It was really a flex of muscles between users of the Port Harcourt International Airport Omagwa, especially air passengers, and the authorities of the airport, as users kicked against imposition of another charge by the airport management on vehicles brought to the airport.
The airport management, through the airport Manager, Mr Michael Arewa, who is also the Regional Manager, South-South/South-East of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), introduced another levy on vehicles brought to the airport on Wednesday and began enforcement the same day.
Vehicles brought to the airport were compelled to pay additional N500 for parking, in addition to the N500 paid at the toll gate, and were not allowed to pick their passengers, relatives or their principal, except they comply with the payment.
The matter grew worse on Thursday when the airport Manager re-enforced to secure compliance, as he brought both police and airforce, in addition to their aviation security operatives, but these led to open confrontations with other security operatives who were on ground to pick their principals.
The Tide observed that all the vehicles were compelled to pass through the toll gate to the parking area near departure and arrival point, and were compelled to pay the sum stated, depending on the category of the vehicles, while other entrance and exit roads were closed and mounted by security.
While reacting to the development, some users accused the airport management of double taxation on passengers and airport users, and doing such without notice and enlightenment to the public.
One of the user, who introduced himself as protocol person in a multinational oil company, in his reaction, said this situation was becoming a double taxation, as they are made to pay at the tollgate, and pay the same amount on picking their passengers.
Meanwhile, a private business operator at the airport who wish to be anonymous, while reacting to the matter, noted that the Port Harcourt Airport is depreciating in quality everyday, whereas more taxes are introduced every now and then, particularly in the present management.
According to him, many shops have been closed down by the new management because of new imposition, but that the roads and Lightings at the airport are deteriorating. He wondered where all the money being collected is going to.
Several efforts were made to see the airport Manager for clarifications on issues, but he could not be reached, as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the airport, Mrs Ngozi, claimed he is shy with the press.
The PRO also insisted that the airport manager was very busy, and could not see the press, and she was also unwilling to speak to airport correspondents.
The Tide gathered that managers of the airlines at the airport are not comfortable with the development, and are having talks with the airport management on the matter.
Meanwhile, many of the airlines’ passengers are complaining of the imposition, which also caused some hiccups in the rush hour to boarding of flights.
By: Corlins Walter
CNG Committee Partners UN Agency On Greener Energy
The Presidential Compressed Natural Gas Initiative (PCNGI) has partnered with the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All for the provision of greener and more sustainable energy in Nigeria.
The Programme Director/Chief Executive, PCNGI, Michael Oluwagbemi, who duclosed this at a workshop in Lagos, Friday, reiterated Nigeria’s unwavering commitment to sustainable strategies which he said would propel the nation toward a greener, more sustainable future.
In a Statement, Oluwagbemi said the workshop marked a significant milestone in the commitment of the nation to join the rest of the world in the enhancement of sustainable energy access.
While noting that the workshop was held as a follow-up to an initial meeting between SEforAll CEO, Ogunbiyi and PCNGi Chairman, Adedeji, held in Abuja, Oluwagbemi said it also showcased the progress and key initiatives contributing to Nigeria’s sustainable development agenda.
“These initiatives, presented with impact and relevance, are pivotal in steering Nigeria towards a more sustainable future, aligning with global goals and impacting the nation’s development landscape”, he said.
“The workshop aimed to identify opportunities for collaboration and outline concrete steps for forging impactful partnerships between SEforALL and FIRS/PCNGi.
“PCNGi’s active participation in the workshop underscores its dedication to fostering collaboration among key stakeholders”, Oluwagbemi said.
According to him, the committee envisions a future where sustainable practices are ingrained in Nigeria’s energy landscape, contributing to economic growth, environmental conservation, and enhanced energy access.
He reaffirmed the commitment to ongoing collaboration for all parties to drive sustainable solutions contributing to Nigeria’s broader development goals.
“As Nigeria’s sustainable development progresses, PCNGI remains a driving force, ensuring that the nation’s green growth goals are met and exceeded”, he stated.
The PCNGI boss revealed that the workshop featured presentations on critical topics including Nigeria Energy Transition Plan, Nigeria E-bus Strategy, Solar Empowerment for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Nigeria Carbon Market Activation Plan.
Tinubu Approves Fresh Marginal Field Bid
In a bid to revive Nigeria’s dormant oil and gas fields, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given the green light for a new marginal field bid round, aiming to auction dormant oil and gas fields abandoned by international oil companies (IOCs) for over a decade.
Minister of State for Petroleum (Oil), Heineken Lokpobiri, disclosed this during a visit to Waltersmith Petroman Oil Limited’s modular refinery in Imo State.
Lokpobiri said the decision came on the heels of a strategic meeting between the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), the Oil Producers Trade Section (OPTS), oil firms and miners at the NEITI-Companies Forum.
According to him, the impending bid round follows a previous initiative in 2020, where approximately 57 marginal oilfields were put up for sale, concluding last year.
He, however, noted that challenges such as funding constraints and regulatory complexities hindered many recipients from promptly developing these assets.
Senator Lokpobiri stressed that the forthcoming bidding round, backed by presidential approval, would prioritize marginal fields located near modular refineries adding that this strategic alignment aims to expedite the production process.
Emphasizing the significance of modular refineries in addressing the country’s energy challenges, Senator Lokpobiri highlighted their role while the larger refineries undergo comprehensive rehabilitation.
The move by the Federal Government is anticipated to breathe new life into stagnant oil and gas fields, fostering economic administration’s vitalization in the sector.
We’ve Robust PMS Supply To Last Beyond Yuletide-Kyari
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. (NNPCL) says it has made a robust plan for the supply of petroleum products sufficient to last beyond the ember months and the new year festivities.
The NNPCL said the supply of petroleum products, especially the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), known as petrol, would last beyond the Yuletide and new year festivities.
The Group Chief Executive Officer, NNPCL, Malam Mele Kyari, said this when he led a delegation on a courtesy visit to the President of the Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, last Wednesday in Abuja.
Kyari, in a statement by Olufemi Soneye, Chief Corporate Communication Officer, NNPCL said by the creation of the National Assembly, NNPCL was saddled with the responsibility of guaranteeing Nigeria’s energy security which was critical to national security.
“We have made a robust plan for the forthcoming end of the year festivities and beyond. We do not see any shortages in the petroleum products supply for the period,” the GCEO added.
While lauding the National Assembly for the critical role it played in the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021, Kyari said this legislative endeavour gave birth to a new commercially oriented National Oil Company, governed by the Company and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) principles.
Kyari stated that with the passage of the PIA 2021, NNPCL’s profitability margins had significantly risen, growing from a loss position of N803 billion in 2018 to a profit position of N674 billion in 2021.
According to him, NNPCL is targeting a profit increase of N2 trillion when the 2022 Audited Financial Statements (AFS) are released, and since July, 2023 the Company has started paying dividends to its shareholders.
He also said the NNPCL was involved in the entire value-chain of the oil and gas business and controlled about 30 per cent of the nation’s petroleum downstream retail market.
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