The Institute of Electrical/Electronic Engineers of Nigeria has called for effective reforms in the Nigeria Power Sector to address the power needs of country.
President of the Port Harcourt branch of the institute, Engineer Isaac Adekanya who spoke with The Tide during an interview in Port Harcourt said there was need for upward review of policies to tackle the challenges of power supply in the country.
Engineer Adekanya also called for the liberalisation of the power sector to encourage the participation of more service providers in the sector.
He said the present operation of the sector was inadequate as the few service providers were unable to meet up with the power demands of Nigerians.
He faulted the process of engagements of GENCOS and TRANCOS in the operation of the power sector, noting that the process lacked the inputs of experts in the sector.
He advocated for a process where allocation of contracts for service providers in the power sector will be based on expertise and competence rather than political and commercial interests alone.
“It’s important that experts and professionals in the power sector be given the opportunity to make inputs and contributions for the development of the sector. There is need for reforms in the sector to reflect the realities of the Nigeria situation. The absence of effective power supply in the country is the greatest disincentive against economic growth and expansion, “ he said.
The president also called for greater synergy between the academia and the industry to promote research and development in the sector.
“There is need for a stronger collaboration between the academic institutions and the industries to promote research.While the industries should provide the funding, the institutions should provide the research. It’s only through this type of synergy that genuine progress can be made in power sector development,” he stated.
The institute also called on the federal government to generate more power based on comparative advantage and the availability of natural resources and raw materials for power generation, and faulted the concentration of generated power at Oshogbo for distribution across the country.
“ It’s wrong to concentrate all generated power at Oshogbo for distribution across the country. This doesn’t create room for proper accessment of the power needs of the various states of the country. States should be be encouraged to generate their own power to tackle their own peculiar power needs,” he said.
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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