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  • Steel Industry Capable of Revamping Economy if Properly Harnessed

A member of the House of Representatives, Emmanuel Egwu (APC-Kogi), has called on the Federal Government to revamp Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited (ASCL) in Kogi state.

According to the lawmaker, revamping the company would help in the diversification of the nation’s economy and reduce the country’s over dependence on oil.

He explained that the steel plant in Ajaokuta was designed to be the driving force of Nigeria’s technological advancement.According to Egwu, the need to revamp the nation’s steel sector is now more compelling than ever before as the global oil price continues to drop.

“However, since its inauguration in 1983, the company has been embroiled in managerial ineptitude and controversies. Obsolete machines like outdated blast furnace model are also challenges plaguing the establishment,” he noted.

He further said that in spite of its initial completion, the plant had suffered years of neglect under successive administrations.“Kogi State is endowed with a lot of human resources, but unfortunately have not been able to metamorphose into infrastructural development, which is a serious concern to many. The state is faced with several abandoned federal projects which call for urgent attention.

“Most significant is that of the iron and steel Industry that would have been a hub for development in Africa. The iron ore industry that is supposed to be at Itakpe has not been maximally explored which is not of good Interest for Nigeria and even the international community,” he said.

He added that not much had been done about Iron and steel industry, therefore called on the federal government to intensify efforts at revamping the Iron and steel industry in the country.

He however expressed confidence that if the steel sector is given further attention, it would boost rapid infrastructural development in Nigeria, Africa and would also meet the international needs of the industrialised nations.

“We are talking about diversification to mineral resources. The first significant step should be Iron Ore. At the international level, there is no way you can go into development without iron.

“It is the need of every country, so I think it is another area that the country should have diverted to with significant attention that would boost the economy of the country,” he said.

On efforts made to address the issue on the floor of the House, Egwu said that motions on Iron and steel industry had been raised severally.

Egwu added that the state government’s delegation would be meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari soon on how to address the matter.“We are thinking of how to foster a consolidated forum that will meet with Mr President but of course, I think we would need the governor of the state who has to be a major stakeholder in that delegation.

“I think when that is resolved, we would move to the president to seek for his attention on this noble industry that has been abandoned for many years. When we meet with the President, one of our demands would be on the need for industrialisation of the Iron and steel, another is to see how we can boost the agricultural terrain in Kogi,” he said.

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

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Communities in Delta State Shut OML30 Operates by Heritage Energy Operational Services Ltd

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The OML30 operated by Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited in Delta State has been shut down by the host communities for failing to meet its obligations to the 112 host communities.

The host communities, led by its Management Committee/President Generals, had accused the company of gross indifference and failure in its obligations to the host communities despite several meetings and calls to ensure a peaceful resolution.

The station with a production capacity of 80,000 barrels per day and eight flow stations operates within the Ughelli area of Delta State.

The host communities specifically accused HEOSL of failure to pay the GMOU fund for the last two years despite mediation by the Delta State Government on May 18, 2020.

Also, the host communities accused HEOSL of ‘total stoppage of scholarship award and payment to host communities since 2016’.

The Chairman, Dr Harrison Oboghor and Secretary, Mr Ibuje Joseph that led the OML30 host communities explained to journalists on Monday that the host communities had resolved not to backpedal until all their demands were met.

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Crude Oil Recovers from 4 Percent Decline as Joe Biden Wins

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Oil Prices Recover from 4 Percent Decline as Joe Biden Wins

Crude oil prices rose with other financial markets on Monday following a 4 percent decline on Friday.

This was after Joe Biden, the former Vice-President and now the President-elect won the race to the White House.

Global benchmark oil, Brent crude oil, gained $1.06 or 2.7 percent to $40.51 per barrel on Monday while the U.S West Texas Intermediate crude oil gained $1.07 or 2.9 percent to $38.21 per barrel.

On Friday, Brent crude oil declined by 4 percent as global uncertainty surged amid unclear US election and a series of negative comments from President Trump. However, on Saturday when it became clear that Joe Biden has won, global financial markets rebounded in anticipation of additional stimulus given Biden’s position on economic growth and recovery.

Trading this morning has a risk-on flavor, reflecting increasing confidence that Joe Biden will occupy the White House, but the Republican Party will retain control of the Senate,” Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets in Sydney.

“The outcome is ideal from a market point of view. Neither party controls the Congress, so both trade wars and higher taxes are largely off the agenda.”

The president-elect and his team are now working on mitigating the risk of COVID-19, grow the world’s largest economy by protecting small businesses and the middle class that is the backbone of the American economy.

There will be some repercussions further down the road,” said OCBC’s economist Howie Lee, raising the possibility of lockdowns in the United States under Biden.

“Either you’re crimping energy demand or consumption behavior.”

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Nigeria, Other OPEC Members Oil Revenue to Hit 18 Year Low in 2020

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Revenue of OPEC Members to Drop to 18 Year Low in 2020

The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) has predicted that the oil revenue of members of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will decline to 18-year low in 2020.

EIA said their combined oil export revenue will plunge to its lowest level since 2002. It proceeded to put a value to the projection by saying members of the oil cartel would earn around $323 billion in net oil export in 2020.

If realised, this forecast revenue would be the lowest in 18 years. Lower crude oil prices and lower export volumes drive this expected decrease in export revenues,” it said.

The oil expert based its projection on weak global oil demand and low oil prices because of COVID-19.

It said this coupled with production cuts by OPEC members in recent months will impact net revenue of the cartel in 2020.

It said, “OPEC earned an estimated $595bn in net oil export revenues in 2019, less than half of the estimated record high of $1.2tn, which was earned in 2012.

“Continued declines in revenue in 2020 could be detrimental to member countries’ fiscal budgets, which rely heavily on revenues from oil sales to import goods, fund social programmes, and support public services.”

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