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High Cost Of LPG Worries PH Residents

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Residents of Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, have expressed fears over the increasing cost of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), popularly known as cooking gas, stressing that the development will create unsettled economic challenges.
They said the spiralling cost of the product is disincentive to the Federal Government’s campaign for the use of gas and clean energy transmission.
Speaking with our correspondent in Port Harcourt over the development, a dealer in the sector, Mr Taiwo Ayodele said there is heavy switch from cooking gas to charcoal and other unacceptable fuel inspite of ongoing option for zero emission on the environment.
He stated that the ravaging flood in Nigeria recently has had its toll on the energy sector having destroyed gas facilities in the country, forcing the Nigerian Liquefied Petroleum Gas Limited to declare force majeure on its gas operations for over three weeks running.
Ayodele stated that there are concerns over the action of the company and its implication to the supply of the product as well as their purchasing power.
According to him, “some domestic users of the product lamented that it is a question of time for the price of cooking gas to skyrocket.
“There was panic purchasing of cooking gas by consumers of the product in some parts of the State and county in order to stave off likely increase in the cost of cooking gas”.
Lending credence to the issue , a lecturer in the Department of Petro- Chemical Engineering, Rivers State University (RSU), Nkpolu, Port-Harcourt, Dr. Desmond Amakiri, urged Nigerians on the need to not rush to fill their gas cylinders, noting that there are enough quantities of LPG to satisfy the market.
Amakiri said the flooding or force majeure declared has no impact on LPG availability, adding that the NLNG account for 40 percent supply of gas in the domestic market and in recent times has been the sole supplier for the domestic market.
He explained that the firm’s plant was in operation at a limited capacity, due to reduced gas supply from some of its upstream gas suppliers.
“None of NLNG’s assets on Bonny Isand or in any of its host communities are impacted by the flood. The Force Majeure is as a consequence of a similar notice by upstream gas suppliers due to the impact of flood in their production facilities.
“NLNG continues to monitor the situation with upstream gas suppliers and is currently evaluating the impact of the flood on its business”, he said.
The university don assured that the company is working with critical stakeholders to mitigate the impact on product deliveries.
Meanwhile, another marketer of LPG in the state, Mrs. Sonia Ndukwe, revealed that some Nigerians paid as much as N15,000 for a 12.5kg LPG as at September, 2022.
According to her, average price of 5kg cooking gas increased from #4,397.68 in July to #4,456.56 in August, 2022, vindicating a 1.34 percent increase on a month- to- month basis from what was obtained in July.
Ndukwe, however, appealed for calm, saying that normalcy would be restored, and that “cooking gas consumers need not panic about a possible scarcity of the product as a result of the force majeure”.
She stated that, “based on information reaching distributors, marketers and consumers, NLNG has not shut down its production facility in Bonny as rumoured.
According to her, LNLG had recently shipped a cargo of LPG for the domestic market and assured the consuming public that the supply of LPG from NLNG has not stopped.
“We should not give chance for price hike due to speculated shortage of the product. Nigerians are already in hard times sequel to the war between Russia and Ukraine which had caused upset in the markets and scarcity”, Ndukwe said.

By: Theresa Frederick

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UI Alumni Want More Funding For Public Universities

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The National President (Worldwide) of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Professor Gabriel Nyityo, has called for increased funding of public universities in the country.
Nyityo, who said this shortly after the election of Professor Emmanuel Emasealu and others as new executive of the Rivers State Chapter of the Association in Port Harcourt, said public universities need to be properly funded to enable them undertake more researches.
He observed that while some public universities are doing their best, some are set up as public infrastructures in communities.
According to him, “a university is a university, each one thriving in excellence, whether public or private, but in this tradition we first have public universities, and tradition die hard. So, we are always inclined to feeling that public universities are better because they have the capacity, both human and physical resources, and a good number of them are doing very well.
“But then, they are also public universities that are setup like social infrastructure facilities for rural dwellers. Those kind of universities, unless they upgrade, they remain social amenities for rural dwellers and so they are not global.
“However, there are also excellent private universities. Some are very small, but contributing their best and also big and they are also contributing their best.
“Though in Nigeria we do know that much of the research-based post graduate research are being done by public universities, so they are still leaders”, he said.
Nyityo also said while public universities are doing their best, their private counterparts are also doing their best, stressing the need for government to put more money in the public universities to enable them discharge their responsibilities to the society.
He said the University of Ibadan, which is the first in the country, will continue to lead the way in terms of innovation and breakthroughs in technological research, and described the Rivers State Branch as the most vibrant in the country.
Meanwhile, former Senator Andrew Uchendu, , and the former Vice Chancellor of the Rivers State University (RSU), Professor Simeon Achinewhu, have hailed the emergence of Prof Emmanuel C. Emasealu as the new Chairman of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association (UIAA), Rivers State Branch.
The duo, who spoke shortly after the election, said the Rivers State Chapter of the Association has chosen the right person to pilot its affairs.
They also called for support to enable the new executive succeed.
The election was observed by the President of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association (UIAA) Worldwide, Prof Gabriel Nyityo, and other national officers that included the association’s 1st Assistant Secretary, Chief Uchemadu Abosi, and a former UIAA President.
It would be recalled that Prof. Emasealu, who was recently inducted into the Academy of Letters, leads a new Rivers UIAA executive team that includes, Mr. Mitayire Ajari as Vice Chairman; Barr. Goodluck M Ezikwa, Secretary; Barr. Chinedu Asuzu, Assistant Secretary; and Obiageli Egwudike Igwe as Treasurer.
The rest are, Christiana Lango Kalu, Financial Secretary; Kelechi Nwaucha, Public Relations Officer; Victoria Owoleke, Social Secretary; and Barr. Sarah Emmanuel-Apia, Legal Officer.
The new Rivers UIAA Chairman, Professor Emmanuel Emasealu, later told reporters that the association is blessed with professionals and prominent alumni, who have and are still contributing to the development of the state.
“In the first place, I would like to observe that UIAA worldwide was very much represented at this occasion.
“That is a statement, a very loud statement about the seriousness of the association.
“Two, I would like to state that we have a group of committed individuals, notable figures in society”, he stated.

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Group Hails Fubara Over Yobana’s Appointment

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A youth body “Sor Babbe 2024” under the auspices of Ogoni Sim Vanguard (OSV), in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State has commended the State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubura, for the appointment of their Chairman, Board Of Trustee (BOT), Ambassador Marvin Yobana as the Caretaker Commitee Chairman of Khana LGA.
The commendation is contained in a statement signed by the Secretary, Comr. Inaabura Terekpa Henry and the group Coordinator, Comrade Nwigbo Emmanuel, who described the Governor as a “God-given Governor” that mean well for the development of Khana LGA and beyond.
The statement also identified Yobana as a bonafide Ken-Khana son who is truthful and represents “a pure definition of putting a round peg in a round hole”.
“Also, we want to cease this opportunity to remind His Excellency, Siminalayi Fubara, of our undeterred support for his leadership due to his developmental stride in Khana and Rivers State at large.
“We are also calling and appealing on behalf of the good and peace loving people of Babbe district, in Khana LGA, for him to look in-ward with regards to the forth-coming Local government election in Khana.
“That no Babbe son or daughter has been given an opportunity to serve the endowed and blessed people of Khana in the capacity of a democratically elected Chairman since the commencement of the present day dispensation of democracy from 1999 till date.
”What is good for the goose is also good for the gander. Babbe is a child gifted, enormously talented and prodigiously endowed with grassroot servant-hood leaders and support-based galvanisers that can contribute immensely to the growth and development of Khana and Rivers State at large in all ramification, if given the opportunity.
“As a group, we want to reiterate again that we remain resolute, focused and undeterred on the Babbe mandate, as this will serve as a justifiable unifier and thus strengthen the existence of PDP in Babbe and the local government as a whole.
“We also congratulate our BOT Chairman on his appointment as CTC Chairman, Khana LGA”, the statement stated.

By: Kiadum Edookor

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Monarch Charges Historians On History Documentation

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Eze Apara of Rebisi Kingdom and Paramount Ruler of Port Harcourt, HRM Isaiah Elekwu, has charged historians to begin earnest documentation of Rebisi people as a way to preserve their heritage.
The royal father gave the charge during the launch and public presentation of the book, “Rebisi Natives of Port Harcourt: History and Developments”, written by Arthur Kalagbor held in Port Harcourt.
He said intellectuals in the kingdom should engage more in written than oral history, as he commended Kalagbor for leading the light in documenting his people.
He described the book as the beginning of a new era in Rebisi kingdom and quest to ensure that there is cohesive and united front among the people.
Calling on elites in Rebisi to rise to the challenge of leadership, Eze Elikwu said time has come to save the future of the kingdom.
Earlier, Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Sunny Amadi, said he was elated that a new awakening has started in Rebisi Kingdom with the book.
The university don, however, advocated for a new economy for Rebisi as he advocated use of estate development to drive future growth of the people.
In his words, “Today, most parts of Rebisi have been overtaken by development and that is why I urge our people to see opportunities from the estate, and built environment to preserve the future of children”.
Reviewing the book, Dr. Chris Akani described the work as historical legacy that seeks to throw light on the ontology of the people.
He stated that the seven chapter book with 106 pages is fluid and easy to read, with special focus on the origins of Rebisi people.
Akani added that, “it’s an exciting book that has come at the right time and I think the author should be given a resounding ovation”.
In his remarks, the author, Arthur Kalagbor, disclosed that the book is an outcome of a study group set up by Rebisi Monarch in 2014.
With the completion of the assignment to collate history of the kingdom, he noted that he was compelled to expand the frontiers to cover other areas of culture and origins to educate young generation.
Kalagbor reiterated that the book is dedicated for the future generation which has little knowledge of their history, and thanked royal fathers, and local sources for support, including former President of Ogbakor Ikwerre.

By: Kevin Nengia

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