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Shell Trains 57 Afam Youths In Skills

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The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has spent more than N62 million to train 57 youths from Afam communities in its eastern operations on various skills, and to equip them with starter packs to begin their own businesses.

Afam communities are in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State, and host the strategic Afam Power Stations and the Okoloma Gas Plant, built by SPDC Joint Venture.

The 57 youths were trained in electrical installations, welding and fabrication, fashion and design, computer and secretarial studies, and catering, among other vocational and technical skills to enhance their capacity to contribute meaningfully to the sustainable development of the impacted communities, the local government, Rivers State, and Nigeria.

Speaking during the graduation ceremony at the Air Force Secondary School, Port Harcourt, last Tuesday, SPDC’s General Manager, Social Performance and Community Affairs, Mr Tony Attah, said the event ends 18-month rigorous training programme, which consisted of vocational and technical training, industrial attachment, business development and leadership training workshops, and certification examinations managed by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

Represented at the celebration of success and achievement by Mr Theo Wellington, SPDC’s government and community relations manager, Attah praised the graduating youths for their excellent performance at the trade test 1 and 111 examinations administered by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, stating that the youths have now become professional craft people, equipped with enduring skills needed to set up small businesses in their communities.

He charged the youths, comprising of both sexes, to use the starter packs given to them to set up their own businesses, and deploy new talents gained at the training positively in order to succeed in their chosen trades, and therefore, elevate the economies of their communities to another level of buoyancy, viability and vibrancy.

Attah challenged the youths to strive to become big employers of labour, expand their businesses by maintaining fruitful partnerships, and strengthen their potentials by establishing more learning academies to train other youths to become good ambassadors of peace and economic growth, and contributors to the sustainable development of the region.

In his speech, the Rivers State Commissioner for Economic Empowerment and Employment Generation, Hon Felix Nweke, lauded SPDC for the bold initiative to empower the youths with useful and life-changing skills, and noted that this was what the government and people needed now to help fast-track the transformation of the region.

Represented at the event by the Director, Youth Enterprise, Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Mr Pene Dimkpa, the commissioner stressed that the 57 youths, now fully engaged in meaningful enterprises, would reduce the number of restive and idle youths in the state, and thus, curb the spate of militancy in the region.

He thanked SPDC for giving meaning to the lives of the youths trained under the YTEP, and tasked the beneficiaries to make good use of the skills acquired and the tools handed over to them to impact positively on their respective communities, and indeed, the state.

Speaking on behalf of the graduands, Okechukwu Ogbonna, thanked SPDC for the opportunity given them to own their small businesses, and promised never to disappoint both their communities, the LGA, the state and the company.

A representative of Afam communities, Ndubuisi Iwela, also commended SPDC for empowering their youths and providing them with tools to start up their own businesses, and assured that the communities would continue to support the company’s business and sustainable development initiatives under the existing Global Memorandum of Understanding  (GMoU), under which platform, the youths were trained.

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Buhari Thumbs Up For NLNG As NNPC Reviews Activities

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) held its head high as it commenced activities for the week following commendation from President Muhammadu Buhari for rallying shareholders to make Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) a company to reckon with.
Buhari who is also the Minister of Petroleum Resources gave the commendation at the ground breaking of the NLNG Train 7, recently.
He said that the NLNG had always been associated with success and had become a global company.
“The NLNG Train 7 represents another historic milestone in the history of NLNG. NLNG story has been associated with success,” he said.
The president also said that the NLNG had contributed 114billion dollars in taxes to Nigeria, and tthat with NLNG Train 7, there would be more jobs that would touch the lives of everyone particularly the host community.
He expressed joy how the NLNG had transformed from just a project to a very successful company in about 30 years.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, urged all shareholders to work hard to ensure the successful completion of the project which he said would boost government’s efforts to make Nigeria a fully industrialised nation.
Sylva also said the project would help the nation’s gas development aspiration.
NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mallam Mele Kyari, that there was consensus among shareholders and board members to take the next step towards providing additional capacity which should be greater than what was on ground.
The NNPC GMD thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his quick intervention which ensured the eradication of all pre-existing stumbling blocks on the path of NLNG Train 7 project
Also in the week under review, Minister of State for Petroleum, Sylva commended President Buhari at a ceremony to mark the execution of Shareholders Agreement between the NNPC, the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board (NCDMB) and Zed Energy.

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Total Nigeria Advocates Petroleum Subsidy Removal

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Managing Director Total Nigeria, Plc, Mr Imrane Barry, says removal of petrol subsidy will help government to redirect its earnings to support infrastructure development for economic growth and development.
Barry made this known when he featured on a roundtable on Downstream and midstream at the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit (NIPS) in Abuja.
He spoke on the topic “The down/midstreams: Paths to the future through holistic and integrated solution”.
He said that signing of the Petroleum Industry Bill would help to unbundle the oil and gas industry and encourage development, private investment and create jobs.
“The petrol subsidy regime costs the country approximately 2.6 billion dollars (N1 trillion) per year and the country can no longer afford it.
“The removal of the subsidy will allow government direct more of its earnings towards infrastructure and social development,” he said.
He said that since government had declared decade of gas, there was need for Investment in Natural Gas.
He added that government needed to continue to push policies that would favour private participation and investment in the gas value chain, production, storage and distribution.
“Also, government needs to give incentives for investors in the sector, tax rebates etc to encourage long term participation.
“In the B2C sector, the government should put in  place incentives for customers to switch from white fuels to gas powered machines for road transportation.
“They should continue investment in the nation’s critical infrastructure that aids trade and commerce,’’ he added.
He further called for the fixing of Apapa ports and other ports in Nigeria, development of interstate road network, fixing of rail lines for human and cargo transportation
Commenting on impact of COVID-19 pandemic to global oil market, he said that it made the market volume shrank by 30% while margins became weak(Losses) with aviation sector mostly affected for the following reasons.
He added that the global economy was badly affected generally due to airport closure, drop in international prices of jet fuel platts which , led to a huge loss in aviation business due to contractual agreement with international airlines coupled with large amount of “old stock” in tank.
“PMS is a regulated product, with the price fixed by the government; resulting in fixed margins.
“The devaluation of the Naira from N360 to N380 during the pandemic, coupled with rising inflation in the country further eroded this “fixed margin” for the players in the downstream sector,” he said
He urged government to ensure speedy passage of the PIB to help the sector play its part effectively.

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Partners Execute Shareholder Agreement For Brass Products Terminal

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), along with their partner, the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board, NCDMB, and Zed Energy have executed a shareholders’ agreement for the establishment of a 50 million litre Petroleum Products Terminal in Brass, Bayelsa State.
The N10.5 billion Brass Petroleum Products Terminal project is expected to deliver an automated 50 million litre depot with two-way product jetty, automated loading bay, and 6 automated tanks for storage of 30 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)and 20 million litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK).
While speaking at the signing ceremony, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his giant strides in the Niger Delta which is making a huge impact on the people of the area.
“I make bold to say today without any fear of contradiction that no President has impacted the people of the Niger Delta like President Muhammadu Buhari. Aside from what we are witnessing today, remember there is also the Brass Fertilizer & Petrochemical Company, the Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum and the Oil & Gas Park in Ogbia, all under Mr. President,” the Minister stated.
Sylva added that the establishment of the Terminal further demonstrates Mr. President’s commitment to the enhancement of the livelihood of the Niger Delta people particularly, the riverine communities in Bayelsa State where people purchase products at exorbitant prices due to logistics challenges associated with transporting products to that area.
Speaking shortly after signing the agreement, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari said the Corporation was proud to be part of the project which aside ensuring products availability in all nooks and crannies of the Niger Delta, will also guarantee the nation’s energy security and generate employment.
“This Terminal will create 1,000 direct jobs during the construction phase, and over 5,000 indirect jobs during its operation. Considering the potential for employment when completed, this will definitely reduce youth restiveness in the Niger Delta area and will also address the problem of illegal refining in the area,” Kyari stated.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Simbi Wabote stated that this milestone was as a result of strong interagency collaboration and public-private sector partnership.
“The NCDMB will continue to drive such partnerships across the industry to bring development in Nigeria,” he noted.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the Project and Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Bala Wunti stated that the project would enhance the economics of marine petroleum products distribution.

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