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27 March, 2018

PDP's Apology To Nigerians: Move To The Next Step, Return Looted Funds - FG

The Federal Government has asked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to go the whole hog with its apology to Nigerians by returning all the funds looted from the public treasury under its watch during its 16 years in power.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, also challenged the party to show the genuineness of its apology through a discernible change of.attitude.

''The PDP presided over an unprecedented looting of the public treasury, perhaps the worst of its kind in Nigeria or anywhere else in the world. Therefore, the best evidence of penitence for such a party is not just to own up and apologize, but to also return the looted funds. Anything short of that is mere deceit.

''Even with the paucity of funds, this Administration has spent anunprecedented amount of money on infrastructural development and Social Investment Programme, among others. Returning looted funds will provide more money for these programmes and make life more meaningful for Nigerians. There is no better apology than that,'' it said.

Alhaji Mohammed also reminded the PDP of the quote: ''If you find your self in a hole, stop digging,'' saying it applies to the PDP at this time.

''PDP, press the reset button. Stop sabotaging the work of this Administration, which is packing the mess you left behind, through your reckless statements and unfounded allegations. Play responsible opposition politics. Put Nigeria's interest over and above partisan interest. Temper your desperation to return to power. Spend quality time in the purgatory and you will be forgiven,'' he said.

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Federal Ministry Of Power, Works And Housing Not Frustrating Ambode Or His Government * Lists several requests it has approved for LASG * Says Governor failed to acknowledge he spoke with Minister who explained on going processes to him * Reveals that LASG has refused to provide land for National Housing Programme The attention of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has been drawn to certain statements credited to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode claiming  that the “Federal Ministry of Works“ has been frustrating the efforts of his administration to carry out a “total reconstruction of the International Airport Road from Oshodi.” The Governor also reportedly accused the “Federal Ministry of Works and Housing” and Security Services of denying the State Government access to the Presidential Lodge in Lagos six months after President Muhammadu Buhari approved it off for the State. This response is to ensure that members of the public are not misled by deliberate or inadvertent mis-statements. The allegations of lack of cooperation from the Ministry and frustration of Lagos State Government development initiatives are simply not true and the facts do not bear them out. In 2016, the Hon Minister for Power Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji  Fashola, SAN, approved the use of the Federal Ministry of works yard at Oworonsoki for Lagos State Government to create a lay-by to ease traffic. The Hon Minister also approved that Lagos State be granted the Rights to manage the Street Lighting on the 3rd Mainland Bridge to support the security initiatives of the State, a request which the previous Federal Government administration had denied Lagos State for years. During the same year the Hon Minister also supported the approval of the World Bank Loan of $200m to Lagos State, again a request the previous administration had denied Lagos State. As far as International Airport Road which is currently the ground for alleged “frustration” is concerned, the correct position is that the Lagos State Government presented a  request for FOUR roads that it would wish to take over. This is consistent with the position being canvassed by the Hon Minisiter for States who are interested to apply to take over Roads that are within their States. The Ministry has presented the Memorandum conveying the request of the Lagos State Government to the Federal Executive Council as was done with a similar request by the Kaduna State Government in 2016. Due to the fact that TWO of the roads also connect Ogun State, the Federal Executive Council could not reach an immediate decision on them because it requested the input of the other State Government affected. The Kaduna State Government requested the Federal Government to transfer two roads within Kaduna Metropolis to the State in November 2015. Due process was followed and the request of the State Government was approved in August 2016, a period of ten months. Federal Executive Councill Memorandum are debated and commented upon by all members and in cases of roads, surveys, maps and other material have to be provided to assist members understand the location and connectivity of the roads, (in this case Four roads), in order to assist how they vote on the Memorandum. As far as the Presidential Lodge is concerned, it is under the management of the Presidency and not the Ministry. After the approval by Mr President that the Presidential Lodge be handed over to the State Government, there was a directive to the Ministry to work out the modalities for handing over. The Ministry has prepared a vesting instrument to convey the transfer and all that is needed is a survey plan. The Presidential Lodge is a high security location and officials of the Ministry also require security clearance to enter in order to do any works. Access to the lodge is not under the control of the Ministry. The motive behind this public accusations must therefore be scrutinized coming barely a week after the Governor spoke with the Honorable Minister, Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN on the outstanding requests of the State for several minutes and the Minister took time to explain the situation of things to the Governor. (The first telephone conversation the Governor has had with the Minister since May 29, 2015). If there is any lack of co-operation it is on the part of the State Government that has refused to acknowledge not to talk of approving the Ministry's request for Land of the National Housing Programme in Lagos. The Ministry is not frustrated by this lack of response and remains optimistic that a response will come from Lagos State. The Ministry remains committed to serving the Government and Good People of Lagos and will treat all their requests on Merit and in accordance with necessary due process as will be done to other States. As far as the refund of N51Billion is concerned this is not a new item. Almost all if not all states have these claims and the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing has verified these claims. What is left is the process of raising the finance to pay the Debt owed to the States. Those who are familiar with the workings of Government will attest to the fact that it is an intricate sequence of processses, consultation and collaboration. Equating processes to a lack of co-operation is therefore akin to creating a storm in a tea cup.
15 March, 2017
Power Sector Liquidity Receives Fresh Boost As FG Sets To Pay All Verified MDAs’ Bills To Discos For Electricity Delivered * NDPHC announces progress on ongoing projects to connect communities that host NIPP * TCN reports resolution of way leave issues in Uzalla, Edo State, and on-going work in Ondo, Rivers State and other locations around the country * As Fashola chairs 13th Monthly Meeting with Power Sector Operators, Stakeholders in Ughelli, Delta State On the heels of the N701 billion guarantee for the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, a fresh boost in liquidity in the nation’s Power Sector is in the offing as the Federal Government has indicated its readiness to commence payment of all verified bills owed Electricity Distribution Companies in the country for electricity supplied to its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) based on the on-going audit of the bills submitted by the DisCos. A report presented at the 13th Monthly Meeting of Power Sector Operators chaired by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, in Ughelli, Delta State, on the on-going audit of debts owed the DisCos by MDAs, stated that all such verified bills would be recommended for payment as further demonstration of Government’s determination to lead by example with regards to payment for electricity delivered adding, that such payments would be on first-come-first-served basis. The report contained in a Communiqué after the Meeting further stated that the verification team working on the audit received claims currently estimated at N59.3 billion, subject to further review, noting that 86 per cent of the debts, amounting to N51billion, were owed by the top 100 customers, mainly composed of military and defence installations around the country. Also, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) presented ongoing projects to connect communities that host National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) just as it announced progress on projects in Ikot Nyong, Egbema, Ihovbor, Gbarain, Olorunsogo, and Omotosho saying the expected completion date for Magboro community would be April while the Olorunsogo connection would be completed in June this year. Other progress reports include the resolution of way leave issues in Uzalla in Edo State, and ongoing work in Ondo, Rivers State and other locations around the country as reported by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN); the improved compliance with submission of audit accounts as reported by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the completion of maintenance works in Awka and Maiduguri to improve service delivery as reported by the Enugu and Yola DisCos. Acknowledging that the economic progress of the country largely depends on the success of the Power Sector, the Meeting commended the Federal Government for the recent approval by the Federal Executive Council of financing to assure payment to GenCos for electricity generated and supplied on the grid noting that it would enhance investor confidence in the industry. It noted with delight that the newly reconstituted NERC would more rigorously perform regulatory duties tasking the regulatory body to standardize reporting on financial performance, safety and customer service as a fair basis for ranking distribution companies and other industry operators. Receiving with delight the reports by the Enugu and the Yola DisCos on the completion of maintenance works in Awka and Maiduguri to improve service delivery to targeted customers, the Meeting commended them for the completion of the projects and, however, reemphasized the need to react to customer complaints more speedily. Acknowledging the Federal Government’s decision to support NBET with N701 billion over two years for NBET to pay generation companies for electricity produced under the Power Purchase Agreements, the Meeting, however, said the initiative did not discharge the obligation of the DisCos to pay their invoices to the Market Operator for services provided by Transmission Service Provider (TSP), ISO (Independent System Operator), and to NBET for the electricity generated, transmitted and delivered to customers. The Meeting, hosted by Transcorp Power Limited, and chaired by the Minister, focused on identifying, discussing, and finding practical solutions to critical issues facing the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry even as the operators were fully represented at the highest executive management levels. Those in attendance included a NERC Commissioner, Managing Directors and CEOs of GenCos, DisCos, TCN as well as various government agencies such as the NDPHC, NBET, Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO) and Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) responsible for the regulation and development of the electricity industry. Prior to the commencement of the Meeting, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing and the Governor of Delta State commissioned a 115MW turbine installed by Transorp Ughelli Limited, bringing installed capacity to 620MW from the 160MW they inherited on privatization in 2013. Speaking at the occasion, Fashola, who described the decision of Transcorp to invest in the nation’s Power Sector as a demonstration of its confidence in the economy of the country, said the Buhari Administration reposed more confidence on local investors as they would not run away even if the ship hit stormy waters. Assuring that the administration would continue to create enabling environment for more local investors to come into the sector, the Minister appealed to youths of the Niger Delta to see the investment as belonging to one of their own saying any time they disrupted operations at the plant they would be hurting their own person. He declared, “The Governors of the Niger Delta have been and must continue to be the champions of peace. The youths of the Niger Delta must recognise that nobody can be more Niger Delta than Tony Elumelu. He chooses to invest here. So every time you take away gas from this plant you are hurting one of us, you are hurting one of your own and we are losing opportunities”. In his remarks, Transcorps Power Limited Chairman, Mr Tony Elumelu, stated that the plant currently generates only 300MW due to shortage of gas supply, and assured the preparedness of the company to invest facilities to increase gas supply to the power station if government created an enabling regulatory framework.
15 March, 2017
FG Waives Payment Of 10% Equity On Mortgages Below 5 Million Naira 1.         As a demonstration of its resolute commitment to the provision of affordable housing to Nigerians, especially the low income earners, the Federal Government has graciously approved that henceforth mortgages below N5m (five million naira) will not attract the initial payment of 10% equity from offtakers. 2.        This was made known by the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri while commissioning a 125- unit Housing Estate being financed by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN) and  developed by a private developer, Messrs LCK Projects (Nigeria) Limited, in Enugu, Enugu State, recently. 3.        Hon. Baba Shehuri stated that in view of the challenge of housing deficit in Nigeria, which has been put at 16 – 17 million, the Ministry plans to build mass houses in every state of the Federation for public workers and other interested parties, over the next three years, using the instructmentality of Public-Private Partnerships. 4.        He added that National Housing Models have been designed and approved for each geo-political zone, which takes care of our cultural and climatic diversities in our choice of house type and standardization in the use of local building materials. This will translate to affordability of housing for Nigerians and will also create employment opportunities for our teaming youths that are currently roaming the streets. 5.        While commending the effort of the apex mortgage bank, the Minister noted that it has a pivotal role to play in the actualization of the aspirations of many Nigerians to own a home through mortgage, adding that the Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration will lend its full support to the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria  towards ensuring that it is adequately recapitalized and repositioned  to cater for the mortgage finance needs of Nigerian workers, who would be the major beneficiaries of houses built under the National Housing Programme. 6.        Earlier in his address at the Commissioning Ceremony, the Executive Governor of Enugu State, RT Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi assured the Minister of the readiness of the State to continue providing enabling environment for housing development to thrive. 7.        The Minister was also at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, where he commissioned the 1st set of  72 units of  houses out of 240  being financed by FMBN and undertaking by the Ebonyi State Housing Development Corporation (ESHDC). He was also at Owerri, Imo State for the commissioning of a 100-unit FMBN-Minfa Housing Estate. 8.        The Ebonyi State Executive Governor, His Excellency Dave Umahi reiterated the willingness of the government to partner with the Bank in the provision of affordable housing for its workers, especially, and the citizenry, in general. He added that the completed buildings have already been allocated to Civil/Public servants through the Office of the State Head of Service on Owner-Occupier basic. 9.        His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, CFR, represented by the Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Prince Eze Madumere, MFR, urged the management of FMBN to replicate the gesture in the 27 Local Government Areas of the State, while informing the Minister that a Committee, to be chaired by his humble self is to be constituted immediately to drive the process. 10.      The Acting Managing Director of Federal Mortgage Bank Nigeria, Mr. Richard Esin, while calling on other Nigerians, in private employment or self employed, who are currently not contributing to the National Housing Fund (NHF), to key in. He further disclosed that the commissioned Housing Estates and others to be commissioned soon across the length and breadth of Nigeria were funded from the lean resources of the NHF, an SPV for driving the aspirations of Nigerians to transit from being tenants to home owners.
7 March, 2017
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PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT
8 March, 2018

Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector)

In conjunction with

Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)

General Procurement Notice

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) intends to collaborate with licensed Distribution Companies and Eligible Customers to invest in the construction of new distribution lines and substations to expand the capacity of the distribution networks by an additional 2000MW. 

2.    The principal objective of the project is to deliver currently unutilized generation capacity to metered customers thereby strengthening the distribution networks and improving customer services, collection efficiency and financial viability of the Power Sector.

3.    The projects require procurement of the following components from Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM):

* 33kV transmission substation busbar extensions;
* 2.5MVA, 33/11kV packaged substations;
* 2.5MVA, 33/0.415kV packaged substations;
* 1MVA, 33/0.415kV packaged substations;
* Modular 0.415/11/33kV steel towers;
* 150mm ACSR conductors; and
* 120mm 1-core armoured conductors.

4.     Detailed advertisement to guide interested bidders will be announced shortly in two (2) national newspapers and one (1) relevant internationally recognized publication, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector) and Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) official websites and Federal Tenders Journal.

Signed
Permanent Secretary
Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power Sector)

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OTHER NEWS
31 January, 2018

FG Moves To End Housing Deficit: Initiates Family Homes Fund Housing Project To Deliver Affordables Housing Accross The Nation

The Federal Government in a bid to finding lasting solutions to the huge national housing deficit in the country, the Economic Management Team of the Federal Government hasset up a Family Homes Fund Task Force to facilitate the implementation and delivery of the Family Homes Housing Project across the nation.

Speaking during the in augural meeting of the Land and Infrastructure and Off –take Sub – Committees for the project, the Chairman and Minister of State II for Power, Works and Housing, Surv. Suleiman Hassan, mnis, stated that the project is a new widow intended to deliver more affordable houses to Nigerians. He noted that the essence is to consistently deliver about 100 housing units annually and create more jobs to the teaming unemployed Nigerians.

The Minister added that the Land and Infrastructure sub-committee is to engage with relevant state governments and stakeholders on prime locations of land in the various states of the Federation. Also, the Offtake Sub - Committee is to determine a model for the participation of staff housing cooperatives, adding that this will be able to take care of retired civil servants, officers and personnel of the security forces.

The Minister enjoined members of the sub-committees to bring their wealth of experience to bear in order to actualize this laudable initiative of the Federal Government geared towards the delivery of affordable mass housing.

In her response, representative of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office, Mrs Didi Walson-Jack stated that affordable and quality houses is a key issue that the government is pursuing, adding that members of the Offtake sub-committee will do the needful in meeting up with the task ahead.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Special Adviser to the President on Economic Matters, Dr. Adeyemi Dipeolu noted that one of the most important aims of the Family Home Project is to identify the financing requirements, draw up a sustainable financing of the models, structure of financing and buy-in of relevant Agencies including the Nigerian Mortgage Re-Financing Corporation for the continuity of the programme.

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Speeches
9 April, 2018

Remarks By H.E, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN At The 26th Monthly Power Sector Operators Meeting At The Ohiya Transmission Substation, Umuahia, Abia State  On Monday The 9th Of April 2018

I am pleased to chair this month’s Power Sector meeting and to welcome all of you here present.

This is the 26th meeting we are holding and its continuing nature is consistent with our road map of incremental, stable and, eventually, uninterrupted power.

We are on a journey to a destination of promise and eventual prosperity and I use this occasion to salute the efforts and contributions of all those who have brought us this far.

Even if those who were most vocal in condemnation when the situation appeared very dire are now uttering some muted acknowledgment that it has improved, we must continue to draw inspiration from well-meaning and right thinking Nigerians who were gracious enough to publicly acknowledge that:

They are saving some money from Diesel they used to spend for generators;

They are running their generators for fewer hours; and

They are getting comparably more power than before.

It is because of those gracious and well-meaning and right thinking Nigerians that we must dig deeper, work harder and be more determined to improve service delivery.

In order to improve service, we must accept our respective responsibilities and this is important for the purpose of identifying our respective roles and tasks.

At the risk of repetition and for the sake of clarity, let me state that since the privatisation process of 2013, Generation of Power and Distribution, which is supply to homes, offices and markets, factories and consumers generally is now a private sector business.

The exceptions are the NIPP Projects, which the Federal Government is trying to complete and dispose of, and Yola Distribution Company, which the investor surrendered.

Otherwise, the role of Government is to buy Bulk Power through NBET and vest in Distribution Companies to retail to consumers, and to transport the power from the generation companies to the distribution companies.

Government, through NBET and TCN, is executing these tasks by signing Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Prospective Power Generators, where the terms are agreeable.

It is investing in the expansion of the Transmission Capacity through TCN, by building more Substations and expanding existing ones, to improve service capacity where the Consumer demand has increased, and reinforcing the capacity of existing transmission lines.

At the moment, there are over 90 (ninety) TCN projects for transmission expansion, which TCN will be commissioning nationwide in the next few weeks and months. Some are completed and some are nearing completion.

Today, we will commission two of such projects, namely:

a. The expansion of Umuahia sub-station with a new 40MVA transformer to increase transmission capacity from 80 MVA to 120MVA to  serve  Umuahia, Isikwutor, Isukwuato, Bende, Umunneochi, Ikwano, Obowo, Ohafia and parts of Arochukwu  among other places ; and

b. The expansion of Aba Sub-station with a new 60MVA to increase service capacity from 127. 5 MVA to 187.5 MVA to serve Aba North and South, Ukwa East and West, Osisioma, Obioma-Ngwa,  Isi ala Ngwa  and environs.

And these are examples of our commitment to service delivery.

The same is also true of NDPHC, who have over 100 (one hundred) Distribution Projects in various stages of completion, under the NIPP.

Over the next few weeks and months, they will be going out to commission and energize those projects.

They will help the DisCos improve power supply and service delivery to those communities, and I appeal to the DisCos involved to take ownership of these facilities and put them to use.

On my part, I will do my best to keep track of developments and report them to the meeting.

NBET, on its part, must also improve on the timelines it takes to process payment to the DisCos and, in addition, adopt a business orientation of ensuring that it collects as much as it can from the DisCos, who help her to retail the Bulk Power.

The truth is that if NBET cannot pay her bills to the GenCos, the DisCos will have no business because the bulk of their power comes from NBET.

Therefore, the DisCos must, in their own very best interest see NBET as the goose that lays their golden egg, who must not die.

While NBET, TCN and NDPHC act for Government to implement its enabling role, the immediate tasks of the DisCos, in my view, are to:

A) Improve the quality and capacity of the distribution equipment to improve power supply and service to stimulate consumer willingness to pay;

B) Improve collection of revenues without extortion through estimated bills or hostility;

C) Remit what they collect in accordance with the agreement with NBET;

D) Take ownership of the Meter Asset Provider Regulations to improve supply of meters; and

E) Respond to consumer complaints and resolve them in a business-like manner.

On this last matter of consumer complaints, let me say that we are getting a number of them in the ministry in Abuja, from different parts of the country.

They should appropriately go to the DisCos and the private investors who own them.

Government has handed over these assets as a business and no longer collects revenue for power from consumers since the sale of PHCN in 2013.

Those who bought the DisCos and bill consumers must rise up to the responsibility of resolving consumer complaints.

Ladies and Gentlemen, these are some of the things that we all must do to improve service delivery, but they are not exhaustive.

Citizens and communities where we are building transmission lines must help to give us access to land.

I am happy to say that some Governors have responded admirably across party lines.

While it will be invidious of me to try to catalogue what different Governors have done, let me here acknowledge what Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has done with his team to help us link a power provider with the traders and consuming business community in Ariaria Market, comprising of 30,000 shops.

Progress is being made on that project, under the joint supervision of Rural Electrification Agency and Abia State Government, and it should be completed this year.

The same is true in Sabon Gari Market in Kano, and Sura market in Lagos.

For these traders, stable power supply for their businesses will no longer be a mirage. It will happen.

It will happen because President Buhari is prepared to work across party lines to serve the ordinary people who work very hard daily and contribute to the task of building Nigeria.

Ladies and Gentlemen, my closing comment in these remarks is to the DisCos.

Get your employees out on the field.

Get them to inspect lines, breakers, transformers and other distribution equipment.

Get them to visit consumers and ask if they have problems, and fix them.

Get them to do preventative maintenance and notify your consumers in advance if it will result in disruptions of service, and state very clearly how long it will take.

I know that it may be difficult, but that is why we took our jobs; to do difficult things and improve people’s lives against the odds.

I know that you can do it, and I wait eagerly with other Nigerians as you roll out to prove us right for vesting these assets in you.

Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN
Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing

Monday 9th April 2018

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Photo News
16 April, 2018

FASHOLA JAPANESE AMBASSADOR KUSAOKE AT THE COMMISSIONING OF 60MVAR CAPACITOR BANK IN ABUJA

Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SAN middle Managing DirectorCEO Transmission Company of NigeriaTCN MrUsman Gur Mohammedleft and Special Guest of Honour Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Sadanobu Kusaokerightduring the commissioning of 60MVAR Capacitor Bank funded by Japanese International Cooperation Agency JICA at Apo 13233kV Transmission Substation Apo Abuja on Thursday 12 April 2018

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10 April, 2018

FASHOLA IKPEAZU AT THE COMMISSIONING OF 40MVA MOBILE POWER TRANSFORMER AND THE 26TH POWER SECTOR OPERATORS MEETING IN UMUAHIA ABIA STATE

Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde FasholaSAN2nd rightGovernor of Abia State Dr Okezie Ikpeazuright Traditional ruler of the host community Ohiya HRH Eze Uhuegbuleftand former Commissioner for Works Hon Emeka Nwachukwu2nd leftduring the commissioning of 40MVA 13233kv Mobile Power Transformer shortly before the 26th Meeting with Operators in the Power Sector hosted by the Transmission Company of NigeriaTCN at the Ohiya Transmission Substation Umuahia Abia State on Monday 9th April 2018

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