Nigeria earned $504.44million, an equivalent of N154.73billion, from crude oil and gas exports in November, 2019, according to statistics released, yesterday, by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
In a statement in Abuja, on the release of its Monthly Financial and Operations Report for November, 2019, NNPC stated that the amount earned from oil and gas export in the month under review represented an improvement of 4.39 per cent over the previous month’s export.
According to NNPC, crude oil export sales contributed $383.89million, an equivalent of 76.10 per cent of the dollar transactions compared with $396.94million contribution in the previous month; while export gas sales amounted to $120.55million in the month.
In the statement signed by its Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Mr. Samson Makoji, NNPC further stated that between November, 2018 to November, 2019, crude oil and gas worth $5.46billion was exported.
In spite of the improvement recorded in the country’s export in the month under review, Makoji further stated that NNPC suffered 94 per cent increase in the cases of willful hacking and destruction of its pipeline infrastructure across the country in November, last year, fingering oil thieves as culprits.
He explained that 68 pipeline points were vandalised, representing about 94 per cent increase from the 35 points that were breached in October, 2019, adding that out of the vandalised points, 15 failed to be welded while only two pipeline points were ruptured.
Giving a breakdown of the breach, NNPC noted that the Mosimi-Ibadan axis accounted for 31 percent of the breaks; Atlas Cove-Mosimi network witnessed 19 per cent, while Ibadan-Ilorin and other routes accounted for 15 per cent and 35 per cent, respectively.
Makoji assured that NNPC, in collaboration with the local communities and other stakeholders, would continuously strive to reduce and eventually eliminate this menace through effective collaboration.
Furthermore, the NNPC spokesperson disclosed that the daily average natural gas supply to gas-powered plants in November, last year, increased by 16.53 per cent to 645 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD), equivalent to power generation of 2,178 megawatts (MW).
Comparatively, he stated that the October, 2019, gas supply to power averaged 553mmscfd to generate 2,050 MW.
Makoji added that national gas production in November, 2019, stood at 228.65 billion Cubic Feet (BCF), translating to an average daily production of 7,621.68 million Standard Cubic Feet per day (mmscfd).
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The Rivers State Government has expressed worries over the high level of non-compliance of health protocols with respect to the Covid-19 pandemic, warning that henceforth any resident caught without wearing facemask will be arrested and prosecuted.
The State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim handed down the warning while speaking on a live Radio programme in Port Harcourt on Saturday and monitored by the Tide.
Nsirim who is Chairman of the State Inter-ministerial Committee on Enlightenment for Covid-19 recalled the unhappiness of Governor Nyesom Wike during last Wednesday’s State broadcast with the attitude of many residents who flaunt extant directives on the wearing of facemask and other health protocols.
“The Governor in that broadcast also expressed concern that a lot of people in the State are not obeying the protocols. Social distancing, wearing of facemask and he spoke specifically in what is happening in some churches. Government will introduce policies, the onus is on the populace to obey those policies.
“Not just obeying it, the Covid-19 pandemic that we are talking about has defied medical solution for now. So to flatten the curve, everyone living and doing business in Rivers State has to take responsibility.
“If I take responsibility and everyone around me takes responsibility to observe the relevant protocol, we are sure to flatten the curve. But if people live righteously and just do as if nothing is happening because there are places where people are just living in denial.
“Some people still believe that there is nothing like Coronavirus. Two weeks ago, my committee rounded off street to street campaign in all the 23 local government areas of the State. They still met people who are in this denial. That is the challenge.
“The Governor is desirous that Rivers State remains safe. That is why he is initiating policies to ensure that strategically the state is somehow isolated from the national spread,” the Commissioner said.
Nsirim further said, “If you go around the State, since the executive order on facemask was introduced. You will notice that less than
30 per cent of the populace are really obeying that executive order. What we are seeing in the State is that people just put the mask around their chin.
“You go to some churches we see people open their mouth and things will be spewing out in the enclosed environment on the chin. The Governor is saying that to give this wearing of facemask the kind of weight that it deserves to save our people, a special taskforce be put in place.
“That is the only sure way because a lot of people are still living in denial. He said the governor’s broadcast is very clear, arrest and prosecute. Henceforth we will arrest and prosecute people not wearing facemask in public places,” he stated.
The Rivers State Government spokesman said arrangements have been concluded to monitor churches that fail to observe the guidelines of not more than 70 persons per church service, wearing of facemask, provision of water for hand washing and the use of hand sanitizers, while weddings and burial ceremonies should not exceed 50 persons.
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