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Fuel Scarcity: Group Seeks Wike’s Intervention

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Disturbed by a renewed
scarcity of fuel in Rivers State, a Non-Governmental Organisation, South South Youth Consultative Enlightenment and Mobilisation Council, (SSYCEMOC) has urged the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike to set up task force to monitor distribution of petroleum products in the state.
SSYCEMOC said that the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has failed in its role of implementing the distribution and sale of products in the state.
Director of Publicity of the Council, Comrade Chris Nnodim who spoke to The Tide Friday in an interview in Port Harcourt expressed worry over the hardship being suffered by the masses as a result of the scarcity of the products especially the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol.
Nnodim noted that long queues have returned to the filling stations and that the product instead of being sold at the official pump price ofN86.50, now sells between N110 and N130 at the few stations having the product.
According to him, “for over seven months, the Federal Government has failed in ensuring that its directive on official pump price is being implemented thereby putting Nigerians at the mercy of Shylock marketers in the nation”.
He said only an active task force by the Rivers State Government could save the masses in the state in view of the failure of DPR to monitor the activities of petroleum marketers.
The SSYCEMOC spokesman said the continued suffering by Nigerians over the issue of petroleum product supply in Nigeria which is the sixth largest producer of crude oil in the world is a challenge to the government.
“Let Governor Wike come to the aid of the people by setting up a taskforce  to monitor the implementation of petroleum product sales in the state”, he stated.
Investigation has shown that product scarcity resurfaced early last week, pushing the price above the official price.
Out of over 20 filling stations between Choba and Mbiama, only three were open to customers on Saturday and the ones selling, sold above the official pump price.
Marketers told The Tide that it is difficult getting products from the depots and that the depot operators sold to them at N99.00 per litre instead of N77, making it impossible for them to sell at the official pump price of N86.50 per litre.

 

Chris Oluoh

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Ex-Lawmaker Volunteers For Petroleum Sector Deregulation 

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An ex-lawmaker, Sen. Ben Murray Bruce, has announced that he is willing to serve as a volunteer in deregulating the country’s petroleum sector.
This follows the ex-lawmaker’s faulting of Nigeria losing over N5trilion annually as a result of fuel subsidy.
Bruce, who represented Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the 8th Senate, on his verified Twitter handle, decried what he described as ignorance and ineptitude of government agencies responsible for fuel subsidy.
“We cannot keep losing five trillion naira annually. I am able and willing, and I volunteer myself to lead the team to deregulate our petroleum sector.
“I will execute this flawlessly such that no Nigerian will be on the street protesting.
“The ineptitude and ignorance of the government agencies responsible for this are mind-boggling,” Bruce tweeted.

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Stakeholders Urge FG To Shift From Fossil Fuel

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Stakeholders in the extractive industry have said that as a fossil fuel dependent country, Nigeria must develop its own strategy to engage in shifting global focus away from oil.
This was the conversation at a recent one day capacity building workshop for media and Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria, organised by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, through its Natural Resource and Extractive Programme, in partnership with Natural Resource Governance Institute.
The hybrid workshop, themed, “Oil Dependency in Nigeria: Imagining a Future Beyond Oil”, had over 50 participants, including journalists from the extractive sector, CSOs, and social media influencers in attendance.
The workshop, according to the organisers, was geared towards improving the understanding of oil dependency and the nexus with energy transition to better communicate the impact on Nigeria and the Nigerian economy.
Senior Officer, NRGI, Ms. Tengi George-Ikoli, explained that Nigeria was at a critical point in its development, hence as a fossil fuel-dependent country, it is important that Nigeria develops its own strategy to engage the shifting global focus away from oil.
“Nigeria must develop its own medium to long term strategy to mitigate the likely export and government revenue losses from a shrinking market base as these countries look to reducing oil reliance beyond 2030.
“Nigeria must make strategic decisions in the way it spends its limited revenues, take economic diversification more seriously, leveraging regional and global opportunities beyond oil, and including new frontier possibilities available in the green economy”, she said.
Also, Deputy Director, Development Practice, CJID, Mr. Akintunde Babatunde, said as energy transition persists globally, Nigeria as a monolithic fossil fuel dependent economy has to prepare for what the shift to cleaner energy sources means for its economy.
“Data is pointing us to the fact that Nigeria will likely lose a majority of its foreign exchange earnings and revenues for both the federal and subnational government.
“In fact, it is already happening, because Nigeria is at a critical point in its development process, it is important for professionals to discuss the way forward on how the decisions we make as a country are more important now than ever”, he said.
Earlier, the Acting Executive Director at CJID, Tobi Oluwatola, harped on the need for capacity building for the media and CSOs, noting that they are in the best position to enlighten the public from an informed perspective.
“It is time for Civil Society Organisations, journalists, and policy experts to have this discussion, most especially as Nigeria plans to achieve net zero by 2060. There is a need for CSOs to be empowered with the right skills to be able to do the right advocacy and accountability work in Nigeria”, he stated.

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Nigeria To Construct Gas Pipeline To Europe Through Morocco

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Nigeria has given the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC) the greenlight to implement a deal on construction of a gas pipeline to Europe through Morocco.
This follows reports of surging demand for African energy supplies from the EU that is seeking to wean itself of dependence on Russian oil and gas.
“This gas pipeline is to take gas to 15 West African countries and to Europe and through Morocco to Spain and others,” said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.
“It is only after the engineering design of the pipeline has been made that we will know exactly (what) the cost of the pipeline will be. When that time comes, we will be talking about funding,” he added.
Nigeria is a member of the Opec group of major oil producers and has huge gas reserves – the largest proven reserves in Africa and the seventh largest globally.
On May 30, Tanzania transported 60,000 tonnes of coal to the Netherlands.
Last month, Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, said European nations had “flooded” his country with requests to supply coal.

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