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Association To Increase Local Consumption Of Cooking Gas

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The Nigerian Association of LPG Marketers (NALPGAM) says it plans to increase local consumption of cooking gas from 700,000 metric tonnes yearly to one million metric tonnes by 2020.
President of the association, Mr Nosakhare Ogieva-Okunbor, made this known at a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stakeholders’ forum tagged: “Creating Awareness and Safe Handling of LPG’’ in Lagos on Friday.
Ogieva-Okunbor said that if every stakeholder within the LPG value-chain does what is right, the target would increase to about five million metric tonnes by 2025.
He said that if achieved, Nigeria would have attained the League of Nations with high level of LPG consumption.
Ogieva-Okunbor said the association remained a vital link in the LPG distribution value-chain in Nigeria, adding that it was embarking on a nationwide awareness on the benefits and safe use of LPG..
The initiative, according to him, is to encourage voluntary switch from the use of firewood, charcoal, kerosene and other forms of dirty fuel to the use of cooking gas, which was the most efficient and effective cooking source.
Ogieve-Okunbor decried that cooking gas consumption in Nigeria had remained low due to lack of adequate awareness and other infrastructure challenges.
He advised government and other stakeholders to organise and promote campaigns to create awareness about cooking gas and its attendant environmental and health benefits.
Ogieva-Okunbor said that the association was using the occasion to complement the efforts of the Federal Government toward developing a vibrant LPG sector.
He also said that the sector could only witness the desired growth if the citizenry begin to use LPG as an alternative fuel for automobile and cooking.
The association president said: “This is to encourage voluntary switching from the use of firewood, charcoal, kerosene and other cooking sources to the use of cooking gas as the most efficient and effective cooking source.
“Cooking gas consumption in Nigeria has remained low; no, thanks to lack of adequate awareness creation and other infrastructure challenges.
‘‘Since a greater percentage of Nigeria’s population reside in the rural areas, efforts must be made by the government and stakeholders to encourage locals and non-governmental oragnisations (NGOs) to go to the remote areas to promote the product,’’ he said.
Ogieva-Okunbor said the association was embarking on a campaign project to create awareness for the commodity and also teach consumers on how best to handle cooking gas.
According to him, the campaign, will be taken to all states of the federation with a promise of free cooking gas cylinders to Nigerians and also teach them on the safe and proper handling of cooking gas.
Also, Mr Umar Ajiya, the Managing Director, Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), said that the organisation was not only at the forefront of deepening LPG usage, but also to stabilise domestic price of cooking gas.
Ajiya, represented by Mr Billy Okoye, the Executive Director in charge of Commercials, said that the agency was dialoguing with NLNG and importers to ensure the crash of LPG price in Nigeria.
He said that it would encourage people to desist from the use of dirty fuel, including firewood and charcoal and move to clean energy.

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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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