A non-profit, non-political
and non-governmental organisation, Gas Alert for Sustainable Initiative (GASIN), has trained no fewer than 14 indigenes of Obie and Ebogoro communities in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State on gas safety.
It also inducted 70 students of Egbema Grammer School, Community Secondary School, Obrikom, Community Secondary School, Mgbede and Community Secondatry School, Aggah as members of its Gas Alert Club.
At a public sensitisation programme on gas safety held at Ebogoro and Obie, recently, the Executive Director of GASIN, Rev Fr Edward Obi, said there is an urgent need to educate the people particularly in the host communities of Oil and Gas producing companies on the best safety approach to the issue of gas.
By so doing, he said, this would reduce the growing danger and inherent huge loss of lives and property through gas explosion and fire in such gas abundant areas particularly in the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
At the public sensitisation programme, made up of the community people, Federal Minsitry of Environment, National Oil Response, Dictation and Remediation Agency (NORSDRA) and other stakeholders, Obi said all have crucial roles to play in ensuring that international standards were being strictly observed and to protect lives and property in areas where gas exploration activities take place.
He advised the community people to refrain from farming or doing business on gas facilities or pipeline Right of Ways as such activities could result in gas explosion and fire that could consume the entire community.
He said the NGO was established by the Niger Delta Catholic Bishops’ Forum (NDCBF) and incorporated in 2012 with the vision to educate the public on clean and safe Niger-Delta in which natural resources are extracted and processed.
The organisation urged the local people to report to the appropriate agencies as NOSDRA, Ministry of Environment, or GASIN in the event of any gas leakages and not to resort to self help because of the dangerous and complex nature of gas to the environment when mishandled.
He particularly preached against any attempt to vandalise gas pipeline in protest against perceived unfair treatment of prospecting and producing companies in the area, emphasizing that the result of such actions could be catastrophic to lives and environment.
“We are alerting communities about the dangers of gas. God loves you all and deposited gas as resource for your development. So the awareness we create is that gas is a rich resource. But it is also very volatile and dangerous. Don’t joke with it. It is explosive and the fire it causes can consume entire community,” he said.
The Port Harcourt Zonal Head of NOSDRA, Sir Cyrius Nkangwung commended GASIN for the awareness campaign and noted that such efforts where vital because of the environmental and health hazards it causes to the inhabitants of gas producing communities.
The NOSDRA Zonal Head who was represented at the event by Mr Augustine Bello urged all to join hands to save lives and environment and to respect laws guiding Pipeline Right of Ways, noting that oil companies had paid for the right of ways.
The Tide reports that in Obie and Egbogoro, seven persons each were inaugurated as Gas Alert Group and that the team coordinates safety in invent of gas leak and community members were advised to report issues concerning gas leakages to the team or government agencies for appropriate safety actions.
Eradiri Faults NDDC Leadership Structure Wants Agric As Top Priority
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
Nigeria Lost N851bn To Oil Theft, Sabotage – NEITI
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.
Residents Task New Council Chairmen On Dev, Agric Policies
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.
By: Residents Task New Council Chairmen On Dev, Agric Policies
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