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Cleric tasks Nigerians to develop positive attitude to nation building



Cleric tasks Nigerians to develop positive attitude to nation building

Rev. Babatunde Idowu, the Overseer of FourSquare Gospel Church, Wuse District in Abuja, has tasked Nigerians to develop positive attitude to nation building for the country to attain greatness.

Idowu made the call in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja on the sideline of the 10th Convocation of the church.

He said that the leaders and followers needed the grace of God and a change of heart to forge ahead, so that Nigeria would become great.

The cleric admonished Nigerians to always be truthful in their actions, saying that hiding the truth because of political and religious biases will only lead to retrogression.

“Refusing to jointly acknowledge and condemn what is wrong because of political and or ethnic inclinations must change to build the desired Nigeria.


“It does not really matter the political party, it is the human beings that matters; you will discover that those ruling us some crossed from one political party to another, but the human being remains the same.

“That is why the Bible says the heart of a man is desperately wicked who can know it? The issue is let us all have, by the grace of God, a changed heart.

“Everyone in this country should have a changed heart, a heart the loves God, a heart that loves the people and you will discover that some of these things that are hard will be softened,” he said.

Idowu said that the church has been praying and advising leaders and followers as part of its contribution to nation building.

“The issue is, do they listen, do the people listen? It is an advise and you either take it or reject it.”


The cleric said there was need to look away from the past and focus on the greater things ahead, adding that the country has a great future.

Idowu said that when Nigerians with a changed heart manage national resources very well, the country will be the envy of the world.

The cleric urged all Nigerians suffering the bitter economic hardship to look up to God and ask for direction.

He commended President Bola Tinubu for the effort to rejig Nigeria’s economy, saying that there is still more to be done.

He tasked the president to select people who know their job and can advise him on the right thing.


Earlier, Chairman of the 10th Convocation Planning Committee, Deacon Samson Olorunda said that the ceremony was to appreciate God for bringing the district this far.

“We are asking members to refocus, to be more refined and refired for the task ahead of bringing those in darkness into the light of God,” he said.

He said that Nigeria is a God-believing nation and a lot of prayers had been said asking God to intervene in the affairs of the country.

He said that though the situation is rough, God will intervene by touching the heart of men in the country to ensure peace and do what is pleasant to Him.

Also, Pastor Stella Eniola said that women should try to be like Deborah in the Bible, prayerfully supporting the men and the nation.


“We should prayerfully position our children because they will take over from us and to do better than we have done.

“We should live a life of good example because the children are watching; we are the books they read and God will help us not to fail them.

“Women must be practical, we must be proactive and prayerful and support all that needs to be supported, and economically we must not sit at the back.

“Work hard so that your husband will stand at the gate; the Bible says the men were celebrated at the gate because there were women backing them at home,” she said.



Emefiele Tried To Sabotage 2023 Election With Naira Redesign Policy – Akpabio



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The President of the 10th Senate, Godswill Akpabio has accused the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, of attempting to sabotage the conduct of the last general election with the introduction of the naira redesign policy.

Akpabio made this claim while speaking on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday during the screening of the nominee for the position of CBN governor, Olayemi Cardoso and four deputy governor nominees for the apex bank.

Emefiele in October 2022 announced CBN’s plan to redesign N200, N500 and N1000.

He stated that the new notes would be in circulation on December 15, 2022, adding that the old naira notes would remain legal tender until January 31, 2023.

The policy which was implemented close to the general election led to the scarcity of the naira notes, which crippled the economy.


The senate president asked Cardoso if he would also meddle in politics like his predecessor.

Akpabio said, “Adams Oshiomhole thanks for the lecture. I identify myself with you since you didn’t ask any questions, I’ll like to ask one on your behalf.

“CBN Governor, will you uphold the integrity, steadfastness – to resist when politicians come to you to join the presidential race and display your posters even as a sitting CBN Governor in political conventions?

“Will you rush to display your profile electronically at political conventions while sitting as a governor because politicians have told you that you have enough money in CBN to do it?

“Don’t forget the fact that the money in the central bank isn’t for you. Will you have the courage to resist the temptation to listen to politicians and throw your hat into the ring and go back to your office and sit as CBN governor?


“Will you rush to sabotage the election in Nigeria by going for new notes, two days to the election when no country in the world changes new notes within one year, you do your own in 14 days or 11 to see how you can sabotage the election in Nigeria?”

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Forum blames hoodlums for grid collapse



The Nigerian Power Consumers Forum (NPCF) has blamed the recent grid collapse in the country on sabotage by hoodlums who may not mean well for the country.

Mr Michael Okoh, Convener of the NPCF, said this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the grid collapse was not due to the lack of capacity on the part of the company, adding that it was a case of sabotage by hoodlums, who may not mean well for the country.

”The fire incident at the Birnin Kebbi transmission substation switchyard is more of a sabotage on the national grid systems, ” he said.

According to him, power engineers who have over three decades of experience, believe that technically, there is no way two power transformers separated by a reasonable distance from each other will be engulfed by fire simultaneously.


He said that transformers have inbuilt system protection and the probability of a transformer ignition is quite low.

”However, saboteurs could devise any means to disrupt the flow of electricity by pulling out transformer components, ” he said.

According him, immediate enquiries into the incident, both at he 90 Mega Volt Ampree, (MVA) transformer on the 330KV line and the 60MVA transformer on the 132kV line experienced a fire incident simultaneously inspite of being apart, separated by a reasonable space.

”The issue of voltage or surge was ruled out as TCN has robust protection and isolation mechanisms, instead, only internal issues within the transformer can lead to such incidents.

“’This is not the first time critical national infrastructures have been sabotaged as cases abound everyday of oil theft rupturing pipelines.


”Hacking of power transmission towers of which over 20 of such cases were reported by TCN in the last 12 months,” he said.

Okoh said that just after the pronouncement on the efforts of TCN on grid stability, the power sector has recorded at least two system collapses in succession.

He said that the grid collapse was caused by a fire incident in the Birnin Kebbi transmission substation and line snap along the 330 Kilo Volt (kV) Jebba – Kainji transmission line.

He said that these incidents have caused nationwide outages which the NPCF believes is to bring the management of TCN into disrepute.

“’While the investigation is ongoing, all indications refer to sabotage on both transformers as they are not linked and operate on two voltage levels and transmission lines, ” he said.


Okoh said that Niger Republic was receiving bulk power from a 150MVA lower transformer in the Birnin Kebbi substation.

He said that this was because of the important role of Kebbi substation nationally and internationally, adding that it was properly fitted with all protection and safety devices.

”The NPCF strongly notes that there may be an external force acting against the nation’s transmission system.

”We believe that the government of the day will strive to identify and bring the saboteurs and perpetrators of this act to book, ”he said.

According to him, the forum noted that TCN has been maintaining its grid efficiently for 421 days and the grid is looped in some places.


”This is coming just some days after the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) stated that for over 400 days, the system has been relatively stable.

”Nigerians have seen the enormous work done by the current TCN management led by Mr Sule Abdulaziz. For instance, in the history of Nigeria, the TCN for the first time, took delivery of over 30 power transformers in 2022.

”And all were deployed to site for onward installation. The projects TCN are executing to improve access to bulk electricity covers all the six geopolitical zones too,” he further noted.

Okoh said that from independent assessment which started in 2022 and up to 2023 , the forum was able to confirm the various initiatives TCN deployed to stabilise the grid, including the use of Internet of Things (IoT).

”And the deployment of the stop gap system as a placeholder for a smart grid system, which is in the advanced stage of the procurement process.


”For a robust deployment of a full-scale state-of-the-art Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)/Energy Management System (EMS), ”he said.

Okoh said that NPCF, on behalf of Nigerian electricity consumers, urged TCN to continue on its trajectory of investing in the transmission networks especially in lines reconductoring,
”We implore them to proactively buffer other substations against further sabotage, ”he said.

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