NNPC Pledges To End Fuel Queues By Weekend

nnpcThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has vowed to meet the June 13 deadline earlier set to end fuel queues across the country.

The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr Joseph Dawha, told journalists during inspection of some of its stations in Abuja that there is a stock level of 1.1 billion litres representing 27 days sufficiency, saying there should be no cause for alarm.

He underscored the need for stakeholders to join forces with it (NNPC) to rid the nation of oil pipeline vandals.

Mr Dawha announced that in the last five days, 85 trucks of petrol had been brought in daily to the nation’s capital city to address the crisis and promised to deliver more.

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) had accused the NNPC of being responsible for the lingering fuel situation, especially as it concerns the inflated prices and artificial fuel scarcity but six days ago, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources (MPR) and oil marketers resolved to work together in order to ensure improved supply to retail outlets nationwide.

Many Nigerians expect a reduction of queues and most importantly a reduction of prices to the recommended 97 naira per litre.

Gender Barriers Will Be Broken In Nigeria – Jonathan

In a congratulatory message to all Nigerian Women as they  celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day , President Goodluck Jonathan has reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that gender barriers are broken in the country.

Speaking in line with this year’s theme, “A Promise is a Promise: Time For Action To End Violence Against Women” which was chosen by the United Nations, President Jonathan stated that he had already taken steps to empower Nigerian women.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Reuben Abati, the President revealed that he had already acted on his promise to break gender barriers citing women in key positions approved by his administration, citing the appointment of the first female Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar.

He also cited the female ministers in “very important ministries” such as Finance, Petroleum, Communications Technology, Education, Water Resources, Housing, Environment, Power, Defence and the Federal Capital Territory.

He also noted his authorizing the admission of women to the Nigerian Defence Academy and their commissioning as combatants in the Armed Forces.

“The President assures Nigerian women that he is determined to take their empowerment a step forward by working to ensure that they also get better representation in elective offices in future” the statement read.

He also pledged the federal government’s full support for “COMMIT”– the new United Nations initiative which calls on leaders worldwide to take a stand to end violence against women and girls.

The International Women’s Day is slated for every 8th of March.

Expect increased power supply between now and December-Petroleum Minister

The Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke has announced major milestones in the Gas Supply Emergency Plan which has helped power generation to reach an unprecedented 4.200MW.

This comes four months after the declaration of the project with a 12 month timeline to address the misalignment in the nation’s gas to power aspirations.

Allison-Madueke was speaking at a news conference in Abuja where she attributed the increase in power generation to the improvement in gas supply.

She listed the items completed in the critical pipeline segments to include a Permanent Gas Supply Pipeline from Itoki to Olorunshogo in Ogun state, the 56km by 24inch escravos-warri gas pipeline – doubling the pipeline capacity and enhancing gas evacuation from escravos as well as the 130km by 36inch Oben to Geregu pipeline.

She explained that the net impact of all these is the addition of 120million cubic feet of gas per day to the grid and the permanent elimination of the challenges of low gas pressure that has plagued the Olorunshogo PHCN and NIPP power plants.

The minister assured Nigerians to expect continued growth over the current all-time peak recorded by the power ministry between now and December.