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FG Begins N140bn Solar Rollout Programme for 25m Nigerians

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•Osinbajo: National grid no longer reliable

Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja

The federal government has begun the implementation of its plan to deliver electricity, through solar energy, to about 25 million Nigerians whose communities are off the national power grid. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who spoke during an event to mark the programme in Jangefe, Roni Local Government Area of Jigawa State, restated the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to give more Nigerians access to cheap and environmentally friendly renewable power.

Osinbajo said the Solar Power Naija programme would continue across the six geopolitical zones in six states, namely, Edo, Lagos, Adamawa, Anambra, Kebbi and Plateau, in the first phase, and then move to the entire 36 states and the nation’s capital, thus, covering 25 million Nigerians at completion.

Jangefe community got 1,000 solar home system connections for its about 5,000 population, as part of a 100,000 scheme, with a local solar power company implementing aspects of the scheme.
According tom Osinbajo, “The president had emphasised that we could no longer rely solely on the grid if we were to electrify the whole country, which meant that we had to develop an effective strategy for decentralising power supply.

“The Solar Power Naija programme, which is designed by the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), is an ambitious initiative that aims to create five million connections through a N140 billion financing programme that will support private developers to provide power for five million households, which means providing electricity for up to 25 million Nigerians.”

The vice president disclosed that the programme was a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement supported by concessionary lending via the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and commercial banks. He emphasised that structures had been put in place to make the cost of the connections affordable for the target communities.

In addition to the concessionary lending rates, Osinbajo explained that the government had provided subsidies and rebates for private developers to the tune of over $200 million under the REA and World Bank Nigeria electrification programme. He lauded the Jigawa State governor, Mr Abubakar Badaru, the Emir of Kazaure, and other critical stakeholders for their role in ensuring the implementation of the programme in the community.
The vice president further commended the Emir of Kazaure, who made a down payment for the community to benefit from the solar connections, stating that the decision facilitated the programme.

Earlier, Badaru said the federal government’s support to the states, despite declining resources, had been unprecedented since 2015. He recalled how the Buhari administration gave a bailout to states to pay salaries and the payment of the long outstanding refund from the Paris Club debts.

Badaru also listed that the school feeding programme and other schemes, saying apart from impacting the economy, they have improved school enrolment from about 600,000 to over a million since their implementation.

Present at the event were Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State; Minister of Power, Mr Saleh Mamman; Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jeddy-Agba; Managing Director of REA, Salhijo Ahmad; Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Mr Chiedu Ugbo; and Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Alex Okoh, among others.

Osinbajo had earlier attended the coronation of the Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, as the Madakin Kazaure and Galadiman Roni. The vice president was joined by the governors of Ekiti, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, and Katsina states, as well as the National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd).

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PDP’s Call To Restructure Nigeria Waste Of Time – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday said that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum meeting held in Ibadan, was a waste of time, with no substance.

Recall that PDP Governors had called on President Muhammadu Buhari to restructure Nigeria and convene an emergency meeting on insecurity.

They also advised Buhari to immediately send an Executive Bill to the National Assembly to amend the constitution to devolve more powers to states.

This, they said, would help states work out modalities for proper policing and also help to improve general security architecture.

But reacting, Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), in a statement said it was unfortunate that the PDP governors chose to engage in misplaced name calling and abuses.

According to him, the PDP also failed to seize a golden opportunity provided by the meeting to offer meaningful and patriotic contributions to the state of the nation.

He said it was disappointing that the supposed PDP governors’ consultative meeting turned out to be “a political jamboree and its outcome a waste of time, with no substance”.

He stressed that the efforts and records of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government on revamping the economy and devolution of powers was visible and unmatched.

He added that the administration’s efforts at upgrading the country’s security architecture, governance and electoral reforms, addressing perennial farmers and herders clashes,and public sector reforms were also visible.

Akpanudoedehe recalled that President Buhari on May 20, 2020, signed an executive order on the implementation of financial autonomy of state legislature and Judiciary, which was rejected by the PDP governors.

He assured Nigerians that the Buhari-led government would continue to identify and partner with patriotic and well meaning individuals and interests in its determined efforts to make the country better while addressing its challenges.

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JUST IN: Osinbajo Finally Speaks On Rumoured 2023 Presidential Ambition

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Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has said he has no connection with a certain online group mobilising support for him ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

Mr Osinbajo, who made this known in a statement issued on Monday through his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, has asked members of the public to disregard the group.

“The attention of the Office of the Vice President has been drawn to a website: supportosinbajo. ng that is calling on Nigerians to join a volunteer group mobilising support for Osinbajo ahead of the 2023 presidential election.”

“Details of this website and the solicitation of the group are currently trending on WhatsApp with a suggestion that Osinbajo has “quietly” declared interest in the 2023 election.”

“The Office of the Vice President is not in any way connected to this website or the group behind it and considers such an enterprise an unnecessary distraction.”

“Osinbajo has not declared any interest whatsoever in the 2023 election; but he is rather focused on working in his capacity as vice president in the current administration to address all the compelling issues in the country and concerns of Nigerians, including finding effective and lasting solutions to the security challenges.”

“Therefore, we ask that people desist from such unhelpful permutations while we all deal together with the challenges confronting us as Nigerians, and resolve them for the benefit of our people, peace, and prosperity in the land,” he stated.

Osinbajo was picked as the running mate of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections.

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APC Denies Releasing Timetable For Congresses, National Convention

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has denied releasing timetable for its Congresses and National Convention.

National Secretary APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, John Akpanudoedehe, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Abuja.

“Our attention has been drawn to obviously coordinated and syndicated misinformation being circulated in some sections of the media on purported plans and timetable for Congresses and National Convention of the APC.

“This is the handiwork of political jobbers parading themselves as media sources.

“The media, party members and indeed the general public should be wary and completely disregard the misinformation, antics and schemes of these fifth columnists,’’ Mr Akpanudoedehe said.

He said the APC had never lied about its activities and had no reason to lie.

Mr Akpanudoedehe said that the consultative leadership style instituted by Governor Mai Mala Buni led CECPC had institutionalised the APC as a party of processes and internal democracy.

He said the committee was focused on delivering its mandate to recover, rebuild and reposition the APC ahead of 2023 poll.

Mr Akpanudoedehe said the committee was also focused on achieving peace and ensuring true reconciliation within the party to give a sense of belonging to all members.

The APC National Executive Committee, NEC, at its meeting Dec. 8, 2020 meeting gave the Buni-led CECPC until June 30 to conduct congresses and the National Convention.

The CECPC which was constituted in June 2020, following the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led Nation Working Committee, NWC, was initially given six months to reconcile various factions of the party.

The committee was also to ensure that aggrieved members of the party in court withdrew all litigations as well as conduct a National Convention for the emergence of a new NWC.

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