BENIN CITY – The Edo State Government has expanded the Transition Committee earlier constituted on 9th October 2020, under the chairmanship of Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa Esq. to include more members.

In a statement, Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., said the appointment of new members of the committee takes immediate effect.

According to him, “It is hereby announced for the information of the general public that His Excellency, the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, has approved the expansion of the Transition Committee earlier constituted on the 9th of October, 2020, under the chairmanship of the Head of Service, A.O Anthony Esq., as follows:

“Prof. Dennis Agbonlahor, Member; Mrs. Philomena Ihenyen, Member; Austin Osakue Esq., Member; Mrs. L.A Iwu, Member; Prof. Eghosa Osaghae, Member; Dr. (Mrs) Nosa Aladeselu, Member; Mrs. Lucy Omagbon, Member and Prof. Festus Egbaghare, Member.”

Others are: “Mrs. Zeenat Odion Isimekhai, Member; Mr. Ugbesea Confort Ola, Member; Mr. Olu Dania, Member and Mr. Abdulai Kasimu, Member.”

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ASABA – There was a mild drama at the Delta State Football Summit on Wednesday as the Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick and a sport guru, Mr. Harry Ijala, almost turned the summit into boxing arena when they engaged in heated quarrel which distrupted the program for about 20 minutes.

At the Summit, Pinnick labasted his perceived enemies who had been a stumbling block to Sports career over the years, but advised them to desist from such envil acts

The NFF Boss said while delivery his speech that he would have long been the acting president of the Confederation of African Footballv( CAR) if not for the pull him down syndrome from people from his home state, who had resulted to attark him each time he moves for any position.

Mr. Amaju said that people did not believe he would attain the position of the CAF Acting President.

He took time to explain that the difficulties he went through to get to the position he is presently position, and advised Mr Harry Ajala to desist from dragging people especially football stakeholders to Court.

NFF boss who was in his element, fully charged and ready for fight called him (Ajala) an evil man and other unprintable names even as threatened to get him arrested.

After the outburst of Mr. Amaju, Harry Ajala challenged him, in the process, both stood up to fight, but the intervention of the state commissioner of youths, Mr Ifeanyi Egwuyanga who represented Governor Ifeanyi Okowa safe day.

And as they were separated, Pinnick was visibly fumy, and fiecefully work out while is opponent was dragged to his seat.

Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed lamentation over the declined in sports – especially football, boxing , wrestling, weight lifting as well as track and field .

Okowa said, ” it is petinent to state that abysmal performance of our national team in the recent international sports meet, particularly football world cup, African Nations cup and African club competition is in deed a serious cause for concern.

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The two modular refineries are located in Egbokor Village, Iyoba Ward, Orhionmwon Local Government and Ologbo in Ikpoba Okha Local Government, Edo State. The two refineries are under construction. Egbokor Village, Iyoba Ward, Orhionmwon Local Government. Edo State in the year 2020 can boast of two modular refineries in Nigeria. Please go to Egbokor village, Iyoba Ward, Orhionmwon Local Government and Ologbo, Ikpoba Okha Local Government to verify if you doubt my article.

One of the two modular refineries under construction in Edo is Dupot Oil Modular Refinery, Egbokor Village, Iyoba Ward, Orhionmwon Local Government which is already exporting crude from their field in Edo State. Egbokor village which is the host community is benefitting greatly from the on-going construction works of the modular refinery. In order to ensure regular supply of petroleum products for domestic consumption and provide veritable platforms for Nigerians and investors to take advantage of these opportunities, the Federal Government launched some initiatives to support the establishment of private mini (modular) refineries.

Governor Obaseki and the two modular refineries will drive industrial revolution in Edo State. The petroleum industry in Edo State received a new boost recently as the Federal Government reduced the cost of obtaining a refinery license from $1,000,000(one million dollars) to $150,000 (one hundred and fifty thousand dollars) among other things. The ongoing Modular Refineries project at Ologbo in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state and Dupot Oil Modular Refinery, Egbokor Village, Iyoba Ward, Orhionmwon Local Government, Edo State will on completion drive the state’s industrial revolution quest.

In the last 5 years in Edo State, production capacity of PSC’s has steadily increased, averaging 3% growth, to account for about 35% of total production. Edo is one of the lucky states to be an oil producing state. This state contribute 2.06% of the total crude oil output in the country. Benin City is currently the capital of Edo and the state has a human strength of more than 3.3 million spread across the state’s Local Government Areas.

Dupot Oil Modular Refinery, Egbokor Village, Iyoba Ward, Orhionmwon Local Government ,Edo Modular and Refinery Company Ltd. and AIPCC Energy, were on the verge of completing the 5,500bpd and more. Edo Modular Refinery, now at 70 per cent completion stage.

Nigeria’s Edo Modular Energy refinery is set to increase crude oil production from 6,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 60,000 bpd. The project is being developed by two Chinese firms; AIPCC Energy Limited and the Peiyang Chemical Equipment Company Limited.

Operations are expected to commence between September and mid-October, 2021. The first phase will produce 1,000 bpd, while the second phase will produce 6,000 bpd; with a long-term goal of producing 60,000 bpd. Phase one – which is almost complete – will target a production ratio comprising 55% diesel, 38% fuel oil and less than 10% naphtha.

Some of the products will be exported to boost foreign exchange earnings and by the time we extend it into different phases. We would be able to take care of more than 80% of diesel requirement in Nigeria. That is the vision we have for the next five years,” says Segun Okeni – AIPCC Energy Limited Head of Quality, Health and Safety/Community Relations.

The investment will benefit the Edo people through job creation, increased revenue and ease of pressure on other refineries. This is a key legacy project by the Gov. Godwin Obaseki-led administration to recalibrate the state’s industrial base, birthed through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

“The project, sited at Ologbo in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area, would produce from its feedstock 50 per cent of diesel (500,000 litres), 25 per cent of naphtha (300,000 litres) and 20 per cent of fuel oil (200,000) litres. “The crude is to be sourced from the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company’s (NPDC) facility – oil mining lease (OML) 111, near Benin City.

The modular refineries project were among the growing list of ongoing legacy projects through MoU with local and international private investors, which included the 55MW CCTEC Ossiomo Power Plant, which had been completed and ready for use. “The Benin Enterprise and Industrial Park, which development is ongoing and the Benin River Port, for which preliminary works are ongoing,” . Governor Obaseki is committed to resetting the economy of the state for prosperity and industrial growth.

The local content component of the refinery project ensures that Edo citizens are trained in welding, refinery operation and fabrication works to enable them participate in the construction of the refinery as well as its operation, post-commissioning.

A modular refinery is a prefabricated crude oil processing plant constructed on skid mounted surfaces, with each structure containing a portion of the entire refining process plant, with by interstitial piping to form an easily manageable process. Technically, a modular refinery could be either simple or complex, with capacity ranging from 100 bpsd to 10,000 bpsd. They are however not defined by size. They can be transported in modules across distances and put together at the location desired. The other advantages of modular refineries include short project completion time,relatively small overall project cost, provides quicker investment return, can be installed in small space and could be designed towards petroleum product need around its location.

Attempts to construct private refineries in Nigeria started in 1990 with the call for indigenous private participation in crude oil refining by the government. Between 1990 and 2000, the Department of Petroleum Resourcesreceived over 100 applications. From 2001 to 2007, the 3-Stage Licensing (License to Establish – LTE, Approval to Construct – ATC and License to Operate – LTO) process, which is still in use to date was adopted. About 105 applications were received during the period, leading to grant of 21 LTEs in 2002 and 17 ATCs in 2004. Between 2008 and 2011, focus was placed more on mini (modular) refineries. Nine (9) LTEs were granted and two plants were fabricated, but only the 1,000 bpsd capacity Niger Delta Petroleum Resources refinery at Ogbelle River State wascommissioned. From 2012 to date, about 34 LTEs have been granted for mini(modular) refinery projects; six (6) of these companies have been granted ATCs and are at different levels of construction.

Inwalomhe Donald writes via inwalomhe.donald@yahoo.com

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ABUJA – The House of Representatives on Wednesday assured Nigerians and the international community of its commitment towards the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), as well as assented to by the President, before the end of March, 2021.

This revelation was made known by the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee, Hon. Mohammed Monguno who gave this assurance in Abuja at the inaugural meeting of the Committee, expressing optimism that the piece of legislation will stand the test of time.

Speaking further, Hon. Monguno who doubles as the Majority Whip, solicited for the support of various stakeholders including the IOCs in achieving the set objectives, by subjecting the Bill to be detailed, as well as allowing public scrutiny to ensure that Nigerians are carried along.

“We are confident that this piece of legislation will stand the test of time. In as much as we are eager to pass the bill, we will not circumvent legislative process, it is our hope and believe that the Bill will be passed by the end of the first quarter of year 2021,”he assured.

The Chairman who expressed concern over the prolonged delay in the passage of the bill despite frantic efforts made by successive National Assembly, explained that the journey to pass the PIB did commenced in 2007,but evaded three successive Assemblie, that is: the 6th, 7th and 8th Assemblies

“I am particularly alarmed that though the exploration of fossil fuel in Nigeria dated back to the 60s but commercial exploration may only last for another 25 years, it is not to say that we might exhaust the deposit, but that the entire world is focusing on research to develop, renewable energy that could turn out to be cheaper and environmentally friendlier.

“That is why it has become expedient, more than ever to leverage on this window of opportunity that the oil exploration present to us as Nigerians, by ensuring that the Petroleum Industry Bill is passed without further delay.

“In spite of all the effort of the preceding administrations to diversify our mono economy, the oil industry still remains the main-stay of our country every time there’s significant fluctuations in the price of crude oil, all other sectors of our national lives suffers.

“The Petroleum Industry Bill seeks to provide for Legal, Governance, Regulatory and Fiscal framework for the Nigerian Petroleum Industry, the Development of Host Communities and for related matters.

“The Bill when passed will improve clarity of structures, roles accountability, transparency and overall efficiency and effectiveness of the Institutions in the Oil Industry.

“The House, at plenary on ‘Tuesday 24 November, 2020 read the Petroleum Industry Iiill (PHI) for the second time and referred same to the Ad-hoc Committee on Petroleum industry Bill (PIB) earlier constituted for further legislative action,

“Under our watch as a Committee, which I am privileged to Chair, it is a general consensus that the passage of this Bill is long overdue. We are taking time to review what has been done by the previous Assemblies and what we need to do differently.

“Prior to the referrer of the Bill, the leadership of the House, the Senate and the relevant Committees of the National Assembly, has been briefed by the Minister of Petroleum with his team, wherein most of the concerns and controversies contained in the previous drafts has been significantly addressed with this present draft.”

According to him, the Bill comprises five chapters namely: “Governance and Institutions, Administration, Host Communities Development, Petroleum Industry Fiscal Framework and Miscellaneous Provisions.

“It also include seven schedules: Right of Pre-Emption; Principles of Negotiating Incorporated Joint Ventures; Domestic Base Price and Pricing Framework; Pricing Formula for Gas Price for the Gas Based Industries; Capital Allowances; Production Allowances and Cost Price Ratio Limit; and Petroleum Fees, Rents and Royalty,” Hon. Monguno noted.

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ABUJA – The Senate has mandated its Committees on Legislative Compliance and Communications to invite the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, to impress on him the need to implement the resolutions of the Senate regarding security related to the mandate of his ministry.

The decision was reached in a resolution which followed the consideration of a motion on the spate of growing insecurity in Nigeria.

Rising under Order 42 and 52 of the Senate Rules, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha (PDP – Taraba South), noted that “the rate of insecurity in Nigeria has not only increased astronomically but has reached a melting point.”

According to the lawmaker, the challenged has manifested in kidnapping, banditry, armed robbery, assassination and other criminal activity in the country.

“The assassination of Nasarawa State APC Chairman and other high profile cases are still fresh in our memories. A Chinese National was recently abducted in my community, his whereabout is still unknown,” Bwacha lamented.

He further expressed worry that “there is growing suspicion of complicity of officials of state saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and properties of the citizens, but compromised in the process.”

“This is heightened by arrest of several security operatives involved in armed robbery and kidnapping activities across the country. It is only in Nigeria that communication facilities can be used without a biometric process, no valid identification of passport details (in the case of foreigners) in place to check abuse”, the lawmaker added.

He raised alarm that “bandits, terrorists negotiate for ransom using telephones and getting away with it”, querying, “how can we be so negligent and insensitive to the safety and security of citizens?”

“Senate is concerned that the confidence between the protected and the protector is being increasingly eroded resulting to breakdown of law and order as demonstrated in the #EndSARS protest which was subsequently hijacked by miscreants.

“Further notes that political permutations across the landscape is attracting politicians to recruit criminals for the purpose of destabilizing the corporate existence of Nigeria.

“These evil intents can be easily achieved given the poor control over communication facilities viz inability of our security apparatus and service providers to effectively manage this all important sector,” Bwacha said.

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