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June 19, 2013
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The 7th West African Power Pool (WAPP) General Assembly begins Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria with the production of reliable electricity for national development topping the agenda.
Delegates from the 21 member power utilities across West Africa, investors, industrialists, financial experts, technocrats and international and financial donor institutions are attending the weeklong forum.
Though efforts at amending Nigeria’s Constitution have always experienced hiccups, the National Assembly has of late embarked on a project to do just that - amend the organic law.
Using what has been referred to as “a piecemeal mode” of constitutional amendment through a committee, the project proposes that Nigeria’s elections be open to independent candidates for greater political participation.
Amidst scandals over billions of dollars lost to oil theft in Nigeria, the presidency has distanced the Goodluck Jonathan administration from the award of “any discretionary oil blocks” since its incumbency.
The clarification comes hard on the heels of an alleged leakage of a report by the Petroleum Special Task Force headed by the former head of the anti-graft agency, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu,
After the suicide bombing Sunday targeting a Catholic Church in Nigeria’s northern city of Kaduna, the Joint Military Task Force said it would continue to step up its operations against the Boko Haram Islamist militant group.
By Monday, the death toll from the church blast had reached nine, while more than one hundred others were injured.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has called for free, fair and credible elections in Sierra Leone, noting that this will promote peace in the country that went through a decade of civil war.
The advice of visiting President Jonathan comes just over two-weeks to presidential, parliamentary and local council elections scheduled for 17 November this year.
A new report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation says 17 sub-Saharan countries are among the 50 economies making the biggest improvement in business regulation for domestic firms.
The improvement has been going on since 2005.
Crude oil export procedure in Nigeria is facing one of the biggest scandals in recent times, with a huge crude oil theft worth US$1. 6 billion reported in the country.
The reports say the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) allegedly exported the crude oil with forged Export Clearance Permit.
The Nigerian Senate has passed a new anti-terrorism bill in the wake of a wave of attacks by the Islamists Boko Haram militants in parts of the country.
The new anti-terrorism bill, which was passed on Thursday, amends the Terrorism Act of 2011, provides for the office of the national coordinator of all security agencies responsible to fight against terrorism.
The Nigerian Police have repeatedly come under public criticisms for the growing insecurity in the country and operational flaws committed in combatting crimes.
Now, criticisms have come from the country’s lawmakers, amidst claims that the police are slow to respond to distress calls.
Over two million Nigerians have been affected by floods in a number of states in the West African nation after major rivers burst their banks in recent weeks, according to figures released by State officials.
In Kogi State, over 600,000 persons have been displaced, according to the state government.