NEWS UPDATE: Midnight fire destroys 27 shops in Abia market

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Midnight fire destroys 27 shops in Abia market

No fewer than 27 shops and goods worth several millions of naira were destroyed in a midnight fire at a market in Umuahia, Abia state.

The fire which started at about 11.30pm was said to have been caused by a power surge, at the market located on Oba Street, off Club road, Umuahia.

A shop owner, identified as Mrs. Virginia Odidika, who deals in beverages said she lost all her means of livelihood to the fire.

She said,  “When we got news of the fire, we rushed to see if we could salvage some of our goods. But when we got here, the fire was raging uncontrollably, making it too risky for anyone to attempt going near it, let alone salvaging goods.

For more on this news, visit Punchng

 

Power generation rises to 4,000MW —FG

Power generation in the country has risen above 4,000 megawatts after hovering between 3,000MW and 3,800MW since January this year.

The development, which industry operators attributed to the general elections, became noticeable on March 31, 2015.

Power generation for the past six months has been poor due to frequent vandalism of oil pipelines and destruction of vital infrastructure supplying gas to electricity generation plants.

But as of March 31, figures obtained from the Federal Ministry of Power showed that the country’s peak generation was 4,011.4MW, while energy generation was put at 3,540.42MW and the energy sent out was 3,465.36MW.

Peak generation consists of the quantum of electricity held as spinning reserves and the amount of energy sent out to electricity distribution firms. The country normally holds some quantum of electricity as spinning reserves in case of an emergency.

Peak demand and highest peak generated power were 12,800MW and 4,517MW, respectively as of March 31, 2015.

For more on this news, visit Punchng

 

Jega Quits June 30, Rules Out Tenure Renewal

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega has said that he would leave office when his tenure ends on June 30.

He said this in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service on Wednesday in Abuja.

The INEC Chairman said “Whatever assignment one will do for five years – just like this difficult one, to me if one is able to successfully accomplish the task, someone else should be given the next opportunity. For me, I am not interested and if I am requested to serve again, I will not do it, by God’s grace.

Jega, who was appointed in June 2010 said that he would not accept a tenure extension or renewal when his tenure expires on June 30.

For more on this news, visit Thisdaylive 

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