable to between two and three years’ imprisonment upon conviction. The law holds that such a person is liable on conviction to two years imprisonment. “Section 136 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, provides that any person, who commits any act of gross indecency with another person in public, commits an offence and liable on conviction to three years imprisonment.
December 13, 2018 02:14 UTC
Olaleye Aluko, AbujaTroops of the Nigerian Army intercepted a Toyota Corolla loaded with 44 single-barrelled rifles and 351 cartridges during a stop and search operation in Rijau, Niger State. The suspects were arrested on Tuesday inside the car with number plate ZUR 28 DX, Kebbi State. He said, “Troops of the 1 Division deployed for the ‘Operation Whirl Punch’ arrested three notorious gunrunners during a stop and search operation at Rijau in Niger State. We recovered 44 fabricated locally-made single-barrelled rifles and 351 cartridges being conveyed in a Toyota Corolla. “Preliminary probe revealed that the gunrunners were heading to Bena in the Danko/Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi State.
December 13, 2018 02:03 UTC
Ademola Babalola, IbadanThe Oyo State Police Command, on Wednesday, paraded an undergraduate of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Abiodun Olabisi, for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend, Lekan Adegun, to death. The state Police Commissioner, Abiodun Odude, who paraded the suspects at a press conference in Ibadan, said the incident happened following a quarrel between the two as a result of petty jealousy. The police boss said, “The incident happened around 8pm on November 21, 2018, following a quarrel arising from petty jealousy. The victim was later rushed to the Bowen University Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, but died before he could be attended to. Odude reiterated the commitment of the command to sustaining the onslaught on criminal elements in the state.
December 13, 2018 02:03 UTC
Eniola Akinkuotu, AbujaThe Nigerian Army has organised a private burial for over 100 officers and soldiers killed during terrorist attacks on Nigerian Army 157 Task Force Battalion last month, The PUNCH has learnt. Our correspondent was told by one of the widows of the officers that the burial would take place in Maiduguri on Friday. It was, however, learnt that the army wanted the event to be private so that the real number of slain soldiers will not be known. He said, “Gen Buratai said only 23 soldiers were killed in the attack. Lt. Col. Ibrahim Sakaba had died alongside over 100 soldiers on November 18, 2018.
December 13, 2018 01:52 UTC
According to TCN, the failure of some power generators to stick to the prescribed frequency control was contributory to the instability in Nigeria’s grid, a development that leads to power system collapse. The PUNCH exclusively reported that Nigeria’s power grid collapsed twice in the month of September as the quantum of electricity generated kept wobbling. The grid collapsed seven times in the first quarter of 2018 but this reduced to three in the second quarter. Findings showed that the country’s power generation system collapsed six times in the first eight days of 2018. The TCN boss said, “At the frequency control, we have maintained 49.5 Hertz and 50.5Hz as we promised.
December 13, 2018 01:41 UTC
John Ameh and Leke BaiyewuThe Federal Government on Wednesday said the National Assembly was delaying the presentation of the estimates of the 2019 budget to the legislature. Udo-Udoma, who spoke with State House correspondents, said everything else was ready but the approval of a presentation date by the National Assembly. He claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari was ready with the budget and would present the estimates whenever was asked to do so by the National Assembly. “We are liaising with the National Assembly because they are to give us a date. The 2019-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper already laid before the National Assembly contains N8.7tn as the budget size for 2019.
December 13, 2018 01:30 UTC
However, the APC dismissed the allegation, saying the former ruling party was not telling the truth. He said, “Nigerians should ask the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, why is it that only PDP governors are on their radar. If Governor Ibrahim Ganduje had been a member of the PDP, would the EFCC have kept quiet? “Only PDP governors are performing and carrying out people-oriented projects across the country as can be witnessed by all but they are the only ones being harassed by Magu and his team. However, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu, said Nigerians should know that the PDP was not saying the truth.
December 13, 2018 01:30 UTC