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  •   In Zambia government agencies are paying increasing attention to food safety issues but public awareness is low and life threatening food poisoning outbreaks can occur The causes of food poisoning and contamination range from production and handling practices to the unsafe use of veterinary drugs among others For many years the IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO have worked in collaboration with national authorities to assist and support the country s efforts to improve food safety in staple crops and agricultural products animals Recently these efforts have focused on meat and other animal products About half of urban consumers food spending is on livestock feed and cereals while the rural population is believed to be more dependent on cereals As Zambia develops and the incomes of its citizens increase the national diet is likely to change It is expected that more meat will be consumed in the future and therefore the meat processing industry will also grow Experts are working to address livestock and human health problems related to meat and other foods derived from animals The IAEA and FAO are working with Zambian experts to tackle drug resistant microbes as well as food contamination in meat and other animal products Part of this involves strengthening the capacities of the country s Central Veterinary Research Institute CVRI By providing new equipment to test for hazardous chemicals in food and transferring new analytical technology the IAEA is supporting CVRI in providing better services and has increased the skills of laboratory analysts through guidance and training The ultimate goal is to ensure that food meets quality standards and that food poisoning rates are reduced Food safety is a priority for Zambia and we are pleased to have the support of the IAEA to develop our laboratory capabilities and encourage collaboration between our institutions said Gerald Monga Senior Veterinary Research Officer at CVRI Alleviate poverty and improve food security The presence of animal and zoonotic diseases such as colibacillosis and coccidiosis overload animal production and require veterinary drugs for their treatment and control However remnants or drug residues that remain in animal products increase health risks generate drug resistance and impede exports To help prevent these risks the Joint FAO IAEA Center for Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture has trained scientists and supported analytical testing for a residue monitoring program in Zambia to ensure that meat and other products are only are sold once they no longer contain residue These efforts supported by the IAEA s technical cooperation program are helping to prevent potentially harmful chemicals from entering the food supply and guiding the use of antimicrobials in animal production in the country I learned new rapid and confirmatory techniques to analyze residues and contaminants in food This knowledge that I also shared with my colleagues has allowed us to increase the capacity to ensure that animal products are safer and that relevant production standards are met said Monga Monga and his colleagues have been trained in the use of drugs or toxins labeled with isotopes of carbon and hydrogen see Science box Isotopic techniques are helping Zambian laboratories analyze meat and related products such as animal feed to ensure food safety and improve both agricultural standards and the food trade Thanks to these efforts CVRI is now able to conduct periodic residue testing Meat processors are happy with the new lab tests as they can use residue test results to demonstrate compliance with required standards Monga said This has enabled exports to Angola the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe among others which were previously not possible or limited by lack of residue testing IAEA support has also enabled CVRI to obtain and maintain ISO 17025 accreditation a measure of competence and reliability by end users of analytical services
    Nuclear Techniques Help Zambia Ensure Safety in Animal Food Products
      In Zambia government agencies are paying increasing attention to food safety issues but public awareness is low and life threatening food poisoning outbreaks can occur The causes of food poisoning and contamination range from production and handling practices to the unsafe use of veterinary drugs among others For many years the IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO have worked in collaboration with national authorities to assist and support the country s efforts to improve food safety in staple crops and agricultural products animals Recently these efforts have focused on meat and other animal products About half of urban consumers food spending is on livestock feed and cereals while the rural population is believed to be more dependent on cereals As Zambia develops and the incomes of its citizens increase the national diet is likely to change It is expected that more meat will be consumed in the future and therefore the meat processing industry will also grow Experts are working to address livestock and human health problems related to meat and other foods derived from animals The IAEA and FAO are working with Zambian experts to tackle drug resistant microbes as well as food contamination in meat and other animal products Part of this involves strengthening the capacities of the country s Central Veterinary Research Institute CVRI By providing new equipment to test for hazardous chemicals in food and transferring new analytical technology the IAEA is supporting CVRI in providing better services and has increased the skills of laboratory analysts through guidance and training The ultimate goal is to ensure that food meets quality standards and that food poisoning rates are reduced Food safety is a priority for Zambia and we are pleased to have the support of the IAEA to develop our laboratory capabilities and encourage collaboration between our institutions said Gerald Monga Senior Veterinary Research Officer at CVRI Alleviate poverty and improve food security The presence of animal and zoonotic diseases such as colibacillosis and coccidiosis overload animal production and require veterinary drugs for their treatment and control However remnants or drug residues that remain in animal products increase health risks generate drug resistance and impede exports To help prevent these risks the Joint FAO IAEA Center for Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture has trained scientists and supported analytical testing for a residue monitoring program in Zambia to ensure that meat and other products are only are sold once they no longer contain residue These efforts supported by the IAEA s technical cooperation program are helping to prevent potentially harmful chemicals from entering the food supply and guiding the use of antimicrobials in animal production in the country I learned new rapid and confirmatory techniques to analyze residues and contaminants in food This knowledge that I also shared with my colleagues has allowed us to increase the capacity to ensure that animal products are safer and that relevant production standards are met said Monga Monga and his colleagues have been trained in the use of drugs or toxins labeled with isotopes of carbon and hydrogen see Science box Isotopic techniques are helping Zambian laboratories analyze meat and related products such as animal feed to ensure food safety and improve both agricultural standards and the food trade Thanks to these efforts CVRI is now able to conduct periodic residue testing Meat processors are happy with the new lab tests as they can use residue test results to demonstrate compliance with required standards Monga said This has enabled exports to Angola the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe among others which were previously not possible or limited by lack of residue testing IAEA support has also enabled CVRI to obtain and maintain ISO 17025 accreditation a measure of competence and reliability by end users of analytical services
    Nuclear Techniques Help Zambia Ensure Safety in Animal Food Products
    Africa8 months ago

    Nuclear Techniques Help Zambia Ensure Safety in Animal Food Products

    In Zambia, government agencies are paying increasing attention to food safety issues, but public awareness is low and life-threatening food poisoning outbreaks can occur. The causes of food poisoning and contamination range from production and handling practices to the unsafe use of veterinary drugs, among others. For many years, the IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have worked in collaboration with national authorities to assist and support the country's efforts to improve food safety in staple crops and agricultural products. animals.

    Recently, these efforts have focused on meat and other animal products. About half of urban consumers' food spending is on livestock feed and cereals, while the rural population is believed to be more dependent on cereals. As Zambia develops and the incomes of its citizens increase, the national diet is likely to change. It is expected that more meat will be consumed in the future and therefore the meat processing industry will also grow. Experts are working to address livestock and human health problems related to meat and other foods derived from animals.

    The IAEA and FAO are working with Zambian experts to tackle drug-resistant microbes as well as food contamination in meat and other animal products. Part of this involves strengthening the capacities of the country's Central Veterinary Research Institute (CVRI). By providing new equipment to test for hazardous chemicals in food and transferring new analytical technology, the IAEA is supporting CVRI in providing better services and has increased the skills of laboratory analysts through guidance and training. The ultimate goal is to ensure that food meets quality standards and that food poisoning rates are reduced.

    “Food safety is a priority for Zambia, and we are pleased to have the support of the IAEA to develop our laboratory capabilities and encourage collaboration between our institutions,” said Gerald Monga, Senior Veterinary Research Officer at CVRI.

    Alleviate poverty and improve food security

    The presence of animal and zoonotic diseases such as colibacillosis and coccidiosis overload animal production and require veterinary drugs for their treatment and control. However, remnants or drug residues that remain in animal products increase health risks, generate drug resistance, and impede exports.

    To help prevent these risks, the Joint FAO/IAEA Center for Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture has trained scientists and supported analytical testing for a residue monitoring program in Zambia to ensure that meat and other products are only are sold once they no longer contain residue. These efforts, supported by the IAEA's technical cooperation program, are helping to prevent potentially harmful chemicals from entering the food supply and guiding the use of antimicrobials in animal production in the country.

    “I learned new rapid and confirmatory techniques to analyze residues and contaminants in food. This knowledge that I also shared with my colleagues has allowed us to increase the capacity to ensure that animal products are safer and that relevant production standards are met,” said Monga.

    Monga and his colleagues have been trained in the use of drugs or toxins labeled with isotopes of carbon and hydrogen (see Science box). Isotopic techniques are helping Zambian laboratories analyze meat and related products, such as animal feed, to ensure food safety and improve both agricultural standards and the food trade.

    Thanks to these efforts, CVRI is now able to conduct periodic residue testing.

    “Meat processors are happy with the new lab tests as they can use residue test results to demonstrate compliance with required standards,” Monga said. This has enabled exports to Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe, among others, which were previously not possible or limited by lack of residue testing. IAEA support has also enabled CVRI to obtain and maintain ISO 17025 accreditation, a measure of competence and reliability by end users of analytical services.

  •   Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd started its week on a positive note as its corporate services unit achieved ISO certifications in Business Continuity Management System BCMS and Quality Management System QMS NNPC s corporate services unit known as National Petroleum Investment Management Services NAPIMS acquired the certifications as part of its commitment to deploy automation and set global standards for the Nigerian oil and gas industry It also launched an electronic materials management solution e MMS a platform aimed at improving synergy between operators in the upstream to save costs improve production and ensure process standardization across the industry Speaking at the event at NNPC Towers Abuja NNPC Ltd Board Chair Senator Margery Chuba Okadigbo said the new NNPC was focused on strategic positioning that would enable it to compete globally He noted that NAPIMS achievement of ISO certifications in BCMS and QMS further attests to the company s commitment to the principles of the Transparency Accountability and Performance Excellence TAPE agenda He stressed that automating the system would reduce costs ensure smooth inventory sharing among industry players and encourage the revenue generating auction system In his comments NNPC GMD CEO Malam Mele Kyari stated that the company s operation was experiencing massive disruption in the form of pipeline vandalism He said that the significant ISO certifications around NNPC s business and e MMS solution can respond positively by providing containment measures to address industry challenges Kyari said that with the current situations around the world there was a need for NNPC to harness today s abundant hydrocarbon resources to build tomorrow s energy He stressed that the NNPC would continue to prioritize the development and utilization of gas on its way to becoming a world class energy company Also speaking at the event Group Chief Executive Officer Upstream Mr Adokiye Tombomieye noted that NNPC Upstream identified standardization and digitization processes as key elements needed to achieve cost optimization production and national reserve aspirations Mr Adokiye TombomieyeTombomieye said that the Directorate would continue to bring automation in line with industry best practices to eliminate the impact of discretion in decision making processes He stated that NAPIMS had become the first government run organization in West Africa to receive ISO 22301 2019 certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA Italy Some of the industry stakeholders at the event included the representative of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr Famous Eseduwo the Director of Human Resources of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources Mr Cosmas Iwueze who represented the President of OPTS Mr Rick Kennedy The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote pledges his support for NNPC initiatives to move the oil and gas sector forward Mr Bala Wunti Group General Manager of NAPIMS said that acquiring the certifications had become a means and not an end because the objective was to institutionalize the best processes and standards to achieve profitability and value creation for the benefit of of the Nigerians He said that the e MMS solution provides a transparent exchange platform that leverages data management to serve the material asset needs of players in the oil and gas business adding that the milestones achieved in the areas of certification and automation were the result of functional collaboration and support from all stakeholders The highlight of the event was the virtual and physical presentation of the Director of ISO certificates RINA Mr Alessandro Momei and Mr Richard Omale of the 3FM Solution respectively Still in the week under review NNPC Ltd reaffirmed its commitment to invest heavily in infrastructure development especially roads with a view to building a vibrant national economy The company stated this at the 7th edition of the Africa Road Builders Trophee Babacar Ndiaye conference held in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Abuja Speaking on the theme of the conference Building Roads Building Economies President Muhammadu Buhari Representative of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola SAN emphasized the importance of road construction for the Nigerian economy He listed the efforts of the Federal Government in the development of road infrastructure throughout the country In his presentation the GMD CEO NNPC Ltd Malam Mele Kyari who was represented by the Executive Director of Downstream Mr Yemi Adetunji said that NNPC was committed to building a strong economy for Nigeria Kyari said it was doing so by intervening in the construction of critical highways across the country under the federal government s Road Infrastructure Development and Renovation Investment Tax Credit Scheme He said the intervention was in fulfillment of his main mandate to ensure energy security through the efficient distribution of petroleum products throughout the country an activity that relies heavily on road transport Stakeholders such as the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA the Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission ICRC the National Association of Road Transport Owners NARTO and the Federal Highway Safety Corps FRSC made presentations on ongoing road projects The Federal Internal Revenue Services FIRS Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd NLNG Dangote Group and other partners also made presentations highlighting projects aimed at creating jobs and promoting economic activities in the country The highlight of the event was President Muhammadu Buhari s announcement as the winner of the 2021 Great Builder Super Prize the Babacar Ndiaye Trophy during the inaugural Africa Road Builders conference held in Cairo Egypt in May 2021 The Africa Road Builders Trophy is named after Dr Babacar Ndiaye President of the African Development Bank AfDB from 1985 to 1995 who initiated the conference The conference is sponsored by AfDB to promote the development of road and transport infrastructure in Africa as well as to encourage African countries to improve roads and transport It is also organized to celebrate good examples and reward an African Head of State who achieved exemplary road and transport success in their countries each year In another development Nasarawa Keffi State University NSUK described NNPC Ltd GMD CEO Kyari as an innovative and transformational leader This commendation was presented at the 6th Combined Convocation Ceremony at Nasarawa State University Keffi where Kyari was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree Presenting the award to Kyari the university s Chancellor and Emir of Keffi His Royal Highness Alhaji Shehu Chindo Yamusa III said the NNPC chief had shown excellent leadership in the oil and gas industry through his transformation of the company into a lucrative entity Kyari was represented by the Executive Director of Corporate Services Hajiya Aisha Farida Katagum Also on the occasion was the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo who as a special guest of honor launched the N4 billion endowment fund for some projects in the university The projects include Research Centers in Chemistry and Production Fice and Business Studies Sugar ICT Agricultural Value Chain and Climate Change The Vice President reiterated the need to coordinate efforts in the advancement of science and technological research while applauding the zeal and determination of the University to venture into innovation and robotics NNPC GMD CEO Malam Mele KyariOther dignitaries who were honored with doctoral degrees alongside Kyari include Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami Immediate Past Governor of Nasarawa State Tanko Almakura Alhaji Aliko Dangote Chief Peter Eloka and Alhaji Ali Abdulrazak Balarabe The Governor of Nasarawa Abdullahi Sule who congratulated all the graduates and awardees for the well deserved recognition assured the citizens of the government s commitment to the development of education in the state Other dignitaries at the event included the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu members of the state and federal legislature and traditional rulers Present to congratulate the GMD were the Managing Director of PPMC Mr Isiyaku Abdullahi NMSL MD Dr Mohammed Zango GGM SBA to GMD Mr Abubakar Nuhu Mohammed GGM GPAD Mr Garba Deen Muhammad GM Shared Services FES Mr Ahmed Ardo and GMD Business Advisor Ahmed Ibrahim Visit us at for more details
    NNPC Weekly: Kyari repositions company for robust business
      Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd started its week on a positive note as its corporate services unit achieved ISO certifications in Business Continuity Management System BCMS and Quality Management System QMS NNPC s corporate services unit known as National Petroleum Investment Management Services NAPIMS acquired the certifications as part of its commitment to deploy automation and set global standards for the Nigerian oil and gas industry It also launched an electronic materials management solution e MMS a platform aimed at improving synergy between operators in the upstream to save costs improve production and ensure process standardization across the industry Speaking at the event at NNPC Towers Abuja NNPC Ltd Board Chair Senator Margery Chuba Okadigbo said the new NNPC was focused on strategic positioning that would enable it to compete globally He noted that NAPIMS achievement of ISO certifications in BCMS and QMS further attests to the company s commitment to the principles of the Transparency Accountability and Performance Excellence TAPE agenda He stressed that automating the system would reduce costs ensure smooth inventory sharing among industry players and encourage the revenue generating auction system In his comments NNPC GMD CEO Malam Mele Kyari stated that the company s operation was experiencing massive disruption in the form of pipeline vandalism He said that the significant ISO certifications around NNPC s business and e MMS solution can respond positively by providing containment measures to address industry challenges Kyari said that with the current situations around the world there was a need for NNPC to harness today s abundant hydrocarbon resources to build tomorrow s energy He stressed that the NNPC would continue to prioritize the development and utilization of gas on its way to becoming a world class energy company Also speaking at the event Group Chief Executive Officer Upstream Mr Adokiye Tombomieye noted that NNPC Upstream identified standardization and digitization processes as key elements needed to achieve cost optimization production and national reserve aspirations Mr Adokiye TombomieyeTombomieye said that the Directorate would continue to bring automation in line with industry best practices to eliminate the impact of discretion in decision making processes He stated that NAPIMS had become the first government run organization in West Africa to receive ISO 22301 2019 certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA Italy Some of the industry stakeholders at the event included the representative of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Dr Famous Eseduwo the Director of Human Resources of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources Mr Cosmas Iwueze who represented the President of OPTS Mr Rick Kennedy The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB Mr Simbi Wabote pledges his support for NNPC initiatives to move the oil and gas sector forward Mr Bala Wunti Group General Manager of NAPIMS said that acquiring the certifications had become a means and not an end because the objective was to institutionalize the best processes and standards to achieve profitability and value creation for the benefit of of the Nigerians He said that the e MMS solution provides a transparent exchange platform that leverages data management to serve the material asset needs of players in the oil and gas business adding that the milestones achieved in the areas of certification and automation were the result of functional collaboration and support from all stakeholders The highlight of the event was the virtual and physical presentation of the Director of ISO certificates RINA Mr Alessandro Momei and Mr Richard Omale of the 3FM Solution respectively Still in the week under review NNPC Ltd reaffirmed its commitment to invest heavily in infrastructure development especially roads with a view to building a vibrant national economy The company stated this at the 7th edition of the Africa Road Builders Trophee Babacar Ndiaye conference held in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Abuja Speaking on the theme of the conference Building Roads Building Economies President Muhammadu Buhari Representative of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola SAN emphasized the importance of road construction for the Nigerian economy He listed the efforts of the Federal Government in the development of road infrastructure throughout the country In his presentation the GMD CEO NNPC Ltd Malam Mele Kyari who was represented by the Executive Director of Downstream Mr Yemi Adetunji said that NNPC was committed to building a strong economy for Nigeria Kyari said it was doing so by intervening in the construction of critical highways across the country under the federal government s Road Infrastructure Development and Renovation Investment Tax Credit Scheme He said the intervention was in fulfillment of his main mandate to ensure energy security through the efficient distribution of petroleum products throughout the country an activity that relies heavily on road transport Stakeholders such as the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority NSIA the Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission ICRC the National Association of Road Transport Owners NARTO and the Federal Highway Safety Corps FRSC made presentations on ongoing road projects The Federal Internal Revenue Services FIRS Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd NLNG Dangote Group and other partners also made presentations highlighting projects aimed at creating jobs and promoting economic activities in the country The highlight of the event was President Muhammadu Buhari s announcement as the winner of the 2021 Great Builder Super Prize the Babacar Ndiaye Trophy during the inaugural Africa Road Builders conference held in Cairo Egypt in May 2021 The Africa Road Builders Trophy is named after Dr Babacar Ndiaye President of the African Development Bank AfDB from 1985 to 1995 who initiated the conference The conference is sponsored by AfDB to promote the development of road and transport infrastructure in Africa as well as to encourage African countries to improve roads and transport It is also organized to celebrate good examples and reward an African Head of State who achieved exemplary road and transport success in their countries each year In another development Nasarawa Keffi State University NSUK described NNPC Ltd GMD CEO Kyari as an innovative and transformational leader This commendation was presented at the 6th Combined Convocation Ceremony at Nasarawa State University Keffi where Kyari was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree Presenting the award to Kyari the university s Chancellor and Emir of Keffi His Royal Highness Alhaji Shehu Chindo Yamusa III said the NNPC chief had shown excellent leadership in the oil and gas industry through his transformation of the company into a lucrative entity Kyari was represented by the Executive Director of Corporate Services Hajiya Aisha Farida Katagum Also on the occasion was the Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo who as a special guest of honor launched the N4 billion endowment fund for some projects in the university The projects include Research Centers in Chemistry and Production Fice and Business Studies Sugar ICT Agricultural Value Chain and Climate Change The Vice President reiterated the need to coordinate efforts in the advancement of science and technological research while applauding the zeal and determination of the University to venture into innovation and robotics NNPC GMD CEO Malam Mele KyariOther dignitaries who were honored with doctoral degrees alongside Kyari include Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami Immediate Past Governor of Nasarawa State Tanko Almakura Alhaji Aliko Dangote Chief Peter Eloka and Alhaji Ali Abdulrazak Balarabe The Governor of Nasarawa Abdullahi Sule who congratulated all the graduates and awardees for the well deserved recognition assured the citizens of the government s commitment to the development of education in the state Other dignitaries at the event included the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu members of the state and federal legislature and traditional rulers Present to congratulate the GMD were the Managing Director of PPMC Mr Isiyaku Abdullahi NMSL MD Dr Mohammed Zango GGM SBA to GMD Mr Abubakar Nuhu Mohammed GGM GPAD Mr Garba Deen Muhammad GM Shared Services FES Mr Ahmed Ardo and GMD Business Advisor Ahmed Ibrahim Visit us at for more details
    NNPC Weekly: Kyari repositions company for robust business
    General news8 months ago

    NNPC Weekly: Kyari repositions company for robust business

    Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd.) started its week on a positive note as its corporate services unit achieved ISO certifications in Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) and Quality Management System (QMS).

    NNPC's corporate services unit known as National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS), acquired the certifications as part of its commitment to deploy automation and set global standards for the Nigerian oil and gas industry.

    It also launched an electronic materials management solution (e-MMS), a platform aimed at improving synergy between operators in the upstream to save costs, improve production and ensure process standardization across the industry.

    Speaking at the event at NNPC Towers, Abuja, NNPC Ltd Board Chair Senator Margery Chuba-Okadigbo said the new NNPC was focused on strategic positioning that would enable it to compete globally.

    He noted that NAPIMS' achievement of ISO certifications in BCMS and QMS further attests to the company's commitment to the principles of the Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE) agenda.

    He stressed that automating the system would reduce costs, ensure smooth inventory sharing among industry players, and encourage the revenue-generating auction system.

    In his comments, NNPC GMD/CEO Malam Mele Kyari stated that the company's operation was experiencing massive disruption in the form of pipeline vandalism.

    He said that the significant ISO certifications around NNPC's business and e-MMS solution can respond positively by providing containment measures to address industry challenges.

    Kyari said that with the current situations around the world, there was a need for NNPC to harness today's abundant hydrocarbon resources to build tomorrow's energy.

    He stressed that the NNPC would continue to prioritize the development and utilization of gas on its way to becoming a world-class energy company.

    Also speaking at the event, Group Chief Executive Officer, Upstream, Mr. Adokiye Tombomieye, noted that NNPC Upstream identified standardization and digitization processes as key elements needed to achieve cost optimization, production and national reserve aspirations. .

    Mr. Adokiye Tombomieye

    Tombomieye said that the Directorate would continue to bring automation in line with industry best practices to eliminate the impact of discretion in decision-making processes.

    He stated that NAPIMS had become the first government-run organization in West Africa to receive ISO-22301:2019 certification for Business Continuity Management from RINA, Italy.

    Some of the industry stakeholders at the event included the representative of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Famous Eseduwo, the Director of Human Resources of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr. Cosmas Iwueze, who represented the President of OPTS, Mr. Rick Kennedy.

    The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), Mr. Simbi Wabote, pledges his support for NNPC initiatives to move the oil and gas sector forward.

    Mr. Bala Wunti, Group General Manager of NAPIMS, said that acquiring the certifications had become a means and not an end because the objective was to institutionalize the best processes and standards to achieve profitability and value creation for the benefit of of the Nigerians.

    He said that the e-MMS solution provides a transparent exchange platform that leverages data management to serve the material asset needs of players in the oil and gas business, adding that the milestones achieved in the areas of certification and automation were the result of functional collaboration and support from all stakeholders.

    The highlight of the event was the virtual and physical presentation of the Director of ISO certificates, RINA, Mr. Alessandro Momei and Mr. Richard Omale of the 3FM Solution, respectively.

    Still in the week under review, NNPC Ltd. reaffirmed its commitment to invest heavily in infrastructure development, especially roads, with a view to building a vibrant national economy.

    The company stated this at the 7th edition of the Africa Road Builders Trophee Babacar Ndiaye conference held in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Abuja.

    Speaking on the theme of the conference, “Building Roads, Building Economies”. President Muhammadu Buhari, Representative of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), emphasized the importance of road construction for the Nigerian economy.

    He listed the efforts of the Federal Government in the development of road infrastructure throughout the country.

    In his presentation, the GMD/CEO, NNPC Ltd. Malam Mele Kyari, who was represented by the Executive Director of Downstream, Mr. Yemi Adetunji, said that NNPC was committed to building a strong economy for Nigeria.

    Kyari said it was doing so by intervening in the construction of critical highways across the country under the federal government's Road Infrastructure Development and Renovation Investment Tax Credit Scheme.

    He said the intervention was in fulfillment of his main mandate to ensure energy security through the efficient distribution of petroleum products throughout the country, an activity that relies heavily on road transport.

    Stakeholders such as the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA), the Infrastructure Concessions Regulatory Commission (ICRC), the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and the Federal Highway Safety Corps (FRSC) made presentations on ongoing road projects.

    The Federal Internal Revenue Services (FIRS), Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. (NLNG), Dangote Group and other partners also made presentations highlighting projects aimed at creating jobs and promoting economic activities in the country.

    The highlight of the event was President Muhammadu Buhari's announcement as the winner of the 2021 Great Builder Super Prize, the Babacar Ndiaye Trophy during the inaugural Africa Road Builders conference held in Cairo, Egypt in May 2021.

    The Africa Road Builders Trophy is named after Dr. Babacar Ndiaye, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) from 1985 to 1995, who initiated the conference.

    The conference is sponsored by (AfDB), to promote the development of road and transport infrastructure in Africa, as well as to encourage African countries to improve roads and transport.

    It is also organized to celebrate good examples and reward an African Head of State who achieved exemplary road and transport success in their countries each year.

    In another development, Nasarawa Keffi State University (NSUK) described NNPC Ltd. GMD/CEO Kyari as an innovative and transformational leader.

    This commendation was presented at the 6th Combined Convocation Ceremony at Nasarawa State University, Keffi, where Kyari was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

    Presenting the award to Kyari, the university's Chancellor and Emir of Keffi, His Royal Highness Alhaji Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, said the NNPC chief had shown excellent leadership in the oil and gas industry through his transformation of the company into a lucrative entity. .

    Kyari was represented by the Executive Director of Corporate Services, Hajiya Aisha Farida Katagum.

    Also, on the occasion was the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who as a special guest of honor launched the N4 billion endowment fund for some projects in the university.

    The projects include: Research Centers in Chemistry and Production, Fice and Business Studies, Sugar, ICT, Agricultural Value Chain and Climate Change.

    The Vice President reiterated the need to coordinate efforts in the advancement of science and technological research while applauding the zeal and determination of the University to venture into innovation and robotics.

    NNPC GMD/CEO, Malam Mele Kyari

    Other dignitaries who were honored with doctoral degrees alongside Kyari include: Federation Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, Immediate Past Governor of Nasarawa State Tanko Almakura, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Chief Peter Eloka and Alhaji Ali Abdulrazak Balarabe.

    The Governor of Nasarawa, Abdullahi Sule, who congratulated all the graduates and awardees for the well-deserved recognition, assured the citizens of the government's commitment to the development of education in the state.

    Other dignitaries at the event included the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu, members of the state and federal legislature and traditional rulers.

    Present to congratulate the GMD were the Managing Director of PPMC, Mr. Isiyaku Abdullahi; NMSL MD, Dr. Mohammed Zango; GGM/SBA to GMD, Mr. Abubakar Nuhu Mohammed; GGM, GPAD, Mr. Garba Deen Muhammad; GM, Shared Services, FES, Mr. Ahmed Ardo; and GMD Business Advisor Ahmed Ibrahim.

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  •   The National Petroleum Investment Management Services NAPIMS has introduced an Electronic Materials Management Solution e MMS to drive efficiency in inventory tracking and automated workflow system NAPIMS also unveiled its International Organization for Standardization ISO certifications ISO 9001 2019 in Business Continuity Management System BCMS and ISO9001 2015 in Quality Management System QMS NAPIMS which was created as a Corporate Services Unit CSU of Nigeria National Petroleum Company Ltd is the first government organization in West Africa to receive ISO certification The Nigerian News Agency reports that the official presentation of the two ISO certificates was held on Friday in Abuja Senior Director RINA Malam Mele Kyari CEO of the group NNPC said in a speech that the certification would respond to its challenges especially oil theft and pipeline vandalism and suggest the best framework to de escalate the situation Kyari denounced the massive destruction of NNPC operations as a result of the activities of vandals and criminals along the pipelines that had reduced their production level That s clearly the biggest form of business disruption we re facing today the development will suggest ways to address those he said According to him currently the Nigerian Navy is launching a massive operation to reduce oil theft in the Niger Delta region He said that the whole essence of the intervention was to ensure that all assets available to the Navy were deployed with the support of industry However Kyari commended NNPC s upstream management and NAPIMS for this great feat adding that their transition to NNPC Ltd would ensure that their business and procedures are properly certified according to best practice Also speaking Mr Adokiye Tombomieye Group CEO Upstream described e MMS as an end to end automated inventory management platform developed to manage inventory materials options and asset disposal Tombomieye said that the implementation of the e MMS would support its cost inventory initiatives and ensure seamless cross inventory and offer a direct online payment gateway for items purchased on the auction platform He also noted that obtaining NAPIMS for ISO 9001 2015 and ISO 2230 2019 certifications would lend credibility to the system and suggest compliance with the global standard for all of its businesses Tombomieye said it was remarkable that this realization came during NNPC s 30 year existence making it the first government organization in West Africa to receive ISO 2230 2019 certification for business continuity management system In July 2019 Kyari assumed leadership of the NNPC with her agenda of transparency accountability and performance excellence to navigate the political direction of positioning the NNPC among its peers in the global oil and gas space This commitment was further strengthened as the year of excellence to drive home our aspirations to transform actions into measurable results he said According to him these laudable initiatives show core values and clear indicators of a journey to become a world class energy company He said that standardization and utilization were key elements in achieving the company s goals Tombomieye said that all of this was possible with the support of the CEO of NNPC and with the support of esteemed competent colleagues throughout the corporation In a speech Mr Bala Wunti Group General Manager NAPIMS said that on resumption in 2020 during the COVID 19 pandemic he outlined delivery strategies to achieve a bold milestone and bridge the gap between NAPIMS and that of the operators Wunti said the company developed a Business Continuity Plan initiative to eliminate disruption to business operation and cash flow Wunti said it also developed the Role Based System Asset Based Management while the launch of the Nigeria Bottom Up Cost Optimization Program assisted in operational visibility of assets and ensured continuity and sustained supply with the support of the operators We had to develop a strategy that would give us end to end visibility of our assets We believe that our processes and procedures would have redesigned our operating and business model Oil and gas continue to flow including power and we did not record any interruptions during the period he said Wunti who expressed his satisfaction at achieving the certification of the international standard said that the idea of embarking on the certification came when he wanted to combine some local content solution in the energy sector for trial In addition he described the e MMS as a transparent platform for exchange provision acquisition and bidding among others
    NAPIMS unveils e-MMS platform, gets business continuity certification
      The National Petroleum Investment Management Services NAPIMS has introduced an Electronic Materials Management Solution e MMS to drive efficiency in inventory tracking and automated workflow system NAPIMS also unveiled its International Organization for Standardization ISO certifications ISO 9001 2019 in Business Continuity Management System BCMS and ISO9001 2015 in Quality Management System QMS NAPIMS which was created as a Corporate Services Unit CSU of Nigeria National Petroleum Company Ltd is the first government organization in West Africa to receive ISO certification The Nigerian News Agency reports that the official presentation of the two ISO certificates was held on Friday in Abuja Senior Director RINA Malam Mele Kyari CEO of the group NNPC said in a speech that the certification would respond to its challenges especially oil theft and pipeline vandalism and suggest the best framework to de escalate the situation Kyari denounced the massive destruction of NNPC operations as a result of the activities of vandals and criminals along the pipelines that had reduced their production level That s clearly the biggest form of business disruption we re facing today the development will suggest ways to address those he said According to him currently the Nigerian Navy is launching a massive operation to reduce oil theft in the Niger Delta region He said that the whole essence of the intervention was to ensure that all assets available to the Navy were deployed with the support of industry However Kyari commended NNPC s upstream management and NAPIMS for this great feat adding that their transition to NNPC Ltd would ensure that their business and procedures are properly certified according to best practice Also speaking Mr Adokiye Tombomieye Group CEO Upstream described e MMS as an end to end automated inventory management platform developed to manage inventory materials options and asset disposal Tombomieye said that the implementation of the e MMS would support its cost inventory initiatives and ensure seamless cross inventory and offer a direct online payment gateway for items purchased on the auction platform He also noted that obtaining NAPIMS for ISO 9001 2015 and ISO 2230 2019 certifications would lend credibility to the system and suggest compliance with the global standard for all of its businesses Tombomieye said it was remarkable that this realization came during NNPC s 30 year existence making it the first government organization in West Africa to receive ISO 2230 2019 certification for business continuity management system In July 2019 Kyari assumed leadership of the NNPC with her agenda of transparency accountability and performance excellence to navigate the political direction of positioning the NNPC among its peers in the global oil and gas space This commitment was further strengthened as the year of excellence to drive home our aspirations to transform actions into measurable results he said According to him these laudable initiatives show core values and clear indicators of a journey to become a world class energy company He said that standardization and utilization were key elements in achieving the company s goals Tombomieye said that all of this was possible with the support of the CEO of NNPC and with the support of esteemed competent colleagues throughout the corporation In a speech Mr Bala Wunti Group General Manager NAPIMS said that on resumption in 2020 during the COVID 19 pandemic he outlined delivery strategies to achieve a bold milestone and bridge the gap between NAPIMS and that of the operators Wunti said the company developed a Business Continuity Plan initiative to eliminate disruption to business operation and cash flow Wunti said it also developed the Role Based System Asset Based Management while the launch of the Nigeria Bottom Up Cost Optimization Program assisted in operational visibility of assets and ensured continuity and sustained supply with the support of the operators We had to develop a strategy that would give us end to end visibility of our assets We believe that our processes and procedures would have redesigned our operating and business model Oil and gas continue to flow including power and we did not record any interruptions during the period he said Wunti who expressed his satisfaction at achieving the certification of the international standard said that the idea of embarking on the certification came when he wanted to combine some local content solution in the energy sector for trial In addition he described the e MMS as a transparent platform for exchange provision acquisition and bidding among others
    NAPIMS unveils e-MMS platform, gets business continuity certification
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    NAPIMS unveils e-MMS platform, gets business continuity certification

    The National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) has introduced an Electronic Materials Management Solution (e-MMS) to drive efficiency in inventory tracking and automated workflow system.

    NAPIMS also unveiled its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifications: ISO 9001:2019 in Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) and ISO9001:2015 in Quality Management System (QMS).

    NAPIMS, which was created as a Corporate Services Unit (CSU) of Nigeria National Petroleum Company Ltd., is the first government organization in West Africa to receive ISO certification.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the official presentation of the two ISO certificates was held on Friday in Abuja, Senior Director, RINA.

    Malam Mele Kyari, CEO of the group, NNPC, said in a speech that the certification would respond to its challenges, especially oil theft and pipeline vandalism, and suggest the best framework to de-escalate the situation.

    Kyari denounced the massive destruction of NNPC operations as a result of the activities of vandals and criminals along the pipelines that had reduced their production level.

    "That's clearly the biggest form of business disruption we're facing today, the development will suggest ways to address those," he said.

    According to him, currently the Nigerian Navy is launching a massive operation to reduce oil theft in the Niger Delta region.

    He said that the whole essence of the intervention was to ensure that all assets available to the Navy were deployed with the support of industry.

    However, Kyari commended NNPC's upstream management and NAPIMS for this great feat, adding that their transition to NNPC Ltd. would ensure that their business and procedures are properly certified according to best practice.

    Also speaking, Mr. Adokiye Tombomieye, Group CEO, Upstream, described e-MMS as an end-to-end automated inventory management platform developed to manage inventory, materials, options and asset disposal.

    Tombomieye said that the implementation of the e-MMS would support its cost inventory initiatives and ensure seamless cross-inventory and offer a direct online payment gateway for items purchased on the auction platform.

    He also noted that obtaining NAPIMS for ISO 9001-2015 and ISO 2230-2019 certifications would lend credibility to the system and suggest compliance with the global standard for all of its businesses.

    Tombomieye said it was remarkable that this realization came during NNPC's 30-year existence, making it the first government organization in West Africa to receive ISO 2230-2019 certification for business continuity management system.

    “In July 2019, Kyari assumed leadership of the NNPC with her agenda of transparency, accountability and performance excellence to navigate the political direction of positioning the NNPC among its peers in the global oil and gas space.

    "This commitment was further strengthened as the year of excellence to drive home our aspirations to transform actions into measurable results," he said.

    According to him, these laudable initiatives show core values ​​and clear indicators of a journey to become a world-class energy company.

    He said that standardization and utilization were key elements in achieving the company's goals.

    Tombomieye said that all of this was possible with the support of the CEO of NNPC and with the support of esteemed competent colleagues throughout the corporation.

    In a speech, Mr. Bala Wunti, Group General Manager, NAPIMS, said that on resumption in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, he outlined delivery strategies to achieve a bold milestone and bridge the gap between NAPIMS and that of the operators.

    Wunti said the company developed a Business Continuity Plan initiative to eliminate disruption to business, operation and cash flow.

    Wunti said it also developed the Role Based System, Asset Based Management, while the launch of the Nigeria Bottom Up Cost Optimization Program assisted in operational visibility of assets and ensured continuity and sustained supply with the support of the operators.

    “We had to develop a strategy that would give us end-to-end visibility of our assets. We believe that our processes and procedures would have redesigned our operating and business model.

    "Oil and gas continue to flow, including power, and we did not record any interruptions during the period," he said.

    Wunti, who expressed his satisfaction at achieving the certification of the international standard, said that the idea of ​​embarking on the certification came when he wanted to combine some local content solution in the energy sector for trial.

    In addition, he described the e-MMS as a transparent platform for exchange, provision, acquisition and bidding, among others.

  •   The Ugandan government has failed to hold accountable security officials who have unlawfully detained and tortured hundreds of government critics opposition supporters peaceful protesters and others Human Rights Watch said in a report released today The 62 page report I Just Need Justice Illegal Detention and Abuse in Unauthorized Places of Detention in Uganda documents enforced disappearances arbitrary arrests illegal detention torture and other ill treatment by police military military intelligence and Uganda s national intelligence agency the Internal Security Organization ISO most in unlawful places of detention in 2018 2019 and around the January 2021 general election The Ugandan government has tolerated brazen arbitrary arrests illegal detention and abuse of detainees by its officials said Oryem Nyeko Uganda researcher at Human Rights Watch Urgent action is needed to help victims hold abusive security officials to account and end this specter of impunity and injustice Although the authorities have at times acknowledged these abuses they have done little to end them or bring justice to the victims and their families Victims face persistent physical mental and financial problems during and after their detention as well as obstacles to obtaining justice Between April 2019 and November 2021 Human Rights Watch interviewed 51 people including 34 former detainees witnesses to kidnappings and arrests government officials parliamentarians members of opposition parties diplomats human rights activists and journalists in the Ugandan capital Kampala Former detainees described how security officers flouted criminal proceedings during arrests and while holding detainees in custody Security agents accosted victims at their workplaces homes or on the streets and forced them sometimes at gunpoint into unmarked vehicles usually Toyota Hiace pickups known locally as Drones The victims were detained in a variety of unauthorized locations In many cases they were held in so called safe houses meant to protect witnesses but instead were used as makeshift detention centers run by the Internal Security Organization In some cases detainees were taken to an island in Lake Victoria or held in vehicles an underground room in the parliament building and military barracks A man who was detained by Homeland Security at a safe house in Kyengera in 2019 said I saw three military tents and two State House vans and three other vehicles full of of victims like me but I didn t know that when I went in there I thought it was someone s house On February 5 2020 the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee published a report of the investigations it had opened the previous year into allegations that ISO officials had kidnapped and illegally detained more than 400 people The report confirmed that government security agencies were detaining and abusing people in safe houses The committee recommended that the relevant agencies investigate the allegations further But the government has taken no action to carry out the recommendation or to end the illegal and abusive practices In the two months leading up to the January 2021 general election and for several months afterward incidents of abuse skyrocketed In Kampala and its surrounding districts security forces arbitrarily arrested government critics opposition leaders and supporters and suspected protesters and sometimes forcibly disappeared them While the authorities have released some detainees over the past year the whereabouts of many have not been revealed The former detainees said security agents denied them access to lawyers or family members and tortured beat and chained them gave them electric shocks and injected them with unidentified substances Some detainees men and women suffered rape and sexual torture during their detention A woman who had been held by internal security in a safe house said that an officer raped her twice and other officers also tortured her They tied me up they called him Rambo they crucified me I was suffering I stayed in that position for 12 hours They took me out at 1 am at night My body it was swelling before they took me inside Security agents accused some detainees of attempted assassination of high profile government officials espionage and collusion with rivals of President Yoweri Museveni to remove him from office Others said they were charged with crimes such as setting a school on fire or stealing motorcycles In almost all documented cases of illegal detention victims alleged that security agents robbed and extorted money from them or their families during the detentions or as a condition of their release On several occasions security agents ignored court orders to release detainees or re arrested people who had been released on bail Both Ugandan and international law prohibit in absolute terms arbitrary detention enforced disappearances and torture The Ugandan Constitution of 1995 states that an arrested or detained person must be held in a legally recognized detention facility The Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act 2012 and the Human Rights Enforcement Act 2019 further criminalize torture and provide for personal liability for public officials who commit human rights violations However no one has yet been convicted under any of these laws Ugandan authorities should close all illegal detention centers and investigate all reports of abuses including enforced disappearances arbitrary detentions torture rape and other forms of sexual violence and hold all those responsible to account Human Rights said Watch Uganda s international partners should speak out publicly about these grave violations and urge the government to ensure justice for the victims The Ugandan authorities as a matter of urgency need to reform the police and other security agencies to dismantle the structures that have allowed these horrific abuses to occur and go unpunished said Nyeko Anything less than a full review will only perpetuate the culture of impunity and hinder the creation of security services that respect rights and are accountable
    Uganda: Hundreds ‘Disappeared,’ Tortured
      The Ugandan government has failed to hold accountable security officials who have unlawfully detained and tortured hundreds of government critics opposition supporters peaceful protesters and others Human Rights Watch said in a report released today The 62 page report I Just Need Justice Illegal Detention and Abuse in Unauthorized Places of Detention in Uganda documents enforced disappearances arbitrary arrests illegal detention torture and other ill treatment by police military military intelligence and Uganda s national intelligence agency the Internal Security Organization ISO most in unlawful places of detention in 2018 2019 and around the January 2021 general election The Ugandan government has tolerated brazen arbitrary arrests illegal detention and abuse of detainees by its officials said Oryem Nyeko Uganda researcher at Human Rights Watch Urgent action is needed to help victims hold abusive security officials to account and end this specter of impunity and injustice Although the authorities have at times acknowledged these abuses they have done little to end them or bring justice to the victims and their families Victims face persistent physical mental and financial problems during and after their detention as well as obstacles to obtaining justice Between April 2019 and November 2021 Human Rights Watch interviewed 51 people including 34 former detainees witnesses to kidnappings and arrests government officials parliamentarians members of opposition parties diplomats human rights activists and journalists in the Ugandan capital Kampala Former detainees described how security officers flouted criminal proceedings during arrests and while holding detainees in custody Security agents accosted victims at their workplaces homes or on the streets and forced them sometimes at gunpoint into unmarked vehicles usually Toyota Hiace pickups known locally as Drones The victims were detained in a variety of unauthorized locations In many cases they were held in so called safe houses meant to protect witnesses but instead were used as makeshift detention centers run by the Internal Security Organization In some cases detainees were taken to an island in Lake Victoria or held in vehicles an underground room in the parliament building and military barracks A man who was detained by Homeland Security at a safe house in Kyengera in 2019 said I saw three military tents and two State House vans and three other vehicles full of of victims like me but I didn t know that when I went in there I thought it was someone s house On February 5 2020 the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee published a report of the investigations it had opened the previous year into allegations that ISO officials had kidnapped and illegally detained more than 400 people The report confirmed that government security agencies were detaining and abusing people in safe houses The committee recommended that the relevant agencies investigate the allegations further But the government has taken no action to carry out the recommendation or to end the illegal and abusive practices In the two months leading up to the January 2021 general election and for several months afterward incidents of abuse skyrocketed In Kampala and its surrounding districts security forces arbitrarily arrested government critics opposition leaders and supporters and suspected protesters and sometimes forcibly disappeared them While the authorities have released some detainees over the past year the whereabouts of many have not been revealed The former detainees said security agents denied them access to lawyers or family members and tortured beat and chained them gave them electric shocks and injected them with unidentified substances Some detainees men and women suffered rape and sexual torture during their detention A woman who had been held by internal security in a safe house said that an officer raped her twice and other officers also tortured her They tied me up they called him Rambo they crucified me I was suffering I stayed in that position for 12 hours They took me out at 1 am at night My body it was swelling before they took me inside Security agents accused some detainees of attempted assassination of high profile government officials espionage and collusion with rivals of President Yoweri Museveni to remove him from office Others said they were charged with crimes such as setting a school on fire or stealing motorcycles In almost all documented cases of illegal detention victims alleged that security agents robbed and extorted money from them or their families during the detentions or as a condition of their release On several occasions security agents ignored court orders to release detainees or re arrested people who had been released on bail Both Ugandan and international law prohibit in absolute terms arbitrary detention enforced disappearances and torture The Ugandan Constitution of 1995 states that an arrested or detained person must be held in a legally recognized detention facility The Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act 2012 and the Human Rights Enforcement Act 2019 further criminalize torture and provide for personal liability for public officials who commit human rights violations However no one has yet been convicted under any of these laws Ugandan authorities should close all illegal detention centers and investigate all reports of abuses including enforced disappearances arbitrary detentions torture rape and other forms of sexual violence and hold all those responsible to account Human Rights said Watch Uganda s international partners should speak out publicly about these grave violations and urge the government to ensure justice for the victims The Ugandan authorities as a matter of urgency need to reform the police and other security agencies to dismantle the structures that have allowed these horrific abuses to occur and go unpunished said Nyeko Anything less than a full review will only perpetuate the culture of impunity and hinder the creation of security services that respect rights and are accountable
    Uganda: Hundreds ‘Disappeared,’ Tortured
    Africa8 months ago

    Uganda: Hundreds ‘Disappeared,’ Tortured

    The Ugandan government has failed to hold accountable security officials, who have unlawfully detained and tortured hundreds of government critics, opposition supporters, peaceful protesters, and others, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

    The 62-page report, “'I Just Need Justice': Illegal Detention and Abuse in Unauthorized Places of Detention in Uganda,” documents enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, illegal detention, torture and other ill-treatment by police, military , military intelligence, and Uganda's national intelligence agency, the Internal Security Organization (ISO), most in unlawful places of detention in 2018, 2019, and around the January 2021 general election.

    “The Ugandan government has tolerated brazen arbitrary arrests, illegal detention, and abuse of detainees by its officials,” said Oryem Nyeko, Uganda researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Urgent action is needed to help victims, hold abusive security officials to account, and end this specter of impunity and injustice.”

    Although the authorities have at times acknowledged these abuses, they have done little to end them or bring justice to the victims and their families. Victims face persistent physical, mental, and financial problems during and after their detention, as well as obstacles to obtaining justice.

    Between April 2019 and November 2021, Human Rights Watch interviewed 51 people, including 34 former detainees, witnesses to kidnappings and arrests, government officials, parliamentarians, members of opposition parties, diplomats, human rights activists, and journalists in the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

    Former detainees described how security officers flouted criminal proceedings during arrests and while holding detainees in custody. Security agents accosted victims at their workplaces, homes, or on the streets and forced them, sometimes at gunpoint, into unmarked vehicles, usually Toyota Hiace pickups, known locally as “Drones.” The victims were detained in a variety of unauthorized locations. In many cases, they were held in so-called safe houses, meant to protect witnesses, but instead were used as makeshift detention centers run by the Internal Security Organization. In some cases, detainees were taken to an island in Lake Victoria, or held in vehicles, an underground room in the parliament building, and military barracks. A man who was detained by Homeland Security at a safe house in Kyengera in 2019 said: “I saw three military tents and two State House vans and three other vehicles, [full of] of victims like me, but I didn't know that when I went in there. I thought it was someone's house.

    On February 5, 2020, the Parliamentary Human Rights Committee published a report of the investigations it had opened the previous year into allegations that ISO officials had kidnapped and illegally detained more than 400 people. The report confirmed that government security agencies were detaining and abusing people in "safe houses." The committee recommended that the relevant agencies investigate the allegations further. But the government has taken no action to carry out the recommendation or to end the illegal and abusive practices.

    In the two months leading up to the January 2021 general election, and for several months afterward, incidents of abuse skyrocketed. In Kampala and its surrounding districts, security forces arbitrarily arrested government critics, opposition leaders and supporters, and suspected protesters, and sometimes forcibly disappeared them. While the authorities have released some detainees over the past year, the whereabouts of many have not been revealed.

    The former detainees said security agents denied them access to lawyers or family members and tortured, beat and chained them, gave them electric shocks and injected them with unidentified substances. Some detainees, men and women, suffered rape and sexual torture during their detention.

    A woman who had been held by internal security in a safe house said that an officer raped her twice, and other officers also tortured her: “They tied me up, they called him 'Rambo,' they crucified me. I was suffering. I stayed [in that position] for 12 hours. They took me out at 1 am at night. [My body] it was swelling before they took me inside.”

    Security agents accused some detainees of attempted assassination of high-profile government officials, espionage and collusion with rivals of President Yoweri Museveni to remove him from office. Others said they were charged with crimes such as setting a school on fire or stealing motorcycles. In almost all documented cases of illegal detention, victims alleged that security agents robbed and extorted money from them or their families during the detentions or as a condition of their release.

    On several occasions, security agents ignored court orders to release detainees or re-arrested people who had been released on bail.

    Both Ugandan and international law prohibit, in absolute terms, arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances and torture. The Ugandan Constitution of 1995 states that an arrested or detained person must be held in a legally recognized detention facility. The Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act 2012 and the Human Rights (Enforcement) Act 2019 further criminalize torture and provide for personal liability for public officials who commit human rights violations. However, no one has yet been convicted under any of these laws.

    Ugandan authorities should close all illegal detention centers and investigate all reports of abuses, including enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, torture, rape, and other forms of sexual violence, and hold all those responsible to account, Human Rights said. Watch. Uganda's international partners should speak out publicly about these grave violations and urge the government to ensure justice for the victims.

    "The Ugandan authorities, as a matter of urgency, need to reform the police and other security agencies to dismantle the structures that have allowed these horrific abuses to occur and go unpunished," said Nyeko. “Anything less than a full review will only perpetuate the culture of impunity and hinder the creation of security services that respect rights and are accountable.”

  •   The Liberia Airports Authority has awarded an exclusive ten year ground handling management contract to National Aviation Services NAS www NAS aero the fastest growing aviation service provider in emerging markets Under the terms of the cooperation NAS will provide comprehensive airport ground handling services at Roberts International Airport ROB in Liberia This includes passenger handling ramp services and lost baggage handling for all airlines operating to and from the airport These airlines include Air France KLM Ethiopian Airlines Brussels Airlines Air C te d Ivoire Kenya Airways Royal Air Maroc and ASKY Speaking about the award Musa Shannon Chairman of the LAA Board said On behalf of the President of the Republic of Liberia His Excellency Dr George Manneh Weah the Board of Directors management and staff of the Airport Authority of Liberia LAA we would like to say that we are looking forward to our partnership with NAS This partnership will greatly enhance our technical and professional capabilities at Roberts International Airport RIA and enable LAA to deliver a world class experience while taking a major step forward in the aviation industry NAS is currently the largest ground operator in Africa with a presence in more than 60 airports across the continent including countries such as Liberia Ivory Coast Rwanda Democratic Republic of the Congo South Africa Kenya Uganda Tanzania and Mozambique Globally the company operates in more than 60 airports in Africa the Middle East South Asia and Europe Its broader portfolio of services includes airport technologies lounge management meetings and airport assistance as well as training Hassan El Houry Group CEO of NAS said We are excited to expand our long standing relationship with the Liberia Airports Authority and remain grateful for their continued trust in NAS As part of our operations in the country we remain committed to improving and updating both systems and processes at Roberts International Airport to bring it up to international standards We also began to invest in the necessary infrastructure equipment and staff training to meet the highest standards of quality and service excellence With more than 10 000 employees NAS serves more than 100 customers including seven of the world s top ten international airlines NAS is one of the first ground handling services in the world to obtain IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations ISAGO certification and is ISO EMS RA3 and OHSAS certified El Houry added With our strong presence in Africa the Middle East and South Asia most airlines are aware of the quality of service that NAS offers as well as our focus on safety and security We truly believe in the potential of the Liberian aviation industry and look forward to further developing and growing it in the years to come
    Liberia Airport Authority Awards New Ground Handling License to National Aviation Services (NAS)
      The Liberia Airports Authority has awarded an exclusive ten year ground handling management contract to National Aviation Services NAS www NAS aero the fastest growing aviation service provider in emerging markets Under the terms of the cooperation NAS will provide comprehensive airport ground handling services at Roberts International Airport ROB in Liberia This includes passenger handling ramp services and lost baggage handling for all airlines operating to and from the airport These airlines include Air France KLM Ethiopian Airlines Brussels Airlines Air C te d Ivoire Kenya Airways Royal Air Maroc and ASKY Speaking about the award Musa Shannon Chairman of the LAA Board said On behalf of the President of the Republic of Liberia His Excellency Dr George Manneh Weah the Board of Directors management and staff of the Airport Authority of Liberia LAA we would like to say that we are looking forward to our partnership with NAS This partnership will greatly enhance our technical and professional capabilities at Roberts International Airport RIA and enable LAA to deliver a world class experience while taking a major step forward in the aviation industry NAS is currently the largest ground operator in Africa with a presence in more than 60 airports across the continent including countries such as Liberia Ivory Coast Rwanda Democratic Republic of the Congo South Africa Kenya Uganda Tanzania and Mozambique Globally the company operates in more than 60 airports in Africa the Middle East South Asia and Europe Its broader portfolio of services includes airport technologies lounge management meetings and airport assistance as well as training Hassan El Houry Group CEO of NAS said We are excited to expand our long standing relationship with the Liberia Airports Authority and remain grateful for their continued trust in NAS As part of our operations in the country we remain committed to improving and updating both systems and processes at Roberts International Airport to bring it up to international standards We also began to invest in the necessary infrastructure equipment and staff training to meet the highest standards of quality and service excellence With more than 10 000 employees NAS serves more than 100 customers including seven of the world s top ten international airlines NAS is one of the first ground handling services in the world to obtain IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations ISAGO certification and is ISO EMS RA3 and OHSAS certified El Houry added With our strong presence in Africa the Middle East and South Asia most airlines are aware of the quality of service that NAS offers as well as our focus on safety and security We truly believe in the potential of the Liberian aviation industry and look forward to further developing and growing it in the years to come
    Liberia Airport Authority Awards New Ground Handling License to National Aviation Services (NAS)
    Africa8 months ago

    Liberia Airport Authority Awards New Ground Handling License to National Aviation Services (NAS)

    The Liberia Airports Authority has awarded an exclusive ten-year ground handling management contract to National Aviation Services (NAS) (www.NAS.aero), the fastest growing aviation service provider in emerging markets. Under the terms of the cooperation, NAS will provide comprehensive airport ground handling services at Roberts International Airport (ROB) in Liberia. This includes passenger handling, ramp services and lost baggage handling for all airlines operating to and from the airport. These airlines include Air France - KLM, Ethiopian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Air Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya Airways, Royal Air Maroc and ASKY.

    Speaking about the award, Musa Shannon, Chairman of the LAA Board, said: “On behalf of the President of the Republic of Liberia, His Excellency Dr. George Manneh Weah, the Board of Directors, management and staff of the Airport Authority of Liberia (LAA), we would like to say that we are looking forward to our partnership with NAS. This partnership will greatly enhance our technical and professional capabilities at Roberts International Airport (RIA) and enable LAA to deliver a world-class experience while taking a major step forward in the aviation industry."

    NAS is currently the largest ground operator in Africa with a presence in more than 60 airports across the continent, including countries such as Liberia, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique. Globally, the company operates in more than 60 airports in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. Its broader portfolio of services includes airport technologies, lounge management, meetings and airport assistance, as well as training.

    Hassan El-Houry, Group CEO of NAS, said: “We are excited to expand our long-standing relationship with the Liberia Airports Authority and remain grateful for their continued trust in NAS. As part of our operations in the country, we remain committed to improving and updating both systems and processes at Roberts International Airport to bring it up to international standards. We also began to invest in the necessary infrastructure, equipment and staff training to meet the highest standards of quality and service excellence.”

    With more than 10,000 employees, NAS serves more than 100 customers, including seven of the world's top ten international airlines. NAS is one of the first ground handling services in the world to obtain IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certification and is ISO, EMS, RA3 and OHSAS certified.

    El-Houry added: “With our strong presence in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, most airlines are aware of the quality of service that NAS offers, as well as our focus on safety and security. We truly believe in the potential of the Liberian aviation industry and look forward to further developing and growing it in the years to come.”

  •   Boboye Oyeyemi s impressive advances in road safety management Nigerian News Agency To state that the Federal Highway Safety Corps FRSC has seen impressive progress under the leadership of its Corps Marshal Dr Boboye Oyeyemi would be stating the obvious Their legacies achieved through hard work and managerial ingenuity will always be part of the soul of the FRSC His attitude has always echoed the spirit and spirit of the Corps in managing road safety and this is exemplified in the laudable marks he has left on the agency Some 34 years ago the founding fathers of the FRSC sat down and conceived the idea of a leading road safety agency for the country an Organization characterized by modernity to address road safety issues A situation where your staff are willing and ready to provide selfless service that brings sanity on the road reduces traffic accidents with their accompanying deaths and injuries and provides relief to all road users These are the ideals that the FRSC represents and to which the successive directorates of the Corps have committed themselves to ensure their achievement and support Today although not yet Uhuru in terms of having a completely crash free nation or fully realizing the vision of creating a safe motoring environment but every discerning Nigerian is convinced that FRSC has done a lot This is so considering her modest accomplishments and Boboye s giant stride at the agency has helped get her to where she is today Remarkably the Corps has been able to significantly reduce the number of traffic accidents from 28 215 in 1987 to 13 027 as of 2021 which is a 54 percent reduction Taking on the daunting task of leading the agency to greater heights seven and a half years ago Oyeyemi had brought many innovations From the deployment of body and vehicle cameras for officers to the establishment of a control room for operations and efforts towards the introduction of the digital driver s license to curb theft and other related crimes among others the Corps Marshal has continued to strive to ensure a transformation of the agency for the better Speaking at the unveiling of body cameras operations monitoring and control platform to enhance the Corps field operations across the country late last year Oyeyemi said the platform would improve transparency and accountability in activities of the Corps throughout the country He added that it was designed primarily with the needs of the public in mind as the Corps performs the task of making the FRSC operation more responsive Oyeyemi also said it was evidence of fostered innovation in meeting challenges in patrol operations and his strong commitment to overcoming all obstacles to fulfill his mandate According to him the platform is significant due to its multiplier values for the body and by extension national security Also during a recent dinner to commemorate the 34th Anniversary of the Corps he assured that the Corps will remain focused on fulfilling its mandate to create a safe motoring environment and achieve a country where traffic accidents do not cause deaths The corps marshal has never been in the business of talking as anyone who has worked with him can tell he s more about action He had said as one of the pioneering staff members who witnessed the FRSC rise from the ground up I have worked with others as a team since I came on board not only to keep it on course but to take it to greater heights as is evident the successful completion of all projects This feat remains the most credible statement that FRSC is here to stay and a testament that the Corps will justify the trust placed in it by Nigerians he said Oyeyemi took the opportunity to pay tribute to the founding fathers of FRSC and all relevant stakeholders for working day and night to provide Nigeria with an Organization that today has not only been transformed but has become the benchmark in the provision of quality services to the people This he said has made the Corps the best example of a leading Agency in Africa as stated by the Bank We must acknowledge his foresight in setting a goal that has shown Nigeria with a world class organization that other nations follow the example of in road safety management and traffic administration I must equally thank all the successive leaders of the Corps for working hard to uphold the ideals on which the Corps is founded he said The Corps became one of the few public service organizations in Nigeria to obtain ISO 9001 2008 certification in 2013 and upgraded to ISO 9001 2015 in 2019 In line with its commitment to continually improve its mode of operation the Corps has just re certified to ISO 9001 2015 in January 2022 The consecutive recertification among other advances Oyeyemi said was a testament to a highly motivated workforce In its contribution to the management of road safety in Africa the Corps advocated the establishment of the West African Road Safety Organization WARSO The Corps will continue to support other African countries in achieving their stated goals he said Highlighting other developments in which he played a major role he said The Corps also activated volunteerism in road safety management through its volunteer arm This he said today has some 15 000 volunteer special bailiffs excluding other variants such as celebrity and honorary special bailiffs Oyeyemi said that the Corps successfully sought the infusion of road safety studies into the curricula of primary and post primary schools in Nigeria He added that the Corps also introduced the concept of Road Safety Clubs in Primary and Secondary schools as well as among members of the National Youth Service Corps The Corps has more than 160 000 members of the Road Safety Club nationwide Also with the support of the federal and some state governments the Nigerian Road Safety Association NRSP the International Highway Assessment Program iRAP local and international donor agencies and individuals the Corps has improved its critical infrastructure and operational equipment From a modest five story building in Bodija Ibadan at the Corps inception in 1988 and understaffed the Corps has grown rapidly with its headquarters in Wuse Abuja he said The head of the FRSC said that the Corps expanded its operation with 12 Zonal Commands at the national level 37 Sectoral Commands in the 36 States of the Federation and FCT with an operational and administrative presence He said that the Corps also has an additional 7 Corridor Commands 245 Unit Commands 54 Outposts and 764 Station Offices LGA offices across the country to expand its operational rescue and data coverage to enhance its delivery of services The Corps has established four training institutions FRSC Academy Udi in Enugu State for officer training FRSC Marshals Inspection School Owa Alero in Delta State for cadre manpower training media FRSC Jos Training School in Plateau State for assistant road marshal cadre training and FRSC Command and Staff School FCSC temporarily located in Enugu State Some of the training institutions were built through partnerships with some state governments while others were completely dedicated governments The institutions are designed to meet the training needs of staff State Transit Agencies and other clients he said Oyeyemi said it was noteworthy that the FRSC Academy had received approval from the National Commission for Universities to start postgraduate programs in affiliation with the Federal University of Technology FUTO Owerri in Imo State He said the Corporation has also partnered with the African Development Bank AfDB to establish a Center of Excellence in African Road Safety studies at the Academy In pursuit and maintenance of world class status let me mention that the Corps has established a state of the art and functional 24 hour Call Center FRSC This is to receive and route emergency calls through toll free 122 numbers to facilitate communication with the Call Center especially In addition the Corps has established the Field Operations Monitoring and Control Center FOMCC to monitor in real time the activities of our field operatives through body cameras deployed with field operatives Along the same lines Oyeyemi said the Emergency Ambulance Service Scheme was established with 51 life support ambulances for quick emergency rescue services reducing the response time to 15 minutes He said that the Corps also had three 3 Main Registration Production Centers and six 6 Mini registration Plants one 1 print farm for driver s license printing and 225 driver s license centers across the country for capturing driver s license applicants Other facilities of the Corps are One 1 Signaling Plant for the production of road signs 21 Personnel Clinics 28 Road Clinics and Medical Centers for service personnel victims of traffic accidents and the general public Officers Dining Room National Transit Radio NTR on 107 1 FM for promoting a better driving culture he said The FRSC chief also expressed his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his support of the Corps saying that the president approved in 2016 an intervention fund that led to the acquisition of around 343 vehicles Oyeyemi added that there was another approval in 2020 to inject more vehicles to support Corps operations which was currently being worked on He added that in the last seven and a half years of his administration the Corps built inaugurated and equipped 16 State Sectoral Commands and fully completed all unfinished projects with the support of the Federal Government Oyeyemi had also demonstrated good working relationships with sister agencies comprising military and paramilitary organizations which was part of the efforts that had put the FRSC in good standing today According to him during the 34 years of the Corps existence they have extended good hands of fellowship in various ways and kept molding and shaping an agency that today is the best example of the Leading Agency in Africa Oyeyemi had a fulfilling career that has seen him operate in various capacities for the Corps They include O C Comm Corps Marshal s Office FRSC National Headquarters Zone Commander RS2HQ Lagos Area Commander Plant and Production NULS Lagos Plant Principal Commander Plant and Production NULS Lagos Plant Area Commander RS10HQ Sokoto Deputy Director RSHQ Operations aug Director of Operations RSHQ Deputy Director of Operations RSHQ Director MVA RSHQ Zone Commander RS3HQ Yola Chief Director of Operations RSHQ HOD Planning Research and Statistics RSHQ HOD Training Standardization and Certification HOD Operations RSHQ and HOD Motor Vehicles and Administration RSHQ Awards and honors received Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Award Certified Distinguished Administrator Award Institute of Corporate Administration American Medal of Honor American Biographical Institute USA Man of the Year Award American Biographical Institute USA and Member of the Order of the Federal Republic MFR features If used please credit the writer and the Nigerian News Agency
    Boboye Oyeyemi’s Impressive Stride in Road Safety Management
      Boboye Oyeyemi s impressive advances in road safety management Nigerian News Agency To state that the Federal Highway Safety Corps FRSC has seen impressive progress under the leadership of its Corps Marshal Dr Boboye Oyeyemi would be stating the obvious Their legacies achieved through hard work and managerial ingenuity will always be part of the soul of the FRSC His attitude has always echoed the spirit and spirit of the Corps in managing road safety and this is exemplified in the laudable marks he has left on the agency Some 34 years ago the founding fathers of the FRSC sat down and conceived the idea of a leading road safety agency for the country an Organization characterized by modernity to address road safety issues A situation where your staff are willing and ready to provide selfless service that brings sanity on the road reduces traffic accidents with their accompanying deaths and injuries and provides relief to all road users These are the ideals that the FRSC represents and to which the successive directorates of the Corps have committed themselves to ensure their achievement and support Today although not yet Uhuru in terms of having a completely crash free nation or fully realizing the vision of creating a safe motoring environment but every discerning Nigerian is convinced that FRSC has done a lot This is so considering her modest accomplishments and Boboye s giant stride at the agency has helped get her to where she is today Remarkably the Corps has been able to significantly reduce the number of traffic accidents from 28 215 in 1987 to 13 027 as of 2021 which is a 54 percent reduction Taking on the daunting task of leading the agency to greater heights seven and a half years ago Oyeyemi had brought many innovations From the deployment of body and vehicle cameras for officers to the establishment of a control room for operations and efforts towards the introduction of the digital driver s license to curb theft and other related crimes among others the Corps Marshal has continued to strive to ensure a transformation of the agency for the better Speaking at the unveiling of body cameras operations monitoring and control platform to enhance the Corps field operations across the country late last year Oyeyemi said the platform would improve transparency and accountability in activities of the Corps throughout the country He added that it was designed primarily with the needs of the public in mind as the Corps performs the task of making the FRSC operation more responsive Oyeyemi also said it was evidence of fostered innovation in meeting challenges in patrol operations and his strong commitment to overcoming all obstacles to fulfill his mandate According to him the platform is significant due to its multiplier values for the body and by extension national security Also during a recent dinner to commemorate the 34th Anniversary of the Corps he assured that the Corps will remain focused on fulfilling its mandate to create a safe motoring environment and achieve a country where traffic accidents do not cause deaths The corps marshal has never been in the business of talking as anyone who has worked with him can tell he s more about action He had said as one of the pioneering staff members who witnessed the FRSC rise from the ground up I have worked with others as a team since I came on board not only to keep it on course but to take it to greater heights as is evident the successful completion of all projects This feat remains the most credible statement that FRSC is here to stay and a testament that the Corps will justify the trust placed in it by Nigerians he said Oyeyemi took the opportunity to pay tribute to the founding fathers of FRSC and all relevant stakeholders for working day and night to provide Nigeria with an Organization that today has not only been transformed but has become the benchmark in the provision of quality services to the people This he said has made the Corps the best example of a leading Agency in Africa as stated by the Bank We must acknowledge his foresight in setting a goal that has shown Nigeria with a world class organization that other nations follow the example of in road safety management and traffic administration I must equally thank all the successive leaders of the Corps for working hard to uphold the ideals on which the Corps is founded he said The Corps became one of the few public service organizations in Nigeria to obtain ISO 9001 2008 certification in 2013 and upgraded to ISO 9001 2015 in 2019 In line with its commitment to continually improve its mode of operation the Corps has just re certified to ISO 9001 2015 in January 2022 The consecutive recertification among other advances Oyeyemi said was a testament to a highly motivated workforce In its contribution to the management of road safety in Africa the Corps advocated the establishment of the West African Road Safety Organization WARSO The Corps will continue to support other African countries in achieving their stated goals he said Highlighting other developments in which he played a major role he said The Corps also activated volunteerism in road safety management through its volunteer arm This he said today has some 15 000 volunteer special bailiffs excluding other variants such as celebrity and honorary special bailiffs Oyeyemi said that the Corps successfully sought the infusion of road safety studies into the curricula of primary and post primary schools in Nigeria He added that the Corps also introduced the concept of Road Safety Clubs in Primary and Secondary schools as well as among members of the National Youth Service Corps The Corps has more than 160 000 members of the Road Safety Club nationwide Also with the support of the federal and some state governments the Nigerian Road Safety Association NRSP the International Highway Assessment Program iRAP local and international donor agencies and individuals the Corps has improved its critical infrastructure and operational equipment From a modest five story building in Bodija Ibadan at the Corps inception in 1988 and understaffed the Corps has grown rapidly with its headquarters in Wuse Abuja he said The head of the FRSC said that the Corps expanded its operation with 12 Zonal Commands at the national level 37 Sectoral Commands in the 36 States of the Federation and FCT with an operational and administrative presence He said that the Corps also has an additional 7 Corridor Commands 245 Unit Commands 54 Outposts and 764 Station Offices LGA offices across the country to expand its operational rescue and data coverage to enhance its delivery of services The Corps has established four training institutions FRSC Academy Udi in Enugu State for officer training FRSC Marshals Inspection School Owa Alero in Delta State for cadre manpower training media FRSC Jos Training School in Plateau State for assistant road marshal cadre training and FRSC Command and Staff School FCSC temporarily located in Enugu State Some of the training institutions were built through partnerships with some state governments while others were completely dedicated governments The institutions are designed to meet the training needs of staff State Transit Agencies and other clients he said Oyeyemi said it was noteworthy that the FRSC Academy had received approval from the National Commission for Universities to start postgraduate programs in affiliation with the Federal University of Technology FUTO Owerri in Imo State He said the Corporation has also partnered with the African Development Bank AfDB to establish a Center of Excellence in African Road Safety studies at the Academy In pursuit and maintenance of world class status let me mention that the Corps has established a state of the art and functional 24 hour Call Center FRSC This is to receive and route emergency calls through toll free 122 numbers to facilitate communication with the Call Center especially In addition the Corps has established the Field Operations Monitoring and Control Center FOMCC to monitor in real time the activities of our field operatives through body cameras deployed with field operatives Along the same lines Oyeyemi said the Emergency Ambulance Service Scheme was established with 51 life support ambulances for quick emergency rescue services reducing the response time to 15 minutes He said that the Corps also had three 3 Main Registration Production Centers and six 6 Mini registration Plants one 1 print farm for driver s license printing and 225 driver s license centers across the country for capturing driver s license applicants Other facilities of the Corps are One 1 Signaling Plant for the production of road signs 21 Personnel Clinics 28 Road Clinics and Medical Centers for service personnel victims of traffic accidents and the general public Officers Dining Room National Transit Radio NTR on 107 1 FM for promoting a better driving culture he said The FRSC chief also expressed his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his support of the Corps saying that the president approved in 2016 an intervention fund that led to the acquisition of around 343 vehicles Oyeyemi added that there was another approval in 2020 to inject more vehicles to support Corps operations which was currently being worked on He added that in the last seven and a half years of his administration the Corps built inaugurated and equipped 16 State Sectoral Commands and fully completed all unfinished projects with the support of the Federal Government Oyeyemi had also demonstrated good working relationships with sister agencies comprising military and paramilitary organizations which was part of the efforts that had put the FRSC in good standing today According to him during the 34 years of the Corps existence they have extended good hands of fellowship in various ways and kept molding and shaping an agency that today is the best example of the Leading Agency in Africa Oyeyemi had a fulfilling career that has seen him operate in various capacities for the Corps They include O C Comm Corps Marshal s Office FRSC National Headquarters Zone Commander RS2HQ Lagos Area Commander Plant and Production NULS Lagos Plant Principal Commander Plant and Production NULS Lagos Plant Area Commander RS10HQ Sokoto Deputy Director RSHQ Operations aug Director of Operations RSHQ Deputy Director of Operations RSHQ Director MVA RSHQ Zone Commander RS3HQ Yola Chief Director of Operations RSHQ HOD Planning Research and Statistics RSHQ HOD Training Standardization and Certification HOD Operations RSHQ and HOD Motor Vehicles and Administration RSHQ Awards and honors received Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Award Certified Distinguished Administrator Award Institute of Corporate Administration American Medal of Honor American Biographical Institute USA Man of the Year Award American Biographical Institute USA and Member of the Order of the Federal Republic MFR features If used please credit the writer and the Nigerian News Agency
    Boboye Oyeyemi’s Impressive Stride in Road Safety Management
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    Boboye Oyeyemi’s Impressive Stride in Road Safety Management

    Boboye Oyeyemi's impressive advances in road safety management

    Nigerian News Agency

    To state that the Federal Highway Safety Corps (FRSC) has seen impressive progress under the leadership of its Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, would be stating the obvious.

    Their legacies, achieved through hard work and managerial ingenuity, will always be part of the soul of the FRSC.

    His attitude has always echoed the spirit and spirit of the Corps in managing road safety and this is exemplified in the laudable marks he has left on the agency.

    Some 34 years ago, the founding fathers of the FRSC sat down and conceived the idea of ​​a leading road safety agency for the country; an Organization characterized by modernity to address road safety issues.

    A situation where your staff are willing and ready to provide selfless service that brings sanity on the road, reduces traffic accidents with their accompanying deaths and injuries, and provides relief to all road users.

    These are the ideals that the FRSC represents and to which the successive directorates of the Corps have committed themselves to ensure their achievement and support.

    Today, although not yet Uhuru, in terms of having a completely crash-free nation or fully realizing the vision of creating a safe motoring environment, but every discerning Nigerian is convinced that FRSC has done a lot.

    This is so considering her modest accomplishments and Boboye's giant stride at the agency has helped get her to where she is today.

    Remarkably, the Corps has been able to significantly reduce the number of traffic accidents from 28,215 in 1987 to 13,027 as of 2021, which is a 54 percent reduction.

    Taking on the daunting task of leading the agency to greater heights seven and a half years ago, Oyeyemi had brought many innovations.

    From the deployment of body and vehicle cameras for officers, to the establishment of a control room for operations, and efforts towards the introduction of the digital driver's license to curb theft and other related crimes, among others, the Corps Marshal has continued to strive to ensure a transformation of the agency for the better.

    Speaking at the unveiling of body cameras, operations monitoring and control platform, to enhance the Corps' field operations across the country late last year, Oyeyemi said the platform would improve transparency and accountability in activities. of the Corps throughout the country.

    He added that it was designed primarily with the needs of the public in mind, as the Corps performs the task of making the FRSC operation more responsive.

    Oyeyemi also said it was evidence of fostered innovation in meeting challenges in patrol operations and his strong commitment to overcoming all obstacles to fulfill his mandate.

    According to him, the platform is significant, due to its multiplier values ​​for the body and, by extension, national security.

    Also during a recent dinner to commemorate the 34th Anniversary of the Corps, he assured that the Corps will remain focused on fulfilling its mandate to create a safe motoring environment and achieve a country where traffic accidents do not cause deaths.

    The corps marshal has never been in the business of talking, as anyone who has worked with him can tell he's more about action.

    He had said as one of the pioneering staff members who witnessed the FRSC rise from the ground up: “I have worked with others as a team since I came on board, not only to keep it on course but to take it to greater heights, as is evident. the successful completion of all projects.

    “This feat remains the most credible statement that FRSC is here to stay and a testament that the Corps will justify the trust placed in it by Nigerians,” he said.

    Oyeyemi took the opportunity to pay tribute to the founding fathers of FRSC and all relevant stakeholders for working day and night to provide Nigeria with an Organization that today has not only been transformed but has become the benchmark in the provision of quality services to the people.

    This, he said, has made the Corps the best example of a leading Agency in Africa, as stated by the Bank.

    “We must acknowledge his foresight in setting a goal that has shown Nigeria with a world-class organization that other nations follow the example of in road safety management and traffic administration.

    “I must equally thank all the successive leaders of the Corps for working hard to uphold the ideals on which the Corps is founded,” he said.

    The Corps became one of the few public service organizations in Nigeria to obtain ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2013 and upgraded to ISO 9001:2015 in 2019.

    In line with its commitment to continually improve its mode of operation, the Corps has just re-certified to ISO 9001:2015 in January 2022.

    The consecutive recertification, among other advances, Oyeyemi said, was a testament to a highly motivated workforce.

    “In its contribution to the management of road safety in Africa, the Corps advocated the establishment of the West African Road Safety Organization (WARSO). The Corps will continue to support other African countries in achieving their stated goals,” he said.

    Highlighting other developments in which he played a major role, he said: “The Corps also activated volunteerism in road safety management through its volunteer arm.

    This, he said today, has some 15,000 volunteer special bailiffs, excluding other variants such as celebrity and honorary special bailiffs.

    Oyeyemi said that the Corps successfully sought the infusion of road safety studies into the curricula of primary and post-primary schools in Nigeria.

    He added that the Corps also introduced the concept of Road Safety Clubs in Primary and Secondary schools, as well as among members of the National Youth Service Corps.

    “The Corps has more than 160,000 members of the Road Safety Club nationwide.

    “Also with the support of the federal and some state governments, the Nigerian Road Safety Association (NRSP), the International Highway Assessment Program (iRAP), local and international donor agencies and individuals, the Corps has improved its critical infrastructure and operational equipment.

    “From a modest five-story building in Bodija, Ibadan at the Corps' inception in 1988 and understaffed, the Corps has grown rapidly with its headquarters in Wuse, Abuja,” he said.

    The head of the FRSC said that the Corps expanded its operation with 12 Zonal Commands at the national level, 37 Sectoral Commands in the 36 States of the Federation and FCT with an operational and administrative presence.

    He said that “the Corps also has an additional 7 Corridor Commands, 245 Unit Commands, 54 Outposts and 764 Station Offices (LGA offices) across the country to expand its operational, rescue and data coverage to enhance its delivery of services.

    “The Corps has established four training institutions: FRSC Academy, Udi in Enugu State for officer training, FRSC Marshals Inspection School, Owa-Alero in Delta State for cadre manpower training media.

    “FRSC Jos Training School in Plateau State for assistant road marshal cadre training and FRSC Command and Staff School (FCSC), temporarily located in Enugu State.

    “Some of the training institutions were built through partnerships with some state governments, while others were completely dedicated governments.

    "The institutions are designed to meet the training needs of staff, State Transit Agencies and other clients," he said.

    Oyeyemi said it was noteworthy that the FRSC Academy had received approval from the National Commission for Universities to start postgraduate programs in affiliation with the Federal University of Technology (FUTO), Owerri, in Imo State.

    He said the Corporation has also partnered with the African Development Bank (AfDB) to establish a Center of Excellence in African Road Safety studies at the Academy.

    “In pursuit and maintenance of world-class status, let me mention that the Corps has established a state-of-the-art and functional 24-hour Call Center FRSC.

    “This is to receive and route emergency calls through toll-free 122 numbers to facilitate communication with the Call Center especially.

    “In addition, the Corps has established the Field Operations Monitoring and Control Center (FOMCC) to monitor in real time the activities of our field operatives through body cameras deployed with field operatives.

    Along the same lines, Oyeyemi said the Emergency Ambulance Service Scheme was established with 51 life-support ambulances for quick emergency rescue services, reducing the response time to 15 minutes.

    He said that the Corps also had three (3) Main Registration Production Centers and six (6) Mini-registration Plants; one (1) print farm for driver's license printing and 225 driver's license centers across the country for capturing driver's license applicants.

    “Other facilities of the Corps are: One (1) Signaling Plant for the production of road signs; 21 Personnel Clinics, 28 Road Clinics and Medical Centers for service personnel, victims of traffic accidents and the general public, Officers' Dining Room; National Transit Radio (NTR) on 107.1 FM for promoting a better driving culture,” he said.

    The FRSC chief also expressed his gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his support of the Corps, saying that the president approved in 2016 an intervention fund that led to the acquisition of around 343 vehicles.

    Oyeyemi added that there was another approval in 2020 to inject more vehicles to support Corps operations which was currently being worked on.

    He added that in the last seven and a half years of his administration, the Corps built, inaugurated and equipped 16 State Sectoral Commands and fully completed all unfinished projects with the support of the Federal Government.

    Oyeyemi had also demonstrated good working relationships with sister agencies comprising military and paramilitary organizations, which was part of the efforts that had put the FRSC in good standing today.

    According to him, during the 34 years of the Corps' existence, they have extended good hands of fellowship in various ways and kept molding and shaping an agency that today is the best example of the Leading Agency in Africa.

    Oyeyemi had a fulfilling career that has seen him operate in various capacities for the Corps.

    They include O/C Comm. Corps Marshal's Office, FRSC National Headquarters; Zone Commander, RS2HQ Lagos; Area Commander (Plant and Production) NULS Lagos Plant; Principal Commander (Plant and Production) NULS Lagos Plant; Area Commander, RS10HQ Sokoto.

    Deputy Director, RSHQ Operations; aug Director of Operations, RSHQ; Deputy Director of Operations, RSHQ; Director MVA, RSHQ; Zone Commander, RS3HQ Yola; Chief/Director of Operations, RSHQ; HOD, Planning, Research and Statistics, RSHQ; HOD, Training, Standardization and Certification; HOD, Operations, RSHQ; and HOD, Motor Vehicles and Administration, RSHQ

    Awards and honors received Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Award; Certified Distinguished Administrator Award, Institute of Corporate Administration; American Medal of Honor, American Biographical Institute, USA; Man of the Year Award, American Biographical Institute, USA; and Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR). ( features)

    ***If used, please credit the writer and the Nigerian News Agency .

  •   Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd gave Nigerians especially those in the Niger Delta the encouraging news that it had achieved a 30 percent reduction in gas flaring in its operating areas over the last five years Group Managing Director Executive Director NNPC Ltd Malam Mele Kyari had this to say earlier in the week while speaking as a panelist at International Energy Week 2022 Kyari who was speaking in a virtual session on Energy Transition acknowledged the level of energy poverty in the country particularly around cooking fuels He added that NNPC had initiated plans to replace biomass fuels with cleaner energy sources According to him the NNPC is working to increase the level of gas consumption in domestic markets fuel oil and other heavy distillates with Liquefied Natural Gas LNG On renewable energy he said that the NNPC was exploring alternative sources such as wind and solar energy which required a large official investment to close the energy gap but he was of the opinion that natural resources could be used to bridge the gap The only framework we can get is to see if we can convert our resources on the ground into value This value can be used to close part of the infrastructure gap while investing in renewable energy sources he said In reaching net zero emissions he maintained that while NNPC s strategy and timeline may differ from those of its partners the company was aligned with them to achieve it and understood the steps needed to achieve it NNPC GMD CEO Malam Mele KyariMeanwhile Duke Oil a wholly owned subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd cleared the air regarding its role in importing methanol laden gasoline into the country Duke Oil Managing Director Mr Lawal Sade gave the clarification at an investigative hearing of the Committee of Representatives on Petroleum Resources Downstream Sade said that the Premium Motor Spirit PMS he imported met all the required specifications and standards He said that the imported PMS was tested at both the port of loading and the port of discharge and was found to meet all required specifications and standards Sade further said that the unloading of the product could not have been possible had it not been certified as of standard quality by the Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA and the joint inspection team The company assured legislators and indeed all Nigerians of its commitment to the nation s energy security stressing that it could not deliberately import low quality fuel Duke Oil also assured lawmakers that the entire industry was ready to rectify the situation adding that corrective measures have been taken to ensure a steady smooth and safe supply of petroleum products in the future The chairman of the committee Representative Abdullahi Gaya for his part said that the committee members would study the written response submitted on the matter and would contact the company if necessary Also in the week company CEOs applauded ongoing rehabilitation work at the Port Harcourt Refining Company PHRC MDs who visited the refinery on an inspection of the ongoing rehab advised PHRC management to ensure that staff members take advantage of the rehab opportunity to gain specific expertise in key operational areas The three former MDs are Dr Bafred Enjugu who was in charge from 2014 to 2017 Mr Shehu Malami who was MD from 2017 to 2018 and Eng Abba Bukar the immediate former MD who retired in March 2020 They expressed satisfaction at being able to inspect the work in progress and advised management to manage costs and ensure a successful completion of the rehabilitation In his remarks Mr Abba Bukar thanked PHRC management for the opportunity to see first hand the work in progress and the staff who worked with him when he was at the helm of refinery affairs To manage the total cost of the project Bukar advised PHRC management to evaluate all spare parts in stock to determine those that can be used in the ongoing rehabilitation as a way to save costs For his part Mr Shehu Malami called on PHRC management and staff to ensure the successful completion of the rehabilitation project within budget as it is in the interest of all PHRC staff whether in service or retired He commended PHRC for achieving ISO recertification and called on the management team to ensure proper processes and procedures are followed especially in the course of rehabilitation port harcourt refineryIn his comments Dr Bafred Enjugu advised PHRC management to take advantage of the opportunity rehabilitation offers to develop skills and expertise in specific areas such as rotating equipment electrical and mechanical engineering He noted that the subject matter experts that would be developed through exposure to rehab would serve as repositories of knowledge that can be used to provide solutions elsewhere and as resource people throughout the company In addition he said that PHRC management should pay attention that the products of the rehabilitation project that would later be refined in the plants would have a quality and specification standard Previously PHRC CEO Dikko described the visiting former CEOs as professionals who gave their best to NNPC and the country s refining sector as they all worked at both Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company KRPC and at PHRC He said that by seeing the ongoing rehabilitation the former doctors had shown the spirit of camaraderie as their visit and support of the project would boost the spirit and morale of the staff Dikko said the visit showed that staff who had retired from the system still had critical roles to play in the business of the company He briefed former MDs on the progress made in rehabilitating the refinery and the corporate social responsibility efforts being made for the host communities Dikko said that these efforts had led to relative peace and assured that PHRC would continue to work with host communities through honest engagements and social investments that would create mutual benefits Meanwhile the managing director MD of Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited Mr Ahmed Dikko has won the Swift Reporters 2021 Man of the Year award Speaking at the award presentation in Abuja Swift Reporters editor Adewole Kehinde said Dikko was recognized for his contributions humility and dedication to the ongoing rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery He noted that the purpose of the awards was to recognize people s extra efforts and to encourage good behavior and instill a competitive spirit In response Dikko thanked Swift Reporters for considering him for the Man of the Year award He said all thanks must go to his boss NNPC CEO Mele Kyari who deemed him worthy of the responsibility of championing the rehabilitation of PHRC Dikko also thanked the CEO for the support especially in funding the project and GED R amp P who he said had given him all the support he needed over the course of the rehab He dedicated the award to PHRC management and staff whom he praised for their dedication and commitment The refinery chief said the award would prompt him to remain focused on rehabilitating PHRC adding that the refinery would operate profitably after the exercise He assured that the rehabilitation is progressing as scheduled and that Nigerians will benefit from the exercise In the week under review the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva assured that Nigeria was doing a lot to meet its OPEC production quota this year Sylva who gave the guarantee in Abuja during a press conference on the ongoing Nigerian International Energy Summit NIES expressed his discontent that Nigeria was unable to benefit from current high crude oil prices The minister said that high crude prices also encouraged other producers and that it was not beneficial for crude producers NNPC Weekly Company expects 2 3bn liters of PMS to stabilize distribution Reporting on the NIES Sylva said that the Federal Government was organizing the summit with its partners They include the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and all its parastatals including the NNPC and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB Others are the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NURPC the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA the Petroleum Technology Development Fund PTDF and the Petroleum Training Institute PTI Chief Timipre Sylva Minister of State for OilAccording to him the goal of the summit from the beginning was to deliver the biggest and best African Petroleum Business and Technology Conference that would be the ultimate platform not only for Nigeria but also for Africa to engage the global energy community I think we ve delivered on that in every edition The event was previously known as the Nigerian International Petroleum Summit NIPS The first edition was held in 2018 Thus this year s edition will be the 5th edition Visit us at for more details
    NNPC Weekly: Company achieves 30% gas flare reduction in 5 years
      Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd gave Nigerians especially those in the Niger Delta the encouraging news that it had achieved a 30 percent reduction in gas flaring in its operating areas over the last five years Group Managing Director Executive Director NNPC Ltd Malam Mele Kyari had this to say earlier in the week while speaking as a panelist at International Energy Week 2022 Kyari who was speaking in a virtual session on Energy Transition acknowledged the level of energy poverty in the country particularly around cooking fuels He added that NNPC had initiated plans to replace biomass fuels with cleaner energy sources According to him the NNPC is working to increase the level of gas consumption in domestic markets fuel oil and other heavy distillates with Liquefied Natural Gas LNG On renewable energy he said that the NNPC was exploring alternative sources such as wind and solar energy which required a large official investment to close the energy gap but he was of the opinion that natural resources could be used to bridge the gap The only framework we can get is to see if we can convert our resources on the ground into value This value can be used to close part of the infrastructure gap while investing in renewable energy sources he said In reaching net zero emissions he maintained that while NNPC s strategy and timeline may differ from those of its partners the company was aligned with them to achieve it and understood the steps needed to achieve it NNPC GMD CEO Malam Mele KyariMeanwhile Duke Oil a wholly owned subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd cleared the air regarding its role in importing methanol laden gasoline into the country Duke Oil Managing Director Mr Lawal Sade gave the clarification at an investigative hearing of the Committee of Representatives on Petroleum Resources Downstream Sade said that the Premium Motor Spirit PMS he imported met all the required specifications and standards He said that the imported PMS was tested at both the port of loading and the port of discharge and was found to meet all required specifications and standards Sade further said that the unloading of the product could not have been possible had it not been certified as of standard quality by the Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA and the joint inspection team The company assured legislators and indeed all Nigerians of its commitment to the nation s energy security stressing that it could not deliberately import low quality fuel Duke Oil also assured lawmakers that the entire industry was ready to rectify the situation adding that corrective measures have been taken to ensure a steady smooth and safe supply of petroleum products in the future The chairman of the committee Representative Abdullahi Gaya for his part said that the committee members would study the written response submitted on the matter and would contact the company if necessary Also in the week company CEOs applauded ongoing rehabilitation work at the Port Harcourt Refining Company PHRC MDs who visited the refinery on an inspection of the ongoing rehab advised PHRC management to ensure that staff members take advantage of the rehab opportunity to gain specific expertise in key operational areas The three former MDs are Dr Bafred Enjugu who was in charge from 2014 to 2017 Mr Shehu Malami who was MD from 2017 to 2018 and Eng Abba Bukar the immediate former MD who retired in March 2020 They expressed satisfaction at being able to inspect the work in progress and advised management to manage costs and ensure a successful completion of the rehabilitation In his remarks Mr Abba Bukar thanked PHRC management for the opportunity to see first hand the work in progress and the staff who worked with him when he was at the helm of refinery affairs To manage the total cost of the project Bukar advised PHRC management to evaluate all spare parts in stock to determine those that can be used in the ongoing rehabilitation as a way to save costs For his part Mr Shehu Malami called on PHRC management and staff to ensure the successful completion of the rehabilitation project within budget as it is in the interest of all PHRC staff whether in service or retired He commended PHRC for achieving ISO recertification and called on the management team to ensure proper processes and procedures are followed especially in the course of rehabilitation port harcourt refineryIn his comments Dr Bafred Enjugu advised PHRC management to take advantage of the opportunity rehabilitation offers to develop skills and expertise in specific areas such as rotating equipment electrical and mechanical engineering He noted that the subject matter experts that would be developed through exposure to rehab would serve as repositories of knowledge that can be used to provide solutions elsewhere and as resource people throughout the company In addition he said that PHRC management should pay attention that the products of the rehabilitation project that would later be refined in the plants would have a quality and specification standard Previously PHRC CEO Dikko described the visiting former CEOs as professionals who gave their best to NNPC and the country s refining sector as they all worked at both Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company KRPC and at PHRC He said that by seeing the ongoing rehabilitation the former doctors had shown the spirit of camaraderie as their visit and support of the project would boost the spirit and morale of the staff Dikko said the visit showed that staff who had retired from the system still had critical roles to play in the business of the company He briefed former MDs on the progress made in rehabilitating the refinery and the corporate social responsibility efforts being made for the host communities Dikko said that these efforts had led to relative peace and assured that PHRC would continue to work with host communities through honest engagements and social investments that would create mutual benefits Meanwhile the managing director MD of Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited Mr Ahmed Dikko has won the Swift Reporters 2021 Man of the Year award Speaking at the award presentation in Abuja Swift Reporters editor Adewole Kehinde said Dikko was recognized for his contributions humility and dedication to the ongoing rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery He noted that the purpose of the awards was to recognize people s extra efforts and to encourage good behavior and instill a competitive spirit In response Dikko thanked Swift Reporters for considering him for the Man of the Year award He said all thanks must go to his boss NNPC CEO Mele Kyari who deemed him worthy of the responsibility of championing the rehabilitation of PHRC Dikko also thanked the CEO for the support especially in funding the project and GED R amp P who he said had given him all the support he needed over the course of the rehab He dedicated the award to PHRC management and staff whom he praised for their dedication and commitment The refinery chief said the award would prompt him to remain focused on rehabilitating PHRC adding that the refinery would operate profitably after the exercise He assured that the rehabilitation is progressing as scheduled and that Nigerians will benefit from the exercise In the week under review the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Chief Timipre Sylva assured that Nigeria was doing a lot to meet its OPEC production quota this year Sylva who gave the guarantee in Abuja during a press conference on the ongoing Nigerian International Energy Summit NIES expressed his discontent that Nigeria was unable to benefit from current high crude oil prices The minister said that high crude prices also encouraged other producers and that it was not beneficial for crude producers NNPC Weekly Company expects 2 3bn liters of PMS to stabilize distribution Reporting on the NIES Sylva said that the Federal Government was organizing the summit with its partners They include the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and all its parastatals including the NNPC and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board NCDMB Others are the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NURPC the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA the Petroleum Technology Development Fund PTDF and the Petroleum Training Institute PTI Chief Timipre Sylva Minister of State for OilAccording to him the goal of the summit from the beginning was to deliver the biggest and best African Petroleum Business and Technology Conference that would be the ultimate platform not only for Nigeria but also for Africa to engage the global energy community I think we ve delivered on that in every edition The event was previously known as the Nigerian International Petroleum Summit NIPS The first edition was held in 2018 Thus this year s edition will be the 5th edition Visit us at for more details
    NNPC Weekly: Company achieves 30% gas flare reduction in 5 years
    General news9 months ago

    NNPC Weekly: Company achieves 30% gas flare reduction in 5 years

    Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd.) gave Nigerians, especially those in the Niger Delta, the encouraging news that it had achieved a 30 percent reduction in gas flaring in its operating areas over the last five years .

    Group Managing Director/Executive Director, NNPC Ltd., Malam Mele Kyari, had this to say earlier in the week while speaking as a panelist at International Energy Week 2022.

    Kyari, who was speaking in a virtual session on Energy Transition, acknowledged the level of energy poverty in the country, particularly around cooking fuels.

    He added that NNPC had initiated plans to replace biomass fuels with cleaner energy sources.

    According to him, the NNPC is working to increase the level of gas consumption in domestic markets, fuel oil and other heavy distillates with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

    On renewable energy, he said that the NNPC was exploring alternative sources such as wind and solar energy, which required a large official investment, to close the energy gap, but he was of the opinion that natural resources could be used to bridge the gap.

    “The only framework we can get is to see if we can convert our resources on the ground into value. This value can be used to close part of the infrastructure gap while investing in renewable energy sources,” he said.

    In reaching net-zero emissions, he maintained that while NNPC's strategy and timeline may differ from those of its partners, the company was aligned with them to achieve it and understood the steps needed to achieve it.

    NNPC GMD/CEO, Malam Mele Kyari

    Meanwhile, Duke Oil, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd.) cleared the air regarding its role in importing methanol-laden gasoline into the country.

    Duke Oil Managing Director Mr. Lawal Sade gave the clarification at an investigative hearing of the Committee of Representatives on Petroleum Resources (Downstream).

    Sade said that the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) he imported met all the required specifications and standards.

    He said that the imported PMS was tested at both the port of loading and the port of discharge, and was found to meet all required specifications and standards.

    Sade further said that the unloading of the product could not have been possible had it not been certified as of standard quality by the Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) and the joint inspection team.

    The company assured legislators and, indeed, all Nigerians of its commitment to the nation's energy security, stressing that it could not deliberately import low-quality fuel.

    Duke Oil also assured lawmakers that the entire industry was ready to rectify the situation, adding that corrective measures have been taken to ensure a steady, smooth and safe supply of petroleum products in the future.

    The chairman of the committee, Representative Abdullahi Gaya, for his part, said that the committee members would study the written response submitted on the matter and would contact the company if necessary.

    Also in the week, company CEOs applauded ongoing rehabilitation work at the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC).

    MDs who visited the refinery on an inspection of the ongoing rehab advised PHRC management to ensure that staff members take advantage of the rehab opportunity to gain specific expertise in key operational areas.

    The three former MDs are Dr. Bafred Enjugu, who was in charge from 2014 to 2017; Mr. Shehu Malami, who was MD from 2017 to 2018 and Eng. Abba Bukar, the immediate former MD who retired in March 2020.

    They expressed satisfaction at being able to inspect the work in progress and advised management to manage costs and ensure a successful completion of the rehabilitation.

    In his remarks, Mr. Abba Bukar thanked PHRC management for the opportunity to see first-hand the work in progress and the staff who worked with him when he was at the helm of refinery affairs.

    To manage the total cost of the project, Bukar advised PHRC management to evaluate all spare parts in stock to determine those that can be used in the ongoing rehabilitation as a way to save costs.

    For his part, Mr. Shehu Malami called on PHRC management and staff to ensure the successful completion of the rehabilitation project within budget, as it is in the interest of all PHRC staff, whether in-service or retired.

    He commended PHRC for achieving ISO recertification and called on the management team to ensure proper processes and procedures are followed, especially in the course of rehabilitation.

    port harcourt refinery

    In his comments, Dr. Bafred Enjugu advised PHRC management to take advantage of the opportunity rehabilitation offers to develop skills and expertise in specific areas such as rotating equipment, electrical and mechanical engineering.

    He noted that the subject matter experts that would be developed through exposure to rehab would serve as repositories of knowledge that can be used to provide solutions elsewhere and as resource people throughout the company.

    In addition, he said that PHRC management should pay attention that the products of the rehabilitation project that would later be refined in the plants would have a quality and specification standard.

    Previously, PHRC CEO Dikko described the visiting former CEOs as professionals who gave their best to NNPC and the country's refining sector, as they all worked at both Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) and at PHRC.

    He said that by seeing the ongoing rehabilitation, the former doctors had shown the spirit of camaraderie, as their visit and support of the project would boost the spirit and morale of the staff.

    Dikko said the visit showed that staff who had retired from the system still had critical roles to play in the business of the company.

    He briefed former MDs on the progress made in rehabilitating the refinery and the corporate social responsibility efforts being made for the host communities.

    Dikko said that these efforts had led to relative peace and assured that PHRC would continue to work with host communities through honest engagements and social investments that would create mutual benefits.

    Meanwhile, the managing director (MD) of Port Harcourt Refining Company Limited, Mr. Ahmed Dikko, has won the Swift Reporters 2021 Man of the Year award.

    Speaking at the award presentation in Abuja, Swift Reporters editor Adewole Kehinde said Dikko was recognized for his contributions, humility and dedication to the ongoing rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery.

    He noted that the purpose of the awards was to recognize people's extra efforts and to encourage good behavior and instill a competitive spirit.

    In response, Dikko thanked Swift Reporters for considering him for the Man of the Year award.

    He said all thanks must go to his boss, NNPC CEO Mele Kyari, who deemed him worthy of the responsibility of championing the rehabilitation of PHRC.

    Dikko also thanked the CEO for the support, especially in funding the project and GED R&P, who he said had given him all the support he needed over the course of the rehab.

    He dedicated the award to PHRC management and staff, whom he praised for their dedication and commitment.

    The refinery chief said the award would prompt him to remain focused on rehabilitating PHRC, adding that the refinery would operate profitably after the exercise.

    He assured that the rehabilitation is progressing as scheduled and that Nigerians will benefit from the exercise.

    In the week under review, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, assured that Nigeria was doing a lot to meet its OPEC production quota this year.

    Sylva, who gave the guarantee in Abuja during a press conference on the ongoing Nigerian International Energy Summit (NIES), expressed his discontent that Nigeria was unable to benefit from current high crude oil prices.

    The minister said that high crude prices also encouraged other producers and that it was not beneficial for crude producers.

    NNPC Weekly: Company expects 2.3bn liters of PMS to stabilize distribution

    Reporting on the NIES, Sylva said that the Federal Government was organizing the summit with its partners.

    They include the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources and all its parastatals, including the NNPC, and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB).

    Others are the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NURPC), the Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), and the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI).

    Chief Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Oil

    According to him, the goal of the summit from the beginning was to deliver the biggest and best African Petroleum Business and Technology Conference that would be the ultimate platform, not only for Nigeria, but also for Africa to engage the global energy community.

    "I think we've delivered on that in every edition."

    The event was previously known as the Nigerian International Petroleum Summit (NIPS).

    The first edition was held in 2018. Thus, this year's edition will be the 5th edition.

    Visit us at for more details.

  •   Canon Europe www Canon CNA com announces the latest addition to its MAXIFY GX printer range the MAXIFY GX5040 Designed for small to medium sized offices and workspaces the MAXIFY GX5040 single function printer is the third and most compact MAXIFY GX model to date to use refillable MegaTank technology Offering enhanced business security high speed and versatile printing it promises less downtime reduced running costs and energy use i High quality low running costs Small businesses no longer have to choose between running costs and high quality high volume color printing Ideal for printed presentations or marketing materials the MAXIFY GX5040 can print 14 000 pages ii from a single complete set of all durable pigment ink bottles that produce highly durable business documents that are water and marker resistant while its built in economy mode increases throughput by 1 5 times compared to its standard mode producing approximately 21 000 pages iii of a full set of ink bottles for higher volume printing The MAXIFY GX5040 also handles high speed high volume printing with print speeds of approximately 24 0 ipm black and 15 5 ipm color and a first print in as little as seven seconds iv in mono The MAXIFY GX5040 is ideal for situations where quick responses are required whether it s customer service desks or small clinics Significantly reducing outsourcing costs and efficiencies the MAXIFY GX5040 can also print on various media from envelopes decorative window displays banners up to 1 2m plain paper only iron on transfers and magnetic sheets making meets multiple printing needs in one device More action less downtime With less need for daily maintenance the MAXIFY GX5040 has productivity at its core The MAXIFY GX5040 s large capacity ink tanks mean fewer refills fewer vendor orders and less downtime Easy to use ink bottles are designed with multiple inlets so only the correct color can be added to the printer s ink tanks and specially designed bottle spouts eliminate the risk of tank spills Ink levels can be checked at a glance thanks to ink tank windows on the front of the printer making unexpected ink outages a problem of the past The MAXIFY GX5040 s high capacity paper tray split between a 100 sheet rear feed and 250 sheet front cassette also means reduced paper refills so the printer is always ready to go enabling continuous printing in volume without the need to return to the machine As with the ink tank windows the paper level is easily checked with a quick glance through a small window in the front cassette of the printer For hassle free maintenance the maintenance cartridge can be easily replaced saving time sending the printer in for repair or waiting for an engineer MAXIFY GX5040 users can operate from a desktop laptop or smart device for fast and convenient printing via the Canon PRINT app for iOS and Android as well as platforms including AirPrint and Mopria For added convenience and security user management means an administrator can restrict printer functions preventing unauthorized access and operations along with enhanced enterprise security with WPA2 EAP v Plastic waste and energy savings High yield ink bottles mean fewer refills eliminating the need for ink and toner cartridges Automatic high quality duplex printing at the same density as single sided printing also means the MAXIFY GX5040 saves paper Eco settings such as auto power on and auto power off modes mean users can program the printer to only be operational during business hours The single function MAXIFY GX5040 joins the MegaTank GX6050 print copy scan with ADF and GX7050 print copy scan fax with D ADF MegaTank models in the MAXIFY GX range Launched in 2021 the two models were introduced to provide businesses with a robust scalable low total cost of ownership printing solution to meet their needs Suhaib Hussain Product Manager Professional Printers amp Software Canon Europe said The MAXIFY GX5040 reinforces our MAXIFY GX printer range with another fantastic model The MAXIFY GX range completely streamlines the administration of smaller businesses helping teams run daily routines more efficiently by reducing downtime and operating costs At Canon we strive to support businesses of all sizes with the tools they need to work as efficiently as possible with a constant eye on quality and cost For more information on the Canon MAXIFY GX5040 visit here https bit ly 3Iu0YOU Key Features 14 000 vi pages from a full set of bottles or up to 6 000 pages from a black bottle Economy mode increases output by 1 5 times to 21 000 pages from a full set of bottles or 9 000 pages from a black bottle Print on a variety of media envelopes labels glossy paper banner paper plain paper only magnetic sheets iron on and matte transfers High capacity high yield easy refill ink tanks High speed printing approximately 24 0 ipm black and approximately 15 5 ipm color 350 sheet capacity split between 100 sheet rear feed and 250 sheet cassette reducing downtime and increasing productivity Print via smart device with app free for iOS and Android Canon PRINT Inkjet SELPHY app Replaceable ink maintenance cartridge for simple in house maintenance and reduced need for engineer calls i Estimated average savings when printing 1 000 pages per month over 5 years based on initial hardware purchase cost plus ink or toner costs Comparison models in total cost of ownership TCO savings include the top 10 selling color laser printers and the top 10 selling inkjet printers according to IDC EMEA Hardcopy Tracker data from Q1 2020 to Q3 2020 2020 Please visit the Canon website for more details ii Page yield is estimated value based on Canon s individual testing method using ISO IEC 24712 chart and continuous printing simulation with replacement after initial setup iii Economy mode reduces ink consumption by reducing density 50 percent more pages can be printed than standard mode iv Print speed of A4 documents on plain paper is measured based on the average of ESAT in Office Category Test of ISO IEC 24734 standard v IEEE802 1X EAP TLS EAP TTLS PEAP available vi Page yield is estimated value based on Canon s individual testing method using ISO IEC 24712 chart and continuous printing simulation with replacement after initial setup
    Canon MAXIFY GX5040: the new MegaTank MAXIFY GX refillable ink tank printer for small businesses
      Canon Europe www Canon CNA com announces the latest addition to its MAXIFY GX printer range the MAXIFY GX5040 Designed for small to medium sized offices and workspaces the MAXIFY GX5040 single function printer is the third and most compact MAXIFY GX model to date to use refillable MegaTank technology Offering enhanced business security high speed and versatile printing it promises less downtime reduced running costs and energy use i High quality low running costs Small businesses no longer have to choose between running costs and high quality high volume color printing Ideal for printed presentations or marketing materials the MAXIFY GX5040 can print 14 000 pages ii from a single complete set of all durable pigment ink bottles that produce highly durable business documents that are water and marker resistant while its built in economy mode increases throughput by 1 5 times compared to its standard mode producing approximately 21 000 pages iii of a full set of ink bottles for higher volume printing The MAXIFY GX5040 also handles high speed high volume printing with print speeds of approximately 24 0 ipm black and 15 5 ipm color and a first print in as little as seven seconds iv in mono The MAXIFY GX5040 is ideal for situations where quick responses are required whether it s customer service desks or small clinics Significantly reducing outsourcing costs and efficiencies the MAXIFY GX5040 can also print on various media from envelopes decorative window displays banners up to 1 2m plain paper only iron on transfers and magnetic sheets making meets multiple printing needs in one device More action less downtime With less need for daily maintenance the MAXIFY GX5040 has productivity at its core The MAXIFY GX5040 s large capacity ink tanks mean fewer refills fewer vendor orders and less downtime Easy to use ink bottles are designed with multiple inlets so only the correct color can be added to the printer s ink tanks and specially designed bottle spouts eliminate the risk of tank spills Ink levels can be checked at a glance thanks to ink tank windows on the front of the printer making unexpected ink outages a problem of the past The MAXIFY GX5040 s high capacity paper tray split between a 100 sheet rear feed and 250 sheet front cassette also means reduced paper refills so the printer is always ready to go enabling continuous printing in volume without the need to return to the machine As with the ink tank windows the paper level is easily checked with a quick glance through a small window in the front cassette of the printer For hassle free maintenance the maintenance cartridge can be easily replaced saving time sending the printer in for repair or waiting for an engineer MAXIFY GX5040 users can operate from a desktop laptop or smart device for fast and convenient printing via the Canon PRINT app for iOS and Android as well as platforms including AirPrint and Mopria For added convenience and security user management means an administrator can restrict printer functions preventing unauthorized access and operations along with enhanced enterprise security with WPA2 EAP v Plastic waste and energy savings High yield ink bottles mean fewer refills eliminating the need for ink and toner cartridges Automatic high quality duplex printing at the same density as single sided printing also means the MAXIFY GX5040 saves paper Eco settings such as auto power on and auto power off modes mean users can program the printer to only be operational during business hours The single function MAXIFY GX5040 joins the MegaTank GX6050 print copy scan with ADF and GX7050 print copy scan fax with D ADF MegaTank models in the MAXIFY GX range Launched in 2021 the two models were introduced to provide businesses with a robust scalable low total cost of ownership printing solution to meet their needs Suhaib Hussain Product Manager Professional Printers amp Software Canon Europe said The MAXIFY GX5040 reinforces our MAXIFY GX printer range with another fantastic model The MAXIFY GX range completely streamlines the administration of smaller businesses helping teams run daily routines more efficiently by reducing downtime and operating costs At Canon we strive to support businesses of all sizes with the tools they need to work as efficiently as possible with a constant eye on quality and cost For more information on the Canon MAXIFY GX5040 visit here https bit ly 3Iu0YOU Key Features 14 000 vi pages from a full set of bottles or up to 6 000 pages from a black bottle Economy mode increases output by 1 5 times to 21 000 pages from a full set of bottles or 9 000 pages from a black bottle Print on a variety of media envelopes labels glossy paper banner paper plain paper only magnetic sheets iron on and matte transfers High capacity high yield easy refill ink tanks High speed printing approximately 24 0 ipm black and approximately 15 5 ipm color 350 sheet capacity split between 100 sheet rear feed and 250 sheet cassette reducing downtime and increasing productivity Print via smart device with app free for iOS and Android Canon PRINT Inkjet SELPHY app Replaceable ink maintenance cartridge for simple in house maintenance and reduced need for engineer calls i Estimated average savings when printing 1 000 pages per month over 5 years based on initial hardware purchase cost plus ink or toner costs Comparison models in total cost of ownership TCO savings include the top 10 selling color laser printers and the top 10 selling inkjet printers according to IDC EMEA Hardcopy Tracker data from Q1 2020 to Q3 2020 2020 Please visit the Canon website for more details ii Page yield is estimated value based on Canon s individual testing method using ISO IEC 24712 chart and continuous printing simulation with replacement after initial setup iii Economy mode reduces ink consumption by reducing density 50 percent more pages can be printed than standard mode iv Print speed of A4 documents on plain paper is measured based on the average of ESAT in Office Category Test of ISO IEC 24734 standard v IEEE802 1X EAP TLS EAP TTLS PEAP available vi Page yield is estimated value based on Canon s individual testing method using ISO IEC 24712 chart and continuous printing simulation with replacement after initial setup
    Canon MAXIFY GX5040: the new MegaTank MAXIFY GX refillable ink tank printer for small businesses
    Africa9 months ago

    Canon MAXIFY GX5040: the new MegaTank MAXIFY GX refillable ink tank printer for small businesses

    Canon Europe (www.Canon-CNA.com) announces the latest addition to its MAXIFY GX printer range, the MAXIFY GX5040. Designed for small to medium sized offices and workspaces, the MAXIFY GX5040 single function printer is the third and most compact MAXIFY GX model to date to use refillable MegaTank technology. Offering enhanced business security, high-speed and versatile printing, it promises less downtime, reduced running costs and energy use. [i].

    High quality, low running costs

    Small businesses no longer have to choose between running costs and high-quality, high-volume color printing. Ideal for printed presentations or marketing materials, the MAXIFY GX5040 can print 14,000 pages [ii] from a single complete set of all durable pigment ink bottles that produce highly durable business documents that are water and marker resistant, while its built-in economy mode increases throughput by 1.5 times compared to its standard mode; producing approximately 21,000 pages [iii] of a full set of ink bottles for higher volume printing.

    The MAXIFY GX5040 also handles high-speed, high-volume printing, with print speeds of approximately 24.0 ipm black and 15.5 ipm color and a first print in as little as seven seconds. [iv] in mono The MAXIFY GX5040 is ideal for situations where quick responses are required, whether it's customer service desks or small clinics. Significantly reducing outsourcing costs and efficiencies, the MAXIFY GX5040 can also print on various media, from envelopes, decorative window displays, banners up to 1.2m (plain paper only), iron-on transfers and magnetic sheets, making meets multiple printing needs in one device

    More action, less downtime

    With less need for daily maintenance, the MAXIFY GX5040 has productivity at its core. The MAXIFY GX5040's large-capacity ink tanks mean fewer refills, fewer vendor orders, and less downtime. Easy-to-use ink bottles are designed with multiple inlets so only the correct color can be added to the printer's ink tanks, and specially designed bottle spouts eliminate the risk of tank spills. Ink levels can be checked at a glance thanks to ink tank windows on the front of the printer, making unexpected ink outages a problem of the past.

    The MAXIFY GX5040's high-capacity paper tray split between a 100-sheet rear feed and 250-sheet front cassette also means reduced paper refills, so the printer is always ready to go, enabling continuous printing. in volume without the need to return to the machine. As with the ink tank windows, the paper level is easily checked with a quick glance through a small window in the front cassette of the printer. For hassle-free maintenance, the maintenance cartridge can be easily replaced, saving time sending the printer in for repair or waiting for an engineer.

    MAXIFY GX5040 users can operate from a desktop, laptop or smart device for fast and convenient printing via the Canon PRINT app for iOS and Android, as well as platforms including AirPrint® and Mopria®. For added convenience and security, user management means an administrator can restrict printer functions, preventing unauthorized access and operations along with enhanced enterprise security with WPA2-EAP. [v].

    Plastic waste and energy savings

    High-yield ink bottles mean fewer refills, eliminating the need for ink and toner cartridges. Automatic high-quality duplex printing at the same density as single-sided printing also means the MAXIFY GX5040 saves paper. Eco settings such as auto power on and auto power off modes mean users can program the printer to only be operational during business hours.

    The single function MAXIFY GX5040 joins the MegaTank GX6050 (print, copy, scan with ADF) and GX7050 (print, copy, scan, fax with D-ADF) MegaTank models in the MAXIFY GX range. Launched in 2021, the two models were introduced to provide businesses with a robust, scalable, low total cost of ownership printing solution to meet their needs.

    Suhaib Hussain, Product Manager, Professional Printers & Software, Canon Europe, said: “The MAXIFY GX5040 reinforces our MAXIFY GX printer range with another fantastic model. The MAXIFY GX range completely streamlines the administration of smaller businesses, helping teams run daily routines more efficiently by reducing downtime and operating costs. At Canon, we strive to support businesses of all sizes with the tools they need to work as efficiently as possible, with a constant eye on quality and cost.”

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  •   The Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Limited began its week by assuring Nigerians that Premium Motor Spirit PMS distribution would soon return to normal after recalling the bad product imported into the country last week NNPC Group Chief Executive Officer GED Downstream Adetunji Adeyemi gave the assurance at a briefing in Abuja as concerted efforts were made to end gasoline supply challenges Adeyemi stated that the company expected more than 2 3 billion liters of Premium Motor Spirit PMS in the country in February and that more than 1 billion liters of the product were currently being distributed throughout the country He assured that the product that is being dispensed at several gas stations in the country is safe since with the expected 2 300 million liters the sufficiency level would be restored above the national goal of 30 days Adeyemi explained that to speed up the distribution of PMS throughout the country the company had started 24 hour operations at its warehouses and points of sale It revealed that the NNPC had formed a monitoring team with the support of the Nigerian Downstream and Intermediate Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA and other security agencies to ensure a smooth distribution of PMS throughout the country Meanwhile House Petroleum Downstream Committee Chairman Rep Abdullahi Gaya assured Nigerians that his committee would deal with companies importing Premium Motor Spirit PMS blended with methanol into the country A statement Deen Muhammad Group General Manager Group Public Affairs Division NNPC Limited quoted Gaya as responding to a question from one of the committee members on the matter Gaya spoke during a meeting with the NNPC Directorate organized on the current fuel situation in the country While briefing the committee NNPC CEO GMD Malam Mele Kyari explained that the situation arose as a result of the discovery of methanol in PMS shipments shipped to Nigeria under the surviving commercial contract operated by their partners According to Kyari the tests did not reveal the presence of methanol because the Nigerian specifications do not include methanol We are a law abiding company There is no way we could know about the presence of methanol The only way we could have known is if our suppliers in good faith disclosed it to us In this particular case the discovery was carried out by agents that noticed the emulsification in the service stations and they caught our attention The subsequent investigation revealed that the four cargoes all of the same source also contained PMS mixed with methanol Kyari said Mr Garba Deen Muhammad Group General Manager Group Public Affairs Division NNPC LimitedHe said NNPC moved quickly to track down all affected products and quarantine them While assuring the Committee and Nigerians that measures have been put in place to speed up fuel supply and distribution in the country the NNPC CEO said the company had placed significant orders for more than 2 1 billion liters of methanol free PMS to ensure queues disappear in a few days He promised that the NNPC would cooperate with the committee and the Nigerian Downstream and Intermediate Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA to get to the root of the matter The NNPC CEO also expressed deep empathy with Nigerians for the current situation and assured that adequate measures have been put in place to maintain supply sufficiency and prevent future occurrences Also in the week company CEOs applauded ongoing rehabilitation work at the Port Harcourt Refining Company PHRC MDs who visited the refinery on an inspection of the ongoing rehab advised PHRC management to ensure that staff members take advantage of the rehab opportunity to gain specific expertise in key operational areas The three former MDs are Dr Bafred Enjugu who was in charge from 2014 to 2017 Mr Shehu Malami who was MD from 2017 to 2018 and Eng Abba Bukar the immediate former MD who retired in March 2020 They expressed their satisfaction to be able to inspect the work underway and advised the management to administer the costs and guarantee a successful completion of rehabilitation In his remarks Mr Abba Bukar thanked PHRC management for the opportunity to see first hand the work in progress and the staff who worked with him when he was at the helm of refinery affairs To manage the total cost of the project Bukar advised PHRC management to evaluate all spare parts in stock to determine those that can be used in the ongoing rehabilitation as a way to save costs For his part Mr Shehu Malami called on PHRC management and staff to ensure the successful completion of the rehabilitation project within budget as it is in the interest of all PHRC staff whether in service or retired He commended PHRC for achieving ISO recertification and called on the management team to ensure proper processes and procedures are followed especially in the course of rehabilitation port harcourt refineryIn his comments Dr Bafred Enjugu advised PHRC management to take advantage of the opportunity rehabilitation offers to develop skills and expertise in specific areas such as rotating equipment electrical and mechanical engineering He noted that the subject matter experts that would be developed through exposure to rehab would serve as repositories of knowledge that can be used to provide solutions elsewhere and as resource people throughout the company In addition he said that PHRC management should pay attention that the products of the rehabilitation project that would later be refined in the plants would have a quality and specification standard Previously PHRC CEO Dikko described the visiting former CEOs as professionals who gave their best to NNPC and the country s refining sector as they all worked at both Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company KRPC and at PHRC He said that by seeing the ongoing rehabilitation the former doctors had shown the spirit of camaraderie as their visit and support of the project would boost the spirit and morale of the staff Dikko said the visit showed that staff who had retired from the system still had critical roles to play in the business of the company He briefed former MDs on the progress made in rehabilitating the refinery and the corporate social responsibility efforts being made for the host communities Dikko said that these efforts had led to relative peace and assured that PHRC would continue to work with host communities through honest engagements and social investments that would create mutual benefits Visit us at for more details
    NNPC Weekly: Company expects 2.3 billion litres of PMS to stabilise distribution
      The Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC Limited began its week by assuring Nigerians that Premium Motor Spirit PMS distribution would soon return to normal after recalling the bad product imported into the country last week NNPC Group Chief Executive Officer GED Downstream Adetunji Adeyemi gave the assurance at a briefing in Abuja as concerted efforts were made to end gasoline supply challenges Adeyemi stated that the company expected more than 2 3 billion liters of Premium Motor Spirit PMS in the country in February and that more than 1 billion liters of the product were currently being distributed throughout the country He assured that the product that is being dispensed at several gas stations in the country is safe since with the expected 2 300 million liters the sufficiency level would be restored above the national goal of 30 days Adeyemi explained that to speed up the distribution of PMS throughout the country the company had started 24 hour operations at its warehouses and points of sale It revealed that the NNPC had formed a monitoring team with the support of the Nigerian Downstream and Intermediate Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA and other security agencies to ensure a smooth distribution of PMS throughout the country Meanwhile House Petroleum Downstream Committee Chairman Rep Abdullahi Gaya assured Nigerians that his committee would deal with companies importing Premium Motor Spirit PMS blended with methanol into the country A statement Deen Muhammad Group General Manager Group Public Affairs Division NNPC Limited quoted Gaya as responding to a question from one of the committee members on the matter Gaya spoke during a meeting with the NNPC Directorate organized on the current fuel situation in the country While briefing the committee NNPC CEO GMD Malam Mele Kyari explained that the situation arose as a result of the discovery of methanol in PMS shipments shipped to Nigeria under the surviving commercial contract operated by their partners According to Kyari the tests did not reveal the presence of methanol because the Nigerian specifications do not include methanol We are a law abiding company There is no way we could know about the presence of methanol The only way we could have known is if our suppliers in good faith disclosed it to us In this particular case the discovery was carried out by agents that noticed the emulsification in the service stations and they caught our attention The subsequent investigation revealed that the four cargoes all of the same source also contained PMS mixed with methanol Kyari said Mr Garba Deen Muhammad Group General Manager Group Public Affairs Division NNPC LimitedHe said NNPC moved quickly to track down all affected products and quarantine them While assuring the Committee and Nigerians that measures have been put in place to speed up fuel supply and distribution in the country the NNPC CEO said the company had placed significant orders for more than 2 1 billion liters of methanol free PMS to ensure queues disappear in a few days He promised that the NNPC would cooperate with the committee and the Nigerian Downstream and Intermediate Petroleum Regulatory Authority NMDPRA to get to the root of the matter The NNPC CEO also expressed deep empathy with Nigerians for the current situation and assured that adequate measures have been put in place to maintain supply sufficiency and prevent future occurrences Also in the week company CEOs applauded ongoing rehabilitation work at the Port Harcourt Refining Company PHRC MDs who visited the refinery on an inspection of the ongoing rehab advised PHRC management to ensure that staff members take advantage of the rehab opportunity to gain specific expertise in key operational areas The three former MDs are Dr Bafred Enjugu who was in charge from 2014 to 2017 Mr Shehu Malami who was MD from 2017 to 2018 and Eng Abba Bukar the immediate former MD who retired in March 2020 They expressed their satisfaction to be able to inspect the work underway and advised the management to administer the costs and guarantee a successful completion of rehabilitation In his remarks Mr Abba Bukar thanked PHRC management for the opportunity to see first hand the work in progress and the staff who worked with him when he was at the helm of refinery affairs To manage the total cost of the project Bukar advised PHRC management to evaluate all spare parts in stock to determine those that can be used in the ongoing rehabilitation as a way to save costs For his part Mr Shehu Malami called on PHRC management and staff to ensure the successful completion of the rehabilitation project within budget as it is in the interest of all PHRC staff whether in service or retired He commended PHRC for achieving ISO recertification and called on the management team to ensure proper processes and procedures are followed especially in the course of rehabilitation port harcourt refineryIn his comments Dr Bafred Enjugu advised PHRC management to take advantage of the opportunity rehabilitation offers to develop skills and expertise in specific areas such as rotating equipment electrical and mechanical engineering He noted that the subject matter experts that would be developed through exposure to rehab would serve as repositories of knowledge that can be used to provide solutions elsewhere and as resource people throughout the company In addition he said that PHRC management should pay attention that the products of the rehabilitation project that would later be refined in the plants would have a quality and specification standard Previously PHRC CEO Dikko described the visiting former CEOs as professionals who gave their best to NNPC and the country s refining sector as they all worked at both Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company KRPC and at PHRC He said that by seeing the ongoing rehabilitation the former doctors had shown the spirit of camaraderie as their visit and support of the project would boost the spirit and morale of the staff Dikko said the visit showed that staff who had retired from the system still had critical roles to play in the business of the company He briefed former MDs on the progress made in rehabilitating the refinery and the corporate social responsibility efforts being made for the host communities Dikko said that these efforts had led to relative peace and assured that PHRC would continue to work with host communities through honest engagements and social investments that would create mutual benefits Visit us at for more details
    NNPC Weekly: Company expects 2.3 billion litres of PMS to stabilise distribution
    General news9 months ago

    NNPC Weekly: Company expects 2.3 billion litres of PMS to stabilise distribution

    The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited began its week by assuring Nigerians that Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) distribution would soon return to normal after recalling the bad product imported into the country last week.

    NNPC Group Chief Executive Officer (GED) Downstream, Adetunji Adeyemi, gave the assurance at a briefing in Abuja, as concerted efforts were made to end gasoline supply challenges.

    Adeyemi stated that the company expected more than 2.3 billion liters of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) in the country in February and that more than 1 billion liters of the product were currently being distributed throughout the country.

    He assured that the product that is being dispensed at several gas stations in the country is safe, since with the expected 2,300 million liters the sufficiency level would be restored above the national goal of 30 days.

    Adeyemi explained that to speed up the distribution of PMS throughout the country, the company had started 24-hour operations at its warehouses and points of sale.

    It revealed that the NNPC had formed a monitoring team, with the support of the Nigerian Downstream and Intermediate Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) and other security agencies to ensure a smooth distribution of PMS throughout the country.

    Meanwhile, House Petroleum (Downstream) Committee Chairman Rep. Abdullahi Gaya assured Nigerians that his committee would deal with companies importing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) blended with methanol into the country.

    A statement Deen Muhammad, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC Limited, quoted Gaya as responding to a question from one of the committee members on the matter.

    Gaya spoke during a meeting with the NNPC Directorate organized on the current fuel situation in the country.

    While briefing the committee, NNPC CEO/GMD Malam Mele Kyari explained that the situation arose as a result of the discovery of methanol in PMS shipments shipped to Nigeria under the surviving commercial contract operated by their partners.

    According to Kyari, the tests did not reveal the presence of methanol because the Nigerian specifications do not include methanol.

    “We are a law-abiding company. There is no way we could know about the presence of methanol.

    “The only way we could have known is if our suppliers, in good faith, disclosed it to us.

    "In this particular case, the discovery was carried out by agents that noticed the emulsification in the service stations and they caught our attention.

    "The subsequent investigation revealed that the four cargoes, all of the same source, also contained PMS mixed with methanol," Kyari said.

    Mr. Garba Deen Muhammad, Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC Limited

    He said NNPC moved quickly to track down all affected products and quarantine them.

    While assuring the Committee and Nigerians that measures have been put in place to speed up fuel supply and distribution in the country, the NNPC CEO said the company had placed significant orders for more than 2.1 billion liters of methanol-free PMS to ensure queues disappear in a few. days.

    He promised that the NNPC would cooperate with the committee and the Nigerian Downstream and Intermediate Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) to get to the root of the matter.

    The NNPC CEO also expressed deep empathy with Nigerians for the current situation and assured that adequate measures have been put in place to maintain supply sufficiency and prevent future occurrences.

    Also in the week, company CEOs applauded ongoing rehabilitation work at the Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC).

    MDs who visited the refinery on an inspection of the ongoing rehab advised PHRC management to ensure that staff members take advantage of the rehab opportunity to gain specific expertise in key operational areas.

    The three former MDs are Dr. Bafred Enjugu, who was in charge from 2014 to 2017; Mr. Shehu Malami, who was MD from 2017 to 2018 and Eng. Abba Bukar, the immediate former MD who retired in March 2020.

    They expressed their satisfaction to be able to inspect the work underway and advised the management to administer the costs and guarantee a successful completion of rehabilitation.

    In his remarks, Mr. Abba Bukar thanked PHRC management for the opportunity to see first-hand the work in progress and the staff who worked with him when he was at the helm of refinery affairs.

    To manage the total cost of the project, Bukar advised PHRC management to evaluate all spare parts in stock to determine those that can be used in the ongoing rehabilitation as a way to save costs.

    For his part, Mr. Shehu Malami called on PHRC management and staff to ensure the successful completion of the rehabilitation project within budget, as it is in the interest of all PHRC staff, whether in-service or retired.

    He commended PHRC for achieving ISO recertification and called on the management team to ensure proper processes and procedures are followed, especially in the course of rehabilitation.

    port harcourt refinery

    In his comments, Dr. Bafred Enjugu advised PHRC management to take advantage of the opportunity rehabilitation offers to develop skills and expertise in specific areas such as rotating equipment, electrical and mechanical engineering.

    He noted that the subject matter experts that would be developed through exposure to rehab would serve as repositories of knowledge that can be used to provide solutions elsewhere and as resource people throughout the company.

    In addition, he said that PHRC management should pay attention that the products of the rehabilitation project that would later be refined in the plants would have a quality and specification standard.

    Previously, PHRC CEO Dikko described the visiting former CEOs as professionals who gave their best to NNPC and the country's refining sector, as they all worked at both Kaduna Refining and Petrochemical Company (KRPC) and at PHRC.

    He said that by seeing the ongoing rehabilitation, the former doctors had shown the spirit of camaraderie, as their visit and support of the project would boost the spirit and morale of the staff.

    Dikko said the visit showed that staff who had retired from the system still had critical roles to play in the business of the company.

    He briefed former MDs on the progress made in rehabilitating the refinery and the corporate social responsibility efforts being made for the host communities.

    Dikko said that these efforts had led to relative peace and assured that PHRC would continue to work with host communities through honest engagements and social investments that would create mutual benefits.

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  •   The Federal Highway Safety Commission FRSC says it has significantly reduced the number of road traffic accidents RTCs from 28 215 in 1987 to 13 027 in 2021 which is a 54 percent reduction FRSC Corps Marshal Dr Boboye Oyeyemi said this during the agency s 34th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony in Abuja Oyeyemi said that before the commission s establishment in 1988 there was an alarming rate of traffic accidents due to increased vehicle density on the roads He said the government had to take proper action as Nigeria was considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to drive a vehicle Today I am glad that traffic accidents have gone down by looking at the percentage reduction from what it used to be years ago he said Oyeyemi said that FRSC became one of the few public service organizations in Nigeria to obtain ISO 9001 2008 certification in 2013 adding that it upgraded to ISO 9001 2015 in 2019 as a testament to its excellent service delivery during last three decades He said the commission had just been recertified to ISO 9001 2015 in January in line with its commitment to continually improve its mode of operation It is worth mentioning that the recertification was obtained consecutively a testament to a highly motivated workforce In its contribution to the management of road safety in Africa the Corps advocated the establishment of the West African Road Safety Organization WARSO The Corps will continue to support other African countries in achieving their stated goals he said The FRSC chief noted that some of the commission s achievements included the establishment of volunteering in the road safety administration through its volunteer arm He said that the FRSC also successfully pursued the infusion of road safety studies into the curriculum of primary and post primary schools in Nigeria Oyeyemi also said that the commission introduced the concept of Road Safety Clubs in primary and secondary schools as well as among members of the National Youth Service These were some of the measures put together to help achieve accident reduction over the years he said Oyeyemi commended the Nigerian Road Safety Association the International Highway Assessment Program local and international donor agencies as well as individuals for their support of the agency He noted that the commission had upgraded its critical infrastructure and operational equipment and praised the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari for its support Oyeyemi also praised all the sister agencies that comprise the military and paramilitary organizations for the strong synergy established with the FRSC We are grateful to our many allies and partners who for 34 years extended good hands of fellowship to us in various ways and kept molding and shaping an agency that today is the best example of the Lead Agency in Africa We also owe in part the growth of our equipment infrastructure and staff capacity building to foreign donors through international cooperation and collaboration Road Safety is a collective responsibility for safer roads fuller lives he said
    How FRSC reduced road traffic crashes by 54 %- Oyeyemi
      The Federal Highway Safety Commission FRSC says it has significantly reduced the number of road traffic accidents RTCs from 28 215 in 1987 to 13 027 in 2021 which is a 54 percent reduction FRSC Corps Marshal Dr Boboye Oyeyemi said this during the agency s 34th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony in Abuja Oyeyemi said that before the commission s establishment in 1988 there was an alarming rate of traffic accidents due to increased vehicle density on the roads He said the government had to take proper action as Nigeria was considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to drive a vehicle Today I am glad that traffic accidents have gone down by looking at the percentage reduction from what it used to be years ago he said Oyeyemi said that FRSC became one of the few public service organizations in Nigeria to obtain ISO 9001 2008 certification in 2013 adding that it upgraded to ISO 9001 2015 in 2019 as a testament to its excellent service delivery during last three decades He said the commission had just been recertified to ISO 9001 2015 in January in line with its commitment to continually improve its mode of operation It is worth mentioning that the recertification was obtained consecutively a testament to a highly motivated workforce In its contribution to the management of road safety in Africa the Corps advocated the establishment of the West African Road Safety Organization WARSO The Corps will continue to support other African countries in achieving their stated goals he said The FRSC chief noted that some of the commission s achievements included the establishment of volunteering in the road safety administration through its volunteer arm He said that the FRSC also successfully pursued the infusion of road safety studies into the curriculum of primary and post primary schools in Nigeria Oyeyemi also said that the commission introduced the concept of Road Safety Clubs in primary and secondary schools as well as among members of the National Youth Service These were some of the measures put together to help achieve accident reduction over the years he said Oyeyemi commended the Nigerian Road Safety Association the International Highway Assessment Program local and international donor agencies as well as individuals for their support of the agency He noted that the commission had upgraded its critical infrastructure and operational equipment and praised the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari for its support Oyeyemi also praised all the sister agencies that comprise the military and paramilitary organizations for the strong synergy established with the FRSC We are grateful to our many allies and partners who for 34 years extended good hands of fellowship to us in various ways and kept molding and shaping an agency that today is the best example of the Lead Agency in Africa We also owe in part the growth of our equipment infrastructure and staff capacity building to foreign donors through international cooperation and collaboration Road Safety is a collective responsibility for safer roads fuller lives he said
    How FRSC reduced road traffic crashes by 54 %- Oyeyemi
    General news9 months ago

    How FRSC reduced road traffic crashes by 54 %- Oyeyemi

    The Federal Highway Safety Commission (FRSC) says it has significantly reduced the number of road traffic accidents (RTCs) from 28,215 in 1987 to 13,027 in 2021, which is a 54 percent reduction.

    FRSC Corps Marshal Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi said this during the agency's 34th anniversary dinner and awards ceremony in Abuja.

    Oyeyemi said that before the commission's establishment in 1988 there was an alarming rate of traffic accidents due to increased vehicle density on the roads.

    He said the government had to take proper action as Nigeria was considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to drive a vehicle.

    “Today, I am glad that traffic accidents have gone down by looking at the percentage reduction from what it used to be years ago,” he said.

    Oyeyemi said that FRSC became one of the few public service organizations in Nigeria to obtain ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2013, adding that it upgraded to ISO 9001:2015 in 2019 as a testament to its excellent service delivery during last three decades.

    He said the commission had just been recertified to ISO 9001:2015 in January in line with its commitment to continually improve its mode of operation.

    “It is worth mentioning that the recertification was obtained consecutively, a testament to a highly motivated workforce.

    “In its contribution to the management of road safety in Africa, the Corps advocated the establishment of the West African Road Safety Organization (WARSO).

    "The Corps will continue to support other African countries in achieving their stated goals," he said.

    The FRSC chief noted that some of the commission's achievements included the establishment of volunteering in the road safety administration through its volunteer arm.

    He said that the FRSC also successfully pursued the infusion of road safety studies into the curriculum of primary and post-primary schools in Nigeria.

    Oyeyemi also said that the commission introduced the concept of Road Safety Clubs in primary and secondary schools, as well as among members of the National Youth Service.

    "These were some of the measures put together to help achieve accident reduction over the years," he said.

    Oyeyemi commended the Nigerian Road Safety Association, the International Highway Assessment Program, local and international donor agencies, as well as individuals for their support of the agency.

    He noted that the commission had upgraded its critical infrastructure and operational equipment and praised the administration led by President Muhammadu Buhari for its support.

    Oyeyemi also praised all the sister agencies that comprise the military and paramilitary organizations for the strong synergy established with the FRSC.

    “We are grateful to our many allies and partners who for 34 years extended good hands of fellowship to us in various ways and kept molding and shaping an agency that today is the best example of the Lead Agency in Africa.

    “We also owe in part the growth of our equipment, infrastructure and staff capacity building to foreign donors through international cooperation and collaboration.

    "Road Safety is a collective responsibility for safer roads, fuller lives," he said.

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