Fashola Blames Pipeline Vandalism For Poor Power Supply

Babatunde Fashola, Power, Oil installationsThe Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has attributed the poor electricity supply across Nigeria to attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region by militants.

The Minister said this on Thursday at a forum organised by members of a civil society organisation in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mr Fashola argued that one year was a short time for government to deliver on all its campaign promises, while giving an account of his term in office.

According to him, out of the 26 power plants built to generate electricity across the country, 23 depend on gas, lamenting that the activities of vandals in the southern region had made it impossible to power those plants.

However, some members of the civil society groups in the audience expressed displeasure with the Minister’s reason for the present condition of electricity supply in the country.

On their parts, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, and the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, insisted that the government has made progress in delivering on its promises to fight corruption, tackle insecurity and trying to fix the economy.

The Director Centre for Democracy and Development, Idayat Hassan, said the objective of the gathering was to provide an opportunity for the All Progressives Congress-led administration to give account of its stewardship in the last one year in line with its campaign promises.

The meeting is coming on the heels of the series of attacks on infrastructure in the oil rich Niger Delta region by militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, which is said to have rendered the energy sector paralytic.Niger Delta, US, Nigeria

One of the latest attacks carried out by the group was the attack on a crude oil pipeline belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited in the early hours of Wednesday.

Niger Delta Avengers Blow Up Chevron Pipeline In Delta State

Niger Delta, US, NigeriaThe Niger Delta Avengers says that it has blown up a crude oil pipeline belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited, CNL, in the early hours of Wednesday.

The group said on its Twitter feed that it blew up Well RMP 20, belonging to Chevron, located 20 meters away from Dibi flow Station in Warri North local government area in Delta State.

The group also tweeted that it has rejected an offer to start talks with the government to end a series of attacks on oil facilities.

“At 1:00am today, the @NDAvengers blow up Well RMP 20 belonging to Chevron located 20 meters away from Dibi flow Stattion in Warri North LGA.

“This is to the general public we’re not negotiating with any Committee. if Fed Govt is discussing wth any group they’re doing that on their own”, the tweets said.

The attack is in spite of the declaration of a two-week ceasefire 48 hours earlier by the Federal Government to create a window for dialogue with the militants.

 

 

Soyinka Condemns ‘Senseless’ Attacks On Oil Facilities In Niger Delta

Wole Soyinka, Niger Delta, OilNobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has described as ‘senseless’, the attacks on Nigeria’s oil facilities by the Niger Delta Avengers.

This comes as the Federal Government considers dialogue in order to end the violence on oil installations in the oil rich Niger Delta region.

At the side line of an event in Lagos State, Professor Soyinka told Channels Television that unlike the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), he was yet to find out what exactly the militants actually wanted.

He noted that the only thing he had seen was the unjust destruction of the nation’s oil facilities.

The Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for recent attacks on infrastructure in the oil rich region, crippling oil production and rendering the energy sector paralytic.Niger Delta, US, Nigeria

The latest attack carried out by the group was the attack on a crude oil pipeline belonging to Chevron Nigeria Limited in the early hours of Wednesday, June 8.

The group said on its Twitter feed that it blew up Well RMP 20, belonging to Chevron, located 20 meters away from Dibi flow station in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.

The group also tweeted that it has rejected an offer to start talks with the government to end a series of attacks on oil facilities.

“At 1:00am today, the @NDAvengers blow up Well RMP 20 belonging to Chevron located 20 meters away from Dibi flow Stattion in Warri North LGA.

“This is to the general public we’re not negotiating with any Committee. if Fed Govt is discussing wth any group they’re doing that on their own”, the tweets said.

 

FG Receives Repentant Niger Delta Militants 

Niger DeltaThe Federal Government will be receiving about 7,000 repentant militants in Akwa Ibom State on Saturday, January 23, 2016.

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Co-ordinator of the Amnesty Program, Retired Brigadier-General Paul Boroh said that the repentant militants declared their interest to disarm and join the Niger Delta Amnesty programme.

He was speaking to journalists after an inter-agency meeting to discuss the recent attack on pipelines in the Niger Delta.

General Boroh added that the ex-agitators have also declared their willingness to be involved in plans to ensure the security of pipelines and oil facilities in the region.

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Ugure, had earlier hosted an inter-agency meeting, where strategies on how to counter the attacks on oil facilities were discussed.

Warri Pipeline Explosion

Facilities belonging to the Nigeria Gas Company, Chevron Nigeria Limited and Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC were blown up by suspected militants on Friday, January 15 in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

This has forced the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, to announce the operational shutdown of the Port Harcourt and Kaduna Refineries owing to crude supply challenges arising from the attacks on vital crude oil pipelines.

Both the Nigerian Army and the Navy have described the attack as sabotage and terrorism which will not be tolerated.

The JTF Commander of Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta, Major-General Alani Okunola, said that the task force had mobilised men to apprehend those who attacked the oil facilities.

He also warned community leaders that they would be held responsible for any attack on the country’s oil and gas facilities in their domains.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, while condemning the act, promised that no efforts would be spared in securing the lives and property of the citizens.

He also proposed the establishment of special courts and tribunals to tackle crimes in the maritime sector.

 

Lawmakers Investigate Fresh Hostilities In Niger Delta

gas pipeline vandalism in Niger DeltaThe House of Representatives Committee on Defence is to investigate the immediate causes of fresh hostilities in the Niger delta region of Nigeria.

The decision was taken on Thursday after lawmakers deliberated on a motion moved by Honourable Julius Pondi, regarding the recent destruction of petroleum facilities in the Niger delta.

Nigeria Gas Company’s pipeline connected to Chevron Nigeria Limited’s facility at Escravos in Delta State was attacked last week and its impact is beginning to reflect on other sectors of the Nigerian economy.

The House of Representatives is also urging the military high command to search for the perpetrators and also protect the innocent citizens in the area.

After the attack, the Ministry Power, Works and Housing said it would impact negatively on the Olorunsogo NIPP plant, with 600 megawatts capacity and other Power Plants.

Counting Losses

In a statement by the spokesman for the Minister, Hakeem Bello, the Ministry said that “the sabotaged gas pipeline, which contributes to the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) has led to a loss of 160 million standard cubic feet per day of gas”.

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Military personnel at the site of one of the attacks in Delta State

Giving a breakdown of the effect of the attack, the Ministry said: “At a cost of $2.50 per thousand scf, this loss means about $400,000 loss to the country on a daily basis (N78,800,000 daily) in gas volume.

“This is in addition to losses to be incurred daily from affected Power generation ($1,988,223 or N391,680,000 daily). The total daily loss to the country is therefore estimated at N470,479,931.

“Repairs of the damaged pipeline is estimated as costing ($609,137 or N120,000.000)”.

The Ministry further stated that the real sector of the economy had also been counting its losses, as some cement companies around Olorunsogo like Ewekoro and Ibese were also affected.

In comments related to the attack, the Chief of Naval Staff said that the recent vandalism in Warri, Delta State was sabotage and terrorism and would not be tolerated by the Navy.

Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas made the statement on Wednesday at a lecture with participants of Course 24 of the National Defence College in Abuja, who came from various security agencies in Nigeria.

He said that a close inspection of the explosion revealed that the intention of the saboteurs was not to steal crude oil but to damage the oil facilities which infringes on a primary mandate of the Navy and would be taken seriously.

The attack had also affected petroleum product supplies, as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Wednesday announced the operational shutdown of the Port Harcourt and Kaduna Refineries owing to crude supply challenges arising from recent attacks on vital crude oil pipelines.

A statement by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Ohi Alegbe, said that the plants were shut simultaneously on Sunday after the Bonny – Okrika crude supply line to the Port Harcourt Refinery and the Escravos-Warri crude supply line to the Kaduna Refinery suffered breaches.

The NNPC stated that before the closure, the Port Harcourt Refinery was recording a daily PMS yield of over 4.1 million litres while Kaduna Refinery was posting a daily petrol production of about 1.3 million litres.

The investigation into the attack would possibly reveal the individuals or group behind the attack that has affected the nation’s already insufficient power supply, reduced the daily supply of petroleum product, with fears that the nation will go back to a period of petrol scarcity.

Defence Minister Arrives Warri To Inspect Pipeline Explosion Site

pipeline explosionThe Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan-Ali (Rtd) has arrived at the Osubi Airport in Warri, Delta State for an on-the-spot assessment of oil facilities which exploded a few days ago.

On arrival, he moved to the 3 Battalion, Nigerian Army barracks for the guard of honour and a brief interaction with the troop.

On hand to receive the Minister was the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Abayomi Olonisakin; the Commander, Operation Pulo Shield, Major General Alani Gafar Okunola; Brigade Sector 1 Commander, Brigadier General Fanola Yahaya and the Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Admiral A.O Sulaiman.

Representing the State Governor was the Secretary to the State Government, Ovie Agas, amongst other high ranking military officers and top government functionaries.

The JTF Commander of Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta, Major-General Alani Okunola, had earlier inspected the site of the pipeline explosion.

He said that the task force was closing in on those responsible for blowing up oil pipeline and other facilities belonging to some oil companies and the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC.

He described the Friday attack in Warri South-West local government area of Delta State as economic sabotage which the military would not tolerate.

Warri Pipeline Explosion: Army Vows To Arrest Perpetrators

PipelineThe military says it has begun the deployment of troops in Delta State to apprehend those who attacked oil facilities in the state recently.

The Joint Task Force (JTF) described the Friday attack in Warri South-West local government area of Delta State as economic sabotage.

The JTF Commander of Operation Pulo Shield in the Niger Delta, Major-General Alani Okunola, said that the task force is closing in on those blowing up oil pipelines belonging to the Nigeria Gas Company, Chevron Nigeria Limited and Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC.

While inspecting the site of the pipeline explosion, Major-General Okunola also warned community leaders that they would be held responsible for any attack on the country’s oil and gas facilities in their domains.

“There is no way we will fold our hands and allow the criminals to get away with it.

“It is a massive sabotage and critical to national assets; we must fish out those responsible for it.”

He described the act as not only criminal but capable of undermining the national security of Nigeria, adding that the pipeline vandals were able to carry out the act only because there were no men of the JTF on ground in the area.

The JTF boss visited the explosion site in company of the Brigade Commander, Farouk Yahaya and the Commander, 3 Battalion, Igwe Omoke.

Other top ranking officers of the Police, Navy, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) and Air Force were part of the inspection team.

 

President Jonathan Approves Appointment Of New NNPC Company Secretary

Goodluck JonathanPresident Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has approved the appointment of Mr. Ikechukwu Oguine as the Coordinator, Legal Services and Company Secretary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

This is contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati.

Mr. Oguine who has over 29 years of legal experience, hails from Anambra State.

He was previously the General Counsel of Chevron Nigeria Limited  and has been a partner in Advisory Legal Consultants, a Law Firm specializing in oil, gas, power and mining.

Mr. Oguine replaces Mr. Anthony Chukwuma Madichie, also from Anambra State, who has served as the NNPC Legal Adviser and Secretary to the Corporation since February 2011.

Delta Blacklists Two Banks Over Missing N1.1billion

The Delta state Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR), has blacklisted Union Bank PLC and Diamond Bank PLC, from the list of banks that will be collecting its Internally Generated Funds (IGR) in the state for alleged unethical banking procedures.

Speaking on the issue, the executive chairman of the board Joel Onuawokpo, said the action was due to reports of alleged N1.1billion missing from DBIR accounts.

According to him, an investigation was instituted and the findings implicated,the two collecting banks for the state’s internally generated revenue.

He alleged that the banks had failed to remit N1.1billion tax revenue paid into its accounts several days after a multinational oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited, paid the money through the servicing banks.

Host communities accuse Chevron of denying them oil contracts

A group known as Chevron Host Communities Registered Procurement Contractors (CHOCOPROCO) on Tuesday protested over alleged marginalisation by the procurement department of Chevron Nigeria Limited.

The group with membership drawn from the Itsekiri, Ijaw, Elaje and Urhobo ethnic groups, all host communities of Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL) in Delta State called on the company to relocate its headquarter to its operational base in Warri, Delta State instead of Lekki Lagos in line with the Federal Government requirement.

CHOCOPROCO which led a protest to the Chevron Nigeria Limited base in Warri early on Tuesday morning and subsequently briefed journalists alleged that the company is colluding with some persons to marginalise the host communities giving them less than the local content policy of the Federal Government demands.

Led by their chairman, Emmanuel Adidi, the group said while they were open to dialogue the company chose rather to dub them criminals and warned that if every attempt to dialogue fails they will have no choice than to take more drastic steps.

They claimed that while they are contractors to Chevron as host communities and as stated in the Local Content Law the bulk of contract goes to a select few and others who are not members of the host communities.

The group alleged that persons who are staff of Chevron use business names to carry out contracts for the company effectively denying the host community members their rights.

They demanded to be carried along in the day to day procurement opportunities and awards and the immediate relocation of the Purchasing/procurement headquarters from Lekki back to Warri the operational base of Chevron Nigeria Limited as directed by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Fair basis

However in its reaction, the Nigerian arm of the American oil company in a statement by its Communications Manager, Sola Adebawo, maintained that “the contractors under the aegis of Chevron Host Community Procurement Contractors (“Chocoproco”), which is also known as E-Procurement Contractors are benefiting or have benefited from purchase orders awarded by the company through a rigorous competitive tendering process that provides opportunities to all the Procurement Contractors in our operating areas.”

Chevron Nigeria also claimed that “it continues to follow Local Community Contractors Standard Operating Procedure, which is part of a well-established contracting process developed to ensure contracting opportunities are managed on a fair basis and for the benefit of its communities – East and West of the Niger Delta.”

“The Local Community Contracting process is driven by the Global Memorandum of Understanding where the Regional Development Councils (RDCS) are pivots of empowerment” the stated said, adding that “there has been marked growth in the contracts awarded to community Contractors over the past three years.”

“We continue to work with all stakeholders including the contractors to overcome challenges, seek ways to continually improve our processes and come to an amicable resolution” the company added.

CNL also noted that its highest priority remains the safety of its employees, contractors and the security of its assets in its areas of operations.