By FIDELIS UGBOMEH, Lagos Facts have merged on alleged disruption and delaying of Air Peace aircraft 5N-BQR from Enugu to Lagos 7:15 am flight last Friday. According to investigation, the purported debt paid was N2 million out of the N7 million debt which has not reflected in the finance of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) as at yesterday being Sunday. It was learnt that it was the reason why the aircraft which was scheduled to take off 7:15 am took off 7:58 am from Enugu. Further investigation also revealed that the aircraft was only delayed for forty three minutes and not two hours as alleged by the airline’s Chairman in some reports during the week. It was also discovered that the airline has not paid the N5 million remittal it claimed to have made to reduce its debt, while another pile up has started running from May 2017 till date. According to sources,...
By ABAH ADAH, Abuja As part of the federal government’s efforts towards achieving incremental electricity for its citizens, the Afam Thermal Power Plant in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, will soon begin generation before the end of the year and deliver 340 Megawatts (MWs) of electricity to the National Grid. The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, who disclosed this in Afam in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of the State at the weekend, said with the work on the 240MW capacity Afam III Plant at   advanced stages and the burnt transformer for the 100MW Afam 1V now repaired, the two should deliver a combined 340MW energy to the grid before the end of the year subject to the availability of sufficient gas to fire them. Interacting with newsmen after inspecting the Power Station, Fashola, who said all of the turbines and equipment needed for the completion of Afam...
The chief executive officer/ managing director of Inland Container Nigeria Limited (ICNL), the operator of Kaduna Dryport, Ismail Adekola Yusuf, in this interview with YUSUF BABALOLA, spoke on how the dryport will address the problems being encountered by shippers in the northern part of the country and some neighbouring landlocked countries. When is the dryport coming fully on stream? Let me put the record straight so that there won’t be any misunderstanding. The Kaduna Inland Dryport has been gazette by the federal government of Nigeria. It is the baby of ICNL and an entity on its own. The name remains Kaduna Inland Dry Port Limited. We are working towards the commissioning of the dryport this month as disclosed by the executive secretary of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, Mr Hassan Bello. So far, he has done the first visit which was the inspection by the NSC; the Council also regulates the ICD....
By OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos Nigeria’s quest towards self-sufficiency in sugar production received has received a boost following the signing of a memorandum of understating (MOU) between Dangote Sugar Refinery and Nasarawa State to establish an integrated sugar complex comprising plantation and refinery in Tunga, Nasarawa State. Africa’s foremost entrepreneur and chairman of Dangote Sugar Refinery, Aliko Dangote in his speech at the MOU signing ceremony, in Abuja said that the Tunga Sugar project was borne out of the desire to help in diversifying the Nigerian economy and create thousands of jobs in the rural areas. He said, “We have aligned ourselves with the present government’s policy of diversifying the economy, by a renewed focus on the non-oil sectors like manufacturing, agriculture and solid minerals. We are today well-positioned, and leaders in each of these three sectors.  Our interest in agriculture is driven by our desire to generate thousands of jobs especially in...
The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) says directive by Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to consumers not to pay estimated electricity billings only applies to Maximum Demand (MD) customers and not residential. The Chief Executive Officer of ANED, Mr Azu Obiaya made the clarification in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Sunday. Maximum Demand (MD) customers are commercial and industrial customers who consume high levels of electricity and contribute substantially to the revenues of distribution companies. The consumption threshold for MD customers is 45KVA. MD meters are connected on the 11Kv (High tension wire) electricity lines, mostly on dedicated transformes. The customers include heavy users of electricity like commercial business plazas, large films, and small scale industries among others. NERC had in June 2016, issued a directive to distribution companies for all MD customers to be metered by November.  30, 2016. Following the expiration of the deadline, it further directed...
Since the coming of the present FCT Administration into office in 2015, a lot have changed in land administration in the territory. DAVID ADUGE-ANI reports that land dealers, who before now swarmed every available space in Abuja Geographic Information System, AGIS have disappeared and put out of business. Before now, the activities of land dealers in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT were pervasive. They had so much influence and easily swung matters involving land in the direction they desire. Many of those who controlled the levers of power within the FCT land administration structure were under their belt. The many ways they could manipulate land allocation contributed hugely in making the process of land ownership in the FCT, a nightmare for ordinary people. The situation become so bad to the extent that incidences of double or multiple land allocations and wanton abuse of Abuja’s master plan become the norm rather than...
Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing said on Thursday that 340 megawatts of electricity would be added to the national grid in or before December. Fashola said this during his inspection tour of Afam Power Plant in Oyibo local government area of Rivers as part of Federal Government Power Sector Recovery Programme. He said the 340 megawatts of electricity would be generated from Afam power plant alone while another 270 megawatts would be generated from same facility before end of 2018. According to him, the Afam facility has about 1,000 megawatts of installed capacity which has underperformed due to years of neglect by previous governments. “Afam 1 to 5 power plants is currently producing about 100 megawatts which is as a result of failure to maintain the facility over the years. “We are here to assess the progress of the work we have been doing in the last 17 to...
By Kelvin Alohan Nigeria has finally signed into law a regulation to govern mini grid electricity generation, thus rekindling hopes that about 89 million of her citizens presently not connected to any form of grid electricity may eventually get connected. The country’s electricity regulator – Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), finally signed the law on May 24, 2017, and recently posted it to its website for the general public. It was gathered on Wednesday in Abuja that both the commission’s vice chairman, Sanusi Garba; and commissioner for legal, licensing and enforcement, Dafe Akpeneye, signed the law, which would now allow investors interested in isolated and interconnected mini grid generation plants of up to one megawatt, to invest in and supply electricity from. NERC said the passing of the regulation which reportedly followed a review and ratification by Nigeria’s ministry of justice, was in exercise of its powers to make regulations conferred by Sections 96(1) and...
By ABAH ADAH, The Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET) has disclosed that about 10 generating companies (GenCos) have received N12 billion from the N710 billion intervention fund earmarked to sustain steady power generation in the country. In an exclusive interview with LEADERSHIP, head of corporate communications of NBET, Henrietta Ighomroro, said, while NBET has commenced disbursements, the 10 GenCos had already been paid for power generation supplied to the agency of government in January 2017. Earlier in the year, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) rising from a meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC)  had announced that council had approved N701 billion payment assurance fund to be disbursed to GenCos for power delivered on a monthly basis for two years, beginning from January, 2017 as a bail out from the liquidity crisis that engulfed the sector, particularly the generation subsector. Ighomroro said the payment for the 10 GenCos...
By YUSUF BABALOLA, Managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Bala-Usman yesterday named the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Nigerian Customs Service (NCS); Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Nigeria Police; Department of State Security (DSS); Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) and Port Health as the approved agencies to operate at the nation’s seaports. This was even as the MD ordered other agencies not mentioned and approved to operate at the seaports to leave with immediate effect. The agencies not mentioned and supposedly ejected out of the seaports include:”Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON); Port Quarantine Services, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). She said: “I want to recognise seven approved agencies of government that operate at the port. In 2011, an approval was granted to streamline activities of government agencies at the port. For ease of referencing, the approved...