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Petrol Tanker Catches Fire In Lagos

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A petroleum tanker, carrying 33,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) caught fire and burned early on Monday in Alimosho area of Lagos causing traffic gridlock.

Lagos State Fire Service and the State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA were at the scene to battle the blaze.

The country has been beset by falling petrol tankers lately, especially in Onitsha where several incidents have occurred over the past one month.

On Saturday morning, residents of Awka, Anambra state’s capital territory, saw another petroleum tanker that fell into a gutter.

Residents and passersby were said to have taken to their heels to escape disaster.

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Nigerian Borders Will Remain Closed – Minister Of Agriculture

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It appears Nigeria is in no hurry to reopen its borders.

The minister of agriculture, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, has declared Nigeria’s borders will remain locked and, as he put it, the key would be thrown into the lagoon.

Nanono made the statement over the weekend in Kebbi State where agricultural produce was distributed to farmers affected by the recent flood in the state. He explained that the federal government was not ready to reopen the borders, so as to boost the country’s agricultural sector.

Chairman, senate committee on aviation, senator Adamu Aliero, also agrees with the continued border closure which he says would encourage the growth of local rice farming.

He commended federal and state governments for supporting flood victims in the state.

Deputy governor, Retired Col Ismail Yombe Dabai, who represented the governor, senator Atiku Bagudu Abubakar, thanked the federal government for the kind gesture.

Rice, millet, guinea corn, and beans were among the produce distributed to farmers.

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Proposed N100bn Police Rehabilitation Fund Met With Mixed Reactions

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Not everyone is on board with the plan by the private sector coalition against covid-19 proposed one hundred billion naira fund to rehabilitate all 44 damaged and destroyed police stations during the nationwide EndSARS protests.

News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports some had commended the initiative while others say it is a case of misplaced priority.

NAN says CaCOVID had presented a one hundred billion naira equipment support plan to retool the Nigerian Police Force in the next two years.

The plan has received support from the bankers’ committee that says it plans to back government efforts to rebuild confidence in the nation’s economy in the aftermath of the violence that marked the end of the protests.

One executive who supports the plan is quoted as saying this philanthropic gesture is expected of some of the group’s members.

Another corporate chief executive says Nigerians should insist on transparency in the CaCOVID intervention.  He says all transactions from the fund should be scrutinized pointing out the history of failing banks in Nigeria and the economic crisis have created a mystery around the CaCOVID intervention.

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Nigeria Thrown Into Total Darkness As National Grid Collapses

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Millions of Nigerians spent most of Sunday in total blackout as the nation’s power grid collapsed.  Some households have even begun their journey in the dark a few days before.

Eko Electricity Distribution Company and the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company confirmed the crash of the national grid in separate messages to their customers.  Power was restored in most states late Sunday night.

It was only last week A.N.N. Reported an announcement by the transmission company of Nigeria that it would need one trillion naira to stabilize the national grid.

The company’s executive director, Victor Adewumi, had said its internally generated funds and the federal government inflows into the company are not enough.  Adewumi said there was still at least a six hundred billion naira shortfall.

The national grid had collapsed late last year and twice this year as well.

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