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  •  The Rivers State House of Assembly has screened and confirmed eight nominees as chairman and commissioners of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission RSIEC ahead of the local government election The house during plenary on Friday conducted the exercise following a letter from the governor requesting for the screening and confirmation of the commissioners designate The commissioners designate includes Justice George Omereji rtd as Chairman Mrs Doris Chuka Mrs Chioma Ochia Prof Hope Gilbert Mr Barine Nwikinanee Dr Solomon Egbe and Dr Iyeneone Tamunobenetonari as commissioners Speaker of the house Mr Ikunyi Owaji Ibani during the exercise advised the commissioners designate to put in their best toward effective service delivery to the people of the state In the same vain the house also resolved to summon the management of Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC to appear before its executive section due to the company s failure to honour its invitation The House committee Chairman on Public complains and Petitions Mr Evans Bipi had presented a committee s report on the floor of the house According to the report SPDC has threatened to demolish more than 800 houses in Umuebulu community without adherence to payment of compensation to affected property owners The report also revealed that the SPDC had concluded plans to carry out the demolition in conjunction with the state Ministry of Physical Planning and urban development SPDC should pay for all property marked for demolition as it had earlier promised The majority leader of the house Mr Matin Amaewhule and other lawmakers had during the debate expressed displeasure with the conduct of SPDC toward the house Speaker of the house however commended the committee for its detailed report and warned SPDC to ensure it honoured the invitation Edited By Chinyere Bassey Donald Ugwu Source NAN
    Rivers Assembly confirms commissioners ahead of LGA election
     The Rivers State House of Assembly has screened and confirmed eight nominees as chairman and commissioners of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission RSIEC ahead of the local government election The house during plenary on Friday conducted the exercise following a letter from the governor requesting for the screening and confirmation of the commissioners designate The commissioners designate includes Justice George Omereji rtd as Chairman Mrs Doris Chuka Mrs Chioma Ochia Prof Hope Gilbert Mr Barine Nwikinanee Dr Solomon Egbe and Dr Iyeneone Tamunobenetonari as commissioners Speaker of the house Mr Ikunyi Owaji Ibani during the exercise advised the commissioners designate to put in their best toward effective service delivery to the people of the state In the same vain the house also resolved to summon the management of Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC to appear before its executive section due to the company s failure to honour its invitation The House committee Chairman on Public complains and Petitions Mr Evans Bipi had presented a committee s report on the floor of the house According to the report SPDC has threatened to demolish more than 800 houses in Umuebulu community without adherence to payment of compensation to affected property owners The report also revealed that the SPDC had concluded plans to carry out the demolition in conjunction with the state Ministry of Physical Planning and urban development SPDC should pay for all property marked for demolition as it had earlier promised The majority leader of the house Mr Matin Amaewhule and other lawmakers had during the debate expressed displeasure with the conduct of SPDC toward the house Speaker of the house however commended the committee for its detailed report and warned SPDC to ensure it honoured the invitation Edited By Chinyere Bassey Donald Ugwu Source NAN
    Rivers Assembly confirms commissioners ahead of LGA election
    Politics2 years ago

    Rivers Assembly confirms commissioners ahead of LGA election

    The Rivers State House of Assembly has screened and confirmed eight nominees as chairman and commissioners of the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RSIEC), ahead of the local government election.

    The house, during plenary on Friday conducted the exercise following a letter from the governor requesting for the screening and confirmation of the commissioners-designate .

    The commissioners-designate includes: Justice George Omereji rtd as Chairman, Mrs Doris Chuka, Mrs Chioma Ochia, Prof. Hope Gilbert , Mr Barine Nwikinanee, Dr Solomon Egbe and Dr Iyeneone Tamunobenetonari as commissioners.

    Speaker of the house, Mr Ikunyi-Owaji Ibani during the exercise advised the commissioners-designate to put in their best toward effective service delivery to the people of the state.

    In the same vain, the house also resolved to summon the management of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to appear before its executive section due to the company’s failure to honour its invitation.

    The House committee Chairman on Public complains and Petitions, Mr Evans Bipi, had presented a committee’s report on the floor of the house.

    According to the report, SPDC has threatened to demolish more than 800 houses in Umuebulu community without adherence to payment of compensation to affected property owners.

    The report also revealed that the SPDC had concluded plans to carry out the demolition in conjunction with the state Ministry of Physical Planning and urban development.

    SPDC should pay for all property marked for demolition as it had earlier promised.

    The majority leader of the house, Mr Matin Amaewhule, and other lawmakers had during the debate expressed displeasure with the conduct of SPDC toward the house.

    Speaker of the house, however, commended the committee for its detailed report and warned SPDC to ensure it honoured the invitation.


    Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Donald Ugwu
    Source: NAN

  •  Shell Nigeria Gas Limited SNG said it has commenced the construction of a huge gas plant in the commercial city of Aba in Abia an official said SNG a subsidiary of the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC said the facility will be used for the transmission and delivery of gas to its business customers in the area The Managing Director of SNG Ed Ubong stated this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Friday by the company s Manager of Media Relations Bamidele Odugbesan The Aba City Gas Plant will enable SNG to remove more impurities from natural gas as well as odorise the gas to increase quality gas to end users SNG is the first gas distribution company in Nigeria to adopt this technical solution that ensures plant and product integrity The project is the solution to the challenges businesses in the region face with frequent incursion of liquid into the gas pipelines So it will provide customers top quality gas supply at a reduced cost he stated The managing director said the plant will produce 10 million standard cubic feet of gas per day mmscfd and expandable to 30mmscfd He further said the facility would be powered with 40 megawatts gas to power electricity generation capacity that is also expandable to 120 megawatts According to Ubong the company has recently discovered the solution to detecting leakage of Compressed Natural Gas from its pipeline network The introduction of the solution enables the injection of odours into natural gas to facilitate detection in case of gas leak SNG is committed to uninterrupted supply of quality gas to its customers in order to create increased business opportunities for its stakeholders Our development objective remains the creation of greater positive impact in our host communities and the provision of more and cleaner energy he stated Ubong further said that SNG had recently completed a 20 kilometre gas pipeline expansion project connecting Ogbor Hill Osisioma and Ariaria areas in Abia He said the pipeline currently supplies gas to Ariaria Market Energy Solutions Limited and the Independent Power Project IPP consortium that provides electricity to the popular Ariaria market in Abia The leader of the project in Aba host community Eze Onwuka thanked SNG for the facility and promised an enabling environment for the company s smooth operation in the community Edited By Vincent Obi Source NAN
    Shell builds huge gas plant in Aba
     Shell Nigeria Gas Limited SNG said it has commenced the construction of a huge gas plant in the commercial city of Aba in Abia an official said SNG a subsidiary of the Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC said the facility will be used for the transmission and delivery of gas to its business customers in the area The Managing Director of SNG Ed Ubong stated this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Friday by the company s Manager of Media Relations Bamidele Odugbesan The Aba City Gas Plant will enable SNG to remove more impurities from natural gas as well as odorise the gas to increase quality gas to end users SNG is the first gas distribution company in Nigeria to adopt this technical solution that ensures plant and product integrity The project is the solution to the challenges businesses in the region face with frequent incursion of liquid into the gas pipelines So it will provide customers top quality gas supply at a reduced cost he stated The managing director said the plant will produce 10 million standard cubic feet of gas per day mmscfd and expandable to 30mmscfd He further said the facility would be powered with 40 megawatts gas to power electricity generation capacity that is also expandable to 120 megawatts According to Ubong the company has recently discovered the solution to detecting leakage of Compressed Natural Gas from its pipeline network The introduction of the solution enables the injection of odours into natural gas to facilitate detection in case of gas leak SNG is committed to uninterrupted supply of quality gas to its customers in order to create increased business opportunities for its stakeholders Our development objective remains the creation of greater positive impact in our host communities and the provision of more and cleaner energy he stated Ubong further said that SNG had recently completed a 20 kilometre gas pipeline expansion project connecting Ogbor Hill Osisioma and Ariaria areas in Abia He said the pipeline currently supplies gas to Ariaria Market Energy Solutions Limited and the Independent Power Project IPP consortium that provides electricity to the popular Ariaria market in Abia The leader of the project in Aba host community Eze Onwuka thanked SNG for the facility and promised an enabling environment for the company s smooth operation in the community Edited By Vincent Obi Source NAN
    Shell builds huge gas plant in Aba
    General news2 years ago

    Shell builds huge gas plant in Aba

    Shell Nigeria Gas Limited (SNG), said it has commenced the construction of a huge gas plant in the commercial city of Aba, in Abia, an official said.

    SNG, a subsidiary of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), said the facility will be used for the transmission and delivery of gas to its business customers in the area.

    The Managing Director of SNG, Ed Ubong, stated this in a statement issued in Port Harcourt on Friday by the company’s Manager of Media Relations, Bamidele Odugbesan.

    “The Aba City Gas Plant will enable SNG to remove more impurities from natural gas as well as odorise the gas to increase quality gas to end users.

    SNG is the first gas distribution company in Nigeria to adopt this technical solution that ensures plant and product integrity.

    “The project is the solution to the challenges businesses in the region face with frequent incursion of liquid into the gas pipelines.

    “So, it will provide customers top quality gas supply at a reduced cost,” he stated.

    The managing director said the plant will produce 10 million standard cubic feet of gas per day (mmscfd) and expandable to 30mmscfd.

    He further said the facility would be powered with 40 megawatts gas-to-power electricity generation capacity that is also expandable to 120 megawatts.

    According to Ubong, the company has recently discovered the solution to detecting leakage of Compressed Natural Gas from its pipeline network.

    “The introduction of the solution enables the injection of odours into natural gas to facilitate detection in case of gas leak.

    SNG is committed to uninterrupted supply of quality gas to its customers in order to create increased business opportunities for its stakeholders.

    “Our development objective remains the creation of greater positive impact in our host communities and the provision of more and cleaner energy,” he stated.

    Ubong further said that SNG had recently completed a 20-kilometre gas pipeline expansion project connecting Ogbor Hill, Osisioma and Ariaria areas in Abia.

    He said the pipeline currently supplies gas to Ariaria Market Energy Solutions Limited and the Independent Power Project (IPP) consortium that provides electricity to the popular Ariaria market in Abia.

    The leader of the project in Aba host community, Eze Onwuka thanked SNG for the facility and promised an enabling environment for the company’s smooth operation in the community.


    Edited By: Vincent Obi
    Source: NAN

  •  The leadership of Bilabiri Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa have appealed to Bayelsa Deputy Gov Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo to wade into the leadership tussle in the Mien Cluster Development Board CDB According to the community Mr David Otiti erstwhile representative of Bilabiri 1 on Mien CDB a body that administers development funds provided by Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC who was recalled was still being recognised by the government and SPDC It was gathered that the Mien CDB was inuagurated on Oct 2018 for a five year tenure but the recall process for Otiti commenced on July 14 2020 less than two years into the five year tenure In a letter to the deputy governor sighted by the News Agency of Nigeria the letter said the intervention of the state government would nip the brewing crisis in the bud and preserve the existing peace for oil and gas exploration in the state The letter was signed by Community Development Committe CDC Chairman Mr David Bazigha Chief Otiti Miebiotu Monarch of Bilabiri 1 and Youth President Elijah Obon The community urged the state government to prevail on officials of its Ministry of Minerial Resources to effect the decisions of the community by invoking the recall as spelt out in the Global Memorandum of Understanding GMoU without further delay They noted that at the end of the next one week the community is left with no option than to shut down oil facilities at the Estuaries Area oil field operated by SPDC adding that they had maintained industrial harmony since 2018 when the recall process started According to the community it is regrettable that since the community unanimously recalled its representative Otiti and communicating same to the Ministry of Mineral Resources officials of the ministry were yet to act to enforce the recall They alleged that officials of the Ministry have been compromised to take steps to undermine the power vested in the community by virtue of the convention and the Operating Principles and Procedures Guidelines OPPG of the GMoU between SPDC and Bilabiri 1 Community In the letter so copied to the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly Hon Michael Ogbere representing the area at the Bayelsa Assembly the community leaders urged them to wade into the matter to forestall imminent break down of law and order in the community In 2018 as per the wordings of the OPPG that guides and directs activities between SPDC and Bilabiri 1 Community the community nominated and approved the appointment of one of their own Mr David Otiti who was eventually sworn in by the Ministry of Mineral Resources on October 9 2018 in line with Section 3 2 5 3 1 6 and 3 1 7 Due to the issues that fell below the standard of practice of the Chairman of the Community Trust and based on Section 3 1 10 of the OPPG the chairman was recalled and a nomination was made to replace only the chairman by the Bilabiri 1 Community in a general meeting That since the recall and communicating same to the Ministry of Mineral Resources no action has been taken and the person recalled is still parading himself as Chairman as though he has not been recalled and this is well known to the ministry The community are aware of certain steps being taken to undermine the power vested in the community by virtue of the convention of the OPPG Having met all conditions required for the recall the people and leadership of Bilabiri 1 Community have resolved to shut down oil facilities within 7 days if the ministry officials continues to dilly dally in carrying out its duties as also required The letter read in part nathannwakamma yahoo com 08033334860 Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Bilabiri community in Bayelsa writes Deputy Gov on recall of rep on Cluster Devt Board Recall
     The leadership of Bilabiri Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa have appealed to Bayelsa Deputy Gov Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo to wade into the leadership tussle in the Mien Cluster Development Board CDB According to the community Mr David Otiti erstwhile representative of Bilabiri 1 on Mien CDB a body that administers development funds provided by Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC who was recalled was still being recognised by the government and SPDC It was gathered that the Mien CDB was inuagurated on Oct 2018 for a five year tenure but the recall process for Otiti commenced on July 14 2020 less than two years into the five year tenure In a letter to the deputy governor sighted by the News Agency of Nigeria the letter said the intervention of the state government would nip the brewing crisis in the bud and preserve the existing peace for oil and gas exploration in the state The letter was signed by Community Development Committe CDC Chairman Mr David Bazigha Chief Otiti Miebiotu Monarch of Bilabiri 1 and Youth President Elijah Obon The community urged the state government to prevail on officials of its Ministry of Minerial Resources to effect the decisions of the community by invoking the recall as spelt out in the Global Memorandum of Understanding GMoU without further delay They noted that at the end of the next one week the community is left with no option than to shut down oil facilities at the Estuaries Area oil field operated by SPDC adding that they had maintained industrial harmony since 2018 when the recall process started According to the community it is regrettable that since the community unanimously recalled its representative Otiti and communicating same to the Ministry of Mineral Resources officials of the ministry were yet to act to enforce the recall They alleged that officials of the Ministry have been compromised to take steps to undermine the power vested in the community by virtue of the convention and the Operating Principles and Procedures Guidelines OPPG of the GMoU between SPDC and Bilabiri 1 Community In the letter so copied to the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly Hon Michael Ogbere representing the area at the Bayelsa Assembly the community leaders urged them to wade into the matter to forestall imminent break down of law and order in the community In 2018 as per the wordings of the OPPG that guides and directs activities between SPDC and Bilabiri 1 Community the community nominated and approved the appointment of one of their own Mr David Otiti who was eventually sworn in by the Ministry of Mineral Resources on October 9 2018 in line with Section 3 2 5 3 1 6 and 3 1 7 Due to the issues that fell below the standard of practice of the Chairman of the Community Trust and based on Section 3 1 10 of the OPPG the chairman was recalled and a nomination was made to replace only the chairman by the Bilabiri 1 Community in a general meeting That since the recall and communicating same to the Ministry of Mineral Resources no action has been taken and the person recalled is still parading himself as Chairman as though he has not been recalled and this is well known to the ministry The community are aware of certain steps being taken to undermine the power vested in the community by virtue of the convention of the OPPG Having met all conditions required for the recall the people and leadership of Bilabiri 1 Community have resolved to shut down oil facilities within 7 days if the ministry officials continues to dilly dally in carrying out its duties as also required The letter read in part nathannwakamma yahoo com 08033334860 Edited By Emmanuel Okara Source NAN
    Bilabiri community in Bayelsa writes Deputy Gov on recall of rep on Cluster Devt Board Recall
    Oil & Gas2 years ago

    Bilabiri community in Bayelsa writes Deputy Gov on recall of rep on Cluster Devt Board Recall

    The leadership of Bilabiri Community in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa, have appealed to Bayelsa Deputy Gov. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo to wade into the leadership tussle in the Mien Cluster Development Board (CDB).

    According to the community, Mr David Otiti, erstwhile representative of Bilabiri 1, on Mien CDB, a body that administers development funds provided by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) who was recalled was still being recognised by the government and SPDC.

    It was gathered that the Mien CDB was inuagurated on Oct 2018 for a five year tenure, but the recall process for Otiti commenced on July 14, 2020 less than two years into the five year tenure.

    In a letter to the deputy governor, sighted by the News Agency of Nigeria the letter said “the intervention of the state government would nip the brewing crisis in the bud, and preserve the existing peace for oil and gas exploration in the state”.

    The letter was signed by Community Development Committe (CDC) Chairman, Mr David Bazigha, Chief Otiti Miebiotu, Monarch of Bilabiri 1 and Youth President, Elijah Obon.

    The community urged the state government to prevail on officials of its Ministry of Minerial Resources to effect the decisions of the community by invoking the recall as spelt out in the Global Memorandum of Understanding (GMoU) without further delay.

    They noted that at the end of the next one week, the community is left with no option than to shut down oil facilities at the Estuaries Area oil field operated by SPDC, adding that they had maintained industrial harmony since 2018 when the recall process started.

    According to the community it is regrettable that, since the community unanimously recalled its representative Otiti, and communicating same to the Ministry of Mineral Resources, officials of the ministry were yet to act to enforce the recall.

    They alleged that officials of the Ministry have been compromised to take steps to undermine the power vested in the community by virtue of the convention and the Operating Principles and Procedures Guidelines, (OPPG) of the GMoU between SPDC and Bilabiri 1 Community.

    In the letter so copied to the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Michael Ogbere, representing the area at the Bayelsa Assembly, the community leaders urged them to wade into the matter to forestall imminent break down of law and order in the community..

    “In 2018 as per the wordings of the OPPG, that guides and directs activities between SPDC and Bilabiri 1 Community, the community nominated and approved the appointment of one of their own Mr David Otiti, who was eventually sworn in by the Ministry of Mineral Resources on October 9, 2018, in line with Section 3.2.5, 3.1.6 and 3.1.7.

    “Due to the issues that fell below the standard of practice of the Chairman of the Community Trust, and based on Section 3.1.10 of the OPPG, the chairman was recalled and a nomination was made to replace only the chairman by the Bilabiri 1 Community in a general meeting.

    “That since the recall and communicating same to the Ministry of Mineral Resources, no action has been taken and the person recalled is still parading himself as Chairman, as though he has not been recalled and this is well known to the ministry.

    “The community are aware of certain steps being taken to undermine the power vested in the community by virtue of the convention of the OPPG.

    “Having met all conditions required for the recall, the people and leadership of Bilabiri 1 Community have resolved to shut down oil facilities within 7 days if the ministry officials continues to dilly-dally in carrying out its duties as also required.” The letter read in part.

    nathannwakamma@yahoo.com 08033334860

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    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)
    Source: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Conservation Foundation NCF on Wednesday called for a concerted effort toward the protection of the environment and the conservation of nature The foundation made the call at its 31st Annual General Meeting AGM in Lagos Welcome participants Chief Philip Asiodu President Board of Trustees of NCF said that the foundation had identified the need to partner with religious organisations and groups in this direction This metamorphosed into the creation of a Nigerian faith based initiative on the environment Also during the year NCF partnered with the West African Forest Plantations Limited WAFP to conduct a field assessment of the Oluwa Forest Reserve in Ondo State Asiodu said According to him the partnership is aimed to evaluate the potential for the rehabilitation and sustained management of a 32 000 hectares forest plantation in the reserve and its surroundings This is to support the ongoing conservation efforts around a proposed wildlife sanctuary within the reserve He said Nigeria was among the five countries with the highest rate of deforestation in the world The country he said is at the risk of losing its biodiversity rich rainforest landscapes which are among key hotspots in Sub Saharan Africa He noted that the remnant forest landscapes in South Western Nigeria were now highly degraded and fragmented But the forest still harbour flagship species of high conservation value such as the African forest elephant Nigeria Cameroon chimpanzee and white throated monkey all of which are critically endangered Chairman of NCF Chief Ede Dafinone in his presentation remarked that the establishment of the NCF South West Zonal Office in 2019 was timely Dafinone said that NCF was rallying support building partnerships and catalysing actions in aid of reversing forest landscape degradation We are quite excited that NCF and Total E amp P Ltd have built on contacts initiated last year and signed a Memorandum of Understanding which is set to result in the promotion of habitat restoration nature and conservation He said that environmental education ecotourism research policy advocacy public engagement preservation of cultural heritage and integration as well as the provision of other tangible and intangible benefits to the environment and people of Nigeria were being promoted through this partnership The chairman also said that the foundation is also jointly working with Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC to implement a four year Biodiversity Action Plan BAP project at the SPDC s Integrated Oil and Gas Project Site bordering Taylor Creek Forest Reserve and some portions of Upper Orashi Forest Reserve at Gbaran Ubie in Bayelsa Dafinone explained that NCF has remained a strong voice in the advocacy campaign and awareness creation for the conservation of endangered species like vultures illegal wildlife trade like the pangolin adjudged most trafficked mammal in the world In his contributions D G NCF Dr Muntari Aminu Kano said that eradicating the ongoing loss of nature globally and in Nigeria was a herculean task Aminu Kano said that the enormity is graphically illustrated by a report of UN experts from more than 50 countries that was released in March 2019 He said that the assessment by the Inter governmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services IPBES shows that more than a million species are on the brink of extinction due to human activity It also highlights that we are in the middle of the sixth mass extinction Habitat change especially from deforestation as a consequence of agricultural expansion is the major driver This is true in Nigeria as well as across the globe the DG said In view of this erosion of nature and the environment he said that NCF would continue to focus on its Green Recovery Nigeria GRN programme to tackle the loss of nature crisis in our country He said that during this past year NCF has perfected plans and assembled all the key human financial and technical resources with one ambition of planting at least 2 5 million trees across Nigeria in 2020 This will form 10 per cent of President Muhammadu Buhari s commitment to the United Nations in September 2019 that Nigeria will plant 25 million trees in 2020 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AGM was held virtually in compliance with the COVID 19 pandemic protocol Edited By Abdulfatah Babatunde Source NAN
    NCF calls for concerted effort to preserve environment
     The Nigerian Conservation Foundation NCF on Wednesday called for a concerted effort toward the protection of the environment and the conservation of nature The foundation made the call at its 31st Annual General Meeting AGM in Lagos Welcome participants Chief Philip Asiodu President Board of Trustees of NCF said that the foundation had identified the need to partner with religious organisations and groups in this direction This metamorphosed into the creation of a Nigerian faith based initiative on the environment Also during the year NCF partnered with the West African Forest Plantations Limited WAFP to conduct a field assessment of the Oluwa Forest Reserve in Ondo State Asiodu said According to him the partnership is aimed to evaluate the potential for the rehabilitation and sustained management of a 32 000 hectares forest plantation in the reserve and its surroundings This is to support the ongoing conservation efforts around a proposed wildlife sanctuary within the reserve He said Nigeria was among the five countries with the highest rate of deforestation in the world The country he said is at the risk of losing its biodiversity rich rainforest landscapes which are among key hotspots in Sub Saharan Africa He noted that the remnant forest landscapes in South Western Nigeria were now highly degraded and fragmented But the forest still harbour flagship species of high conservation value such as the African forest elephant Nigeria Cameroon chimpanzee and white throated monkey all of which are critically endangered Chairman of NCF Chief Ede Dafinone in his presentation remarked that the establishment of the NCF South West Zonal Office in 2019 was timely Dafinone said that NCF was rallying support building partnerships and catalysing actions in aid of reversing forest landscape degradation We are quite excited that NCF and Total E amp P Ltd have built on contacts initiated last year and signed a Memorandum of Understanding which is set to result in the promotion of habitat restoration nature and conservation He said that environmental education ecotourism research policy advocacy public engagement preservation of cultural heritage and integration as well as the provision of other tangible and intangible benefits to the environment and people of Nigeria were being promoted through this partnership The chairman also said that the foundation is also jointly working with Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC to implement a four year Biodiversity Action Plan BAP project at the SPDC s Integrated Oil and Gas Project Site bordering Taylor Creek Forest Reserve and some portions of Upper Orashi Forest Reserve at Gbaran Ubie in Bayelsa Dafinone explained that NCF has remained a strong voice in the advocacy campaign and awareness creation for the conservation of endangered species like vultures illegal wildlife trade like the pangolin adjudged most trafficked mammal in the world In his contributions D G NCF Dr Muntari Aminu Kano said that eradicating the ongoing loss of nature globally and in Nigeria was a herculean task Aminu Kano said that the enormity is graphically illustrated by a report of UN experts from more than 50 countries that was released in March 2019 He said that the assessment by the Inter governmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services IPBES shows that more than a million species are on the brink of extinction due to human activity It also highlights that we are in the middle of the sixth mass extinction Habitat change especially from deforestation as a consequence of agricultural expansion is the major driver This is true in Nigeria as well as across the globe the DG said In view of this erosion of nature and the environment he said that NCF would continue to focus on its Green Recovery Nigeria GRN programme to tackle the loss of nature crisis in our country He said that during this past year NCF has perfected plans and assembled all the key human financial and technical resources with one ambition of planting at least 2 5 million trees across Nigeria in 2020 This will form 10 per cent of President Muhammadu Buhari s commitment to the United Nations in September 2019 that Nigeria will plant 25 million trees in 2020 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AGM was held virtually in compliance with the COVID 19 pandemic protocol Edited By Abdulfatah Babatunde Source NAN
    NCF calls for concerted effort to preserve environment
    Environment2 years ago

    NCF calls for concerted effort to preserve environment

    The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), on Wednesday, called for a concerted effort toward the protection of the environment and the conservation of nature.

    The foundation made the call at its 31st Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lagos.

    Welcome participants, Chief Philip Asiodu, President, Board of Trustees of NCF, said that the foundation had identified the need to partner with religious organisations and groups in this direction.

    “This metamorphosed into the creation of a Nigerian faith-based initiative on the environment.

    “Also, during the year, NCF partnered with the West African Forest Plantations Limited (WAFP) to conduct a field assessment of the Oluwa Forest Reserve in Ondo State,’’ Asiodu said.

    According to him, the partnership is aimed to evaluate the potential for the rehabilitation and sustained management of a 32,000 hectares forest plantation in the reserve and its surroundings.

    “This is to support the ongoing conservation efforts around a proposed wildlife sanctuary within the reserve.

    He said Nigeria was among the five countries with the highest rate of deforestation in the world.

    The country, he said, is at the risk of losing its biodiversity-rich rainforest landscapes which are among key hotspots in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    He noted that the remnant forest landscapes in South-Western Nigeria were now highly degraded and fragmented.

    “But the forest still harbour flagship species of high conservation value such as the African forest elephant, Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee and white-throated monkey, all of which are critically endangered.

    Chairman of NCF, Chief Ede Dafinone, in his presentation, remarked that the establishment of the NCF South-West Zonal Office in 2019 was timely.

    Dafinone said that NCF was rallying support, building partnerships and catalysing actions in aid of reversing forest landscape degradation.

    “We are quite excited that NCF and Total E&P Ltd have built on contacts initiated last year and signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which is set to result in the promotion of habitat restoration, nature and conservation.

    He said that environmental education, ecotourism, research, policy advocacy, public engagement, preservation of cultural heritage and integration as well as the provision of other tangible and intangible benefits to the environment and people of Nigeria were being promoted through this partnership.

    The chairman also said that the foundation is also “jointly working with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) to implement a four-year Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) project at the SPDC’s Integrated Oil and Gas Project Site bordering Taylor Creek Forest Reserve and some portions of Upper Orashi Forest Reserve at Gbaran-Ubie in Bayelsa’’.

    Dafinone explained that NCF has remained a strong voice in the advocacy campaign and awareness creation for the conservation of endangered species like vultures, illegal wildlife trade, like the pangolin, adjudged most trafficked mammal in the world.

    In his contributions, D-G NCF, Dr Muntari Aminu-Kano said that eradicating the ongoing loss of nature globally and in Nigeria was a herculean task.

    Aminu-Kano said that the enormity “is graphically illustrated by a report of UN experts from more than 50 countries that was released in March 2019’’.

    He said that the assessment by the Inter-governmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) shows that more than a million species are on the brink of extinction due to human activity.

    “It also highlights that we are in the middle of the sixth mass extinction.

    “Habitat change, especially from deforestation as a consequence of agricultural expansion, is the major driver.

    “This is true in Nigeria as well as across the globe,’’ the DG said.

    In view of this erosion of nature and the environment, he said that NCF would continue to focus on its Green Recovery Nigeria (GRN) programme to tackle the loss of nature crisis in our country.

    He said that during this past year, NCF has perfected plans and assembled all the key human, financial and technical resources with one ambition of planting at least 2.5 million trees across Nigeria in 2020.

    “This will form 10 per cent of President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the United Nations in September 2019 that Nigeria will plant 25 million trees in 2020.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the AGM was held virtually in compliance with the COVID-19 pandemic protocol.


    Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde
    Source: NAN

  •  The Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC says it has grown its oil output to an average of 514 000 barrels per day bpd and developed additional capacity to produce more Mr Osagie Okunbor the Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria disclosed the production data in the oil firm s 2020 briefing notes made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Yenagoa According to the publication SPDC achieved the feat in 2019 when its production rose more than 10 per cent to 514 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day boe d due to enhanced exploration and production activities On gas production the SPDC stated it fed the domestic market and to the export market through the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas NLNG plant adding that it supplied approximately 50 per cent of the NLNG plant capacity The company s gas feed to the NLNG facility in Bonny Island in Rivers comes largely from the Gbaran Ubie and Soku plants in Bayelsa and Rivers According to the publication gas production from Soku facility increased from 100 Million standard cubit feet per day MMscf d in 2018 to 350MMScf d in 2019 The SPDC also stated that the improved oil output was due to addition of 106 producing wells within its oil blocks in the Niger Delta The oil firm said that within the period under review the Trans Ramos Pipeline which conveyed crude to its Focados oil export terminal was re opened It said that the Gbaran Ubie gas plant in Yenagoa achieved peak production with 175 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day SPDC said it had the largest oil production asset in the country and operated a leased area of 31 000 square kilometres from which it produced while working to increase capability by investing in exploration and production activities The SPDC JV s assets include 340 producing oil wells consisting 97 land 181 west and 62 central assets 56 producing gas wells 10 land three west and 43 central assets A network of approximately 4 000 km of oil and gas pipelines and flow lines The assets include 10 gas plants two major oil export terminals Bonny and Focados and an additional export facility a shallow water Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel christened Sea Eagle currently stationed off Bayelsa coastline One power plant the publication said Edited By Dianabasi Effiong Grace Yussuf Source NAN
    SPDC’s oil production hits 514,000 bpd – Report
     The Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC says it has grown its oil output to an average of 514 000 barrels per day bpd and developed additional capacity to produce more Mr Osagie Okunbor the Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria disclosed the production data in the oil firm s 2020 briefing notes made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Yenagoa According to the publication SPDC achieved the feat in 2019 when its production rose more than 10 per cent to 514 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day boe d due to enhanced exploration and production activities On gas production the SPDC stated it fed the domestic market and to the export market through the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas NLNG plant adding that it supplied approximately 50 per cent of the NLNG plant capacity The company s gas feed to the NLNG facility in Bonny Island in Rivers comes largely from the Gbaran Ubie and Soku plants in Bayelsa and Rivers According to the publication gas production from Soku facility increased from 100 Million standard cubit feet per day MMscf d in 2018 to 350MMScf d in 2019 The SPDC also stated that the improved oil output was due to addition of 106 producing wells within its oil blocks in the Niger Delta The oil firm said that within the period under review the Trans Ramos Pipeline which conveyed crude to its Focados oil export terminal was re opened It said that the Gbaran Ubie gas plant in Yenagoa achieved peak production with 175 000 barrels of oil equivalent per day SPDC said it had the largest oil production asset in the country and operated a leased area of 31 000 square kilometres from which it produced while working to increase capability by investing in exploration and production activities The SPDC JV s assets include 340 producing oil wells consisting 97 land 181 west and 62 central assets 56 producing gas wells 10 land three west and 43 central assets A network of approximately 4 000 km of oil and gas pipelines and flow lines The assets include 10 gas plants two major oil export terminals Bonny and Focados and an additional export facility a shallow water Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel christened Sea Eagle currently stationed off Bayelsa coastline One power plant the publication said Edited By Dianabasi Effiong Grace Yussuf Source NAN
    SPDC’s oil production hits 514,000 bpd – Report
    Oil & Gas2 years ago

    SPDC’s oil production hits 514,000 bpd – Report

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) says it has grown its oil output to an average of 514,000 barrels per day (bpd) and developed additional capacity to produce more.

    Mr Osagie Okunbor, the Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria disclosed the production data in the oil firm’s 2020 briefing notes made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Yenagoa.

    According to the publication, SPDC achieved the feat in 2019 when its production rose more than 10 per cent to 514,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) due to enhanced exploration and production activities.

    On gas production, the SPDC stated it fed the domestic market and to the export market through the Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG) plant, adding that it supplied approximately 50 per cent of the NLNG plant capacity.

    The company’s gas feed to the NLNG facility in Bonny Island in Rivers comes largely from the Gbaran-Ubie and Soku plants in Bayelsa and Rivers.

    According to the publication, gas production from Soku facility increased from 100 Million standard cubit feet per day (MMscf/d) in 2018 to 350MMScf/d in 2019.

    The SPDC also stated that the improved oil output was due to addition of 106 producing wells within its oil blocks in the Niger Delta.

    The oil firm said that within the period under review, the Trans Ramos Pipeline which conveyed crude to its Focados oil export terminal was re-opened.

    It said that the Gbaran-Ubie gas plant in Yenagoa, achieved peak production with 175,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

    SPDC said it had the largest oil production asset in the country and operated a leased area of 31,000 square kilometres from which it produced while working to increase capability by investing in exploration and production activities.

    “The SPDC JV’s assets include 340 producing oil wells consisting 97 land, 181 west and 62 central assets, 56 producing gas wells (10 land, three west and 43 central assets). A network of approximately 4,000 km of oil and gas pipelines and flow lines.

    “The assets include 10 gas plants, two major oil export terminals, Bonny and Focados and an additional export facility a shallow water Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel christened `Sea Eagle’ currently stationed off Bayelsa coastline, One power plant,” the publication said.


    Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Grace Yussuf
    Source: NAN

     

  •  The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA on Friday confirmed the discharge of 45 000 barrels of crude oil at Angiama oilfields in Bayelsa The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Angiama oilfield operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC is located in the swamps of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa NOSDRA announced in its official twitter handle on Friday that the leak was traced to equipment failure during a Joint Investigative Visit to the spill incident site We can confirm there was a spill at Angiama community JIV has also been carried out Cause of spill Equipment Failure Quantity of Spill 45K Barrels Results from the stakeholders meeting to be carried out soon toward the community NOSDRA stated NAN investigations however showed that although the March 17 incident was due to corrosion the Joint Investigative Visit JIV report usually uploaded on SPDC s spill incident web portal had yet to be made public It would be recalled that the JIV process was marred by controversy between officials of SPDC and representatives of the host community over volume of spilled crude Chief Clement Macline a community leader who participated in the joint investigation in April had told NAN that the exercise was suspended due to the dispute over volume of leak I refused to sign the form due to wide disagreement between what is on the ground and verifiable evidence and the 43 barrels they proposed in the form from our own perspective the volume of leak is in excess of 45 000 barrels Based on verifiable evidence we have counted the number of giant GP tanks of recovered crude and they have more than 20 of such large tanks already filled with crude and they say only 43 barrels leaked What we found out from unnamed SPDC officials is that the 45 000 barrels we are estimating is very conservative because the crude oil soaked into the land whilst evaporation and water currents have taken away lots of the oil So when you look at all the factors of how long the leak lasted before it was plugged the claims by SPDC do not add up at all that is why I declined endorsing the claim They had a similar leak late 2019 and I personally reported the spill to SPDC officials the leak was from the well head they came recovered their oil and left without re mediating the impacted area Later they denied that there was no such incident Macline said Mr Bamidele Odugbesan the Media Relations Manager at SPDC had acknowledged the delay in the release of the report saying that the report could not be released because it had not been signed The JIV is published after it is signed and this marks the completion of the process he said Edited By Chioma Ugboma Grace Yussuf NAN
    NOSDRA confirms spillage of 45,000 barrels of crude at Angiama fields, Bayelsa
     The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA on Friday confirmed the discharge of 45 000 barrels of crude oil at Angiama oilfields in Bayelsa The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Angiama oilfield operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC is located in the swamps of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa NOSDRA announced in its official twitter handle on Friday that the leak was traced to equipment failure during a Joint Investigative Visit to the spill incident site We can confirm there was a spill at Angiama community JIV has also been carried out Cause of spill Equipment Failure Quantity of Spill 45K Barrels Results from the stakeholders meeting to be carried out soon toward the community NOSDRA stated NAN investigations however showed that although the March 17 incident was due to corrosion the Joint Investigative Visit JIV report usually uploaded on SPDC s spill incident web portal had yet to be made public It would be recalled that the JIV process was marred by controversy between officials of SPDC and representatives of the host community over volume of spilled crude Chief Clement Macline a community leader who participated in the joint investigation in April had told NAN that the exercise was suspended due to the dispute over volume of leak I refused to sign the form due to wide disagreement between what is on the ground and verifiable evidence and the 43 barrels they proposed in the form from our own perspective the volume of leak is in excess of 45 000 barrels Based on verifiable evidence we have counted the number of giant GP tanks of recovered crude and they have more than 20 of such large tanks already filled with crude and they say only 43 barrels leaked What we found out from unnamed SPDC officials is that the 45 000 barrels we are estimating is very conservative because the crude oil soaked into the land whilst evaporation and water currents have taken away lots of the oil So when you look at all the factors of how long the leak lasted before it was plugged the claims by SPDC do not add up at all that is why I declined endorsing the claim They had a similar leak late 2019 and I personally reported the spill to SPDC officials the leak was from the well head they came recovered their oil and left without re mediating the impacted area Later they denied that there was no such incident Macline said Mr Bamidele Odugbesan the Media Relations Manager at SPDC had acknowledged the delay in the release of the report saying that the report could not be released because it had not been signed The JIV is published after it is signed and this marks the completion of the process he said Edited By Chioma Ugboma Grace Yussuf NAN
    NOSDRA confirms spillage of 45,000 barrels of crude at Angiama fields, Bayelsa
    Environment2 years ago

    NOSDRA confirms spillage of 45,000 barrels of crude at Angiama fields, Bayelsa

    The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) on Friday, confirmed the discharge of 45,000 barrels of crude oil at Angiama oilfields in Bayelsa.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Angiama oilfield operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) is located in the swamps of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

    NOSDRA announced in its official twitter handle on Friday that the leak was traced to equipment failure during a Joint Investigative Visit to the spill incident site.

    “We can confirm there was a spill at Angiama community, JIV has also been carried out. Cause of spill: Equipment Failure, Quantity of Spill: 45K Barrels.

    “Results from the stakeholders meeting to be carried out soon toward the community,” NOSDRA stated.

    NAN investigations, however, showed that although the March 17, incident was due to corrosion, the Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) report usually uploaded on SPDC’s spill incident web portal had yet to be made public.

    It would be recalled that the JIV process was marred by controversy between officials of SPDC and representatives of the host community over volume of spilled crude.

    Chief Clement Macline, a community leader, who participated in the joint investigation in April, had told NAN that the exercise was suspended due to the dispute over volume of leak.

    “I refused to sign the form due to wide disagreement between what is on the ground and verifiable evidence, and the 43 barrels they proposed in the form from our own perspective the volume of leak is in excess of 45,000 barrels.

    “Based on verifiable evidence, we have counted the number of giant GP tanks of recovered crude and they have more than 20 of such large tanks already filled with crude and they say only 43 barrels leaked.

    “What we found out from unnamed SPDC officials is that the 45,000 barrels we are estimating is very conservative because the crude oil soaked into the land whilst evaporation and water currents have taken away lots of the oil.

    “So, when you look at all the factors of how long the leak lasted before it was plugged, the claims by SPDC do not add up at all, that is why I declined endorsing the claim.

    “They had a similar leak late 2019, and I personally reported the spill to SPDC officials, the leak was from the well head, they came recovered their oil and left without re-mediating the impacted area.

    “Later they denied that there was no such incident,” Macline said.

    Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, the Media Relations Manager at SPDC, had acknowledged the delay in the release of the report, saying that the report could not be released because it had not been signed.

    “The JIV is published after it is signed and this marks the completion of the process,” he said. 


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Grace Yussuf (NAN)

  •  The Police Command in Bayelsa has rescued the kidnapped 80 year old Mrs Beauty Nimizuoa mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state The police also rescued along with her some workers of Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC kidnapped early two months ago The State Commissioner of Police Mr Nkereuwem Akpan told journalists in Yenagoa on Thursday that the rescuing of kidnapped victims was made possible by the cooperation and support of law abiding people of the state It is instructive to state that the command has rescued kidnapped victims worthy of note is the rescue of Shell Petroleum Development Company s workers and the 80 year old Mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa local government council Madam Beauty Nimizuoa I am hopeful that with this level of commitment and engagements from the people of Bayelsa we will together drive community policing initiative forward and make our communities safer again he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Beauty Nimizuoa was kidnapped on March 6 2020 at her residence at Tombia community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state Madam Beauty Nimiyigha is the mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa state Mr Uropaye Nimiyigha A family source who spoke in anonymity told reporters that the victim is hale and hearty but the family is trying to keep the incident calm After the kidnapping of our mother the entire family was in a state of dilemma I remember that each time it rains the chairman would start crying but we thank God her kidnappers have released her And each time it was raining then he would be saying how is my mother faring with the rain Whenever the temperature was hot he would be crying and be worried about how his old mother was faring with the kidnappers So today we are happy that she is free and healthy The Nigeria Police must be commended because they did a good job he said Edited By Bayo Sekoni Peter Dada NAN
    Police Command rescues kidnapped mother of Yenagoa LGA Chairman, SPDC workers
     The Police Command in Bayelsa has rescued the kidnapped 80 year old Mrs Beauty Nimizuoa mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state The police also rescued along with her some workers of Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC kidnapped early two months ago The State Commissioner of Police Mr Nkereuwem Akpan told journalists in Yenagoa on Thursday that the rescuing of kidnapped victims was made possible by the cooperation and support of law abiding people of the state It is instructive to state that the command has rescued kidnapped victims worthy of note is the rescue of Shell Petroleum Development Company s workers and the 80 year old Mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa local government council Madam Beauty Nimizuoa I am hopeful that with this level of commitment and engagements from the people of Bayelsa we will together drive community policing initiative forward and make our communities safer again he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Beauty Nimizuoa was kidnapped on March 6 2020 at her residence at Tombia community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state Madam Beauty Nimiyigha is the mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa state Mr Uropaye Nimiyigha A family source who spoke in anonymity told reporters that the victim is hale and hearty but the family is trying to keep the incident calm After the kidnapping of our mother the entire family was in a state of dilemma I remember that each time it rains the chairman would start crying but we thank God her kidnappers have released her And each time it was raining then he would be saying how is my mother faring with the rain Whenever the temperature was hot he would be crying and be worried about how his old mother was faring with the kidnappers So today we are happy that she is free and healthy The Nigeria Police must be commended because they did a good job he said Edited By Bayo Sekoni Peter Dada NAN
    Police Command rescues kidnapped mother of Yenagoa LGA Chairman, SPDC workers
    Defence/Security3 years ago

    Police Command rescues kidnapped mother of Yenagoa LGA Chairman, SPDC workers

    The  Police Command in Bayelsa has rescued the kidnapped 80-year-old, Mrs Beauty Nimizuoa, mother of the Chairman of  Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

     

    The police also rescued along with her some  workers of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) kidnapped early two months ago.

     

    The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Nkereuwem Akpan, told journalists in Yenagoa on Thursday that the rescuing of kidnapped victims was made possible by  the cooperation and support of law abiding people of the state.

     

    “It is instructive to state that the command has rescued kidnapped victims, worthy of note is the rescue of Shell Petroleum Development Company’s workers and the 80- year-old Mother of the Chairman of Yenagoa local government council, Madam Beauty Nimizuoa.

     

    “I am hopeful that with this level of commitment and engagements from the people of Bayelsa, we will together drive community policing initiative forward and make our communities safer again,” he said.

     

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mrs Beauty Nimizuoa was kidnapped on March 6, 2020, at her residence at Tombia community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.

     

    Madam Beauty Nimiyigha is the mother of  the Chairman of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa state, Mr Uropaye Nimiyigha.

     

    A family source, who spoke in anonymity, told reporters that the victim is hale and hearty, but the family is trying to keep the incident calm.

     

    “After the kidnapping of our mother, the entire family was in a state of dilemma. I remember that each time it rains, the chairman would start crying, but we thank God her kidnappers  have released her.

     

    “And each time it was  raining then, he would be saying ‘how is my mother faring with the rain?’

     

    “Whenever  the temperature was hot, he would be crying and be worried about how his old mother was faring with the kidnappers.

     

    “So today, we are happy that she is free and healthy. The Nigeria Police must be commended because they did a good job,” he said.

     


    Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/ Peter Dada (NAN)

     

  •  The Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC said on Monday that the dead fishes floating the Niger Delta coastline had nothing to do with its operations Residents along the Atlantic coastline in Delta Bayelsa Rivers and Akwa Ibom have reported massive death of croaker fish species since February raising concerns of increased toxicity of the territorial waters An environmentalist Mr Furoebi Akene had alleged that the dead fishes littering Niger Delta coastline were caused by the discharge of toxic chemicals from Shell s operations at Ogulagha in Delta SPDC in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria said its activities had nothing to do with the dead fishes found in the Niger Delta coastline According to the statement signed by Mr Bamidele Odugbesan SPDC sMedia Relations Manager there was no oil leakage from its activities linked to the dead fishes Odugbesan said that Shell was supporting the Delta Government in investigating the cause of the massive death of fishes as well as participating in ongoing joint investigation by oil industry regulators The SPDC hereby clarifies that there is no release of dangerous toxic or chemical substances from its operations at the Forcados oil terminal or from its facilities in Ogulagha or any part of the Niger Delta where the company operates Relevant government agencies are already investigating the alleged fish kill incident along the coastline in the Niger Delta and SPDC is supporting the investigations The Nigeria Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA was widely reported to have clearly stated that there is no evidence that oil and gas operations may have impacted the aquatic environment as being claimed in respect of the fish kill incident On our part we are working with the relevant government agencies and the Delta State Ministry of Environment in the investigation of the allegation We have conducted a joint investigation visit to the coastline samples have been collected and testing is ongoing in accredited laboratories Odugbesan stated Mr Idris Musa Director General of NOSDRA had told NAN that the agency found no connection with oil spills to the dead fishes and was looking at other probable causes Musa told NAN that NOSDRA was coordinating a multi agency investigation aimed at unraveling the cause of the massive death of fishes within the nation s territorial waters and was looking beyond oil spill He said other regulatory agencies with mandates of safety in the maritime space were deploying their expertise in the ongoing investigation assuring that the process was being carried out with best practices The death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause as we found no trace of oil leakage to link with the dead fishes The agency proceeded to collect samples of water sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing In doing so the agency brought onboard other relevant agencies of government that have mandate on our territorial waters In particular the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA Nigerian Instutue of Oceanography and Marine Research NIOMR Federal Institute of Fisheries Research and National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA All hands must be on deck in assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers Musa said Edited By Angela Okisor Obike Ukoh NAN
      Dead fishes: Shell says no discharge of toxic chemicals from Focadus terminal
     The Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC said on Monday that the dead fishes floating the Niger Delta coastline had nothing to do with its operations Residents along the Atlantic coastline in Delta Bayelsa Rivers and Akwa Ibom have reported massive death of croaker fish species since February raising concerns of increased toxicity of the territorial waters An environmentalist Mr Furoebi Akene had alleged that the dead fishes littering Niger Delta coastline were caused by the discharge of toxic chemicals from Shell s operations at Ogulagha in Delta SPDC in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria said its activities had nothing to do with the dead fishes found in the Niger Delta coastline According to the statement signed by Mr Bamidele Odugbesan SPDC sMedia Relations Manager there was no oil leakage from its activities linked to the dead fishes Odugbesan said that Shell was supporting the Delta Government in investigating the cause of the massive death of fishes as well as participating in ongoing joint investigation by oil industry regulators The SPDC hereby clarifies that there is no release of dangerous toxic or chemical substances from its operations at the Forcados oil terminal or from its facilities in Ogulagha or any part of the Niger Delta where the company operates Relevant government agencies are already investigating the alleged fish kill incident along the coastline in the Niger Delta and SPDC is supporting the investigations The Nigeria Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA was widely reported to have clearly stated that there is no evidence that oil and gas operations may have impacted the aquatic environment as being claimed in respect of the fish kill incident On our part we are working with the relevant government agencies and the Delta State Ministry of Environment in the investigation of the allegation We have conducted a joint investigation visit to the coastline samples have been collected and testing is ongoing in accredited laboratories Odugbesan stated Mr Idris Musa Director General of NOSDRA had told NAN that the agency found no connection with oil spills to the dead fishes and was looking at other probable causes Musa told NAN that NOSDRA was coordinating a multi agency investigation aimed at unraveling the cause of the massive death of fishes within the nation s territorial waters and was looking beyond oil spill He said other regulatory agencies with mandates of safety in the maritime space were deploying their expertise in the ongoing investigation assuring that the process was being carried out with best practices The death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause as we found no trace of oil leakage to link with the dead fishes The agency proceeded to collect samples of water sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing In doing so the agency brought onboard other relevant agencies of government that have mandate on our territorial waters In particular the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA Nigerian Instutue of Oceanography and Marine Research NIOMR Federal Institute of Fisheries Research and National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA All hands must be on deck in assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers Musa said Edited By Angela Okisor Obike Ukoh NAN
      Dead fishes: Shell says no discharge of toxic chemicals from Focadus terminal
    Environment3 years ago

      Dead fishes: Shell says no discharge of toxic chemicals from Focadus terminal

    The Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) said on Monday that the dead fishes floating the Niger Delta coastline had nothing to do with its operations.

    Residents along the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom have reported massive death of croaker fish species since February, raising concerns of increased toxicity of the territorial waters.

    An environmentalist, Mr Furoebi Akene, had alleged that the dead fishes littering Niger Delta coastline were caused by the discharge of toxic chemicals from Shell’s operations at Ogulagha in Delta.

    SPDC in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria said its activities had nothing to do with  the dead fishes found in the Niger Delta coastline.

    According to the statement signed by Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, SPDC’sMedia Relations Manager, there was no oil leakage from its activities linked to the dead fishes.

    Odugbesan said that Shell was supporting the Delta Government in investigating the cause of the massive death of fishes as well as participating in ongoing joint investigation by oil industry regulators.

    “The SPDC hereby clarifies that there is no release of dangerous, toxic or chemical substances from its operations at the Forcados oil terminal or from its facilities in Ogulagha or any part of the Niger Delta where the company operates.

    “Relevant government agencies are already investigating the alleged `fish kill incident’ along the coastline in the Niger Delta and SPDC is supporting the investigations.

    “The Nigeria Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) was widely reported to have clearly stated that there is no evidence that oil and gas operations may have impacted the aquatic environment as being claimed in respect of the `fish kill incident.’

    “On our part, we are working with the relevant government agencies and the Delta State Ministry of Environment in the investigation of the allegation.

    “We have conducted a joint investigation visit to the coastline, samples have been collected and testing is ongoing in accredited laboratories,” Odugbesan stated.

    Mr Idris Musa, Director-General of NOSDRA, had told NAN that the agency found no connection with oil spills to the dead fishes and was looking at other probable causes.

    Musa told NAN that NOSDRA was coordinating a multi-agency investigation aimed at unraveling the cause of the massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond oil spill.

    He said other regulatory agencies with mandates of safety in the maritime space, were deploying their expertise in the ongoing investigation, assuring that the process was being carried out with best practices.

    “The death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause, as we found no trace of oil leakage to link with the dead fishes.

    “The agency proceeded to collect samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing.

    ”In doing so, the agency brought onboard other relevant agencies of government that have mandate on our territorial waters.

    “In particular, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Instutue of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), Federal Institute of Fisheries Research and National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA).

    ”All hands must be on deck in assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.


    Edited By: Angela Okisor/Obike Ukoh (NAN)

     

  •  The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA says it has concluded investigations on oil spill from Well 13 at Angiama in Bayelsa The oil well located at Angiama a coastline settlement by bank of River Nun Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa is operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC Mr Idris Musa the Director General of NOSDRA told the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview on Friday that 43 barrels of crude was discharged into the farmlands and nearby swamps NAN learnt that the Joint Investigative Visit JIV witnessed disagreements between the host community who accused officials of the oil firm of under reporting the volume of leaked crude JIV is a statutory team convened after any leak by operator regulators community and government representatives to ascertain the cause and quantity of oil leakage from oil spills The NOSDRA director general said that contrary to claims by SPDC that the investigation was still ongoing the agency had closed out the probe and filed the JIV report dated March 28 2020 Joint Investigation was done and concluded Spill containment was done oil recovery done while post spill impact and damage assessment will follow and the JIV report is available Musa confirmed SPDC s Spokesman Mr Bamidele Odugbesan had earlier claimed that the JIV report was yet to be published on the oil firm s spills incident portal because it has not been signed The JIV is published after it is signed off and this marks the completion of the process Odugbesan told NAN NAN checks at SPDC s oil spills incident website revealed no record of the March 17 incident at Angiama while other leak incidents before and afterwards were reported on the portal The NOSDRA boss explained that the agency found out that the leak was caused by equipment failure and recommended that SPDC should clean up and remediate the impacted site According to the JIV report with spill incident No 2614095 made available to NAN the oil leak impacted an area of 11 200 square meters and extended beyond SPDC s Right of Way The report was signed by three community representatives namely Timi Yaro Hon Target Isaih Segibo and Chief Noah Biobele while Owei Boma Blessing signed for Bayelsa Ministry of Environment and three officials endorsed for SPDC However Desi Macline a representative of Well 13 host community says that there is a disagreement over the volume of oil spill from Shell fields in the community and they subsequently declined to sign the JIV report Edited By Gregg Mmaduakolam Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Agency concludes probe of oil spill from Shell’s facility in Bayelsa
     The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA says it has concluded investigations on oil spill from Well 13 at Angiama in Bayelsa The oil well located at Angiama a coastline settlement by bank of River Nun Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa is operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company SPDC Mr Idris Musa the Director General of NOSDRA told the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview on Friday that 43 barrels of crude was discharged into the farmlands and nearby swamps NAN learnt that the Joint Investigative Visit JIV witnessed disagreements between the host community who accused officials of the oil firm of under reporting the volume of leaked crude JIV is a statutory team convened after any leak by operator regulators community and government representatives to ascertain the cause and quantity of oil leakage from oil spills The NOSDRA director general said that contrary to claims by SPDC that the investigation was still ongoing the agency had closed out the probe and filed the JIV report dated March 28 2020 Joint Investigation was done and concluded Spill containment was done oil recovery done while post spill impact and damage assessment will follow and the JIV report is available Musa confirmed SPDC s Spokesman Mr Bamidele Odugbesan had earlier claimed that the JIV report was yet to be published on the oil firm s spills incident portal because it has not been signed The JIV is published after it is signed off and this marks the completion of the process Odugbesan told NAN NAN checks at SPDC s oil spills incident website revealed no record of the March 17 incident at Angiama while other leak incidents before and afterwards were reported on the portal The NOSDRA boss explained that the agency found out that the leak was caused by equipment failure and recommended that SPDC should clean up and remediate the impacted site According to the JIV report with spill incident No 2614095 made available to NAN the oil leak impacted an area of 11 200 square meters and extended beyond SPDC s Right of Way The report was signed by three community representatives namely Timi Yaro Hon Target Isaih Segibo and Chief Noah Biobele while Owei Boma Blessing signed for Bayelsa Ministry of Environment and three officials endorsed for SPDC However Desi Macline a representative of Well 13 host community says that there is a disagreement over the volume of oil spill from Shell fields in the community and they subsequently declined to sign the JIV report Edited By Gregg Mmaduakolam Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Agency concludes probe of oil spill from Shell’s facility in Bayelsa
    Environment3 years ago

    Agency concludes probe of oil spill from Shell’s facility in Bayelsa

    The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) says it has concluded investigations on oil spill from Well 13 at Angiama in Bayelsa.

    The oil well located at Angiama, a coastline settlement by bank of River Nun, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa, is operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).

    Mr Idris Musa, the Director-General of NOSDRA, told the News Agency of Nigeria in a telephone interview on Friday that 43 barrels of crude was discharged into the farmlands and nearby swamps.

    NAN learnt that the Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) witnessed disagreements between the host community who accused officials of the oil firm of under-reporting the volume of leaked crude.

    JIV is a statutory team convened after any leak by operator, regulators, community and government representatives to ascertain the cause and quantity of oil leakage from oil spills.

    The NOSDRA director-general said that contrary to claims by SPDC that the investigation was still ongoing, the agency had closed out the probe and filed the JIV report dated March 28, 2020.

    “Joint Investigation was done and concluded. Spill containment was done, oil recovery done while post spill impact and damage assessment will follow, and the JIV report is available,” Musa confirmed

    SPDC’s Spokesman,  Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, had earlier claimed that the JIV report was yet to be published on the oil firm’s spills incident portal because it has not been signed.

    “The JIV is published after it is signed off and this marks the completion of the process,” Odugbesan told NAN.

    NAN checks at SPDC’s oil spills incident website revealed no record of the March 17 incident at Angiama, while other leak incidents before and afterwards were reported on the portal.

    The NOSDRA boss explained that the agency found out that the leak was caused by equipment failure and recommended that SPDC should clean up and remediate the impacted site.

    According to the JIV report with spill incident No. 2614095, made available to NAN, the oil leak impacted an area of 11,200 square meters and extended beyond SPDC’s Right of Way.

    The report was signed by three community representatives; namely Timi Yaro, Hon. Target Isaih Segibo and Chief Noah Biobele, while Owei Boma Blessing signed for Bayelsa Ministry of Environment and three officials endorsed for SPDC.

    However, Desi Macline, a representative of Well 13 host community, says that there is a disagreement over the volume of oil spill from Shell fields in the community and they subsequently declined to sign the JIV report.


    Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  More than one month after an oil leak from a facility operated by Shell Development Company SPDC at Angiama community in Bayelsa the Joint Investigation Visit JIV report is yet to be out Desi Macline a representative of Angiama community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area said that disagreement over the volume of oil spill from Shell fields in the community was delaying the JIV report Macline who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday as a member of the JIV team said that he declined to sign the JIV report because of gross underestimation allegedly calculated to evade compensation NAN reports that the JIV is a statutory team convened after any leak by operator regulators community and government representatives to ascertain the cause and quantity of oil leakage from oil spills The oil spillage occurred on March 17 at Angiama community in Bayelsa and has been traced to equipment failure due to corrosion Although the March incident has been traced to equipment failure due to corrosion investigations by the News Agency of Nigeria indicate that the Joint Investigative Visit JIV report has not been signed off NAN checks at Shell Petroleum Development Company s SPDC oil spills website revealed no record of the March 17 incident at Angiama while other leak incidents were reported on the portal Macline said that the community had allegedly witnessed oil workers recovered spilled crude with giant plastic tanks and hence disagreed on the volumes claimed by the oil firm in the JIV report forms I refused to sign the form due to wide disagreement between what is on the ground and verifiable evidence and the 43 barrels they proposed in the form from our own perspective the volume of leak is in excess of 45 000 barrels Based on verifiable evidence we have counted the number of giant GP tanks of recovered crude and they have more than 20 of such large tanks already filled with crude and they say only 43 barrels leaked What we found out from unnamed SPDC officials is that the 45 000 barrels we are estimating is very conservative because the crude has soaked into the land whilst evaporation and water currents have taken away lots of the oil So when you look at all the factors of how long the leak lasted before it was plugged the claims by SPDC does not add up at all that is why I opted to decline endorsing the claim They had a similar leak late 2019 and I personally reported the spill to SPDC officials the leak was from the well head they came recovered their oil and left without remediating the impacted area Later they denied that there was no such incident Macline said The community representative further explained that both regulators and the oil firm agreed on the cause of the incident as the corroded facility was there for all to see Also a source who participated in the JIV to probe the cause of the leak and ascertain volume of crude into the environment said that officials of SPDC insisted on under reporting the leak despite abundant evidence of the extent of the leakage When contacted for a response on the incident Mr Bamidele Odugbesan the Media Relations Manager at SPDC said that the oil firm would issue a response statement on the reported leak But in a reaction on Wednesday Odugbesan acknowledged the delay in the release of the report saying that the report could not be released because it had not been signed The JIV is published after it is signed off and this marks the completion of the process he said Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Tajudeen Atitebi NAN email protected 0803 333 4860
    Shell, host community disagreement on spill volume delaying JIV report
     More than one month after an oil leak from a facility operated by Shell Development Company SPDC at Angiama community in Bayelsa the Joint Investigation Visit JIV report is yet to be out Desi Macline a representative of Angiama community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area said that disagreement over the volume of oil spill from Shell fields in the community was delaying the JIV report Macline who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday as a member of the JIV team said that he declined to sign the JIV report because of gross underestimation allegedly calculated to evade compensation NAN reports that the JIV is a statutory team convened after any leak by operator regulators community and government representatives to ascertain the cause and quantity of oil leakage from oil spills The oil spillage occurred on March 17 at Angiama community in Bayelsa and has been traced to equipment failure due to corrosion Although the March incident has been traced to equipment failure due to corrosion investigations by the News Agency of Nigeria indicate that the Joint Investigative Visit JIV report has not been signed off NAN checks at Shell Petroleum Development Company s SPDC oil spills website revealed no record of the March 17 incident at Angiama while other leak incidents were reported on the portal Macline said that the community had allegedly witnessed oil workers recovered spilled crude with giant plastic tanks and hence disagreed on the volumes claimed by the oil firm in the JIV report forms I refused to sign the form due to wide disagreement between what is on the ground and verifiable evidence and the 43 barrels they proposed in the form from our own perspective the volume of leak is in excess of 45 000 barrels Based on verifiable evidence we have counted the number of giant GP tanks of recovered crude and they have more than 20 of such large tanks already filled with crude and they say only 43 barrels leaked What we found out from unnamed SPDC officials is that the 45 000 barrels we are estimating is very conservative because the crude has soaked into the land whilst evaporation and water currents have taken away lots of the oil So when you look at all the factors of how long the leak lasted before it was plugged the claims by SPDC does not add up at all that is why I opted to decline endorsing the claim They had a similar leak late 2019 and I personally reported the spill to SPDC officials the leak was from the well head they came recovered their oil and left without remediating the impacted area Later they denied that there was no such incident Macline said The community representative further explained that both regulators and the oil firm agreed on the cause of the incident as the corroded facility was there for all to see Also a source who participated in the JIV to probe the cause of the leak and ascertain volume of crude into the environment said that officials of SPDC insisted on under reporting the leak despite abundant evidence of the extent of the leakage When contacted for a response on the incident Mr Bamidele Odugbesan the Media Relations Manager at SPDC said that the oil firm would issue a response statement on the reported leak But in a reaction on Wednesday Odugbesan acknowledged the delay in the release of the report saying that the report could not be released because it had not been signed The JIV is published after it is signed off and this marks the completion of the process he said Edited By Kamal Tayo Oropo Tajudeen Atitebi NAN email protected 0803 333 4860
    Shell, host community disagreement on spill volume delaying JIV report
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    Shell, host community disagreement on spill volume delaying JIV report

    More than one month after an oil leak from a facility operated by Shell Development Company (SPDC) at Angiama community in Bayelsa, the Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) report is yet to be out.

     

    Desi Macline, a representative of Angiama community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, said that disagreement over the volume of oil spill from Shell fields in the community was delaying the JIV report.

     

    Macline, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday as a member of the JIV team, said that he declined to sign the JIV report because of gross underestimation allegedly calculated to evade compensation.

     

    NAN reports that the JIV is a statutory team convened after any leak by operator, regulators, community and government representatives to ascertain the cause and quantity of oil leakage from oil spills.

     

    The oil spillage occurred on March 17 at Angiama community in Bayelsa and has been traced to equipment failure due to corrosion.

     

    Although the March incident has been traced to equipment failure due to corrosion, investigations by the News Agency of Nigeria indicate that the Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) report has not been signed off.

     

    NAN checks at Shell Petroleum Development Company’s (SPDC) oil spills website revealed no record of the March 17 incident at Angiama, while other leak incidents were reported on the portal.

     

    Macline said that the community had allegedly witnessed oil workers recovered spilled crude with giant plastic tanks and hence disagreed on the volumes claimed by the oil firm in the JIV report forms.

     

    “I refused to sign the form due to wide disagreement between what is on the ground and verifiable evidence, and the 43 barrels they proposed in the form, from our own perspective the volume of leak is in excess of 45,000 barrels.

     

    “Based on verifiable evidence, we have counted the number of giant GP tanks of recovered crude and they have more than 20 of such large tanks already filled with crude and they say only 43 barrels leaked.

     

    “What we found out from unnamed SPDC officials is that the 45,000 barrels we are estimating is very conservative because the crude has soaked into the land whilst evaporation and water currents have taken away lots of the oil.

     

    “So, when you look at all the factors of how long the leak lasted before it was plugged, the claims by SPDC does not add up at all, that is why I opted to decline endorsing the claim.

    “They had a similar leak late 2019, and I personally reported the spill to SPDC officials, the leak was from the well head, they came, recovered their oil and left without remediating the impacted area.

     

    “Later they denied that there was no such incident,” Macline said.

     

    The community representative further explained that both regulators and the oil firm agreed on the cause of the incident as the corroded facility was there for all to see.

     

    Also, a source, who participated in the JIV to probe the cause of the leak and ascertain volume of crude into the environment, said that officials of SPDC insisted on under-reporting the leak despite abundant evidence of the extent of the leakage.

     

    When contacted for a response on the incident, Mr Bamidele Odugbesan, the Media Relations Manager at SPDC, said that the oil firm would issue a response statement on the reported leak.

    But in a reaction on Wednesday, Odugbesan acknowledged the delay in the release of the report, saying that the report could not be released because it had not been signed.

    “The JIV is published after it is signed off and this marks the completion of the process,” he said.  

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    Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)

     

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