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Benue To Construct 10mw Power Plant At $18m – Ortom

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Governor Samuel OrtomGovernor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has disclosed that the state government, in conjunction with an investor, Contec Global, will construct a 10 Mega-Watt (MW) of embedded power plant valued at $18 million to grow economic activities in the state.

A statement issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Head of Public Affairs, Dr Usman Arabi, stated that Ortom announced the plan at a visit to the commission on Tuesday in Abuja.

Ortom said that the planned power plant would be dedicated to industrial layouts in the state.

According to the statement, the acting Chairman of NERC, Dr. Anthony Akah, said that NERC would assist states that intended to invest in the power sector to improve the volume of power to Nigerians.

He said that the commission was planning to have a meeting with the 36 state governors on the investment opportunities in the sector.

He said that Ortom and other state governors should take interest in the ongoing consultations on mini-grid regulation.

The chairman said that the governors could explore the mini-grid regulation to provide electricity to areas in their states not connected to the national grid, adding that NERC would provide the needed assistance.

“There is regulatory guarantee on your investments; we will get some of our staff to work with your team and guide you through the technical and other requirement for the issuance of a licence”.

Akah expressed concern at the high incidence of violation of right of ways and trading activities under transmission lines, adding that it had led to many accidents in the power sector.

“Each time we have accident in the sector, we feel we have lost one of our own.

“Most of these accidents are preventable and we hope we can work with state governments on how we can reduce accidents to the barest minimum”.

He solicited the assistance of Benue government on the payment of debt owed operators in the power sector by ministries, departments and agencies.

The Project Coordinator of Contec Global, Mr. Shashi Mozumder, said that the company had been issued a Certificate of Occupancy for the project site.

Mozunmder said that the power plant would also comprise three units of General Electric 3.4 megawatts turbines fuelled by gas transported with trucks from the oil fields. (NAN)

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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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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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Police Confirm Abduction Of Nasarawa APC Chairman

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The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State, Philip Shekwor, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

According to reports, Shekwor was abducted on Saturday night at his residence along Dunamis church, Bukan Sidi in Lafia.

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Confirming the incident, Police Commissioner Bola Longe said the unidentified gunmen in large number stormed the residence of the APC chairman in Lafia around 11 pm and took him away to an unknown destination.

According to him, security agencies had reacted swiftly by deploying personnel to different forest locations to ensure the safe release of the APC chieftain.

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