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AMCON, Capital Oil Differ On Assets Seizure

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Uncertainty has enveloped the status of Capital Oil and Gas Industries Limited assets, seized by Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AMCON), despite a subsisting court order in favour of the oil company.

AMCON has said it would not yield possession of the assets of Capital Oil, temporarily forfeited to it by virtue of a Federal High Court order of November 13 this year.

But the embattled oil company has faulted AMCON’s position, saying the continued closure of its premises was not in the best interest of the economy and rule of law.

AMCON said, in a statement Tuesday, that it will remain in possession of the assets pending the determination of the appeal it filed against the court’s later ruling, reversing its November 13 decision.

Justice Abdu Kafarati of the Federal High Court, Abuja had, in the suit by AMCON, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/714/2012 against Capital Oil & Gas Industries Limited and Ifeanyi Patrick Ubah, via an order ex-parte, granted AMCON possession of certain assets of the defendants pending the final determination of the substantive suit.

The assets covered by the court order include landed properties; some of which are facilities containing high stocks of petroleum products.

On December 12, 2012 Justice Abdu-Kafarati discharged order of possession granted AMCON and ordered that the defendants be allowed to continue to run their business and pay their debt to AMCON as they can.

The judge also ordered that parties should resolve their dispute amicably in the interest of the economy.

Kafarati refused AMCON’s application for the sale of the petroleum products in the defendants’ facilities, which have been leaking and posed serious security risks as well as public health hazard, but instead, adjourned hearing to January 18 next year.

Dissatisfied, AMCON appealed the court’s decision of December 12 and filed an application praying for and order of stay of execution an injunction pending appeal.

It is also seeking an order mandating the Inspector -General of Police (IGP) to provide security to secure the assets of the defendants, and an order for the immediate sale of the petroleum products in the defendants’tank farms.

AMCON prayed the court to order that proceeds from the sale be paid into an interest yielding account in the name of the Chief Registrar of the Court pending the final determination of the suit.

It hinged its decision to maintain possession over the assets on the ground that the defendants were at the risk of not being able to recover the over N65billion debt owed by the defendants to four local banks.

But in a press statement yesterday Capital Oil’s spokesperson, Nick Hayes stated that as at “Monday December, 17, the policemen deployed at the instance of AMCON to take over the premises of Capital Oil and Gas, have refused to allow staff of the company access into the premises.

“Although the court order is pasted at the gates of the massive premises, the policemen claim that they have not been de-briefed by AMCON. They simply told inquisitive staff who are eager to go into the depot and resume work that, ‘somebody sent us here and that person is the one that can ask us to leave this place.’

According to Hayes, “this latest action of AMCON is a clear indication that the masked people bent on taking over Capital Oil and Gas Industries Ltd. are still at work, doing everything they can, to perfect their plans – court order, or no court order.

“It is paradoxical that the same AMCON who did not waste time in taking over the premises and properties of Capital Oil and Gas when it got an order to do so, is now foot-dragging as the same court has vacated the initial order”.

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Trade Modernisation: Customs’ CG Tours Huawei, Port In China

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The Comptroller-General  of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Adewale Adeniyi, recently led his team to the Headquarters of Huawei, a famous information and communications technology company in Shenzhen, China, where he discussed opportunities embedded in Nigeria Customs Service Trade Modernisation Project.
This was disclosed in a press release made available to our correspondent in Lagos by the National Public Relations Officer (NPRO) of the Service, CSC Maidawa yesterday.
According to the release, the CGC’s visit to Huawei Headquarters was part of his official visit to the People’s Republic of China for the 6th Global AEO Conference that took place in the city of Shenzhen between Wednesday, 8th May, Friday, 10 May, 2024.
Stating the purpose of his visit to the company’s office on behalf of his team, CGC Adeniyi said, “We are also delighted to associate with the Global Leader Technology Services through the Team of Trade Modernisation.”
It would be recalled that the Service had, during the Huawei Connect 2023 held in Shanghai in October, 2023, expressed readiness to deploy some of the company’s latest products for use in its trade modernisation project.
The CGC, who urged Huawei’s company leadership to sustain their digitalisation services to NCS, also sought their support to collaborate with the Nigeria Customs Service to maintain their transformative journey with the company.
On his part, Xujing Xu, the Huawei Company’s Vice President of Smart Transportation, welcomed the delegation of the NCS led by Adeniyi and the Management Team of the Trade Modernisation Project (TMP) Limited, led by Chairman Saleh Ahmadu.
He expressed confidence that their collaboration will benefit all parties involved, noting that “the foundational work for this transformation is already underway”.
The TMP Chairman, Saleh Ahmadu, during his address, said Huawei is living up to expectations to deliver its mandate under the auspices of Trade Modernisation Project Limited.
He appreciated the support accorded to him by the CGC and his management team towards the success of the NCS Trade Modernisation Project.
In his bid to upscale the level of NCS modernisation, the Comptroller-General of Customs, alongside members of the Trade Modernisation Project led by Chairman Saleh Ahmadu, visited Lantan Port to witness the level of automation and technological solutions provided by Huawei and other tech partners.

In a related development, a training programme on Trends and Digital Solutions for Customs officials and the TMP team was organised by Huawei the same day, which focused on equipping officials with the necessary skills to navigate the digital landscape of modern trade.

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NERC Declares Most Discos Insolvent 

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Most of the lectricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) in Nigeria have been said to be technically insolvent and unable to not only pay for invoices sent to them from the electricity market, but also invest in network expansion projects.
Speaking at the 8th Africa Energy Market Place 2024 in Abuja, Chairman of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Engr. Sanusi Garba, said the poor financial state of the DisCos makes it difficult for them to raise the needed capital to invest.
Garba noted that the challenges facing the sector were a culmination of past inactions and missteps by those saddled with the responsibilities of managing the sector, both at policy and operational levels.
According to him, “Today when you look at distribution companies, they are clearly and technically insolvent, and you also want them to raise capital in terms of debt or equity. It’s a herculean task.
“I also want to mention that implementing the power sector reform requires powerful political will to implement decisions that impact the wider public”.
On his part, the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, said the government was working to get the distribution companies solvent and effective by unbundling their operations along state boundaries.
Adelabu insisted that the areas covered by the current DisCos are too large for them to deliver effective services to consumers.

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PH To Get Two CNG Refuelling Stations, Vehicle Conversion Parks

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Rivers State Capital, Port Harcourt, is set to have two Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refuelling stations as well as two Vehicle Conversion Parks.
The Chief Executive Officer, FEMADEC Energy Limited, Fola Akinola, revealed this at the South-South/South-East Stakeholders Engagement Meeting on Presidential Initiative on CNG held in Port Harcourt, Weekend
Akinola, who stated that modalities have been concluded on the project, stressed the need for investment by stakeholders as a way of driving home the initiative of the Federal Government to ease the gas plight of its citizens.
Akinola said, “CNG is an old technology. We want to tell you that you have the opportunity to convert your vehicle from fuel to CNG. The stations will be launched in Port Harcourt and we are launching a refueling unit alongside. Rivers State is going to have a micro refuelling unit at Stadium Road and in GRA.
“For those that want to invest in CNG refuelling units, it is available. Even those who have fuel station facilities can as well invest in this”.
Earlier, the Programme Director, Presidential Initiative on Compressed Natural Gas, Michael Oluwagbemi, noted that Rivers State was the heart of oil and gas Region, insisting that the initiative was for the good of the nation as a whole.
“The initiative of the government is critical to our national development and to the well-being of the people. Rivers State is the heart of the oil and gas region”, he stated.
Oluwagbemi, however, expressed regret that over the last five to six decades, these resources have continued to waste.
“Nigeria is the second largest waste of oil and gas. We exploit it and waste it, then continue to suffer poverty. The President has set us on natural gas features and set up the nation on the path of growth. The use of gas ensures we have energy savings. Mind you, the price of Natural gas is controlled by the government.
“What the President is asking is to do more with the blessings God has given us. If we are able to move three million vehicles in the next three years, we are going to end the era of environmental degradation”, he said.
The Programme Director further said, “We will stop subsidising poverty, importing unemployment and exporting jobs.

By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu

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