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Cooking gas prices remain high

Author(s): Patience Ogbo

Within the last four weeks there was a dispute between the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas company (NLNG) and the Nigerian Maritime and Safety Agency (NIMASA) concerning certain unpaid levies. This affected the distribution of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), commonly known as cooking gas, to depots. Consequently, gas was unavailable in many parts of the country during the period and its retail price increased significantly by virtue of the scarcity.

The dispute between NLNG and NIMASA became public on June 21 when NIMASA blocked NLNG cargo at the NLNG Bonny Terminal, disallowing them from entering or leaving the loading bay. NIMASA claimed it did this because NLNG owed it a total of $140 million in levies. The blockade prevented the gas company from distributing the gas by sea to various states in the country, and so the product was unavailable in many regions.

NIMASA blockaded the NLNG for weeks.

NIMASA blockaded the NLNG for weeks.

The federal government soon intervened in the ensuing dispute to mediate a settlement, while NLNG went to court to contest the undisclosed levies, saying that it should be exempted from paying the levies by reason of the NLNG Act.

The Managing Director of the gas company, Babs Omotowa, said: “Our position has nothing to do with how much NLNG is being charged by a relevant agency but by the legality or otherwise of such a charge or levy in order to ensure that all our payments are made within the ambits of what is lawful. As a law abiding company, NLNG has always paid its taxes, including those due after its tax holidays since 2009. It therefore has no issues with the legally required tax payments but with levies from which it is clearly exempt by the NLNG Act ’

NLNG and NIMASA have since settled their row, and the gas company has resumed distribution.

Gas prices remain high

However, users of cooking gas in Lagos and some other states are still getting to pay more for the product. A 12kg cylinder of gas that normally cost about N3,000 now costs around N5,000 in Lagos. Modupe Talabi, a housewife, said she was shocked at the gas station when she was told the price of gas had increased. “I went to buy gas from my regular dealer, but I was shocked when the salesperson told me the price of a 12.5kg cylinder of gas had increased from the N2,900 it cost me a few weeks ago to N5,000,” she said. “And even the four other gas stations I went to were selling at N5,000, too. Eventually I had to call my husband to bring N2,000 so I could buy the gas.”

Most middle class families rely on cooking gas for their meals. The NLNG-NIMASA face off hit them hard.

Most middle class families rely on cooking gas for their meals. The NLNG-NIMASA face off hit them hard.

‘I feel this sharp increase is too much, considering that cooking gas is a by-product from refineries in our oil-rich nation. We ought to be paying less for cooking gas. I’m sad because this has increased our expenses,” she added.

Some people use no other fuel for cooking except the cooking gas, so they have to buy at the current price despite the increase. Titi Oyewale, another housewife, said: “When I refilled my cylinder with gas lately and I learned the price had gone up, there was nothing I could do about it. I had to pay because I had to cook.”

In the meantime some people have responded to the hike in gas price switching to other fuel sources. Khadijat Adedeji said: ‘Now that the price is up, I and my family have to minimise our consumption of the gas. We have to be more economical.” Nike Alagba, another user, said: “I use a kerosene stove and a gas cooker, and so I use my kerosene stove to cook when I cannot get gas or the price is high.”

Gas dealers in the country say they are not responsible for the sharp increase. “I sell gas to make profit,” said Adebola Hakeem, of Lucky Gas. “But if we buy expensive gas, we have to sell expensively too. The price of gas increased sharply in the last couple of weeks. It’s not our fault. We sell as we buy.”

Editor’s note: Tunji Andrews and Adedayo Ademuwagun contributed to this report.

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BAYELSA GOVT, JTF MAP OUT STRATEGIES TO CURB OIL THEFT

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19/07/2013
Bayelsa State Government in collaboration with the operatives of the Joint Task Force has mapped out strategies to curb crude oil theft and other related vices in the State.

Also, the State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson commended the efforts of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other relevant agencies in tackling the nation’s security challenges, maintaining that the delivery of dividends of democracy would suffer setbacks in the absence of adequate security of lives and property.

Rising from the weekly State Security Council meeting on Friday, the Joint Task Force Commander, Major General Bata Debiro said security measures have been put in place to curb the activities of the vandals on the state waterways.

For effective policing, General Debiro said the security operatives would require more gunboats and other logistics to step up their efforts in checking criminal activities on the waterways in the states of the…

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VP Sambo warns Power Contractors not to derail Government Programme

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo has frowned at some contractors handling various power projects that are yet to complete their work.
He was particular about the work on the Gwagwalada sub-station which is said to be at 90 percent completion.
Namadi Sambo at the 29th meeting of the Board of Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NDPHC), operators of NIPP, at the State House, Abuja today noted that though the time table for commissioning has been drawn, he is not comfortable with the progress so far made. “I cannot take Mr. President to commission the power project that would fail immediately after commissioning,” he said, and added: “this administration is in a haste to deliver electricity power to Nigerians.”
He however commended the Ministry of Power for setting up the National Power Training Institute (NAPTIN) and undertaking the training of personnel in the power sector.
Namadi Sambo noted that NAPTIN would be able to train the much needed manpower in the power sector, who would be operating the power plants even after privatization.
He wanted the institute to be upgraded in order to attract the patronage of other companies within and outside the country and suggested that the private sector should be involved.
Earlier, the Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company, Mr. James Olotu, on behalf of Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, briefed the Board on the roadshow recently carried out in June.
He said following the divestiture of the 80% shares of the company which has necessitated the roadshow to attract interests from both local and foreign investors, the exercise was a huge success big turn out in Lagos, London, New York and Hong Kong.

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Photo: VP Sambo warns Power Contractors not to derail Government Programme

Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo has frowned at some contractors handling various power projects that are yet to complete their work.
He was particular about the work on the Gwagwalada sub-station which is said to be at 90 percent completion.
Namadi Sambo at the 29th meeting of the Board of Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NDPHC), operators of NIPP, at the State House, Abuja today noted that though the time table for commissioning has been drawn, he is not comfortable with the progress so far made. “I cannot take Mr. President to commission the power project that would fail immediately after commissioning,” he said, and added: "this administration is in a haste to deliver electricity power to Nigerians.”
He however commended the Ministry of Power for setting up the National Power Training Institute (NAPTIN) and undertaking the training of personnel in the power sector.
Namadi Sambo noted that NAPTIN would be able to train the much needed manpower in the power sector, who would be operating the power plants even after privatization.
He wanted the institute to be upgraded in order to attract the patronage of other companies within and outside the country and suggested that the private sector should be involved. 
Earlier, the Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company, Mr. James Olotu, on behalf of Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, briefed the Board on the roadshow recently carried out in June. 
He said following the divestiture of the 80% shares of the company which has necessitated the roadshow to attract interests from both local and foreign investors, the exercise was a huge success big turn out in Lagos, London, New York and Hong Kong.

Source :#Greenbarge Reporters

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Obama: ‘Tryavon Martin Could Have Been Me’…The President Makes An Important Speech About Race In America (VIDEO/TRANSCRIPT)
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REPORTERS: Whoa!

Q: Hello.

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: That’s so — that’s so disappointing, man. Jay, is this kind of — the kind of respect that you get? (Laughter.)

Q: Wake up!

Q: What brings you out here, Mr. —

PRESIDENT OBAMA: You know, on — on — on television it usually looks like you’re addressing a full room.

Q: (Laughs.) It’s just a mirage.

Q: There’s generally not —

PRESIDENT OBAMA: All right.

(Cross talk.)

Q: (Inaudible) — got the Detroit story.

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I got you. All right. Sorry about that. Do you think anybody else is showing up? Good.

Well, I — I wanted to come out here first of all to tell you that Jay is prepared for all your questions and is — is very much looking forward to the session.

Second thing is I want to let you know that over the next couple of weeks there are going to obviously be a whole range of issues — immigration, economics, et cetera — we’ll try to arrange a fuller press conference to address your questions.

The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions, but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week, the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gave an — a preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday, but watching the debate over the course of the last week I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.

First of all, you know, I — I want to make sure that, once again, I send my thoughts and prayers, as well as Michelle’s, to the family of Trayvon Martin, and to remark on the incredible grace and dignity with which they’ve dealt with the entire situation. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and it’s — it’s remarkable how they’ve handled it.

The second thing I want to say is to reiterate what I said on Sunday, which is there are going to be a lot of arguments about the legal — legal issues in the case. I’ll let all the legal analysts and talking heads address those issues.

The judge conducted the trial in a professional manner. The prosecution and the defense made their arguments. The juries were properly instructed that in a — in a case such as this, reasonable doubt was relevant, and they rendered a verdict. And once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works.

But I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling. You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away.

There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store. That includes me.

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Obama: ‘Tryavon Martin could have been me 35 years ago’
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وان كنتم جيشا تتباهون بقوتكم فاعلموا ان قوة الله ومن بعدها قوة الشعب قوة ممضاعفة لن تستطيعون الصمود امامها وستحرجون انفسكم كثيرا فأعيدوا الحق لأصحابه الشعب اصحاب الحق ويطالبون بجميع اطيافهم وشرائحهم بعودة الرئيس الشرعي

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GOV DICKSON CALLS FOR COLLABORATION IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS

19 Jul

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19/07/2013
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has called for collective efforts in the fight against the spread of the dreaded HIV/AIDS disease and stigmatization of those affected.

Governor Dickson made the call at a special edition of the state monthly jogging exercise, tagged, “Run-For-Life,” which took off from the Capital City Development Authority and terminated at the Peace Park, Yenagoa.

The event, which featured contestants of this year’s Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant, was aimed at sensitizing the people on the effects of HIV/AIDS and the need to live a healthy lifestyle.

Describing the scourge as a potent and real danger to the future of the people of the state, the Governor urged them to see the fight against the pandemic as a collective responsibility, stressing that, “the health of one is the health of all.”

Hon. Dickson who said government would not relent in creating awareness about the disease, assured that the payment of the N10,000 monthly stipends to HIV/AIDS victims in the state under the Welfare and Social Security Scheme would be sustained.

“In the next couple of weeks, we are going to have another elaborate ceremony because I think it is important for us to have one public event in every quarter of the year that will enable all of us to drive home the message of HIV/AIDS. You are all aware of the statistics branded about this state is not too encouraging and I am very sad about it. But we need to work with each and every Bayelsan to ensure that the state is safe and healthy.

“In vain do we build all the good roads, bridges, hospitals and other infrastructure as we are doing, if we do not have a healthy population. It means that all of these developments will not be sustained because the human being is the most important resource that we have.”

Speaking, the Director General of the State Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, Dr. Temple Iluma, emphasized the need for the people to modify their sexual behavior and take advantage of the free medical services provided by the state government.

According to Dr. Iluma, government has provided free anti retroviral drugs for treatment of those affected and called on people to come out for testing and counseling.

In her remarks, the Director General of the state Tourism Development Agency, Mrs. Ebizi Brown, observed that reduction in stigmatization would encourage those affected to present themselves for testing with a view to knowing their status.

Dignitaries at the event include, Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Edmund Alison Oguru, Commissioner for Sports Development, Chief Mitema Obordor and other members of the state Executive Council, Vice President of Silverbird Group, Mr. Guy Murray Bruce and the Administrator of the Bayelsa State Sports Academy, Mr. Samson Siasia.

Daniel Iworiso-Markson
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Bayelsa