TOP STORIES: Nationwide blackout as Nigeria’s electricity generation drops 93.5% to 273MW.Adunni Adetola
Nigeria’s power supply dropped by 93.5 per cent to 273 megawatts, MW in the early hours of today, from 4,182MW recorded on Monday, this week, following a complete system collapse, due to equipment failure or grid disturbance in the sector.
According a report from the semi-autonomous arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has shown that Afam VI, Dadinkowa, Ibom Power, Jebba, Olorunsogo generated 0.70MW, 0.00MW, 32.90MW, 240MW and zero respectively.
Managing Director/CEO of TCN, Sule Abdulaziz, did not respond to calls and text messages, but a top industry leader, who confirmed the development, said: “The grid has been very unstable for days before the latest system collapse. As we speak, there is blackout.”
It was learnt that Nigeria’s electricity generation dropped, Tuesday, by 59 per cent to 1,705 megawatts, MW, from 4,182 MW recorded the previous day at 06:00hours, due to grid disturbance.
It indicated that many households and businesses are currently generating their independent power at higher costs because of the high price of diesel currently hovering at over N600 per litre, but also the high cost of petrol that shot up by about 169 per cent to over N500 per litre since June 2023, from N186 per litre (major marketers) in the preceding month of May 2023.
The Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, had promised Nigerians that they will witness improved power supply across the nation soon.
Speaking at a recent reception organized for him, he said: “We know it’s not something that is achievable overnight but we believe that once the foundation is laid, others can also build on it. I can tell you that between six months and one year, we will start seeing improvement in the power sector.” Vanguard.
IGP Meets Strategic Police Managers, Lauds Decline In Crime Rate…Decorates DIG Makwashi, assures of adequate deployments for off-season elections in Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi.
As we approach the Ember Months, historically characterized by increased activities and heightened security concerns, the Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, NPM, Ph.D., on Thursday 14th September, 2023, convened a pivotal meeting with Strategic Police Managers comprising Deputy Inspectors-General of Police and members of the Force Management Team, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, Commissioners of Police and Tactical Commanders, to assess the security situation and discuss pertinent security matters.
According to a statement by the Force spokesman, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the IGP commended the dedication and tireless efforts of police officers, as well as the unwavering support of the government and the public, which have collectively contributed to the notable decline in crime rates nationwide.
He said, the IGP, upon decorating a newly promoted Senior Police Officer, DIG Bello Makwashi, with his new rank as a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, acknowledged the critical role of Police Officers and relevant stakeholders in maintaining law and order, and expressed his heartfelt gratitude for their relentless commitment to ensuring the safety and security of all citizens noting that the collaboration and coordination among various stakeholders have proven instrumental in achieving positive anti-crime outcomes.
“Addressing the forthcoming off-season gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States, the IGP assured the public that adequate deployments and security measures will be emplaced to create an environment where every eligible voter can exercise their civic duty without fear or intimidation.
“He reiterated the steadfastness of his administration’s commitment to upholding the principles of democracy and ensuring peaceful, free, and fair elections while urging all stakeholders to work together and support Police efforts to maintain the peace and security of these states before, during, and after the election periods.
“The Inspector General of Police while emphasizing that effective and efficient policing services is key, called on the public to continue collaborating with the Force via provision of timely information and vigilance for a peaceful, prosperous, and progressive Nigeria during the Ember Months”, FPRO stated.
Border Security: Nigeria Customs Partners Benin Republic Customs To End Trans-Border Crimes, Enhance Trade Facilitation.
The Acting Comptroller-General of Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, has expressed his commitment to synergize with the Benin Republic to enhance trans-border security and regulate trade between the two countries.
The Customs Boss made this known on Tuesday, 12th September 2023, when he officially received Senior Officers of Benin Customs, led by their Director-General, Alain Hinkati, at the Nigeria Customs Headquarters Abuja, in continuation of their two-day interactive session.
The session, which started on Monday, 11th September 2023, at the Abuja Intercontinental Hotel, according to the Service spokesman, CSC Abdullahi Maiwada is expected to deepen the relationship between Nigeria and Benin while promoting their age-old bilateral trade ties.
“Other areas that the partnership will address include enhancing the proper use of International Transit Guidelines to govern transit-bound goods and fees from Cotonou Port to Nigeria; Integration of Nigeria into the Interconnected System for the Management of Goods in Transit”, he stated.
Continuing his official welcome address, the Ag. Comptroller-General, Maiwada said, highlighted that the treaty between the two Agencies, “will prepare the way for an in-depth mechanism to harmonize the import prohibition lists of products banned by the two countries.
“In view of our commitment to curb smuggling and unlawful trade through our borders, we deemed it necessary to meet and form a strong agreement that will support our strategic plans to implement technological-base measures of clearing and tracking of items at our borders”.
The Ag. CGC, however, affirmed that, the Nigeria Customs Service has concluded plans to promote good relations with border communities with a view to actualizing full participation of private sectors and frameworks of border Customs Units.
Speaking further, the Ag. CGC appreciated the Benin Customs and Embassy of the country for expressing interest in collaborating with the Nigeria Customs Service to enhance trade facilitation.
“The Customs administration in both countries have a very good idea and technical know-how on what it means with trade; thus, we are back with a renewed enthusiasm to foster our relationship and make an impact on our trade facilitation roadmap.
“We hope that the program will address the issues of trade and set a roadmap for the implementation of new strategies that will enhance the economy and revenue in Nigeria and Benin Republic”, he said.
Speaking, the Director General of the Benin Republic Customs, Alain Hinkati, said, “It is our hope that the program will address the issues of trade and set a roadmap for implementation of new strategies that will enhance the economy and revenue in Nigeria and Benin Republic”.
According to him, the two organizations need to develop ideas to address transit issues and other progressive measures.
He said with the increasing global security challenges, the need for both customs administrations to work in synergy cannot be over-emphasized, adding that their intended mutualism will boost their relationship to improve the economy of both nations.
“Meanwhile, the joined communique signed by the Ag. Comptroller-General of the Customs, Bashir Adewale Adeniyi MFR, and Director-General of the Bennese Customs, Alain Hinkati, highlighted that their meeting favours the desire of the two countries’ presidents: Bola Ahmad Tinubu and Patrice Talon to strengthen shared commitment to enhancing trade facilitation and promoting economic development.
“Other areas that will benefit the countries are fostering closer ties to Nigeria and Benin and reactivating the joint committee for monitoring trade and transit relations”, Maiwada stated.
Responding to questions from journalists at the event, CGC said, “We are building confidence in the system offered by the Republic of Benin; our importers will use their ports and vice-versa. If there are people in the Benin Republic who want to use our ports, we try to build trust in our systems.
“And by virtue of this agreement, what it means is that Nigerian importers willing to use the ports in Cotonou can have their goods cleared in those ports because there would be an opportunity for them to pay duties on goods that are liable for payment of duties”.