President Goodluck Jonathan says the Federal Government embarked on improving power supply in the country to boost industrialisation and create jobs for the teeming youths of the country.
At his Presidential Campaign rally in Abia State held Thursday at the Enyimba Stadium in Aba, the commercial hub of the state, Jonathan who is the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also promised to tackle the problem of insecurity nation-wide and erosion menace in the South East.
He told the crowd that the biggest power plant of 1,074 mega watts under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) was sited in Aba to boost the people’s entrepreneurial skill in particular and industrialisation in the country in general.
He said Abia State was vital to the realisation of Nigeria’s 20:20:20 vision because Aba as an industrial centre would play a leading roll in realizing that vision, adding that provision of constant power would equally enhance the people’s creativity.
The President expressed hope that when the NIPP comes on stream, Nigeria would witness economic and industrial growth. “Abia has many entrepreneurs who need government to create the enabling environment for them to fly,” Jonathan said, adding “I will be happy to see that the first Nigerian aircraft is manufactured here.” He said his administration was poised to realize Nigeria’s industrial and technological growth if he wins the April polls.
He also promised that the federal government would tackle the issue of insecurity frontally to enable Nigerians to move freely while the erosion menace ravaging the South East would also be addressed.
The President commended Abia political leaders for moving Abia into the mainstream of Nigeria;s politics and assured them that they would reap bountifully from that action.
Vice President Namadi Sambo called on the people of Abia and Nigerians to vote for the President in the April polls, stressing that Jonathan was poised to transform the country. He added that the power project was aimed at maximizing the enterprising spirit and industrial potentials of Abia people and enjoined Abians to vote for them.
Acting National Chairman of PDP, Dr. Bello Mohammed, observed that President Jonathan was already implementing what he was promising Nigerians in the course of his campaigns. He said the President would do more if returned to office.
He challenged Presidential candidates of other parties to also embark on nation-wide campaigns to tell Nigerians what they have to offer. He said they should not fold their arms now only to rush to the courts after PDP would have emerged victorious at the polls in April after working hard for it.
Mohammed said though he was optimistic of PDP victory, their supporters should troop out and cast their votes.
Governor Theodore Orji, expressed gratitude to Jonathan for taking security measures that greatly assisted in flushing kidnappers out of the state and creating a new Army Brigade at Ohafia, amongst other s and assured him of the support of the people.
Chairman of Abia PDP, Senator Emma Nwaka, and other Abia political leaders including Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Former Senate President, Chief Adolph Wabara, Senators Uchechukwumerije, Enyinnaya Abaribe, Nkechi Nwaogu and General Ike Nawachukwu, in their separate speeches, assured Jonathan of the massive support of Abians.
The rally was not without it bad side as a part of the crowd, mostly those who were at the gallery by the right hand side of the entrance to the stadium, heckled the governor when he was delivering his speech as well as any time his name was mentioned.
Solar Firm Targets 30m Nigerians By 2030
Greenlight Planet, a global leader in solar home energy products, has delivered clean energy access to more than two million individuals in Nigeria.
On a mission to power, the lives of the underserved, Greenlight Planet began distributing its Sun King solar home energy products in the country in 2011. The company has focused on rapid innovation of its product offerings and distribution strategy ever since.
Speaking on Greenlight Planet in Nigeria, Global Business Leader, Sun King EasyBuy, Mr DhavalRadia, said, “Over the last 7 years, we have sold more than 500,000 life-changing Sun King solar solutions in Nigeria through strategic distribution partnerships and our own pay-as-you-go distribution channel.
Customers have been quick to recognise that an investment in Sun King products pays for itself over time, with several customers experiencing dramatic improvements in household savings, increased productivity for their small businesses and additional study–time for their children.”
He added that the quality and reliability of Sun King solar home systems has helped the organisation build a loyal customer base over time. “While we are humbled by the warm acceptance of our products so far, for us this is just the beginning to reaching the 101 million individuals still living without basic access to electricity in Nigeria. To ensure that our products are affordable for even the most cash-constrained households, we launched our ‘EasyBuy’ pay-as-you-go distribution channel in early 20173 .
According to him, Sun King products enabled with EasyBuy (PAYG technology) now allow potential users with limited access to financing to pay for their Sun King products in small instalments over time. “With twenty-four flagship Sun King stores across 23 active states, and a large network of nearly 1,200 local sales agents (“Sun King Energy Officers”), the Sun King EasyBuy door-to-door sales channel is accelerating Greenlight Planet’s growth in Nigeria while also boosting employment opportunities within local communities”, he said.
He said that the organisation’s vision was to establish a world-class distribution and energy financing eco-system for the vast off-grid populations of rural Nigeria. “With our rigorous efforts and continued innovation, our goal is to power 30 million lives by 2030 in Nigeria.
FG To Achieve 40% Switch From Fuel, Other Products
The Federal Government is targeting to achieve a 40 per cent energy switch from the consumption of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol), Dual Purpose Kerosene (kerosene) and Automotive Gas Oil (diesel), to the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas.
According to the government, efforts are currently intensified to promote the wider use of LPG in households, power generation, auto-gas and industrial applications.
The government disclosed this through the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources in a document obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Friday on the achievements of the FMPR between 2016 and 2018.
Providing explanation on its LPG penetration programme, the ministry stated that the Federal Government initiated the LPG Expansion Programme in order to effectively drive the switch to LPG consumption across the country.
It said, “The LPG Penetration Framework is designed to reduce the national energy consumption of PMS, DPK, AGO by achieving a 40 per cent fuel switch to LPG in 10 years.
“The programme will also promote the wider use of LPG in households, power generation, auto-gas and industrial applications towards the attainment of five million metric tonnes domestic utilisation and creation of an estimated 500,000 job opportunities nationwide in five years.”
The FMPR noted that overall, improvements in the standard and quality of living in rural communities were also expected for the programme.
It said the LPG Penetration Programme along with the Nigeria Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme were components of Nigeria’s intended nationally designed contributions under the Paris agreement for reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020.
On the NGFCP, the government stated that the programme was a key component of the Nigerian Gas Policy which had the aim of reducing the environmental and social impact caused by flaring of natural gas, protect the environment, prevent waste of natural resources, and create social and economic benefits from gas flare capture.
“The design of the key programme transaction, commercial framework and documentation have been completed. When fully implemented it will improve gas supply for power generation, industrial use and LPG penetration in the economy,” the FMPR said.
In November, say that the Federal Government was targeting a revenue of $1bn annually and a total of 300,000 direct and indirect jobs from the commercialisation of flared gas.
The government said flared gas could be harnessed to stimulate economic growth, drive investments and provide jobs in oil producing communities and indeed for Nigerians through the utilisation of widely available innovative technologies.
In the NGFCP document obtained by our correspondent in Abuja, the NGFCP Programme Manager at the FMPR, Justice Derefaka, stated that the Federal Executive Council approved the NGFCP as the mechanism for implementing Nigeria’s commitment to eliminate routine gas flaring.
The government stated that the recently gazetted Flare Gas (Prevention of Waste and Pollution) Regulations 2018 was the legal basis for the implementation of the NGFCP and the payment regime (penalties) for gas flaring.
It stated that the regulation adopted the polluter pays principle, similar to a carbon tax, adding that “results of work done to trigger up to 85 projects that will utilise flared gas, generate approximately 300,000 direct and indirect jobs and annual revenue generation/Gross Domestic Product impact estimated at $1bn/annum are also highlighted.”
The NGFCP is developed by the FMPR, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Department of Petroleum Resources and the implementation team of the NGFCP comprising of adviser teams from the World Bank and USAID under the leadership of a ministerial steering committee that reports to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
EEDC To Deal With Buyers Stolen Electrical Installations
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), says it will redouble efforts to deal decisively with buyers of stolen and vandalised electrical installations in 2019.
The company’s Head of Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh, said yesterday in Enugu that EEDC would step up its efforts in apprehending buyers of vandalised electrical installations.
According to him, it is believed that the buyers are the ones who motivate vandals to continue indulging in such nefarious act.
“If there is no one buying the items, there won’t be that motivation for the vandals to engage in this act,’’ he said.
EEDC spokesman, who recalled that two buyers were jailed in 2017, expressed the hope that after due process of the law, those apprehended in 2018 would also serve their terms in prison.
“We will not relent in this struggle and we hope that this will serve as deterrent to many others that are engaging in such criminal activities of buying stolen or vandalised EEDC property,’’ Ezeh said.
He said that it was worrisome that while EEDC had been striving to improve on its service delivery, some individuals were engaging in illegitimate activities to frustrate both the company and its customers.
“This singular act costs EEDC a lot financially, and ends up subjecting our customers to a lot of inconveniences,’’ he said.
He, however, solicited the cooperation and support of the various vigilante groups and state security agencies to apprehend and prosecute the vandals accordingly.
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