With the epileptic power supply in Nigeria, windmills and solar energy might just be the answer to the electricity challenge. At this time of climate change, BUKOLA OGUNSINA writes on the need to consider these climate-friendly alternative energy sources
I imagine if, with the help of solar energy where people do not have to blow out kerosene lanterns, but, switch off solar bulbs at the break of morning if people do not gather fire woods, but use solar stoves. Electricity through solar energy will not only power light bulbs and farm machinery but prevent pollution and deforestation. What a healthy difference it would make for Nigerians embracing energy generated naturally through various forms of renewable energy.
In most developed countries, the countryside is decked with windmills to generate power so it is easier using the latest technology and tractors to farm and go about daily jobs. In contrast, the sun is always mostly at its peak in Africa, and the high winds rage in the northern regions raising dust, leaving many to wonder why Africa has not fully embraced the concept of renewable energy such as solar and wind. Renewable energy can be obtained from natural sources such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides and geothermal heat. Solar energy comes from the sun at little or no cost.
The growing need to diversify the country’s energy sector has become a matter of urgency as the general electricity which depends largely, if not solely, on hydro power grows worse with mega watts often fluctuating from high to as low as below 75 per cent. Read More →
Gbenga Adeniji and Motunrayo Joel
Gbenga Adeniji and Motunrayo Joel write about the programmes initiated by the outgoing Goodluck Jonathan administration which may not continue after May 29
It is common for every administration in Nigeria to initiate programmes designed to distinguish it from the one before it. This is also what the outgoing administration of Goodluck Jonathan did in some sectors of the economy. One however wonders if these schemes will survive after May 29 as a new administration takes over.
The National Clean Cooking Scheme is part of programmes. A whopping N9.2bn was approved by the Federal Executive Council in 2014 for the purchase of clean stoves and wonder bags totaling the amount.
Under the scheme, the council also awarded a contract of N60.9bn to an indigenous firm, KaKatar CE Limited, for the provision of engineering infrastructure for Kyami District, Zone C, Abuja.
The Federal Government stated that the N9.2bn inclusive of Value Added Tax was approved for the procurement of 750,000 units of clean cook stove and 18,000 wonder bags.
The stoves planned to be assembled locally were believed to be capable of providing jobs to Nigerians. Read More →
by Online Editor with Agency Report
General Overseer of the Latter Rain Assembly, Pastor Tunde Bakare has been appointed to head the Buhari transition committee .
Bakare was Buhari’s running mate during the 2011 general elections.
Buhari at the weekend had hinted that only credible Nigerians would make up the transition committee, as part of the first steps to chart an entirely new path for the country.
The Transition committee is expected to meet with a similar committee from the presidency on the handover from the Goodluck Jonathan administration to the incoming Buhari government.
African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Wednesday congratulated Muhammadu Buhari for winning Nigeria’s presidential election, praising outgoing leader Goodluck Jonathan for “graciously accepting the results.”
Dlamini-Zuma, in a statement released at the Ethiopian headquarters of the 54-member AU bloc, said the result “demonstrates the maturity of democracy” in Nigeria.
The AU Commission chief added that she hoped the people “will be united in facing the challenges of stability, security and development in their country.”
Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said Buhari won 15,424,921 votes, or 53.95 percent, of the 28,587,564 total valid ballots cast.
Written by Nuruddeen M. Abdallah
The All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari has expressed gratitude to Nigerians for voting him as their president in Saturday’s poll, saying he will make an acceptance speech soon.
In a short message issued through his campaign spokesperson Malam Garba Shehu Buhari confirmed that his major rival and PDP presidential candidate Goodluck Jonathan called him at 5:15pm to make a concession and congratulated him.
Buhari said the mood of the country as well as its current state did not warrant the type of wild celebrations reportedly going on in some cities across the country.
Buhari said anybody happy with the victory of the APC in the presidential election will not be involved in the molestation of opponents or the destruction of their property, adding “he or she is not with me, whoever does that.”
By Taiwo Ogunmola Omilani, Lagos
National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has debunked any knowledge of text message from him asking electorate to vote for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Goodluck Jonathan, insisting that its fraudulent.
Tinubu, who disclosed this while speaking with newsmen, shortly after getting accredited by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), at Ward 047 in Alausa, said the issue will be adequately addressed at the court.The APC chieftain who affirmed that he did not send any kind of message, said “I didn’t send any message. That’s part of the gimmicks and desperation of the ruling party when they pack a lot of fraudulent people in office trying to sabotage the right of people from exercising their civic duty. Read More →
By: Austin Ogwuda
THERE was panic at Government House Asaba this afternoon about 3 pm following explosions suspected to be bombs.
The two explosions went off at about 3pm causing partial damage to few buildings located at the VIP Guest House within the Government House complex.
No life was however lost.
Although it was not immediately ascertained whether the explosions were bombs, security has been beefed up and the affected area cordoned off.
The blasts which went off eight minutes apart caused panic as security men positioned at the main gate of the Government House ran to the scene.
State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr. Charles Muka who also visited the scene told reporters that “two explosions actually occurred. We have cordoned off the place as you can see and bomb disposal unit are looking at it. Only two buildings were affected so investigation is on”