Leadership Newspaper page 19reports that, the Minister of Power Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, has declared that Nigeria’s economic development aspiration demands a higher energy capacity than what is available presently.
Minister of Power, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Mr. Temitope Fashedemi, stated this at the Nigeria Energy Exhibition and Conference, in Lagos, he further said our current unmet energy needs are huge and they are bound to increase due to urbanization and population expansion, this makes it clear that access to energy is critical in advancing our country’s development.
Details of the story captioned: “Nigeria Reeling over Huge Energy Gap, Says Power Minister”.
Nation Newspaper page 7, Leadership page 28 all reported that, National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), has again threatened to shut down the national grid, if the federal government fails to honour its demands.
The Zonal Organizing Secretary, North West of NUEE, Comrade Dukat Ayuba, stated this in a Press Conference in Kaduna State.
Details of the stories captioned are as follows:
Nation: “Electricity workers threaten to shut national grid”.
Leadership: “Again, Electricity Workers Threaten to Shut Down National Grid”.
Leadership Newspaper page 16 reports that, Delta State Governor and Vice-Presidential Candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has regretted the poor supply of electricity to consumers in the state by Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).
Okowa, expressed his displeasure at the official opening of Lumen Christi College, Maryhill, Owanta, Ika North East Local Government Area of the State.
Details of the story captioned: “BEDC, A Disappointment, says Okowa”.
Daily Sun Newspaper page 25 reports that, to improve on its state of infrastructure, the Federal Government plans to spend about N49.7 trillion on capital infrastructure under its National Development Plan (NDP).
President Muhammadu Buhari, stated this at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum in New York, United States of America, he added that the first phase of the Presidential Power Initiative will provide over 40 Million people with more reliable electricity supply, create 11,000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerians.
Details of the story captioned: “Nigeria plans N49.7trn capital expenditure in 4 years”.
Daily Sun Newspaper page 25 reports that, National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), has said that over 4.96 million electricity customers were metered in Q2 2022, while more 4.79 million were metered in Q1 2022, indicating a 3.53 percent increase on a quarter-on-quarter basis.
Details of the story captioned: “Metered electricity customers rise to 4.96m in Q2 2022, says NBS”.
Punch Newspaper page 17 reports that, on Thursday, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), stated that Electricity Consumers paid a total sum of N210.17 billion to Distribution Companies (DisCos), in the fourth quarter of last year 2021.
NERC, discloses this in their quarterly Report for fourth quarter 2023 which was release on Thursday.
It also stated that the N210.17 Billion Naira represented 9.34 percent of the total electricity bill given to consumers by Electricity Distribution Companies, during the period.
Details of the story captioned: “Electricity consumers pay N210bn in three months”.
Mathew Osumanyi Dan’asabe
Senior Information Officer