The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) says its integrated industry-wide study to reactivate shut-in wells in the short, medium, and long-term is at the report writing stage.
The NUPRC said the integrated industry-wide study which it inaugurated to ascertain shut-in wells that could be reactivated had been concluded and was at report writing stage.
The Commission Chief Executive, Mr Gbenga Komolafe, said this on Monday in Abuja in a news conference to highlight the achievements of the commission since inception in 2021. According to the CCE, the primary aim is to boost oil production and guide investment planning.
“In addition, the study aims to optimise recovery factor via identification of candidate wells and recommend low hanging potentials to boost National production.
Komolafe said that it had awarded 47 petroleum prospecting licences to winners of marginal fields during the 2020 marginal field bid round.
He said the commission ensured the development of model licence and model lease in conjunction with Legal and Compliance and Enforcement (C&E) SBU and renewal of OMLs 128, 130, 132, 133 and 138. He said that the move was critical in the development and increased production of oil and gas.
According to Komolafe, the commission has within the past one year achieved, among others, declaration of the nation’s reserves which stands at oil and condensate reserves 37.046 MMMB.
“This indicates an increase of 0.37 per cent compared to 2020 figures.
Life index stands at 60 years.
“Gas reserves of 208.62 TCF indicates an increase of 1.01 per cent compared to 2020 figures.
Life index stands at 88 years,’’ he said.
He further said that the automation of upstream work processes was almost completed.
According to him, it is planned to improve the efficiency of our work processes and become operational before the end of year 2022. “Ikike first oil was officially celebrated in September 2022. It is expected to deliver peak production of 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by the end of 2022 ,” he added.
Komolafe also said that the commission had ensured the deployment and commissioning of Aiteo 120kbd barge mounted crude oil processing facility to minimise crude oil theft and vandalism.
He added that the deployment and commissioning of Tenoil 10kbd Early Production Facility (EPF) would increase crude oil daily production by 10kbd.
Komolafe also said that the development of the advanced cargo declaration regime, and Crude oil and Liquefied Natural Gas Tracking (COLT) are also in process.
“We also ensured the completed establishment of ELI-AKASO crude oil export terminal,’’ he said.
The NUPRC boss said that publishing of up-to-date data on national crude oil production on the commission’s website ensured transparency of data and information.
According to him, it has provided accurate volume to both internal and external users.
“In line with the provisions of section 108 of the Petroleum Industry Act, (PIA 2021), NUPRC commenced engagement and sensitisation of all operators to submit gas flare elimination and monetisation plan.
“10 high impact technologies, innovation, and solutions have been successfully qualified and adapted into the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
“The high impact technologies aim to increase oil discovery and production, reduce cost of pipeline maintenance and integrity threshold among others,’’ he said.
He restated the commission’s commitment to ensure that all petroleum industry operations were properly monitored to ensure that they are in line with national goals and aspirations.
Komolafe stressed the need to ensure that health safety and environment regulations conform with national and international best oil field practice.
He also emphasised the need to maintain records on petroleum industry operations, particularly on matters relating to petroleum reserves, , licences and leases.
He pledged that the commission would continue to advise government and relevant agencies on technical matters and public policies that may have impact on the administration and petroleum activities.
Komolafe said that NUPRC would ensure timely and accurate payments of rents, royalties and other revenues due to the government while maintaining and administering national data warehouse.
The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs in collaboration with some stakeholders has stressed the need for improved access to education and enrollment for marginalised out-of-school girls in communities.
They made the call on Thursday at an event to mark the International Day of the Girl Child (IDGC) organised by Talitha Cumi Foundation (TCF) an NGO in Abuja.
Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minister of Women Affairs, described women and girls as forces to be reckoned with, as they had positively projected the image of the nation as entrepreneurs, innovators and initiators of global movement and in the global arena.
Tallen, however, decried the persistent harmful practices against the girl-child ranging from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), child marriage, male-child preference and poor access to quality education, healthcare amongst others.
She said,” the girl child is endangered species, we must change their statuesque.
Be rest assured that the ministry is open to innovative approaches geared towards girl-child development.
” Mrs Tayo Erinle, TCF’s Executive Director, decried the increasing number of out-of-school children, particularly the girl-child due to COVID-19, insecurity, gender discrimination and others.
Erinle, therefore, stressed the need for behavioural change and implementation of policies that would protect the rights of the girl-child and ensure cases of abuse or violence against them are addressed.
” So it is for all of us to have an attitudinal change, to know that a girl has a right to life.
A girl has a right to education, a girl has a right to health.
” She has a right to speak, to be listened to and to be heard.
She has a right to be protected.
She has a right to be invested in.
” If we want that bright future, if we want our nation to be built, we must invest in our girls, because they will be the leaders tomorrow.
Their education level will always affect the children that they produce,” she said.
Mrs Theresa Monday, representing the Nigerian Police Gender Desk, reiterated the commitment of the Police to ensure all cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) were investigated and prosecuted to ensure justice.
” We have so many cases this year compared to last year.
And all are girls and most of the survivors are out-of-school girls.
” And that is our concern because if they are in school, they will have the knowledge on how to protect themselves.
” But with this, they will know how to protect and defend themselves, where and who to go to If they find themselves in such a situation.
And on our part, we make sure such cases go to court,” she said Also, Ms Amarachi Chukwu, Assistant Program Officer, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Abuja branch, stressed the need to be educated the people, especially at the community level on their rights and the appropriate channels to seek justice.
Chukwu, while advising survivors to always speak out to get justice, stressed for the establishment of special courts for speedy trial and prosecution of cases relating to GBV, and harmful practices, amongst others.
” Some of them will drop out and say they are no longer interested or want to go for it again.
So we are still advocating for special courts for special cases so that the survivors will be able to get justice on time, “she said.
One of the beneficiaries of TCF’s project, Miss Hassan Umaru, expressed appreciation to the organisation for their support towards acquiring education to the university level at the University of Abuja.
Similarly, Miss Faith Joel, also a beneficiary said the support of the organisation has encouraged her to further her education, despite having two children as a teenager.
Other highlights of the event were the discussion on, “The State of the Nigerian Girl and her Rights”, “Our Time is Now-Our Rights, Our Future.
” Others are the presentations on Flashlight Actions on Girls Safety (FLAGS) project implemented by Talitha Cumi Foundation and funded by the UN Trust Fund. The three-year FLAGS project is to support 750 marginalised girls between 10-19 years in 10 communities across FCT, Nassarawa and Niger states on GBV.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, says government is taking steps to expand and develop its huge gas resources through enhanced gas exploration, development and utilisation schemes.Sylva disclosed this at the 10th-Year Anniversary Celebration of West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) on Friday, in Lagos.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the event is “Driving Regional Energy”.The Minister, represented by his Chief of Staff, Dr Adedapo Odulaja, said Nigeria had approximately 209 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of proven gas reserve, with a potential upside of 600TCF.“This is well placed to take a leading role in providing the much needed gas. Furthermore, the recently enacted Petroleum Industry Act (PIA 2021) will undoubtedly support Nigeria’s, and indeed the global, endeavor to eliminate energy poverty as envisioned in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG).“The Act has generous incentives to enhance the development, distribution, penetration, and utilisation of gas, even as it incentivizes entry into the midstream,” he said.Sylva said Nigeria and Africa should play a leading role in the energy transformation in order to achieve net-zero emission with natural gas playing a pivotal role.He said the government should therefore persist in expanding the natural gas industry towards global economic recovery and shared prosperity.On the 10th-year anniversary of WAPCo, Sylva said its establishment represents the region’s effort at self-development and energy security.According to him, West Africa Gas Pipeline (WAGP) project objective at inception, amongst others, seeks to improve the competitiveness of the energy sectors in Ghana, Benin, and Togo.“This is by promoting the use of cheaper and environment-friendly natural gas from Nigeria in lieu of solid and liquid fuels, for power generation and other industrial, commercial, and domestic uses.“10 years down the line, the WAGP has literally become the poster child of economic integration in West Africa.“The synergy that created this fellowship of industry players, under the public-private partnership banner, is the type we currently preach as an administration,” he said.Mr Greg Germani, Managing Director, WAPCo, said from conception through construction, all the way through the operational phase of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP), Nigeria had constituted a constant and integral part of the WAGP value chain.He said Nigeria shared promise and resources with the rest of the sub-region.“I also salute the vision and courage of ECOWAS and the commitment it took to navigate the complexities of forging a bond of four diverse nations, with two private concerns, to create this outstanding example of partnership and collaboration.“As we traveled the entire stretch of the pipeline system, celebrating the successes and achievements of the WAGP and sharing our stories, I could only pause to marvel at the human spirit.“Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, 10 years of operations will certainly come with obstacles and challenges.“However, WAPCo is now an efficient and dependable natural gas transporter to customers in Benin, Togo, and Ghana, supporting safe, cleaner, efficient, long-term, and secure power generation from gas supply sources in both Nigeria and Ghana.“WAPCo continues to focus on maintaining an important safety accomplishment that reflects our passion for and commitment to a strong safety culture,” he said.The Lagos State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olalere Odusote, said the administration is ready to partner with WAPCo to create more employment for its people.Odusote commended the management of the company promoting the use of cheaper and environment-friendly natural gas from Nigeria in lieu of solid and liquid fuels.He said the government of Lagos would continue to create conducive environment for business to thrive.Speaking on behalf of the host communities, Olota of Ota, Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege, said they saw themselves as part of stakeholders of the company. Obalanlege said that gas business had generated employment for youths in their communities, and assured the management of the company of their usual cooperation. NAN also reports that some of the company staff were rewarded with different awards for their outstanding performance.
An analysis by Solomon Asowata of the News Agency of Nigeria
A cardinal goal of the federal government is to transform the Nigerian economy into a gas-powered economy by 2030.
Ancillary to that is the hope to align the country with the global push for transition to cleaner sources of energy.
To achieve that lofty goal, the federal government adopted gas as the vehicle for its energy transition journey, declaring January 2021 to December 2030 as the Decade of Gas Initiative.
No doubt, the country is blessed with abundant gas resources; 208.62 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of proven gas reserves valued at over 803.9 trillion dollars, and potential upside of 600TCF of gas.
This has fueled the overarching objective of the federal government to utilise the nation’s abundant gas resources for socio-economic growth and development.
In order to actualise this objective, it is imperative for the government to leverage the achievements of the Nigerian LNG Company Ltd. in the global Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) space.
Indeed, experts believe that NLNG, which marked its 33rd anniversary on May 17, has shown by its developmental strides, that the objective is achievable.
Apart from deepening domestic gas utilisation, the NLNG is said to have contributed significantly to the country financially.
According to information on the company’s website, it has so far contributed 100 billion dollars to the federal government’s coffers, and 6.5 billion dollars in taxes since it started operations.
It also paid 13 billion dollars to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Ltd. for feed-gas purchase, and 16 billion dollars in dividends to the federal government.
Acknowledging these achievements, the Federal Inland Revenue Service in a statement signed by its Executive Chairman, Mr Muhammad Nami, on May 16, recognised the NLNG as the Most Supportive Tax Payer in the country.
Prompted by this accolade, Dr Muda Yusuf, Chief Executive Officer, Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprise, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the NLNG model should be adopted by the government in other public-private-partnership arrangements.
“The NLNG model has worked very well. It might not be perfect but of all the public private partnership arrangements that we have had, the NLNG model seems to be the best so far.
“The beauty of it is that there is practically no interference or very minimum interference in the management of the place.
“So, there is professionalism in the management, in the allocation of resources, in the recruitment and that has resulted in high level of performance,” he said.
Similarly, Mr Nuhu Yakubu, President, Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (NLPGA) and Managing Director, Banner Energy, said the NLNG was a pride to all Nigerians.
“Not only has the NLNG project endured for 33 years but it is a trail blazer for other similar projects that the Federal Government of Nigeria should mirror in the way NLNG is being administered and managed.
“Aside the huge revenue being generated from the NLNG for the Nigerian government, the company has brought human capital development to bear,” Yakubu said.
He said Nigerians working in NLNG were thorough professionals who were capable of competing with their peers globally.
Yakubu said the impact being made by the NLNG to deepen domestic gas utilisation in Nigeria could not be overemphasised.
“NLNG has gradually progressed from a 150,000MT intervention to the domestic LPG market to 250,000MT to N350,000MT and now to 450,000MT, which is maxing out their entire domestic LPG production to the Nigerian market.
“It is unprecedented and it means NLNG is meeting the yearnings of Nigerians. It is gauging the pulse of Nigerians and responding to it and we wish other corporations of that magnitude can do the same thing.
“We will be able to close the energy gap that we have in Nigeria because we have pervasive domestic energy poverty and need lot of interventions to address the issue so that at least every home in Nigeria will have access to gas.
“The NLNG intervention in the domestic market has catalysed growth and development in infrastructure on the supply side.
“From 2007 when the NLNG intervention started, we had only one terminal in Apapa, Lagos owned by the Pipelines Products Marketing Company.
“Today we have many privately owned coastal terminals across the country and there is also a lot of capital flow for infrastructure development because of the confidence brought in by NLNG,” he said.
However, Mr Michael Umudu, National Chairman, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Retailers (LPGAR), branch of National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), said NLNG needed to do more to ensure supply of LPG in the domestic market.
Umudu said the total amount allocated to the domestic market was insufficient as about 60 per cent of LPG being consumed in Nigeria was imported.
Mr Philip Mshelbila, Chief Executive Officer, NLNG, said the NLNG had for the past 33 years vigorously pursued its vision of being “a globally competitive LNG company, helping to build a better Nigeria.
“Our company has touched lives in significant areas such as economic empowerment, health, education, infrastructure development and sustainable community development.
“Over the years, it harnessed natural gas that would have otherwise been flared, thereby contributing immensely to a cleaner environment.
“And by delivering 100 per cent of its LPG production into the domestic market, it helps Nigerians transition to cleaner cooking fuels.”
Also, Mrs Sophia Horsfall, Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, NLNG, said the ongoing Train 7 project would help the company increase its allocation to the domestic market.
She said the project was expected to ramp up NLNG’s production capacity by 35 per cent from 22mtpa to around 30mtpa.
Horsfall noted that the project would form part of the investment of over 10 billion dollars, including the upstream scope of the LNG value chain, thereby increasing dividends and taxes accruing to the government.
Incorporated as a Limited Liability company on May 17, 1989, the NLNG was set up to harness Nigeria’s vast natural gas resources and produce Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) for export.
The establishment of NLNG is backed by the Nigeria LNG (Fiscal Incentives, Guarantees and Assurances) Act. Cap N87, Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.
The law, amongst other things, provides for the guarantees and assurances by the federal government to the company and its shareholders.
The NLNG is an incorporated Joint-Venture owned by four shareholders: the federal government, represented by NNPC Ltd. (49 per cent), Shell Gas B.V. (25.6 per cent), Total Gaz Electricite Holdings France (15 per cent) and Eni International N.A. N. V. S.àr.l (10.4 per cent).
Today, NLNG has a total production capacity of 22 Million Tons Per Annum (MTPA) of LNG and 5mtpa of Natural Gas Liquids (NGLs) from its six-train plant complex.
The company has 16 long-term Sale and Purchase Agreements (SPAs) with 10 buyers and controls about six per cent of global LNG trade.
By the strides of NLNG in its 33 years of existence, and the groundswell of goodwill, many Nigerians, and experts, believe that the company has the wherewithal to lead Nigeria’s march towards a gas-powered economy.(NAN)
The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) says the status of the nation's oil and condensate reserves as of January 1, 2022 is 37.046 billion barrels.
This represents a slight increase of 0.37% compared to 36.91 billion barrels on January 1, 2021.
Mr. Gbenga Komolafe, Commission Executive Director (CCE), NUPRC said this on Friday in Abuja in a stakeholder engagement with print and electronic media.
Similarly, Komolafe said that the status of the National Gas Reserves as of January 1, 2022 was 208.62 trillion cubic feet (TCF), which represents an increase of 1.01% compared to 206, 53 TCF of January 1, 2021.
He said this analysis came from 61 operating companies that submitted their 2021 Annual National Reserves Report in line with the provisions of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), 2021.
The position of national oil and gas reserves as of January 1, 2022, in accordance with the provisions of PIA 2021, stipulates that exploration and production operating companies must submit their annual reserves report to NUPRC.
However, the CCE highlighted some proactive initiatives undertaken by the commission since it took office six months ago to improve crude oil and gas production.
He said he took advantage of current market realities, such as crude oil prices rising to $106.25 a barrel and gas supply disruptions due to the war in Ukraine.
Speaking about the initiative to improve crude oil production, he said that the commission recognized the formulation of comprehensive strategies to increase crude oil and gas reserves (from 37 billion barrels and 208.62 TCF).
This, he said, required a thorough consideration of all the factors militating against efficient and effective E&P operations, and the identification of payoffs or opportunities at hand.
“Therefore, we have become more deliberate and prompt in implementing strategic actions and initiatives aimed at increasing our reserves and production of crude oil and gas,” he said.
The CCE revealed that it initiated a massive campaign towards the identification of oil and gas wells that produce below their capacity, through the inventory of closed wells and inventory to map the reasons for the closure and design measures for a rapid reopening.
He noted that another campaign initiative uses well and reservoir monitoring activities to identify poorly performing wells and workover candidates for rapid intervention.
It included embracing and adopting new technologies and advanced recovery techniques to unlock some identified stranded oil and gas resources.
Turning to initiatives to improve gas production, he said the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the attendant disruptions in the global gas demand and supply chain provided Nigeria with a unique opportunity to fill the gap.
This, he said, will be achieved through the implementation of various natural gas development initiatives.
“As the Federal Government has declared the years 2021-2030 as the Decade of Gas, the commission is taking steps to expand the Nation's vast gas resources through enhanced gas exploration, development and utilization plans.
“This will lead to the growth of gas reserves, increased gas production, the maturation of the domestic and export gas market, as well as the elimination of gas flaring.
“Currently, the Commission is engaging all tenants in its Natural Gas Flare Monetization and Phase-Out Plan to ensure compliance with Section 108 of the PIA and boost supply to the rapidly growing gas market.
“In addition, we are encouraging investors to take advantage of generous gas tax incentives, such as zero taxes on hydrocarbons, reduced royalty rates, tax consolidation provisions, among others, to make final investment decisions in their proposed upstream projects.
“With a proven gas reserve base of 208.62 TCF (as of January 1, 2022), we are on track to increase our reserve volumes to 220 TCF in less than 10 years and 250 TCF thereafter.
Currently, Nigeria produces about 8% of the gas, of which about 20% is shipped to the domestic market, about 40% is exported to international markets, 30% is used for the producer's domestic consumption, and excess gas it's burning.
“The commission has issued the annual National Gas Delivery Obligation (DGDO) to all lessees to fuel gas production growth as operators must balance their export appetite with increased domestic gas supply,” said.
He also mentioned other initiatives that the commission is implementing to increase the production and use of gas to include; Start of mandatory testing of the delivery capacity of gas wells for all gas producers to establish operating limits.
This, he said, could allow the commission to determine production potentials and guide the industry towards its optimal maximum capacity.
Based on the initiative, he said he had an ongoing commitment to operators on the need to drill below the conventional oil window to target gas-rich areas for production and increase the country's gas reserves.
According to him, it is also directing operators with saturated reservoirs to ensure that their well locations drive optimal exploitation of oil and gas resources.
It said that it was currently reviewing the Flare Gas Regulations 2018 and its associated Guidelines to incorporate the capture of methane emissions, to ensure gas phase-out and monetization of gas resources in the country. (
The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has called for greater collaboration with the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) to address the problem of flooding in the nation's capital.
Mr. Abbas Idriss, Director General of FEMA, made the appeal as he led members of his management team on a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the FCDA.
This is contained in a statement signed by Nkechi Isa, Head of the FEMA Public Relations Unit, on Friday in Abuja.
The Director General said that it was important to strengthen their collaboration, as it would reduce the devastating impact of the floods on the TCF.
According to him, the previous assessment showed that there were infringements, diversion of waterways and other distortions in the Abuja master plan.
“If we are going to build, let's build on the building codes and FCDA, which is the custodian of Abuja's development, must bring all stakeholders together to do what is necessary to address these distortions.
“There is also a need for properties and communities in the FCT to establish a response to establish response plans and take responsibility for their environment.
"We can help them develop a response plan, but this can be done, unless the communities buy into this idea," he said.
For his part, the Executive Secretary of FCDA, Mr. Shehu Ahmad, assured his commitment to work with FEMA to eliminate all illegal development along the floodplains.
He said that some developers liked to erect structures in undesignated areas, which in turn distorts the master plan.
He added that a joint stakeholder conference would be organized to address all perceived violations before the start of the rains.
FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello says that the FCT Administration will partner with the Arabian-Nigerian Gulf Chamber of Commerce on investment opportunities in the Territory.
Bello said this in a statement issued on Friday by the Press Secretary, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye.
The minister provided security when the speaker of the house, Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadu, led a visiting delegation.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that Ahmadu's visit was a follow-up to the minister's presentation on investment opportunities in the TCF when he visited Dubai.
it also reports that Bello had made the presentation during the Nigerian Investment Forum at Dubai Expo 2020 held on March 5, 2022.
The minister said that the newly created Secretariat of Economic Planning, Income Generation and Public-Private Partnerships (APP) of the FCT would be in charge of investment programs and projects.
He said that the FCT would welcome foreign investors in the waste management, light rail and tourism sectors, as the government alone cannot optimally finance the development of these sectors.
Earlier, Ahmadu said that the administration's efforts to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the TCF were paying off.
Ahmadu said potential investors were showing interest in business opportunities in the territory.
“Following the minister's presentation in Dubai, which focused heavily on business opportunities in transport, tourism, waste management and construction, potential investors at the forum showed great interest in business opportunities at the FCT.
“The minister was able to give us a very brilliant presentation, so much so that after he left, we were very interested.
"Before his presentation, we had few people interested in investing in Nigeria, but this changed after the presentation," Ahmadu said.
He said that many investors, who were eager to come to Nigeria, were particularly interested in the FCT light rail project, the cultural center and the waste management sectors.
The president said that the chamber was ready to facilitate such investment visits to the FCT.
“Getting Lassa fever was a very bad experience,” says Marian Oyinbor, 41, a resident of Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area (LGA), Edo state, who was treated for Lassa fever, a disease hemorrhagic disease that has killed 98 people. in Nigeria in 2022.
For Marian and her family, it is an experience that she would not like to relive because she and 4 of her children were infected with the virus and were hospitalized at the Irrua Specialized Teaching Hospital (ISTH), in Esan LGA.
“After the experience, I have been worrying more about keeping my family safe by preserving our food very well, always washing my hands and improving personal and environmental cleanliness. I have been keeping rats out of my house,” she said.
Lassa fever is a communicable disease. An infected person can infect other people who come into contact with the body fluids of the infected person.
For Akhiria Ernest, 41, a resident of Irrua, Esan Central LGA, in Edo state, her infection was not a serious case as it was detected early.
“I was quite sick, but they put me in treatment early. Lassa fever is a deadly disease, but it is treatable when it occurs early. Since then, I have been maintaining good infection prevention control measures, making sure no rats live in my house and proper food storage, he said.
Awareness to combat the disease.
Lassa fever, endemic in Nigeria, has infected 540 people in 21 states and TCF since the beginning of the year. Lassa fever cases tend to increase during the dry season, between November and May. Every year, Nigeria records dozens of confirmed cases and deaths, including those of health workers.
As part of the response to contain the outbreak, the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), in close collaboration with the World Health Organization and its partners, has activated a multi-sector Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and of multiple partners for Lassa fever at the national level to coordinate response activities at all levels.
In the fight against this year's outbreak, WHO is supporting the Government to coordinate technical assistance and operational support from partners, including the deployment of OneHealth Rapid Response Teams (NRRTs) to the most affected LGAs. The WHO has also mobilized experts to intervene in investigations, contact tracing, risk communication, and plans are underway to strengthen efforts to further help Nigeria control the outbreak.
“The main culprit for the transmission of Lassa fever among health workers is poor compliance with IPC measures,” says Dr. Ekaete Tobin, who works at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Esan central LGA and has been treating patients with Lassa fever for 11 years.
Dr. Tobin said the WHO has been invaluable in protecting Lassa fever ward staff by providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
“Disinfectants and basic waste management products have greatly enabled environmental cleanup and waste segregation,” he added.
In addition to PPE, the WHO donated coveralls, masks, face shields, hand sanitizer and garbage bags to the ISTH (which serves as a Lassa virus testing laboratory and case management center), as part of its support in the fight. against disease donated.
In the current outbreak, Edo state has the second highest number of reported cases in the country.
To reduce the prevalence rate in the state, WHO Edo State Coordinator Ms. Faith Ireye said the state has embarked on vector control (rat control) using an integrated approach involving the One team. Health.
“WHO and its partners are working together with the state ministries of Health, Agriculture and Environment and waste disposal, using the One Health approach to achieve control of the vectors that transmit the disease.
“We have carried out rat extermination in 110 communities, eight high/medium risk LGAs. 8,912 homes were reached and 2,231 rodents were destroyed, of which 560 were Mastomys rats. We have also been conducting Lassa fever awareness campaigns with key informants, traditional rulers, other stakeholders, and contact list and daily monitoring in eight high/medium risk LGAs. Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials have been printed and distributed to LGAs,” he said.
Ms Ireye added that the WHO has been supporting the state to ensure that infected people also have access to quality health care services.
As of February 27, 2022, 73% of the cases are from three states: Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi. Other states affected are Benue, Taraba, Kogi, Oyo, Ebonyi, Kaduna, Plateau, Cross River, Katsina, Plateau, Nasarawa, Gombe, Kogi, Enugu and Delta.
Karu's Sakaruyi at the FCT's Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Emmanuel Yepwi, denounced on Sunday the increasing rate of illegal structures in his domain.
The traditional leader declared this when the TCF Minister's Senior Special Assistant for Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Mr. Ikharo Attah, paid him a courtesy call at his palace in Karu, Abuja.
Yepwi appealed to the Federal Capital Territory City Sanitation Ministerial Committee to urgently remove illegal structures and shacks in his domain.
He said that the illegalities had been found to be being perpetrated by elements living in makeshift shacks and other illegal structures in the community.
Yepwi, who expressed concern about the situation, said that the alleged lawbreakers initially came into the community as law-abiding citizens, but over time they revealed their true characters.
He pointed out that he had been mobilizing the powers within his constitutional reach to fight against the illegalities that were being perpetrated, but now he needed the support of the government to defeat them and restore sanity to his domain.
He specifically noted with dismay that some of the people, who disguised themselves as merchants in the Karu market, had taken over the roadsides and were causing excruciating traffic jams and unavoidable disaster.
Yepwi urged the City Sanitation Ministerial Committee to quickly intervene illegal structures in Karu, one of the largest satellite cities of the FCT.
” Karu is an important satellite city located in the main road corridors of the FCT. Karu bonds with Orozo and even Karshi. It should be the best. Unfortunately, most people choose to sell on the road and cause traffic problems.
“I want to appeal to the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, to help us completely cleanse Karu of some illegal structures and dispensers that were not good for our community.
“Tell the minister that we fully support him in whatever he wants to do to get all these shopkeepers off the roads. We have been warning them to go away, but they refused to listen.
In response, Attah said that FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello had expressed similar concern about illegalities in the satellite town of Karu and would work in synergy with all stakeholders to address them.
He also revealed that the visit to the Sakaruyi Palace was prompted by complaints that continued to come in from residents living in the Karu area.
Attah added that more worrying was a situation where some traders arrogantly abandoned empty spaces in the Karu market and opted to sell, not caring about the traffic problems created.
It's a pathetic scene at the Karu model's market entry point, as dealers now occupy the entire road and only allow one car to pass at a time.
“The ones that sell fresh catfish and vegetables now take up most of the road.”
In addition, the Head of the AMAC Works Department, Mr. Andrew Gaza, praised the plans of the FCT administration to cleanse the area of illegalities.
“We at AMAC have plans to clear areas in and around the market. Now that the FCT Administration is coming in, we fully support it. All these illegalities must stop.”
“If you look inside the market, you will see that AMAC was the first to mark the worrying illegal structures for demolition. They have completely and badly changed the approved plan for the market.”
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) opened the Enoch and Folu Adeboye Dialysis Center at Wuse District Hospital, Abuja on Thursday as part of efforts to boost the health care system in the territory.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the center is equipped with eight dialysis machines, a reverse osmosis medical water purification system and a 30 KVA generator.
It also reports that the facility was donated by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
Opening the center, FCT Minister of State Dr. Ramatu Aliyu advocated for a reduced cost of dialysis in light of current economic realities.
The minister, who quoted abundantly from the holy book to reinforce the importance of the dialysis center, pointed out that kidney disease, when detected early, can be treated and corrected.
Aliyu pointed out that the TCF Administration, in response to the rising incidence of chronic kidney disease in 2013, operated two public dialysis and intensive care units at district hospitals in Wuse and Asokoro districts.
He called on the Nigerian Association of Nephrology and other health stakeholders to intensify public information on lifestyle changes, as well as control of orthodox and traditional drug abuse, to prevent and control kidney disease. and other noncommunicable diseases.
He congratulated the church leadership for choosing a project that saves lives, particularly at a time when the number of cases of kidney disease is increasing.
Aliyu pointed out that the church was beginning to play one of its crucial roles of caring for the downtrodden in society.
“March 2 of each year is World Kidney Day and this allows for awareness and free testing for early detection of kidney disease, especially in clients with hypertension and diabetes.
"Weight, urea, electrolytes, creatinine and cholesterol levels, with evaluation of protein in urine, among others, are additional tests necessary for the early detection of kidney disease," he said.
Earlier, the church's Intercontinental Overseer, Christian Social Responsibility, Pastor Iluyomade, said the Abuja dialysis center would be the 20th in a series of donated specialized medical interventions.
He added that the church also built and donated an intensive care unit, dialysis centers, a cancer screening center and primary health care centers.
Iluyomade further stated that, to date, Enoch and Folu Adeboye Dialysis Center had donated 37 dialysis machines in Nigeria.
He added that the center had performed more than 30,000 free and subsidized dialysis sessions and partnered with other agencies to perform six kidney transplants for free.
“In 2021, the foundation donated a complete dialysis center to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Shagamu, benefiting 106 patients.
“The foundation, in partnership with Mercy Ship International Floating Hospital, has performed corrective surgeries that changed the lives of several people.
“The foundation also rehabilitated the Primary Health Care Center of the Resettlement Community, Ajah, Lagos, among others,” said Iluyomade.