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Lalong says Plateau lost N75bn to looters

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Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has said the state lost about N75bn to looters during the attacks by hoodlums on public and private property in the aftermath of #EndSARS protests in the state.

He stated this on Friday in Jos during an interactive session with some Plateau youths.

“The level of destruction and carnage is unbelievable and unacceptable. We are still trying to carry out a comprehensive evaluation of the total cost of the damage. However, the preliminary report by a team of experts I constituted has estimated the losses at about 75 billion naira for now,” he said.

The governor said without any external help, the state government would not be able to replace looted items or rebuild the vandalised structures.

Lalong said, “Since coming into power, my administration has remained committed to pursuing the economic development of the state through youth empowerment and job creation.

“You would agree with me that the enormity of the challenges we face cannot be resolved overnight. It is a process that all of us must collectively work together to achieve.”

He advised the youth to guard jealously the property of the state and their respective communities.

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Photos: Motorists face nightmare on Ilorin-Jebba highway

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Lagos target 22-hour daily power supply, plans free prepaid meters

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The Lagos State Government has signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Ikeja Electric and Sahara Power Group to supply uninterrupted power for at least 22 hours daily to residents of the state.

Another leg of the agreement is the distribution of free prepaid meters to low-income areas, with the pilot phase of 20,000 meters to be distributed in the Alimosho Local Government Area of the state.

The state Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olalere Odusote, said at the signing of the agreement that the project would increase power supply to at least 22 hours daily as well as solve the problem of metering and infrastructure deficit.

He said implementation will commence immediately, stating that the Lagos State government has identified a number of feeders that can provide power in 20,000 low-income areas with plans to replicate the initiative across the state.

“The 20,000 meters have been procured by the state government and would be distributed free to low-income areas in Alimosho Local Government Area as the pilot phase.”

The Managing Director of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, Folake Soetan, expressed the firm’s readiness to support the state in ensuring uninterrupted power supply to residents.

The Managing Director of Sahara Power Group, Anthony Youdeowei, said his company would be transparent in its dealings with the government and Ikeja Electric to provide power for Lagosians.

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Buhari names Senator Ararume chairman of NNPC board

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the incorporation of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and approved the appointment of the board and management of the NNPC Limited, with Senator Ifeanyi Araruma as board chairman.

The President’s directive is said to be in consonance with Section 53(1) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, which mandates him to require the incorporation of the NNPC Limited within six months, in consultation with the Minister of Finance on the nominal shares of the Company.

The Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, was asked to take necessary steps to ensure that the incorporation of the NNPC Limited is consistent with the provisions of the PIA 2021.

While Senator Ararume is named as chairman of the NNPC board, Mele Kyari and Umar I. Ajiya are chief executive officer, and chief financial officer respectively.

Other board members named are Dr Tajudeen Umar (North East), Mrs Lami O. Ahmed (North Central), Mallam Mohammed Lawal (North West), Senator Margaret Chuba Okadigbo (South East), Barrister Constance Harry Marshal (South South), and Chief Pius Akinyelure (South West).

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