Direct Primaries as albatross of Electoral Amendment Bill 2021

December 20, 2021 Editorial IV 0

  With the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the 2010 Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill 2021, TAIYE ODEWALE examines the issue at stake  Meaning of Electoral Act Electoral Act is the law put in place by an Act of Parliament to guide the conduct of elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).While there were no such laws in place for Read More

AMAC Radio commences test-transmission, 6 weeks after commissioning

November 8, 2021 Paul Okah 0

After six weeks of its commissioning by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, on September 23, the AMAC Community Radio, 88.5 fm Karshi, Abuja has commenced test-transmission.The test-transmission, which commenced Monday, is to cover 9 kilometres and broadcasting in Gwandara, Gbagyi, Hausa and English, with local news and announcements holding 9am to 12 noon, Read More

TCN forced us to drop 100MW daily, AEDC alleges

November 3, 2021 Blueprint 0

Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has alleged that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has forced it to drop 100 MegaWatts of power daily. The action, the AEDC said, has led to the massive load shedding currently being experienced by the customers in some parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. Recall that the TCN in the statement it Read More

Internal democracy: PGF boss calls for new orientation in management of political parties

October 17, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, has called for a new orientation in the management of political parties to address issues of membership recruitment and management, party funding and administration. Lukman, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said unless these issues are addressed Nigerians will continue to experience all the familiar Read More

9 out of 10 schools in Nigeria’ve no children’s hand-washing facility – UNICEF

October 15, 2021 Blueprint 0

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has stated that nine out of 10 schools in Nigeria have no place for children to wash their hands. This, according to the international organisation, indicates a downward trend in the fight against infectious diseases. UNICEF said this in a statement released on Friday in Abuja to mark the 2021 “Global Hand-washing Day“ celebrated annually Read More

Adopt e-transmition of results in Anambra election, ADP urges INEC

October 14, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

The national leadership of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adopt electronic transmission of results in the forthcoming governorship election in Anambra state. The opposition party also expressed support for the Senate on the direct primaries decision by all the political parties. Speaking Thursday at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, during Read More

We’ve constructed, commissioned over 350 injection substations since inception – NDPHC

September 3, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The Executive Director, Networks, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Engr. IfeOluwa Oyedele, Friday, disclosed that the company has constructed and commissioned over 350 injection substations with a combined capacity of about 3540MW across  the country.  In addition, Oyedele stated that the company since its inception in 2004 till date has also constructed a total of 18 substations. He spoke in Read More

National grid restored after 3,560MW loss

August 25, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Tuesday, disclosed that it has restored the national grid, which collapsed on Monday. Blueprint gathered that the collapse caused an initial loss of 402 megawatts (MW) from the grid network and subsequently a total of 3,560MW from the grid was finally collapsed. Though some parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) did not experience Read More

NUJ hails Kaduna radio for upgrading Zaria station

August 19, 2021 Editorial III 0

Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Zaria unit of Kaduna state council has hailed the Managing Director of  Kaduna state owned media outfit, Kaduna State Media Corporation (KSMC),  Mallam Ibrahim Isma’il Ahmad, for carrying out renovation which upgraded the corporation’s substation (Queen FM), Zaria. This was contained in a statement signed by the union chairman, Comrade Moh Bello Habib and made Read More

NERC suspends eligible power evacuation policy

August 11, 2021 Tope Sunday with agencies 0

The Electricity market regulator, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission , NERC, has directed the Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN to suspend evacuation of electricity to eligible customers introduced by the former Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola. Fashola, who is now the Minister of Works and Housing, was the Minister of Power, Works and Housing during the first tenure of President Muhammadu Read More

Secession agitations: The youth should keep hope in Nigeria – Edoh

August 6, 2021 Blueprint 0

Dr. Raymond Edoh is the Nigerian Youth Ambassador to the United States and the secretary-general, Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC). In this interview with journalists, he speaks about Nigeria’s challenges and his appeal to the youth. TOPE SUNDAY was there. Now, some of the challenges bedevilling the country such as kidnapping and other factors that make Nigerians to feel unsafe are Read More

NASS opposition to electronic transmission a coup – Wike

August 4, 2021 Godwin Egba 0

Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Tuesday said the rejection of electronic transmission of election results by All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the National Assembly, is tantamount to a coup against Nigerians desirous of a free, fair and credible election. In a press statement Tuesday by Mr. Kelvin Ebiri, special assistant, to the governor stated that, the governor Read More

Electoral Act: INEC hasn’t capacity for e-transmission of results – SDP

July 28, 2021 Emeka Nze 0

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) Alhaji Shehu Musa Gabam has stated that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has no capacity to operate electronic transmission of results from the polling units to collation centres. The party also warned politicians to desist from making statements capable of plugging the country into electoral crisis. National Secretary SDP Malam Shehu Gabam who said Read More

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Electoral Act: Reps in rowdy session over e-voting, result transmission

July 15, 2021 Joshua Egbodo 0

The House of Representatives has been thrown into a rowdy session over perceived misjudgement of members’ votes on the proposed electronic voting and transmission of results. The consideration of the Electoral Act amendment report was smoothly progressing until clause 52 on the report was mentioned, when Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu proposed an amendment to the effect that the “conduct Read More

Breaking: Discordant tunes in Senate over proposed electronic transmission of election results, harmonised PIB passed

July 15, 2021 Editor 0

Plenary in Senate is currently stalemated over amendment made on proposed electronic transmission of results. Earlier, the Senate had passed harmonised Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). The upper legislative chamber ran into trouble waters when it got to clause 52(3) of the Electoral Act ( Amendment ) 2021 . The clause states, “The Commission may transmit results of elections by electronic Read More

TCN, World Bank train 708 electrical engineers, linesmen

July 13, 2021 Blueprint 0

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has commenced an intensive training program for 708 engineers in the company taken from the electrical, maintenance department, Protection, Control, and Metering department and linesmen across the 10 regions of the company, through a World Bank programme. Declaring the training open in Abuja, the Ag. Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TCN, Engr. Read More

25 power plants generate 6000MW, Ogaji claims

The total electricity currently being generated by Nigeria’s 25 power plants is 6000 Megawatts, the Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies, Dr. Joy Ogaji, has disclosed. She said instead of a total 13000MW capacity expected of the plants, generation is currently down to 6000MW. Despite the low generation, according to her, the country is still unable to utilise all Read More

Onochie’s rejection: Senate has done the needful – CTA

July 13, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Following the outrage and the rejection of the nomination of madam Lauretta Onochie as a national commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a pro-democracy group, Centre for Transparency Advocacy (CTA) has commended the Senate. CTA said the Senate has done the needful by listening to the voice of the people even though pressured by Nigerians to be accountable Read More

Hydro plants: NDPHC partners ministry on 240 dams

June 16, 2021 Tope Sunday 0

The Managing Director/CEO of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Ltd., Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, has disclosed that plans are on the way to set up small hydro plants on existing dams in the country. To this end, Ugbo sought the support of the Federal Minister of Water Resources to develop small & medium hydro projects in the country. A statement Read More

BPE pushes new state power asset sales

Nigeria’s privatization agency will recommend that the state sell off the nation’s electricity-transmission network. The Bureau of Public Enterprises is looking at various strategies to reform the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Director-General Alex Okoh said in an interview. The agency will share its proposal “very shortly” with the National Council on Privatisation that the state-owned corporation be unbundled and then Read More

FEC approves N6 billion for power sector projects

May 5, 2021 Abdullahi M. Gulloma 0

The Federal Executive Council (FEC)has approved N6 billion contracts for the power sector.Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, said this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.He said the contracts approved include procurement of transformers and vital spare parts for the maintenance of power transmission equipment.“The Federal Executive Council Read More