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Households In PH Lament Increased Kerosene Price … As Gas Consumption Reduces To 800,000mt

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Average households in Port Harcourt are currently lamenting the hardship they are exposed to following the astronomical increase in price of the commonly available ‘kpo-fire’ kerosene used as cooking energy.
The Tide’s check shows that one and half litre of the kerosene, usually sold in 150cl plastic bottle, which initially sold at #150.00, later increased to #350.00, is now sold at #1,000.00 since early October.
Obviously, the Kpo-fire kerosene, which many hitherto abhorred, because of the smokes it brings, but have no option but to use them, is now more costly than the price per litter of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), popularly called fuel.
Some households within Port Harcourt and environs have lamented over the hardship this has left on many families, as many average homes can no longer afford the kerosene.
A resident of Rumuosi Community in Obio/Akpor, Mrs Mercy Ogbonda, said what people are going through to get kerosene and gas is unimaginable.
“Look at common Kpo-fire kerosene that I don’t even like, just yesterday, my son was going round and round to buy, and what I heard was that the small bottle (75cl) now is N500, can you imagine that?
“This is a sign that we are going back to the old crude day where firewood will become the order of the day, and you know, it will affect our forest reserve, and instead of going forward, Nigeria is going backward in this present administration”, she said.
Also responding, one Mr Matthew Adikpa, a resident of Rumuekini in Obio/Akpor said the situation is being aggravated by the flooding that is spreading all over the places.
Adikpa in a chat with The Tide said the price of the small bottle of the kerosene might even hit N1000, adding that the only hope is for people to cry out to God for mercy and help
Meanwhile, the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited had recently halted importation of the product, leading to continuous hike in prices by independent marketers.
The Group Chief Executive Officer, NNPC Ltd, Mele Kyari, said more than 70 per cent of the over 200 million Nigerian population lack access to clean cooking fuels. The price of cooking gas has also skyrocketed.
The National President of the Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers, Oladapo Olatunbosun, had recently revealed that gas consumption had dropped drastically to 800,000 metric tonnes per annum from 1, 250 million MT per annum recorded about four months ago.
According to him, given Nigeria’s huge population, the country should consume at least six million MT per annum.
“800, 000MT per annum is the current consumption rate in Nigeria. A few months ago we were doing 1,250 million MT per annum.
“Ordinarily, given our population in this country, we should consume about six million MT per annum just like other African countries like  Morocco , Egypt, Algeria, Kenya , South Africa and other countries.
“But these countries currently consume more LPG than Nigeria despite our huge population,” he stated.

By: Corlins Walter

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Immigration Stresses Hitch-Free  E-Passport  System  In PH

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The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Rivers State Command, has  re-emphasised its earlier stand on the provision of seamless e-passort for applicants.
A top official in  the NIS, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed this in an exclusive  chat with The Tide  in  Port Harcourt  during the week.
Warning against  any attempt to put  the agency in  bad light, the official said such will be resisted by the  system. The source said there was no need for panic, especially at this festive season,  adding that it has a sound digital system to address their needs.
He called on both officers and men of the command to up their game to enable them meet up with the endless demands of their teeming clients
According to him, the Passport personnel have all it takes to deliver tasks on schedule  with  zero complain.
“Passport  system is digitalized. We can meet up with the demands of the people. Our challenge is that people are always in a hurry to collect or do thier new passports”, he said.
He further called on members of the public to learn how to make do with the direct information obtained from the command on passport issues instead of feeding themselves with rumors.
“We are always careful during festive periods like this, because a lot of people want to travel out. So, we bend down and implore the best professional skill we know.”, he said.
Meanwhile, he applauded the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, over his contribution in digitalization of all sectors in the the state.

By: King Onunwor

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RSPHB Hails Rotary Over Maternal Health Support

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The Rivers State Primary Health Board has commended Rotary Club International District 9141 for the donation of fetal Doppler, ultrasound scanner and Incubator to Oyibo Comprehensive Health Centre.
The agency’s medical health representative for Oyibo, Dr. Victoria Ewoh, said the equipment will reduce maternal mortality and complement government effort in boosting healthcare at the grassroots.
She described rotary as a foremost charity organization poised to improve community wellbeing and healthcare delivery.
The equipment, she further assured will be utilized to touch the lives of mothers and children, noting that state government is doing all in it powers to improve on health care delivery in the communities, “ I can assure you that there will be reduction of fetal deaths with these equipments”, she added.
While unveiling the facilities, District Governor of Rotary International District 9141, Mightyman Aye Dikuro said the donation forms part of Rotary mission to advance world, understanding, goodwill, peace and improvement of health, including support for education and alleviation of poverty.
This objective he explained is imbedded in activities of the club all over the world to uplift communities and transform lives.
Aye Dikuro assured that Rotary is ready to partner government in the district which covers Rivers, Bayelsa , Delta and Edo States in reducing health challenges, as he urged the community to ensure they protect the equipment and sustain more projects.
On his part, Chairman of Committee of the clubs that embarked on the project, Timi Bubagha, said the donation was borne out of needs assessment done by the club in the area, as it discovered that that there is need for improved maternal health.
Mr. Bubagha who is the President of Rotary Club Garden City added that the clubs are poised to do more for communities, and urged the officials and community to ensure the items are put to good use.
Community leader and member of Oyibo Chiefs Council, Chief Precious Emeruka lauded Rotary for the donation, as he described it a dream come for the community.
Chief Emeruka praised the State Government for endorsing Rotary Project, and assured that the community would ensure that the items were utilized and secured.

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NITDA’s N12bn Project Will  Enhance  Start-Up Act Implementation – FG

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The Federal Government said the N12 billion project of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) would boost the implementation of the Nigerian Start-Up Act 2022 (NSA).
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof Isa Pantami, said this at the inspection of the ongoing Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre implemented by NITDA in Abuja recently.
The projects were two buildings inter-connected, one of which would serve as the actual Digital Innovation Entrepreneurship Centre and the second as NITDA headquarters.
Pantami said it is the responsibility of government executives to ensure that any approval by FEC under their supervision is implemented according to the agreement.
“When it comes to capacity, the rooms, the offices, the training centres, all these are in alignment with what the FEC approved twice on November 11, 2020 and April 5, 2021.
“There are several ways our citizens are going to benefit. We have the NSA 2022, an Executive Bill by this administration”, he said.
Pantami added that the building would further consolidate on economic diversification, for which the sector already laid the foundation of contributing 18.44 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product of the country.
The Minister said the project was approved and projected to be completed in 36 months from the date of approval in November 2020.
Pantami also  said N9.56 billion was approved on November 11, 2020, with VAT and other taxes included.

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