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Environmental Pollution: FG Seeks Comprehensive Approach To Oil Theft

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The Federal Government
has called for a comprehensive approach toward tackling oil theft in Nigeria.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, made the call at the 3rd Upstream and Downstream Exhibition and Conference in Abuja.
Represented by Mrs Jamila Shuara, a Permanent Secretary in his Office, Anyim charged stakeholders in the oil and gas industry to assist government in its war against the menace of oil theft.
He stressed the need for all hands to be on deck to curtail it in view of its menace to the nation’s economy.
“Government’s expectation is for participants at this conference to come up with strategies that will curtail sharp practices in the sector,
“We are also faced with the current challenge of leakage within the production process; this includes oil theft.
“I must quickly add that these challenges are not insurmountable as all hands are on deck to put in place a more hitch-free process in the country’s oil and gas sector,’’ he said.
He said that the Federal Government was working with the National Assembly to ensure the speedy passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB).
He expressed optimism that the PIB, when passed into law, would transform operations in the sector as well as enhance the capacity of indigenous companies to compete internationally.
“The law is expected to act as a catalyst to lay the foundation of fairness, competitiveness, openness and accountability by encouraging a framework for massive reform in the sector,’’ he said.
He expressed government’s willingness to collaborate with the organised private sector and other major players to improve efficiency in the nation’s upstream and downstream sectors of the industry.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Dr Oluwole Oluleye, said the fund was committed to using technology to drive development in the oil and gas sector.
He said the PTDF through its scholarship programmes and training of Nigerians had succeeded in increasing efficiency and productivity in the oil and gas sector.
Represented by Mr Neeka Jacob, Head, Research and Documentation, Oluleye said the fund was exploring ways of using local technology to protect and secure the nation’s pipelines against vandals.
His presentation entitled: “An Appraisal of Petroleum Technology Development Fund Intervention Implementation Strategy and Nigeria’s Workforce Employability’’ explained efforts by the PTDF transform the oil and gas sector.
International Oil Companies, National Assembly members, officials from NNPC, PTDF and Nigeria Export Processing Zone are attending the three-day event.

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LG Boss Moves To Make Council Area Cleanest In Rivers

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Chairman of Ogba/Egbema / Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Hon Vincent Job, has announced a compulsory monthly sanitation exercise in the area.
Job told newsmen in Omoku last Saturday that the situation was in line with his campaign promise to make ONELGA one of the cleanest in the state.
He called on residents to ensure that their surroundings are kept clean always.
The ONELGA chairman said his administration will continue to sensitise the people on the importance of cleanliness at all times.
Job also restated his commitment to complement Governor Nyesom Wike in the areas of human capital and infrastructural development.
“I will describe the sanitation exercise today as awesome. It is in fulfillment of our campaign promise”.
“We must lead by example, my humble self, Vice Chairman, councilors and members of the executives are on the field to monitor, supervise and direct the exercise,” he said.
He urged the people to cooperate with his administration in the drive to reposition ONELGA for greater heights.

By: John Bibor

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AELN Takes Campaign On Environment To School …Inaugurates Green Mandates

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The Association of Environmental Lawyers of Nigeria (AELN), last Friday, took its sensitisation and advocacy campaign to Community Secondary School, Rumuepirikom in Port Harcourt with a charge to students of the school to join the vanguard of protecting and preserving the environment as well as keeping it clean at all times.
The association equally inaugurated some students of the school as green mandates, even as it promised scholarship to those who succeed in gaining admission in universities in the country to study Environmental Law.
Led by the National President of the association, and Associate Professor of Energy and Environmental Law, Dr. Samuel Chisa Dike, the group took time to educate the students on what constitutes the environment in totality and some of the environmental challenges confronting the Niger Delta region in particular including flooding, erosion and pollution arising from oil and gas activities in the region.
Dike, who primarily dished out the lectures, at the end of it all, asked the students sundry questions, which they brilliantly provided answers to.
Interestingly, all the students who answered the questions correctly were rewarded with customised exercise books to aid and assist them in their courses of study in the school.
The National President said the association took the sensitisation campaign to the school in order to catch them young, and to inculcate in them environmental ethics, as the environment constitutes life itself and the future, for which reason, mankind must strive to preserve and protect it at all times.
According to him, the sensitisation campaign on the environment is for everybody and not only for the young.
The National Organising Secretary of the association, Mrs Tina Ihunna decorated the students who volunteered to become green mandates.
The visibly elated Principal of the school, Mrs Nina Okene thanked members of the association for the initiative, and enjoined the students to read and study hard in order to bag the association’s scholarship awards, stressing that there is need to take care of the environment.

By: Donatus Ebi

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2021 Flooding: NEMA Tasks States On Emergency Measures

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The South South zonal office of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has called on states in the zone to be prepared to relocate their citizens to higher grounds in the events of flooding this year.
Zonal Director of the agency, Godwin Tepikor said this in an exclusive interview with The Tide in his office in Port Harcourt.
Tepikor said in line with the Nigerian Hydrological Survey Agency (NIHSA) production, some parts of the Niger Delta will experience devastating flooding this year.
He said the prediction should make state governments in the region to think of enduring measures to mitigate the impact of the impending flood disaster.
The Zonal Director, however regretted that most state governments in the Niger Delta region are not giving a thought to the issue.
“Let’s begin to take measures to mitigate the impact of flood, people should look for a higher ground to move to”, he said.
He noted that states in the region have roles to play in the management of flooding and its impact, stressing that NEMA is only playing the role of a coordinator as far as flooding management is concerned.
The Director also advised citizens in the zone to adopt measures that will reduce the impact of flooding in their communities.
According to him, citizens must stop using waterways as a receptacle to throw waste while building on water right of ways should be discouraged.
He also called for regular sanitation to clear the waterways of debris, while both states and local governments in the zone must regularly enlighten their people on ways of combating flooding

By: John Bibor

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