Items filtered by date: Thursday, 22 August 2019
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the release of N600 billion to the Power Sector.
 
This was disclosed on Wednesday in Abuja by the Market Operator, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Edmond Eje, while speaking on the sidelines of the third MO interactive stakeholders’ forum.
 
“The plan to release this fund is at an advanced level,” Eje said.
 
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had last week called for a new strategy in tackling the cumbersome challenges in the power sector.
 
He lamented that the power distribution companies had performed below expectations in delivering power to the Nigerian populace.
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Omojuwa says Nigerian passports were isolated in Nairobi, Dabiri-Erewa reacts.

Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has urged Nigerians to conduct themselves in a proper manner to avoid being marginalised.

Her reactions followed the claim that Nigerian passports were carefully isolated on arrival in Nairobi, in a message sent to her by Nigerian blogger, Japheth Omojuwa.

Omojuwa Wrote: “It is interesting to see that travelers with Nigerian passports are carefully isolated on arrival in Nairobi. Then yellow cards scanned. Not done to other nationals. Not a good sight.”

In response to his claim, Dabiri-Erewa wrote: “Will have to find out why but the way we conduct ourselves also matter. For instance, many caught with fake yellow cards may be behind the decision, but will bring to the attention of our mission there.

Nigerian actress, Kate Henshaw who also gave her opinion said Nigerians are been ill-treated globally.

Henshaw said: “We are always treated like the chewed gum under the shoes at most borders. Within Africa and internationally. The green passport does not inspire confidence. Many stories abound.”

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Thursday, 22 August 2019 08:09

US drone shot down in Yemen

A U.S. military MQ-9 drone has been shot down in Yemen’s Dhamar governate, southeast of the Houthi controlled capital of Sanaa, the second such incident in recent months.

The drone was shot down by Houthi’s air defences, a Houthi official said.

In June, the U.S. military said that Houthi rebels had shot down a U.S. government-operated drone with assistance from Iran.

U.S. forces have occasionally launched drone and air strikes against Yemen’s al Qaeda branch, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

The group has taken advantage of a four-year-old war between the Houthi movement and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s Saudi-backed government to try to strengthen its position in the impoverished country.

One of the officials said that it appeared that the armed military drone had been shot down by a surface-to-air missile operated by the Iran-aligned Houthi group.

“It appears to have been fired by the Houthis and enabled by Iran,” the official said, without providing details or specific evidence.

The official said that while losing a drone was expensive, it was not unprecedented and it was unlikely to lead to any major response by the United States.

The other official cautioned that it was too early to tell who was responsible for the incident.

Iran rejects accusations from the United States and its Gulf Arab allies that Tehran is providing military and financial support to the Houthis and blames Riyadh for the deepening crisis there.

Overnight, Houthi military spokesman Yahya Saria said that the drone had been shot down.

“The rocket which hit it was developed locally and will be revealed soon at a press conference,” Saria said on Twitter.

“Our skies are no longer open to violations as they once were and the coming days will see great surprises,” he added.

The drone shoot-down comes as tensions between Iran and the United States have risen since President Donald Trump’s administration last year quit an international deal to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions and began to ratchet up sanctions. Iranian officials denounced the new penalties as “economic warfare.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday Tehran may act “unpredictably” in response to the United States’ “unpredictable” policies under Trump.

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