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Calabar To Soon Enjoy 24-Hour Power Supply – Ayade

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governor-ben-ayadeMost parts of Cross River State, beginning with Calabar, the state capital, will soon enjoy 24-hour power supply, Governor Ben Ayade has said.
The governor spoke yesterday in Calabar when he hosted the management team of SkipperSeil, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) firm, whose officials were in the state to build a 100 megawatts (MW) solar farm.
Gov. Ayade, who only just returned to the state after about two months abroad where he went to woo investors to the state, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai-based energy firm.
He stressed that embedded power generation was key to achieving the target.
He said: “It is the only way the state government can control what it generates to provide the electricity needs of the big factories coming into the state.
“Given challenges we have in the country, with power generation on the decline, we cannot afford to bring the big factories into this state while waiting for a national solution.
“So, with this robust project of additional 100 MW and putting it into the national grid, we have no control on how the national grid will distribute the 100 MW. That is why we are looking at an embedded generation system where, within the shortest time, we will deploy a minimum of 38 MW to Calabar. That way, we are guaranteeing a 24-hour power supply within the shortest time”.
Group President of Skipper T&D, a division of SkipperSeil group, Jitender Sachdeva, said the project was based on the MoU between the state and his firm during the governor’s visit to Dubai.
Sachdeva, who was accompanied by the joint President and CFO of SkipperSeil Limited, Praveen Gupta, said an advance team from the firm conducted studies in Ogoja, Ikom and other areas.
Jitendei noted that the transmission studies were carried out so that power could be connected to the transmission network.
He said the solar farm would be “the biggest organised solar farm in Nigeria”.
Jitendei said: “Our main aim is to support the governor to light up Cross River State.
“All said and done, we should be providing approximately 40 MW in 365 days. Forty MW is a permanent solution; the temporary solution like the diesel-fired or gas-fired will be 38 MW, which will give a standing support in the current situation where there is no power to support the industries”.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

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Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

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He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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