How Fire gutted $1bn World Trade Centre Skyscraper Abuja + PICTURES

  Fire on Monday gutted the 24-storey skyscraper of the World Trade Centre in Nigeria, located in the country’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan had in September 2011 launched the project said to cost over $1 billion with an estimated completion date initially slated for 2013. An eyewitness account showed that the fire started from the top of the 24-storey skyscraper which dots the skyline of Central Business District, Abuja. Smoke, as at the time of this report, was seeing billowing from the pinnacle of the…

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Ruins, death, rescues as three-storey building collapses in Lagos + PICTURES

  Six adults have, so far, being rescued in a three-storey building-collpase in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, which killed a male underage. The incident was said to have occurred about 3:00 am at 20, Freeman Street, Lagos Island. Platforms Africa reports that emergency responders have since arrived on the scene and are helping with rescue and recovery efforts.

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South Africa prepares 1.5m gravesites as COVID-19 cases, deaths surge

  South African official has said a single province in the country is preparing 1.5 million gravesites as COVID-19 cases and deaths surged in late Nelson Mandela’s country. A report by The Associated Press reads that just a day after confirmed virus cases across Africa surpassed the half-million milestone the total was over 522,000 and climbing, with more than 12,000 deaths. “With testing levels low, the real numbers are unknown,” the report read. South Africa has the most confirmed cases with over 224,000, and for the first time Gauteng province…

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Prepare to bear petrol price burden, Oil Minister Tells Nigerians

  Nigerian Minister of state for petroleum resources says President Buhari never promised to keep petrol price low The Government of Nigeria, Africa’s biggest crude oil exporter, has bluntly told millions of Nigerians that they would henceforth bear the burden of higher prices of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol. The country’s Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, who declared this in a statement published on the ministry’s Instagram page siģhted by Platforms Africa, declared that at no time did the Federal Government promise to…

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Kenyan school pupils to repeat classes as nation embargoes resumption until 2021

  All Kenyan primary and secondary  schools will remain shut until January 2021 The country’s education ministry, which declares this, noted that it would explore how to make online learning accessible to all students All schools in Kenya will remain closed until next January because of the coronavirus pandemic, the ministry said. Final year exams, usually taken in October and November, have also been cancelled. Education Minister George Magoha said students would repeat a year as schools had closed in mid-March, three months after the school calendar had begun. But…

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US firm battles Nigeria over $80m Yacht linked to Diezani, Aluko

  Enron Nigeria Power Holding rejects Nigeria’s power deal suspension, demands $22 million from sale of seized Galactica Star   A former unit of Enron Corporation, the United States energy-trading giant, Enron Nigeria Power Holding Limited, has began a legal battle with Nigerian authorities over suspended power deals. The company has also joined the country and the United States (U.S.) authorities in serious bickering over the proceeds of the sale of a luxury yacht, Galactica. The U.S. authorities seized the Galactica in 2018 after filing a lawsuit to recover assets…

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Why Nigerian Schools May Remain Shut till 2021 – Minister

  Africa’s Most Populous Country Makes U-Turn on participation in 2020 West Africa Exams as COVID-19 Cases Exceed 30,000 mark Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, has given a hint on possibilities of keeping doors of its schools under lock and key till 2021. Kenya, a leading economy in East Africa, has earlier come out clear on this: No Schools’ resumption until next year. Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who conveyed opinion of the government while briefing State House Correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at…

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Why 600 firms jostled for Nigeria’s 57 marginal oilfields – DPR

More companies owned or managed by women joined the race in an unprecedented gender-balance participation in Nigeria’s bid round history.   The Director of the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Auwalu Sarki, has said that investors’ belief in tranparent process put in place by his agency for the 57 oilfields’ bid round was partly responsible for the spike in number of firms who have joined the race for the oil acreages. Over 600 companies have, as at the last count, applied to be prequalified for the ongoing bid rounds in  Nigeria’s 57 Marginal Fields, the first in…

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COVID-19: Nigeria’s biggest power plant, Egbin Power reacts as employee’s newborn dies

  Newborn of our staff dies from post-delivery, not COVID-19 complications – Egbin MD   Egbin Power, one of Africa’s largest thermal electricity generation companies, has denied report that a newborn by one of its staff died on its premises due to COVID-19 protocols. Acting Chief Executive Officer of the plant that provides a quarter of Nigeria’s total power generation, Paul Harriman, declared in a statement to Platforms Africa that though the newborn of one of its staff died due to post-delivery complications outside the facility, the death has nothing…

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Banks, Oil firms, traders fret as Nigeria begins Africa’s 2nd longest bridge shutdown July 24

  11.8km all-important Third Mainland Bridge’s shutdown to last till January 2021 The Nigerian Government has announced the shutdown of the 11.8 kilometers Third Mainland Bridge, second longest in Africa, for six months starting from Friday, July 24. This decision, Platforms Africa gathered exclusively, has raised concerns among staff of Banks, Oil Companies and other corporate institutions with headquarters or major offices on the various Islands in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital. The bridge is longest and biggest of the three bridges that link the companies headquarters to the Muritala Muhammed…

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