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LG Chairmen Promise To Protect PHED Personnel

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The Chairman of Ikwere Local Government Area Rivers State, Hon. Samuel Nwanosike, and his counterpart from Emohua, Chief Tom Aliezi, have assured Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) personnel of protection against harassment in the discharge of their duties
The local government chairmen, who made the promises when they visited the management of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, in Port Harcourt with their community leaders, assured that they will beef-up security around all PHED installations in the various Local Government Areas.
The chairmen, who were received on arrival by the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, PHED, Mr. Naveen Kapoor, represented by the General Manager, Commercial, Engr. Joseph Aikowe and other top officials of the company, commended the chairmen for visiting and promised to partner with them to ensure stable power in the Local Government Areas.
Hon. Nwanosike stated that the purpose of the visit was to meet with management of PHED with a view to finding lasting solution to a lingering power outage in the entire Ikwerre and Emuoha LGA which was due to vandalised lines along Ahoada-Elele- Emuoha and Isiokpo way.
According to him, his people were no longer happy and comfortable with the prolonged outage, adding that as an elected chairman, he has been vested with the responsibility of bringing development to the people, which could only be achieved through adequate power supply.
He noted that with supply in the locality, many artisans would improve their standard of living.
The local government boss appealed to PHED to rehabilitate the lines in order to make life bearable for the affected communities.
On his part, the Chairman of Emuoha Local Government Area, Chief Tom Aliezi, emphasised the need for the rehabilitation of the network in addition to metering of the transformers which would eliminate contentious estimated billings and customers would be happy to pay for the actual consumption.
Highlighting the issues that have hampered the network, he said they include high spate of vandalism, non-payment of bills, staff harassment and unyielding investments by PHED. The chairmen assured the management of adequate security on PHED installations and protection of her workers while on duty, in addition to facilitating payment of bills by their kingsmen.
“We have taken measures to ensure that no one can destroy or vandalise any PHED facility. It is now a community battle, you can send the team to investigate and currently we are taking list of suspected vandals from the two caught only two days ago.
“Young men and women have been counseled to monitor these facilities. Each CDC is to set up an electricity committee to monitor the smooth running of business between PHED and the community.
“It has become a taboo to harass PHED workers; it is like attacking the community authority. The place is so far secured. “Vandals in our areas are being treated and regarded as kidnappers”, they said.
In his response, the CEO, PHED, Naveen Kapoor, thanked the chairmen for taking the initiative to address the issues in what they call a amature and logical manner depicting quality and responsible leadership”.
A meeting has however been scheduled with the Commissioner of Power, Rivers State, Hon. Shadrach Chukwu to finalise on the issues raised.
The Ahoada-Isiokpo- Emuoha 33kv lines, it would be recalled was vandalised on 28th October 2017 where 34 high tension poles with associated materials were carted away. It was rehabilitated and thereafter, it was again vandalised until it was left to its present situation.
Also, in July 2014, it took millions of naira for PHED to reconstruct the lines it met on ground in 2013. Series of meetings have been held concerning the affected lines with a view to putting an end to the act of vandalism in the area.

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Group Moves Against Oil Theft

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A group known as the Association of Surface Tank Oil and Gas Retailers (ASTOGRN) says it will work with other stakeholders to fight the menace of oil theft in the Niger Delta.
Chairperson of the group in Rivers State, Comrade Patience Uche, who spoke with The Tide in an interview in Port Harcourt at the weekend, said the body has inaugurated a special committee to work with other stakeholders to address issues of oil theft and pipeline vandalism.
She said statistics has revealed that oil bunkering activities and pipeline vandalisation in the Niger Delta cost the Federal Government about N5.9bn annually.
Apart from the huge losts in revenue, she said oil bunkering and pipeline vandalisation had also resulted in the lost of lives as most of the vandals are always consumed in pipeline explosions during the bunkering exercises.
Comrade Uche who decried the increasing involvement of youths in illegal bunkering activities advocated for a more proactive and corrective measure to bring lasting solution to the vice.
According to her, part of the solution is the building of modular refineries in the Niger Delta and developing the capacities of youths in the region to be actively involved in the oil and gas industry.
“Most of the youths who got involved in illegal  oil bunkering and lost their lives in the process could have played a more creative and productive role in the oil and gas industry if they were functionally trained.
The Federal Government should be serious about the establishment of modular refineries and the training of youths to participate in the process, this will go a long way to tackle the challenges of illegal bunkering in the Niger Delta,” she said.
She said the major drive of the association was to make oil and gas bussines rural based, “to improve the socio economic and general living conditions of its members”
According to her, the association will achieve the targets by encouraging its members to have their licences from the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) to be actively involved in the oil and gas business.
She pointed out that the initiative will also reduce petroleum supplies from foreign marketers through importation of products, and kill the spirit of bunkering from vandals as well as increase the Federal Government revenue on Surface  Tank Retails bussines in Nigeria.

 

Taneh Beemene

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‘Consumers Paid More For Diesel, Other Items In Dec’

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The prices of a litre of diesel and kerosene as well as a kilogram of cooking gas rose last month, according to latest reports released by the National Bureau of Statistics.
The NBS said the average price paid by consumers for automotive gas oil (diesel) increased by 2.10 per cent month-on-month and by 3.72 per cent year-on-year to N229.81 in December 2019 from N225.08 in November.
It said the states with the highest average price of diesel were Benue (N266.25), Borno (N257.36) and Taraba (N246.67) while those with the lowest average price were Rivers (N203.81), Bayelsa (N209.17) and Ekiti (N215.00).
The average price per litre paid by consumers for national household kerosene increased by 0.96 per cent month-on-month and by 10.27 per cent year-on-year to N320.59 in December from N317.54 in November.
States with the highest average price per litre of kerosene were Imo (N386.01), Gombe (N380.95), and Adamawa (N360.21), while those with the lowest average price were Delta (N260.48), Borno (N269.81) and Abuja (N273.33).
The average price for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder for liquefied petroleum gas (cooking gas) increased by 0.92 per cent month-on-month to N2,018.68 in December from N2,000.29 in November.
According to the NBS, states with the highest average price for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder for LPG were Bauchi (N2,491.57), Borno (N2,383.33) and Adamawa (N2,379.36).
Many businesses and households in the country rely heavily on petrol- and diesel-powered generators for electricity as power supply from the national grid remains poor.
Unlike petrol, diesel and kerosene have been deregulated and their pump prices are adjusted to reflect the reality in the global crude oil markets.
The NBS said the average price paid by consumers for premium motor spirit (petrol) decreased by 0.29 per cent year-on-year and by 0.41 per cent month-on-month to N145.35 in December from N145.94 in November.
It said states with the highest average price of petrol were Benue (N148.50), Kebbi (N147.69) and Abia (N147.33), while those with the lowest average price were Taraba (N143.13), Abuja (N143.67) and Jigawa (N144.14).

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Group Lauds FG Over Planned Repositioning Of NDDC

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A group known as Patriotic Forum of Niger Delta (PAFOND) has commended President Muhammadu Buhari over his plans to reposition the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to live up to its statutory mandate of developing the Niger Delta region.
The commendation was part of a communiqué issued at the End of Year general meetings of the forum in Port Harcourt, and made available to The Tide.
The communiqué which was signed by the National chairman of the forum, comrade Owo Udoh, and the National Secretary, Comrade Daniel Wilson, stated that the Niger Delta had continued to suffer development neglect despite its huge to the Nigeria economy.
The forum urged the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, to commence the construction of roads in the Niger Delta and embark on other projects that will create meaningful impact on the lives of the people.
The group also called on other Niger Delta indigenes serving in the Buhari government,, particularly the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, to attract development projects to the Niger Delta.
The forum called on the governors of the Niger Delta states to channel the resources of the states for proper economic development of the region.
The group which expressed regrets over the, “infrastructural decay” in the Niger Delta, said development potentials in the oil rich region can be properly harnessed if the budgetary allocations for the development of the region are not diverted into personal coffers.

 

Taneh Beemene

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