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NIPOST Set to Explore Opportunities in E-commerce



  • NIPOST Set to Explore Opportunities in E-commerce

The Nigerian Postal Service will explore opportunities created by the evolving electronic commerce architecture to increase its revenue profile, the Postmaster General of the Federation, Mr. Bisi Adegbuyi, has said.

Adegbuyi said this during the celebration of NIPOST Day at the ongoing International Trade Fair in Abuja.

The NIPOST boss said the numerous e-commerce sites in the country and the increasing online transactions among the citizenry had created tremendous opportunities and a new stream of income for postal services.

He added that the postal organisation under his leadership would explore Information Technology to improve its service delivery across the country.

According to him, it is now possible to use IT to track the movement of letters and parcels from the point of postage to the point of delivery.

Adegbuyi said, “Many people had expressed fears that with the advent of Information and Communications Technology, the post would fizzle out.

“Our simple answer, however, is that the emergence of digital technology has not in any way diminished the role and importance of the postal services. On the contrary, ICT is positively complementing postal services as we can use ICT to fast track our mail and cause postal services to be at every doorstep with minimal delays.

“Even in the Western world where the Internet and other telecommunications services may be considered to be at its peak, the letter post is still a vital means of communication both in the rural, urban and business communities.”

He added, “My appointment is predicated on turning around the fortunes of NIPOST and making it a business conglomerate.

“With the change agenda of the present administration, my appointment calls on all and sundry to put on their thinking cap and make this sleeping giant a money spinner for the nation to the extent that the nation would find a replacement for the monolithic economy.”

Adegbuyi said he would also bring his knowledge of property law and estate development to bear in harnessing several NIPOST landed estates scattered in different parts of the country.

Another area, which he said NIPOST would explore under his leadership, was providing banking services to rural and suburban communities that are unbanked.

The NIPOST boss said that while physical banking was diminishing in some climes because of the evolution of e-banking activities, opportunities exist for NIPOST to serve as agents to banks in rural communities where it had long ago established its presence.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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South Africa’s iGas, PetroSA and Strategic Fuel Fund Merge to Create South African National Petroleum Company



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The South African Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has announced the merger of Central Energy Fund (CEF) subsidiaries iGas, PetroSA and the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF).

The merger will be effective from 1 April 2021 and the new company will be called the South African National Petroleum Company.

The merger, driven by the pursuit of implementing a new company that has a streamlined operating model via the development of a shared services system and a common information platform, comes a few months after cabinet approval and the confirmation that PetroSA had incurred losses of R20 billion since 2014.

Additional factors which prompted the move included the determination to strengthen PetroSA which had not had a permanent CEO in five years prior to the appointment of CEO Ishmael Poolo last and, had become majorly ungainful since its failure to secure gas for the gas-to-liquids refinery project in Mossel Bay.

While the merger deadline has been set, the portfolio committee expressed reservations to the department’s likelihood of meeting the deadline, considering the existing legislative regime, pending issues raised in the SFF and PetroSA forensic reports, as well as PetroSA’s current insolvency and liquidity challenges, the official press statement on the briefing revealed.

“South Africa’s energy sector is entering a new dawn,” said NJ Ayuk, Executive Chairman of the African Energy Chamber. “With gas discoveries off the coast and the announcement of the REIPPP programme bid window 5 and 6 on the horizon, now is the most opportune time for the merger of the CEF subsidiaries. Of course, it is not an easy task and delays may be anticipated but, this move signals a real change towards a meaningful strategy that will not only be beneficial to the DMRE but to potential investors and local development as well.”

The African Energy Chamber welcomes this move and acknowledges that this is yet another step supporting the country’s determination to restarting the engines of sustainable growth and the transformation of energy policy and infrastructure.

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Crude Oil Hits $71.34 After Saudi Largest Oil Facilities Were Attacked




Brent Crude Oil Rises to $71.34 Following Missile Attack on Saudi Largest Oil Facilities

Brent crude, against which Nigerian oil is priced, jumped to $71.34 a barrel on Monday during the Asian trading session following a report that Saudi Arabia’s largest oil facilities were attacked by missiles and drones fired on Sunday by Houthi military in Yemen.

On Monday, the Saudi energy ministry said one of the world’s largest offshore oil loading facilities at Ras Tanura was attacked and a ballistic missile targeted Saudi Aramco facilities.

One of the petroleum tank areas at the Ras Tanura Port in the Eastern Region, one of the largest oil ports in the world, was attacked this morning by a drone, coming from the sea,” the ministry said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.

It also stated that shrapnel from a ballistic missile dropped near Aramco’s residential compound in Eastern Dhahran.

Such acts of sabotage do not only target the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but also the security and stability of energy supplies to the world, and therefore, the global economy,” a ministry spokesman said in a statement on state media.

Oil price surged because the market interpreted the occurrence as supply sabotage given Saudi is the largest OPEC producer. A decline in supply is positive for the oil industry.

However, Brent crude oil pulled back to $69.49 per barrel at 12:34 pm Nigerian time because of the $1.9 trillion stimulus packed passed in the U.S.

Market experts are projecting that the stimulus will boost the United States economy and support U.S crude oil producers in the near-term, this they expect to boost crude oil production from share and disrupt OPEC strategy.

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A Loud Blast Heard in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia’s Largest Crude Oil Production Site



Loud Blast Heard in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia’s Largest Crude Oil Production Site

Two residents from the eastern city of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday said they heard a loud blast, but they are yet to know the cause, according to a Reuters report.

Saudi’s Eastern province is home to the kingdom’s largest crude oil production and export facilities of Saudi Aramco.

A blast in any of the facilities in that region could hurt global oil supplies and bolster oil prices above $70 per barrel in the first half of the year.

One of the residents said the explosion took place around 8:30 pm Saudi time while the other resident claimed the time was around 8:00 pm.

However, Saudi authorities are yet to confirm or respond to the story.


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