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PENGASSAN Plans Nationwide Strike

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There are indications of
a looming nation-wide strike by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) if the Federal Government fails to take urgent steps to avert it.
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) Chairman in Rivers State, Comrade Chika Onuegbu, who disclosed this in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, said the strike would impact heavily on the social-economic state of Nigerians as all oil workers operations including loading and sells of petroleum products would be halted by the industrial action.
Onuegbu linked the strike to unacceptable state of things in the oil sector and the attitude of the federal government towards meeting its Joint Venture Funding responsibilities.
He said about $7bn is being owed by the Federal Government under Joint Venture with oil multinationals and that this huge debt was causing ripples in the sector leading to mass sack of oil workers and slow pace of development.
“$7billion is owed by our country.  That is what is killing the oil sector hence the oil multinationals are calling for downsizing, sack of workers and this development  is worrisome.
“It is our hope that government will address this issue because the strike by PENGASSAN  will have huge negative effects.  Oil walls would be shut, federal government cannot get revenue and pay workers, no fuel and those depending on workers will also be affected”, he said.  He urged government to take urgent steps to avert the economic crises ahead.
The Trade Union boss equally expressed disappointment with some members of companies of Petroleum Association of Nigerian (PETAN) who he said were working against the Nigerian contend development.
He explained that while stakeholders worked hard to see that Nigerian content becomes real and PETAN now reaps from the policy, PETAN  which had benefited so much from the policy that had already become part of our bar, PETAN members were trying to create crises and push away the site operators in the sector.
The Tide gathered that PENGASSAN might be declaring  nation wide strike on Wednesday to protest the unacceptable way the Ministry of Petroleum Resources under the Minister of State, Ibe Ikachukwu is leading affairs within the oil and gas sector since he assumed duty.
PENGASSAN, according to a high placed source is accusing Kachukwu of not consulting the body and other stakeholders before taking decisions.
The Tide source who pleaded anonymity said PENGASSAN leadership met over the weekend and resolved  to use the strike to settle a lot of grievances which the minister had not taken seriously in spite of his promises to do so.
Since inception of the President Muhamamdu Buhari  as President and Minister of Petroleum Resources, strike in the oil sector especially by wither NUPENG or PENGASSAN has been the order of the day.
In each of the strike situations, poor Nigerians suffer acute scarcity of fuel supply  making the product sell above N250 at times even when Nigeria is amongst most blessed  countries with oil and gas deposit.
 

Chris Oluoh

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Motorists Want NNPC Mega Filling Station In Bori

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Motorists plying the Ogoni axis in Rivers State have urged the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) and the Department of Petroleum Resources, (DPR) to make real their promise of establishing at least one of the mega filling stations in Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area to give the people access to the facility.
Some of the motorists and residents of Bori who spoke with The Tide said the absence of the NNPC filling station in Bori has made them to continue to suffer exploitation in the hands of private filling station owners who inflates their prices at will.
A commercial motorist,  Mr Paul Ndeemua  who spoke with our reporters said motorists plying the Bori route were excited when they heared of plans by government  to build a mega filling station in Bori, but they were surprised that there was no trace of the project in Bori long after the plan was made public through the media chat.
He said:  “ We commercial motorists operating within the Bori axis were happy when we learnt sometime ago that the government was going to build mega filling station in Bori like other parts of the state were they are located, but it’s unfortunate that almost three years after the plan was announced, nothing has happened. I want to use this opportunity to call on the NNPC and the DPR to fulfill their promise by building the filling station in Bori. The project will go a long way to help commercial motorists in the area, especially in terms of access to products.”
Another commercial motorist, Mr Akanimo Udosen who spoke with The Tide also decried the conspicuous absence of the NNPC  Mega Filling Station in Bori despite its location in other places.
Resident of Bori also called on the Government to build a mega filling station in Bori to serve the people of the area. Apart from assess to petroleum products, the student said the project will also give a face lift to Bori.
He called on the Rivers State Government and stakeholders in ogoni to address the rising challenges of insecurity in Khana LGA to attract investment in the area.

 

Taneh Beemene

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PPPRA To Audit Infrastructure In Downstream Oil Sector

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The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) says it will commence a comprehensive audit and survey of downstream oil and gas logistic facilities in the country.
Mr Abdulkadir Saidu, PPPRA executive secretary, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja last Saturday.
He said that the state of infrastructure in the downstream of the Nigerian oil and gas sector largely was a reflection of profitability and proficiency of the market.
He added that the aim of the audit was to assess the state, adequacy and identify the infrastructure gap in the sector.
“ The PPPRA recognises that the state of infrastructure in the downstream requires constant assessment to ensure uninterrupted supply of products in addition to providing up to date data for operation in the sector.
“Oil and gas processing, storage and distribution facilities, jetties downstream and pipelines, retail outlets for oil and Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG)  will be the focus of the survey.
“ The audit also aimed at assessing the impact of government policy and regulation on the sector’s operating environment and viability, with a view to addressing identified loopholes,” he said
According to him, the exercise, which is expected to commence in the second half of 2019, is a long awaited exercise by operators and other stakeholders.
He noted that the outcome of the exercise would contribute to policy formulation and impact investment decision-making by investors.
Saidu said that the management of the PPPRA would champion the exercise, noting that it was in furtherance of the reform programme of Mr President in the oil sector.
“All oil and gas depot owners, marketers, retail outlets and LPG plant owners are stakeholders in this exercise.
“The ultimate objective of which is to enhance the commercial viability of the sector and improve its level of attractiveness as investment capital destination of choice for would-be investors.
“We therefore wish to solicit the cooperation and support of all stakeholders in ensuring its success,” he said.

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NNPC, NOSDRA Move To Check Oil Spills

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) say they would partner to check the incidences of oil spill across the country.
Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari made this known when he received the Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa at the NNPC Towers in Abuja on Wednesday.
In a statement signed by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the spokesman for the corporation, Kyari said that as a national oil company, the NNPC pipelines, flow stations and assets across the country were jointly owned by the federation.
He maintained that the corporation produces crude oil to maintain a balance sheet for the nation.
“We have taken a number of steps to stem oil spill by deploying technology in order to make sure that whenever there is an oil spill incidence, it is contained almost immediately.
“We contain the incidences of oil theft, pipeline vandalism and acts of saboteurs and we intend to bring it to the barest minimum,” he said.
Kyari noted that the NNPC operated both crude oil and petroleum products pipelines, adding that the corporation was collaborating with its partners to curb incidences of oil spill in its areas of operations.
He said the corporation would also forge closer ties with NOSDRA to proactively forestall oil spill in areas that were prone to incessant incidences.
Earlier, Musa said the agency was prepared to partner the NNPC in mitigating oil spill in all areas of its operations.
He added that the partnership would ensure a good operating environment for the operators and the communities.
He added that breaking of petroleum products pipelines did not provide food, water and good environment for the people.

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