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Marketers Blame Terminal Operators For Hike In Cooking Gas Price

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The Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALPGAM), has, blamed Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) terminal owners and off-takers for the recent hike in the price of cooking gas.
Prices of Liquefied Petroleum Gas, popularly called cooking gas, had gone up by more than 30 per cent, with customers in some parts of the country paying as much as N5, 500 for a 12.6kilograme cylinder of the gas. About a month ago, the price stood at about N2,800 – N3, 000 for the 12.6kg cylinder.
Executive Secretary of NALPGAM, Mr. Bassey Essien in a statement in Lagos last Friday, alleged that the activities of off-takers and terminal owners (where the gas was stored for sales to marketers) was responsible for the rise in the prices of the commodity.
“It becomes necessary to bring to the attention of users of cooking gas, stakeholders in the industry and the government the level of exploitation that currently subsists in the pricing of cooking gas by terminal owners and off-takers,” said Essien.
“The Federal Government approved the allocation of about 350,000 Metric Tonnes (MT) of gas per annum for local consumption through the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) company and this has been distributed through the terminals and off-takers to marketers who eventually distribute to end users.
“We noticed recently that gas delivered to terminals and off-takers, which was being sold at N3,200,000 per 20 MT a week ago suddenly jumped to between N4,000,000 and N4,300,000 per 20MT at the terminals, ” Essien alleged.
According to him, the decision of terminal operators to raise the price of the gas from their own end has seen Nigerians paying more in recent weeks that they did a month ago. The marketers, however, maintained that the price structure from the NLNG has not changed.
“We dissociate our association from exploitative acts of terminal owners. It is like taking the industry and stakeholders for granted to the detriment of the efforts of the Federal Government at deepening cooking gas utilisation in the country, which has been yielding positive results, ” Essien said.
Essien said that with this development, many Nigerians would go back to using kerosene and firewood which had attendant health effects.
“A filling station which was selling 300 litres of kerosene a week has seen its sales increased to about 6,000 litres because people who cannot afford gas due to the increment are going back to kerosene.
“This has so many negative effects on the economy, especially as food sellers would have to increase the prices of their food or reduce the quantity not to run at a loss,” he said.
Essien commended the NLNG for its efforts in supplying gas to Nigerians and urged the company to improve on its performance to deliver gas to other coastal terminals outside Lagos to reduce the inherent pressure on the terminals in the South West.

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COVID-19: FG Only Interested In Rivers Oil Revenue – Lawmaker

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and leader of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Martin Amaewhule, says the Federal Government has no love for the state, but is only interested in the oil revenue from the state.
Amaewhule stated this when he called on telephone to participate in a live radio programme monitored by our correspondent in Port Harcourt.
Amaewhule, who represents Obio/Akpor Constituency 1 in the state legislature echoed what Governor Nyesom Wike said that it was wrong for the Federal Government to be mounting pressure on oil companies for the purpose of drilling oil even at this time when the Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) was ravaging every part of the world.
He commended the state governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, for taking the right steps and for being proactive in taking measures aimed at checking the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, saying, “What the state government has done is in the right direction and it is only important that the Federal Government supports the Rivers State Government in its efforts.
“I want to say that what the governor said in his broadcast that the Federal Government is mounting pressure on oil companies in the state for the purpose of drilling oil only shows how the Federal Government looks at Rivers State. Federal Government only looks at Rivers State as a state that produces oil and brings revenue to the Federal Government.
“The Federal Government has no love for this state and I must say it is quite regrettable that the federal government would look at a state like this that has many multinationals coming in, people coming in from all countries of the world and the Federal Government has not deemed it necessary to bring a testing centre to Rivers State.
“ If there has to be testing centers in this country, about five of them, Rivers State deserves to have one, at least to look at these multinationals coming in, to know their status. That is exactly what the governor is saying. Those who are calling in (phoning into the programme) and supporting the Federal Government are not even thinking far. If these people are coming in from all nooks and crannies of the world, what is their status? Nobody is concerned. We need to know. Have they been tested? What is going to happen if they all flood into the state?”
The State Assembly leader further said, Rivers or any other state that has any case does not need to request assistance form the Federal Government, noting that all the latter ought to do is to be proactive rather than wait till the number of persons infected by the Coronavirus climbs to a certain figure before intervening.
“So much money has been given to Lagos, about N10nillion as we heard. Rivers State Government does not need to make a request. All states that have index cases don’t need to make any request. Federal Government just need to be proactive. Now that the state government is doing so much, all that the federal government needs to do is give support to the state so that whatsoever the state government is doing to make sure that the disease does not spread is maintained; because when that is done, it will reduce the burden of the Federal Government.
“Federal Government will have less work to do because you have a proactive governor like His Excellency, Nyesom Wke. What the Federal Government ought to do is to identify those states that have cases of Covid-19 and give the support in order for them to continue doing what they are doing to curb the scourge.
“If they (FG) don’t do anything and wait for any state to have 50, 100 or 1000 cases before they come, it would have been too late. So I think the Federal Government needs a change of attitude. There should be no politics in this thing because it is a global problem, so all hands must be on deck to tackle this pandemic,” Amaewhule advised.

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NYCN Lauds NNPC Over Distribution Of Petroleum Products

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The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) says it is satisfied with the efforts of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) towards ensuring adequate distribution of petroleum products across the country in the past seven days of the lockdown in some states to curtail the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Council, in a statement by its President, Comrade Solomon Adodo, said that it had set up a monitoring team to assess the situation following assurances by NNPC of availability of petroleum products after President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the lockdown in the affected states.
This, the Council said, resulted in Nigerians embarking on a binge of panic buying of petroleum products, despite advice by the NNPC.
“This development necessitated our team to embark on an independent nationwide exercise to monitor the availability and distribution of petroleum products and from results of our field surveys across the country, we can boldly say that the panic buying was needless.
“The NNPC has kept to its word in ensuring constant and efficient availability of petroleum products at recommended prices despite the bottlenecks occasioned by the lockdown”, the statement stated.
While commending the leadership style of the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mele Kyari, the council urged the NNPC to ensure it had more than sufficient petroleum products in thousands of retail outlets across the country and more products stored up in the depots.

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PHED Blames Windstorm For Power Outage In Rivers, Others

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The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company Plc (PHED) has blamed the current power outage being experienced in some parts of the city on the windstorm that occurred last week in Port Harcourt.
This was made known by the Manager, Corporate Communications PHED, Mr John Onyi, in Port Harcourt.
He stated that the windstorm which caused the falling of both high and low tension lines, affected the source of supply from Port Harcourt Main Transmission [Z2] and Port Harcourt Town Transmission [Z4] Stations.
“As a result, Woji, Abuloma, Rumuodomaya, Trans-Amadi, Rainbow, Rumuola and Airport 33kv feeders are out of supply.
“Also, at Port Harcourt Town Transmission Station, the entire station is down due to a fault on 132kv breaker which has affected Rumuolumeni, Borokiri,  Amadi Junction, Secretariat, UST, UTC and Silverbird.
“Other areas are; Rumuosi, Rukpokwu, Greater Port Harcourt, UPTH, Bori, Igbo- Etche, Old Oyigbo, Onne, RSTV, and Timber 33kv feeders”, he said.
He added that Cross River State was not left out as Calabar, Amika and Akamkpa 33kv feeders were also affected when ornamental trees fell on top of the feeders which shattered various electrical materials.
According to Onyi, “Champion, Ibesikpo, Abak and Akara 33kv feeders belonging to Uyo Transmission Station were not left out in the natural disaster.
”In Yenagoa, Imiringi,  Agudama,  Amasoma, Opolo and Government House 33kv feeders were affected by the forced outage”.
The manager, however, said that efforts were already in top gear by PHED technical crew at the various cities to ensure that the faults were fixed in order to restore power to the affected areas.
“PHED, therefore, solicits the understanding and patience of the affected customers while waiting for restoration of power to the  affected areas in spite of the statewide restriction of movement”, he said.

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