By Amina Ahmed
Bauchi, Dec.14,2018 (NNN) The Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Children Agency (BASOVCA) says it will distribute foods, nutrition and shelter items worth N16 million to 567 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in the state.
The agency said that the distribution of the items would be to OVC households across the 20 local government areas in the state.
Mr Abdullahi Ibrahim, the Head of Community Mobilisation in the agency, said this at the distribution center in Bauchi on Friday.
He said that the items were procured for the christian OVC to celebrate Christmas with all sense of belonging.
“Three wards were selected from each of the 20 LGAs. In each ward, a church was selected and three households if the care givers will benefit as well,” he said.
Sylva tasks firms, IOCs on community development
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva has called on local and International Oil Companies (IOCs) to give back to the communities where they operate for economic growth.
Sylva gave the charge at the Grand finale of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) 2019 Science Quiz competition in Abuja on Thursday.
He said that the need for corporate organisations to give back to society was imperative to guarantee smooth operations.
The minister of state urged them to emulate what the NNPC was doing under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), especially with development of intellectuals.
“I am honoured to be part of what is happening here today, it is a world class initiative because it will help to shape the intellectuals of the youth, help them to interact and have sense of nationalism.
“What is happening here today will be remembered by these children with nostalgia in future.
“We commend NNPC for this giant stride and call on other agencies to emulate this initiative to give back to the community.
“Oil and gas companies are duty bound to give back to the communities where exploration is carried out to bring relief to the people,” he said.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari said that the corporation as an enabler company would continue to contribute to ensure a greater Nigeria.
He said that the competition was one aspect of the corporation’s effort to support nation building.
“Building a successful nation has to deal with talent management and as a corporation, we try to recognise them young and help them to development it well.
“NNPC will continue to use its CSR to develop intellects, develop talents, and build schools as an enabler,” he said.
He noted that for Nigeria to secure its place in global space, it requires sound intellectual capacity.
“This is why we are interested in the kids,” he added.
He urged the participants to put in their best and make their schools, parents, community and the country at large proud.
Also speaking, President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote said that the importance of education could not be over emphasised in nation building.
He said that since the inception of the competition in 2000, the NNPC had helped to found next generation of scientists in the country.
According to him, emerging economies like Nigeria need scientists that can think out of the box to solve problems.
“I encourage you to put in your best, at this stage, you all are already winners.
“I encourage you not to be inspired alone by the intellectuals you will meet today but always remember that the future belongs to you,” he said.
Edited by Shittu Obassa/Ese E. Ekama (NAN)
NNPC to automate its downstream facilities
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari says the corporation is poised to automate its downstream facilities such as depots, pump stations and measurement systems across the country.
Kyari said this in a statement signed by the Acting Spokesman for the Corporation, Mr Samson Makoji in Abuja, on Wednesday.
Kyari spoke during a tour of the state-of-the-art products loading facility and lubricants manufacturing plant of MRS Oil Nigeria Plc, an indigenous oil company based in Lagos.
He added that the move would align with the corporation’s commitment to accountability, transparency and efficiency in the sub-sector.
He said the visit was a follow-up to the recently launched Operation White initiative which was aimed at taking stock of every drop of white products in every NNPC’s location nationwide, particularly Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).
He said that as a control mechanism, the Operation White had so far produced significant results as the corporation now clearly knows the areas of losses as well as reliability and integrity status of each and every facility under its control.
“As you can see, those control measures have produced results. The evacuations from many of the depots have drastically gone down.
“We shall go further on this and ensure that the evacuation issues are brought to the nearest level possible,” Kyari said
The GMD said that as an enabler company with the responsibility of ensuring energy security for the country, NNPC would sustain its engagement drive of the downstream stakeholders, adding that every stakeholder along the sub sector value chain was very critical.
He acknowledged the recent successful operations of the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) which he said had helped tremendously in reducing the cross-border leakages and losses suffered by the country.
Responding, the Group Chief Executive Officer of MRS Oil Nig. Plc, Alhaji Sayyu Dantata, thanked the GMD for the visit, saying that as the leader of the Industry, NNPC had been very supportive toward the growth of indigenous companies.
Dantata also welcomed the move by the NNPC to upgrade and automate its systems and processes so as to bring more efficiency and curtail losses across the downstream value-chain.
Edited by Jane (NAN)-Frances Oraka/Ese E. Ekama
DPR launches digital devices for quality, quantity control
The Comptroller Operations, in charge of Kano and Jigawa states, Alhaji Musa Tambawal, launched the devices at the opening of a two-day public awareness campaign on safe handling of petroleum products in Kano on Wednesday.
He explained that the dynamism of the oil industry, made it necessary to introduce the digital quantity measuring device and on-spot Product Quality Analyser.
According to him, “This is necessary to ensure that the exact quantities of products are being dispensed to consumers at public petrol stations.”
Tambawal disclosed that based on available accident statistics by the Department, most of the fire incidences that occurred during harmattan season were recorded during products discharging.
He added that investigation had shown that there were presence of electrostatic charges and lack of underground earthen system as the main cause.
He urged Petroleum marketers and service providers as well as license holders in the two states to ensure prompt revalidation of their operational license.
Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi/ Tukur Muntari. (NAN)
NEITI to partner with EFCC to fight corruption
The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) says it will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to strengthen effort in fight against corruption in the country.
NEITI disclosed this in a statement signed by Dr Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, Director, Communications and Advocacy, in Abuja on Wednesday.
It said agreement on signing of the MoU was part of the outcome of the meeting between the Executive Secretary of NEITI, Waziri Adio and the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu with top management team of the two agencies
It said that the MoU would strengthen the partnership and cooperation between the two agencies in the fight against corruption..
“The MoU will focus more on identified financial crimes disclosed by the NEITI reports in the oil, gas and mining industries.
“It will also specify how NEITI and the EFCC will deal with such crimes expeditiously through information and intelligence sharing as well as human capacity mobilisation, ‘’ it added.
Adio was quoted in the statement as drawing the attention of the EFCC to other emerging issues in the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiatives (EITI) in Nigeria, which would require support of the EFCC to effectively implement in the best interest of the Nigerian economy.
He listed the emerging issues to include, Beneficial Ownership Disclosure, Contract Transparency, Commodity Trading and Oil Theft.
According to him, Beneficial Ownership disclosure seeks to provide information to the public on the real owners of businesses in Nigeria’s oil, gas and mining industries.
This, he said, requires the support of the EFCC towards its implementation.
He called on the EFCC Chairman to work with NEITI as the agency’s legitimate interest in deepening transparency in these areas was as a result of the strong linkages between corruption in the nation’s extractive sector and sabotage of the economy.
He commended the Chairman of the EFCC and his team for their hard work, courage and commitments resulting in the visible achievements so far recorded by the Commission in the discharge of its assignments.
In his remarks, Magu described NEITI and the EFCC as key partners in progress.
He said that the time to strengthen the partnership between the two agencies had become very urgent.
He described the extractive industries as not only the main source of revenues to the economy but also source of corruption and financial crimes.
The Chairman explained that the EFCC had established a special unit to advise the commission on financial crimes arising from the NEITI reports in the oil, gas and mining sectors for immediate action.
On the MoU, he said, it will be quite useful to define clearly the rules of engagement.
He added that this will be followed by the establishment of a joint operations committee to ensure effective implementation of the MoU.
He commended NEITI for what he described as useful and well researched information and data, which the agency had consistently placed in the public domain on process lapses and corruption in the nation’s extractive industry.
Edited by Felix Ajide (NAN)
Shell seeks re-orientation of Nigerian undergraduates to embrace emerging technologies
The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) on Wednesday said undergraduates in Nigerian universities needed re-orientation to challenge them on the use of emerging technologies to enable innovation.
Mr Osagie Okunbor, SPDC Managing Director and Country Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, made the call at the ongoing 37th Annual International Conference and Exhibition of the National Association of Petroleum Explorationists’ (NAPE) in Lagos.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the conference has the theme: “Expanding Nigeria’s Petroleum Landscape: Digitalisation, Innovation and Emerging New Technologies.”
Okunbor said Shell was collaborating with the academia in Nigeria with two successful centres of excellence promoting the emergence of industry-ready graduates at university level.
He listed the Centre of Excellence in Geosciences and Petroleum Engineering at University of Benin and Rivers State University Centre of Excellence in Marine and Offshore Engineering as Shell’s involvement in the academia.
Represented by Shell General Manager, Exploration, Mr Dan Agbaire, Okunbor said every year since 1980, 10 Nigerian professors and 25 research interns undergo one-year research programmes in SPDC.
He said the scholars shared their findings with SPDC in fields such as biodiversity, petroleum engineering, geophysics, impact assessment, community health and oil and gas exploration, thus contributing to providing critical industry input into higher education in Nigeria.
Okunbor called for the right investment climate to enable the expansion of Nigeria’s petroleum landscape and increase Nigeria’s oil production from the current average of 2.3 million b/d to 3 million b/d.
He added that this would boost the country’s proven oil reserves to about 40 billion barrels through further exploration and appraisal.
“The right investment climate would also include strengthening our regulatory bodies, giving priorities to research and further enabling the industry’s financials.
“I believe that where the investment climate is right, digitalisation and deployment of emerging technologies will enable incremental value creation over the coming years,” he said.
Okunbor noted that in Shell, digitalisation was not just about technology but also about people and ensuring more agile ways of working.
“We employ leading data scientists who unlock value from the vast amounts of data that Shell has access to in a responsible manner whilst maintaining customer trust.
“Across all our businesses, we look for opportunities where we can replicate and use this at any scale.
“We look to use applicable standard technologies (unless there is a competitive advantage to building proprietary solutions) to change the way we search for and produce oil and gas, design wells, provide energy, or buy goods and services,” he said.
Okunbor said the use of advanced infrastructure and partnership with some of the world’s biggest cloud providers, gave the company the capacity for powerful data analytics.
He said: “We are leaders in deploying artificial intelligence and are using it in areas ranging from seismic analysis to drilling and predictive maintenance.
“All of these we do because we know that digitalisation has a big role in delivering all our strategic goals.
“We can do more. The industry can do more. This future is more in our hands than we think,” he said.
Edited by Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
DPR seals illegal Petroleum trans-loading sites in Kano
He said that the department uncovered the sites as an outcome of a joint operation with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Kano and this led a surveillance team to the sites.
Tambawal disclosed that the unknown sites were found to be processing some kind of hard petroleum products without license and proper permit.
According to him, “From what we have seen, the operators of the sites have been operating and processing unknown products without license from relevant bodies.”
”The sites are located at Hotoro quarters in Nassarawa, Larabar Abasawa and Tsamiya Babba in Gezawa local government and Hadija road in Nassawa area respectively,” he said.
Tambawal, however, called on marketers and filling station operators to desist from illegal activities in the state.
Edited by Modupe Adeloye/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
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