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NNPCL Hails PETAN’s Support For Energy Transition

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The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mr. Mele Kyari, has commended PETAN for outstandingly leading the Local Content Agenda in the country and within the continent, urging the body to support the newly transformed private energy company in its energy transition process.
Kyari spoke while receiving PETAN’s top executives led by its Chairman, Nicolas Odinuwe, who paid him a courtesy visit at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, to seek deeper collaboration in business as well as seek support of the NNPCL for her annual flagship programmes,  the Sub-Saharan Africa International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (SAIPEC).
The seventh edition of the conference comes up next week in Lagos, while the Nigerian Pavilion at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) comes up in May 2023 in Houston.
The NNPCL boss thanked PETAN for the excellent way they have been organising and hosting both events and promised to continue to support the association and its programmes as they have always done.
On the energy transition, he said that it requires all stakeholders to be alive to the responsibility of collaborating to ensure a swift and successful one for the benefit of Nigerians.
“As a newly transformed private energy company”, he said, “our focus is now on the development of gas as a transition fuel, along with its infrastructure, and facilities are being put in place to facilitate production, domestic utilization and supply, both locally and internationally.
“With so much going on, there is tremendous opportunities for business which we, as a company now engage professionals for on the basis of competence and transparency”, he stated.
Kyari added that all challenges currently being faced in the oil and gas industry in the country are being worked on assiduously with the aim of getting them speedily resolved, adding that efforts are already paying off with the returning of investors and acquisition of projects.
Pledging NNPCL’s continued support for the SAIPEC and OTC, Mr. Kyari said that NNPCL “will be at SAIPEC in the most conspicuous stand as a show of support, and as for OTC, we recall assigning PETAN with the organising and hosting rights, and we are happy with what you’ve been doing for NNPCL at the OTC, which is a marked event for attendance for us every year”.
Earlier in his remarks, Chairman of PETAN, Mr. Nicolas Odinuwe, congratulated the NNPCL on its new status as a private sector company and commended its efforts in curbing oil theft and pipeline vandalism and which has seen production and revenue rise, air pollution  greatly reduced in impacted host communities.
He also congratulated the NNPCL over recent acquisitions, adding that it would bring about business opportunities for industry stakeholders, especially local service providers, to thrive.
He said, “As a strategic partner, we are here to intimate you officially of our flagship programs; SAIPEC (13-16 February in Lagos) and the OTC (1-4 May 2023 in Houston). Both organised and hosted by PETAN annually and in strategic partnership with NNPC Ltd and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).
“Thank you for accepting to attend SAIPEC.  These happens to be our funding sources in addition to PETAN membership dues, donations, and sponsorships.
“As part of PETAN’s commitment to ensuring Nigeria’s leading role of championing positive developments in the oil and gas industry across the continent, especially with gas as our transition fuel, the deepening of local content in the energy ecosystem, next week, we look forward to your usual support and participation along with regional leaders from over 20 countries  plus 4000 participants and exhibitors at SAIPEC, which we can proudly say, has become the largest oil and gas event in Sub Saharan Africa.

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Enugu To Resume Coal Mining Operations December

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In a bid to restore its prominence as the leading coal mining state in the former Eastern Region of Nigeria, the Enugu State Government has issued December as deadline for the commencement of mining operations.
The decision came after the meeting of the government representatives and other mining stakeholders in the state, over the weekend.
In a communique issued at the end of a meeting between the state’s Mineral Resources and Environmental Management Committee (MIREMCO) and mineral title holders in the state, the parties resolved to initiate further stakeholders engagement to identify additional challenges in the sector and recommend solutions which would help foster more inclusive and effective mining in the state.
The Chairman of MIREMCO and Special Adviser to the Enugu State Governor on Solid Minerals, Engr. Samuel Okoro, said the communique  emphasised the need to sensitise host communities on the objectives of MIREMCO and how they could assist in ensuring smooth business operations through cooperation between them and the miners, thereby reducing disruptions.
“To uphold transparency and  accountability and also ensure that all mineral title holders in the state comply with the regulatory requirements, it was agreed that the committee would make a demand through the Mining Cadastre Office (MCO) for the directories of all mineral titles in Enugu State.
“In its efforts to eradicate mineral titles in activeness and stimulate economic growth in the sector, the committee reiterated its commitment to ensuring that all the titles became operational before the end of 2024.
“The tilte holders are urged to commence operations promptly, with MIREMCO pledging to providing support and addressing any challenges that may arise to facilitate this process.
“The tilte holders are urged to commence operations promptly, with MIREMCO pledging to providing support and addressing any challenges that may arise to facilitate this process”, Okoro said.
He  thanked the Governor of the state, Dr.  Peter Mbah, and the Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake, for giving them the opportunity to make their impact in the sector, promising to ensure full compliance with all relevant regulations and standards.
“We are grateful to the Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, and the leadership of the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, headed by the Honourable Minister, Dr. Dele Alake.
“We commend his visionary leadership and dedication to the ministry, and we pledge our commitment to ensuring that his leadership leaves an excellent legacy for the sector”, Okoro said.
He also urged the mineral title holders to do their best and make a difference, stressing that the committee stands ready to collaborate closely with them to achieve maximum results.
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Africa To Empower Marginalised Communities Through Natural Resources

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The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Dele Alake, says the African is determined to empower its marginalised communities through its natural resources.
Alake described Africa as endowed with natural resources, capable of driving its sustainable economic growth, particularly with the critical minerals needed for the global energy transition.
He stated this yesterday in Abuja at a press briefing against the backdrop of the forthcoming 2024 African Natural Resources & Energy Investment Summit (AFNIS).
He said equitable distribution of resources and targeted investments in local communities were key to empowering those historically underserved.
Alake said the move would reduce inequality, promote social stability, and ensure inclusive growth across the continent.
“By channeling investments into rural areas and marginalised communities, we can create opportunities for sustainable livelihoods, improve access to essential services, and foster an environment, where every individual has the chance to thrive”, he stated.
According to him, the three-day summit,  being hosted by Nigeria from July 16th would be ending on Thursday, July 18th and is aimed at exploring strategies for utilising fossil fuel revenues to fund Africa’s transition to a greener future.
“AFNIS 2024 is not merely a gathering of minds, but a convergence of visionaries committed to transforming Africa’s natural resource landscape.
“Our discussions and decisions will resonate across the continent, influencing policies, shaping industries, and setting the course for a sustainable future”,  he said.
The Minister said the summit was also aimed at bolstering the continent’s efforts toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while fostering the development of cleaner, more accessible, and reliable energy sources.
He stated that the summit will provide a platform for government officials, the private sector and industry experts from across the continent to chart ways for the sustainable development of its natural resources.
He further said the 2024 theme, “Natural Resources for Economic Development”, underscored the significant role that Africa’s natural resources play in driving economic prosperity.
Alake continued that the economic growth of the region would have multiplier effects, including alleviating poverty and creating job opportunities for its people.
“By fostering economic growth, we can alleviate poverty, create job opportunities and ensure prosperity for small businesses and all .
“The responsible exploitation of our resources will generate revenues that can be reinvested into our economies, enhancing infrastructure, healthcare, and education.
“This cycle of growth will elevate the living standards of our people and position Africa as a formidable player in the global economy”, he said.
The Minister also said the summit would deliberate on leveraging Africa’s natural resources to address crucial issues such as quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation.
He added that other issues to tackle also include provision of affordable and clean energy, and proactive climate action.
Alake explained that the summit would be the third edition and would be hosted in partnership with Core International Mining Company.
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SMEs, Major Player In Most Economies – Traditional Ruler 

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The Eze Oha Evo III of Evo Kingdom, HM King Leslie N. Eke, has said Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are major players in most economies, particularly in developing countries.
King Eke, who is the Eze Gbakagbaka of Evo Kingdom, said this while chatting  with newsmen at his palace in Woji in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
Eke recalled that SMEs account for the majority of businesses worldwide and are important contributors to job creation and global economic development.
According to him, SMEs represent about 90 percent of businesses and more than 50 percent of employment worldwide, which, he said, should form part of the reasons government at all levels are meant to give it the required attention.
“SMEs contribute up to 40 percent of national income in emerging economies. These numbers are significantly higher when informal SMEs are included”, he said.
He noted that access to finance has been a key constraint to SMEs growth,  hence the need by concerned authorities to up their games.
In his words, “access to finance should rank  the second most cited obstacle facing SMEs growth .
“SMEs are less likely to be able to obtain bank loans than large firms. They rely on internal funds, or cash from friends and family, to launch and initially run their enterprises”, he said.
He also revealed that SMEs growth will go a long way in reviving the ailing economic sector, if all players play in accordance with the rule, doing the needful to support the enterprises.
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