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FG Seeks Private Funding To Close $2.5bn Electricity Gap

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The Federal Government has called for more private sector funding to close an energy gap of $2.48 billion meant for 80 million Nigerians to have access to electricity.

The Managing Director and CEO of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Mr. Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, disclosed this on Saturday at a workshop for members of the House of Representatives by the agency in Abuja after it held a similar one for the Senate.Ahmad said the $2.5bn is the investment required to provide access to the current 80m Nigerians without electricity. “India used to be the country with the highest people without access to electricity but I am sad to say that Nigeria has overtaken it and recently the figure is at 80m Nigerians without access to electricity.”

While he called for an improved budget for REA to realise this, he said: “It is very risky to rely on government budget as that is not enough. We need to device policies where we can get more private sector investments.”

The Minister of State for Power, Mr. Goddy Jedy-Agba, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Chinyeaka Ohaa, called for the lawmakers’ support to REA.

“Over 80 million Nigerians lack access to reliable electricity. To change this narrative, we must continue to strategically deploy renewable, off-grid technologies to power Nigeria, one community at a time.”

Declaring the workshop opened, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said the workshop was strategic and could not have come at a better time than this time.

“On behalf of the speaker, I declare this workshop opened,” said Chairman, House Committee on Power, Magaji Da’u Aliyu, who represented the Speaker.

On his role, Aliyu said with the workshop, the Members would do the needful and to consult with REA to ensure proper budgeting.

He said over N200m projects are uncompleted in the portfolio as he urged the REA to be better guided towards providing more access to rural electricity.

Executive Director, Rural Electrification Fund (REF) at REA, Dr. Sanusi Ohiare, said REA since 2016, has connected 103,500 homes, impacted 460,720 people, created 5,042 jobs and sourced $561m investments.

Ohiare said the lawmakers should strengthen the agency noting that despite the several review of the Oronsaye agencies merger report, REA is still part of the agencies penciled for scrapping.

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NAF bombs bandits’ location in Kaduna

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The land and air components of Operation Thunder Strike have neutralised scores of armed bandits during a joint offensive operation on identified bandits ’ camps in the Yadi and Kufai Shantu areas of Giwa Local Government Area , Kaduna State.
The operation was executed on Saturday on the heels of credible human intelligence reports as well as series of aerial surveillance missions that led to the identification of the hideouts of a notorious bandits ’ leader and his fighters .
A statement on Sunday by the Coordinator , Defence Media Operations, Maj . Gen . John Enenche , said the first wave of the airstrikes involved seven Nigerian Air Force aircraft which undertook 12 missions and a total of 23 sorties.
The operation which commenced at dawn targeted a cluster of huts housing notorious bandits ’ leader , Buhari Halilu .
The statement titled , ‘Operation Thunder Strike : Land and air components clear bandits ’ location in Kaduna State , neutralise scores of bandits at Yadi,’ said the attack aircraft destroyed some of the target structures and neutralised several bandits .
Enenche said the second wave of attacks which targeted the bandits ’ hideout at Kufai Shantu , was aimed at incapacitating the hoodlums at the location to reduce resistance to the ground troops advance towards Yadi .
The statement read, “ Following the air component’ s fixing efforts at Kufai Shantu , the land component, supported by an attack helicopter , successfully assaulted Halilu ’s hideout at Yadi, clearing two of three objectives.
“ The ground troops subsequently fought through fierce resistance from bandits hiding under the foliage at the third objective and eventually overpowered the criminals , eliminating several of them .”
It further explained that the air component provided effective support to the ground troops during all phases of the operation .
The military high command commended the troops for their professionalism and urged them to remain resolute in the conduct of operations to eradicate bandits .

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How soldiers killed 16 terrorists in firefights – Army

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The troops of Operation Fire Ball have killed 16 Boko Haram / Islamic States for West Africa Province terrorists in recent encounters in the North East theatre of operation .
The Acting Director , Defence Media Operations, Brig .- Gen . Bernard Onyeuko, made this known in a statement on Sunday .
The statement was titled ‘Operation Lafiya Dole : Troops of operation fire ball neutralise several bandits , destroy gun trucks , recover large cache of arms and other items’ .
Onyeuko said that four terrorists ’ gun trucks were destroyed as well as recovery of a large cache of arms and ammunitions during the various encounters .
The statement read in part , “ On 21 October 2020 troops of Special Response Area Gajiram deployed at Check Point three under Sector three decisively dealt a heavy blow on BHT/ISWAP criminal elements.
“ The eagle – eyed troops who were on alert noticed unusual vehicles following the convoy of vehicles conveying Internally Displaced Persons from Maiduguri Cosmopolitan City to Baga town in order to infiltrate own position .
“ The troops canalised the criminals and inflicted heavy casualty on them . After the ensuing firefight three Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised.
“ In a related development, troops of Army Super Camp Magumeri decimated several Boko Haram terrorists who attacked the location . After the fierce encounter, 11 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised.
“ Similarly , On 24 October 2020 , the gallant troops of Army Super Camp located at Mallam Fatori routed elements of Boko Haram / ISWAP criminal elements who attacked their location . After the fierce battle two Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised, others escaped with gunshot wounds as traces of blood of dragged casualties by the criminals were seen during exploitation . ”
The defence assured populace of the North -East zone of the determination of the High Command of the Armed Forces of Nigeria “ to finally rout out the remnants of the BHT/ ISWAP criminals from their enclaves ” .

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Police Arrest Armed Robbers In Ogun

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Operatives of Ogun Police command have arrested two members of an alleged notorious robbery gang while carrying out an operation.

The robbery suspects who were said to be terrorising Ogijo community in Sagamu area of the state were arrested on Sunday October 18.

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The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi disclosed this on Monday that the suspects Olaitan Olushola a.k.a Toshiba and Oluwajuwon Balogun were arrested following a distress call received at Ogijo divisional headquarters that the gang were operating at Malatori area of Ogijo where they were dispossessing residents of their valuables at gunpoint.“Upon the distress call, the DPO Ogijo division, Muhammed Suleimon Baba quickly led his men to the scene where the suspects were apprehended while others escaped with some of their weapons,” he said.

Items recovered from the suspects are: two battle axes while two of their victims namely, Idowu Kareem and Akinloye Raimi have identified the duo as members of the syndicate who dispossessed them of their phones at gunpoint.

According to the PPRO, the Commissioner of Police, Edward Awolowo Ajogun has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence department for discreet investigation.

He added that the Commissioner has also directed that the fleeing members of the gang be hunted for and brought to book.

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