Prof. Chinedu Nebo, the Minister of Power, has said that over 200 cases of gas pipelines vandalism were recorded in 2014.
Nebo disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja at a news conference on gas infrastructure vandalism in the country.
He said that in December 2014, the power sector lost 1,000 megawatts to activities of vandals.
The minister said that activities of vandals were aimed at frustrating the efforts of President Goodluck Jonathan to provide electricity to Nigerians.
He called on Nigerians to cooperate with government in the fight against vandalism.
“This is a call to all citizens to protect these assets as they belong to all Nigerians.
“Whenever you notice these vandals carrying out their work, please report to the security agents.
“This is something all of us must work together to stop, “he said.
Nebo said that the ministry was working tirelessly with the office of the National Security Adviser and security agencies to check the activities of vandals in the country.
“Mr President has ensured that enough resources were deployed to the fight against pipelines vandalism,“he said.
He noted that vandalism remained a threat to power supply to Nigerians.
Nebo stressed that there was no justifiable individual benefit to gas pipeline vandalism other than sabotage.
He attributed the significant economic loss and insufficient power supply in the country to gas infrastructure vandalism and crude oil theft.
The minister said that 81 per cent of power in the country was generated by thermal plants dependent on gas supply.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Dr Godknows Igali, said that security agents were doing their best to check pipeline vandalism.
He noted that the power sector had recorded successes since the reform began in 2010.
The high point of the occasion was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Federal Government and NANS, Youth organisations and some NGOs, to fight pipeline vandalism.
NSE Begins Week On Negative Note, Loses N19.49bn
The Nigerian stock market began the week on a negative note as banking and consumer goods stocks, among others, triggered a N19.49bn loss.
At the end of trading on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange Limited , the NGX All-Share Index dropped by 0.09 per cent to end at 43,270.94 basis points, while the market capitalisation declined to N22.58tn.
Market activities were mixed as the total volume of shares traded decreased by 30.19 per cent while the value traded rose by 34.05 per cent.
A total of 213.13 million shares valued at N2.36bn were exchanged in 4,105 deals, compared to 305.32 million shares worth N3.58bn in 4,450 deals last Friday.
FCMB Group Plc topped the traded stocks in terms of volume, accounting for 27.43 per cent of the total volume of trades while Airtel Africa Plc emerged as the most traded stock by value, representing 28.81 per cent of the total value of trades on the exchange.
14 firms gained compared to 21 losers.
AIICO Insurance Plc was the biggest gainer for the day, topping the gainers’ chart with a price appreciation of 8.57 per cent to N0.76 per share.
It was followed by LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc with a rise of 7.95 per cent, ending the day at N0.95 per share.
Analysing by sectors, three of the five major indices closed lower, led by NGX Oil & Gas (-0.56 per cent), NGX Consumer Goods (-0.23 per cent) and NGX Banking (0.18 per cent).
But the insurance (0.82 per cent) and industrial goods (0.002 per cent) indices gained at the end of trading.
… Introduces TIES To Boost Business Loan
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has introduced the Tertiary Institutions Entrepreneurship Scheme (TIES), which provides undergraduates and graduates with a platform to access loans.
The TIES’ underlying aim is to provide access to capital for Nigerian undergraduates and graduates with innovative entrepreneurial and technological ideas from polytechnics and universities.
TIES intends to shift undergraduates and graduates away from white-collar job pursuits and towards a culture of entrepreneurship development for economic development and job creation.
In a national biennial entrepreneurship competition, the Developmental Component would be distributed in the form of awards to Nigerian polytechnics and universities.
The competition aims to increase undergraduates’ awareness and visibility of high-impact entrepreneurial/technological concepts, foster entrepreneurial talent hunts in Nigerian polytechnics and universities, and encourage commercially viable and transformative technologies.
Interested Nigerian polytechnics and universities shall apply to participate in the national biennial entrepreneurship competition on a dedicated online portal.
Outlining brief details of the project, potential impact and evidence of originality of project, CBN said it is an innovation for students entrepreneurs.
CITN Applauds FG, Tax Authorities On Fiscal Policy Decisions
The Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) has lauded the Federal Government and tax authorities on the giant strides made on fiscal policy decisions and tax administration measures initiated this year in the area of Finance Act 2021 and the introduction of TaxPromax solution.
President of the institute, Adesina Adedayo, who gave the commendation at the institute’s yearly award ceremony at the weekend in Lagos, assured the government and tax authorities of aligning with the measures and promised to provide professional thoughts and insights on ways through which they could achieve an efficient and effective Nigerian tax system.
Adedayo emphasised the need to address the database, adding that without knowing who the tax-payers are, there is no way they can take money from unknown tax-payers.
Database is the aspect we have been emphasising on as an institute and in doing this, there are so many of pockets of data we have. All the data must be harmonised to have a simple unique tax-payers identification number,” he said.
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