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Nigeria-India Business Summit Triggers N1.4trn Annual Investment

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courage Nigerian content development, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) has organised a business parley in Abuja that brought together more than 50 Indian and Nigerian companies to explore areas of collaboration and partnership.

A statement by Shell’s Corporate Media Relations Manager, Tony Okonedo, said the business summit, which held February 24, and included 10 Indian firms, has set the stage for joint ventures that would create more opportunities in the volume of trade between India and Nigeria now worth about $9billion (about N1.4 trillion) every year.

Okonedo quoted the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Engr. Ernest Nwapa as saying at the opening ceremony of the summit that, “the business summit is a welcome opportunity to help drive new partnerships.”

Nwapa stressed that “the growth recorded in the Nigerian economy has not resulted in employment opportunities, so we are looking for partners to set up manufacturing bases in Nigeria, thereby creating jobs and developing talent and technology. SPDC has done well in providing the connection – last year, it was China, now it is India.”

Also speaking, General Manager, Materials, NAPIMS, Engr. Hussaini Tahir, who outlined the opportunities in the oil and gas sector in Nigeria, reechoed Nwapa’s remarks, adding that, “the fundamentals are right at this time because, in addition to the huge resource base of oil and gas, investors can expect to benefit from ambitious reform programmes and tax incentives and the presence of a large workforce.”

General Manager, Nigerian Content Development, Shell Companies in Nigeria, Igo Weli said “India and Nigeria have a lot in common, and we believe both countries will benefit from increased trade and cooperation, especially in the oil and gas sector. SPDC is happy to provide the platform.”

According to Okonedo, representatives of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council and the Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria – a group of indigenous contractors involved in the oil and gas sector – also made presentations.

The Tide learnt that the Indian companies that participated included leading manufacturers of carbon steel, alloy steel and stainless steel forgings, valves and well completion equipment.

It would be recalled that last year, SPDC linked up Nigerian companies with their Chinese and United Kingdom counterparts in a series of business summits in Abuja and Aberdeen, and also organised several vendor development sessions in Port Harcourt for nearly 300 Niger Delta-based contractors.

Every year, SPDC awards contracts worth billions of Naira to Nigerian companies and community contractors as part of its compliance with the Nigerian Content Development Law.

The company stated that all dredging projects in its operations are now reserved exclusively for Nigerian contractors, 60 per cent of whom are from the Niger Delta while also promoting the use of locally manufactured goods and Nigerian service companies in production operations, projects and well engineering.

In recognition of their commitment to Nigeria, Shell companies in Nigeria were awarded a prize for Excellence in Nigerian Content Development at the just-concluded Nigeria Oil and Gas Conference in Abuja.

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Eradiri Faults NDDC Leadership Structure Wants Agric As Top Priority

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The Special Adviser to the Sole Administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on Youths, Udens Eradiri, has faulted the leadership structure of the commission, saying it has not helped the cause of the Niger Delta in the last 25 years.
Describing the leadership structure of the NDDC as faulty, he said that the faulty leadership structure was the reason why President Muhammadu Buhari ordered for a forensic audit in the commission.
Eradiri who is the former president of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC)
disclosed this while speaking to aviation correspondents, last Friday, shortly on arrival at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, from Abuja. 
He said the outcome of the forensic audit would be used to do a wholistic reorganisation of the organogram of the commission.
According to him, the wholistic review of the organogram of the NDDC will help in putting the leadership structure in order, and enable things to function properly.
“The leadership structure of NDDC in the past years had been faulty, and that was why the President said there should be forensic audit, which would be used to do a wholistic review of the organogram of NDDC, so that it can function properly.
“The new board is coming soon, but the whole process will pass through the National Assembly to be cleared”, Eradiri said.
On the achievement of the present NDDC management, the special adviser said that the Effiong Akwa led administration had recorded some landmark achievements compared to the last 25 years. 
He said that the present interim management within two years completed and commissioned the headquarters of the NDDC, which had been left for over 25 years.
He also said that the completion of the East-West road project had intensified under the present management, adding that NDDC has also supported states on sanitation through donation of trucks.
Eradiri, however, admitted that the present interim management had not taken a firm stand on agricultural development even though it has been working with the Central Bank of Nigeria on the Anchor Borrowers Scheme.
“I believe that the only tool to use and get ourselves out of the quagmire we find ourselves is agriculture, and I think that the NDDC can design its own scheme on how to grow agriculture as a deliberate policy.
“This will bring change that will grow the region’s economy. We must talk about agricultural processing, and we can put palm oil into sachet, and even students can be buying them,” he said.

By: Corlins Walter

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Nigeria Lost N851bn To Oil Theft, Sabotage   – NEITI

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Nigeria lost N851.84bn ($2.78bn) to oil theft and pipeline sabotage in 2019, the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI)   has said.
NEITI said this in its latest oil and gas industry audit report.
NEITI stated that it arrived at the estimate after using an average price of $65.61 per barrel and an average exchange rate of N306.42/$ .
It, however, noted that there was a significant reduction of 21 per cent from the previous year, where 53.28 million barrels were lost.
Losses such as these are recorded by companies whose crude volumes are carried through pipelines easily compromised by saboteurs.
The report also stated that some oil terminals recorded no production. These included Aja operated by Bayelsa Oil, whose license was revoked by the government.
Others were Asaramatoru and Oyo managed by Prime and Allied/CAMAC who were reportedly inactive for the year.
Nigeria earned a total of N10.49tn ($34.22bn) from crude oil and gas sales. This was a marginal 4.88 per cent increase from 2018 revenues of N9.99tn ($32.63bn).
The total crude oil production recorded was 735.24 million barrels, a 4.87per cent increase from 701.10 million barrels reported in 2018.
A total of N2.145tn ($7.011bn) was the domestic sales proceeds in 2019 from 107.24 million barrels of crude oil. This was 0.36 per cent lower than the domestic crude sales of 107.63 million barrels in 2018.

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Residents Task New Council Chairmen On Dev, Agric Policies

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Some residents in the 23 local government areas of Rivers State have urged the newly sworn-in council chairmen in the state to come up with good agricultural and developmental policies that will transform the grassroots.
They also urged the council boss to take pragmatic steps and actions towards tackling security challenges to encourage business activities thrive in their domains. 
Some of the residents who spoke with The Tide at the weekend, noted that the local government administration in the state had not faired well in terms of real development in recent times, and urged the new council helmsmen to change the narratives. 
A resident of Emohua Local Government Area, Mr Charles Amadi, noted that no real development had taken place in the area, lamenting the dearth of companies and small scale industries in the area.
He, therefore, called on the new chairman, Dr. Chidi Lyoid, not to solely depend on the monthly allocation, but to go all out to attract small scale companies to the area so as to create employment opportunities as well as generate revenue for the council.
He also urged the new chairman to invest in agriculture, especially farming and fishing.
On his part, Mr Ebenezer Otamiri who lives in Etche, urged the Etche council boss, Obinna Ayanwu, to consolidate on the achievements recorded in his first tenure, especially by building more markets for the people, as well as initiate good agricultural policy to drive the economy of the area.
He also urged the council boss to tackle the issue of electricity and security in the area, saying electricity and security are key to the development of the area. 
In his own charge, Mr Mene Geoffrey Dekaa who hails from Bori in Khana Local Government Area of the state, called on his new council chairman, Bariere Thomas, to show capacity and competence in the area of security.
He noted that the issue of security has left native imprint in the development of the area, saying many investors have left Bori, the headquarters of the council, for other places.
“Because of security challenges, many people have left Bori to build houses and invest in Nonwa- Tai, and Eleme.
“Areas like Kono-Boweeh communities are no go areas, as people there can hardly sleep. So if the chairman can work with government recognised traditional rulers and security agents, security issues will be tackled, and people’s confidence will be restored, and business activities will move on”, he said.

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