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BREAKING: FG, USAID Sign N115bn Deal to Support Nigeria’s Power Sector Reforms, Electrification Drive

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Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja_The federal government and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday signed a N115.2 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support current reforms in the power sector as well as back the country’s push to provide electricity through cleaner sources.

At the event which took place in Abuja, the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, said the collaboration marked a significant milestone in Nigeria’s journey towards a brighter future powered by reliable and sustainable electricity for all its people.

He expressed the country’s commitment to ensuring transparency, improving market efficiency as well as accelerating the transition to clean energy solutions, explaining that this aligns perfectly with the national goals of achieving net-zero carbon emissions.

By working with US development agency and leveraging their expertise, Adelabu stated that Nigeria can empower the private sector, strengthen regulations, and unlock the full potential of its power sector.

According to him, this will not only bring light to millions of homes but also unlock economic growth and sustainable development across Nigeria.

“This new N115.2 billion partnership with USAID represents a pivotal step towards overcoming our longstanding challenges in providing reliable and sustainable power to all Nigerians. It strengthens our collaboration and provides crucial resources to tackle the challenges in our power sector,” the minister added.

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Stressing that without energy, nothing significant can be achieved, he explained that President Bola Tinubu prioritises the provision of energy to drive development of other sectors.

“Areas that we would want this collaboration to be intensified is the area of legislative support in implementing the newly signed Electricity Act of 2023. By providing this support for implementation at the sub-national level, we have achieved the decentralisation and the liberalisation of the sector, for state governments and private investors to actively participate in the development of the power sector.

“We are also looking at policy advisory in developing what we call a national integrated electricity policy and strategic implementation plan that will also involve a fully documented integrated resource plan, especially as it affects markets and liquidity in the sector.

“We are looking at technical support in our energy transition plan to achieve our net zero targets by 2060 and our targets of 30,000 megawatts of electricity, out of which 30 per cent of this must come from renewable energy by 2030.

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“We would like your support in this regard and I believe we are blessed as a country with everything required for us to have electricity. From the endowment of natural gas to very good and effective sunlight, to very good and effective desert and offshore wind, and so many dams across the country,” Adelabu added.

Also speaking, USAID Power Africa Coordinator, Richard Nelson, highlighted the US Government’s initiative to double access to electricity on the continent by the year 2030.

He said the body has been in operation about 11 years and has made significant gains across the continent, helping almost 15,000 megawatts of power projects reach financial flows in 152 different projects as well as leveraging about $26 billion.

Nelson added that the organisation had also helped almost 200 million people across the continent get access to electricity, describing Nigeria as a special place for the USAID.

“This MoU that the USAID will be signing with you represents a very key component of the Power Africa engagement with Nigeria as a whole for the next several years. And we’re excited to be supporting that.

“Nigeria itself, the work that we’ve done, has resulted in almost 5 million connections, which represents upwards of 20-plus million people just over the last five years. We’ve also supported a little over 3,000 megawatts of electricity reaching financial flows. But we look to support more of that over the next few years,” he noted.

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In her remarks, Mission director, USAID Nigeria, Melissa Jones, said that through the MoU, the US government intended to intensify and accelerate its partnership with the ministry, Nigeria’s lead power sector policymaking institution.

“We are very excited to sign this MoU and to achieve our shared goals. Under the MoU, USAID intends to launch a new N115 billion programme to support Nigeria’s energy reform and clean energy transition.

“This is because we believe in the leadership here in this ministry and under the minister, and we believe in the people of Nigeria. The power of partnership is real, and the power of partnership between our two governments is needed now more than ever,” she stated.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mahmuda Mamman, lauded the US for the collaboration, explaining that with the support, certain targets will be met and surpassed….READ FULL ARTICLE

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Ndume: Tinubu Has Resolved To Be A One-term President, Nigerians Must Ensure His Defeat In 2027 – Lukman

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A former National Vice Chairman (North-west) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Lukman, has said the actions of President Bola Tinubu have suggested that he is not interested in serving a second term as Nigeria’s leader….READ FULL ARTICLE

The former APC chieftain added that both President Tinubu and the APC are charting the way to lose the 2027 presidential elections and Nigerians must help them to taste defeat.

Speaking in a statement on Thursday, against the background of the sack of Borno South Senator, Ali Ndume as the Chief Whip of the Senate on Wednesday, Lukman said it is a testament to the fact that the current administration does not want to be criticized.

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He added that the Tinubu government and the ruling APC are pushing Nigeria to the edges of dictatorial governance similar to what Nigerians witnessed during the days of military government under late General Sani Abacha.

Lukman, in a statement titled, “Fanatical Mindset,” lamented that free speech is under threat and personal liberties of the citizens are being encroached upon.

He also called out the Senate for allowing its operational independence to be rubbished after Ndume was removed based on a letter signed by the APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, arguing that there was nowhere in the APC

Constitution where the National Chairman, National Secretary, or any official, or even the National Working Committee, is given the powers to summarily remove any principal officer of the National Assembly.

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The former chieftain said it is a shame that the APC and the Senate Caucus got involved in such acts of illegality.

He said:“The way things are, it is almost as if President Asiwaju Tinubu has resolved that he will only be a one term President. Under his watch, the living conditions of Nigerians is continuously getting worse. Instead of making effort to develop clear plans to address the situation, the government is becoming more intolerant to criticism.

“Any democracy that cannot accommodate criticism is no democracy. A democracy that subverts fair hearing is a dictatorship. A democracy that permits a ruling party to demobilise its organs and inadvertently expels its members is worse than a military government.”

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“So long as APC, its leadership and Asiwaju Tinubu’s government have taken the self-destructive path, which is equivalent to a declaration of working end their tenure in 2027, patriotic Nigerians must help them to ensure their defeat in 2027!”…READ FULL ARTICLE

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20 Trucks of Rice: It will not get to those suffering. The Tinubu government isn’t ready to listen to advice – Primate Ayodele

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Primate Elijah Ayodele, leader of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, has criticized the Nigerian federal government for distributing trucks of rice to state governments. He said the initiative would only result in increased corruption and hardship, as governors are indifferent to the needs of the impoverished….READ FULL ARTICLE

In a statement by his media aide, Oluwatosin Osho, Ayodele asserted that the rice would not reach those truly in need, but would instead be distributed among party members.

He also claimed President Tinubu’s administration was unwilling to heed constructive advice.

He said;‘’There is no way this will get to the needy, those who are suffering

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“The Tinubu government isn’t ready to listen to advice. They are not doing what is feasible, Nigerians are hungry and angry, everyone is affected, the president must be careful.

‘’Sending trucks of rice to governors that don’t care about the needs of the people, that don’t share in people’s pains, is tantamount to arbitrary corruption. They will give it to their party members, loyalists and even hoard it.

“Why is this government not listening? The more you bring such, the more the hardship. The truck of rice will only increase hardship and poverty, that’s not the solution.’’

‘’This is simple mathematics, like God revealed to Pharaoh about famine, God has revealed to prophets the situation of Nigeria, we have said this in 2022 about what Nigeria will experience, it is better the government listens before it kills the economy.

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‘’The government should have taken the trucks to markets across the country and sold them at a very subsidized rate to the needy. The impact will be felt more than giving it to state governors,” he added….READ FULL ARTICLE

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He Is Always Talking About My Structure, My Structure, What Are The Structures For? -Dan Nwanyanwu

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According to the report from the Sun, the chairman of the Zenith Labour Party, Dan Nwanyanwu acknowledged that Nyesom Wike possesses significant influence within the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at both the state and national levels….READ FULL ARTICLE

He questioned the purpose of these political structures that Wike frequently refers to as his

own, highlighting the fact that these structures existed before Wike’s rise to power.

He suggested that while there might not be explicit evidence in the form of written or verbal statements, the influence and impact of these

structures are evident to those familiar with the inner workings of politics.

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He said, “He (Wike) has the structure of PDP and Rivers, he has the structure of PDP in Rivers, he has the structure of PDP at the national,

and he’s always talking about my structure, my structure, what are the structures for? Somebody had them before you came, you see if you’re looking for evidence that something is written or that something is said,

you won’t find it, if you’re in that game, and you know how these things work, the evidence is everywhere.”…READ FULL ARTICLE

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