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Electricity tariff hike: AEDC not supplying 20 hours power in Abuja – Imole

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Renowned public analyst and lawyer, Dr. Charles Imole, recently revealed that despite a hefty 235% tariff increase, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has failed to provide its Band A customers in Abuja with the promised 20 hours of power supply.

Imole made this disclosure via his official X account on Thursday. He pointed out that since the new tariff regime was implemented for Band A customers on April 3, 2024, consumers have only been receiving an average of 5 to 9 hours of electricity daily.

Expressing his disappointment, Imole emphasized that the government should have mandated the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to demonstrate their ability to deliver the promised power supply before approving such tariff hikes.

He shared personal observations, stating that despite being a Band A customer himself, the longest duration of power supply he experienced in a day was merely 9 hours, with an average of 5 hours over the past three days. This, he noted, led to continued reliance on diesel generators.

Imole criticized the apparent lack of improvement in power supply despite the substantial tariff increase, questioning whether the DISCOs were set up to fail or if they knowingly agreed to service level agreements beyond their capabilities for financial gain.

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Expressing concern about the potential nationwide crisis of confidence if the situation persists, Imole stressed the importance of transparent communication from AEDC and other DISCOs. He emphasized the need for proactive measures and honesty about their current capabilities to rebuild customer confidence.

Imole concluded by stating his intention to monitor the situation for a few more weeks and, if necessary, request a downgrade of his meter classification to Band B if there is no improvement.

It’s worth noting that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission approved a N225 per kilowatt-hour electricity tariff for customers on April 3. However, this decision has faced significant opposition from Nigerians and organized labor unions who have called for its reversal due to the prevailing economic hardships.

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Gov Yusuf reappoints Sanusi as Emir of Kano, orders ex-monarchs 48 hours to vacate seats

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the reappointment of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano under the new laws.

The governor has given former emirs 48 hours to vacate their palaces and hand over Emirate Council properties to the Commissioner of Local Government, who also serves as State Deputy Governor.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has signed the Kano Emirates Bill 2024 into law, repealing the 2019 Emirate Councils Law that altered the state’s over 1000-year history.

By signing the bill, the governor declared that the 2019 law has been repealed and is now history.

The signing was attended by the Speaker of the State Assembly, Ismaila Falgore, Deputy Governor Aminu Abdussalam, Secretary to the State Government Abdullahi Baffa Bichi and others.

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The State Assembly has fulfilled one of its constitutional roles by signing the bill into law.

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Europa League: Lookman nominated for Player of the Week

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Ademola Lookman has been nominated for the UEFA Europa League Player of the Week. The Nigerian international delivered an outstanding performance, scoring a hat-trick in Atalanta’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.

His teammates, Davide Zappacosta and Ederson, have also been nominated for the award.

Additionally, Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie is in the running for the accolade.

Lookman previously won the Player of the Week award during Atalanta’s semi-final victory against Olympic Marseille, where he recorded a goal and an assist in the second leg of the match.

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National Council on Sports: Tinubu lauds Mbah over safe environment, support

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Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, praised Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, for creating a safe and conducive environment for the country’s sports stakeholders to gather for a national sports council meeting. Tinubu commended Mbah’s commitment to promoting sports, highlighting his administration’s satisfaction with these efforts.

Governor Mbah announced that his administration has partnered with the private sector to develop a state-of-the-art sports park aimed at enhancing sports development and talent discovery in the state.

During the inaugural National Council on Sports (NCS) meeting held in Enugu on Wednesday, President Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Special Duties, Hon. Zaphaniah Jisalo, emphasized the significant role sports play in a nation’s development. He noted that sports are not only a form of entertainment and recreation but also a business that warrants substantial investment.

Speaking on the theme “Sports for National Unity and Socio-Economic Growth,” President Tinubu urged Nigerians to view sports as a means to foster unity, promote health, and drive economic growth. He highlighted the opportunities sports provide for young people to develop character, discipline, and leadership skills, and called for innovative approaches to enhance sporting potential, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for all Nigerians, regardless of gender, age, or physical ability.

Governor Peter Mbah emphasized that sports serve as a powerful unifying tool, transcending tribe, language, and creed. He highlighted Enugu’s rich sporting heritage, including the achievements of Rangers International Football Club, and urged stakeholders to invest in the sports industry through effective partnerships.

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Mbah stressed the significant economic impact of sports globally and encouraged both public and private sector investment in the industry. He noted that his administration’s partnership with private investors to build a state-of-the-art sports park would provide a platform for youth talent discovery and sports enthusiasm. The facilities at the sports park will include training areas, athlete housing, and a physical therapy and sports medicine center.

Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, remarked that Enugu was chosen to host the inaugural National Council on Sports due to its strategic importance in the nation’s sporting landscape. He emphasized the need for investment in sports infrastructure, talent development, and grassroots programs to nurture athletic talent, stimulate local economies, create jobs, and promote healthier lifestyles among Nigerians.

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