The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says the existing peace in Kula community in Rivers is the best to ensure smooth operation of Oil Mining Lease (OML) 25 flow station.
The Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, said this on at the reopening of the OML 25 flow station and commissioning of water plan in Kula community in Rivers.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the project is a Joint venture project between the NNPC AND Belema oil.
He said country lost about 1.7 billion dollars to the closure of the OML 25 flow station for two years.
“There was shutdown of the Belema flow station due to absolute breakdown of law and order in this community two years ago, and there was loss of over 35,000 barrels of oil production per day per day.
“In monetary terms, that is worth about 1.7 billion dollars which could have been put to use for the benefit of the community and the rest of the federation.
“What we have done is to engage the community and its leadership, to ensure that dispute between it and Shell is brought to a closure, as a result of which there will be more community engagements.’’
“They have agreed to vacate the facility and allow petroleum operation to continue in this facility,” he said.
Kyari said that immediate priority of government and NNPC was to ensure peace to help other things to fall in place in the community.
“We know that ultimately when peace comes, oil production will come back and we can see the return of about 35,000 barrels of oil production per day.”
The GMD said that for the oil production to resume, there would be a re-entry process and validation of the state of damages done on the facility over time.
He assured that within the shortest time, Shell would come up with a plan.
According to him, community engagement is the solution to resolving dispute with oil producing communities.
“We have found a solution, and this would enable people to go back to their work, offer social service and all that is needed will come back.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva, said the relationship with the community had come to stay.
“We need unity in Ijaw land today, and it is time for us to change strategy on our engagements to bring investment to our communities.
“If we cannot make our communities peaceful, investors will not come. It is our responsibility to bring peace to our communities for investment to come because investors are willing to come.”
Kyari advised communities and leaders in the Niger Delta to resolve issues affecting them and oil production.
He noted that through peaceful engagements, oil producing communities in the Niger Delta could earn more revenue from oil and gas investment opportunities.
According to him, there would be more developments as against the constant cases of hostility, disruption of oil production and underdevelopment.
Edited by Deji Abdulwahab/Dada Ahmed
NNPC says top management appointments on merit
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says professional competence, adherence to the principle of transparency and accountability informed the recent top management appointment executed in the first week of March.
Dr Kennie Obateru, the spokesman for the corporation made this known in a statement issued in Abuja, on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the corporation in March disengaged some of its staff and appointed new top management staff.
The appointments elicited criticisms from some Nigerians and some Niger Delta leaders.
Obateru explained that the principle of federal character was also a factor in the progression of the newly appointees.
He said many top management officers of the corporation were moved to new positions, while some were promoted based on their verifiable track records of performance.
“Some Chief Operating Officers, Group General Managers and Managing Directors of subsidiaries were affected in what some industry analysts described as the most objective placement exercise in the recent history of the National Oil Company.
Topping the list of the changes, he said, was the re-deployment of the erstwhile Chief Operating Officer (COO), Upstream, Mr Roland Ewubare, to the Ventures and Business Development Directorate as COO.
He said that under the arrangement, Ewubare, got an additional responsibility of business development, besides managing the group’s ventures.
He noted that Adetunji was a first-class Mechanical Engineering graduate of the University of Lagos and started his over 30 years career as a maintenance Engineer and later a project Engineer in Lever Brothers Nigeria Limited (Unilever).
Obateru said that the recent top management appointment also received affirmative action with the re-deployment of Ms Lawrencia Ndupu to the Downstream.
He said that Ndupu was a Physicists and renowned explorationist and started her working career in NNPC in January 1986, adding that through the years, she has held many key positions.
Obateru added that Mr Bala Wunti, the erstwhile Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company was appointed as the new GGM of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS).
“With a chain of experience spanning close to 30 years, Wunti who hailed from the North East, was the initiator of ‘Operation White,’ a system put in place to promote transparency and accountability in the distribution of petroleum products across the country.
“The list also included Mr Lawal Sade as the new Managing Director of the NNPC Trading Company, a subsidiary of corporation.
Obateru stated that the exercise kept in place Mr Adokiye Tombomieye, from the South-South, as Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing, a highly strategic position in the corporation.
The NNPC spokesperson explained that the new appointments depicted a leadership of the corporation determined on ensuring placement of square pegs in square holes.
He said this was done while not losing sight of geographical spread, in respect of staffing.
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
COVID-19: Kwara Govt. commends NNPC for ambulance gift
Kwara Government has commended the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for donating one new Toyota ambulance to the state as part of its efforts to strengthen national response to COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor and Spokesman of the state’s Technical Committee on COVID-19, made this known in a statement in Ilorin, on Wednesday.
“We acknowledge receipt of the top quality ambulance from the NNPC.
“It is a great addition to the fleet of brand new military-grade ambulances with which the government is prosecuting the counter-COVID operations in the state.
“The government and people of Kwara are very grateful to the leadership of the NNPC for the great gesture which fits into the support the Federal Government and its agencies have been offering to state governments since the outbreak,’’ the statement read.
The government, in the statement, also commended corporate bodies and individuals who donated cash and/or materials for the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state, saying their support would never be forgotten.
“The government is grateful for the humanitarian gestures to boost its effort in curtailing the spread of the virus as well as cushioning effects of the pandemic and the lockdown on Kwara populace,” the statement read.
The government specifically acknowledged Chief Titus Ashaolu (SAN) for the donation of two water dispensers and five packs of hand sanitiser and the Salman Shagaya Foundation for the gift of 460 cartons of Indomie, spaghetti and salt.
It also appreciated the Professional Association of Public Health Nursing officers of Nigeria for giving three cartons of 70ml hand sanitiser and one carton of 100ml hand sanitiser.
Others mentioned are, Mr Owolabi Oakleaf Pharmaceutical for donating 50 copies of face shade, 18 cartons of 100ml hand sanitiser and 10 cartons of 500ml hand sanitiser, and the Integrated Fish Farmers Association of Kwara State which gave four cartons of smoked fish.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
COVID-19: CBN, NNPC move to save evacuees in Lagos, Abuja
Onyeama said the fund to cover the cost of evacuees’ feeding and accommodation was over N1 billion and since funding was not available, it had to pass the cost onto the evacuees.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some evacuees had protested the condition they were being subjected to at isolation centres, citing poor feeding and other ill treatments.
Onyeama stressed that several attempts made to proffer solution to the imbroglio failed until the Minister of Environment, Malam Mahmood Muhammed, came to the rescue.
Edited By: Olawunmi Ashafa/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
NNPC tasks newly-recruited graduate trainees on commitment
Malam Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has urged the organisation’s newly recruited graduate trainees to be committed to their duties.
The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Dr Kennie Obateru, made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja.
He said that Kyari, through a virtual platform session with the new employees in Abuja, as part of their onboarding programme, advised them to go the extra mile in achieving extraordinary results for the NNPC.
“This is a company you will love to work for. But more than that, you will stay here and build a very fulfilling career.
”I have been around here for 29 years, and I have enjoyed every moment of it,” Kyari said.
The managing director said that it was also imperative for the new staff to work harmoniously with old ones in making the corporation become the National Oil Company (NOC) of choice.
He enjoined the graduate trainees to come up with ideas that would assist NNPC in crude oil exploration, refining, marketing, supplying and distribution of petroleum products.
Kyari, who described the trainees as excellent minds that represented the corporation’s future,also assured them of top management support, adding that the NNPC had always promoted gender equality.
“From top down of the corporation, gender inclusiveness is reflected”, he said.
Kyari said that it was important for them to always to uphold the corporation’s values of respect for the individual, integrity, transparency, accountability and professional excellence.
He said that the corporation was committed to creating the right environment for the new entrants’ career growth and development.
According to the statement, one of the trainees, Safula Karanga from Gombe State, in response, commended Kyari for his good leadership stlye that was also reflected in the recruitment process.
Another entrant, Oluwatobi Ayo Yusuf, from Lagos State, according to the statement, thanked the NNPC for the vision of providing a level playing field for all the participants in the recruitment process.
Yusuf said that the recruitment process was the most transparent exercise that he had ever participated in Nigeria.
Similarly, Onianwa Vin-Kingsley, is quoted as saying that the recruitment was remarkable, urging other public and private organisations to emulate the NNPC in their recruitment processes.
Another trainee, Onyeulo Ikenna, a first-class graduate of Chemical Engineering, is quoted as saying that he was happy for the employment without knowing any godfather.
“We are a special people who have been onboarded at a challenging time like this,” she said.
Bolarinwa Simeon, a civil engineer, also said that the recruitment process was transparent and credible from the computer-based test interview.
Suleiman Mahmud, on his part, is quoted as describing the appointment as miraculous, because he applied on the last day of the submission of application.
Edited By: Victor Asije/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
NNPC records N211. 62bn from products sales in February – Report
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it recorded ₦211.62 billion sale of white products in February.
The white products are Kerosene, Diesel and Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol.
The corporation disclosed this in its Monthly Financial and Operation Report (MFOR), released in Abuja on Tuesday.
The sales, it said, were made by the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), the corporation’s downstream subsidiary company in charge of bulk sales and distribution of petroleum products.
It noted that the ₦211.62billion figure was significantly higher compared to the previous month’s record, which stood at ₦151.79billion.
It also indicated that total revenues recorded from the sales of white products for the period, February 2019 to February 2020, stood at about ₦2.6 trillion.
“Also, there was sale of 0.01million litres of special product, Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) in the month.
The report further noted that during the period under review, a total of 32 pipeline-points either malfunctioned or were vandalised.
This, it said, represented about 47 per cent decrease from the 60 points recorded in January.
“These comprised of 22 pipeline breaches, eight weld failures and two pipeline ruptures.
“Mosimi area accounted for 78 per cent of total cases, the Port Harcourt axis 16 per cent, and all other routes accounted for the remaining 6 per cent,” it said
On natural Gas off-take, commercialisation and utilisation, it noted that out of the 241.74 Billion Cubic Feet (BCF) of gas supplied in February, 146.54BCF was commercialised.
This consist of 35.83BCF and 110.71BCF for the domestic and export market respectively.
The report noted it translated to a total supply of 1,235.56 million Standard Cubic Feet per day (mmscfd) of gas to the domestic market and 3,817.40mmscfd of gas supplied to the export market for the month.
The report further said that 699mmscfd was delivered to gas-fired power plants to generate an average power of about 3,064MW, compared with January, when an average of 640mmscfd was supplied to generate 2,683MW.
The report also indicated an increased trading surplus of ₦3.95billion compared to the ₦1.87billion surplus posted in January.
The 111 per cent growth in the month, the report stated, was largely attributable to improved performance of the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), as a result of its low expenses put at over 100 per cent.
Edited By: Moses Solanke/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
NNPC reduces ex-depot price of petrol
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced a reduction in the ex-depot price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) from N113.28k per litre to N108.00K per litre across all its products loading facilities.
This was contained in a statement issued by the corporation’s spokesman, Dr Kenny Obateru in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to him, the strategy will help to make more sales while complying with the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency’s (PPPRA) price template.
Lawan explained that the new price regime would enable PPMC to boost its sales volumes from the billions of litres of Petrol it had in storage while providing affordable price to millions of customers.
He said the new price was arrived at after extensive review of market realities by the PPMC internal price review unit.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)
COVID-19: NNPC-Agip begins construction of 200-bed infectious diseases hospital in Yenagoa
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)-Agip Joint Venture, on Saturday inaugurated the construction of a 200-bed capacity infectious diseases hospital for the South-South Zone.
Speaking at the event, Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum, said that the project was part of the Nigerian Oil Industry Coalition led by the NNPC to support the nation’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sylva said that the oil industry was contributing about N21 billion worth of support provided through the internal procurement processes of contributing companies.
Sylva said that Bayelsa was considered a suitable site for the project given its pioneering role in the history of the region and the contribution of about 40 per cent to onshore crude oil output.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, said that the Corporation was working with its Joint Venture partners, across the upstream, Midstream and Downstream Sectors to support the health sector.
He said that the NNPC-led intervention had allocated the N21 billion worth of support to various International Oil Companies, Indegenous operators with Joint Venture stakes across the oil sector.
Kyari explained that the infectious diseases hospital sited on 1,586 square meter space would serve as zonal isolation centre for the COVID-19 and would serve as reference hospital for communicable diseases after the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his speech, Mr Lorenzo Fiorillo, Managing Director, Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), said that the outbreak of the corona virus had put a lot of strain globally on health care systems and personnel.
Fiorillo who spoke through Mr Macwon Jitubo, Head of Community Relations, NAOC, said that the company remained sympathetic to the threat posed by the coronavirus resulting to millions of deaths worldwide.
“Eni, the parent company of NAOC considers people to be at the core of its culture and fundamental to its business, aware that creation of reciprocal values is possible through the sharing of objectives.
“We are certain that the Oil and Gas industry as a whole shares in these values.
“It is for this reason that we are here today at this difficult period to perform the ceremony which will engender a valuable medical asset to the South South region of the country,” he said.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa, who earlier applauded Sylva for attracting the project to Bayelsa performed the ground breaking ceremony with dignitaries.
Mr Chukwuemaka Nwajiobi, Minister of State for Education, represented the Chairman of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and Secretary to Government of Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha at the occasion.
Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
NNPC commiserates with victims of Obalende fuel tanker fire incident
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has commiserated with families of the victims of Friday’s fuel tanker fire incident at Obalende area of Lagos.
According to a statement issued in Lagos by the corporation’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Dr Kennie Obateru, NNPC wishes all those that sustained injuries in the incident quick recovery.
Obateru explained that all the injured people had been taken to the hospital while further investigation was on to determine the cause of the accident.
He said: ” A fuel truck belonging to NPPC’s petroleum products retail affiliate, NNPC Retail Limited, was involved in the road accident while conveying petrol from the Satellite depot to the NNPC Mega Station in Ikoyi, Lagos.
“The mishap, which occurred around 5p.m. Friday, led to the inferno which consumed the petrol -laden truck in front of a hospital and gas station.”
Obateru expressed appreciation to the good spirited people of Lagos around the scene of the incident and fire service personnel who brought the fire under control.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
NNPC new staff to assume virtual duty May 4 – Obateru
No fewer than 1,000 graduate trainees recently recruited by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are to assume virtual duty Monday May 4, the corporation says in a statement.
The statement released in Abuja on Thursday was signed by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru.
“The trainees are to assume duty first, virtually, while the corporation monitors the COVID -19 situation and the Federal Government’s directives to determine a date of physical assumption of duty,” he said.
He explained that the option of virtual assumption of duty was necessitated by the need to comply with extant protocol on social distancing and reduced number of people in workplace.
The NNPC spokesman said the trainees had completed online documentation, and would commence virtual onboarding on Monday.
He said that Managing Director of the corporation, Malam Mele Kyari, was excited about the assumption of duty of the new intakes noting that they were part of the succession plan to assure the future of NNPC.
He added that Kyari congratulated the successful graduate trainees, adding that much was expected of them.
Obateru said that the assumption of duty of the graduate trainees marked the successful completion of the 2019/2020 recruitment.
According to him, in pursuance of excellence, NNPC as an equal opportunity employer with business interests across the Oil & Gas Industry value chain, would continue to recruit the best hands in order to buoy its operations nationwide.
Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Inferno: Safety remains our priority says NNPC
The Nigerian National Petroleum Retail Limited says that safety remains paramount in its operations at its various filling stations across the country.
Dr Kennies Obatero, Group General Manager Public Affairs Division, disclosed this in a statement signed in Abuja, on Tuesday.
According to Obatero, Mr Bill Okoye of Nigeria National Petroleum Retail Limited said this while reacting to the fire incident in one of its retail outlets on Monday in Lagos.
“All stations under the brand name of NNPC Retail Limited operate under very high safety standards as endorsed by the Federal Fire Service and the Department of Petroleum Resources,” he said.
Okoye said that, as a policy, the management of the company ensured that all stations under his watch maintained required safety standards in order to curtail incidences of fire outbreaks as well as other health and safety hazards
He explained that preliminary information about the unfortunate fire accident at one of its affiliate stations in Lagos on Monday showed that the inferno emanated from an underground tank.
He noted that the fire was swiftly extinguished without any mortality recorded.
Okoye said the NNPC Retail Management sympathised with Taibod Petroleum Ltd., the affiliate company, over the unfortunate incident
He, however, thanked the Federal Fire Service, NNPC fire fighters from the National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) and other well-meaning Nigerians that supported in putting out the fire.
Okoye dismissed the insinuation that the fire was caused by a truck that was discharging petroleum products at the scene of the incident.
He said that NNPC retail stations attendants were well briefed and trained on handling of trucks and products discharge procedures.
“In all our stations, safety is very important and we have our Health Safety teams that go round to ensure that these safety standards are adhered to strictly.
“These safety teams visit stations routinely to educate and enlighten these affiliate station owners on the need for them to uphold safety procedures.
” Every station must hold fire drills every month and all staff members of the stations are mandated to participate in these drills,” Okoye said.
He said that as the nation prepared for the relaxation of the Presidential lockdown directives from next week, the NNPC Retail stations had over 400 trucks laden with petroleum products waiting to discharge at various stations.
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
NNPC filling station inferno claims 30 vehicles – LASEMA
The Director-General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, on Tuesday said the fire outbreak at
Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) filling station, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos, has destroyed 30 vehicles.
The filling station is located at YayaYaya Abatan bus Stop, off Colleage Road, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Oke-Osanyintolu said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
According to him, a tanker with 33,000 litres of diesel catches fire while discharging its contents into an underground tank at the NNPC filling station.
“The agency officials received a distress call at about 1 p.m. on April 27, concerning a fire outbreak at NNPC filling station located at Yaya Abatan bus stop, off College Road.
“The agency’s response team personally coordinated by myself, other emergency responders jointly fought and subsequently extinguished the flames at about 4.49 p.m.
“No casualty nor fatality was recorded, about 30 vehicles were affected. The combined effort of the emergency responders led to the salvage of properties and buildings nearby,” he said.
Oke-Osanyintolu said present during the recovery operations were the state Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins; Chairman Ifako Local Government Council, Apostle Toba Oke; Federal and Lagos State Fire Services as well as National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
He said that other security agencies present were Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Oke-Osanyintolu said that four recommendations were provided to prevent future fire outbreaks such as continuous sensitisation and advocacy on fire safety measures by relevant government agencies.
Others, he said, were encouraging installation of fire extinguishers at both public and private domains, and fire hydrant at filling stations.
Also, ensuring that onlookers stay safe by keeping away from the flames and observe social distancing while freeing the responders to carry out their work unhindered.
In a related development, he said a suspected leaked Pipeline disgorged petrol (PMS) at Peace Estate, Iyana Odo, Oripako Stream Inward Baruwa, Ipaja.
The LASEMA director-general said that the agency’s Response Team received a distress call in respect of a suspected PMS leakage from a pipeline at Iyana odo at about 11.00 hours on Monday.
He said that when its response team got to the scene, it was discovered that there was a Pete leakage flowing downstream towards Iyana Odo, Ori Pako axis from an unidentifiable source point.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that the actual point source of pollution could not be ascertained owing to the nature of the area being a wetland with flowing streams and pipelines buried underneath.
He said that the residents were subsequently sensitised and advised to ensure they do not carry out any activity that would ignite fire.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that the concentration of the leaked petrol had reduced likely due to vaporisation and rapid movement of water down stream, resulting in no imminent hazard while the immediate threat level ascertained had been contained.
He, however, said that SEPA and NNPC officials had been notified for necessary action by locating the point source of pollution to mitigate against future disaster in the community and contamination of the flora and fauna.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Fire guts NNPC filling station at Ifako Ijaiye LGA in Lagos
A filling station belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) located within Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State has been gutted by fire.
The News Agency of Nigeria at the scene of the incident on Monday reports that the fire extended to some of the buildings close to the filling station.
Dr Olufemi Oke -Osayintolu, the Director General, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), and men from the agency were also at the scene of the incident.
Oke-Osayintolu told NAN that the remote nor immediate causes of the inferno could not yet be ascertained.
Oke-Osanyintolu said that upon arrival at the scene, LASEMA observed that a petrol tanker inside the NNPC fuel station had caught fire, which also culminated to the spread of the fire to buildings nearby.
He also confirmed that the incident started at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, adding that efforts were ongoing by the agency’s officials, men of the Lagos State Fire Service and the Federal Fire Service to combat the inferno.
Oke-Osanyintolu,however, advised the members of the public to keep away from the scene so as to allow the responders to complete their work in good time.
NAN also reports that, as at the time of filling in this report, efforts were still ongoing to curtail the fire. .
Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo (NAN)
COVID 19: NNPC donates ambulance, medical kits to Kano state
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has donated an ambulance and other medical consumables to Kano State Government to prevent spread of COVID-19 in the state.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva who presented the items to Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje at the Government House on Saturday, said that the gesture would go a long way in curbing the spread of coronavirus in the state.
Sylva said apart from the ambulance, the state would get rescue packs, ventilators, thousands of testing kits, 100 Personal Protective Equipment full kits, 100 PPE shoes, 2,000 disposal caps, including face masks, nose masks, body suits, hand gloves and overall full kit.
The minster added that the donation was part of the N21billion intervention on COVID-19 pandemic by the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
“NNPC and partners in the oil and gas industry embarked on an initiative covering three areas; provision of medical consumables, deployment of logistics and in-patient support system and delivery of medical infrastructure.
“In line with the oil and gas intervention initiative plan of establishing permanent and sustainable medical infrastructure in each geopolitical zone, we will be conducting a ground breaking ceremony very soon for building emergency and infectious diseases hospitals in some parts of the country,” he said.
He said similar donations had been made in Abuja, Rivers and Bayelsa, adding that collaboration was needed to defeat the coronavirus.
The minister added that similar items would be delivered to affected states and that the industry would build emergency and infectious diseases hospitals in Uyo, Akwa Ibom and Yenagoa in Bayelsa.
Sylvia who was accompanied by the GMD of NNPC Mr Mele Kyari and Group General Manager of NAPIMS, Mr Bala Wuri, also commiserated with the government people of the state over the pandemic.
Ganduje commended the initiative of the oil and gas sector in the fight against COVID-19.
He said that the donation would go a long way in fighting the pandemic in the state and would also compliment the state government’s efforts.
Ganduje also commended the Federal Government’s efforts in fighting the dreaded COVID -19 disease.
The governor disclosed that the state has three fuctional isolation centres adding that government had also commenced the distribution of palliatives to 50,000 households in the state.(NAN)
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
COVID-19 : NNPC, oil firms give ambulances, medical consumables to South West states
The major players in the Nigerian oil and gas sector on Thursday handed over six ambulances and medical consumables to the South West states.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the donation was made by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Independent Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG), comprising 26 indigenous oil companies.
The items donated to Lagos, Ogun, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo and Ondo states were received in Lagos by the Minister of State for Health, Mr Olorunnimbe Mamora and Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Timipre Sylva, said the donation was part of the N21 billion intervention initiative on the COVID-19 pandemic by the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry.
Sylva said apart from the six ambulances, the states would also get thousands of testing kits, Personal Protective Equipment including face masks, body suits, hand gloves and sanitisers.
He said similar donations had earlier been made by the oil and gas sector in Abuja, Rivers and Bayelsa, adding that collaboration was needed to defeat Coronavirus.
According to him, the gesture will be extended to all states of the federation in line with the mandate of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 within the coming weeks.
He said ground breaking ceremonies for the construction of Infectious Disease Centres in Uyo, Akwa Ibom and Yenogoa, Bayelsa would soon take place, to help the country in tackling pandemics.
“I thank you very much on behalf of the PTF and I know that posterity will be kind on you for standing up to be counted during this critical period.
”These donations will help fortify our health care system. Nigeria and Nigerians will not forget you for this your noble effort,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the South West governors, Sanwo-Olu said the donation would be used to support the critical infrastructure that was a challenge to the health care industry.
He said: ”I want to assure you that we will put it to judicious use and we will ensure that all the items are delivered to their respective states.
“They will go immediately to the front line and will be deployed to ensure that our people get well and come out of this pandemic alive.”
IPPG Chairman, Mr Ademola Adeyemi-Bero, said the group, made up of indigenous oil firms, was working towards procuring five million face masks, 100, 000 test kits, 12 ambulances, ventilators, beddings and overalls for health workers.
He said the group would also donate one isolation unit in a location to be advised by the NNPC and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and molecular labs in some parts of the country.
According to him, IPPG members were also observing the health protocols put in place by government in their facilities in order to contain the virus.
Earlier in his address of welcome, Mr Bala Wunti, Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Management Services, said the initiative of the oil and gas sector was based on an informed business interest.
Wunti said: “If economic activities are down, there will be no need for oil and gas.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Nigeria records crude oil, gas sale of $434m in January. – NNPC
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation( NNPC) says the country recorded crude oil and gas export sale of 434.85million dollars in January.
The corporation disclosed this in it’s Monthly Financial and Operations Report (MFOR) released in Abuja, on Wednesday.
The sales, the NNPC said represents an increase of 94.30 per cent pitched against the December 2019 figures.
It said that the month’s crude oil export sales contributed 336.65million dollars (77.42 per cent) of the dollar transactions for the period, compared to the 136.36million dollars sales in the previous month.
It added that export gas sales in January amounted to 98.20million dollars even as it noted that 2019 to January 2020 crude oil and gas transactions valued at 5.18billion dollars was exported.
The report added that vandalism of NNPC pipelines across the Country recorded a phenomenal spike of 50 percentage increase in January.
“60 pipeline points were vandalized, compared to the 40 incidents recorded in December 2019.
“Atlas Cove-Mosimi and Mosimi-Ibadan axis pipelines accounted for 50 per cent and 17 per cent of the breaks respectively, while all other routes accounted for the remaining 33 per cent, according to the report,” it said.
It however explained that NNPC, in collaboration with the local communities and other stakeholders, were working in harmony to curtail this menace.
The report stated that to ensure steady supply and effective distribution of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), otherwise called petrol, across the Country, 1.20billion litres of the white product, translating to 38.68mn liters/day, were supplied for the month.
it noted that the corporation had continued to diligently monitor the daily stock of fuel to achieve smooth distribution of petroleum products and zero fuel queue across the nation.
In the Gas Sector, it revealed that out of the 253.09billion cubic feet (BCF) of gas supplied in January, a total of 151.16BCF of gas was commercialised, consisting of 36.20BCF and 114.96BCF for the domestic and export market, respectively.
This, it said translated to 1,167.80million standard cubic Feet (mmscfd) of gas supply to the domestic market, with 3,708.23mmscfd of gas supplied to the export market during the month.
It report further stated that 59.89 per cent of the average daily gas produced was commercialised, while the balance of 40.11 per cent was re-injected, used as Upstream fuel gas or flared. Gas flare rate was 7.90 per cent for the month under review.
According to the report, it is 643.59mmscfd, compared with average gas-flare rate of 8.46 per cent i.e. 671.40mmscfd, for the period January 2019 to January 2020.
“Out of the 1,167.80mmscfd of gas supplied to the domestic market in January 2020, about 639.70mmscfd of gas, representing 54.78 per cent, was supplied to gas-fired power plants.
“The balance of 528.10mmscfd or 45.22 per cent was supplied to other industries,” it said
The report said 640mmscfd of gas delivered to gas fired-power plants in January generated an average power of about 2,683 MW, compared with December 2019 where an average of 596mmscfd was supplied to generate 2,498 MW.
It explained that for January 2019 to January 2020, an average of 1,203.93mmscfd of gas was supplied to the domestic market, comprising an average of 693.73mmscfd or (57.62 per cent) as gas supply to the power plants and 510.20mmscfd or (42.38 per cent) as gas supply to industries.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
LCCI says NNPC decision to end subsidy/under recovery a game changer
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) says the
COVID-19- FG releases N200 bn to power sector to improve supply -NNPC
Mr Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) says the Federal Government has made payment of over N200 billion to the power sector towards improving electricity supply.
Kyari disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday shortly after a closed door meeting between the NNPC team, Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman and Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Mr Usman Mohammed.
“Actually the federal government has made payment of over N200 billion for power in the last 23 days and this will go a long way to ensure that issues around power supply are addressed.
“We will work as a team to ensure that all issues are settled, ‘’he said.
Kyari said that team was in the Ministry of Power to inform the minister that in the last one or two months and particularly during the COVID-19 period NNPC has increased gas supply to the power sector.
According to him, there will be significant improvement in power generation in all federal government and associated power facilities.
“ This also means that Nigerians will get better access to power during this lockdown period and going forward.
“There are issues around power supply process and we have discussed most of them and we are moving as a team to make sure that we resolve issues around payment and evacuation.
“We are very confident that this will get the desired result. We will visit some power plants tomorrow to make sure that we sort out any issue to ensure that Nigerians have access to better power,” he said.
He said that the minister was very clear on what was to be done to improve power supply.
“We will make sure this becomes transparent and obvious to all Nigerians.”
On his part, TCN Managing Director, Mr Usman Mohammed said that the meeting was to ensure that there was constant supply of power as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mohammed said that the president has directed that there should be constant power supply to the people during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“This is why this meeting was conveyed by the minister of power to discuss supply of gas to the power plants.
“This is very important before now we have been discussing with NNPC, of course there is gas availability in the market but there are several power plants that don’t have gas and that is a big problem for us.
“With this meeting where the minister prevailed that NNPC should assist in suppling gas to the power plants we believe that will have steady and sustainable power supply going forward especially during the COVID-19 lockdown, ” he said.
Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)
NNPC retail stations complying with PPPRA price template — Official
The NNPC Retail Ltd. says all its filling stations across Nigeria are selling Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) within the official price band announced for the month of April.
Dr Kennie Obateru, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), made the clarification in a statement issued on Thursday in Lagos.
He quoted Sir Billy Okoye, Managing Director of NNPC Retail Ltd, as affirming the compliance of the filling stations to the band announced by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).
Okoye said that all the company’s retail outlets adjusted to the new price immediately the pricing regulatory agency came up with the new price band of between ₦123.50 and ₦125.
The NNPC Retail boss explained that the company was the first in the country to comply with the PPPRA price advisory issued on March 19 by adjusting its pumps to ₦125 per litre from the old price of ₦145 per litre.
“Last week, the PPPRA announced the new pump price range of ₦123.50 to ₦125 for the month of April 2020.
“What this means is that all stations in Nigeria cannot sell below ₦123.50 and cannot sell above ₦125 per litre for the month of April 2020.
“NNPC Retail Ltd. is fully complying with the PPPRA directive as we are neither selling below ₦123.50 nor selling above ₦125 per litre in all NNPC Retail’s stations nationwide,” Okoye said.
He said NNPC Retail Ltd prides itself as the company with the best in terms of price, products quality and quantity (meter integrity) .
Okoye maintained that the company and its stations, being part of the NNPC, were owned by Nigerians and so would always strive to protect the interest of Nigerians.
He disclosed that the company was planning to extend its services to neighbouring West African countries.
According to him, having introduced its high quality lubricants into the market recently, its goal is to consolidate on that as a state-owned company for the economic benefit of Nigerians.
Okoye called on members of the public to always use any of the company’s feedback mechanisms well displayed at all its retail outlets to report any sharp practice.
He said that the management would not fail to sanction erring dealers.
Edited By: Fela Fashoro/Oluwole Sogunle
Easter: NNPC assures of availability of petroleum products
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has assured Nigerians of availability of sufficient petroleum products to ensure hitch-free Easter celebrations.
The NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Dr Kennie Obateru, gave this assurance in a statement issued on Wednesday in Lagos.
Obateru quoted the Managing Director of Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr Musa Lawan, as saying that although there were restrictions of movement in some parts of the country, PPMC had maintained steady supply of petroleum products nationwide.
Lawan added that the company had enough products in its marine and land depots that could last another two months.
“I want to assure Nigerians that PPMC has enough petroleum products to go round, as they prepare to celebrate Easter.
“We have up to 2.53 billion litres, both in marine and in our inland depots. There are enough petroleum products in stock, and as we speak, some vessels laden with petroleum products are en route to the country,” he said.
Lawan disclosed that PPMC would soon automate its processes, maintaining that the deployment of the application would reduce face-to-face interactions with marketers and promote transparency in all its operations.
He commended the operations staff at the depots and other stakeholders for ensuring free flow of petroleum products to every nook and cranny of the country, in spite of the restriction of movement in some states of the federation.
Lawan also urged Nigerians to avoid panic buying or stock-piling of petroleum products because of the associated danger and risks.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
NNPC to hands-off refineries after rehabilitation –Kyari
The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, says the corporation will not be involved in the management of the nation’s refineries after their rehabilitation.
Dr Kennie Obateru, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, in a statement, said Kyari said this as a special guest on a TV programme.
He said that after completion of the ongoing rehabilitation of the refineries, the services of a company would be procured to manage the plants on an Operations and Maintenance (O & M) basis.
“We are going to get an O&M contract, NNPC won’t run it. We are going to get a firm that will guarantee that this plant would run for some time.
“”We want to try a different model of getting this refinery to run. And we are going to apply this process for the running of the other two refineries,” he said.
Kyari explained that the plan, ultimately was to get private partners to invest in the refineries and get them to run on the NLNG model where the shareholders would be free to decide the fate of the refineries going forward.
He saidd that this model, which was totally different from previous approach, would guarantee the desired outcome for the refineries.
The NNPC boss added that the decision to finally end fuel subsidy regime was in the interest of ordinary Nigerians.
“Subsidy is elitist because it is the elites that benefit from it. They are the ones that have SUVs, four, five cars in their garages.
“The masses should be the ones to benefit. There are many things wrong with the under-recovery because it makes us to supply more than is needed.
“This makes the under-recovery to be bloated because we unwittingly subsidise fuel for the whole of West Africa. That has to stop,” he said.
He explained that the removal of subsidy would automatically correct the distortions it created in the market such as products arbitrage and smuggling.
He said that it would also provide the needed impetus for the NNPC to establish retail outlets in neighbouring countries.
On the agitation in some quarters for a reduction in the price of kerosene, he said the corporation’s focus was rather on how to migrate all those who were still using kerosene for domestic cooking to the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) also known as cooking gas.
According to him, apart from LPG being a cheaper fuel than kerosene, it is also safer and more environment-friendly.
He said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, was championing policies to deepen the adoption of LPG for domestic consumption.
Kyari added that widespread adoption of LPG usage was the best solution to kerosene supply challenges in the long term.
On the situation with global crude oil price and supply, the GMD said things were shaping up.
“Crude oil price is improving by the day. Last week, it was 15 dollars per barrel. Today, it is 32.79 dollars per barrel.
“We believe the ongoing engagements between global oil producers will bring back demand and once that happens, the market will balance and fully recover by year-end,” he said.
On the fight against COVID-19, Kyari, who put the current total donations by players in the Oil and Gas Industry at N21 billion, said the sector was obliged to support the Federal Government in its efforts to bring relief to Nigerians.
He maintained that the donations were in kind and were designed to address three key areas which are provision of hospital consumables, including face masks, and testing kits, among others.
Kyari said the strategic interventions of the Oil and Gas Industry toward the fight against COVID-19 were aligned with the objectives of the Presidential Task force on Covid-19.