The direct impact of the Bonga oil spill is set to be known through the Post Impact Assessment (PIA) report on the disaster, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) said recently.
The agency’s Director-General, Mr Peter Idabor, told newsmen in Abuja that NOSDRA had been supervising the post-impact assessment being handled by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
He said the report of the assessment would delineate the areas affected by spill to enable the agency to address it accordingly.
Idabor said that the company had already applied ‘dispersant’ on the spill in the affected areas, adding: “They use dispersants which are chemicals to spray on the surface of the water, which now makes the crude oil to go to the bottom.
“I believe that the crude oil is still there. We have recommended that Shell should be responsible, to an extent, for the loss of fishing sites and fishing grounds for these people.
“So, what Shell is doing is to carry out, in conjunction with us, we are supervising it, Post Impact Assessment and they have finished all the samplings; I think that they are in the final stages of bringing up the report.“
It would be recalled that the Bonga oil spill, with a loss of 35,000 barrels, occurred on December 20, 2011, during a routine export operation to transfer crude oil from Bonga’s Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO).
The Tide learnt that since the disaster, economic activities had been at its lowest ebb because fishermen and farmers could no longer engage in their businesses.
Meanwhile, a pressure group, Conference of Niger Delta Youths Representatives, claimed that the spill affected five states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Ondo and Rivers states.
The director-general said the PIA would also reveal if the spill affected the five states as claimed by the group.
He, however, admitted that the spill had affected the livelihood of the communities in those states.
“The dispersant actually affected the people living on the land because of the way it was indiscriminately deployed by the oil company.
“They suffer from the effects; air borne particles of dispersants were spread on the people along the coastline in some of the communities.
“For me, I don’t understand, if there is a spill, it moves in one direction; what we know is that this spill moved towards Delta and Bayelsa states.
“I don’t know how it would move backward to Akwa Ibom; it is a difficult thing for me to determine but the Post Impact Assessment will tell us the areas that have been impacted by this spill,“ he said.
Similarly, he said that NOSDRA had been ensuring that clean up exercise was carried out in areas affected by the spill from the Brass export terminal operated by AGIP.
He said that NOSDRA staff had been deployed to supervise the clean-up exercise in the oil spills from Rumuekpe crude delivery line that polluted the Ikarama community in Yenagoa.
“In the case of Brass, the oil company did not deny; they know it was not caused by sabotage so they borrowed our vessel for the clean-up.
“They borrowed it and they used it for clean-up for over 10 days. Our people are giving us feedback and we will try to estimate the extent of damage done in the areas before taking further actions,“ he said.
Solar Firm Targets 30m Nigerians By 2030
Greenlight Planet, a global leader in solar home energy products, has delivered clean energy access to more than two million individuals in Nigeria.
On a mission to power, the lives of the underserved, Greenlight Planet began distributing its Sun King solar home energy products in the country in 2011. The company has focused on rapid innovation of its product offerings and distribution strategy ever since.
Speaking on Greenlight Planet in Nigeria, Global Business Leader, Sun King EasyBuy, Mr DhavalRadia, said, “Over the last 7 years, we have sold more than 500,000 life-changing Sun King solar solutions in Nigeria through strategic distribution partnerships and our own pay-as-you-go distribution channel.
Customers have been quick to recognise that an investment in Sun King products pays for itself over time, with several customers experiencing dramatic improvements in household savings, increased productivity for their small businesses and additional study–time for their children.”
He added that the quality and reliability of Sun King solar home systems has helped the organisation build a loyal customer base over time. “While we are humbled by the warm acceptance of our products so far, for us this is just the beginning to reaching the 101 million individuals still living without basic access to electricity in Nigeria. To ensure that our products are affordable for even the most cash-constrained households, we launched our ‘EasyBuy’ pay-as-you-go distribution channel in early 20173 .
According to him, Sun King products enabled with EasyBuy (PAYG technology) now allow potential users with limited access to financing to pay for their Sun King products in small instalments over time. “With twenty-four flagship Sun King stores across 23 active states, and a large network of nearly 1,200 local sales agents (“Sun King Energy Officers”), the Sun King EasyBuy door-to-door sales channel is accelerating Greenlight Planet’s growth in Nigeria while also boosting employment opportunities within local communities”, he said.
He said that the organisation’s vision was to establish a world-class distribution and energy financing eco-system for the vast off-grid populations of rural Nigeria. “With our rigorous efforts and continued innovation, our goal is to power 30 million lives by 2030 in Nigeria.
FG To Achieve 40% Switch From Fuel, Other Products
The Federal Government is targeting to achieve a 40 per cent energy switch from the consumption of Premium Motor Spirit (petrol), Dual Purpose Kerosene (kerosene) and Automotive Gas Oil (diesel), to the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas.
According to the government, efforts are currently intensified to promote the wider use of LPG in households, power generation, auto-gas and industrial applications.
The government disclosed this through the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources in a document obtained by our correspondent in Abuja on Friday on the achievements of the FMPR between 2016 and 2018.
Providing explanation on its LPG penetration programme, the ministry stated that the Federal Government initiated the LPG Expansion Programme in order to effectively drive the switch to LPG consumption across the country.
It said, “The LPG Penetration Framework is designed to reduce the national energy consumption of PMS, DPK, AGO by achieving a 40 per cent fuel switch to LPG in 10 years.
“The programme will also promote the wider use of LPG in households, power generation, auto-gas and industrial applications towards the attainment of five million metric tonnes domestic utilisation and creation of an estimated 500,000 job opportunities nationwide in five years.”
The FMPR noted that overall, improvements in the standard and quality of living in rural communities were also expected for the programme.
It said the LPG Penetration Programme along with the Nigeria Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme were components of Nigeria’s intended nationally designed contributions under the Paris agreement for reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2020.
On the NGFCP, the government stated that the programme was a key component of the Nigerian Gas Policy which had the aim of reducing the environmental and social impact caused by flaring of natural gas, protect the environment, prevent waste of natural resources, and create social and economic benefits from gas flare capture.
“The design of the key programme transaction, commercial framework and documentation have been completed. When fully implemented it will improve gas supply for power generation, industrial use and LPG penetration in the economy,” the FMPR said.
In November, say that the Federal Government was targeting a revenue of $1bn annually and a total of 300,000 direct and indirect jobs from the commercialisation of flared gas.
The government said flared gas could be harnessed to stimulate economic growth, drive investments and provide jobs in oil producing communities and indeed for Nigerians through the utilisation of widely available innovative technologies.
In the NGFCP document obtained by our correspondent in Abuja, the NGFCP Programme Manager at the FMPR, Justice Derefaka, stated that the Federal Executive Council approved the NGFCP as the mechanism for implementing Nigeria’s commitment to eliminate routine gas flaring.
The government stated that the recently gazetted Flare Gas (Prevention of Waste and Pollution) Regulations 2018 was the legal basis for the implementation of the NGFCP and the payment regime (penalties) for gas flaring.
It stated that the regulation adopted the polluter pays principle, similar to a carbon tax, adding that “results of work done to trigger up to 85 projects that will utilise flared gas, generate approximately 300,000 direct and indirect jobs and annual revenue generation/Gross Domestic Product impact estimated at $1bn/annum are also highlighted.”
The NGFCP is developed by the FMPR, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Department of Petroleum Resources and the implementation team of the NGFCP comprising of adviser teams from the World Bank and USAID under the leadership of a ministerial steering committee that reports to the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources.
EEDC To Deal With Buyers Stolen Electrical Installations
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), says it will redouble efforts to deal decisively with buyers of stolen and vandalised electrical installations in 2019.
The company’s Head of Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh, said yesterday in Enugu that EEDC would step up its efforts in apprehending buyers of vandalised electrical installations.
According to him, it is believed that the buyers are the ones who motivate vandals to continue indulging in such nefarious act.
“If there is no one buying the items, there won’t be that motivation for the vandals to engage in this act,’’ he said.
EEDC spokesman, who recalled that two buyers were jailed in 2017, expressed the hope that after due process of the law, those apprehended in 2018 would also serve their terms in prison.
“We will not relent in this struggle and we hope that this will serve as deterrent to many others that are engaging in such criminal activities of buying stolen or vandalised EEDC property,’’ Ezeh said.
He said that it was worrisome that while EEDC had been striving to improve on its service delivery, some individuals were engaging in illegitimate activities to frustrate both the company and its customers.
“This singular act costs EEDC a lot financially, and ends up subjecting our customers to a lot of inconveniences,’’ he said.
He, however, solicited the cooperation and support of the various vigilante groups and state security agencies to apprehend and prosecute the vandals accordingly.
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