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FG Parleys With Govs Over NNPC Equity Ownership Controversies

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has said that the Federal Government is already discussing with states over controversies on equity stake in the proposed NNPC Limited in the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).
The states had requested equity stakes in the new company and are already threatening to drag the Federal Government to court over the issue.
But Sylva told newsmen in Abuja, last Thursday that the Federal Government is holding equity stake in the proposed company in trust for the subnational governments,
“Just like in the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG), the Federal Government will hold the equity in NNPC Ltd. in trust for the three tiers of government.
“You must agree that in this country, there is a Federal Government of Nigeria and there is a federation. The Federal Government of Nigeria can always hold something in trust for the federation.
“I can assure you that we are already discussing and we are clarifying some of these issues. In this case, what the Federal Government is doing is to hold the equity in trust for the federation,” he said.
The minister also said the Federal Government was in talks with the governors, and that there was no need for any controversy on the issue.
On gender balance in the PIA Steering Committee, he said selections were made based on different offices involved.
He assured that effort would be made to incorporate more women, adding that the implementation working group would be more diverse and inclusive.
“Let us not over flog this situation because when you say you are nominating, it is offices that are represented.
“I represent the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, and then the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, there is no way because of gender equality I am going to look for somebody else to be here apart from the permanent secretary.
“When I say the Executive Secretary Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) is the secretariat, there is no way I can go and change the ES PTDF.
“If I say the GMD NNPC is to be a member, we cannot look for a South-South GMD or a South-East GMD,” he said.
He assured that the issues would be considered, and that they were some of the issues the PIA would correct; transparency and inclusiveness.
On the three per cent host community fund, he said those agitating on it were politicians as most respected Niger Delta leaders were yet to speak against it.
He expressed confidence that there would be no unrest in the region concerning the host community fund.
“Frankly I don’t know why there would be unrest in the Niger Delta. I know that there are a lot of politicians who have taken this as a political issue and they are politicising it but I have not heard the leaders of the Niger Delta that I respect kick against this.
“I see a lot of politicking around this issue but I have not really seen very senior Niger Delta people that we all respect that are apolitical speak about this.
“Let us wait and see what this money will do,” he said
He further assured that the government would have no role in the management of the fund as it would be determined by the operating companies and the communities.

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Geregu Power’s Half-Year Profit Up 148% On Back Of Increased Enegry Sales

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Geregu Power turned in 148.5 per cent more in net profit for the first half of the year compared to the same period of last year.
The company’s position was impacted by increased income from energy sales and, to some extent, capacity charge – the company’s major revenue sources.
The feat could mean the synergy struck by the firm with Siemens earlier in the year towards capacity expansion is beginning to pay off The electricity provider, backed by Femi Otedola, who chairs the board of Nigeria’s oldest lender FBN Holdings, announced an agreement with the German multinational technology conglomerate in May to more than double its current nameplate capacity to 1,200 megawatts
That entails scaling up Gereru I, one of its top power plants, to 500mw from 435mw and building a 500mw-new power plant using lower emissions turbines.
“The establishment of a combined cycle operations to generate an additional 200mw,” is also being planned, Geregu Power said in a May statement.
Revenue for the period under review climbed to N80.7 billion, up by 32.5 per cent, according to its unaudited earnings report issued Friday.
One notable downside of the generally strong performance was impairment loss on financial assets, which accelerated more than threefold to N6 billion after long-due receivables from trade debtors surged by 220.3 per cent.
Profit before income tax rose to N30.2 billion from N12.3 billion a year earlier.
The stock has returned 150 per cent since the start of the year, outperforming the Nigerian Exchange’s main stock index, which has yielded 33 per cent.
It has also outpaced NGX 30, the index that tracks the thirty most capitalised and most liquid equities on the bourse, which has improved by more than 27 per cent.
The share price of Geregu Power has not moved since 4 March, stuck at N1000 per unit.

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NUPENG, PENGASSAN Demand Dangote Refinery Sabotage Probe

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The joint unions of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and Petroleum and Natural Gas and Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) have demanded an investigation into the alleged sabotage by International Oil Companies (IOCs) to undermine and destabilise the operations of Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals.
The two associations made the call in Lagos via a letter to President Bola Tinubu jointly signed by the General-Secretary, NUPENG, Comrade Afolabi Olawale, and his PENGASSAN counterpart, Comrade Lumumba Okungbowa, and made available to journalists.
Consequently, the unions charged the Federal Government to take decisive action to safeguard Dangote Refinery and ensure its successful operation for the benefit of the country.
The unions noted that “protecting our National assets is our collective responsibility”, insisting among others that the findings of such investigation be made public to ensure transparency and maintain public trust.
Describing Dangote refinery as not only a critical National Asset, but also a beacon of hope for energy security, economic growth, and employment opportunities, the unions said the matter must not be allowed to end without thorough investigation.
The letter, written through the office of the Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila, reads, “The leadership and members of our great Union and Association profoundly appreciate your commitment and dedication to restoring the economic growth and prosperity of our dear Nation, and we are also fully mobilised and committed to supporting all your laudable thoughts and hard decisions towards these lofty goals.
“Unfortunately, we are deeply concerned and shocked by the recent unusual allegations by the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals Company of a deliberate plot by some International Oil Companies (IOCs) to frustrate their business efforts and continued existence.
“These sabotaging actions reportedly include denying the Refinery crude oil supply and artificially inflating market prices of the crude oil to the Company, thereby forcing Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals Company to source crude oil from other countries, even as far as the United States of America with attendant high operating costs and logistics.

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FG, Oil Producers Agree On Crude Supply To Local Refineries

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The Federal Govern
ment and Crude Oil Producers in Nigeria have agreed to work toward a sustainable supply of crude oil to local refineries under a market-determined pricing system.
The aim is to ensure that while the operators do business optimally, the refineries are not starved of feedstock.
The agreement, reached at a Virtual Meeting held with the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), and all the international oil companies (IOCs), was on the status review of the Framework for Seamless Operationalisation of Domestic Crude Oil Supply Obligation Template.
The producers, under the umbrella of the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS), agreed to concede to a framework that would be mutually beneficial, ensuring that local refineries are not strangulated due to off-the-curve prices.
Speaking with newsmen, Komolafe explained that contrary to a report that the decision was to placate certain interests, it was indeed targeted at ensuring energy security for the country.
“It is the job of the regulator to interface between the producers and the refiners; it is a delicate balance because we do not want one to overrun the other because that will lead to problem.
“If we don’t have product, then there will be energy gap in supplying the industry and this will not be a palatable situation for all, and if we have robust supply, but they shut down the upstream and we can’t get crude production, then there is also a problem. So, we, as regulator, are simply trying to maintain the delicate balance”, he said.

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