The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it has aligned its deliverables with the ministerial mandate for the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.
Mr Paul Osu, Head, Public Affairs, DPR in a statement issued on Friday in Lagos said the agency’s Director, Mr Rufai Shakur, made this known at the DPR Strategic Management Retreat in Abuja.
Shakur said the objective of the retreat was to cascade down the ministerial mandate to all staffers of the agency.
He said it was also to enable DPR provide the necessary regulatory oversight for the oil and gas sector and achieve the next level agenda of the government.
Shakur said the ministerial deliverables include eradication of smuggling of petrol across Nigerian borders and complete gas flare commercialisation programme.
According to him, they also include increase in crude oil production to three million barrels, reduction in the cost of oil extraction, promoting the passage of the petroleum industry bill, increasing domestic refining capacity and creating jobs for Nigerian youths.
He said that the strategic management retreat would further assist the DPR to sustain the tempo of ongoing reforms in the agency, which was geared toward aligning with the agency’s vision of being a world class regulatory agency.
Shakur tasked the top management of the agency to ensure total alignment of their divisions and zones to the ministerial deliverables as it had been embedded into the DPR’s corporate strategy.
Also, Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, who was the special guest commended DPR for the retreat.
Sylva noted that there must be a shared vision by all players in the industry for progress to be achieved.
He emphasised that the ministerial deliverables must cascade down to all staff as it was the duty of everyone to ensure the success of the mandate.
The minister recalled that the deliverables was a product of the ministerial retreat he had earlier in the year, and reiterated that DPR, being the core of the oil and gas sector of Nigeria, must ensure the successful delivery of the mandate.
He enjoined the department to swing into action as he had dubbed 2020 the year to deliver and begin the actualisation of the oil and gas industry roadmap.
Edited by: Emmanuel Okara/Oluwole Sogunle
DPR, marketers set up committee to enhance safe distribution of cooking gas
Mr Michael Umudu, National Chairman, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers (LPGAR), a branch of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos on Tuesday.
Umudu said that the committee comprised of both gas marketers and retailers.
He said the six man-committee had two members each drawn from DPR, LPGAR and the Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (NALGAM) and was inaugurated recently after a meeting of LPG stakeholders.
Umudu said the committee would look at accelerating the process of issuing licences to retailers and also put up modalities to ensure that only those duly registered and had complied with the safety requirements get gas supply.
“Also, the committee is to look out for defaulters and promptly report them to the authorities, especially those operating in unsafe locations,” Umudu said.
“Currently, LPGAR has over 500 registered members and we have informed those operating their facilities in unsafe locations to relocate and others to upgrade to meet the minimum safety standard.
“We need to have a standard because people cannot just wake up and start retailing gas without meeting the DPR requirements.
“That is why we have incidents of gas explosion which affects lives and property of Nigerians.
“My advice to those involved in this kind of act is to follow the required processes and join us so that they can be properly trained and sensitised to enhance safety of the business,” he said.
He commended the DPR for stepping up on its regulatory duties of sanitising selling and distribution of cooking gas.
Umudu said: “Before now, our members use their individual names to apply for permits but now they need corporate names.
“Also, now you need fire service certification before you can obtain permit. Now, you also need tax clearance to show that you are ready for this business.
“These are some of the new regulations put in place by DPR but even though the process is more difficult, we appreciate that it will help in sanitising the industry.”
He said the agency also monitors LPG depots to ensure that only trucks belonging to identified suppliers were loaded which had helped in reducing proliferation of skids across the country.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Peter Ejiofor)
FAAC: FG, states, LGs share N682 bn for August
The Federal Government, states and local government councils have shared N682 billion for the month of August, Dr Mahmoud Isa-Dutse, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, has said.
Mr Hassan Dodo, the Director of Information in the ministry, qouted Isa-Dutse as disclosing this in a statement issued at the end of the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) virtual meeting in Abuja on Friday.
According to him, the Federal Government received N272.9 billion, states got N197.65 billion while local government councils had N147.4 billion.
He added that the oil producing states received N30.88 billion as derivation (13 per cent of Mineral Resources) while Cost of Collection/Transfer and Refund was N33.205 billion.
According to the communique issued by the committee, the gross revenue available from the Value Added Tax (VAT) for August was N150.23 billion.
This was against the N132.61 billion distributed in July, resulting in an increase of N17.611 billion.
“The distribution is as follows: Federal Government got N20.957 billion, states received N69.857 billion, Local Government Councils got N48.900 billion, while Cost of Collection/Transfer and Refund was N10.51 billion.
“The distributed statutory revenue of N531.83 billion received for the month was lower than the N543.788 billion received for the previous month by N11.958 billion,” it said.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Mufutau Ojo)
DPR warns IPMAN against exploitation
Daboh said the department would continue to monitor all filling stations in the state to ensure that they dispense accurately.
The controller said any marketer caught under-dispensing product would have their filling stations sealed, and pay N100, 000 as fine on each pump discovered to be under-dispensing product.
He described as disheartening the way some independent marketers engage in sharp practices, adding that the DPR would not relent in its surveillance operations in the state.
Daboh, however, assured them of necessary support to succeed and advised them to always abide by all precautionary regulations.
Also speaking, Mr Femi Ogunmuyiwa, DPR Head’s of Operations, appealed to the marketers to always train their attendants on safety practices.
Ogunmuyiwa noted that some of the attendants lack requisite knowledge on safety procedure involved in the sales of oil and gas.
Mati said support of the DPR was necessary for their business to thrive.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Wale Ojetimi
DPR generates N742.4bn revenue in 8 months
The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) says it generated a total sum of N742,471,639,376. 96 billion for the Federal Government from January to August 2020.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee, chaired by Mr Musa Adar, visited the regulatory agency as part of its oversight duties.
He said, “DPR is a revenue collection agency for revenues accrueable to government from oil and gas industry operations.
” DPR operates a cashless revenue system which enables all revenue remittances to be paid directly to the federation account in total compliance with the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy of government.
“The agency conducts comprehensive quarterly and annual reconciliations of revenue payments to ensure accurate and timely remittances to the federation account.
“It also collects oil and gas royalties which represents proportional value of oil and gas production and sales from oilfields, gas flare penalties imposed for gas flaring,” he said.
According to him, DPR collects concession rentals paid for grant of oil and gas acreages by exploration and production companies and miscellaneous oil revenue.
He said that these consisted of statutory application fees, licence and permit fees and penalties.
Auwalu said that the challenges posed by COVID-19 and oil price crash had made it compelling for a new thinking and approach for strategic repositioning and business optimisation in the industry.
The DPR boss said the agency had, therefore, adopted several approaches and streamlined its processes to deepen its influencing role as an opportunity house and business enabler for the Industry.
He said the approaches include cost control and management, strategic partnership, vertical integration and diversification and portfolio rationalisation and operational resilience.
On his part, Adar told newsmen that the National Assembly would expedite action on the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in order to reposition the industry.
“We want to assure Nigerians that once we receive the PIB, we will ensure its quick passage.
” There is a good relationship between the executive and lawmakers and there will be a bipartisan approach toward the bill because we must put Nigeria first as patriotic citizens,” he said.
He said the visit to the regulatory agency had enlightened the lawmakers on the need to enact legislation that would ensure maximisation of Nigeria’s oil and gas resources.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle