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Blackout: PHCN Restores Light In Trans Amadi, Others

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The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) has restored a shaky electricity supply in Trans Amadi, the industrial centre of Port Harcourt and other adjoining communities, after almost two weeks blackout that hit the area.

Our reporter, who has been monitoring the development, reports that the blackout, which affected Trans Amadi and 14 other adjoining communities, was restored over the weekend as they got light Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Ngozi Amadi, a resident of Oginigba community told The Tide that “for one week now, both the residents and corporate organizations have been frustrated because of the blackout.”

Another respondent, Mrs Gloria Ade, who relived the experience, also said that there was confusion over the actual reason for the unfortunate blackout as the outage came out at a time electricity workers were warming up for a nation-wide industrial action, and had promised the residents and corporate organizations total blackout.

Mr Emmanuel Anene, principal manager, public affairs, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, in a statement, blamed the outage on equipment failure which affected the company’s main substation that supplies power to the area.

He assured that the company was doing everything possible to ensure that the system failure was restored to normalcy.

The Tide gathered that apart from Trans Amadi, other places like Rainbow Town, Rumuogba, Rumukalagbo, Rumuokurusi, Rumuomasi, Mgbuesilaru, Rumuodara, Rumuibekwe, Elekahia, Okwujagu, Amadi Ama, Okuru, Abuloma, Elelenwa, Woji and Fimie were affected.

Both small and big business operators, who depend on public power supply were forced to shut down or resort to private generators for power supply, a situation that made the cause of production jump up.

Apart from the explanation of the Public Affairs Manager of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Emmanuel Anene, a dependable source from the company, who pleaded abnormity, told The Tide that “the power outage was because PHCN’s 33MV Transformer at Trans Amadi main substation was scaled by unknown persons, who stole the huge live transformer oil.”

However, jubilant residents who regretted the huge losses, commended the PHCN for restoring power supply to the area.

“Whatever could be responsible for the power outage, our prayer is that those who work in PHCN should consider the interest of the poor masses who cannot provide private generators for social and business life,” said Jonathan Nwalie, another respondent.  

 

Chris Oluoh

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Ex-Lawmaker Volunteers For Petroleum Sector Deregulation 

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An ex-lawmaker, Sen. Ben Murray Bruce, has announced that he is willing to serve as a volunteer in deregulating the country’s petroleum sector.
This follows the ex-lawmaker’s faulting of Nigeria losing over N5trilion annually as a result of fuel subsidy.
Bruce, who represented Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the 8th Senate, on his verified Twitter handle, decried what he described as ignorance and ineptitude of government agencies responsible for fuel subsidy.
“We cannot keep losing five trillion naira annually. I am able and willing, and I volunteer myself to lead the team to deregulate our petroleum sector.
“I will execute this flawlessly such that no Nigerian will be on the street protesting.
“The ineptitude and ignorance of the government agencies responsible for this are mind-boggling,” Bruce tweeted.

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Stakeholders Urge FG To Shift From Fossil Fuel

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Stakeholders in the extractive industry have said that as a fossil fuel dependent country, Nigeria must develop its own strategy to engage in shifting global focus away from oil.
This was the conversation at a recent one day capacity building workshop for media and Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria, organised by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, through its Natural Resource and Extractive Programme, in partnership with Natural Resource Governance Institute.
The hybrid workshop, themed, “Oil Dependency in Nigeria: Imagining a Future Beyond Oil”, had over 50 participants, including journalists from the extractive sector, CSOs, and social media influencers in attendance.
The workshop, according to the organisers, was geared towards improving the understanding of oil dependency and the nexus with energy transition to better communicate the impact on Nigeria and the Nigerian economy.
Senior Officer, NRGI, Ms. Tengi George-Ikoli, explained that Nigeria was at a critical point in its development, hence as a fossil fuel-dependent country, it is important that Nigeria develops its own strategy to engage the shifting global focus away from oil.
“Nigeria must develop its own medium to long term strategy to mitigate the likely export and government revenue losses from a shrinking market base as these countries look to reducing oil reliance beyond 2030.
“Nigeria must make strategic decisions in the way it spends its limited revenues, take economic diversification more seriously, leveraging regional and global opportunities beyond oil, and including new frontier possibilities available in the green economy”, she said.
Also, Deputy Director, Development Practice, CJID, Mr. Akintunde Babatunde, said as energy transition persists globally, Nigeria as a monolithic fossil fuel dependent economy has to prepare for what the shift to cleaner energy sources means for its economy.
“Data is pointing us to the fact that Nigeria will likely lose a majority of its foreign exchange earnings and revenues for both the federal and subnational government.
“In fact, it is already happening, because Nigeria is at a critical point in its development process, it is important for professionals to discuss the way forward on how the decisions we make as a country are more important now than ever”, he said.
Earlier, the Acting Executive Director at CJID, Tobi Oluwatola, harped on the need for capacity building for the media and CSOs, noting that they are in the best position to enlighten the public from an informed perspective.
“It is time for Civil Society Organisations, journalists, and policy experts to have this discussion, most especially as Nigeria plans to achieve net zero by 2060. There is a need for CSOs to be empowered with the right skills to be able to do the right advocacy and accountability work in Nigeria”, he stated.

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Nigeria To Construct Gas Pipeline To Europe Through Morocco

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Nigeria has given the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC) the greenlight to implement a deal on construction of a gas pipeline to Europe through Morocco.
This follows reports of surging demand for African energy supplies from the EU that is seeking to wean itself of dependence on Russian oil and gas.
“This gas pipeline is to take gas to 15 West African countries and to Europe and through Morocco to Spain and others,” said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.
“It is only after the engineering design of the pipeline has been made that we will know exactly (what) the cost of the pipeline will be. When that time comes, we will be talking about funding,” he added.
Nigeria is a member of the Opec group of major oil producers and has huge gas reserves – the largest proven reserves in Africa and the seventh largest globally.
On May 30, Tanzania transported 60,000 tonnes of coal to the Netherlands.
Last month, Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, said European nations had “flooded” his country with requests to supply coal.

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