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Nigeria Sells Electricity Worth N81.48bn to Togo, Niger, Benin in Two Years

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FG Sells N81.48bn Worth of Electricity to Togo, Niger, Benin in Two Years

The Federal Government sold electricity worth N81.48 billion to Togo, Niger and Benin Republic in 2018 and 2019, according to the recent report from the Nigerian Electricity Commission.

This was despite most Nigerians living in a total blackout during the period.

The invoices issued to the three neighboring countries showed Togo bought electricity worth N26.03 billion in the two-year period while Togo and Benin imported a combined N55.45 billion worth of electricity from Nigeria on credit.

According to the NERC quarterly report, the three countries did not make any payments in 2019.

“During the quarter under review, the special and international class of customers made no payment to the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc and the Market Operator,” NERC said in its fourth-quarter report.

“The Federal Government has continued to engage the governments of neighbouring countries benefitting from the export supply to ensure timely payments for the electricity purchased from Nigeria,” the regulator added.

In a recent World Bank report, the multilateral financial institution said lack of adequate electricity supply stifled Nigeria’s economy productivity with over 100 million people living in poverty.

It said “Lack of reliable power has stifled economic activity and private investment and job creation.

”This is ultimately what is needed to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.”

Therefore, the bank approved $750 million for Nigeria to plug its $28 billion worth of power shortage in June without knowing Nigeria is exporting the large part of its power generation for profit.

“The objective of this operation is to help turn around the power sector and set it on a fiscally sustainable path. This is particularly urgent at a time when the government needs all the fiscal resources it can marshal to help protect lives and livelihoods amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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 long experience in the global financial market.

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Oil Marketers: Panic Buying Ahead of Possible Increase in Pump Price

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Oil Marketers in Panic Buying  Mood Ahead of Possible Increase in Pump Price

A new finding has shown that filling station owners are presently in panic buying mood ahead of a perceived increase in pumping price of petrol in August.

Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency during the weekend said pumping price could rise due to the surge in oil prices in recent weeks.

According to experts, pumping price could hit 150 per litre this month, especially after comments from the president of the agency validated that possibility.

Billy Gillis-Harry, the National President, Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, said “There is panic buying and it is because of the worry that prices will be reviewed either downwards or upwards. But because of the marginal rise in crude oil prices, the calculation is that petrol price could go up.”

He added, “That is the situation and this was why we requested that there should be a stakeholders’ engagement every month or quarterly so that we can be sure of what to expect.”

He, however, said a lot of marketers have said they are not going to hike price immediately, particularly if there was an increase in the price of petrol in the month of August.

The PETROAN president said, “Many of our members have been buying products since (July) 22nd and now they have products lined up, hoping that if PPPRA increases price, they will manage the cost in a way that Nigerians will know that we are not out to profiteer.

“We are out there to give service. So if we got products at this current rate of about N143 and they are ready to shoot the price up to N155, which is what is being anticipated, we will still sell at N143.”

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NNPC Refutes Samano Sa De CV Theft Claim, Says no 48m Barrels Missing

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NNPC Says no 48m Barrels Missing, Called Samano Sa De CV Blackmailer

Following Samano Sa De CV publication that 48 million barrels of crude oil valued at an estimated $2.06 billion was illegally moved in 2015 from the country to China and eventually sold despite the company informing the then Chief of staff to the President, Abba Kyari, the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mele Kyari and other top government officials. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has now denied any knowledge of such theft.

In a letter signed by Mr Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), NNPC’s lawyer from Afe Babalola & Co., and addressed to Samano Sa De CV’s counsel, Mr Gboyega Oyewole (SAN), Ogunwumiju claimed that the letter sent to the corporation was “not only unfounded but frivolous”.

He described the whole whistleblowing of Samano Sa De CV as “a gold-digging scheme” aimed at “blackmailing and extorting money from our client and the Federal Government of Nigeria”.

The NNPC’s lawyer stated, “We wish to emphatically and unequivocally state for the record that our client vehemently denies your client’s claim that it provided any information to NNPC or the Federal Government of Nigeria which information led to the identification and/or recovery of 48 million barrels of stolen Nigerian Bonny Light Crude Oil stored in the People’s Republic of China.

“Accordingly, it is our client’s position that your client is not entitled to the payment of five per cent of the value of the allegedly stolen crude or any amount whatsoever as compensation for information it purportedly gave to the Federal Government of Nigeria in respect of the said stolen crude stored in the People’s Republic of China.”

He also stated that “it was impossible to ship 48 million barrels of crude oil from Nigeria to China without any record or trace of same” especially because, “as of 2015, the daily production of crude ml in Nigeria was below 1.6 million barrels.”

Ogunwumiju added, “Therefore, 48 million barrels of crude oil would have been the total production capacity of the whole country for a month.

“It is simply impossible that one-month crude oil production would disappear without any record or trace.”

According to him, notwithstanding the firm’s failure to provide evidence to support its claims, “relevant officials of the government were mandated to proceed to China to verify the claims of the existence of the said stolen Nigerian crude oil.”

He stated, “The said delegation discovered that the Samao’s claim was false and baseless. Consequently, the government severed communications with the syndicate.

“Miffed by this, Messrs Ramirez and Jose Salazar Tinajero, acting as agents of Samao, resorted to blackmail and intimidation of key officials of the government and the NNPC, threatening to make public information that the said 48 million barrels of oil had been recovered, sold and the proceeds therefrom, looted by some government officials and the NNPC when it was aware that this was untrue.

“They also demanded $125,000,000 from the said government officials, which was conveniently and rightfully ignored.

“Thereafter, NNPC reported this case of attempted blackmail to the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Police Force.”

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Nigeria to Reduce Crude Oil Production Cost to $10 Per Barrel

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NNPC to Reduce Cost of Crude Oil Production to $10 Per Barrel

Mallam Mele Kyari, the Group Managing Director, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has said the corporation is working on lowering crude oil cost of production from $17 per barrel to about $10 per barrel.

Kyari disclosed this at Seplat Energy Summit 2020, titled “The Impact of Global Energy Transition on African Economies” held on Thursday.

He said “We are making efforts to drive down the cost of crude oil production to $10 per barrel. We are doing that mindful that it doesn’t stifle investments or hamper the growth of local content and capacity.”

Nigeria’s high cost of production compared to other oil-producing countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq that are producing at around $5 to $6 per barrel has rendered the demand for the nation’s oil uncompetitive in recent months following over 60 percent decline in global oil prices.

The high cost of production continues to hurt Nigeria’s revenue generation and ability to service its growing debt, especially with crude oil now trading between $40 and $43 per barrel.

Experts have said Nigeria must broaden its revenue generation by taking advantage of its vast gas resources and improve tax collection efficiency.

Kyari said “Aside driving down the cost of production, we are also focusing on gas development. We have huge gas resources which can be harnessed to power industries and engender development.”

“It is very important that we have connectivity in Africa in terms of economic activities and oil and gas infrastructure. That is why we are working hard to have the Trans African Gas Pipeline and to expand the West African Gas Pipeline.”

Other speakers at the summit were Mr. Mike Sangster, MD, TOTAL E&P Nigeria; Mrs. Audrey Joe- Ezigbo, President, Nigerian Gas Association, and Mr. Roger Brown, Seplat CEO Designate.

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