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ICT Capacity: Public Service Institute Partners Firm



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The Public Service Institute of Nigeria says it is collaborating with a private Information Technology firm, HIIT Plc, to build the ICT capacity of public servants across Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

A statement issued by the Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, at the PSIN, Ekaete Umo, said the HIIT would also offer free ICT training to wards of public officials working with the agency.

Umo said, “The PSIN is a management development institute with a mandate to provide competency-based and demand-driven training to public servants, using information and cutting-edge technology services in order to enhance their professional, technical, managerial and leadership capabilities.

“In line with the transformation process of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation as contained in the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan, the Administrator/CEO of PSIN, Dr Abdul-Ganiyu Obatoyinbo, is repositioning the institute to key into the transformation process and play a leading role in the achievement of the strategic plan of the Head of Service.”

He said in acknowledgement of the pivotal role the IT had to play in driving the present day economy, Obatoyinbo had established collaborative partnerships with relevant organisations to promote organisational excellence and long-life learning in the public service.

Umo said one of such strategic partnerships had been forged with HIIT Plc in order to boost the capacity of public servants in strategic areas of Information Technology.

He added, “As part of its corporate social responsibility, HIIT Plc is also offering free tuition (fee) training in digital literacy worth N5m to children and wards of the PSIN staff. The scholarship covers 160 participants.

“By this gesture, HIIT is ‘catching them young’ and helping to build the capacity of participants in Information Technology to enable them to have a solid base to launch them into the technology-driven age.”

Umo said with a solid foundation in the IT, the beneficiaries of the training programme would smoothly key into the e-government policy of the Federal Government.

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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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Brent Crude Oil Approaches $70 Per Barrel on Friday



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Nigerian Oil Approaches $70 Per Barrel Following OPEC+ Production Cuts Extension

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, rose to $69 on Friday at 3:55 pm Nigerian time.

Oil price jumped after OPEC and allies, known as OPEC plus, agreed to role-over crude oil production cuts to further reduce global oil supplies and artificially sustain oil price in a move experts said could stoke inflationary pressure.

Brent crude oil rose from $63.86 per barrel on Wednesday to $69 per barrel on Friday as energy investors became more optimistic about the oil outlook.

While certain experts are worried that U.S crude oil production will eventually hurt OPEC strategy once the economy fully opens, few experts are saying production in the world’s largest economy won’t hit pre-pandemic highs.

According to Vicki Hollub, the CEO of Occidental, U.S oil production may not return to pre-pandemic levels given a shift in corporates’ value.

“I do believe that most companies have committed to value growth, rather than production growth,” she said during a CNBC Evolve conversation with Brian Sullivan. “And so I do believe that that’s going to be part of the reason that oil production in the United States does not get back to 13 million barrels a day.”

Hollub believes corporate organisations will focus on optimizing present operations and facilities, rather than seeking growth at all costs. She, however, noted that oil prices rebounded faster than expected, largely due to China, India and United States’ growing consumption.

The recovery looks more V-shaped than we had originally thought it would be,” she said. Occidental previous projection had oil production recovering to pre-pandemic levels by the middle of 2022. The CEO Now believes demand will return by the end of this year or the first few months of 2022.

I do believe we’re headed for a much healthier supply and demand environment” she said.

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Oil Jumps to $67.70 as OPEC+ Extends Production Cuts




Oil Jumps to $67.70 as OPEC+ Extends Production Cuts

Brent crude oil, against which Nigerian oil is priced, rose to $67.70 per barrel on Thursday following the decision of OPEC and allies, known as OPEC+, to extend production cuts.

OPEC and allies are presently debating whether to restore as much as 1.5 million barrels per day of crude oil in April, according to people with the knowledge of the meeting.

Experts have said OPEC+ continuous production cuts could increase global inflationary pressure with the rising price of could oil. However, Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said “I don’t think it will overheat.”

Last year “we suffered alone, we as OPEC+” and now “it’s about being vigilant and being careful,” he said.

Saudi minister added that the additional 1 million barrel-a-day voluntary production cut the kingdom introduced in February was now open-ended. Meaning, OPEC+ will be withholding 7 million barrels a day or 7 percent of global demand from the market– even as fuel consumption recovers in many nations.

Experts have started predicting $75 a barrel by April.

“We expect oil prices to rise toward $70 to $75 a barrel during April,” said Ann-Louise Hittle, vice president of macro oils at consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd. “The risk is these higher prices will dampen the tentative global recovery. But the Saudi energy minister is adamant OPEC+ must watch for concrete signs of a demand rise before he moves on production.”

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