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NUPENG Kicks Against NNPC Unbundling

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Counselor (Commercial and Project), High Commission of India, Mr Machender Kanyal (middle), welcoming The Chairman, Local Organising Committee (Loc) of the 2016 World Mayors-African Region Investment Conference, during the Committee's chairman working visit to the commission in Abuja on Tuesday. With them is the Conference Manager, Mr George Igoche.

Counselor (Commercial and Project), High Commission of India, Mr Machender Kanyal (middle), welcoming The Chairman, Local Organising Committee (Loc) of the 2016 World Mayors-African Region Investment Conference, during the Committee’s chairman working visit to the commission in Abuja on Tuesday. With them is the Conference Manager, Mr George Igoche.

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Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has kicked against the recent announcement by the Federal Government to unbundling the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) into 30 companies.
In a statement by the union on Monday signed by its Secretary General, Comrade Joseph Ogbebor said that the unbundling of NNPC does not follow due process and therefore an attempt to provoke the oil and gas workers  and cause industrial unrest in the country.
Ogbebor said that the NNPC unbundling is not consistent with the NNPC’s Act and the extant  Laws establishing NNPC and expressed the union’s determination to resist the policy change as announced.
The union statement warned the Federal Government to desist from going ahead with the policy change in NNPC to forestall a major industrial crisis, stressing that a major restructure of the NNPC cannot be done without due consultation with major stakeholders in the oil and gas sector.
The union described the policy change as a more academic exercise existing in the minds of the Minister of State Petroleum Resources and some top officials of the NNPC, adding that the unilateral decision of the minister will not stand the test of time.
The union scribe said that the legality, appropriateness and timelessness of the exercise is condemnable , adding that the union will not tolerate any disengagement of the union members under the guise of unbundling the NNPC.
The union accused those behind the plot of unbundling the NNPC of wanting to kill the NNPC by all means and warned that the corporation is a creation of Law, hence it would take the repealing of the original Act to effect the change.
The union scribe further explained that the union will not fold its hands and allow few privileged persons fragment NNPC into pieces without following due process, stressing that those planning to fragment NNPC into pieces under the cover of disengaging workers should know that job creation and job security are the change agenda of the current administration Nigerians voted for.
He called on the federal government to call the Minister of State  Petroleum Resources to order.

 

Phillip Okparaji

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11m Benefitted From $415m World Bank Supported CSDP  – FG

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The Federal Government has disclosed that 11 million Nigerians benefited from $415 million World Bank-supported Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) programme.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Umar Farouq, disclosed this in an opening address during the close out ceremony of the CSDP programme.
According to Farouq, 11 million direct beneficiaries with an estimated 25 million indirect beneficiaries across 29 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were reached between 2009 and 2021 when the CSDP programme was being implemented.
She also described the project as highly successful and highlighted sectors the project focused on including health, education, transportation, electrification, community housing, and others.
She said: “The Project became effective in 2009, has had two additional financing, all totaling USD415 million. In its over 11 years of existence, the CSDP has evolved into one of the strong pillars for the implementation of the Social Protection Programmes of the Federal Government under the supervision of my Ministry through the National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO).
“The CSDP operates with the core principle of Community Driven Development (CDD) Approach.  This is a development paradigm that focuses on the needs of the poor and vulnerable and empowering them with development resources to address their peculiar needs.
“Using this unique approach, the CSDP has implemented micro projects in poor communities across the 543 Local Government Areas of 29 States and the Federal Capital Territory.
“This represents about 70 per cent of the total number of Local Governments in Nigeria.  The poor communities are identified specifically through the use of Poverty Maps agreed to by each participating State and FCT.
“The Project has made substantial impact on improving access of the poor and vulnerable to social and natural resources infrastructure across the benefiting communities.  The total number of beneficiaries of CSDP stands at 11 million direct beneficiaries across the 29 states, with estimated 25 million indirect beneficiaries.
“Specifically, the CSDP has achieved the following: Successful completion of 16,166 micro-projects in 5,664 communities and 934 vulnerable groups.  These micro-projects cut across eight sectors of intervention namely education, health, water, transportation, electrification, socio-economic, environment and community housing; 5,764 classrooms, 1,323 health centres and 4,442 water micro projects were constructed and or rehabilitated.

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Cooking Gas Use Campaign Begins In 12 States

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The Federal Government in collaboration with the Nigerian Energy Support Programme has kicked off the national sensitisation and awareness campaign for the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas in Nigeria beginning with 12 pilot states.
The states include Sokoto, Katsina, Bauchi, Gombe, Enugu, Ebonyi, Delta, Bayelsa, Lagos, Ogun, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory.
The government said the campaign to ensure increased usage of LPG, popularly called cooking gas, was in line with its ‘Decade of Gas’ initiative, adding that its socioeconomic and health benefits far outweighed the use of kerosene and firewood.
Speaking at the inaugural campaign in Abuja, Tuesday the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, said there was no excuse for Nigeria not to be able to develop its gas sector considering the huge gas reserves in-country.
Osinbajo, who was represented by the Programme Manager, National LPG Expansion Plan, Office of the Vice President, Dayo Adeshina, said the use of LPG would help in cutting down gas flaring in Nigeria.
He said the government was working to ensure that Nigeria achieved the five million metric tons LPG consumption target, adding that efforts were being made to ensure the provision of cylinders at affordable rates to Nigerians.
“Our gas reserves in this country are enormous and we have every reason to develop the gas sector and ensure that our citizens use LPG,” the Vice President said.
He added, “The use of LPG is good for our health and has better socioeconomic benefits and this is in line with the ‘Decade of Gas’ initiative of government.”
Recently, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said over 120 million Nigerians were experiencing energy poverty despite the huge natural gas resources across the country.
Participants at the awareness campaign also called for adequate penetration of LPG usage in Nigeria, as they pledged to support the government in achieving this target.

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Rail Transport Suffers 38% Decline In Q1 2021 – NBS

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Rail transportation suffered a 38 per cent, year-on-year average decline in passenger and cargo travel in the first quarter of the year 2021 (Q1’21).
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosed this yesterday in its Rail Transport Data for Q1’21, which  showed that passenger travel fell by 34.4 per cent, year-on-year, to 424,460 passengers   in Q1’21 from 647,055 passengers recorded in Q1’2020.
Similarly, cargo travel fell by 43.13 per cent, year-on-year, to 10,511 tons in Q1’21 from 18,484 recorded in Q1 2020.
The NBS stated: The rail transportation data for Q1 2021 reflected that a total of 424,460 passengers travelled via the rail system in Q1 2021 as against 647,055 passenger recorded in Q1 2020 and 134,817 in Q4 2020 representing -34.40 per cent decline year-on-year and +214.84 per cent growth QoQ respectively.
“Similarly, a total of 10,511 tons of volume of goods/cargo travelled via the rail system in Q1 2021 as against 18,484 recorded in Q1 2020 and 35,736 in Q4 2020 representing -43.13 per cent decline year-on-year and -70.59 per cent decline QoQ respectively.
Revenue generated from passengers in Q1 2021 was put at N892,467,526 as against N398,999,290 in Q4 2020. 
Similarly,revenue generated from goods/cargo in Q1 2021 was put at N26.19 million as against N82.57 million in Q4 2020.

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