NDDC Projects: Contractors To Face Prosecution After 30 Days Ultimatum

NDDC Gives Contractors 30 Days to Return to SiteThe Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has given contractors handling its projects 30 days to return to site and complete the projects or face prosecution.

The Managing Director of NDDC, Mr Nsima Ekere, stated this following an Inter-Ministerial meeting in Abuja chaired by Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

The meeting, which took place over the weekend, had in attendance Ministers of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Environment, Niger Delta, Information and Culture, as well as the Presidential Amnesty Office.

It reviewed the 20-Point Agenda of the Petroleum Ministry with regards to the Niger Delta, as well as the Amnesty Programme and the 16-point demand of the Pan Niger Delta Forum.

Mr Ekere said “a list of such contractors is being compiled in all the nine NDDC states and defaulters would be prosecuted”.

He stressed the need to fast-track the ongoing audit of projects awarded in the Niger Delta region, in line with government directives.

“It is important for our contractors to realise that it can’t be business as usual. President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to change how government business is conducted and everyone must wake up to that reality.

Workable Plan

“But beyond that is the fact that we owe the Niger Delta region and our people the duty to implement and complete these projects, in order to facilitate sustainable regional development.

“This is a necessary process to ensure that things are done properly, how they ought to be done and when they ought to be done. It is important to consolidate the agenda with that of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, as well as the blueprint of the State Governments, the Amnesty Office and the NDDC Master Plan, in order to roll them into one workable plan.

“We are all going to initiate quick-win projects that will give a sense of involvement to government’s approach to handling issues that will impact the people. We will organise frequent town hall meetings with all stakeholders and collaborate in building sustainable economic models for the communities of the Niger Delta,” Ekere said.

The NDDC boss also emphasised the need for the Commission to work with the Ministry of Environment and NOSREA, to facilitate the clean-up exercise in affected areas of oil spill, work on a time frame and encourage IOCs to provide more power to their host communities beyond working with Electricity Distribution Companies.

“Satellite mapping will be used to identify polluted areas in the Niger Delta and a comprehensive plan of action adopted to ensure regional clean-up. This is important because we must ensure that we safeguard our environment and give our people the opportunity and enabling environment to pursue our predominant traditional livelihoods.

“Agriculture and aquaculture are key to facilitating sustainable development in the region, particularly as we seek alternate productive socio-economic activities beyond oil and gas,” he said.

 

Jamila Shu’ara Appointed Permanent Secretary In Education Ministry

education1Dr. Jamila Shu’ara has taken over from Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan as the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education.

The change of leadership follows the recent approval for deployment of three Permanent Secretaries by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking during the taking-over ceremony on Monday, Dr. Shu’ara expressed appreciation for the warm reception accorded her by her predecessor and the directors at the ministry.

She stressed the importance of teamwork, and called for the support of all staff to move the ministry forward.

The in-coming Permanent Secretary commended Dr. Yemi-Esan for her doggedness, noting that her tenure witnessed a lot of achievements in the education sector.

She promised to sustain the legacy of the outgoing Permanent Secretary, adding that she would always tap into her wealth of experience.

Dr. Yemi-Esan, who acknowledged the magnitude of work in the ministry, thanked God for giving her the strength to cope effectively.

She also expressed appreciation for the support she got from the directors and the entire staff of the Federal Ministry of Education.

The departing Permanent Secretary has been posted to the Office of Head of Service of the Federation.

Dr. Shu’ara, until her deployment, was the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

Nigeria Loses N94bn To Gas Flaring

Nigeria Loses N94bn To Gas FlaringNigeria lost at least 94 billion naira to gas flaring between July and August 2016.

That is according to a monthly report from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) which shows that oil and gas companies flared a total of 87.03 billion standard cubic feet of natural gas within that period.

A breakdown of the figures show that out of the 215.43 billion standard cubic feet of gas produced in October, a total of 121.63 billion was commercialised.

The gas flare rate in the month was 10.49%, compared with the average flare rate of 9.36% for the period of November 2015 to October 2016.

The Ministry of Petroleum Resources, in its recent draft National Gas Policy described gas flaring as one of the most egregious environmental and energy waste practices in the Nigerian petroleum industry.

 

The ministry revealed that the government would maximise utilisation of associated gas to be treated for supply to power generation or industry.

“To ensure that flared gas is put to use in markets, the government will take measures to ensure that flare capture and utilisation projects are developed and will work collaboratively with industry, development partners, providers of flare-capture technologies and third-party investors to this end,” it stated.

Nigeria Asked To Review Oil Licensing Process

Oil Licence, Nigeria, Nigeria has been asked to amend the processes and guidelines through which it awards oil licences to individuals and organisations.

This position was canvassed by participants at the investigative hearing being conducted by the House of Representatives on alleged malpractice in the allocation of oil and gas assets.

The Chairman, House Ad-hoc Committee, Rep. Gideon Gwani, explained that the hearing commenced with the ad-hoc committee reviewing the 2005, 2006 and 2007 licensing rounds and raising some issues.

A former GMD, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Funsho Kupolokun, and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Jemila Shuara, also agreed that there was an urgent need to amend the process.

The Deputy Director, Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Sunday Babalola, addressed some of the concerns of the DPR, while some of the participants said that the process through which the allocations of these assets were made clearly left a lot to be desired.

In spite of the abundant resources in Nigeria’s oil and gas, the country appears not to have utilised the potentials for its development.

The House committee is billed to meet with some of the companies that participated in the past licensing rounds before it concludes its investigation.

Niger DPR Controller Warns Against Hoarding Or Face Consequences

dprThe Controller of Niger State Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Engineer Abdullahi Isah Jankara has intensified surveillance in the state to bring sanity and stability to the system.

Engr. Jankara made this known in Minna while visiting petrol stations in the state capital, where he warned them to avoid hoarding of the product and insisted on the regulated price of N87 per litre or face the consequences.

The DPR boss in the state directed the sale of the product at free price before he was pardoned on regulated price.

He said that, they received a matching order from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources to intensify surveillance adding that any station visited who sales above the regulated price, the DPR has the mandate to sale the product free of charge to the public.

Jankara assured to visit more petrol stations across the state to ensure stability of the price to the public as it will never be a business as usual.

He urged filling stations in the state to desist from hoarding by selling the product available to them or face the full wrath of the law without compromise as the change mantra must start from every individual.

“Ours is to find out those stations hoarding fuel or not selling at government approved price, we ask you to sale at official price or the law will take its course”.

He further warned that those stations hoarding the commodity and abandoned their stations were eventually helping themselves as their products would be given out free of charge to the public.

Jonathan Appoints Kifasi As New Head Of Service

Goodluck JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday appointed Mr Danladi Kifasi as the new Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

Kifasi  until the new appointment, was the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

He will take over from Mr Abubakar Goni Aji, whose retirement is due next Monday after having served for 35 years.

A tweet by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati said on Wednesday.

According to the tweet; “President Jonathan appoints Mr Danladi Irmiya Kifasi new Head of Service of the Federation as Mr Bukar Goni Aji retires”.

Nigerian Government Denies Plans To Increase Petrol Price

Fears that the Federal Government of Nigeria may increase the pump price of petrol have been dismissed by the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

Such fears and rumours of a possible increase in the pump price of petrol have in recent times led to some marketers hoarding the product.

The Ministry of Petroleum Resources is appealing to oil marketers to refrain from hoarding petroleum products, just as it is also appealing to members of the public to refrain from panic buying.

The Department Of Petroleum Resources, DPR, and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have also been directed to deal with those engaged in the hoarding of petroleum products.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr Danladi Kifasi, has assured the public that it had made enough arrangements to guarantee the availability of petroleum products in the entire nation. He also stated that neither the ministry nor any of its parastatal had been given any instruction to activate a new pump price as speculated.

IPMAN Crashes Price Of Kerosene

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has flagged off a nationwide distribution initiative.

This initiative, according to the organization, is to ensure that kerosene sells at a controlled pump price of 50 Naira per litre and also improve the sales of the product across the country.

An initiative of the Ministry Of Petroleum Resources, PPMC and NNPC, the National President of IPMAN, Abdulkadir Aminu said that the exercise is to ameliorate the suffering of Nigerians who cannot afford the cooking gas.

He said the process would be monitored to ensure compliance of retail outlets and that consumers buy only for their use only.

Oil Thieves Need Enlightenment – Agency

The National Co-ordinator, Hydro-Carbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP), Joy Nunieh-Okunnu, has said that what oil thieves need is enlightenment on the effects their illegal activities have on the environment and the communities in which they operate.

“The only thing that you can do is to give them some form of enlightenment, to teach them the effects of Hydro Carbon.”

Speaking on this edition of Question Time, Nunieh-Okunnu talks about the efforts the environmental pollution clean-up unit of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources is making to ensure the well-being of the Ogoni people and other communities affected by Hydro-Carbon pollution.

She revealed that plans are underway to introduce the subject to students in secondary schools.

She said that the minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has asked that a team of professors be commissioned to prepare resources to be used in teaching students, the effects of hydro-carbon, in secondary schools.

She added that there are plans to carry out a campaign in the affected communities but urged individuals living along the pipeline right of way to relocate.

HYPREP is part of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) in Nigeria.

Capital Oil Advises Access Bank To Cease Media War

Capital Oil & Gas Industries Limited has described recent media statement credited to Access Bank PLC, over disputed loan facilities, as a breach of the terms of settlement signed by the two parties on February 9, 2013.

Capital Oil in a statement issued on Friday expressed displeasure that Access Bank is still conveying erroneous impression to the public by stating that its legal disputes with the bank and Coscharis Motors Limited are on-going.

It will be recalled that a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos on February 18, 2013, voided and set aside an interim report by the police dated November 2, 2012 and the Presidential Committee report which purportedly indicted Capital Oil & Gas Industries Limited/Ifeanyi Ubah and Staff of oil subsidy fraud.

The court also awarded N10million damages in favour of Capital Oil & Gas Industries Limited and Ifeanyi Uba.

In a statement released on Tuesday by the Access Bank’s Secretary/Legal Compliance, Sunday Ekwochi, the bank had claimed that its on-going effort to recover debts allegedly owed it by businessman, Ifeanyi Ubah and his company, Capital Oil and Gas Limited would not be hampered by the judgment.

Wondering what the bank is trying to achieve by provoking an unnecessary media war, Capital Oil expressed the hope that the action is not an indication that Access Bank intends to back out of the terms of the settlement agreement.

The oil company also stated that the Special Fraud Unit of the Nigeria Police Force has cleared its chairman, Ifeanyi Ubah and the company of the indictment by the Presidential Committee on the Verification and Reconciliation of Fuel Subsidy Payments (PC) chaired by Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, the Managing Director of Access Bank.

According to the statement, the clearance by the Police was contained in a letter dated February 12, 2013 written to the Minister of Finance, the Inspector General of Police, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Debt Management Office and PPPRA.