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Operators Seek FG Intervention In Oando Saga

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Capital market operators last week called for urgent intervention of the Federal Government in the conflict between the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Oando Plc.
They made the call in interviews with The Tide source in Lagos
They reacted to the outcome of a forensic audit on Oando  released by SEC  on May 31, as well as a court injunction restraining SEC from sacking Oando’s Group Chief Executive  Officer (GCEO), Mr Adewale Tinubu, and his deputy.
The operators applauded the courage of SEC’s Acting Director-General, Ms Mary Uduk,  in releasing the outcome of the forensic audit.
Reports say that following the outcome of the forensic audit,  SEC on June 2 constituted an interim management team to be headed by Mr Mutiu Sunmonu for Oando Plc.
It said in a statement that Sunmonu would oversee the affairs the company and conduct an Extra Ordinary General Meeting (EGM) on or before July 1, to appoint new board of directors.
The commission said that the new board of directors  would subsequently select a management team for Oando Plc.
The commission reiterated its commitment to maintaining the integrity of the market.
However,  a Federal High Court in Lagos on June 3,  granted an interim injunction restraining SEC from executing the interim management in Oando.
The court injunction followed an application filed by Tinubu and his deputy, Mr Omamofe Boyo.
Tinubu and Boyo applied for the enforcement of their fundamental rights.
The court also restrained SEC  from imposing a fine of N91.13 million on Tinubu,  and barring him and Boyo from being directors of public companies for five years.
The Chief Operating Officer, InvestData Ltd., Mr Ambrose Omordion said that the Federal  Government would  need to intervene in the matter to safeguard investors’ confidence.
Omordion said that the unfolding events between Oando and SEC could  dampen investors confidence and tamper with Nigeria’s integrity.
He said that the international investment community was watching to see the manner the Oando issue would be handled.
“The way SEC and government will handle this issue will go a long way to determine the success of the nation’s drive for financial inclusion and attraction of new retail investors and foreign investors returning to the market,” Omordion state.
He also urged the government to strengthen the commission by ensuring appointment of its board members soon.
Omordion expressed disappointment that SEC had been operating without board for about four years and had been with an acting director-general for over a year.
Publicity Secretary, Independent Shareholders Association of Nigeria Mr Moses Igbrude alleged that shareholders had suffered enough loss in Oando with no dividend and poor market pricing.
Igbrude said that court injunction could lead to long legal battles which could further affect the company’s shares price on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).
He urged the exchange to place the share price on technical suspension to protect investors from further loss.

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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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