Fuel queues disappear, electricity supply improves as Buhari summons ministers and others

Troubled by the epileptic power supply and persistent fuel queues across the country, President Muhammadu Buhari, during the week under review, summoned Energy Minister Abubakar Aliyu to a meeting on Monday. meeting at the presidential villa.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Timipre Sylva, also briefed the President on the fuel situation in the country during the week.

NAN observed that meetings between the President, Ministers and other stakeholders have since started yielding fruitful results, as fuel queues are diminishing in some parts of the country, while the country is witnessing a return gradual to normal in the electricity sector.

The president had previously expressed concern over the frequent power cuts, apologizing to Nigerians and assuring a quick solution to the problems.

Also on March 21, Buhari met with Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo as well as his chief economic adviser, Prof. Doyin Salami.

The President, at the end of the closed meeting with the Governor of Imo, approved the deployment of additional security personnel to unravel the perpetrators of violence in Imo and ensure peace in the state.

Uzodimma, who confirmed this development to State House correspondents while briefing them on the outcome of his summons to the Presidential Villa, Abuja, by the President on Monday, said Buhari had agreed to his request for more security personnel to relieve the security challenges facing the state. .

NAN reports that the governor has been summoned following the latest attacks in Imo targeting the home of Professor George Obiozor and some police assets.

On March 22, the presidency advised the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to always promote the virtues of social cohesion and peaceful coexistence rather than inciting anarchy, social upheaval and disorder in society.

The President’s Special Advisor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, gave his opinion in a statement in Abuja.

Adesina also disapproved of how the PDP had encouraged some aggrieved citizens to engage in unrest worse than the October 2020 EndsSARS protests seen in parts of the country.

According to him, EndSARS means murder, chaos, mass destruction and even cannibalism.

Also on March 22, the President visited Lagos State where he inaugurated the Dangote Fertilizer Plant, which has an installed capacity of 3.0 million metric tons of urea per annum.

While in Lagos, Buhari also inaugurated the new terminal building at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos and inspected the pace of works being carried out at Nigeria’s first deep sea port located in the Lagos Free Zone, 65 km east of Lagos.

During the inauguration of the new MMIA terminal, Buhari requested the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to seek special funding for the second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

He also directed the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to conclude documentation of the 12,000 hectares of land approved to accommodate the runway and other development projects.

He further instructed the Minister of Aviation to accelerate the concession program of the airport to boost the practice of aviation in the country and ensure that the aviation industry reflects global standards.

NAN reports that just 24 hours after the inauguration of the MMIA in Lagos, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved N92.1 billion for the construction of a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja .

The FEC meeting, chaired by Buhari, also approved more than 14 billion naira to train 50,000 non-graduates in N-power for a period of nine months.

The council also approved the Business, Facilitation and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill.

Also on March 23, Buhari met separately behind closed doors with the governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the party’s All Progressives Congress presidential hopefuls, who agreed to stand down for Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

On the same day, Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi met with the President where he briefed him on state government activities.

Umahi, who spoke with State House correspondents after the meeting, said the president would visit Ebonyi in April to inaugurate some state government-executed projects.

The governor, who called his political ambition “God’s project”, said he was fully committed to realizing his dream.

On March 23, Buhari condemned the terrorist attack on four sites in Kaura Local Government Area, Kaduna State, in which two soldiers and many others were killed.

The president described the attacks as “a senseless act of violence that has no place in a civilized society.

“The primitive and cowardly attack on innocent civilians, law enforcement officials and the destruction of homes and shops is extremely painful and condemnable.”

Buhari also met with leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), urging them to channel their energies into improving the party’s fortunes in the upcoming elections by avoiding squabbles that easily divert attention and create discord. .

The President made the call when he received the leadership of the APC National Assembly at State House, Abuja on Thursday.

Buhari reminded them of the proximity of election dates set by INEC, warning that positions should be harmonized with a broader vision of election victory and good governance.

The President also hosted the founding fathers of the APC, including former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, for a dinner at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.

NAN said the meeting was meant to show Buhari’s appreciation to key stakeholders for their continued support, understanding and cooperation with his administration.

On March 25, the president warned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to avoid being used for partisan politics or to settle personal disputes.

Buhari, who issued the warning during the unveiling of the EFCC’s standard operating procedures, policies and manuals, at the State House, urged the commission to focus on service to the nation and entrench good governance .

He advised the leaders and all officers of the commission to resist the temptation to be influenced by political actors for personal gain.

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Friday led a delegation on a “thank you visit” to the President, who inaugurated some development projects as part of his official engagements in the state.

NAN reports that the delegation, made up of former state governors, members of the National and State Assemblies, traditional leaders and other key stakeholders, were at the State House to express their official gratitude to the President during from his recent visit to the state.

Buhari had visited Nasarawa in February, where he inaugurated the government-executed Lafia Airport, Modern Bus Station, Skills and Vocational Training Center and Shinge-Barikin Abdullahi-Kilema Road. of State.

While in the state, Buhari also inaugurated some federal government projects including the 330 kva power substation and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) building in Lafia.

The President also on Friday inaugurated the renovated Jumma’at Mosque of Umar Bin Khattab in the Utako district of Abuja.

The mosque was built by the Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Iqamatus Sunnah (JIBWIS).

The President ended the week under review at Eagle Square Abuja, venue of the 2022 APC National Convention where Senator Abdullahi Adamu became the new APC National President by consensus as previously agreed by the stakeholders of the left.

Buhari, who spoke at the event, urged the APC’s new National Working Committee (NWC) to ensure that the party’s primaries are not influenced by the “highest bidder”.

He urged party leaders to always promote internal democracy and equal opportunities for all party members.

Buhari called on all politicians and the electorate to abide by the new electoral law “to promote the electoral process, improve transparency, close existing loopholes and add value to Nigerian democracy for our democracy to thrive.

The president, who cited the reasons for his recent intervention in party affairs, said it was not a question of muzzling dissenting voices. (NOPE)

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