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Local Councils Must Be Autonomous To Eradicate Poverty, Jonathan Insists

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Otuoke, Bayelsa State

Former president Goodluck Jonathan has called on the national assembly to make local governments autonomous.

He said this would grant them the powers to generate revenues.

The former president says if he were a member of the national assembly, he would mobilize members to amend sections of the 1999 constitution that would prohibit the appointment of local government chairmen.

He believes people at the grassroots level should decide who leads them through an election.

The former president bared his mind when he hosted the national and state executives of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees who visited him in Otuoke, Bayelsa State.

President Jonathan said the local government system is the oldest globally accepted means to reach people at the grassroots, and a bill targeted at delisting it from the constitution was an abuse of democratic tenets and procedures.

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Power Restored To National Grid After System Collapse

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Ghanaians Blames Power Firm For Nationwide Blackout

The Transmission Company of Nigeria says power has been restored to national grid after a system collapse left most of the nation in the dark on Wednesday.

The company said on Thursday electricity has been restored across the entire grid through which distribution companies offtake electricity they deliver to consumers nationwide.

TCN’s public affairs general manager Ndidi Mbah, says experts were already making efforts to fully restore electricity on the grid.

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Army Denies Boko Haram’s Eid Donations Report

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The Nigerian Army has denied reports that Boko Haram insurgents distributed Eid donations to communities in the northern states of Borno and Yobe.

Reports alleged the terrorist group had donated food and money to residents in attempts to woo them to support its activities.

The army says the reports were “propaganda,” and that it had conducted investigations and established the reports were untrue.

The army said in a statement “our team of eagle-eyed analysts went further to critically examine the pictures attached to this malicious publication and discovered that they were simply stage-managed in a typical terrorists-styled propaganda.

Nigeria continues to experience a wave of insecurity occasioned by attacks and kidnappings carried out by Boko Haram militants.

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Nigeria Seeks To Tap Into Digital Economy

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