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VP Shettima Flags off ‘Light Up Nigeria Project’ in South-East

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The Federal Government on Monday flagged off “Light Up Nigeria Project’ in South-East aimed at providing electricity across the country.

Flagging of the project in Enugu during the South East Business roundtable, the Vice President Sen. Kashim Shettima, said the project was the reassurance of the federal government responsibility towards expansion of the country’s industrial sector.

He said, “We gather here today to embark on transformative journey, the launch of the Light of Nigeria project in the southeastern states.

“What we are witnessing is the second launch of the strategic collaboration with the Nigeria Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) and other invaluable partners.

“We are sure of the direct pursuit of the priority set by his Excellency, President Bola Tinubu and the project is a long awaited solution to the power supply that undermine the economy,” he said.

Shettima, who is the Chairman, Board of Directors, NDPHC, said the intervention was a calculated endeavour to engineer the nation’s economy, serve as the oil wheel of industries and improve Nigeria power supply.

While describing Southeast as the “industrial power of the country”, the vice president said the project remained a critical priority of  President Tinubu.

“Igbos are enterprising, practically mobile and educationally ambitious. You are the hope of the nation.

“I can assure you that President Tinubu means well for Nigeria and Ndigbo and Southeast; the southeast governors are among the best in the country,” he said.

Speaking, the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, said the federal government would pursue the project to achieve its objectives, stressing that it would  turn around power issues in the country and created jobs for Nigerians.

According to him, the project  has been structured to resolve major challenges in the Nigeria electricity supply industry since the privatisation in 2013.

He regretted that in spite of the huge investment in the sector, power supply had not improved but kept deteriorating.

“Since I was I born, we have experienced same issue and currently, we are generating only  4000 mega watts which is one of the fundamental issues this administration is trying to address,” he said.

On his part, the Managing Director,  NDPHC, Mr Chinedu Ugbo, added that the project was part of historic initiative by the federal government to address the issue of electricity in the country.

He said  that the project demonstrated commitment, determination and  intervention of President Tinubu’s administration and the NDPHC to provide reliable and sustainable solutions to the electricity challenge in the country starting with affordable power supply to the industries.

He  that the launch of the project first took in Ogun state where Shettima  engaged  business community by assuring them  that FG were committed to provide electricity to power businesses in the industrial area across the country.

Ugbo described NDPHC as the government owned company responsible for implementing the national integrated power projects.

In a welcome address, Gov. Peter Mbah of Enugu State, said the project signaled a new dawn for power and industrialisation of the South East region.

The governor said the initiative aligned with his administration’s disruptive approach to governance underpinned by thinking outside the box.

Mbah commended the Federal Government and the NDPHC for coming up with the project to ramp up power supply to industrial clusters in the South East, and implored industrialists of the region to fully key into it.

He pledged his government’s continued support to industrialists and other private investors across the state to complement the undeniable boost that the Light-up Nigeria Project would bring.

Reports says that the project is expected to take light to every part of Nigeria including the remotest area of the country.

The event afforded industrialists in the region during Business Roundtable opportunity to interact with the vice president on their challenges as regard to power issues.

The event was attended by Governors Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi and Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra States as well prominent personalities and top Government Officials in the Southeast (NAN)

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10th Anniverssary: Borno Government Gives Update On 89 Abducted Chibok Girls Still In Captivity

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Borno State government has said 89 out of 276 abducted girls of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, are still in captivity.

The state Commissioner for Information and Internal security Affairs, Prof Usman Tar, disclosed this at a press conference to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the ugly event.

April 14, 2014, would mark the tenth year of the abduction of the school girls.

“So far, 187 of the 276 abducted Chibok girls have been rescued and reunited with their families; 89 are still missing,” he said.

Tar, who spoke alongside his counterpart of Women Affairs, Zuwaira Gambo, noted that the 187 girls rescued over a period of ten years, include the 57 that escaped on the day of abduction.

He revealed that 108 were rescued by the security agencies and already reunited with their families.

He said the 187 rescued girls were enrolled in Capacity-building centres and Second Chance Schools initiative to make them self-reliant.

“Also, a number of the rescued girls have been enrolled for various scholarship programmes” he said.

He called on the parents of the girls that are still missing to be patient, saying government would do everything possible to get reunited with their children.

“We really understand the pain and anguish that the families of those still in captivity are going through, and government is committed to rescuing the remaining girls in captivity; we are working very closely with the federal security agencies along this line,” he said

He expressed hope that with the combined efforts of the security forces, intelligence agencies and communities, all the remaining girls in captivity would return home.

“With about 100 still in captivity, I can say that we are still in mourning period, and we still in prayer session in Mosques and Churches for their rescue.”

“This is not a moment of celebration and joy, but a moment for prayers and commemoration,” he stressed, assuring, “We will celebrate when all have been rescued,” he said.

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Abductors of former Gov Ortom’s CoS, wife, cook, contact family demand N100 million

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The suspected armed Fulani herdsmen who reportedly attacked chief of staff (CoS) to former Benue State governor Samuel Ortom, Mr. Terwase Orbunde and abducted his wife and house maid, have contacted the victims’ family and demanded for the sum of N100 million as ransom for their release.

Orbunde served the immediate past Governor of the state, Chief Samuel Ortom as chief of staff between 2015 to 2022 and contested for governorship of the State under the platform of APC in the 2023 general elections.
The former governorship aspirants who is being treated for gunshot injuries in undisclosed hospital in Makurdi, said that the men contacted him this morning (Saturday) at about 8:30am through their victims.
The former Chief of Staff said his wife and cook were very calm when they spoke with him.He revealed that during the attack which took place at about 6pm yesterday, the gunmen spoke Fulani among themselves and communicated with him in Hausa saying they would contact him on phone.He maintained that his wife and the house help told him to be prepared to send the money to them and that if he failed to do that they would kill his wife and cook.Daily Asset had earlier reported that the former chief of staff was attacked yesterday (Friday), April 12, 2024, close to the Genocide Cemetery along Mobile Barracks-Welfare Quarters Road in Makurdi, the state capital at about six pm.Orbunde reportedly escaped with a gunshot on his right arm while the attackers whisked away Mrs Abigail Kashimana Orbunde, and her house help, Patience Ogute.It was said that Orbunde, his wife and the house help had gone to inspect the weeding of their farm located close to the road.They said after the inspection of the work and payment of the workers five gunmen suddenly attacked their victims as they walked back to their car.It was reported that they opened fire and Honorable Orbunde received a bullet on the right arm while they ordered him and the women to follow them to an unknown destination.The shooting was said to have caused villagers and passersby to scamper for safety in different directions.”As they marched along, the former Chief of Staff was said to be bleeding profusely and unable to walk quickly.”The leader of the group ordered him to walk away while the gunmen took the women to an unknown destination while good Samaritans conveyed Mr Orbunde to hospital”, an eye witness watched from afar narrated.

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Kukah Advises Nigerians to use Power, Authority to Impact Humanity

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Bishop Mathew Kukah, Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, has advised Nigerians to use positions of power and authority to impact, and add value, to humanity.

Kukah gave the advice on Friday in Abuja at the 2nd Annual Impact and Legacy Lecture of Late Innocent Chukwuma, Founder of Cleen Foundation.

The foundation is known for promoting public safety, security and accessible justice through the strategies of empirical research, legislative advocacy and publications.

Kukah who spoke on: “Power of One: Dreams and Nightmares”, said that it was important to strive to change negative narratives, live impactful lives and leave lasting positive legacies.

“I begin this lecture by telling you about people like Pope John Paul, Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King and a host of others who have used powers positively.

“I used this to illustrate the choices that people have made in life and how they have used powers in their hands, either for good or bad.

“The late Innocent took up a passionate commitment and we must continue to push the frontiers that brought greatness to Nigeria,” he said.

The Bishop said that memorials are only for those who make impacts.

He urged everyone with ideas on curbing crimes and enhancing policing to strive to make impact irrespective of age and location for the betterment of the country.

Contributing, Mr Solomon Arase, Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), said the whole idea of community and intelligence policing could be attributed to the efforts of late Chukwuma.

According to him, it was through Chukwuma’s efforts that the trends and patterns of crime and its terminology were introduced into Nigeria’s policing vocabulary.

“Intelligence policing in Nigeria can be attributed to late Innocent Chukwuma because most people may not know about this and how this whole thing came about.

“The efforts of this man brought people from the metropolitan police and conveyed about 500 police officers from Nigeria to study what they were doing in the United States.

“His efforts and those of Prof Etannibi Alemika, Kemi and the MacArthur Foundation also brought into Nigeria one of the best police officers in the world who started talking about community partnership in deepening internal security management.

“The man Innocent Chukwuma has left things that are imperishable and should be sustained,” he said.

Reports says that former Minister of Solid Minerals, Obi EzEzewkesil, representatives of Ford Foundation, Civil Liberty Organization, YIAGA Africa and others at the event commended the convergence of great minds to foster continued development in policing. (NAN)

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