Some artisans and residents of Magoro Community on the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway last Sunday urged the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBDEC) to restore electricity supply instead of making empty promises.
They spoke with newsmen on the heels of promise made by IBDEC to restore electricity to the area unfailingly last week after 11 years of darkness.
Our source reported that the community on the Magboro/Ibafo axis has about 100,000 inhabitants but has been in darkness with business activities on the low in spite of the population.
The community has in the past put up several measures to ensure that the electricity was restored but it was futile.
It will be recalled that sometime in March last year, the communities staged a protest on the busy Lagos/Ibadan expressway blocking the section of the road to press their demands.
There was, however, promises made by IBDEC to restore power back to the community which were not fulfilled.
The last promise was made in Abuja during the energy summit where IBDEC restated its commitment to restore power to the affected community last week.
However, with that hope that IBDEC will honour its promises, the ecstatic residents and artisans were expectant of the electricity only for their hopes to be dashed.
On noticing that IBDEC is not ready to put action to its words, the visibly angry artisans and residents called on the electricity distribution company to stop giving the community fake hope.
Some of the artisans noted that they had been subjected to untold hardships since the communities were thrown into more than a decade-long darkness which had paralysed business activities.
An artisan, who owns a welding shop in Magboro, Mr Kamal Odekunle, said that things were expensive in the community because there is no public power supply.
“People complain of our services being on the high side because we rely on electricity generator to power our equipment. How can we make ends meet with this perennial power outage?
“What we are hearing is that the power will be restored another time, it is tomorrow. We have tried all the power within us to get the electricity to no avail.
“Government has not shown enough commitment too, maybe they have the wrong notion that no serious economic activities can happen here. That is wrong.
“If the economic activities are on the right track here, government can come to collect taxes here and we will happily pay. This is a community of more than 100,000 people,’’ he said.
The Secretary of Magboro Community Development Association (CDA), Mr Fola Lasisi, said that the community had yet to have electricity due to multiple problems.
“The power issue with our area is due to multiple problems on the part of the contractor handling the project. We have no idea when all these will end.
“What we were briefed on was that the contractor and IBDEC are still working on the lines in which some faulty insulators were discovered.
“It was reported that the contractor that handled the project used substandard products, so, they are in the process of changing all the faulty insulators used by the contractor.
“IBDEC reported that they have provided about 1,200 insulators in which 800 had been used and the work has not yet finished. They should be around Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church now,’’ he said.
Lasisi said that the project would also accommodate other communities on the Lagos/Ibadan expressway, namely Ibafo and Mowe.
“The project is still going to Ibafo and then to Mowe so they are still working on the project.
“The promise made in front of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Raji Fashola, cannot be depended on because of many underlining factors. That promise was just a wish.
“It is not solely IBDECs fault but that of the contractors handling the project. IBDEC only offer to provide equipment and personnel while the contractor will
Partners Execute Shareholder Agreement For Brass Products Terminal
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), along with their partner, the Nigerian Content Development & Monitoring Board, NCDMB, and Zed Energy have executed a shareholders’ agreement for the establishment of a 50 million litre Petroleum Products Terminal in Brass, Bayelsa State.
The N10.5 billion Brass Petroleum Products Terminal project is expected to deliver an automated 50 million litre depot with two-way product jetty, automated loading bay, and 6 automated tanks for storage of 30 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS)and 20 million litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and Dual Purpose Kerosene (DPK).
While speaking at the signing ceremony, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his giant strides in the Niger Delta which is making a huge impact on the people of the area.
“I make bold to say today without any fear of contradiction that no President has impacted the people of the Niger Delta like President Muhammadu Buhari. Aside from what we are witnessing today, remember there is also the Brass Fertilizer & Petrochemical Company, the Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum and the Oil & Gas Park in Ogbia, all under Mr. President,” the Minister stated.
Sylva added that the establishment of the Terminal further demonstrates Mr. President’s commitment to the enhancement of the livelihood of the Niger Delta people particularly, the riverine communities in Bayelsa State where people purchase products at exorbitant prices due to logistics challenges associated with transporting products to that area.
Speaking shortly after signing the agreement, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari said the Corporation was proud to be part of the project which aside ensuring products availability in all nooks and crannies of the Niger Delta, will also guarantee the nation’s energy security and generate employment.
“This Terminal will create 1,000 direct jobs during the construction phase, and over 5,000 indirect jobs during its operation. Considering the potential for employment when completed, this will definitely reduce youth restiveness in the Niger Delta area and will also address the problem of illegal refining in the area,” Kyari stated.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of NCDMB, Simbi Wabote stated that this milestone was as a result of strong interagency collaboration and public-private sector partnership.
“The NCDMB will continue to drive such partnerships across the industry to bring development in Nigeria,” he noted.
Earlier, the Coordinator of the Project and Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), Mr. Bala Wunti stated that the project would enhance the economics of marine petroleum products distribution.
Senate Hails NNPC’s Drive Towards Profitability
The senate has commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for its efforts towards attaining profitability and stamping out corruption from its system.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes, Suleiman Abdu Kwari, gave the commendation at a hearing which was held at the national assembly complex, Abuja.
Kwari said it was heart-warming to learn that the NNPC was making great strides towards profitability and urged the corporation to sustain the gains recorded so far for the good of the country.
In his presentation at the hearing, Mele Kyari, the group managing director of NNPC, said the corporation was championing the fight against corruption in the oil and gas industry by placing measures to curb incidences of corruption across its various business portfolios and by enlisting as a partner company of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).
He also said that the corporation has reported several incidences of infractions such as products diversion and crude oil theft to the police, EFCC and other investigating agencies of the federal government to stem corruption within the oil and gas industry.
In an effort to clampdown on fuel smuggling, the ministry of petroleum resources launched the operation white project in October 2019 to monitor and track the movement of petroleum products in the country.
Also in February 2021, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) launched the downstream remote monitoring system (DRMS) to track the movement of petroleum products from depots to retail outlets.
“We have created an anti-corruption desk in NNPC that engages the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and other anti-corruption agencies on a regular basis,” NNPC GMD said.
“The desk ensures that in all our operations, every staff complies to the code of conduct procedures with consequence management.
“We have established a regulatory compliant governance charter and transparency policy; this is a mark of our compliance to the anti-corruption strategy.
“For the first time in 43 years, NNPC, as a part of the evolving culture of transparency and accountability, published its Audited Financial Statements (AFS) for 2018 and 2019. We are going to publish that of 2020.
“The AFS is the only document that tells how a company does its transaction. We are happy that by the time the 2020 AFS will be published, Nigerians will see the dividends of our accountability.”
Chevron Spends $10bn On Nigerian Suppliers, Service Providers
Chairman/Managing Director, Chevron Nigeria Limited (CNL), Rick Kennedy, said the company has in the last 10 years spent an estimated annual average of $1 billion on Nigerian suppliers and service providers in line with its commitment to Nigerian Content Development.
Highlighting the opportunities and new approaches to the future of hydrocarbons at the ongoing 2021 NIPS in Abuja, Kennedy stressed the need for robust policies and regulations to address and remedy existing challenges in the oil and gas industry; digital technology/innovations; cost efficiency initiatives; sustained social investments as well as continued support for Nigerian Content Development.
Kennedy, who was represented by Monday Ovuede, director, NNPC/CNL Joint Venture, identified opportunities in lowering carbon emissions and harnessing Nigeria’s gas resources as key enablers in complementing the new approaches to future of hydrocarbons in the Nigerian oil and gas industry in the post COVID-19 era.
According to him, the global community has continued to scale up the collaboration towards lower carbon emissions, adding that Chevron supports global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and is actively investing in operations to improve environmental performance while also working with industry to develop new innovative technology and best practices to achieve these objectives.
He emphasised that CNL’s gas strategy is to end routine gas flaring and build a profitable gas business through a portfolio of projects, and stated that in Nigeria, CNL, with its joint venture (JV) partners, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has progressively reduced routine gas flaring by over 95% in the past 10 years and remained ahead in terms of maximising supply of on-spec gas into the Nigerian domestic market.
He also highlighted the NNPC/CNL’s Gas Sales and Aggregation Agreements with Egbin Power Plc, Dangote Fertilizer Limited, and Olorunsogo Generation Company Limited, while mentioning the positive impact of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) through which Nigeria supplies gas to countries in the West African sub-region – specifically, Ghana, Togo, and Benin – thus, helping to boost economic development in West Africa.
Kennedy also noted that Chevron has joined other energy companies supporting the Methane Guiding Principles to reduce methane emissions from natural gas exploration and production operations through digital innovation and deployment of best practices, which include designing, constructing, and operating its facilities in a manner to reduce emissions from its operations.
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