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Transformers: PHCN Advises Donors

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Agencies donating transformers to communities as part of their contributions towards enhancing better electricity supply in the country have been urged to go a step further by also providing necessary materials for the installation of such transformers.

The Business Manager of Diobu Business Unit of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Engineer Aleruchi Nmegbu who gave the advice in Port Harcourt said such step would curb high trend of communities flooding PHCN offices demanding for cables and other materials for installation of transformers donated to them by individuals, organisations and government.

“The recent trend in my office is that many communities flood my office since I resumed duties  asking me to come and install transformers donated to them by the state government, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), political representatives and other agencies, I have always asked them, where do I get the materials to install these transformers?,” he said.

The Diobu unit boss explained that his organisation normally plans its job in what he called bill of quantity sent to the Head Office in Abjua through his Chief Executive Officer who approves it and forwards to the federal budget office before it could be accepted as capital project.

“If the communities have the materials for installation of transformers and only asking for the expertise of PHCN to install them, I could obtain permission from my boss to do so but without the materials, where do I get the money to buy these materials. So, I have always declined on such issues,” he maintained.

Engineer Nmegbu urged the state governments to curtail the desire of giving transformers to people or when they do, they should appoint contractors who should install them and observe safety rules and regulations.

By so doing, he said, it would help avoid the tendency of the people levying themselves in order to buy accessories to install the transformers.

He noted that appointing contractors to install donated transformers would reduce the demand by benefiting communities who would not pay Power bills for the fact that they own the transformers and materials used in installing the facilities.

The PHCN unit business manager linked high incidences of vandalisation of PHCN facilities to some contractors who resort to stealing the company’s materials to install transformers donated to communities.

Engineer Nmegbu pointed out that members of the communities also constitute problems by engaging staff of the company in un-official jobs and turn around to complain when such deals fail, adding that the PHCN does not charge for installations, but for the energy generated in billing, transmitted and distributed because as he puts it, energy is not stored since the transmitted one also finishes same day.

Chris Oluoh

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Ex-Lawmaker Volunteers For Petroleum Sector Deregulation 

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An ex-lawmaker, Sen. Ben Murray Bruce, has announced that he is willing to serve as a volunteer in deregulating the country’s petroleum sector.
This follows the ex-lawmaker’s faulting of Nigeria losing over N5trilion annually as a result of fuel subsidy.
Bruce, who represented Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the 8th Senate, on his verified Twitter handle, decried what he described as ignorance and ineptitude of government agencies responsible for fuel subsidy.
“We cannot keep losing five trillion naira annually. I am able and willing, and I volunteer myself to lead the team to deregulate our petroleum sector.
“I will execute this flawlessly such that no Nigerian will be on the street protesting.
“The ineptitude and ignorance of the government agencies responsible for this are mind-boggling,” Bruce tweeted.

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Stakeholders Urge FG To Shift From Fossil Fuel

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Stakeholders in the extractive industry have said that as a fossil fuel dependent country, Nigeria must develop its own strategy to engage in shifting global focus away from oil.
This was the conversation at a recent one day capacity building workshop for media and Civil Society Organisations in Nigeria, organised by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development, through its Natural Resource and Extractive Programme, in partnership with Natural Resource Governance Institute.
The hybrid workshop, themed, “Oil Dependency in Nigeria: Imagining a Future Beyond Oil”, had over 50 participants, including journalists from the extractive sector, CSOs, and social media influencers in attendance.
The workshop, according to the organisers, was geared towards improving the understanding of oil dependency and the nexus with energy transition to better communicate the impact on Nigeria and the Nigerian economy.
Senior Officer, NRGI, Ms. Tengi George-Ikoli, explained that Nigeria was at a critical point in its development, hence as a fossil fuel-dependent country, it is important that Nigeria develops its own strategy to engage the shifting global focus away from oil.
“Nigeria must develop its own medium to long term strategy to mitigate the likely export and government revenue losses from a shrinking market base as these countries look to reducing oil reliance beyond 2030.
“Nigeria must make strategic decisions in the way it spends its limited revenues, take economic diversification more seriously, leveraging regional and global opportunities beyond oil, and including new frontier possibilities available in the green economy”, she said.
Also, Deputy Director, Development Practice, CJID, Mr. Akintunde Babatunde, said as energy transition persists globally, Nigeria as a monolithic fossil fuel dependent economy has to prepare for what the shift to cleaner energy sources means for its economy.
“Data is pointing us to the fact that Nigeria will likely lose a majority of its foreign exchange earnings and revenues for both the federal and subnational government.
“In fact, it is already happening, because Nigeria is at a critical point in its development process, it is important for professionals to discuss the way forward on how the decisions we make as a country are more important now than ever”, he said.
Earlier, the Acting Executive Director at CJID, Tobi Oluwatola, harped on the need for capacity building for the media and CSOs, noting that they are in the best position to enlighten the public from an informed perspective.
“It is time for Civil Society Organisations, journalists, and policy experts to have this discussion, most especially as Nigeria plans to achieve net zero by 2060. There is a need for CSOs to be empowered with the right skills to be able to do the right advocacy and accountability work in Nigeria”, he stated.

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Nigeria To Construct Gas Pipeline To Europe Through Morocco

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Nigeria has given the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC) the greenlight to implement a deal on construction of a gas pipeline to Europe through Morocco.
This follows reports of surging demand for African energy supplies from the EU that is seeking to wean itself of dependence on Russian oil and gas.
“This gas pipeline is to take gas to 15 West African countries and to Europe and through Morocco to Spain and others,” said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.
“It is only after the engineering design of the pipeline has been made that we will know exactly (what) the cost of the pipeline will be. When that time comes, we will be talking about funding,” he added.
Nigeria is a member of the Opec group of major oil producers and has huge gas reserves – the largest proven reserves in Africa and the seventh largest globally.
On May 30, Tanzania transported 60,000 tonnes of coal to the Netherlands.
Last month, Botswana’s President, Mokgweetsi Masisi, said European nations had “flooded” his country with requests to supply coal.

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