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FG Loses N93.436bn To Crude Oil Theft, Pipeline Vandalism

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With a daily loss of about 11,000 barrels of oil from its pipelines to crude oil theft, the Federal Government has lost N93,436,200,000 in one year in revenue earnings to all tiers of government – local, state and federal – from sale of crude oil Shell Petroleum Development Company’s production alone.
This translates to a loss in revenue of $715,000 (about N259.545million) per day and N7,786,350,000 in 30 days to the government at an estimated exchange rate of $65 per barrel at $1 to N362.
Consequently, the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has cried out for help from government, communities and other stakeholders to stem the incessant attack on oil assets in the Niger Delta.
The company expressed its frustration, last Monday, at a media workshop on ‘Pipelines Right of Way Encroachment and Vandalism’ held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital where the its headquarters has been domiciled since 2004.
Speaking at the event, SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli, said “These are critical national assets with 55 per cent government interest and they produce the crude oil that accounts for over 90 per cent of Nigeria’s foreign exchange and the bulk of government revenue”, adding that, “Hurting these assets means hurting the nation’s revenue, the economy of the states, the health of the people and the environment”.
According to Weli, “Crude oil theft on the pipeline network resulted in a loss of around 11,000 barrels of oil a day in 2018, which is more than the approximate 9,000 bbl/d in 2017”, adding that “since 2012, SPDC had removed more than 1,160 illegal theft points on its joint venture pipelines in the Niger Delta”.
He noted that as part of efforts to ensure the integrity of its pipelines, SPDC has replaced 1,300 kilometres of pipelines out of the 4,000 kilometre-pipeline across the five states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo and Rivers in the last five years in the Niger Delta, but regretted that in spite of this huge investment in the safety of the pipelines, more organised sabotage and vandalism of the critical national asset has continued.

 

Nelson Chukwudi

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S’South Not Ready For Joint Security Outfit -Okowa …Says Govs Favour Community Policing

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The South-South governors have yet to make any moves for a joint security outfit like Operation Amotekun in the South-West region, says the Chairman of South-South Governors’ Forum, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa.
Amotekun was set up by the South-West governors to check insecurity in the zone.
But Bayelsa, Rivers, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Edo and Delta States have yet to meet to consider a joint security outfit in the South-South despite glaring cases of security breaches, killings, kidnapping and rape of people in the region by criminal elements from other regions and outside the country.
The Delta State governor, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Olise Ifeajika, said at the weekend, that the South-South governors were in favour of community policing.
Okowa said, “No move has been made to set up such an outfit in the region. If any move has been made, I’m not aware of it. But to the best of my knowledge, no move has been made.
“As I said before, community policing is the answer to the criminal activities in the region.”
It would be recalled that a group in the North, recently, launched Shege-Ka-Fasa aimed at complementing the efforts of the police and other statutory security agencies to tackle insecurity in the region.
However, the northern governors have since dissociated themselves from the initiative.
Meanwhile, Cross River State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Asu Okang, said the state government was not aware if South-South governors were planning a regional security outfit.
Okang, however, said the establishment of such an outfit was a welcome development in view of the prevailing security challenges facing the country.
He said, “I am not aware of any such plans yet. I am not aware if South-South governors will attempt to duplicate what South-West governors have done.
“Operation Amotekun is a welcome development by all judgment and standards because it has got to a point in this country where zonal governments, even state governments and local governments, should be able to attempt and institute a security apparatus to be able to ensure that they protect their own people.
“The original intent of government or what the Constitution says about the primary responsibility of government is to provide security and welfare for its citizenry. Where you find the contrary, it is important that people rise up to find cooperative means of protecting themselves.
“You cannot sit in your house and wait for somebody to kill you first. A dead man doesn’t talk. So, I think that Amotekun is a welcome development, and I speak as Asu Okang. I am not speaking as Cross River State Government. I speak as an individual. The position of the state might be different, which I do not see being different.
Although Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike made efforts to establish the Neighbourhood Watch for the state, it is not clear if he is planning to mobilise his colleagues in the South-South on the way forward as far as security of the region is concerned.
In Edo State, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, could not speak on the matter as a text message sent to him was ignored after he failed to answer several calls put across to him.

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Group Raises Alarm Over Insecurity In N’Delta …As Diri Flays Attack On Justice Mary Odili

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The Niger Delta Self Determination Movement (NDSDM) has written to the Chairman, South-South Governors’ Forum and Governor of Delta State, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, over alleged threat to the security of South-South states.
In a letter by its Convener, Annikio Briggs, NDSDM, said it has “watched with trepidation, the deteriorating situation across the country and with special emphasis as to how that impacts our dear Niger Delta.”
According to her, reports are rife over killer herdsmen attacking peaceful communities and these attacks have continued unabated because security agents have looked the other way, and sometimes, overwhelmed by the attacks.
“The NDSDM, in all sincerity can no longer trust the established security agencies to protect our people as they have shown a high level of complicity, and sometimes, outright connivance with killer herdsmen to attack, kill, kidnap, rape, molest and terrorise our people. What is true of Delta is true of all the South-South states. There is absolutely no state in the South-South that is immune from rampaging and ravaging killer herdsmen and the security breach they bring with them”, the letter stated.
Briggs made an appeal to Okowa to use his good offices to convene a South-South Security Summit so that the people of the region can agree on a regional security network that would aid the “overstretched established security agencies in combating the unacceptable level of insecurity across the Niger Delta”.
However, the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri has affirmed his readiness and total commitment to the Ijaw cause and interest, saying he would defend the Ijaw ethnic nationality in the Nigerian federation.
Diri vowed that the Ijaws, who are domiciled in Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Edo, Ondo and Akwa Ibom states, the fourth largest ethnic group in the country, would not play second fiddle to any tribe.
A press release by his Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr Daniel Alabrah, quotes the governor as having made the statement during a meeting with the Ijaw Leaders Consultative Forum in Government House, Yenagoa.
Diri, who was the pioneer organising secretary of the Ijaw National Congress (INC), hinted that, as governor of the only homogeneous Ijaw state, he would not relent in spearheading and championing the Ijaw cause or interest.
The governor also called for unity of purpose among all the Ijaw-speaking people to ensure that the Ijaws in the Niger Delta were not relegated to the background.
“For us to continue to improve the lives of our people we must have unity of purpose, we must be united as Ijaw people, and shouldn’t be seen to be pulling down ourselves.”
He disclosed that the meeting was convened to enable him interact with the group as they were part of the struggle that led to the creation of Bayelsa State by late Gen Sani Abacha in 1996.
Meanwhile, the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri has condemned the recent attack on the justices of the Supreme Court, especially the attack on Justice Mary Odili, in the discharge of their constitutional duties.
Diri, in his maiden state-wide broadcast, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for not yielding to pressure to interfere with the legal processes that saw to his emergence.
“We strongly condemn the sponsored attacks on the Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, particularly the attack on Hon. Justice Mary Odili, in the discharge of their constitutional duties.
“In our view this, this is a serious consecration of a sacred national institution such as the judiciary,” he stated.
He saluted Justices of the Supreme Court for the display of courage in their quest to uphold democratic principles, and gave kudos to his legal team for putting up a sterling performance.
Diri also called on all stakeholders in the state to join hands with his administration to address the challenges facing Bayelsa State.
“There may be those who think that some things could have been done better or even differently. As humans we remain fallible. Let us put our differences behind us. We, therefore, extend our hands of fellowship to all stakeholders and progressive minded individuals to join hands with us to consolidate the building of the Bayelsa of our dream.”
According to him, his administration was poised to offer renewed hope to the people of the state towards improving their welfare and well-being.
He contended that victory in a political contest should not be seen as an end in itself but as a means to foster peace, stability and development in all spheres.
A statement by his Acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, quoted the governor as stressing the need to make life more meaningful by creating an enabling environment that would engender economic activities and provide employment opportunities for the teeming youths of the state.
The governor noted that his administration acknowledges the outstanding issues arising from the implementation of his predecessor’s policies, which he was a part of, but expressed his determination to accommodate fresh perspectives for the good of Bayelsa.
Diri said, “We recognize that there are outstanding issues from the implementation of the Restoration Agenda, of which I am a principal proponent and participant.
“As in every family, there will always be reasons to disagree. There may be those who feel that some things could have been done better or differently. As humans, we remain fallible.
“Let us put past grievances behind us. Let us appreciate that governance is a continuum, and as the dynamics change, we will accommodate fresh perspectives. The important thing is to continue to find reason to agree and work together for the good of Bayelsa.”

 

By: Dennis Naku

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Mother, Child Hospital’ll Soon Come On Stream, Wike Confirms

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Contractors are putting finishing touches to the Mother and Child Hospital, Port Harcourt, as the installation of equipment at the health facility has commenced.
The Mother and Child Hospital is one of the legacy projects of the Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike.
The project is aimed at improving access to quality healthcare for mothers and children.
The concluding aspects of the modification of the health facility are progressing simultaneously with the installation of equipment.
In an interview, Site Architect of Tijeem Multifunctional Nigeria Limited, Michael Nwakanma, said that the equipment contractor was coupling and installing world-class equipment.
He said: “The Mother and Child Hospital has reached the stage where the equipment contractor can start installing the procured equipment.
“They are already on site, installing the equipment procured by the Rivers State Government. Before the equipment contractor finishes with the installation, the hospital will be ready for commissioning.
“The equipment contractor needs a minimum of one month to finish the installation of the equipment”.
He said that different departments of the health facility have been completed.
“The new Doctors’ Quarters constructed by the current contractor has been completed, while the earlier Doctors’ Quarters constructed by the previous contractor will be modified for commissioning”, he said.

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