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Nigeria Should Look Into Alternative Power Source To Minimize Frequent Power Outage —–

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—– Shae Bebeyi, Financial Analyst

A renown Financial Analyst and the Chairman Board of Trustees Chartered Institute of Development and Social Studies has called on the federal government to look into other means of generating electricity saying the current practice where there is frequent seizure of light is killing the economy

His words “Yes no doubt Nigeria’s high population growth and the quest for industrial growth has led to increasing demand for electricity.

“As an emerging economy, electricity demand is expected to keep growing significantly in the forth coming periods, 2020 and beyond. Such rapid development raises a number of questions for government:-

“Firstly, how to secure funds to finance such an aggressive power source development Secondly, how to manage the power sector effectively and efficiently.

“Electricity retail tariff in Nigeria is governed by government, although the retail tariff is not uniform across the country but it is highly subsidized. To address the above challenges the Nigerian government has restructured the tariff been paid per unit of electricity. The new tariff plan which has been approved by the federal government will see its implementation from April 2020.

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“This government argued that electricity retail tariff to users must first be increased; if there will be a significant shift in electricity availability. Secondly the weighted average retail electricity tariff in Nigeria is generally lower than that of most country; with this the government argued that there will be no attractive local or foreign investor that will meaningfully invest in our power sector.

“This action will definitely have impacts on every sector of the economy, affecting the macroeconomics indicators and social welfare indicator.

“The increase in tariff many has argued will have a negative impact on the end users since there is no significant increase in amount of power supplied as promised to compliment the situation rather the existing capacity dropped drastically by more than half of what it used to be and resulted to frequent Nationwide load shedding.

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“The increase in tariff will indirectly cause an increase in commodity Price, especially of those commodities produced from electricity intensive industries (e.g metal and fabricated metals, minerals, chemicalsand furniture).

“The increase in traiff will also see to the increase in the aggregate change in commodity price and this will reflect in the consumer price index. Households will demand for goods and services that are relatively less electricity intensive ( agriculture, food,beverages, jute,textiles and leather) this would increase their prices and vice versa.

“It will be better for government to revamp the electricity sector by looking at other alternative sources of electricity which are less expensive to build and maintain such as solar which and wind. solar power should be completely hanced due Nigeria’s long hour’s of daylight.

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“Although MTN and some institutions such as BUK are making great inroads but more than this should be encouraged. Wind power should also be explored in Nigeria, more inroads in wind power should follow the wind turbines in Rimi local government area of Katsina which generates 10mv,if develop well will increase electricity output with south tariff increase.

“Another area where government should look into is the complete unbundling of the power sector, if all the above are successfully done all these will increase power availability with increase in tariff and even increase the GDP, making power sector as functional as the telecommunication sector.” He pointed out.

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An Open Letter To His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Adoza Bello, By Hon. Joseph Omuya Salami

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Your Excellency,

First of all Sir, on behalf of the good people of Adavi Local Government, I want to congratulate you on your recent appointment as the Chairman of Women and Youth Sensitization& Mobilization of our great party, All Progressives Congress ahead of the Revalidation and Registration Exercise.

I do not doubt your capacity, acumen and ability to discharge the duty and task assigned to you, by the ruling party, APC.

May Almighty God continue to be with you, guide you, and empower you with wisdom to do more for our beloved country.

Sir, with due reverence, I bring good tidings and salutations to you not just as an Executive Governor of our dear state (Kogi), but as a Change Agent, unifying bridge builder, a beacon of hopes, and a preacher of peace, unity, equity, & justice.

As implied by your middle name “ADOZA” which literally means (the people’s father), you have been a role model and father figure to youths across the nation, and this has given rise to the call of Nigerians at home and in the diaspora, for you to run for the office of the President of Federal Republic Of Nigeria.

Your Excellency Sir, I can gladly tell the world a whole lot of things I learnt from you having worked directly under your administration as an Administrator and Senior Special Assistant on Security in charge of Adavi Local Government Area. I am proud of you and sincerely overwhelmed that God Almighty gifted my generation with an angel in human form to fuel the aspiration of youths who were in shock to dare to dream, today they have dreams because of the solidified foundation you have laid.

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As a believer of the Christian Faith, the Holy Bible in James 1:19 said “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” Your Excellency, People love to be heard. Surely there have been times where people have turned to you for advice or even a shoulder to cry on. Why do you think they keep coming back again and again? only a special person like you can master the skill of listening. You take time for due diligence before interfering in any arising issue, you are a great listener and a visionary leader with foresightedness.

Dearest Adoza, think of all the impossibilities God had made possible for you, how else do you think you got through the tough moments? It certainly was not because you got scared and buried your head in the sand. And yes, it certainly was not fun to say, but think of how others looked up to you when you braved the stormy seas. Whether you realize it or not, you probably encouraged many others to become more courageous, just like you. Being courageous also means taking risks.

The Father of our dearest state, your friends and family are around for a reason, you obviously bring a smile to their faces and value their time. The care and attention that you bring to every one of your relationships and are one of the many reasons why we love you. Don’t believe it? How many thank-yous do you notice? Better yet, do you have any handwritten cards or thank-you notes people have sent to you that you’ve kept? The way you show love to others has made a bigger impact than you thought.
You have reawakened hope to so many who had long given up. Your love for humanity and nature cannot be compared anytime soon. We loved and you are loved beyond imagination.

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As the Chief Security Officer, you have secured our state and it’s territorial boundaries, are you aware that you are now a reference point for other governors on the huge success recorded over insecurities in Kogi State? we cannot count your achievements as they are numerous. Again, I am proud to be associated with you. Nobody knows how to put a positive spin on things like you do. Whereas many people concentrate on the problems at hand, you look towards coming up with solutions, COVID-19 is a case study. Your positivity about life was what gave the courage to stand firm against the politicization of the COVID-19 pandemic by most government officials in the country. You stood alone and today, Nigerians are celebrating your courage and singing your praises as a dogged fighter, because you put humanity first over gains, We are proud of you.

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I can not categorically lay emphasis on your achievement since the inception of new direction adminstration, where equal rights are extended to virtually everyone, regardless of religious beliefs, political affiliation, age and tribes.

Sir, you have an open eyes which see beyond just human, rather you see potentials and opportunities that can be put into advantageous use for better Kogi.

Your Excellency, thank you for putting an end to marginalization, thank you for running an all-inclusive administration, thank you for giving our women a sense of belonging, thank you for making our youths useful and resourceful, for all that you have done, history will never forget you, your name has been written with a golden pen and generation yet unborn will celebrate you, Thank you for all that you do.

Conclusively, I join well-meaning Nigerians, Youths, and People of Goodwill to call on you to stand to pilot the affairs of our great nation (Nigeria). Nigerians believe in your capacity, leadership styles, and administrative uniqueness, including your mental prowess which has made governance so easier to run successfully under your stewardship.

Accept the assurances of my highest esteem YOUR EXCELLENCY.

I appreciate your courtesies, past, and present.

Many thanks.

Sincerely,
Hon. Joseph Omuya Salami
Chairman, Adavi Local Government Area, Kogi State.

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LEAVE PRESIDENT BUHARI ALONE AND JOIN LOCAL POLITICS

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By: David Alfred-Dogwo / January 5, 2021

Dear Comrade Omoyele Sowore,

I watched you on TV been remanded in Kuje prison yesterday, Monday 4th January, 2021.

Please note that I have nothing against your #RevolutionNow Movement if the purpose is to call attention to the dearth of leadership in Nigeria; but if the aim is to force Buhari and the other misfits out of government, be warned that the cost in human body-bags will be high.

You’re over-stressing your family members and well wishers in dire thoughts of loneliness without you and beginning to behave as if you care no more about your family.

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You want the Nigerian Senate scrapped and Buhari to go. I agree on both scores but at what price? Should we bait and goad them any further? I think there is another way – a nonviolent way.

We can change the whole by changing the component parts, one at a time – without violence. This is why a write to advice you and I am emailing this to your lawyer so that it will get to you in prison.

When next you regain freedom, you should relocate to Ondo State, be calm and wait for the right time. The chances of winning a governor seat, Senatorial or House of Representative or House of Assembly seat as a new entrant in the Nigeria political scene is far higher than when you want to become or want to replace the president at your first shot.

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Let charity begin at home. It won’t be difficult for you to win an election in Ondo. Considering your energy, charisma and know-how, you can govern Ondo State through popular vote of the people.

Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York does not agree with President Trump on many issues, but that does not stop him from doing such a good job in New York. Now Americans are saying they wanted him in the White House.

Forget about Aso-Rock, it doesn’t deserve you for now. At the right time, Aso-Rock will beckon on you.

I dream of a Nigeria where a Sowore is a governor in Ondo State and your friends Obiageli Ezekwesili or Kingsley Moghalu take over Anambra State.

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Please return to Ondo State and get involved in the grass-root politics in the Sunshine State. If the next election comes too soon for this mission, it is not too far ahead.

God bless and guide you.

@ALFRED DOGWO is former Senior Special Assistant on Communications Strategy to Executive Governor, Kogi State Government.
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Covid-19: Nigerian Government Can Beat The Virus Without Total Lockdown.

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By Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa, Edo.

The continue existence of the Covid-19 pandemic is not in doubt, my concerns and doubts arise from the manner in which the Nigerian Government handles it. Nigerian Government is expected to do things differently to tackle the second wave of Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

There is no gainsaying the fact that Nigerians understand this corona-virus and our leaders must therefore tackle it the “Nigerian way”.

Coronavirus pandemic or Covid-19

Although the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria are doing its best to contain the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic in Nigeria, however their best are not good enough.

The Federal Government and the 36 State Governments should intensify actions to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

More have been said on Covid-19 preventive health measures and Nigerian Government has been trying to keep Nigeria safe with theoritical approach rather than practical approach. The effect on this is that the Nigerian Government is doing the same thing but expecting different results.

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In less than five months Nigeria came out from partial lockdown and Nigeria is on partial lockdown again. As of today, several states across Nigeria are on partial lockdown. And Federal Government is considering ban on some countries.

Apart from COVID-19 screening centres that were closer to the people during the first wave of COVID-19, and the setting up of isolation centres across Nigeria, the Federal and State Governments are doing little work to contain COVID-19 in the second wave of the pandemic, through theoritical approach.

It is theoritical because the Government’s approach is majorly on paper. With very little or no practical approach to make the country work amidst the pandemic.

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Meanwhile, Nigerian Government should as a matter of urgency shift her attention to practical approach in fighting against the spread of Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

Evidently, behavioural change which is natural to human has proven to be one of the best ways to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Rather than lockdown the country in one way or the other either through partial or total. The Federal Government in collaboration with the 36 States of the federation can employ Coronavirus Taskforce Team to enforce Covid-19 protocols-compliance across major sectors in the country and Coronavirus Ambassadors to engage in frequent Coronavirus sensitization campaign across the country.

With this practical approach, Nigeria economy will not be grounded with partial or total lockdown. And there will be no room for total lockdown.

Again, where necessary the Police force etc can work in synergy with the Covid-19 Taskforce team to achieve the set goals and objectives.

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Moreover, Mobile court can be provided in strategic locations across the nation to handle Covid-19 violation to serve as a deterrent to others.

While the Government at various levels continue to revamp testing laboratories and isolation centres. And also continue to motivate the frontline health workers and encourage people to take advantage of the health facilities in their localities.

No doubt, this practical approach can contain the spread of Covid-19 without partial or total lockdown. It will create jobs amidst the pandemic and recession, and it will enable Nigeria economy to grow.

Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa, Edo

It will also bring Coronavirus sensitization campaign closer to the people and help in winning the war against the virus.

Together, we can set Nigeria free of Coronavirus. It begins with the leaders…

Ogiemwonyi Osazuwa writes in from Edo State.

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