Buhari Condoles With Lagos Pipeline Explosion Victims, Warns Against Vandalism

President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with families who lost their loved ones in the pipeline explosion which occurred in Ijegun area of Lagos State.

The President also urged Nigerians to shun vandalism

This was disclosed in a statement signed by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina on Friday.

“President Buhari condoles with people and government of Lagos over the fire disaster that claimed lives and property, urging security agencies to ensure that those behind the unfortunate incident are brought to justice.

“The President calls on all Nigerians to avoid tampering with pipelines and sensitive installations across the country, admonishing that such interferences put many lives at risk.

“He prays that God will accept the soul of the departed and comfort their families.”

NNPC Records N12.13bn Excess In December 2018

NNPC To Recover Missing Petrol Worth Over 130m Litres

 

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it recorded a trading surplus of N12.13 billion in December 2018.

This was disclosed in its monthly Financial and Operations Report, as indicated in a statement signed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division (NNPC), Ndu Ughamadu, on Sunday.

According to the report, the profit was due to the positive swing to higher revenue numbers posted by the corporation’s upstream subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company.

It also cited the NPDC’s continuous revenue drive arising from recent average weekly production of 332,000 barrels of oil per day as the main driver of the positive outlook.

The NPDC targets 500,000bpd production in 2020.

The oil firm also noted that the profit was despite an increase in the number of pipeline breaches in the same month.

It said it had observed that there appeared to be no let-up in the activities of vandals who in December 2018 pushed pipeline breaches across the country up by 34%.

Within the period, 257 pipeline points were said to have been vandalised, out of which one pipeline point failed to be welded and six pipeline points were ruptured.

Read the full statement below.

NNPC Records 34% Increase In Pipeline Breaches Nationwide
 – Enjoys ₦12.13Billion Trading Surplus in December

There appears to be no let-up in the activities of vandals who in December last year pushed pipeline breaches across the Country by a whopping 34 percentage point, NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, stated this in a release Sunday in Abuja.

Ughamadu said the upward swing in the breaches was captured in the corporation’s Monthly Financial and Operations Report for December, 2018, explaining that within the period, 257 pipeline points were vandalized, out of which one pipeline point failed to be welded and six pipeline points were ruptured.

NNPC recorded 197 breaches on it pipelines in November last year.
Ibadan-Ilorin, Mosimi-Ibadan, and Atlas Cove-Mosimi network accounted for 90, 69 and 57 compromised points respectively or approximately 34 per cent, 26 per cent and 22 per cent of the vandalized points respectively.

Aba-Enugu pipeline link accounted for seven per cent, with other locations accounting for the remaining 11 per cent of the pipeline breaks.

Despite, the activities of the pipeline marauders, the NNPC report said the corporation continued to diligently monitor the daily stock of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, to achieve smooth distribution of petroleum products and zero fuel queue across the Nation.

The release disclosed that 1.80billion litres of PMS, translating to 58.17m liters/day were supplied for the month.

Overall, during the month under review, 1.96billion litres of white products were distributed and sold by NNPC Downstream subsidiary, Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), compared with 1.09billion litres in the market in the November 2018.

This comprised 1.94billion litres of PMS, 0.0070billion litres of kerosene and 0.014billion litres of diesel. Total sale of white products for the period, December 2017 to December 2018, stood at 21.84billion litres and PMS accounted for 20.17billion litres or 92.36 per cent.

In terms of value, ₦241.46billion was made on the sale of white products by PPMC in December 2018, compared to ₦146.56billion sales in November 2018.

Total revenues generated from the sales of white products for the period December 2017 to December 2018 stood at ₦2,778.32billion, with PMS contributing about 89.63 per cent of the total sales with a value of ₦2,490 billion.

The NNPC said that despite the disturbing reports of breaches on its assets, the corporation, on the whole, posted a positive outlook in December, 2019.

The Monthly Financial and Operations Report said NNPC posted trading surplus of ₦12.13billion in December last year, a leap from recent past performances.

The report attributed the positive swing to higher revenue numbers posted by the corporation’s Upstream subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC).

The 41st edition of the NNPC monthly report cited NPDC’s continuous revenue drive arising from recent average weekly production of 332,000bpd as the main driver of the positive outlook.

The NPDC targets 500,000bpd production in 2020.

In the gas sector, natural Gas production increased by 12.22 per cent at 240.64 billion cubic feet compared to output in November 2018; translating to an average daily production of 8,021.21mmscfd. The daily average natural gas supply to gas power plants hiked by 5.36 per cent to 774mmscfd, equivalent to power generation of 3,131MW.
Out of the 240.59bcf of gas supplied in December 2018, a total of 151.13bcf of gas was commercialized, consisting of 38.61bcf and 112.52bcf for the domestic and export market respectively.

This translates to a total supply of 1,245.48 mmscfd of gas to the domestic market and 3,748.47 mmscfd of gas supplied to the export market for the month, implying that 62.61 per cent of the average daily gas produced was commercialized while the balance of 37.39 per cent was re-injected, used as upstream fuel gas or flared.

Gas flare rate was 9.15 per cent for the month under review i.e. 729.55mmscfd compared with average Gas flare rate of 9.92 per cent i.e. 777.37mmscfd for the period December 2017 to December 2018.

Ndu Ughamadu
Group General Manager
Group Public Affairs Division,
NNPC, Abuja
17th March, 2019.

Pipeline Vandalism: Over 500 Jerry Cans Of Fuel, Vehicles Recovered

Jerry cans and vehicles recovered by security operatives

 

Security operatives during an operation over the weekend in Lagos and Ogun State recovered over 500 jerry cans of fuel and 28 motor vehicles.

Also, 17 suspected pipeline vandals, 12 military impostors and 11 cultists were arrested by military authorities at various points in Lagos and Ogun states by troops of the 81 division of the Nigerian Army.

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Similar operations in Akute area of Ogun State also led to the recovery of over 400 jerry cans loaded with PMS, motorbikes, a 500 metre long hose and other operational equipment.

The general officer commanding 81 division, Major General Enobong Udoh while parading the suspect said the army will continue to play its part in securing national assets and therefore sues for the cooperation of the people.

NSCDC Arrests Suspected Pipeline Vandal

Militants Offer Partnership With Military To Uncover Oil Pipeline BombersThe Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bayelsa State Command, says its anti-vandals’ team has arrested a suspected ringleader that masterminded the blowing up of the Nigeria Agip Oil Company’s pipeline.

The State Commandant, NSCDC, Mr Desmond Agu, who gave the name of the suspect as Suoyo Dickson, said he (Dickson) and his gang members attacked Agip pipeline at Lagosgbene, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state on May 30, 2017.

Agu made this known on Thursday during the parade of the suspect at the headquarters of the command in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital.

“The vandals fled the scene shortly after disrupting the pipeline. But our anti-Vandals’ team was on their trail, combing the creeks and waterways for the fleeing suspects.

“Our search paid off. With information gathered from members of the public, we located the hideout of the mastermind of this act. The ringleader, Suoyo Dickson, aka Hustler, was arrested on June 16, 2017 at Agbigiba community in Southern Ijaw.

“The suspect has confessed to the crime and he is helping the corps with further investigations,” the commandant stated.

He added that some of Dickson’s gang members had earlier been apprehended by a joint task force earlier this month while others were currently on the run.

Agu also stated that investigation was still ongoing to apprehend the rest of the gang members, noting that after investigation, the suspects would be prosecuted.

He added that the suspects who had earlier been arrested were still in custody of one of the sister’s security agencies.

He reiterated the corps’ commitment to discharge its duties in line with its mandate and the template of the Commandant General, saying the NSCDC was ever determined and ready to secure public assets including pipelines and other oil installations in the state.

The NSCDC boss therefore, warned criminals to steer clear of national assets, especially oil installations, saying that people were now aware that vandalism is an old-fashioned, criminal and irresponsible method of agitation.

On convictions so far, Agu stated: ”we have prosecuted many suspects. We have got convictions of 16 suspects that were given life in imprisonment.

“More than seven suspects were given jail terms ranging between three to 10 years in prison. Those convictions are warning to those criminals who are still in the business of illegalities.”

In a chat with the suspect (Dickson), he confessed to the crime, saying that he destroyed the pipeline because of frustration.

He claimed that the Oil and Gas Task Force in the area after luring them with compensation and employment to give up their bunkering camps, reneged on their promise.

Explaining how he carried out the burning, the suspect said: “I used two handsaw blades to open up the point, I cut the handle in the valve, I fetched 20 litres of petrol, I lit spark lighter and threw it into the pipe and burnt it.

“I burnt the pipeline because they did not keep to their promise of employing us after making us to show them our bunkering camps and the subsequent destruction by the military.

“We showed them our camps, eight of them. All the camps did not belong to me. Three were mine while other groups have five. After showing them, the task force engaged the military to destroy our camps.

“The other groups, whose camps were destroyed were not happy with me. They said I betrayed them and they started planning to kill me and my family members. The situation put me under pressure more so the employment they promised all of us after seven days did not come.”

Fashola Optimistic About 6,000 Megawatts Power Generation

fashola1The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says Nigeria’s current power generation will rise to 6,000 megawatts if the damaged oil pipelines in the Niger delta are restored.

The minister was speaking at the monthly Power Sector and Stakeholders Meeting, which took place at the Olorunsogo injection sub-station of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IEDC).

Mr Fashola added that he is confident that the acting president’s on-going consultations in the Niger Delta to stem the tide of pipeline vandalism would yield favourable results.

A group that calls themselves the Niger Delta Avengers have claimed responsibility for attacks on oil and gas facilities in the region, gradually dipping the nation’s oil production which had hit 2.4 million barrels per day in the post-amnesty era.

For a nation that depends largely on sales of crude oil for its revenue, a drop in production at a time of volatile oil prices is a huge threat to the her economy.

This is why the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has assured the Niger Delta  region of the Federal Government’s readiness to genuinely draw a roadmap, that will  lead to the peace and development of oil producing states.

This was equally the primary focus of the meeting he had with government officials and traditional rulers in Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State, Bayelsa state, where he visited in the last couple of days as well as Rivers state, where he visited on Monday, February 13.

Navy Seize N70m Worth Of Stolen Diesel, Arrest 12 Suspects

Nigerian Navy Resumes 'Exercise Eagle Eye' To Tighten Sea SecurityThe Nigerian Navy says it has impounded a vessel and two large wooden boats both transporting 240,000 litres of stolen diesel, worth 70 million Naira.

The Commander of the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) pathfinder, (Port Harcourt), Commodore William Kayoda, disclosed this to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

Kayoda the confirmed that a total of 12 suspects were arrested on board the vessel and boats.

He said the seizure was part of the ongoing clampdown on perpetrators of oil theft, piracy and pipeline vandalism in the maritime domain in ivers and its environs.

“In continuation of our clampdown on activities of oil thieves, troops of NNS pathfinder impounded one vessel MV Omisan, loaded with 120,000 litres of petroleum product suspected to be illegally refined diesel.

“Additionally, two very large wooden barges known as Cotonou boats were equally impounded while carrying about 120,000 litres of stolen diesel in combined capacity.

“Twelve suspects were arrested on board the vessel and boats and handed over to the economic and financial crimes commission (EFCC) for further investigation and possible prosecution,” he said.

The commander also said the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas, had given directives to end illegal bunkering within the shortest possible time.

He expressed optimism that the mandate of the CNS and current strategies adopted would drastically reduce incessant attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta.

According to him, the fight against oil theft and pipeline vandalism was a collective responsibility of all Nigerians to ensure that businesses and commerce thrived in the country.

“The Nigerian Navy is ever committed and would never tolerate criminality on the waterways, and so, criminals must have a rethink and engage themselves in legitimate businesses.

“Those who attack our national assets and carry out illegalities on our maritime environment must stop – as they would soon be caught and prosecuted,” he warned.

Kayoda said that troops of NNS pathfinder would continue to carry out 24-hour patrol of the waterways and creeks, while maintaining presence at flash points.

He then urged the public to provide the navy with timely information that would lead to the arrest of criminals and assured them that their identities would be kept confidential.

A Senior Detective of the EFCC, Mr Musa Gidado, who received the suspected oil thieves, said the commission would conduct thorough investigation on the matter.

Furthermore, Gidado added that the suspects would be arraigned if found culpable of the allegations against them.

NNPC Targets 60% Local Refining Capacity For 2017

NNPCThe Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says it is targeting a refining capacity of 60 % in 2017, to reduce the importation of petroleum products into the country.

The group Managing Director of the corporation, Dr Maikanti Baru, explained that NNPC is keen on ending product importation in a few years and that concrete plans are on ground to achieve that.

In his words, “we are putting together various programmes to ensure that we achieve at least 60 per cent local refining by the end of this year.

“It is the procedure or methodology that we are changing a little bit, we are focusing on the process licensors to come and audit our processes and they have already started auditing most of our process units in the various refineries.”

Dr. Baru also appealed to residents not to vandalise pipelines, which has become a big challenge to the growth of the oil and gas sector.

A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers, had claimed responsibility for serious attacks on oil installations.

Again recently, the group declared “Operations Walls of Jericho and Hurricane Joshua“, signifying an intention to resume attacks on oil facilities in Nigeria’s southern region.

Made In Nigeria

With the crash in oil prices, in a country that has solely relied on oil as a major source of revenue, the Federal Government of Nigeria has since begun to look for alternative sources of revenue generation.

Areas such as agriculture and manufacturing, have proven to be the most viable means of reviving the nation’s economy, from what has been described as the worst recession in Nigeria’s history.

In the light of this development, Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, recently flagged off a Made-in-Nigeria challenge, aimed at encouraging local manufacturers and entrepreneurs in the country.

Buhari Urges Nigerian Engineers To Help End Pipeline Vandalism

Buhari Urges Nigerian Engineers To Help End Pipeline VandalismThe President has challenged Nigerian engineers to come up with ways to end the blowing up of oil pipelines in the Niger Delta.

According to President Muhammadu Buhari, those blowing up oil pipelines in the region, are not ordinary Nigerians, but people with engineering expertise.

The President made this remark after his investiture as the Grand Patron of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said that well-trained and highly experienced engineers contributed immensely to the infrastructural development of the country, as both military and civilian administrations over the years depended on Nigerian engineers for designs and constructions across the country.

Buhari Urges Nigerian Engineers To Help End Pipeline Vandalism

The President noted that local engineers contributed more than 90% to the design and realization of two refineries, 2,500 pipelines and 20 depots in the country during his tenure as minister of petroleum in the mid-1970s.

He added that the success of the Petroleum Trust Fund was largely hinged on their skills.

Therefore, they remain indispensable in the maintenance of these facilities and his administration will heavily utilize talents and skills of local engineers to rebuild ailing infrastructure across the country.

Pipeline Vandalism Has Hampered Delta’s Development – Okowa

Pipeline Vandalism Has Hampered Delta’s Development – Okowa Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged community stakeholders particularly traditional institutions to engage in peace building in their areas for development to thrive.

He made the call at Orerokpe in Okpe Local Government Area during the grand finale of the 10th Coronation Anniversary celebration of Okpe monarch, His Royal Majesty Orhue 1, Orodje of Okpe kingdom.

Governor Okowa said that only a peaceful environment would bring development and investment to the society.

He emphasized the need for traditional institutions to partner with government to ensure peace and security in their domains and the state at large so that investment and development would thrive.

“I want to urge all stakeholders to join hands in ensuring peace and security in our various communities. Today the Okpe kingdom has been relatively peaceful in the last one and half years and this has secured oil activities in this axis,” he said.

He appealed to the youths in the various communities to desist from pipeline vandalism as this has impacted negatively on communities and the state and has also hampered meaningful development in the various oil bearing areas.

“Deltans have suffered enough of pipeline vandalism, we should give peace a chance, it has impacted on us negatively and I think we must desist from it” Governor Okowa maintained.

He thanked the Okpe people for supporting their royal father to maintain the peace in their community and secure the oil facilities in this area.

The Delta State Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro, Delta State House of Assembly members led by the Speaker, Monday Igbuya, as well as former military administrator, Waiter Feghabor, were among the dignitaries at the event.

 

Ibe Kachikwu Condemns Militant Attacks On Forcados Exports Pipeline

Ibe Kachikwu, Militant Attacks, Forcados Export PipelineThe Honorable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, has expressed his grave concern and disappointment over the recent pipeline attacks by militants in the Niger Delta region.

The most recent attack occurred on Tuesday night, in which Niger Delta Avengers, attacked the Forcados Export Pipeline in Delta State.

This is one in series of attacks that have taken place over the last two weeks even amid ongoing efforts to prepare the grounds for dialogue.

More saddening for Dr. Kachikwu was the fact that “despite months of intensive personal and collective efforts to engage all stakeholders in the region, and the recent success in convening a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, to begin exploring the opportunities for deepening the dialogue, these attacks have continued”.

Ibe Kachikwu, Militant Attacks, Forcados Export PipelineHe condemned the wanton attacks and re-iterated that the path to providing lasting solutions for the Niger Delta challenges, remains a dialogue.

Furthermore, he appealed to all interested stakeholders in the Niger Delta, to embrace the path of peace and dialogue as well as shun acts that further create difficulties for the country, impoverish the region and worsen the ecological problems of the region.

He urged all militants to stop and give the ensuing dialogue a chance to birth peace in the region.

Operation Crocodile Smile

Tukur-Buratai-Chief-of-Army-Staff-Lieutenant-GeneralA militant group named the Niger Delta Avengers, has claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks that have forced some oil companies to declare force majeure, reducing the nation’s crude oil output by 700,000 barrels a day to 1.56 million barrels per day.

The group had however agreed to a ceasefire and was open for negotiation with the Federal Government in August.

Also in August, as a means of providing adequate security for residents, as well as critical national economic assets in the region, the Nigerian Army formally launched a new military exercise in the Niger Delta, code named “Exercise Crocodile Smile”.

With the steady increase in insurgence and militant activities in the south-south region, the government, as well as the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, who flagged-off the exercise, had expressed hopes of an improved security situation.

16 Point Agenda

This followed the establishment of the operation ‘Delta Safe‘ and the most recent exercise ‘Eagel Net’, set up by the government in continuous efforts to curb the menace of militancy.

ndleadersIn a recent meeting held between Traditional rulers of the Niger Delta and the President, Muhammadu Buhari, the leaders presented 16 things they believe would help in bringing an end to militancy.

Some of the issues highlighted, were lack of infrastructure, human resource, manpower and welfare of the people years after oil exploration began in the Niger Delta.

Following the 16 points raised, they had asked the government to: Pull the army out from the region, order oil firms to move headquarters there, oil firms to employ more of its youths, cleaning up of oil spills, among other things.

Youths Protest Against Criminality In Niger Delta

Youths-Niger-DeltaHundreds of youths under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) have protested against the criminality in the Niger Delta region.

The Rivers State chapter of the group took to the streets of Port Harcourt to drum up support for the fight against all forms of wrongdoing in the Niger Delta.

They carried placards with various inscriptions as they embarked on a long walk from first artillery through the busy Aba road in the state capital.

The Rivers State Chairman of NYCN, Sokubo Sara-Igbe, told journalists on Wednesday that the move became necessary following reports of kidnapping, killings, pipeline vandalism and other vices.

Two Suspected Pipeline Vandals Arrested In Ogun

oil pipeline vandalism sabotageTwo pipeline vandals have been arrested in a village in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State in southwest Nigeria.

The arrest of the two middle-aged men was made by the Ogun State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC) on Friday.

The agency said they were vandalising a pipeline of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) with some other suspects who escaped.

Items found at the site include, nine vehicles, seven motorcycles and scores of jerry can loaded with substance suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit.


The Ogun State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mr Akinwande Abulowaye, said the men were arrested through information from members of the community and would be handed over to the police to be charged accordingly.

“They will be made to face the consequences of their action,” he said

The road to the vandalised NNPC pipeline seemed rough and impassable about 10 kilometres away to the main road, making easy access difficult.

At the site the commandant, however, advised vandals to end their illegal activities in the region and urged them to engage in legal and lawful means of livelihood.

Pipeline vandalism have become a major challenge that must be tackled by Nigeria’s security agencies, as it has continued to pose a threat to the nation’s oil output which is hugely relied on as a major source of revenue.