Oil & Gas

DPR generates N742.4bn revenue in 8 months

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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.


Mr Sarki Auwalu, Director, DPR  made the disclosure during a visit of the Federal House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) to the DPR headquarters in Lagos on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the committee, chaired by Mr Musa Adar, visited the regulatory agency as part of its oversight duties.

Auwalu expressed optimism that the regulatory agency would surpass its revenue target for the year despite the  ‘triple force’ of COVID-19 pandemic, oil price crash and OPEC plus production cuts.

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
Source: NAN

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Politics

Bye-elections: 12 candidates jostle for Lagos East, 8 for Kosofe Constituency II

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Twelve candidates will be contesting for the Lagos East Senatorial bye-election slated for Oct. 31.


Mr Femi Akinbiyi, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) spokesman in Lagos State, gave the figure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday.

He also said that eight candidates would be contesting for Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos State House of Assembly bye-election.

“In accordance with Section 31 Subsection 3 of the Electoral Act, 2010 (as amended), the commission in Lagos State has published the list of nominated candidates for Lagos East Senatorial bye-election in the five local government areas that constitute the senatorial district.

“We have also published the list of nominated candidates for the Lagos House of Assembly Kosofe Constituency II bye-election in the six registration areas (wards) that constitute the state constituency.

“Twelve candidates of 12 political parties are vying for the Lagos East Senatorial seat, while eight parties are fielding candidates for the Kosofe Constituency II, Lagos Assembly bye-election.

” The local government areas in the senatorial district are Somolu, Ikorodu, Ibeju-Lekki, Epe and Kosofe,” Akinbiyi said.

According to him, the list has been published in all the affected local governments and registration areas (wards) since Sept. 17, being the last day for the publication of nominated candidates for the two bye-elections.

NAN reports that in the final list signed by Mrs Bose Oriaran-Anthony, the Lagos East Senatorial District contestants include, Mr Muyiwa Adebanjo of Action Alliance (AA), Ms Mercy Adeoye of African Action Congress (AAC) and Mr John Kome of African Democratic Congress (ADC).

The others are Mr Adebowale Ogunlaru of Action Democratic Party (ADP), Mr Adetokunbo Abiru, All Progressive Congress (APC); Mr Olusola Babatope, Allied Peoples Movement (APM); Mrs Florence Trautman, Labour Party (LP) and Ms Adijat Lawal, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

The rest are Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); Mr Olakunle Adisa, National Rescue Movement (NRM); Mr Saheed Aluko, Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Mr Taiwo Temitope, Young Progressive Party (YPP).

For the Kosofe Constituency II bye-election, the eight contestants are Messrs John Akerele of AA, Sadiq Olawale of AAC, Wasiu Saheed of APC, Adekunle Oladapo of LP, Muyideen Agoro of NNPP, Ademorin Adelaja of NRM, Sikiru Alebiosu of PDP and Mrs Mary Abojeh of ADC.

NAN reports that out of the 12 candidates contesting Lagos East Senatorial bye-election, three are females, and among the eight contestants for Kosofe constituency II bye-elections only one is a female.

The two bye-elections, slated for Oct. 31, became necessary following the demise of the two occupants of the seats at both the senate and Lagos Assembly.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma
Source: NAN

 

 

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Environment

Vulture Day: NCF advocates Vulture Conservation

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As the world marks the International Vulture Awareness Day, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) on Saturday underscored the importance of Vultures in the maintenance of balance in the ecosystem.


The NCF in a communique released after its five days webinar forum on Vultures and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, noted that vultures were sanitary officers with a clean-up service on the environment.

Dr Joseph Onoja, Director of Technical Programmes, NCF, in his presentation, revealed that nature had bestowed on humanity vultures with the role of environmental sanitary officers with a clean-up service worth $11,000 a year.

Onoja said: “Without vultures, humans are vulnerable to the spread of infectious diseases, because in the absence of vultures, dogs and rats become the clean-up crew.

“’The danger in this is that these animals are not equipped for such and are close to human population, exposing us to diseases.”

In his presentation, Mr Aniekan-Abasi Emmah Uwatt, a conservation biologist and ornithologist, observed that human activities were the major drivers to the vultures’ threatened status.

He added that the world could suffer from negligence if something drastic was not done to preserve the remaining vulture species in Nigeria.

“Imagine a world without vultures, it will lead to disease outbreaks such as anthrax; rabies and botulism.

‘“We would also have dirty environment with dead carcasses and foul smells,” he said.

Another facilitator, Mr Apeverga Paul Tersoo, Lecturer, Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State , said that Vultures might not be very appealing by their looks, but these birds, also known as scavengers do the dirty jobs of cleaning our environment.

Tersoo said they do this by taking care of carcasses and preventing the spread of diseases, which in turn keeps the ecosystem healthy.

“’The importance of these natural environmental cleaners cannot be over emphasised because the benefits we derive from them for free will cost us so much that it can only be imagined.

“A case study is seen in India where a crash in the vulture population was observed after the birds fed on carcasses of livestock that were treated with Diclofenac.

“The Indian white-rumped vulture was the most hit, with a decline rate of 99.9 per cent.

“What followed was a surge in population of feral dogs that were infected with rabies from litters of carcasses as a result of the absence of our natural cleaners (the vultures).

“Consequently, an increase in human deaths from rabies nearly caused a public health catastrophe that saw the government of India spending about $34 billion to fight the spread of the disease,” he said.

Malam Samaila Mohammed Alkali, Airport Wildlife Hazard Management Coordinator, Kano Airport, said that aviation was a major threat to the survival of vultures.

“This is due to bird strike. Bird strikes occur when bird physically collide with aircraft,” Alkali said

According to him, approximately 10,692 vultures were killed by aircraft between 2008 and 2015, these may represent 1,500 Vultures killed every year for the period of seven years.

Meanwhile, in his presentation, Mr Adewale Awoyemi, Head of Forest Centre, Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Ibadan observed that the vanishing vultures had critical implications on human health and existence.

Awoyemi said that the destruction of their habitats by deforestation was a threat to vulture conservation.

International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) is celebrated on the first Saturday of September every year to reflect on the importance of vultures and the essential role they play in a healthy ecosystem.

It also aims at spreading awareness about range of threat facing vultures and urge the people to take action and prevent extinction of the ecological bird specie.

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Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Source: NAN

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World Clean Up Day: NGO tasks Lagos residents on cleaner, greener environment

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Mr Abdulsalam Ashade, the Executive Director, Green Janitor Sustainable Initiative, on Saturday urged people of Lagos State to keep their environment greener and cleaner.


Ashade give the advice at the cleaning up exercise organised by the initiative to commemorate the World CleanUp Day in Badagry.

According to him, environment determines our wellbeing and our live.

“It is the would Cleanup Day and the initiative being a youth-led organisation in Badagry thinks it is important for us to partake in the exercise.

“This is to send signal to everybody that it is our right to keep the environment clean.

“We are also using the avenue to sensitise our people to be conscious of how they dispose their wastes,” he said.

Ashade advised people of Lagos State to desist from their nonchalant attitude and indiscriminate waste disposal.

“It is no longer news that Lagos generated the highest number of waste in the whole country.

“So, what I want people to know is that our actions toward the environment determines a lot of things that is affecting our wellbeing.

“For example, the flooding we had recently in some communities in Lagos were because of people’s nonchalant attitude and indiscriminate disposal of waste,  and were causing all these degradation of our environment.

“Lagos residents should be conscious of their environment and take it as part of their livelihood to make sure their environment is safe, green and clean for everyone to live,” he said.

Ashade said that the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, Real Act of Kindness Foundation (RAK), Development Foundation and Geocycle Nigeria Ltd. partnered with the initiative to make the exercise a successful one.

Also, Ms Agharese Onaghire, the Executive Secretary, Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, said the alliance had been working with the initiative in Badagry to mop up post consumers package rate in the town.

Onaghire said the alliance had successfully picked over 33,000kg of waste in Badagry communities.

“Today is World Clean Up Day, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that our environment is clean,” she said.

In his remarks, Prince Olu Kosoko, the Chairman, New Badagry Forum, commended the initiative and the other companies for organising the exercise in Badagry.

Kosoko said he was happy to be part of the exercise to clean up his environment, adding that other youths should emulate them.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the initiative and others move round the ancient town, picking up waste and dropping them in the refuse vehicles for Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).

Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye
Source: NAN

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Crawford University appoints new V-C, other principal officers

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The Management of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun, on Saturday announced the appointment of a new Vice-Chancellor, Prof Reuben Kolo and other principal Officers.


The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Prof. Kolo becomes the 4th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the 15-year old faith-based University owned by the Apostolic Faith Mission, West and Central Africa (WECA).

A statement by the Public Relations Officer of the University, Layi Olajumoke, has it that two other principal officers were ratified by the institution’s Senate.

Mr Moses Itauma becomes the Registrar and Ms. Olukemi Ojo was appointed the institution’s Bursar.

“The outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Rotimi Ajayi, announced that the University’s Board of Trustees and the Governing Council have approved the appointment of Prof Reuben Kolo as the next Vice-Chancellor.

“Also, Mr Moses Itauma as the Registrar and Ms. Olukemi Ojo as the institution’s Bursar,” he said.

Olajumoke added: “Prof Kolo is from the Department of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology, which is from the larger School of Agriculture and Agriculture Technology, SAAT, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State.

“Prof Kolo was born in Doko, Lavun Local Government, Niger State in 1962. He obtained his first degree from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University( ABU), Zaria in Zoology in 1987.

“He bagged his second degree, M.Sc, Hydrobiology and Fisheries from the University of Ibadan. He completed his doctoral studies in FUT, Minna in the same discipline in 1996.

Prof. Kolo joined the service of FUT, Minna on July 11, 1990 as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology, SAAT.

“He became a Professor of Water Resources, Aquaculture and Fisheries Technology in October, 2010.

Olajumoke said that Kolo had held many positions of responsibilities in the span of engagement in FUT, Minna.

“He was designated the Dean of his Faculty, the SAAT from 2015 to 2019. He was also the Deputy Dean of the institution’s Postgraduate School between 2012 and 2013.

“He also headed specialised departments, centres, committees and special projects. He is a revered member of the Agricultural Society of Nigeria, National Association of Fish Farmers and Aquaculturists and the Fisheries Society of Nigeria among others.

“He is widely published and listened to in specialised journals and conferences.

`|The appointment is for a non-renewable duration of five years and will commence from Monday, Oct. 5, 2020,” he said.

Olajumoke also said that the university had recorded another milestone with the addition of another college to the other two existing colleges; College of Arts and Communication Studies.

“The Crawford University’s management got the approval of the Governing Council for a College of Arts and Communication Studies.

“The creation marks its third college after the College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CONAS), and College of Business and Social Sciences (CBSS).

“Dr. Jonathan Amuno, the erstwhile Director of Academic Planning has been approved to serve as the new college’s Acting Dean,” he said.

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Edited By: Peter Ejiofor)
Source: NAN

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