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Nigeria Will Have the Widest 5G Coverage in Africa – Minister

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Nigeria Will Have the Widest 5G Coverage in Africa – Minister

The Nigerian minister of communications and digital economy, Isa Pantami has said that by 2022 Nigeria will have the largest fifth generation, 5g network coverage in Africa.

Pantami who noted this at the auction of the 3.5 gigahertz spectrum in Abuja, Nigeria, Emphasised that 5G would solve some of the security challenges in the country since the technology provides real-time services and platforms.

He noted that the report of the first set of 5G-trials was critically reviewed and showed the 5G is safe for deployment in Nigeria and would not compromise our security as a country.

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Pantami affirmed that international organizations such as the world health organizations, who and the international telecommunications union, Itu, organs of united nations, have so far confirmed that the deployment of 5G networks does not cause any adverse health effects and are safe.

Recall that the federal executive council FEC approved a national 5G policy for Nigeria’s digital economy on September 8, 2021.

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Federal Government Inaugurates Ministerial Team to Improve Power Sector

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Federal Government Inaugurates Ministerial Team to Improve Power Sector

The Federal Government has inaugurated a Ministerial Power Sector Working Group to coordinate, monitor and evaluate activities in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry, NESI.

Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu who inaugurated the team, reassured electricity consumers that the government was prepared to solve problems of epileptic power supply.

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He stated that the Ministry and top Institutional Stakeholders meeting is to achieve a common goal in the sector, which is to give Nigerians a stable and affordable power supply.

The team comprises of top management in the sector.

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Customs Intercepts Over N3 Billion Worth of Cocaine, 31, 950 Litres of Petroleum Products in Seme

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Customs Intercepts Over N3 Billion Worth of Cocaine, 31, 950 Litres of Petroleum Products in Seme

The Seme Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service has reported the interception of cocaine weighing 11.913kg. The street value of the items was estimated to be N3,916,624,147.00
This was revealed in a press statement signed by DSC Hussaini Abdullahi, Customs public relations officer, Seme Command

The Area Command on Wednesday also intercepted One thousand and sixty-five (1065) jerrycans of petroleum products with Duty Paid Value (DPV) of Ten million, forty-one thousand, one hundred and ninety-eight Naira (N10,041,198.00) only.

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This came after the Area Command initiated offensive patrol against the smuggling of petroleum products along the creeks within the Seme and Badagry.

The Customs Area Controller, Compt. Bello Mohammed Jibo stressed that the offensive crackdown on the activities of the petroleum products smugglers is with a mission of getting them arrested wherever they are. He reassured that the Command will continue to make life uncomfortable for the unpatriotic Nigerians trading illegal businesses in the area.

 

Speaking earlier on the cocaine seizure, Jibo explained that the substance was intercepted along Seme- Badagry Expressway at about 09:00 hrs on Sunday 23 January 2022.

Consequently, the substance was subjected to test and verification by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and was found to be cocaine weighing 11.913kg.

While appreciating the cooperation of sister agencies and relevant stakeholders at Seme Border, the CAC reiterated the commitment of his Officers and Men in enforcing government fiscal policies for the overall national growth and development.

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Reps. to Probe PMS Consumption

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Author: Eunice Johnson, Abuja

The House of Representatives, on Thursday, resolved to set up an Ad-hoc Committee that will ascertain the actual daily consumption of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in Nigeria, sequel to the prevailing fuel scarcity across the country.

 

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The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Hon Abubakar Hassan Fulata, expressed concern over the multi-trillion naira being spent on fuel subsidy.

Recall that the House via a resolution passed on March 25, 2021, resolved to investigate about $25 billion on turnaround maintenance of the refineries over the past 25 years, as well as additional sum of $1.5 billion (about N575 billion) allegedly for rehabilitation work on the 32-year-old Port Harcourt Refinery.

The lawmakers observed that Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation audit report in the previous year revealed that three of the nation’s four refineries recorded N1.64 trillion cumulative losses in their 2014 to 2018.

 

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