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Power Generation Hits 2,400MW, Improves Supply

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There is a relative improvement in the generation capacity of the power plants. This is because the generating capacities of the plants have peaked to 2,400 megawatts.
Before now, The Tide investigation revealed that most rural areas are not having power supply because they are considered not commercially viable for the organisation in terms of revenue.
Because of this several communities especially semi urban and villages have had prolonged power outages, some upwards of one month without power supply.
This has been the trend in the last one month, a source close to the power Holding Company of Nigeria told The Tide.
According to the source, the improvement achieved is attributed to the hydro power plant which are now contributing 772 mega watts to the national grid in the last few days.
A look at the generating trends indicates that since the beginning of this month the least generated capacity was 216 mega watts and this was Saturday 2nd August and since that time, the generating capacity has been fluctuating between that figure and 2,400MW.
As at the weekend, the three hydro power plants contributed 772 MW while Egbin and Delta generated the remaining mega watts Okpai generated 281, Afam 6, operated by Shell 445 MW.
Geregu, Omotosho Olorunsogo, Sapele and Afam 1-5 operated by Power Holding Company of Nigeria PHCN are down because of lack of gas supply to them.
However, sustaining the current level of generation is the greatest challenge the organisation has now.
The power allocation to the Abuja metropolis and lagos and Kano recorded a significant boost translating into a marked increase in supply to residents of the territory in the last ten days.
In Abuja the mega watts allocation has been jacked up to 140 while in Kano and the surrounding states are now on 100 mega watts, up from the hitherto 50MW.
According to inquiry by The Tide in Abuja some areas within the capital city recorded an unpresidented three days unprecedented power supply with others saying outages at a time lasted not more than two hours, a trend Power Holding Company of Nigeria attributes to increase in water level and grid generation.
Debo Adegoke, PHCN’s Abuja Regional Principal Manager Public Affairs revealed that allocation as at weekend was 140 mega watts, as against the previous allocations to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which was as low as 40 mega watts.
He said, “There has been an increase of power generation so daily allocation has improved.
And the rate at which we ration will decrease because of availability.” He said Abuja did not have problems like poor distribution lines adding that stable power distribution will definitely continue as long as allocation remain sustained.”
Effurun Igbo Public Relations Officer PHCN noted that the problem with lack of power in the country was complicated by an acute lack of gas supply in the nation to the thermal power stations, adding that even at peak periods the nation’s three hydro power stations located at Jebba, Kainji and Shiroro could contribute only 25 per cent to the nation’s power generation.
The situation is similar in Kano State, the commercial capital city of Northern Nigeria where electricity supply has been recorded in the past 48 hours. The improvement has brought relief to most residents, who for sometime now have been experiencing acute electricity outages.
Investigation revealed that most parts of the State capital are presently enjoying up to 10 hours of uninterrupted electricity supply.

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Stakeholders Meet To Assess Nigeria’s Preparedness For AFCFTA

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Stakeholders are expected to converge in Lagos today to take a look at the Nigeria’s preparedness to maximize the gains of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). 
The Tide learnt that stakeholders will be converging at the instance of a popular online newspaper, Primetime Reporters, to assess the progress made so far by the Federal Government through the National Action Committee on AfCFTA agreement.
The event which is the Third Annual Lecture and Awards of the online medium has as its theme: “Assessing Nigeria’s Preparedness to Maximize the Gains of AfCFTA.” 
The event will also witness conferment of awards on eight eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavours.
The Managing Director/Editor-In-Chief of Primetime Reporters, Mr. Saint Augustine Nwadinamuo, made this known in a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Monday.
According to him, the event will hold at the National Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos beginning from 10.00am.
Nwadinamuo said that the event would be chaired by a renowned legal practitioner, Barr. Osuala Emmanuel Nwagbara of the Maritime and Commercial Law Partners, Lagos, while the Director General, Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Dr. Muda Yusuf, would be the lead paper presenter.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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EFCC Nabs 419 Kingpin Over N250m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has arrested a leader of a deadly 419 syndicate, Abayomi Kamaldeen Alaka (a.k.a Awise) over an alleged attempt to swindle an innocent Nigerian of N250 million. 
The Tide learnt that the syndicate operates from a shrine at Ashipa Town, near Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to a statement made available to The Tide in Lagos on Sunday, by the EFCC, Awise’s arrest followed a petition by his victim, Juliet Bright who lost N250m to the fraudster after she was tricked to provide money for sacrifices and invocations to heal her of an ailment.
The statement said Bright was introduced to Alaka by one Akinola Bukola Augustina (a.ka. Iya Osun) whom she met on Facebook in the course of her search for solutions to her health challenge. 
What drew her to Augustina was the latter’s post under the name, Osunbukola Olamitutu Spriritual Healing Centre.
 Once Bright contacted Augustina, the latter promised to heal her if she could pay N16 million. 
The victim paid the money through an Access Bank account belonging to one Mohammed Sani, who later turned out to be a Bureau De Change Operator.
After paying the money without receiving healing, Augustina transferred the victim to other members of the syndicate, notably Awise. 
Bright revealed that she met Awise at his shrine in Ashipa Town and was hypnotized and subsequently transferred various sum through bank accounts and in cash to the suspect and his syndicate members, until she lost N250 million to them.
Despite all the monies collected from her, her health conditions has never improved.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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Expert Wants Farmers To Grow Plant Produce For Export

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An expert in Quarantine Agriculture, Dr Vincent Ozuru, has advised Nigerian farmers to give more attention to growing plants produce that could be exported.
He said that plant like the hibiscus, popularly known as Zobo is on high demand in some countries around the world, today.
Ozuru who gave the advice while speaking to aviation correspondents at Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, noted that some plants produce, particularly hibiscus, had yielded huge revenue to the Federal Government through export.
According to him, Nigeria exported about 1,983 containers of hibiscus to Mexico alone in 2017 and earned $35 million within nine months of that year.
The agricultural quarantine expert explained that the export of the plant had a setback as a result of storage pest discovered by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service in some consignments.
“The issue has now been taken care of and the export is resuming again, and all matters have been resolved with the stakeholders across the value chain.
“Mexico is the largest importer of Nigerian hibiscus, and our farmers should brace up to the challenge.
“The good news is that Nigeria has a vast growing belt in hibiscus, and the harvest is available all year round.
“We need to take advantage of this opportunity to earn foreign exchange for ourselves and for the country at large, even with the commitment of the present administration to diversify the economy”, he said.
Ozuru called on Nigerian farmers to show more commitment to the growing of export produce and also endeavor to get ready information on it in order to increase their income.

By: Corlins Walter

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