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Community Seeks Compensation For Ruptured NNPC Pipeline

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L-R: Chairman, General Electric, Mr Jeffrey Immelt; Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr Olusegun Aganga and Vice President Namadi Sambo, during a meeting with officials of General Electric in Abuja last Friday.

L-R: Chairman, General Electric, Mr Jeffrey Immelt; Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr Olusegun Aganga and Vice President Namadi Sambo, during a meeting with officials of General Electric in Abuja last Friday.

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he people of Ijegun-
Imoren,
a suburb of Lagos where an NNPC pipeline ruptured, spilling petrol have called on the Federal Government to compensate them.

The spokesman for the community, Chief Nurudeen Olu-Fatunbi, said they should be compensated in any form to make up for their losses.

Olu-Fatunbi said the government should ensure the health of the people was protected from the harmful effects of the spillage which, he noted, had polluted their environment.

“We are advised by the doctors around that we all should drink plenty of milk to reduce the effect of the spilled fuel in the community.

“We will appreciate it if we are given a little token to buy milk and other medications needed by the residents.

“We also appeal that any monetary compensation should be done openly so that all of us will benefit from it.

“Most of us that are fishermen cannot continue our business because the fuel has affected the water,’’ he said.

Olu-Fatunbi said the community might still suffer from the effect of the fuel spill for the next one or two months.

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reports that dead fishes were seen on the polluted water though some parts have been cleaned up.

However, the air in the community has also been polluted, following the stench from the dead fishes and the smell of petrol.

Some of the residents said that the petrol had seeped into the wells they dug as sources of potable water supply, leaving them without water for drinking cooking and carrying out other domestic chores.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has continued to clean up the environment and promised to fumigate the area to prevent the spread of diseases.

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also gathered  that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has warned the residents to desist from actions that could cause fire in the area.

The agency also warned residents of the state within the petroleum pipeline network areas to vacate government Right Of Way for effective surveillance by the Pipeline Products and Marketing Company (PPMC).

The Southwest spokesman of the agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, gave the warning in an interview with newsmen against the backdrop of the oil spillage in Ijegun-Imore.

Farinloye said that government had commenced the demolition of illegal structures obstructing the free flow of movement within the pipelines right of way.

He said the government’s action in the critical pipeline axis was to deter vandalism across the country.

“The objective of the demolition of illegal buildings within the network was to ensure that digging, willful damage, breaking of pipelines and stealing of petroleum products are made difficult for v

andals.

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FG, Working Out Equitable Electricity Tariffs – Minister

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The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman says the ministry and stakeholders of the electricity market are working towards the establishment of a predictable and equitable regulatory regime from the perspective of rate payers and investors.
The minister, who had earlier raised the alarm over the widening liquidity gap in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), said there was need to reinforce market structures and enhance transparency.
Speaking at the International Conference on Energy, Power Systems Operations and Planning (ICEPSOP 2020) in Abuja, Engr Mmman, said the ministry was already working hard to address the challenges by improving metering.
The theme of the conference was: “Empowering Micro Grif with Smart Grid Attributes Development in United States and Africa.”
He said the ministry of power, in collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Ministry of Finance, and other relevant stakeholders, would consolidate a portfolio of activities deemed critical to the success of the electricity market.
He said: “The widening liquidity gap in the sector makes urgent, the need to reinforce market structures and enhance transparency. To address this challenge we are working hard to improve metering in general and in particular the use of smart meters as well as smart grids.
“In addition, the ministry is coordinating with the regulator, Ministry of Finance, the CBN, and other stakeholders to consolidate a portfolio of activities deemed critical to success.
These include refinement of commercial, technical, and regulatory components of transaction agreements; promotion of discipline; enforcement of contract effectiveness a day; establishing a predictable and equitable regulatory regime from the perspective of rate payers and investors.”
The minister said the ministry is focusing on electricity access for the teeming population through the use of mini-grid and micro-grid, noting that energy access has been a perennial issue particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
Citing industry data, he said out of the 1.2 billion people without access to electricity, about half of them reside in the region.
He added that electrification rate in Nigeria stands at 55 per cent in urban and 36 per cent in rural communities, but assured that there are already measures in place to promote rural electrification.
Also speaking at the event, the chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Prof. James Momoh, said the conference was to provide the required environment to explore innovative regulatory approaches in promoting efficient and competitive service delivery involving deployment of smart and micro -grid technologies.
The chairman, House Committee on Power, Hon. Magaji Aliyu said as the country battles to generate, transmit and distribute electric power, the country has serious challenges reaching most of the rural areas.
He insisted that the issue of mini-grid development has become crucial in addressing the issue of power supply to remote areas of the country.

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PIB:Ogoni Youths Hail Minister Over Comment

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The Ogoni Youth Federation, (OYF) has hailed the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, for demanding for the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) into law in mid 2020.
A press statement by the Ogoni apex youth body commanded the minister’s move describing it as a show of complete good faith.
According to the group, the future of the petroleum industry and, indeed, the country depends on it.
“We believe in the PIB bill because it will help in solving the developmental issues in the Niger Delta and ensure lasting peace. The passage of the bill would also help to sanitise the petroleum industry and enhance the development of the oil bearing communities,” the group stated.
The Ogoni youth noted that the performance of Chief Sylva in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources had been impressive, saying he has raised the bar of performance through strategic efforts in addressing rated issues.
The body, however, urged the minister to address the stalemate between the Ogonis and the federal government over decades of alleged social, economic and environmental injustice committed against the Ogonis by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC).
The statement, which was signed by the National Coordinator and President of the body, declared that; “Whist we commend the Honourable Minister for resolving the two year protracted disputes between SPDC and host communities of OML 25 facilities in Kula Kingdom of Asari-Toru Local Government of Rivers State amicably, we urge him to use his good office to address the decades of stalemate between the Ogoni people and the Federal Government of Nigeria over social, economic and environmental injustice, which till date have generated a lot of international concerns, leading to the shutdown of oil and gas operations in Ogoniland for upwards of 26 years since the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) was declared persona non grata in 1993.”
It added that: “the resolution of this debacle (OML 11 Ogoni Fields issues) is crucial as it would pave way for a smooth re-entry into Ogoniland for the purpose of resumption of oil and gas production and avail the youth and other critical stakeholders of Ogoni, the opportunity to benefit from their God given resources.”

 

Taneh Beemene

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Development Blueprint For Rivers Energy Underway -Commissioner

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The Rivers State Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, has disclosed plans to fashion out a blueprint and policies to develop the natural resources and energy potentials of the state.
The State Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Dr Peter Medee, gave the hints while speaking with The Tide in an exclusive interview in his office last Monday.
The commissioner said modalities would be mapped out to meet up the mandate of the ministry, which is to address the energy needs of the state and maximize the participation of Rivers people in the upstream and downstream sectors.
As part of measures to meet up the statutory responsibilities of the ministry, the commissioner disclosed that short, medium and long term development plans would be worked out, while the ministry would synergize with relevant stakeholders to meet up set goals.
He charged the staff of various departments in the ministry to work hard to achieve the objectives and mandate of the ministry.
Dr Medee also urged Rivers people to key into the vision of the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike in the area of mobilising and harnessing the natural resources of the state for economic growth.
He said: “His Excellency the Governor of Rivers State, Chief (Barr) Nyesom Ezenwo Wike is desirous to promote economic development in all sectors of the Rivers economy. That is why the governor has inaugurated the Ease of Doing Business (EDB) committee with a charge to create the enabling environment for investment to thrive in the state”.
Dr Medee assured that the ministry would continue to protect the interest of Rivers people from arbitrary N50 point of service (POS) charge by filling station owners, insisting that the fee is a merchant charge for the operators of the filling stations and not for customers.

 

Taneh Beemene

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