Anambra Govt Restricts Movement Of Fuel-Laden Trucks

A file photo of tankers.

 

 

The Anambra State government has restricted the time which vehicles laden with petroleum products can move in the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment in the state, Mr Don Adinuba, announced this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Friday.

He explained that the decision followed the incessant collapse of trucks carrying petroleum products in the state recently, including the latest which happened in Onitsha on Thursday.

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Adinuba stated, “With effect from Saturday, November 2, 2019, such vehicles can be allowed to move within Anambra State from only 8pm to 5am.

“The restriction is to enable agencies like the Anambra State Fire Service, the Nigeria Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Civil Defence the Anambra Traffic Management Agency and indeed all other security, law enforcement, and safety agencies to respond effectively and in good time to emergencies created by such accidents which sometimes result in conflagrations, as was the case in Onitsha on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, when a tanker laded with a petroleum product fell on the Enugu-Onitsha Highway and caused a fire that spread up to Ochanga Market through the open drainage,” he added.

The government has directed the Anambra State Police Command and all other security agencies in the state to swing into action.

According to the commissioner, the security agencies are to “religiously enforce” the restriction order on the movement of trucks carrying petroleum products in the state.

They were also asked to ensure that such vehicles do not exceed the speed limit of 90 kilometres per hour in all parts of the state.

“Any violation of either the time restriction order or the speed limit will be punished accordingly.

“The protection of the life and asset of every person in Anambra State cannot be compromised,” Adinuba warned.

He, however, urged oil marketers, workers, tanker drivers and concerned persons among other stakeholders in the downstream oil sector to bear with the state government.

The commissioner asked them to adhere to the regulation which he noted was made strictly in the overriding interest of the public.

Fuel Spills As Tanker, Truck Collide In Lagos

Photo combination of the truck and fuel-laden tanker in a collision and emergency service operators at the scene.

 

An accident involving a truck and petrol laden tanker on Friday resulted in fuel spillage at Akin Adesola intersection, Lagos Island.

According to the official handle of the Lekki Concession Company (LCC) on Twitter, the road was closed and traffic diverted in order to forestall further accidents.

“Please note that there is an incident involving a Dangote truck and PMS laden truck. They rammed into each other before Km 0 (Akin Adesola intersection) coming from Bonny camp. The Pms is spilled on the road. The road has been closed and traffic has been diverted atm.

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“All relevant agencies are at the site. Fire service is on ground flushing the spilled PMS in the drain atm. From reports, the PMS is no longer leaking but we will confirm again. Traffic from Bonny Camp on the eastbound has been diverted into Kofo Abayomi through Akin Adesola.

“Motorists are advised to use alternative routes,” LCC tweeted.

The situation was brought under control by emergency service operatives at the scene of the accident who flushed the leaking fuel into the drain.

The trailer was eventually driven off the location and truck towed off the road.

Fuel Pipeline Blaze In Mexico Kills 21, Injures Dozens

 

A massive fire broke out at an illegal pipeline tap in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 21 people and injuring 71 more, just as the government wages a major crack-down on fuel theft.

Scores of locals with jerry cans and buckets had been collecting gasoline that was gushing from a leaking pipeline when an explosion occurred, according to witnesses.

Video taken in the aftermath showed desperate people fleeing the scene, screaming for help, as the enormous fire lit up the night sky in Tlahuelilpan, in Hidalgo state, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) north of Mexico City.

“I went just to see what was happening, and then the explosion happened. I rushed to help people,” said Fernando Garcia, 47. “I had to claw through pieces of people who had already been burned to bits,” he told AFP.

The tragedy comes as the federal government is waging a highly publicized war on fuel theft, a problem that cost Mexico an estimated $3 billion in 2017.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador traveled to the scene in the early hours of Saturday.

“I am deeply saddened by the suffering in Tlahuelilpan caused by the explosion of a pipeline,” the leftist leader earlier wrote on Twitter.

“I call on the whole government to assist people there.”

Federal and state firefighters and ambulances run by state oil company Pemex rushed to help victims with burns and take the wounded to hospitals.

The flood of patients overflowed local clinics and hospitals, said AFP correspondents at the scene.

Security Minister Alfonso said around midnight that the fire had been brought under control.

Pemex said it was also responding to another fire at a botched pipeline tap in the central state of Queretaro, though in that case there were no victims.

Mexico is regularly rocked by deadly explosions at illegal pipeline taps, a dangerous but lucrative business whose players include powerful drug cartels and corrupt Pemex insiders.

 

Rampant fuel theft

The tragedy comes as anti-corruption crusader Lopez Obrador presses implementation of a controversial fuel theft prevention plan.

The government has shut off key pipelines until they can be fully secured and deployed the army to guard Pemex production facilities.

But the strategy to fight the problem led to severe gasoline and diesel shortages across much of the country, including Mexico City, forcing people to queue for hours — sometimes days — to fill up their vehicles.

The president, who took office on December 1, has vowed to keep up the fight and asked Mexicans to be patient.

At the scene, some locals blamed the shortages for the tragedy.

“A lot of people arrived with their jerry cans, because of the gasoline shortages we’ve had,” said Martin Trejo, 55, who was desperately searching for his son, one of those who had gone to collect the leaking fuel.

Under Lopez Obrador’s crackdown, authorities have opened 1,700 individual investigations for fuel theft and related money laundering.

Tanker trucks are being used to deliver fuel, but experts say there are not nearly enough of them.

Mexico City residents faced a second week of fuel shortages this week, though lines at service stations were shorter than the previous week.

Mexican bank Citibanamex estimated Wednesday that the shortages would cost Latin America’s second-largest economy around $2 billion, “if conditions return to normal in the coming days.”

The roots of the fuel theft problem run deep in Mexico, where the practice — known locally as “huachicoleo,” or moonshining — is big business for some communities.

Lopez Obrador so far retains broad support: 89 percent of Mexicans back his crackdown, and his approval rating has even ticked up slightly, to 76 percent, according to a poll published Monday by newspaper El Financiero.

Below are some more photos from the incident.

 

PHOTOS: Protest Rocks Zimbabwe As Government Increases Price Of Fuel

 

There is palpable tension in Zimbabwe were a violent strike has ensued after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in a bid to improve supplies as the country battles its worst gasoline shortages in years. 

Protesters turned back drivers and blocked buses from carrying passengers in Zimbabwe’s two main cities of Harare and Bulawayo as the main labour federation called for a three-day nationwide strike.

Soldiers were deployed at a shopping centre in Bulawayo’s township of Entumbane where protesters looted shops.

Demonstrators in the second city had attacked minibusses heading to the city center and used burning tyres and stones to block the main routes into town while some schools were turning away pupils fearing for their safety.

Shops closed in downtown Harare as riot police patrolled the streets and a military helicopter flew over the capital.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday night announced a more than a 100-percent rise in the price of petrol and diesel in a move he said would end fuel shortages.

“We have suffered enough,” author Philani Nyoni who was part of the protest in Bulawayo.

“The government is now aware that we are not happy with their stupid policies like the fuel price increase,” said Nyoni, calling on the president who is on a tour of Europe, to return home to “sort out things”.

 

A school boy looks at a burning barricade during a shutdown demonstration on January 14, 2019 in Bulawayo after the president announced a more than hundred percent hike in fuel prices. – Angry protesters barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks in Zimbabwe on January 14 after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in a bid to improve supplies as the country battles its worst gasoline shortages in a decade. (Photo by ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP)

‘We have suffered enough’ 

“We want Mnangagwa to know our displeasure in his failure,” said another Bulawayo protester, Mthandazo Moyo,  22.

“Mugabe was evil but he listened,” he added, referring to former autocratic and long-time ruler Robert Mugabe, who was ousted in November 2017.

Residents in Epworth, a poor suburb east of the capital Harare, on Monday, woke up to find boulders blocking roads and the protesters set ablaze a tent at a police post.

“It’s tense since early morning,” Nhamo Tembo, an Epworth resident said.

Zimbabwe’s economy has been in a slump for more than a decade, with cash shortages, high unemployment and recently a scarcity of staples such as bread and cooking oil.

In a televised address late Saturday, Mnangagwa said prices of petrol and diesel would more than double to tackle a shortfall caused by increased fuel usage and “rampant” illegal trading.

Groups of people walk past a burning barricade as they leave the city centre during a shutdown demonstration on January 14, 2019 in Bulawayo after the president announced a more than hundred percent hike in fuel prices. – Angry protesters barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks in Zimbabwe on January 14 after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in a bid to improve supplies as the country battles its worst gasoline shortages in a decade. (Photo by ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP)
People run with loot from a local supermarket during as shutdown demonstration on January 14, 2019 in Bulawayo after the president announced a more than hundred percent hike in fuel prices. – Angry protesters barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks in Zimbabwe on January 14 after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in a bid to improve supplies as the country battles its worst gasoline shortages in a decade. (Photo by ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP)
People carry loot from a local supermarket during a shutdown demonstration on January 14, 2019 in Bulawayo after the president announced a more than hundred percent hike in fuel prices. – Angry protesters barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks in Zimbabwe on January 14 after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in a bid to improve supplies as the country battles its worst gasoline shortages in a decade. (Photo by ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP)
People walk towards police vehicle as protesters block the main route to Zimbabwe’s capital Harare from Epworth township on January 14 2019 after announced a more than hundred percent hike in fuel prices. – Angry protesters barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks in Zimbabwe on January 14 after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in a bid to improve supplies as the country battles its worst gasoline shortages in a decade. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)
A boy carries his loot from a local supermarket during as shutdown demonstration on January 14, 2019 in Bulawayo after the president announced a more than hundred percent hike in fuel prices. – Angry protesters barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks in Zimbabwe on January 14 after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in a bid to improve supplies as the country battles its worst gasoline shortages in a decade. (Photo by ZINYANGE AUNTONY / AFP)
Angry protesters block the main route to Zimbabwe’s capital Harare from Epworth township on January 14 2019 after announced a more than hundred percent hike in fuel prices. – Angry protesters barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks in Zimbabwe on January 14 after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in a bid to improve supplies as the country battles its worst gasoline shortages in a decade. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)

 

A man drags a burning tyre as angry protesters barricade the main route to Zimbabwe’s capital Harare from Epworth township on January 14 2019 after announced a more than hundred percent hike in fuel prices. – Angry protesters barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks in Zimbabwe on January 14 after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in a bid to improve supplies as the country battles its worst gasoline shortages in a decade. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)
Men stand next to burning tyres as angry protesters barricade the main route to Zimbabwe’s capital Harare from Epworth township on January 14 2019 after announced a more than hundred percent hike in fuel prices. – Angry protesters barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks in Zimbabwe on January 14 after the government more than doubled the price of fuel in a bid to improve supplies as the country battles its worst gasoline shortages in a decade. (Photo by Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP)

Zimbabwe’s President Hikes Fuel Prices To Tackle Shortages

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Photo: Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP

 

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa has announced a sharp increase in fuel prices in a measure to improve supplies as the country struggles with its worst petrol shortages in a decade.

After years in international isolation, Zimbabwe’s economy has been on a downturn for more than a decade with cash shortages, high unemployment and recently a scarcity of basic staples like bread and cooking oil.

In an address on state television late Saturday, Mnangagwa said prices of petrol and diesel would more than double to tackle a shortfall caused by increased fuel usage and illegal trading.

Mnangagwa, who took over from long-time leader Robert Mugabe and won a disputed election in July, also announced a package of measures to help state workers after strikes by doctors and teachers over pay.

He said from midnight petrol prices would rise to $3.31 (2.89 euros) from $1.24 a liter and diesel prices to $3.11 from $1.36 a liter.

“Following the persistent shortfall in the fuel market attributable to increased fuel usage in the economy, and compounded by rampant illegal currency and fuel trading activities, the government has today decided on the following corrective measures,” he said announcing the changes.

The finance minister this week said the prices were lower than other countries in the region and some foreigners were taking advantage of buying fuel in bulk in Zimbabwe for resale in neighbouring countries.

The announcement came after fuel shortages which began in October last year worsened in recent weeks with motorists sometimes spending nights in queues at fuel pumps stretching for kilometers.

Mnangagwa said foreign diplomats and tourists would get fuel at cheaper prices at certain designated points. The government also introduced measures to curb a parallel market where fuel was being sold at five times the official price.

Doctors in state hospital went on a 40-day strike beginning early December demanding salaries in US dollars and improved work conditions.

Teachers unions also called a strike this week for better pay, though their calls went largely unheeded.

Mnangagwa also warned against “certain elements bent on taking advantage of the current fuel shortages to cause and sponsor unrest and instability” in the country.

As part of financial reforms, Zimbabwe also plans to re-introduce a local currency “in less than 12 months”, after using the US dollar and regional currencies since its hyperinflation crisis a decade ago.

AFP 

Many Feared Dead As Tanker Explodes In Cross River

 

There are fears that many people have lost their lives after a petroleum tanker burst into flames at the Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River state.

Channels Television gathered that some of the residents were scooping fuel from a fallen petroleum tanker when the explosion occurred.

The tanker laden with PMS was reportedly heading outside the state capital when it suddenly lost balance towards the Federal Housing Estate along the Odukpani axis of the highway and fell off.

Dozens were said to have rushed down to scoop the spilled product which later resulted in an explosion leaving many burnt beyond recognition.

Majority of the victims are said to have sustained third-degree injuries and are currently at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital.

As of the time of filing this report, the number of casualties recorded could not be ascertained.

Attempts are being made to reach relevant authorities to get a clearer insight into the unfortunate incident.

Below are some more photos from the scene, some pictures have been purposely left out because of their graphic nature.

More details later.

DPR Seals Three Fuel Stations For Allegedly Diverting Trucks Of Petrol

Over Pricing: DPR Seals 19 Petrol Stations In Maiduguri
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The Department of Petroleum Resources has shut down three fuel stations in Cross River State as part of its efforts to ensure the seamless supply of petroleum products in the country.

All three fuel stations, in different parts of the state, were sealed during the week for allegedly diverting three trucks of fuel meant to be sold in the state.

DPR’s Controller of Operations in charge of Cross River State, Mr Bassey Nkanga, said the fuel stations were in Calabar – the state capital, Obudu Local Government Area and Ogoja Local Government Area.

Long fuel queues are gradually disappearing in Calabar, following the increased supply of petroleum products to marketers.

To ensure that the fuel gets to the target consumers, the DPR intensified its surveillance in the state.

It was as a result of the decision that the erring stations were identified and sealed, according to Nkanga.

Beyond monitoring the stations to ensure petroleum products are not diverted, Nkanga said the surveillance would also ensure that petrol is sold at the official rate of N145 per litre.

He called on motorists and other users of the product not to buy and store petrol in their houses for safety purposes.

He added that the government was doing everything possible to bring back normalcy in petroleum product supply.

DPR Uncovers Three Ghost Marketers In Akwa Ibom

DPR

The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Akwa Ibom state has uncovered three ghost petrol marketers in the state.

The Operations Director of the DPR in Akwa Ibom state, Mr Tamunoiminabo Kingsley Sundaye, disclosed this to journalists when he visited some petrol stations in Uyo to monitor their compliance with the official pump price of petrol.

Mr Sundaye told journalists that records available to the DPR showed that a total of three non-existent marketers lifted petrol meant for the state from Port Harcourt and Calabar depots respectively.

According to him, an investigation revealed that the three marketers were neither registered by DPR nor licensed by the relevant authorities.

Although he did not mention the names of the marketers, Mr Sundaye said the department has already written to the Depots to stop selling the product to the said marketers.

Meanwhile, motorists who spoke to Channels Television appealed to the Federal government to address the issue of fuel price hike and bring an end to the problem as soon as possible.

Fuel Crisis: Rewane Asks FG To Sell Refineries

 

Economist and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Derivatives Company, Mr Bismark Rewane, has asked the Federal Government to sell Nigeria’s refinery and adopt a pricing mechanism that works for private investors.

Mr Rewane made the call on Sunday during an appearance on Channels Television’s special End of the Year Programme, after explaining that repeated efforts to maintain and turn the fortunes of the refineries around have failed.

Over the years, there have been calls for the privatisation of the refineries, but the calls have often been countered by some others.

Mr Rewane, who noted that the calls had continued when the current administration came to power, said, “Three years later, we are looking at it and they are not performing. So, I’m hoping that the President in discussing the issue tomorrow will accept that one of the solutions is to sell those refineries off and stop playing around with these suboptimal solutions. Let us have solutions that work.”

Rewane

Stressing that companies in the telecoms sector are performing well, Mr Rewane said, “If we did the same thing for petroleum refining just like the NLNG, then we’ll begin to see solutions.

“For now, we have to accept that because there is hoarding (one), and because everyone is afraid – people that normally fill their tanks up to 25 percent are filling 100 percent, the demand (for fuel) has more than doubled.

“It will take some time before the confidence is restored and all that. So, it is part of the problem that we have and it is a perennial problem so we have to solve it with a broad solution. The way I see it, sell off those refineries, encourage Dangote refinery to ‘fast forward’ and then more than anything else have a price mechanism that works.

“There is no queue in Cotonou, there is no queue in Lome and they don’t have refineries. So, it is a perception and market problem. We need to have the pricing right, and if you know you are going to subsidise it, then pay the subsidies at the right time so that everybody is happy and they can do things.”

Nigeria Will Stop Importing Fuel By 2019 – Adesina

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has said that the country will stop importation and exportation of petroleum products by 2019.

Mr Adesina said that importation and exportation of fuel has a high effect on the lingering fuel crisis because the country does not produce the product locally and the refineries do not work, which makes room for little hitches in the inflow.

“When you import fuel and do not produce fuel locally or the refineries do not work once in a while fuel scarcity should be expected, as long as you have those variables not under your total control you can’t rule that out.

Mr Adesina made this known while speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, where he explained that the Minister of State For Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachukwu, has drawn a timetable leading to 2019, noting that part of the plan is that Nigeria will stop importing but exporting.

Concerning the unemployment rate in the country which the National Bureau of Statics recently released a data saying that unemployment has increased in the 3rd quarter of 2017, Mr Adesina said that there is an increase agricultural sector especially rice farming, mining and solid minerals.

He further explained that shortly after the Buhari-led administration came into power the country entered into recession and oil prices went down but within a year the country came out of recession, he added that as the economy starts to settle gradually jobs that were lost will be regained.

 

 

Fuel Scarcity: Don’t Paint Buhari’s Administration Bad, APC Warns PDP

Fuel Scarcity: Don't Paint Buhari's Administration Bad, APC Warns PDP
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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to paint a bad picture of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the party in the faces of Nigerians.

APC handed down the warning in a statement issued on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, amid the fuel scarcity witnessed in the country.

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“We wish to note that while we accept the choice of the opposition PDP to make political gains out of the difficulties that Nigerians are experiencing as a result of this fuel scarcity, we, however, condemn their desperation to make the government and our party look bad by maliciously fabricating and circulating fictitious statements in the names of our government and party officials,” Abdullahi said.

The APC spokesman also accused the PDP of attacking his party “on the basis of those same statements”, a development he described as “bad politics”.

The reaction comes less than 48 hours to Christmas and a day after the PDP challenged President Buhari as the Minister of Petroleum Resources to urgently resolve the issue of fuel scarcity.

In the statement signed on Friday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the opposition party had said Nigerians should not be made to suffer, especially during yuletide and New Year festivities which come with a lot of activities.

“This is the same APC government that promised that it will make fuel available and affordable. Today, under their deceitful and corrupt watch, fuel has not only become extremely scarce, the price has also risen from where the PDP left it at N86.50k per litre to as high as N300 per litre and above,” Ologbondiyan had said.

Fayose Asks Buhari To Resign As Fuel Scarcity Persists

Abdullahi, however, faulted the PDP’s statement and alleged that it was during its administration that the “oil cabal enjoyed unprecedented prosperity.”

He further said the APC empathises with Nigerians at this difficult time and appealed for more patience with the Federal Government in its efforts to improve the situation and find a lasting solution to the problem.

“Our party acknowledge the difficulties Nigerians are currently experiencing as a result of the unfortunate fuel scarcity across the country, especially at this yuletide period; we also understand the unhappiness of Nigerians at this situation, which is happening for the first time in the Christmas period since the APC administration came to power.

“We understand that the Federal Government is doing everything to improve the situation and bring succour to the people as soon as possible,” the APC spokesman noted.

Earlier, Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose also accused the APC government of deliberately punishing the people with fuel scarcity to achieve its alleged planned increment of petrol pump price.

He had called on President Buhari to resign as the Minister of Petroleum Resources over what he described as his “nonchalant attitude” towards ending fuel scarcity experienced in the country.

“Like I said a few days ago, what the Federal Government is doing is to create scarcity so that Nigerians will be willing to buy at any price, provided the product is made available.

“It was to achieve this planned increment of petrol pump price that they restricted the supply of petrol to NNPC alone,” Fayose claimed on Friday in a statement issued his media aide, Lere Olayinka.

We Are Not Hoarding Fuel, NNPC Not Supplying – DAPMAN

The Depot and Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (DAPMAN) has refuted allegations that it is hoarding fuel, hence contributing to the scarcity of the product.

DAPMAN’s Secretary, Mr Olufemi Adewole made the position known when he appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Thursday.

Asewole’s comments come shortly after the Managing Director of the Nigerian Products Marketing Company, Mr Umar Ajiya accused the union of exploiting the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria by hoarding the products.

Ajiya said, “What is happening is that we have made these products available to IPMAN members. The NNPC depots are not quite enough to cover all the IPMAN members.

“And that is why they resort to buying from other DAPMAN members, some of whom have tried to exploit them by increasing the prices.”

Reacting to the comments, the DAPMAN boss said his union got wind of an information during their regular meeting, that the NNPC did not have any cargo that usually supplies crude.

He, however, said it is not the responsibility of DAPMAN to tell the public of the suspected scarcity, owing to the possibility of NNPC bridging the gap.

“Through an interpersonal contact, we knew they (NNPC) did not have any cargo. And we know at this period of time, there would likely to be a rise in the crude oil price outside the country.

“With that in mind, and because we know that crude oil prices rising outside means higher landing cost for product inland, we foresaw that there will be a shortfall.

“It is not our duty to tell the public that there will be a scarcity because we know it is possible for them to quickly bridge that gap,” he said.

Also responding to the NNPC’s claim of having sufficient products to meet the needs of Nigerians, Adewole explained that the products stock in the vessels does not automatically translate to products in marketers’ depot.