Adamawa, Yobe, Borno and Taraba States have been thrown into darkness following a protest by workers of Yola Electricity Distribution Company over poor condition of service.
The strike action embarked upon by Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies with support of the Trade Union Congress last Wednesday, had reportedly paralysed operations of the Disco.
The protesters, led by Nasiru Dembo, deputy president general in charge of North SSAEAC, picketed the Disco office, demanding the review of the condition of service of employees.
Many residents from the affected states, who turned up on the first day of the strike action at the office could not buy cards for their pre-paid meters nor resolve complaints which had to do with electricity supply from the Disco.
However, the situation which left many towns and cities of the North- East in total darkness was further exacerbated by last Thursday’s downpour which caused some of the main power supply feeders conveying power supplying from the TCN to trip.
The disaster which had yet to be rectified according to the head of Public Affairs and Communication, YEDC, Kingsley Nkemneme, because of the ongoing strike action embarked upon by workers, was responsible for the blackout experienced in parts of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa and Taraba.
He said, “As it is now, there’s no power supply in these states. And the reason for this is the downpour experienced this morning (last Thursday) which forced some of our feeders down and there’s no one to go and fix it.
“This has affected the four states including parts of Maiduguri which has been without electricity supply since last Wednesday). But this, however, does not mean a blanket darkness, since it only affected areas covered by the feeders in the four states. Because of the strike, once there’s a fault on your lines nobody is going to fix it.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Nasiru Dembo, decried the neglect of workers welfare by management of the YEDC, lamenting that it had yet to implement an agreement reached with government over issues bordering on promotions, re-tooling and the disparities in emoluments among staff.
But Nkemneme who called for patience and understanding from his colleagues, said the issue of conditions of service raised by the employees’ union had not been concluded, as it was receiving attention from the management.
Motorists Want NNPC Mega Filling Station In Bori
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.
PPPRA To Audit Infrastructure In Downstream Oil Sector
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.
NNPC, NOSDRA Move To Check Oil Spills
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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