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Group Asks Oil Majors to Replace Expired Pipelines

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  • Group Asks Oil Majors to Replace Expired Pipelines

The new Chairman of the Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Central Zone, Mr. Tari Porri, has called on multinational oil companies operating within the zone to replace all the expired pipelines.

The zone comprises Bayelsa State and some local government areas in Rivers State.

Porri made the call on Tuesday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, during the swearing in of the executive committee members of the zone.

He lamented that the majority of the pipelines criss-crossing the zone had expired and that conscious efforts were not made by the relevant authorities and oil firms to replace them.

He also called on the international oil companies to relocate their headquarters to the zone if they were willing to operate within the vicinity of Ijaw land.

Porri said, “Most of the explosions, most of the things that happen in the environment are not caused by Ijaw youths. Ijaw youths are law abiding; Ijaw youths are not fighters; and we are hardworking.

“I want to say that all the multinational oil companies that are operating in our zone should please, as a matter of urgency, commence the process of replacing all the pipelines across the central zone that have expired as we will no longer tolerate corrosion, explosion and equipment failure.

“It is unfortunate that most of the pipelines criss-crossing the entire zone have expired. We therefore call on the oil companies to replace them in the interest of peace and security in the region.’’

He frowned on the situation whereby indigenes of Ijaw in the central zone were denied contracts by oil companies, saying the youth would no longer tolerate such development.

He added, ‘’These oil companies have a way of creating contracts for non-indigenes, for non-Bayelsans, for non-central zone businessmen and part of the enjoyment in the oil industry is through the pipeline arrangement; that is why they are deliberately causing explosion in our environment.

“So, we implore the oil companies to replace all the expired pipelines in our zone with immediate effect.’’

Meanwhile, stakeholders have lamented the spate of oil spillages and other environmental pollution in the Niger Delta.

They, therefore, called on the government to “stop gas flaring and clean up the Niger Delta as recommended by the United National Environmental Protection report”, and “enact good environmental laws” to protect the environment.

The stakeholders made the call in Yenagoa during a town hall meeting organised by Face Initiative and Mac-Jim Foundation.

They also urged the communities to engage in activities such as planting of trees to restore the environment and desist from harmful practices such as improper disposal of waste.

They called on the Federal Government to prevail on oil companies operating in the Niger Delta to evolve mechanisms to halt the continuous pollution in the region occasioned by extractive activities.

Two resource persons, Dr. Charles Oyibo, a Geography lecturer with the Niger Delta University and chairman, Nigerian Environmental Society, Bayelsa State chapter; and the Executive Director, Mac-Jim Foundation, Mr. Godson Jim-Dorgu, delivered papers on the ‘Role of Community in Environmental Protection and Management’ and ‘Negative Impact of Environmental Pollution’, respectively.

The participants, numbering about 100, comprised traditional rulers, community development committees, women and youth groups of host communities, representatives of security agencies and ministries of environment, education and agriculture, the Central Bank of Nigeria, civil society organisations and the media.

They were unanimous in their submissions that the people’s traditional means of livelihood, particularly fishing and farming, had been adversely affected by the environmental degradation caused by actions and inactions of the government and oil firms.

They also expressed concern that the youth of the region, instead of preaching against environmental pollution, had joined the fray by carrying out illegal oil bunkering and illegal refining in the creeks.

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Siemens Energy Nigeria Appoints Seun Suleiman as Managing Director

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Seun Suleiman is the New Managing Director of Siemens Energy Nigeria

Mr. Seun Suleiman is the new managing director of Siemens Energy Nigeria, the company announced on Wednesday.

According to the statement released by the energy company, Suleiman will be responsible for the entire management of operations and decisions on business policies and corporate strategy.

Commenting on his appointment, Suleiman said, “It is an absolute honor to lead the business for Siemens Energy Nigeria and I look forward to delivering on the brand’s promise of excellence.

Suleiman joined Siemens Energy in 2014, bringing over 15 years’ experience and deep expertise in the private sector across Europe and West Africa.

The statement said, “He is an accomplished business strategist and success-driven leader with strong business acumen. Suleiman has also been a core member of the executive management team at Siemens Energy serving in roles as Sales Director West Africa – Service Distributed Generation Oil & Gas and Vice President Service & Digital.

“Prior to this, he also held various functional and managerial positions with ABB Ltd UK, ABBNG Nigeria, Schneider Electric Nigeria and Dresser-Rand Nigeria Ltd.

It added that Suleiman was experienced in establishing operational excellence with specific competence in the power, oil and gas sectors.

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FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations

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FG Reopens Osubi Airport Warri for Daylight Operations

The Federal Government on Monday said the Osubi Airport in Warri has been reopened for daylight operations.

The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Siriki, disclosed this in a tweet.

The airport was closed in February 2020 over mismanagement and debt allegation involving aviation service providers and airport management.

However, Oberuakpefe Afe, a lawmaker representing Okpe/Sapeie/vaie federal constituency, recently moved a motion for the Federal Government through the ministry of aviation and relevant authorities to reopen the airport for flight operations.

On Monday, Hadi Siriki said “I have just approved the reopening of Osubi Airport Warri, for daylight operations in VFR conditions, subject to all procedures, practices and protocols, including COVID-19, strictly being observed. There will not be need for local approvals henceforth.

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Nigerian Brand, JR Farms Acquires 11% Stake in Rwandan Firm

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Nigerian Brand, JR Farms Acquires 11% Stake in Rwandan Firm

JR Firms, an agribusiness firm with headquarters in Nigeria, has announced partnership with Sanit Wing Rwanda through the acquisition of 11 per cent stake in the company.

The CEO of the company, Mr Rotimi Olawale, explained in a statement that the partnership was in furtherance of its goals to ensure food security, create decent jobs and raise the next generation of agrarian leaders in Africa.

The stake was acquired through Green Agribusiness Fund, an initiative of JR Farms designed to invest in youth-led agribusinesses across Africa.

Sanit Wing Rwanda is an agro-processing company that processes avocado oil and cosmetics that are natural, quality, affordable, reliable and viable.

The vision of the company is to become the leading producers of best quality avocado and avocado by-products in Africa by creating value across the avocado value chain.

With focus on bringing together over 20,000 professional Avocado farmers on board and planting of three million avocado trees by 2025 through contract farming, the company currently works with One Acre Fund in supply of avocado to its processing facility.

The products of the company which include avocado oil, skin care (SANTAVO), hair cream and soap are being sold locally and exported to regional market in Kenya.

With the new partnership with JR Farms- the products of the company will enjoy more access to markets focusing on Africa and the European Union by leveraging on partnerships and trade windows available.

Aside funding, the partnership comes with project support in areas of market exposure, capacity building, exposure and other thematic support to grow the business over the next four years.

JR Farms has agribusiness operations in Nigeria, Rwanda, United States and Zambia respectively.

In Nigeria, the company deals in cassava value chain processing cassava to national staple “garri” which is consumed by over 80 million Nigerians on daily basis, while in Rwanda, it works in the coffee value chain with over 4,000 coffee farmers spread across the East Central African country.

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