Operators Seek Legalization Of Local Refineries In Niger Delta

Mohammed Shosanya

The Niger Delta Local Refineries’ Owners Association has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to legalize local refineries in the region, as part of measures to curb illegal bunkering in the country.

The group in an online statement sent to journalists and signed by Kachi Vitals, Rivers State; Orachi Jay, Imo State; Roland Gedu, Delta State; Bani Ebi, Bayelsa State; Fumilayo Kola, Ondo State; Osadolor Osaretin, Edo State; Joshua Etim, Akwa-Ibom State and Ugochukwu Orji, Abia State said the destruction of local refineries will not solve the problem of vandalism.

It said:”We want the federal government to know that we were not involved in the pipeline surveillance contract in Niger Delta because those handling it in our area only gave it to some group of persons without recognition of the local refineries’ owners.

“We have been abandoned in the scheme of things in the country. Militants and Boko Haram terrorists have been given amnesty by the federal government but in the case of the local refineries operators, no one cares about us.

“No one can secure pipelines more than us because we rely on the product to operate our refineries. So we are strongly against vandalization. Those claiming to be expert in securing the pipeline are the ones currently involved in vandalization of pipelines and illegal bunkering but in a higher level.

“They intimidate and oppress people with the security outfit. Seize and sell equipments including products. For benefit of doubt I challenged them to produce any of the vessels, equipments of illegal refineries and products seized.

“That was why they refused to involved us in the pipeline surveillance contract in the Niger Delta. Now that the contract is about to be renewed, we appeal to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to decentralize the contract in a way that we will be directly involved.

“We call on our traditional rulers, political leaders and notable stakeholders in the Niger Delta to help talk to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu to take into consideration our position and plea for a lasting solution to vandalism in the Niger Delta region”, it added.

Gastech 2023:Ministers,CEO,Business Leaders Agree To Promote Net Zero Carbon Emission

Mohammed Shosanya

Gastech 2023, the world’s largest meeting place for natural gas, LNG, hydrogen, low-carbon solutions, and climate technologies, opened today welcoming record-breaking numbers to Singapore EXPO.

The first day featured a range of insightful contributions from policymakers, CEOs, and business leaders on the multiple, interconnected challenges facing the global energy sector.

Delegates discussed the critical role of natural gas, LNG, and hydrogen as key enablers of future energy security and accelerators of the energy transition, in Asia and beyond.

Speaking at the Gastech 2023 Gala Dinner at Raffles Hotel yesterday, Rt. Hon. Boris Johnson, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Leader of the Conservative Party, Foreign Secretary and Mayor of London, said: “The complexity of today’s geopolitical and economic climates have left governments grappling with the dual challenge of addressing climate change and meeting increasing energy demand. This winter, businesses and families around the world face high inflation, high interest rates, and uncertainty over energy prices. At events like Gastech, the global energy community have a unique and important opportunity to align on collective action towards a cleaner, more affordable, and more secure energy future.”

This morning, H.E. Dr Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore, welcomed attendees to Singapore at the Opening Ceremony: “The world is undergoing a profound energy transition, getting to net zero while preserving energy security and economic competitiveness. Moving forward, the demand for natural gas in Asia will only continue to grow. Singapore is committed to satisfying the region’s energy needs.”

The Strategic Conference began with a high-level discussion between international energy ministers on how natural gas and LNG will enable the global energy industry to meet near-term demand for low-carbon energy. H.E. Tarek El Molla, Egypt’s Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, shared valuable insights on the rapid expansion of natural gas and LNG in the region: “We have all agreed that natural gas is the best choice for the energy transition. Egypt has built on the momentum of COP27, but continued investment, as well as sustained cooperation among countries, is very much needed.”

Also speaking at the Gastech 2023 Ministerial Session, Hon. Joseph McMonigle, the Secretary General of the International Energy Forum (IEF) emphasised the need for inclusive dialogue on decarbonisation ahead of the COP28 Summit:

He said:”What we have learned is that this linear approach to net zero is an outdated approach that is not workable in many areas around the world. We need everyone at the table, and I hope that at this COP, we will focus on progress and not perfection. There are so many things we can do to make progress on climate change, and natural gas is going to help the world to decarbonise.”

A CEO panel was attended by industry heads from JERA Co., Inc, Baker Hugues, Woodside Energy, ADNOC, Mitsubishi Corporation and Pavilion Energy, focused on transforming global energy through collaborative business models and constructive partnerships. Speakers shared insights into the new business models being deployed to support a net zero energy future, with low-carbon solutions applied to the hard to abate industries.

Another high-level session saw business leaders from ExxonMobil, Eni, Chevron, Shell, and Vitol delve into the dynamic global LNG market, as a resilient industry with the potential to meet the demands of the future energy system. Participants discussed how Europe’s changing LNG needs are forecast to outpace global supply capacity until the middle of this decade, resulting in heightened levels of competition as Asian demand picks up.

Gastech 2023’s opening day also saw Venture Global LNG CEO Mike Sabel and Baker Hughes Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Simonelli announce Venture Global LNG’s long-term expansion plan to increase production from 70 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) to more than 100MTPA of LNG export capacity. To support this initiative, Venture Global LNG and Baker Hughes have together executed an expanded master equipment supply agreement for the delivery of additional liquefaction train systems and power island systems for Venture Global LNG’s future export projects.

“Venture Global LNG is thrilled to announce our long-term plan to expand LNG production both in and outside of Louisiana, building on the momentum of our first three projects – Calcasieu Pass, Plaquemines LNG and CP2 LNG,” said Mike Sabel, CEO of Venture Global LNG speaking following the announcement.

“Now more than ever we are committed to our mission of delivering low-cost LNG at a larger scale to support the world’s growing demand for energy security, prosperity, and environmental progress. We are grateful for our continued partnership with Baker Hughes, a world leader in energy technology, and look forward to building on our successful collaboration in our upcoming projects.”

Oyo Govt Shuts Access Bank,Others Over Non Payment Of Debt

Mohammed Shosanya

The Oyo state government has shut commercial banks,including Access,Heritage Bank as well as telecommunications masts around Ibadan metropolis.

The Enforcement team of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Led by the Director, Land Use Charge, Esv Olufisayo Ogunbiyi, during an Enforcement tour around the city of Ibadan,explained that the action was due to non compliance with payment of revenue to the purse of the state government.

He said the commercial banks and the telecommunications outfits have been served notices before the enforcement team visited them.

He assured that once they pay the required Land use charge, their premises would be re-open for business.

He noted that the state government has zero tolerance for non compliance to its polices, hence all business owners should ensure payment of charges to the state government account to ensure their businesses are not disrupted as the exercise is still continuing.

He appealed to residents of the state to contact the Ministry on 0700 OYO LANDS (070069652637) or send an email to lands@oyostate.gov.ng for enquires.

Rate payers can also make Land Use Charge Payment by visiting pay.lands.oyostate.gov.ng, while people can make an online payment by downloading Oyo State Property Reference System (OYPRS) through Google Play Store or App Store which will identify the building/property and land use charge outstanding,he added.

IADI–ARC Appoints NDIC Boss As New Vice Chairperson

Mohammed Shosanya

The International Association of Deposit Insurers, African Regional Committee (IADI-ARC) has appointed the Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), Mr. Bello Hassan its Vice Chairperson.

The appointment was made at the IADI-ARC Annual General Meeting (AGM) held recently in Dakar, Senegal,according to a statement by Bashir Alhassan Nuhu, Director, Communication & Public Affairs.

It noted that the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI) was formed in May 2002 as the global standard-setting body for deposit insurance systems and forum for knowledge and experience sharing through international conferences, workshops, attachments and other capacity building programs as well as research and guidance on matters relating to deposit insurance for its members.

In furtherance of its objectives, the Association develops core principles, standards and guidelines to enhance effectiveness of the deposit insurance systems in various jurisdictions.

Bello was elected into the IADI Executive Council (EXCO) in October last year during the IADI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is instructive to note that, the IADI EXCO is the governing body of the Association that ensures the smooth functioning of its affairs.

The IADI-ARC leadership noted that the appointment of Bello into the Association’s EXCO by its General Assembly and their collective resolve in appointing him as the IADI-ARC Vice-Chairperson were all in recognition of his outstanding contributions, commitment and leadership role in deepening deposit insurance practice in Africa and the globe in general.

Police Kill 2, Stop Kidnap Attempt In Enugu

Mohammed Shosanya

Police Operatives of Enugu State Command has foiled an attempt to kidnap some road users at Ogbeke-Nike, along Ugwogo-Nike/Opi/Nsukka road.

The hoodlums had blocked the road and shot sporadically, before the Operatives, some of whom were on VIPs escort duty, gallantly responded.

The state Commissioner of Police, CP Kanayo Uzuegbu, through the police spokesman, Daniel Ndukwe in a statement made available on Monday,disclosed that two of the miscreants were neutralized on the spot, while many others escaped into the forest with fatal gunshot wounds.

He stated: “One (1) AK-47 rifle with two (2) magazines, eighty-two (82) and sixteen (16) rounds of 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm calibres of live ammunition respectively, one (1) cutlass, two (2) mobile phones and other incriminating exhibits*, were recovered from the hoodlums”.

He stated one of the Operatives who sustained a gunshot wound in the ensuing gun duel was taken to the hospital and later confirmed dead by doctors in the morning hours of Monday, 04/09/2023 noting that His remains have been deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy.

He reiterated the commitment of the Police to ruthlessly deal with, and rid the State of unrepentant criminals, especially those involved in violent crimes.

He implored citizens of the state to remain security conscious, law-abiding and promptly report criminals and individuals found with bullet wounds to the nearest Police Station.

Stop Consuming Artificially Ripened Fruits, NAFDAC Warns Breastfeeding Mothers

Mohammed Shosanya

The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned lactating and breast feeding mothers to be wary of the fruits that they consume,saying some of the fruits may pose serious health challenges to their children.

It noted that fruits that are artificially ripened by calcium carbide and other dangerous substances may lead to vomiting and even pose serious health consequences on their children, lead to a state of coma, which may eventually result to deaths.

The Director General (DG), NAFDAC, Prof Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye,who disclosed this during the North Central Zone of the NAFDAC media sensitization workshop on dangers of drug hawking and ripening of fruits with calcium carbide, also raised concerns over the increase of illegal hawking of drugs in the open market.

The programme also exposed journalists to some of the harmful effects of illegal hawking of drugs.

Represented by the Director, Chemical Evaluation and Research, Dr Leonard Omopkariola, the NAFDAC boss warned that since babies consume what their mothers eat through breastfeeding, consumption of artificially ripened fruits, may also lead to irregular heart beats, if the phosphorus, carbide and arsenic materials from such fruits get into their system and are eventually consumed by their babies.

She explained that some of the impurities contained in calcium carbide include arsenic, lead particles, phosphorus,adding that the impurities are capable of causing cancer, heart, kidney and liver failure.

Other ailments include frequent thirst, irritation in mouth and nose, weakness, permanent skin damage, difficulty in swallowing, vomiting, skin ulcer among others, while higher exposure may cause undesired fluid build-up in lungs (pulmonary oedema).

Prof Adeyeye further advised members of the public not to purchase dangerous non-retailed packed items in the open market in order to prevent the risk of taking contaminated and substandard drugs.

She said:”The ripening of fruits with carbides is another public challenge facing us today and the agency has deployed a multifaceted approach to tackle the menace.

“Fruits provide the body with micronutrients that improve immunity and prevent diseases among other benefits. Fruit ripening is a unique aspect of plant development, which makes the fruit edible, softer, sweeter, more palatable, nutritious, and attractive.

“However, the consumption of fruits such as mango, banana, plantain, guava, orange, grape, etc or any other fruits ripened with calcium carbide is dangerous to health. NAFDAC has noticed the dangerous practice of sale and consumption of fruits artificially ripened with calcium carbide as well as illegal hawking of drugs in the open market.

“Calcium carbide generally contains impurities such as arsenic, lead particles, phosphorus, etc., that pose several very serious health hazards. Consumption of fruits containing these impurities may cause cancer, heart, kidney and liver failure.

“They may also cause frequent thirst, irritation in mouth and nose, weakness, permanent skin damage, difficulty in swallowing, vomiting, skin ulcer and so forth. Higher exposure may cause undesired fluid build-up in lungs (pulmonary oedema).

“Acetylene produced by calcium carbide affects the neurological system and reduces oxygen supply to the brain and further induces prolonged hypoxia.

“The impurities are hazardous to pregnant women and children and may lead to headache, dizziness, mood disturbances, mental confusion, memory loss, cerebral oedema (swelling in the brain caused by excessive fluids), sleepiness, seizure etc.

“Calcium carbide is alkaline in nature and erodes the mucosal tissue in the abdominal region and disrupts intestinal functions.

“Other symptoms of poisoning include diarrhoea (with or without blood), burning or tingling sensation in abdomen and chest difficulty in swallowing, irritation in eyes/skin, sore throat, cough, shortness in breathing, numbness etc.”

I Owe Nobody Explanation On My Crashed Marriage- Bolanle Ninalowo

Nollywood actor, Bolanle Ninalowo, has faulted the allegations that his marriage had crashed due to infidelity.

He disclosed this in his Instagram page on Monday.

According to him,he does not owe anyone an explanation for any decisions he makes regarding his life.

He added that the interview, in which he admitted to cheating on his wife, was conducted six years ago.

He said:” A conqueror does not speak; I own no one any explanation for my life’s decision. Bloggers are simply hypocrites in the thirst for clout!!

“Any interview circulating of me are old from 6 years ago, which was before I restored the marriage that has now finally ended.

Subsidy:Airport Unions Join 2-day Warning Strike Tomorrow

The National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), Association of Nigeria Aviation Professionals and the National Association of Aircraft Pilots & Engineers have mandated their members to embark on a 2-day nationwide warning strike in solidarity with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) declaration beginning from Tuesday 5th to Wednesday 6th September, 2023.

In a circular letter addressed to all aviation workers notice of NLC 2-day nationwide warning strike dated September 4th, 2023 made available to journalists on Monday, said as affiliate of NLC, all state councils and branches are directed to embark on the strike action.

“As you are all aware, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has directed a 2-day nationwide warning strike due to the present regime of subsidy removal which has wrecked untold hardship on workers and the common people generally.

“Accordingly as affiliates of NLC, all state councils and branches of the above named trade unions are hereby directed to fully join respective state councils of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC in all states on September 5 & 6, 2023 for the strike action.

“Aviation workers are hereby directed to stay at home during these periods. All must comply,” the circular letter signed by both NUATE Secretary General, Comrade Ocheme Aba and ANAP Secretary General, Comrade Abdul Rasaq Saidu stated.

Oando Buys ENI’s 100% Stake In Nigerian Agip Oil Company

Mohammed Shosanya

Italian oil major Eni has signed an agreement with Oando, an energy solutions provider listed on both the Nigerian and Johannesburg Stock Exchange, for the sale of all its stake in Nigerian Agip Oil Company Limited (NAOC Ltd).

NAOC Ltd currently has interests across 4 onshore blocks (OML 60, 61, 62, 63), which it operates on behalf of NAOC JV (operator NAOC Ltd 20 percent, Oando 20 percent, NNPC E&P Limited 60 percent), in the Okpai 1 and 2 power plants (with a total nameplate capacity of 960MW), and in two onshore exploration leases (OPL 282 and OPL 135, respectively 90 percent and 48 percent) for which it also holds operatorship.

NAOC Ltd participating interest in SPDC JV (Shell Production Development Company Joint Venture – operator Shell 30 percent, TotalEnergies 10 percent, NAOC 5 percent, NNPC 55 percent) is not included in the perimeter of the transaction and will be retained in Eni’s portfolio,a statement said.

The statement quoted that sequel to the transaction completion with Oando Plc, Eni will maintain its presence in Nigeria through Nigerian Agip Exploration (NAE) and Agip Energy and Natural Resources (AENR).

The company continues to operate in the country focusing on operated offshore activities. Participations in operated-by-others assets, both onshore and offshore, and Nigeria LNG will remain in Eni portfolio too.

According to the statement,the transaction increases Oando’s current participating interests in OMLs 60, 61, 62, and 63 from 20 percent to 40 percent and also increases Oando’s ownership stake in all NEPL/NAOC/OOL Joint Venture assets and infrastructure which include forty discovered oil and gas fields, of which twenty-four are currently producing, approximately forty identified prospects and leads, twelve production stations, approximately 1,490 km of pipelines, three gas processing plants, the Brass River Oil Terminal, the Kwale Okpai phases 1 & 2 power plants (with a total nameplate capacity of 960MW), and associated infrastructure.

The transaction also grows Oando’s exploration asset portfolio through the acquisition of a 90 percent interest in OPL 282 and 48 percent interest in OPL 135.

Speaking,Wale Tinubu CON, Group Chief Executive, Oando Plc said: “The synergies created by this acquisition will unlock unparalleled opportunities for us
to re-align expectations, enhance efficiency, optimize resource allocation, and significantly increase production.

He added:“Furthermore, it is in alignment with our strategy of acquiring, enhancing, appraising, and efficiently developing reserves.

“Today’s announcement is not just an important milestone for the future of Oando; it brings to bear the important role indigenous actors will play in the future of the Nigerian upstream sector”