By Solomon Asowata
The Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG) says it is not responsible for the supply shortfall of Liquefied Petroleum Gas ( LPG), also known as cooking gas,q and the consequent price hike across the country.
The company made the clarification in a statement issued by its General Manager, External Relations and Sustainable Development, Mrs Eyono Fatayi-Williams on Monday in Lagos.
Fatayi-Williams said it was grossly inaccurate to state that NLNG produces 22 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MTPA) of LPG.
According to her , NLNG is primarily an export company that produces 22 MTPA of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and five MTPA of Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs).
She said: “The price of LPG in the domestic market is dependent on several market factors, including the forces of demand and supply.
“On the supply side, NLNG plays a pivotal role in the Nigerian domestic LPG market in line with the commitment it made to help deepen the market.
“Recently, the company increased the volume of its annual commitment to the market from 350,000 to 450,000 metric tons, which is about 100 per cent of its Butane production.
” Butane gas is less volatile and is, therefore, suitable for cooking. In 2020 alone, NLNG supplied over 80 per cent of its LPG sales (Butane/cooking gas) to the Nigerian market.
“By committing 100 per cent of its Butane production, NLNG has prioritised the domestic market, thus realising its domestic supply target safely.”
Fatayi-Williams said NLNG’s current maximum Butane production meets about 40 per cent of domestic demand.
She said the balance was supplied by other domestic producers or via imports because NLNG’s production alone was not sufficient.
“In order to achieve its aspiration for the domestic supply, a dedicated 13,000 metric ton vessel, LPG Alfred Temile, delivers the product to the market through Lagos and Port Harcourt terminals.
“The vessel’s delivery to these terminals are occasionally hampered by challenges at the terminal, including storage capacity, terminal access, draft restrictions and prioritisation of other products over LPG.
“NLNG’s domestic LPG pricing is most competitive compared to all other alternatives (imported and domestic supply).
“However, it is important to note that several factors such as Value Added Tax, Forex, etc., impact the pricing of the product which is indexed to the international pricing model,” Fatayi-Williams said.
She noted that NLNG’s drive towards deepening the domestic LPG market was pivotal in line with NLNG’s vision of helping to build a better Nigeria.
Fatayi-Williams said the company was optimistic that the eventual completion of its Train 7 Project would further provide deepening the domestic LPG market. (www.)
By Chiazo Ogbolu
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), has inaugurated a state-of-the-art ultra modern “e-Documents Management and Records Centre’’ to sustain its operational efficiency.
NPA’s Acting Managing Director, Mohammed Bello-Koko, made the disclosure in a statement by Olaseni Alakija, the authority’s General Manager, Corporate and Strategic communications, on Monday in Lagos.
Bello-Koko described the centre as a testament of the authority’s efforts to develop a seamless customer-based services and operations.
He said that NPA would sustain competitiveness in the sub-region by giving priority to documents’ safety through automation and digitisation.
Bello-Koko added that in adherence to the plan to deploy a ‘360 degree’ document management solution, the authority would soon migrate from physical archiving to digitisation.
This, he said, will be done via Electronic Documents Management Solution (EDMS) with strategies to localise same at port locations as functional retention centres.
“At the moment the authority has two other functional retention centres in Apapa and Port Harcourt to serve the Lagos and eastern ports, respectively.
“This is in addition to another record centre undergoing automation located in the Apapa Port area,’’ he said.
Bello-Koko said that the speed and seamless nature of the EDMS in records storage and processing would have bearing on the organisation’s desire to achieve customer satisfaction.
“In fact this event is very much in synchronisation with our drive towards attaining compliance status of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).’’
He ex expressed confidence that the authority’s vision of deploying a single window to access records across all port locations would be realised.
Bello-Koko urged staff of the authority to take ownership of the facility, which he said was expected to serve as an antidote to vandalism, theft and arson.
According to him, it is envisaged that before the end of 2021, the pilot project of the end-to-end documents management solution would have been achieved.(www.)
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 Moïse Omorogieva
Lagos State Police Command arrested seven suspected cult members and recovered dangerous weapons from them.
This is contained in a statement signed by command spokesperson CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made available to the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.
Adejobi said agents from Morogbo's division arrested the suspects on Sunday after receiving reports that men suspected of being cult members were meeting at a hotel in Morogbo.
He said the suspects were arrested with a locally made pistol, two live cartridges, an ax and assorted charms.
Adejobi said Police Commissioner CP Hakeem Odumosu ordered the case to be transferred to the command's special squad, Ikeja, for investigation.
He said the CP had reiterated the command's commitment to fighting cults and all kinds of crimes in the state.
"The PC calls on all residents to join the police in improving the state's already established security architecture," he added.
Meanwhile, police officers attached to the Ipakodo division in Ikorodu arrested a 45-year-old Kayode Adeyanju on June 7 for allegedly defiling his 14-year-old daughter.
The spokesperson said the girl reported the case to the Ipakodo police station on June 7.
Adejobi said the CP also ordered that the case be transferred to the command's gender unit for further investigation.(NAN)
By Salomon Asowata
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Egbin Power Plc are committed to deepening their collaboration to ensure the success of the federal government's gas-to-electricity program.
The COO, Gaz, NNPC, Mr. Yusuf Usman and the Chairman of the Board, Egbin Power Plc, Mr. Temitope Sonubi, made this commitment during a tour of the facilities of the team of the NNPC at the power station Monday in Lagos.
Usman said the NNPC is committed to deepening the use of gas in Nigeria, adding that the company's turnaround at the thermal power plant is very impressive.
He said there was a need to ensure an uninterrupted supply of gas to the Egbin power plant, which was the largest in sub-Saharan Africa.
Usman said, “This visit was an eye opener for me. We have seen turbines that have been in operation for over 40 years. We have seen efforts by Egbin management to effect a turnaround at the plant through the overhaul of the entire system.
“We have also seen the support you have provided to young people through employment opportunities and capacity development.
“I have listened to the concerns you have raised, particularly in the area of transmission restrictions. I am aware that work is underway in this regard to ensure that all the energy we produce is safely discharged.
“One area of concern for me is when you mentioned the gas constraints. We will help you make sure the power is stable. We have a session with the gas suppliers in this regard.
Earlier, Sonubi said that Egbin Power Plc, its phase two investment expansion plan, would add between 1,750 MW and 1,900 MW to Nigeria's power generation pool.
Sonubi said the plant has undergone a major overhaul, which has helped increase production from the low capacity it had before 2013.
He said: “Egbin has a capacity of 1,320 MW. At the time we took control of it, the plant was generating 300 MW, which is an appalling 22%.
“To date, our production capacity has increased and we are doing 89% of it.
“We have reached the highest peak of 970 MW and we are working hard to ensure the sustainability of this achievement.
“The 970 MW we have achieved is the highest in the history of the plant and, based on our core value of sustainability, we are working around the clock to ensure that we are sustaining the gains we have made. "
Sonubi listed the challenges the company faces, including grid limitation, gas constraints and liquidity.
He said, however, that stakeholders including the NNPC, the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Transmission Company of Nigeria were working tirelessly to resolve the issues.
Sonubi appealed to NNPC to maintain its gas development and product supply efforts so that Egbin's turbines are operating productively at their optimum capacity. (NAA)(NAN)
By Oluwafunke Ishola
A 200-bed building will be inaugurated in September at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) to improve accommodation issues.
LASUTH Chief Medical Director Professor Adetokunbo Fabamwo made the revelation in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.
He said complaints about insufficient bed space by patients would end soon.
Fabamwo revealed that a former deputy governor of Lagos state had secured a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) team to donate the building to the hospital.
“We are in the process of building it, it should be in service by September. This would relieve us of the problem of the lack of bed places.
“The challenge we have with sleeping spaces is that we are doing more than what we are supposed to do.
“LASUTH was supposed to be just a field hospital, then it became a general hospital and was transformed into a teaching hospital, where everyone wants to come for treatment,” he said.
The CMD said the hospital is currently having difficulty admitting new patients, adding that its surgical and medical emergency rooms are still fully occupied.
According to him, the medical emergency room has 36 beds, 18 for men and 18 for women.
“We need to move admitted emergency patients who are stable to wards so that we can create space to admit new emergency patients.
“The space in the wards is another challenge because we have long-term patients such as accident patients with head injuries, we treat them for a long time,” said Fabamwo.
He said LASUTH averaged 400 bed places, while Ayinke House had 150 and the pediatric unit, 100.
“With the completion of the SDG building, we will have approximately 600 beds in LASUTH,” he said.
He said it was normal and beneficial for the teaching hospital to admit new patients.
“No one wants to scare off potential customers.
“We have the facilities and the staff, so why should we be deliberately chasing them.
“We are running out of beds, but this problem will be resolved soon,” he said.
Fabamwo revealed that the hospital's board is striving to have a 1,000-bed facility.
“All the bungalows will be demolished to make way for an ultra modern building like the University College Hospital of Ibadan,” he said.
Fabamwo said updating the plan would create access to healthcare for more citizens. (NAA)(NAN)
By Oluwafunke Ishola
A consultancy firm, C and F Porter Novelli, has partnered with ORBICOM-UNESCO to introduce training that will help higher institutions close funding gaps.
Mr. Anthony Ajero, account manager of the C and F group, made the revelation in a statement Monday in Lagos.
Ajero said C and F have partnered with ORBICOM-UNESCO, an international network of faculty and practitioners in communication, and Minnesota State University in Moorhead, United States, to bring the program to the Nigeria.
He said the other partners were Strengths Incorporated and Pace Fundraising in the United States.
Ajero said the program was a "Strategic Fundraising and Campaign Training (SFCC) program."
He said the SFCC was a multi-faceted international training program, aimed at equipping vice-chancellors, rectors and senior officials of higher institutions with the skills required for successful and sustainable fundraising over decades.
According to him, specific to the Nigerian situation, the SFCC training will help higher education leaders to successfully respond to the existential funding crisis.
He said it would be delivered through seven free monthly webinars, adding that education administrators could benefit from the free monthly webinars by registering online.
“C and F has always been one of the most sought-after strategic communications consulting firms, not only in Nigeria, but also in West Africa and beyond.
“The SFCC initiative is another in a long line of impactful initiatives that we have partnered with.
“SFCC aligns with our founding philosophy of working with local and international brands that want to have a positive impact and therefore achieve business results greater than ever imagined.
"Hence our vision of 'public relations, for good' in the 60 countries and 100 offices where Porter Novelli's mantra lives," he said.
Ajero revealed that a hybrid international summit will also be held between September 15 and 18, at Minnesota State University in Moorhead.
In addition, Professor Jibrila Amin, former Chairman of the Vice Chancellors' Committee, said “as we all know Nigeria is going through a funding crisis of its higher institutions.
“This training will help us to avoid a further degradation of education at the higher level. "(NAA)(NAN)
By Yunus Yusuf
The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has procured bird / wildlife equipment to improve the safety of flight operations by effectively managing bird / wildlife hazards at airports across the country.
FAAN General Manager Captain Rabiu Yadudu said this during the unveiling of the equipment on Monday in Lagos.
Yadudu said the equipment, which was the best they could move, was purchased on the recommendation of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
Represented by the Director of Commercial and Commercial Development, Alhaji Sadiku Rafindadi, he listed the equipment acquired, including bird scaring gas cannons, 15,000 12G cartridges (large caliber bird scaring pyrotechnics), the high-tech bird laser, among others.
The managing director added that the equipment, once deployed, would usher in an era of safe flight operations, as the incidents of bird strikes which have increased in recent times would be mitigated.
In his remarks, FAAN Airport Operations Director, Captain Muktar Muye, welcomed the arrival of the equipment.
Muye noted that what was ordered was not just the equipment but a complete package that included the recommended storage facility, patrol vehicle and personnel trained in accordance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.
Some of the high-tech equipment ordered included three different models of bird scaring gas cannons, Dayboxes for transporting fireworks during security operations, 15,000 12G rounds (large caliber bird scaring pyrotechnics)
The others are the high-tech bird laser, personal protective equipment for wildlife personnel, the specially designed TYPE IV explosives storage store, the all-new Hilux jeep for the patrol of the trail wildlife, among others, ”he said.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the event culminated with a hands-on demonstration of the use of certain equipment by the representative of the CEO and the Director of Airport Operations.
Also present were the Directors General: Operations, Ms. Olajumoke Oni; Environment, Mr. Néhémie Auta; Special tasks, Mr. Kabiru Muhammed; Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting Service, Mr. John Ekpe.
Others are the Regional Director General, South West, Ms. Victoria Shin-Aba; representative of GM Corporate Affairs, Ms. Christabel Eromosele; Chief of Staff to MD / CEO, Mr. Lawal Abdullahi, among others. (NAA)(NAN)
By Rukayat Adeyemi
Family Homes Fund (FHF) chief executive Mr. Femi Adewole said the company was finalizing the deal needed to launch the federal government's National Social Housing Program (NSHP).
Adewole revealed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Monday in Lagos on the sidelines of the inaugural meeting of the Real Estate Regulation Technical Committee in Lagos.
The NSHP is the housing component of President Muhammadu Buhari's Economic Sustainability Plan to provide affordable housing and millions of jobs to Nigerians.
Adewole told NAN that the enabling agreement to ensure the start of the program has reached an advanced stage.
"We expect that by the end of the week, all enabling agreements necessary for us to begin funding the program will be completed."
“You can expect to see a very accelerated start with a number of housing projects in all parts of the country.
“The projects are already there, we've been working on them and know where they are, we're just waiting for funding,” he said.
Adewole said the FHF is currently working with state governments on the projects and will deliver 14,000 homes in the first tranche.
Adewole revealed that 26 states in the federation donated 2,500 hectares of land for the project.
He added that new states are adopting the program on a daily basis.
“We had tremendous support in all states in the federation and no state signed up for the program.
“For some it takes longer due to their own internal process, but we had absolute commitment from all 36 states in the federation.
Adewole pledged that Nigerians earning as little as N30,000, the minimum wage, would benefit from the program as planned.
The NSHP will allow you to own a house, either as an individual or part of a cooperative with as little as two million naira.
The program aims to provide 300,000 low-income homes and create 1.8 million jobs in the process in various geopolitical areas of the country by 2024.
The FHF has been appointed as the implementing agency to achieve these goals and has partnered with developers and a direct financial institution that have achieved its strategic goal. (NOPE)(NAN)
By Chiazo Ogbolu The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says 90 percent of trucks in the country are over 30 years old. The FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, revealed this during an interactive session between the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), FRSC and transport operators on Monday in Lagos.Oyeyemi called for improved vehicle maintenance and standardization programs, as most of them lacked safety measures such as lighting, reflectors and other parts. He stressed the need for federal government intervention to ensure truckers renew their fleets, as vehicles that have been on the road for 30 years should be scrapped. Oyeyemi pointed out that "due to the age of the trucks, they frequently break down on the road, thus prolonging the days that goods spend on the road before reaching their destination." “When I got to this place, I went over the third bridge on the mainland and saw trucks lining up on the bridge towards Apapa and it's not good. “Bridges are not intended to carry fixed trucks and when we have such a scenario, we reduce the life of the bridges. “In addition, the vehicle inspection system is rotten in the country, most trucks are not roadworthy and this poses a serious threat to road users. “When these trucks break down, the goods will not reach their destination as expected and this affects end users,” he said. Oyeyemi added that when it comes to the Vehicle Transit Zone (VTA) project, greater stakeholder engagement is needed to deliver results and this should not be done through law enforcement. NSC Executive Secretary Mr. Hassan Bello noted that the meeting should deliberate on the way forward to address the transport infrastructure deficit and other operational challenges related to the movement of goods. Bello added that the marshal's support for the Council's projects and activities had accelerated the achievement of major milestones in the development of essential infrastructure for trade facilitation. He said that to facilitate the development of critical transport infrastructure that supports trade and applied standards, the council is promoting two major transport infrastructure, namely inland dry ports and the VTA project. According to him, the NSC conceptualized the development of Truck Transit Park, now VTA, to provide convenient rest areas for truckers. Bello said other road users would also benefit from the project as it would ensure the safety of lives and cargo. “NSC also has a mandate to ensure effective and efficient service delivery throughout the transport chain. “The partnership between the NSC and the FRSC has achieved reasonable benchmarks, especially in traffic management and the security of goods in transit,” he said. The NSC boss added that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with the FRSC to set standards for truck owners and drivers for effective implementation. He said the MoU also aims to generate a database on trucks, training, AVV implementation, public education and awareness and others. Mr. Nanbol Nanle, Deputy Director, Inland Transport Services Department, NSC, noted that the VTA project would need a public-private partnership to thrive. Nanle stressed that the main objective of the project was to provide a resting place for truck drivers and a measure of comfort for them in order to reduce fatigue and accidents on the roads. He said the facility would include a machine shop, hotels, health center, police station, gas station, warehouse, weighbridge, fire department, cave, and more. Some of the stakeholders who participated in the event include: Association of Shipping Owners, Council of Trade Unions and Shipping Truck Associations, Association of Road Transport Employers of Nigeria, and Nigerian Association of Shipping Owners. road transport. (NOPE)(NAN)