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Comply With New Fuel Pump Price, DPR Begs Filling Stations

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has appealed to all petroleum products’ marketers to comply with the directive of the Federal Government by selling at the N125.00 new pump price.
The Zonal Director of DPR in Rivers State, Bassey Effangha, made the appeal in a press statement, yesterday, as a follow up to the full implementation of the Federal Government directive.
The DPR director said all filling station owners were expected to comply with the directive, adding that the DPR, as the regulatory agency, was poised to ensure that the new pump price was effective.
He said the agency was already on ground to monitor the filling stations to ensure total compliance.
Meanwhile, some filling stations in Port Harcourt have already adjusted to the new pump price while others have refused to do so, arguing that they still have in stock, old supplies which they were trying to sell out before adjusting their pumps.
The Tide investigation revealed that Total at Garrison, Eterna at Mile 3 and NNPC mega filling station at Lagos Bus Stop have all complied by selling at N125.00.
However, some filling stations in parts of the city, such as Agip and Elioparanwo, among other areas visited, still sell at the old pump price of N145.00.
The Tide gathered that some of the filling stations selling at the old pump price are those who got products before the pump price reduction, last week.
Some motorists, who spoke with The Tide, yesterday, commended the Federal Government for the pump price reduction but urged the relevant agencies such as DPR and Petroleum Products Pricing and Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) to enforce compliance.
A commercial motorist, Akanimo Udosen, said he now buys fuel at N125.00 but argued that some filling stations still sell at N145.00 the pump price reduction, but I also want to urge the government to ensure that all filling stations sell at the new price,” he stated.
Another respondent and commercial motorist, lgba Sunday, also lauded the Federal Government for the pump price reduction.
“What the government has done is good; the fear is that some petroleum marketers will still be selling at the old pump price. I want the government to set up a monitoring team to check the activities of the filling stations”, he said.
Meanwhile, the authorities of the Licensed Filling Station Owners, National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association have directed their members to comply with the new price regime.
The National Treasurer and former Port Harcourt Zonal Chairman of NUPENG, Comrade Alex Agwornwor, who spoke with The Tide, said its members have been instructed to comply with the new directive.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Licensed Filling Station Owners, Comrade Sunny Mkpe disclosed in a press statement that its members are now complying with the new government pump price of N125.00 per litre.
But members of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN) raised the alarm over the inability of the Depot and Petroleum Products Marketing Association (DAPPMA) to secure Federal Government approval to enable them sell the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) at N125.00 per litre.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government, last Wednesday, reduced the pump price of the product from N145 to N125 per litre.
But the IPMAN National Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar Maigandi, who spoke with newsmen, yesterday, said that the marketers were concerned about government’s commitment to the payment of the credit balance between the old and new rate.
IPMAN, according to him, has written to the managing director of the Pipeline Products marketing Company (PPMC), who was yet to respond to their demand.
Owing to the worry over the confusion about the government’s non-commitment posture, a delegation of the marketers is billed to meet the managing director, today (Tuesday).
The national vice president said the issue is whether there will be sustainable availability of the petrol at the new rate because trucks that are queuing at the depots are yet to load the product due to price disparity.

 

Taneh Beemene

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PSC Appoints Three DIGs, Suspends Promotion Of Eight CPs, 11 DCPs

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The Police Service Commission has approved the appointment of three Assistant Inspectors General of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, Aji Janga, and Adeleke Bode, to the rank of Deputy Inspectors General of Police.
The new DIGs are expected to fill the vacant duty posts created due to the retirements of three DIGs representing the North-Central, North-East and the North-West geopolitical zones.
The Spokesperson for the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, revealed this in a statement, yesterday.
The PSC noted that the approval of the appointments of the new DIGs had also ensured that the defined succession policy in the Nigerian police is sustained.
The Force Secretary, Hafiz Inuwa, will be replacing retired DIG Mustapha Dan-Daura for the North-West slot. Dan- Daura retired on January 15 this year.
Aji Janga from the North-East will replace DIG Zanna Ibrahim who retired on November 26, 2022, while Adeleke Bode of North-Central will replace DIG Sanusi Lemu who retired on January 31 this year.
The new appointments were part of the decisions of the reconvened 18th plenary of the commission which held in Abuja, last week and chaired by the acting chairperson of the PSC, Justice Clara Ogunbiyi.
Meanwhile, the commission has suspended the promotion of eight Commissioners of Police to the rank of Assistant Inspectors General and 11 Deputy Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Commissioners due to their failure to appear before it for the mandatory promotion interview.
Ani said, “The PSC had sent invitations to the officers to appear before it for the usual interaction to ascertain their suitability and capability for the new offices.
“The commission expressed surprise on their failure to honour the invitation especially as the 2023 general election is just days away.”
The commission also approved the promotion of 10 Assistant Commissioners of Police to the next rank of Deputy Commissioners; 17 Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners and 301 Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents.
Meanwhile, 47 skipped Deputy Superintendents of Police from previous recommendations to the commission were also promoted to Superintendents of Police while 665 Assistant Superintendents of Police were promoted to Deputy Superintendents of Police.
The recommendations for ACP Nwamanna Nelson, SP Iliyas Casmir and SP Alheri Mamman were also endorsed and the officers promoted to their next ranks after they were absolved of any pending disciplinary matter.
Justice Ogunbiyi congratulated and wished the officers success, while charging the newly-promoted officers to give their best to the service of the nation especially now that Nigeria will be going to the polls to elect new leaders.

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RSU Commences Academic Activities In Satellite Campuses

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The Rivers State University, Nkpolu-Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, has commenced academic activities for the 2022/2023 session in her satellite campuses at Emohua, Etche, Ahoada and Sakpenwa.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Nlerum Okogbule, DSSRS, disclosed this when he led other Principal Officers of the University, Head of Etche Campus and Dean, Faculty of Agriculture on a courtesy visit to the Paramount Ruler of Abara, Etche, last Wednesday, as part of assessment tour of the various campuses.
Speaking at the palace of the Paramount Ruler, the Vice-Chancellor expressed appreciation to the Ochimba and his Council of Chiefs and the entire community for the support given to the university which, according to him, contributed to the speedy completion of the various structures at the Etche campus.
He said that the satellite campuses had commenced studies with the year one students for the 2022/2023 session, expressing optimism that more accommodation for staff and students will be provided by the university within the year.
He appealed for more support from the community, stating that the Etche campus is a replica of a full fledgef university, which all over the world, is a centre of development.
He explained that the presence of the campus would stimulate economic activities and assist in the development of the host community and neigbouring communities.
He assured the leaders of the community that the iniversity would continue to maintain its corporate social responsibility with her host community.
Responding, the Paramount Ruler and Ochimba of Abara Etche, Eze Jonah Nwala, thanked the Rivers State Government for completing the project and the take-off of academic activities at the Etche Campus of the university.
The paramount ruler said that what the State Government has done for the people of Abara Etche is beyond providing a school, explaining that the campus is an industry which has started impacting on all sectors of the economy within the community.
While appreciating the management of the university for ensuring the take-off of studies, he assured the university of the community’s continuous support for the sustenance of the Etche campus.

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2023: Wike Enjoins Military To Be Apolitical

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Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has advised officers and men of the 6 Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt to be apolitical throughout the 2023 general election.
The governor stressed that in the interest of the country’s democratisation process, the military must adhere to President Muhammadu Buhari, Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army’s commitment not to interfere in the 2023 general election.
He stated this during the 6 Division West African Social Activities (WASA) 2022, that held in Port Harcourt over the weekend.
Governor Wike, who was the special guest of honour at the occasion, was represented by the Chief of Staff, Government House, Port Harcourt, Chief Emeka Woke.
The governor, who commended the military for its active role in fighting crime in the State, urged officers and men of the 6 Division to work assiduously with personnel of other security to provide level playing for all political parties and politicians in the State.
“We want to thank you for the relationship we have enjoyed. You have also contributed a lot in terms of crime fighting. But as you are aware, we are now in election season. It is on public notice that Mr President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces (Muhammadu Buhari) has said at different forums that he will not interfere in the forthcoming election.
“And that he will ensure a free and fair election. The Chief of Defence staff has also said at different forums that the military will be apolitical and they will not interfere in the general election. I want to believe that men and officers of this 6 division will follow suit.
“I want to believe they will follow the position of Mr President, Chief of Defence Staff and Chief of Army Staff not to interfere in politics. I am saying this because of the ugly experience the people who live and do business in Rivers State had during the last election.”
Governor Wike, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, recalled how the Nigerian Army Bori Camp barracks, which is the headquarters of the 6 Division in Port Harcourt, was practically converted to a collation centre during the 2019 governorship election.
He expressed dismay that the military allowed itself to be used to interfere in what ordinarily ought to be a civil exercise.
The governor, however, said that with the level of discipline and focus that the present officers of the 6 Division have shown and exhibited, he is hopeful there would not be a re-enactment of the despicable incidences of 2019 general election.
“Allow the citizens of Rivers state to exercise their civil responsibility in an atmosphere of free and fair election. Work with other security agencies to provide level playing field for politicians”, he said.
He congratulated the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruq Yahaya; the General Officer Commanding, Major General O.O Oluyede, and the personnel of the 6 Division for a successful completion of the training year 2022 and the beginning of a new year, 2023.
Governor Wike extolled the GOC 6 for efforts put in place since his assumption of office to fight all forms of criminality especially in areas of crude oil theft and kidnapping in his area of responsibility.
He said, “Your effort has brought about maintenance of peace in the region. I want to congratulate you and the entire personnel of 6 Division for a job well done and also urge you not to relent in your efforts.
“Let me use this opportunity to solicit for support of all stakeholders to join hands with the 6 Division to eradicate criminalities in our society.”
In his remarks, the GOC 6 Division, Major General O.O Oluyede, who was represented by Brig. General A.A Idris, explained that West African Social Activities (WASA) is customary in the Nigerian Army to mark the end of each training year as well as ushering Nigerian Army into the new year.
Highlight of the event was presentation of awards to some personnel of the Nigerian Army who distinguished themselves in the previous year.

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