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Nigeria Connects 40,000 Citizens to Solar Projects



Mr. Sale Mamman, who is the Nigeria Minister of Power, have on Monday said the federal government had so far connected 40,000 Nigerians through the construction of 30 new solar mini-grid projects in various parts of the country.

Speaking during an event in Kano tagged ‘Solar Nigeria’, where 12 health care and schools were officially hooked to the solar off-grid system, the Minister of power stated that the projects were finished in collaboration with the European Union and implemented by the Department for International Development (DFID).

The minister added that the ministry will also provide 5,000,000 households with solar home systems under the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP), targeted at increasing electricity access and reducing the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Sale Mamman said the projects were implemented under a framework, which provides sustainable, reliable and affordable energy supply consistent with Nigeria’s commitment to achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

According to him, the projects will improve the lives of people through improved education, healthcare, job creation and water.

Mamman committed the federal government to sustaining the policy of providing electricity to remote and underserved rural communities nationwide using distributed power generation with locally available resources.

“As at today, at least more than 30 new mini-grid projects have been commissioned across the country, providing reliable power supply to over 40,000 people in off-grid areas.

“These projects are mostly developed through public-private partnership, confirming the confidence of the private sector.

“The ministry will also provide five million households with solar home systems under the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan, which is aimed at increasing electricity access and reducing the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he added.

The solar projects inaugurated by Mamman included a 95kw in Getso Primary Health Centre, 79.20kw in Ajingy Primary Health Centre, 79.20kw in Tsanyawa Primary Health Centre, 47.25kW in Dandinshe Primary Health Centre and 15.84kW in Ganduje Primary Health Centre.

Other projects listed by the ministry are a 15.84kw project in Gwarmai Primary Health Centre, 95kw in Girls Science College Garko, 79.20kw in Government Secondary School, Gwarzo, 79.20kw in Science College DowakinTofa, 47.25kw in Government Girls’ College Kano (Former WTC), 15.84kw in Government Girls’ Arabic Secondary School Dambatta and 15.84kw in Ganduje Primary School.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), the EU and German government have launched a new online platform to attract investments in renewables in the Nigerian power sector.

The programme is a technical assistance programme co-funded by the EU and the German government, and implemented by the Deutsche GesellschaftfürInternationaleZusammenarbeit (GIZ) in collaboration with the ministry of power.

The government noted that the digital platform will provide easy access to relevant information for investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Nigeria.

According to the federal government, the platform will present technical, regulatory and economic information aimed at de-risking projects and scaling up investments in the sector.

In a welcome address, the Executive Secretary of NIPC, Ms. YewandeSadiku, expressed the commitment of the commission to promoting increased investments in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector in Nigeria.

According to her, the platform will help potential investors to get easy access to the high quality information they need to make faster and better informed decisions about investing in Nigeria’s green economy.

Director of Renewable and Rural Power access at the ministry of power, Mr.FarukYabo, expressed the hope that the platform will help improve the technical and economic viability of the Nigerian power sector for increased investments in renewable projects to promote power supply.


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UNIBEN Rape Case: Anita Adesuwa Efosa Revealed as the Rape Accuser



Photograph of the said Anita Adesuwa Efosa

For a few days now, all University of Benin (UNIBEN) have seen in the public space is a perceived dreaded lecturer whose innocence and guilt is yet to be proven and proved beyond reasonable doubt. But one would wonder, WHERE LIES THE PRESENCE OF THE ACCUSER? Maybe it is of no essence to some, whom sometimes may be passerby, sympathisers or mainly aggressive individuals who may only be seen issues from a psychological point of view of the female folk.

It is true that the accuser in this case have been identified as, ANITA ADESUWA EFOSA, a 400 level English & Literature Student of the University of Benin (Benin City) whom have been confirmed by various sources to be a ‘Ghost Student’, this is to say that ANITA ADESUWA EFOSA barely attend classes as it is. It is possible she may be having academic issues also.

It is also confirmed that the accused lecturer, Dr. Steve Bode Ekundayo is currently the Final Year Project Coordinator for the Department of English & Literature. While the public keeps talking of the lecturer, many are yet to seek the identity of the accuser, but gradually, that is being sorted out.

These question then arises:

1. Who is Adesuwa Anita Efosa in the Department of English & Literature?

2. What did she go to do at the lecturers office at the said time?

3. Was she alone with the accused all through the period of the accusations at the lecturer’s office?

4. Does she have any relationship with the accused aside being a student and nothing more?

5. Is that the first time she’s visiting that office?

6. Was she really raped by the accused as claimed by her?

7. Are there clear court evidences that testifies that? If yes,

8. Why is the accuser in hiding despite many efforts made by the School Authorities, the Student Union Government (SUG) and the Nigerian Police to hear her side of the story as investigations have started?

9. Could the said identified Anita Adesuwa Efosa have been pushed by external or internal elements to blackmail the accused? If no

10. Why then the continuous hiding? If yes

11. Did she not think critically that this act of rape accusations has lasting implications on both the accused, herself and the image of the University of Benin?

What is expected from the relevant authorities is to adhere strictly to DUE PROCESS of handling the matter because both the accused and the accuser may either be wrong or right in this whole matter but it is rather unfair to some extend that, of a truth, the University Authorities also have taken some ‘Too Quick Steps’ sanction the lecturer without adhering strictly to the constitutional principles of FAIR HEARING by setting up a known panel to investigate properly the matter, which is an internal capacity of the institution before handing over the matter to the police thereby breaching some organisational and professional procedures.

Now, what is the ad-hoc punishment for the accuser, most especially on the basis of her refusing all contacts and calls put through to her to appear before the state (police). Punishment should be proportional to offense committed. If you must place an accused on such stringent condition, the accuser whom have continuously hid her face should go through some form of sanction too.

In all, we must not judge a case based on sentiments. We must take all correct measures to ensure a balanced view and deed.

Experts have established that there are only two reasons why ANITA ADESUWA EFOSA could be in hiding. The first is that she may have been threatened by either known or unknown faces and voices through whatever medium. The other reason may be that ANITA ADESUWA EFOSA never expected that *this matter will escalate to this very degree and must have felt the guilt of having told lies to the public and is at the same time not able to get hold of the veracity of her claims against the accused which may lead to a strict punishment against her by school authorities and the police. but whichever way the pendulum swings, according to Niccolo Machiavelli, “the end shall justify the means”

Just to know the two parties involved ANITA ADESUWA EFOSA, a 400 level ENGLISH AND LITERATURE STUDENT is, the faceless rape accuser we all have been craving to know. We await the outcome of all necessary investigations. By then, the truth of the matter will be revealed to the world and we shall know who was raped and by who. Anyone may be innocent in this matter.


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Abuja Lockdown: Six Dead As Nigeria Soldiers Continue Shooting of Shiites



About 6 people have reportedly been shot dead as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, IMN clashed with soldiers at the Gwarimpa gate near Galadimawa in Abuja.

The IMN members also known as ‘shiites ‘were about to round off their Arbaeen Symbolic Trek when joint security agents opened fire on them.

Two Shiite members were shot by security operatives around a new generation bank along 3rd Avenue in Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja.


The incident threw the trek into confusion as people scampered for safety. The Secretary of the Academic Forum of IMN, Abdullahi Musa has since confirmed the incident.

“They are just shooting people. As I am talking to you now, six people have been killed. They even carried some dead bodies away,” he told a news correspondent.

Members of the sect had on Tuesday morning come out in continuation of their procession to mark the fortieth day of the murder of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Muhammad

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Public Work Volunteer Apprehend Oil Theft in Benin City



Edo State Security

Officials of the Public Works Volunteers (PUWOV) in Edo State have apprehend two suspected oil theft in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

The State Coordinator, PUWOV, Mukhtar Yusuf-Osagie, who made known this to journalists, said PUWOV will continue to work tirelessly with other security agencies in the state to curb criminality and ensure peace and orderliness.

Yusuf-Osagie said the suspects were nabbed in two Audi vehicles with plate numbers BEN 206 PK and GRA 91 CH, along Airport Road in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

He said they have been handed over to the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for further interrogation and prosecution.

According to him, “PUWOV officials accosted two Audi vehicles who contravened the law at Ezoti axis of Airport Road in Benin City. It was later discovered that the apprehended vehicles were used for transportation of oil in gallons. The vehicles were fully loaded with gallons of oil and other instruments linked with illegal oil bunkering.”

He noted that the “apprehended culprits tried to induce our officers with the sum of N50, 000 in an attempt to buy their freedom and escape justice. Unfortunately for the culprit, the PUWOV officials rejected their offer.”

The coordinator added: “We have informed the Edo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and handed over the two culprits (drivers) and the vehicles with registration numbers BEN 206 PK and GRA 9 CH to DSC Eki Vassiles, the NSCDC representative sent to recover the exhibits from the PUWOV office.”


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