The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says it is working to ensure issuance of midstream and downstream petroleum regulations for industry’s growth.
The authority said that when the regulations were finally published, they would be required to be gazetted by the Ministry of Justice.
Mr Ogbugo Ukoha, the Executive Director, Distribution Systems, Storage and Retailing Infrastructure, NMDPRA, made this known on Thursday in Abuja at the end of its stakeholders’ consultation forum on regulations.
The forum which opened on August 1, was attended by stakeholders from Chevron, TotalEnergies and Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria to bequeath the industry with laws and policies to enable investment in the sector.
The 10 regulations considered by the stakeholders were; Gas Pricing, Domestic Demand and Delivery Regulations; Natural Gas Pipeline Tariff Regulations and Midstream and Downstream Decommissioning and Abandonment Regulations.
The regulations included Environmental Regulations For Midstream And Downstream Petroleum Operations In Nigeria; Midstream and Downstream Environmental Remediation Fund Regulations and Midstream and Downstream Gas Infrastructure Fund Regulations.
Others are Petroleum (Transportation And Shipment) Regulations; Assignment and Transfer of Licences and Permits Regulations; Petroleum Pipeline Regulations and Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Operations Regulations.
Ukoha said the first traditional requirement of the authority as a regulator was to engage with stakeholders to propose draft regulations to people, consult and review their feedback before issuing the regulations.
According to him, the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA 2021) captured this process and required that it has to publish the regulations and after 21 days invite the stakeholders to listen and make considerations.
“So, we released 10 draft regulations across board and two more draft regulations but the consultation we were just concluding was for the 10 regulations.
“We got rich and intensed feedback from stakeholders, what is left for us to do now is to go back and reflect on it and utilise the good part ultimately for the benefit of Nigerians and growth of the industry.
“The reviewed regulations will be forwarded to the ministry of justice after for gazetting,” he said.
Ukoha said the regulations which were published online firstly got hundreds of rich written responses from stakeholders while the three syndicates group established at the forum made considerations and challenges clarified.
The director explained that the authority was mindful of the timeline set by the PIA itself.
The Coalition of Civil Society (CSOs) in Plateau has called for stronger synergy and support of the state goverment to enable them to create the desired impacts in the state.
Mr. Shamaki Peter, the Leader of the Coalition, made the call at a meeting it organised in Tuesday in Jos.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting had the theme “Plateau State Dialogue on Civil Society Organisations Harmonisation Framework at Sub-National Level,”.
Peter, who is the Deputy Country Director of Equal Access International, said that the event was supported by EU.
, British Council and other international organisationsHe explained that the meeting aimed at providing a platform for CSOs and government agencies to interface on ways to make the state better.
”We are here basically here to creste the process of a dialogue between CSOs and the government and the essence is to create a relationship and stronger partnership that will yield positive result for us and the state.
”Aside from enhancing our relationship with goverment, this meeting is to also refresh our minds to the things we need to do as CSOs”So, this engagement is to create a platform where CSOs and government can meet to fashion out best ways of moving the state forward.
”We are not enemies of goverment, but partners in progress; we are complementing the efforts of government in many areas,” he said.
The leader called on goverment to regularise the registration of associations and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in the state, adding that such would enable them to access funds to carry out projects in the state.
Peter, however, advised his colleagues to be sincere and ensure they are doing what is expected of them.
”You cannot claim to be an NGO person yet you are carrying it only in your briefcases.
”You must ensure that you are working and your work should be seen and in this case, collaboration is very key,” he added.
NAN reports that the meeting had representatives of Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ministry of Women Affairs and the state House of Assembly.
Mr Balarabe Jigo, Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Legal Matters, says the governor is committed to ensuring the domestication of Freedom of Information Act (FOI) in the state.
Jigo stated this in Kaduna on Monday, at a stakeholders’ interactive meeting on the domestication of FOI Act in Kaduna State.
The meeting was organised by Transparency and Accountability in Totality Initiative (TinT)-Follow Taxes.
He said that “A Bill for a Law to Make Public Records and Information Available and to Protect Records Information, Personal Privacy and Serving Public Officers in Kaduna State” was being considered.
According to him, the Bill is currently at the discussion level with the leadership of the State House of Assembly for consideration.
“The governor is passionate about getting the bill passed and has directed me to engage critical stakeholders to ensure the bill is given the needed attention by the House of Assembly.
“I have already engaged the principal officers of the House and they have demonstrated commitment to support the process but need to work with other members to ensure smooth passage,”he said.
The governor’s aide said that a sensitisation workshop was being organised in collaboration with an NGO and the State Assembly, to enlighten the lawmakers on the benefits of the Bill in strengthening good governance in the state.
He expressed optimism that the Bill would be passed at most, two weeks after the sensitisation workshop.
Also, Mr Bashir Adamu, Secretary, House Chairman, Public Account Committee, said that the Bill was before the State Assembly and discussions were ongoing for consideration.
He clarified that the Bill had not passed first and second reading as erroneously being perceived by members of the public, but introduced to the House of Assembly awaiting consideration.
He also said that sensitisation would play a key role in fast tracking the passage of the Bill. On his part, Director, Legal Drafting, Ministry of Justice, Mr Murtala Hamidu, said that the first draft Bill that was introduced to the House was revised to address the concerns of the members of the House.
Hamidu said that the revised version had been resubmitted to the House for reconsideration.
Earlier, Mr Musa Suleiman, Project Officer, TinT-Follow Taxes, said that the domestication of the FOI was under “#KeepItOpen”, an advocacy programme supported by Palladium.
Suleiman said that the support was through Gatefield, a public strategy and media group for chance, under the USAID-supported Strengthening Civil Society and Local Engagement (SCALE) project.
He said that the Bill had been submitted to the State Assembly since 2017, but was yet to be passed, adding that the “#KeepItOpen” was designed to mobilise relevant stakeholders to push for the passage of the Bill. He said that TinT-Follow Taxes had conducted several advocacy visits to critical stakeholders, including the ministry of justice, the media, citizens’ groups and had reached out to the governor through his aide, Jigo. Hajiya Jamila Dahiru, Senior Communications and Partnership Lead, TinT-Follow taxes, said that the objective of the meeting was to increase stakeholders’ support for the domestication of the FOI Act and digital rights.
Dahiru added that the meeting was also to promote operationalisation of the FOI Act in Kaduna state through advocacy activities and stakeholder engagements.
Mr Dangwa Danjuma of the Coalition Associations for Leadership Peace Empowerment and Development (CALPED), said that the non-passage of the bill was affecting the implementation of relevant laws in the state.
Danjuma said that citizens were also not consulted in the drafting of the bill in the principle of Open Government Partnership that the state signed onto and called for a window for citizens participation.
He also suggested that the lawmakers should be engaged to prioritise passage of the bill as a condition for their re-election.
The IPPAS review mission findings will help us to strengthen our legislative and regulatory framework and to implement security upgrades at our facilitiesVIENNA, Austria, September 10, 2021/APO Group/ --
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of experts completed a nuclear security advisory mission in Burkina Faso today, which was carried out at the request of its Government.
The scope of the two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission included the legislative and regulatory framework for the security of radioactive material, regulatory practices (licensing, inspections and enforcement) and coordination between all stakeholders involved in nuclear security. The conduct of the mission included a review of the security systems and practices in place at selected facilities. In August 2014, Burkina Faso ratified the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM), and its incorporation into the country’s nuclear security regime was also included in the scope of the mission.
The team observed that Burkina Faso has established a nuclear security regime with essential elements of the IAEA’s guidance on the fundamentals of nuclear security. The team offered recommendations and suggestions to support Burkina Faso in further enhancing and sustaining nuclear security. Good practices were identified that can serve as examples to other IAEA Member States to help strengthen their nuclear security activities.
The team included four experts from Lebanon, Niger, Senegal and the IAEA. They met in the capital Ouagadougou with officials from the Ministry of the Environment, as well as with representatives of other relevant ministries and governmental organizations, including the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, Gendarmerie, National Intelligence, National Police, Customs, Civil Protection and the National Radiation Protection and the Nuclear Safety Authority (ARSN). As part of the review, the team visited six facilities where radioactive sources are in use, including the Nantou Mining Company, two medical facilities, a construction laboratory and two research centres.
“The IPPAS team compared Burkina Faso’s nuclear security regime against the CPPNM and its 2005 amendment, the IAEA Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radiative Sources, and IAEA nuclear security guidance,” said Elena Buglova, Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Security. “By hosting the IPPAS mission and following up on its findings, Burkina Faso demonstrates its strong commitment to nuclear security and its continued enhancement.”
“The IPPAS review mission findings will help us to strengthen our legislative and regulatory framework and to implement security upgrades at our facilities,” said Martial Zoungrana, Director National at ARSN. “The recommendations and suggestions of the IPPAS mission will contribute to improving the nuclear security regime of Burkina Faso, and we will do our best to implement these recommendations in close cooperation with IAEA”.
By Edith Ike-Eboh
The Federal Government has inaugurated the Steering Committee for the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act ( PIA) and charged them to ensure effective implementation of the act.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, at the inauguration on Thursday in Abuja, said the Act would ensure desired development for the country.
“To get to this desired end, deliberate effort must be made to implement the law in a manner that best achieves the stated objectives in line with the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians whose lives will be impacted by the consequences of our decisions and actions,’’ Sylva said .
He said that the implementation framework had been designed with the governance structure approved by the President Muhammadu Buhari.
Sylva noted that the structure was made up of the Steering Committee and the Implementation Working Group/Coordinating Secretariat.
He said the terms of reference of the Steering Committee as approved by the president include to guide the effective and timely implementation of the law in the course of transition to the new petroleum industry envisaged in the reform programme.
“To approve or ratify the appointment s of consultants who will support the Implementation Working Group/Coordinating Secretariat; to approve all recommendations for the institutional design and personnel movements as envisaged by the Law.
“To coordinate timely preparation of appropriate model licences, leases and regulations including reviews and endorsements for presidential approval; to approve all recommendations of actions or outcomes required to implement any provision of the law.
“And to do all such things as may be necessary and appropriate to give effect to and implement any provision of the law as approved by Mr President,’’ he said.
He noted that the members of the Steering Committee include Timipre Sylva, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources as Chairman, Dr Soni Gwarzo, Permanent Secretary, Petroleum Resources and Malam Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Others are Muhammad Nomi, Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Services, Dr Nuhu Habib, Senior Special Assistant to President on Natural Resources, representative of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
Others are representative of the Ministry of Justice, Mr Olufemi Lijadu, External Legal Adviser and Dr Bello Aliyu Gusau, Executive Secretary, PTDF – Head of the Implementation Working Group/Coordinating Secretariat.
“ The Implementation Working Group/Coordinating Secretariat has the onerous task of developing the briefs that would be presented to the Steering Committee for consideration and approval.
“ These briefs will cover all the relevant subject matters contemplated by the law, including the design of the institutions, personnel movements, development of procedures and processes for the institutions, model contracts and Regulations and generally providing legal advice on implementation matters.
“To ensure that the Steering Committee is in the position to get quality briefs from the Implementation Working Group/Coordinating Secretariat, the latter has been organised into four workstreams,’’ Slyva said.
The four work streams are legal, coordination & planning, communications and dtakeholder management, administration and finance.
He noted that each of these workstreams have distinct mandates and expected outcomes which would be presented to the Steering Committee for consideration and possible approval.
“Given the timeline set by Mr President and the urgency of the implementation requirement, there is no gain saying the fact that total commitment to this assignment is a critical success factor.
“ Undoubtedly, members of the Steering Committee possess the capacity to contribute to the transformation of the petroleum industry, and unlock the potential that are replete in the entire value chain.
“Nigerians and our foreign stakeholders are watching and waiting and we cannot afford to let them or ourselves down.
“We must do all that it takes to deliver on this assignment in a manner that best achieves our collective vision for bringing the anticipated gains to the country, he said.
“To get us started on this all-important assignment, I hereby inaugurate the Steering Committee, as well as the Implementation Working Group/Coordinating Secretariat.
“I wish us all success in our collective quest to change the face of the Nigerian petroleum industry, to position it as a proactive catalyst for spurring sustainable economic growth of our beloved country,’’ he said. (NAN)
By Taiye Agbaje
Iwo Land's Oluwo in Osun, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, on Saturday urged the federal government to pass laws that would guarantee the death penalty to corrupt officials and convicted ritual killers.
The Supreme Ruler gave advice in Abuja during a public presentation of four books written by a lawyer, Mr. Aminu Alilu, prosecutor and head of the complex cases group at the Federal Ministry of Justice.
The Oluwo, who praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his vigorous campaign against corruption, said the dying health system, among other things, was the result of corruption.
According to him, President Buhari is the only one standing because I know he has never stolen money.
“I commend the administration headed by President Buhari for creating a vigorous anti-corruption awareness.
“We want more from His Excellency; an execution of the death penalty for corrupt officials is enough to place Nigeria on the brink of a developed nation.
“Without such effective management of the country's resources will always be questionable.
“Mr. President, we need to apply the death penalty for corrupt officials,” he said.
He also urged young people to support his monarchical teaching committed to curbing corruption in the traditional system.
The traditional leader, who condemned the rising rate of ritual killings in parts of the country, called on the government to legislate capital punishment for ritual killers.
“Ritual killings are widespread and consume more innocent souls than Boko Haram and banditry.
“The private parts of women, men and children are harvested; people are being killed daily by these ritual killers because of the money.
“It's anti-human,” he said.
He urged young people to refrain from all worship, while instructing Nigerian authors to raise awareness in their literary work to reduce the threat.
Akanbi urged the Ministry of Justice to be the vehicle through which the appropriate laws and legislation are developed to eradicate corruption and criminal activity in the system.
He urged Nigerians to love each other regardless of religious, ethnic or political differences.
“It is time for Nigeria to be detribalized.
“God gives us diversity to strengthen our unity, not to divide us.
“Our grievances can be presented politely without destroying our heritage.
"As we call on the government to review barbaric policies that are out of step, | personally call on Nigerians, mainly young people, to show civility in their request, ”he said.
Akanbi, who praised Alilu for writing the books, said: “Authors are generational builders. "
According to him, I have met many authors, but I have not met any who have written four books at a time.
“Aminu is a poet, a playwright, a novelist and an aphorist,” he said.
He said not only that he proposed the intellectual property at a time when the country and its men were struggling to survive the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, but "it is a pure indication that great men are still without excuse".
Justice Minister Abubakar Malami also congratulated the author of the books.
Malami, who was represented by the ministry's acting permanent secretary, Mohammed Umar-Etsu, recommended that books be integrated into the country's school system curriculum.
The author of the books, Alilu, said he decided to write the books in order to have a positive impact in the country.
He urged future writers not to be discouraged about the profitability of literary work, but about the impact it would have on society.
The News, Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the four books; “The Wise Men’s Writings,” “Arrows in the Shadows,” “The Language of Silence,” and “The Global Bugaboo” were not about legal matters. (NOPE)
By Florence Onuegbu
The Lagos State government has inaugurated a regional emergency and security dispatch center in Epe to improve emergency response.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu inaugurated the center on Monday in Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu said the delivery of the center was aimed at strengthening the government's commitment to provide a transparent and effective approach to safety, security and emergency management in the state.
He said it was also a demonstration of the premium the government places on the security of life and property, regardless of where residents choose to live in the state.
Sanwo-Olu said the center will serve as a one-stop-shop hub and facility for the efficient and rapid deployment of emergency first responders to the Epe local government area and its immediate surroundings.
According to him, the establishment is staffed with well-trained staff and equipped with the necessary equipment for an effective response to emergencies.
“It is designed to accommodate all relevant safety and security agencies, including the Lagos State Emergency Management Authority and the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority.
“It is to accommodate the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services Agency, the Lagos State Neighborhood Security Corps and Lagos State Ambulance Services.
“The facility is also designed to accommodate the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offenses Enforcement Unit, the Rapid Response Brigade and the Ministry of Justice.
"The combined efforts of all these agencies within the center will improve the efficiency in terms of our officers' ability to deal effectively with emergencies and improve response time," he said.
The governor said his administration would continue to invest in human resources and capital to ensure the safety and security of all residents.
He urged all officers and personnel deployed to the center to work in harmony, as they were all bound by the same goals and the same mission.
According to him, the inhabitants of Epe and its surroundings have a role to play in ensuring the optimal functioning of the center.
“I call on you to support the first responders at this facility by providing rapid information on emergency situations for an efficient and rapid response.
“Our emergency numbers 112 and 767 are always available (24/7) for the public to report emergencies,” he said.
In his remarks, Mr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, Commissioner for Special Tasks and Intergovernmental Relations, said the population of Lagos State in 2021 was estimated to be around 14.8 million.
Bamgbose-Martins said developing a strategy to improve effective security and rapid response to emergencies was a priority for the state. (NAA)(NAN)
By Muhammad Nasir Bashir
Former Jigawa Chief Judge Aminu Sabo Ringim has died in a lone accident at about 1 p.m., on Tuesday, in Shafar village, Ringim Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Adamu Shehu, the Public Relations Officer, Jigawa Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), confirmed the incident to newsmen in Dutse.
“The incident happened around 1 p.m. today at Shafar village in Ringim LGA after the deceased, who is driving a Peugeot 206 from Dutse to Ringim, lost control on a sharp bend along Chaichai-Ringim road.
“The incident involved two persons, the former Chief Judge and his son,” Shehu said.
He said that all the victims were rushed to Ringim General Hospital where the ex-chief judge was confirmed dead.
According to the NSCDC spokesman, the son, who sustained various degrees of injury is currently receiving medical attention at the hospital.
When contacted, the spokesman of the state’s Ministry of Justice, Hajiya Zainab Baba-Santali, confirmed the incident and promised to issue a statement soon.
“The ministry will issue a statement concerning the deceased, immediately the state’s Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Dr Musa Adamu returned from the burial. (NAN)(NAN)
The Lagos State Government, through its Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), says it has impacted the lives of over 48,000 residents in the last two years.The Commissioner for WAPA, Mrs Cecilia Dada, told a Ministerial Media Briefing on Tuesday in Ikeja that the state impacted on the residents through its empowerment initiatives and poverty alleviation programmes.Dada said that the empowerment strategies initiated by the ministry had directly or indirectly benefited every family, including widows and the indigent residents across all the five divisions of the state.The commissioner said that WAPA would start exposing its trainees to the use of technology and also enlighten women on newer practices in vocational training.She said that this was considering the effects of COVID-19 and the need to adapt to the new normal within the digital space.”In view of this, there will be the training of 500 women on entrepreneurial and digital marketing techniques come June 2021, as part of plans to mark this year’s International Widows’ Day.”In addition, WAPA is equally expanding the scope of activities with a view to creating more avenues for our women to leverage on a professional platform.”That is why 5,780 participants were incorporated into our Mega Empowerment initiative so that through their productivity, they can also contribute to the increase in GDP of Lagos State,” Dada said.She said that there had been positive feedback on all the programmes offered at its Skills Acquisition Centres, either short-term, medium-term and long-term empowerment initiatives on different skills.According to her, the graduate trainees from the government’s skills acquisition centres are now contributing to the economic growth of the state, as employers of labour.”Our Mandate is to ensure that there is zero-tolerance for mediocrity being caused by poverty, or induced by vulnerabilities from societal influences.”This, we have achieved through the various training offered at the government-owned 19 skills acquisition centres in the state.”The ministry created platforms for International Women’s Day, with highlights on the dynamism of women and a plan of action for ‘Women Assembly’, with over 11,400 women in attendance from the 57 Local Government/Local Council Development Areas.”This is where issues that could deter women emancipation, as well as debar efforts exerted at curbing poverty, in our state were extensively discussed,” she said. Dada said that 6,780 women from five geographical areas of the state, also had the privilege of learning different vocations with participants receiving adequate start-up kits to enable them to grow their businesses.Dada also revealed that in 2020, a total of 46 men reported at the ministry that their wives violated them. She added that in the first quarter of 2021, a total of 43 men also reported battering by their wives, making it a total of 89 in less than two years.According to her, the figure captured only cases reported to WAPA and that some cases had been reported directly to the Ministry of Justice and police station which the ministry might not be aware of.Dada, however, disclosed that a total of 664 women were battered by their husbands in Lagos in the past year, according to cases reported at WAPA.She added that 378 women were violated by their husbands in 2020, while 286 women were battered by their husbands in the first quarter of 2021.
By monday Ijeh
The Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammad Dingyadi inaugurated the Police Public Complaints Committee (PPCC) to deal with complaints against police personnel in the country.
Inaugurating the committee on Wednesday in Abuja, Dingyadi said the committee was a specialized agency created to deal strictly with complaints against police personnel.
He said the aim was to put in place a permanent structure that would help effectively control the civil unrest.
The minister said the idea was to give the people the opportunity to channel their grievances about the misconduct of police personnel to the appropriate quarters for the necessary actions.
He said the CCPP had been around for years but was dying due to lack of funds.
According to him, if the PPC had been active, it would have provided an adequate channel through which affected Nigerians would air their grievances about police brutality.
He said the tragedy that befell the country during the #ENDSARS protest would have been avoided if the PPCC was active.
Dingyadi said the federal government “is determined to ensure that such horrific incidents do not happen again.
“The Public Complaints Commission generally deals with all kinds of complaints against administrative injustices in public institutions.
"The PPCC is created as a specialized agency to deal strictly with complaints against police personnel."
He said the composition of the committee with the Ministry of Police Affairs as chairman, included the Police Services Commission, the Ministry of Justice, the National Human Rights Commission and the National Intelligence Agency as members.
Other members of the committee included the CLEEN Foundation, a non-governmental organization, the Nigerian Police, the Police Community Relations Committee and the Department of State Services with the Police Inspection Department providing the secretariat. .
According to him, the primary purpose of the PPCC is to serve as an institution that oversees the activities of police personnel, that is, their interaction with the public.
He said that the public's habit of filing complaints against police personnel in police stations had not given the desired solutions to aggrieved Nigerians.
The minister urged the committee to work diligently and transparently to give Nigerians confidence that their complaints will be dealt with by a fair, just and equitable system.(NAN)