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FG sets up committee to restructure ministry of power

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Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman on Thursday in Abuja inaugurated a nine-man committee to restructure the ministry of power and the oversight function of its agencies for effective service delivery.

Inaugurating the committee, Mamman said that the committee was borne out of the need to create bonding and teamwork among relevant Departments, Units and strengthen oversight of the agencies.

He said that the restructuring of the ministry and agencies was a critical factor for achieving the ministry’s goals, objectives, and overall mandate.

The minister said “I believe that working as a team, we would excel and fulfil the mandate of the ministry.

Mamman said that the power sector was in the process of undergoing long term structural market reform and has gone through the first phase of privatisation with hope of unlocking investments and improving service delivery in the sector.

“It must be said that the exercise has not delivered the benefits envisaged as the sector is struggling with a number of critical challenges.

“This led the ministry to articulate a Policy Intervention Roadmap that specified five key areas to focus on in order to take corrective steps to reposition that sector on to a path of sustained growth as envisaged by the sector reforms.

“ In view of the foregoing, there is need to strengthen and harmonise all departments, units and agencies in a manner that will yield positive outcomes and overcome the institutional challenges that pose significant risk to the government’s overall strategy,’’ he said.

According to the minister, the committee is tasked with establishing the modalities that will inform implementation of the restructuring within the ministry’s relevant departments, units and oversight of its agencies.

The committee is to examine the existing functions of the departments in the ministry and streamline them to align with departmental mandates.

“Examine and streamline oversight functions of the agencies by the departments ensuring that the departments to oversee the agencies have the requisite level of administrative and technical knowledge and specialisation.

“Design a template for uniform oversight of the agencies; and make any other recommendations that would enhance the effective and efficient administration of the ministry and the agencies.“

On his part, the Minister of State Power, Mr Goddy Jedy–Agba, said that the restructuring was aimed at achieving sustainable, reliable, stable and affordable power supply in line with the mandate of the ministry.

“It is pertinent to note that it is our collective responsibility to improve service delivery of electricity services for the well being of every Nigerian, hence the need to work together in order to provide uninterrupted electricity,‘’ he said.

In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack said that the decision on the restructuring was taken out of the need to reposition the ministry.

She said that the restructuring would also align functions, programmes and projects of the various units for effective service delivery.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee has Walson-Jack as Chairman while Mrs Dafe Adesida, Director Human Resources will serve as Secretary.FG

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BREAKING: Gas explosion rocks in Ipaja, Lagos

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An explosion has rocked a gas station in the Baruwa area of Ipaja in Lagos State.

It was gathered that the incident occurred around 05:45am.

First responders including men of the Lagos Fire Service and the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency have been drafted to the area.

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Just-in: Fire guts fuel tankers, vehicles in Lagos

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There is a fire outbreak, which has gutted a fuel tanker, at Anthony inward Gbagada, Lagos State.

This was disclosed by the Federal Fire Service via its Twitter handle on Friday evening. The incident, which occurred around 10 pm, has razed at least two vehicles.

The agency urged road users to avoid the area and take alternative routes.

Also, the Director-General of the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, confirmed the incident.

He said, “The Agency responded to distress calls and upon arrival at the scene of incident, it was discovered that a tanker with unknown registration number conveying PMS lost control while in motion and subsequently fell sideways.

“This led to an explosion in which two unidentified vehicles were burnt.”

A joint team of responders led by the Federal Fire Service, LASEMA, LASG fire service, LRU fire unit, Nigeria Police and LASTMA are working together to curb the inferno from escalating further.

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Arik Air’s operation shut by Aviation unions

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Arik Air operation has been shut down by Aviation unions over the airline’s alleged failure to pay seven months’ salary arrears of workers.

This was disclosed by a source in the airline, who claimed anonymity because he is not permitted to speak on behalf of Arik Air.

According to him, aggrieved unions, the National Union of Air Transport Employees and the Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria decided to withdraw their services due to an alleged increment of Terminal levy by Bi- Courtney and other anti-labour practice.

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