Good Infrastructure: Key To Ending Poverty- Baru Says.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has pledged to provide more support to indigenous companies in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry.
Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, made the pledge while commissioning the Lagos Midstream Jetty (LMJ) at the Apapa Harbour in Lagos recently.
“NNPC will continue to support all players in the downstream sector of the Oil and Gas industry towards efficient product supply and distribution across the Country,” he stated.
Reiterating the Corporation’s commitment to continued collaboration with the private sector, Dr. Baru urged private companies to develop innovative and profitable solutions that would not only aid the development of the Country but also ease the way of doing business.
He charged the private sector to continuously look for opportunities to partner with the public sector to enable the realisation of the Country’s economic goals.
He noted that the development of the much-needed critical infrastructure should not be seen as the sole responsibility of Government, adding that good infrastructure plays a critical role in ending extreme poverty and increasing shared prosperity among the citizenry.
“The reality is that we all have a role to play in developing and moving the economy forward, an economy that will benefit us all today and generations yet unborn,” Baru stated.
He explained that the commissioning of the jetty was in line with NNPC’s corporate vision of 12 Business Focus Areas (12 BUFA), one of which is centred on the provision of critical oil and gas infrastructure.
Dr. Baru, who commended Oando Plc for initiating the idea of the LMJ, said the jetty was an encouraging example of Public Private Partnership (PPP) and a further proof that both the private and public sector have come to the realization that infrastructural investment is a shared responsibility requiring collective leadership, learning and innovation.
Earlier, Chairman OVH Energy, Mr Wale Tinubu, thanked the GMD for encouraging indigenous participation in the nation’s oil and gas industry.
He explained that the N54.4bn worth LMJ was conceived as an innovative industry solution to the perennial challenges marketers faced in the importation of petroleum products.
“Today we have delivered a first-class engineering piece that meets global standards, it’s the first of its kind in the sub-Saharan Africa and will be of invaluable benefit to the industry and nation at large,” he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi congratulated OVH Energy on the feat, stressing that investments such as LMJ were a clear indication of growth in the nation’s economy.
Conceived by ASPM Limited, a subsidiary of OVH Energy Limited (an Oando Plc Licencee), the LMJ is West Africa’s first privately owned mid-stream jetty, located at the Lagos Apapa Harbour.
The LMJ will allow up to 45,000 Dead Weight (DWT) vessels to berth and discharge products while easing out the congestion around the Apapa corridor.
The Jetty, which is also available for the use of all sector players – peers and competitors alike, is expected to boost the delivery of petroleum products to Terminals around the Apapa axis and the Nation at large.
The President General of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria Mr. Adewale Adeyanju has called on tally clerks and onboard security men to exercise caution in the demand for their remuneration and pensions from the Nigeria Ports Authority.
Mr. Adeyanju made this known at a sensitization meeting with Union members where he admonished members to desist from every act of violence, misdemeanor and ignorance that may mar their chances of accessing the outstanding payments.
In his words, “I think the payment of tally clerks and onboard security men anytime from now will be made available to everybody.
“The directive has come, the approval has come from the office of the Ministry of Transportation duly signed by the Permanent Secretary on behalf of the Minister of Transport onward to the Nigeria Ports Authority for payment.
“Hence NPA has to see how she can manage to pay this money,” he confirmed.
The President General assured that as soon as the final approval is settled, the …
As Gbajabiamila pledges legislative support for blue sea economy.
The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, has forwarded six International Maritime Organization (IMO) instruments on marine environment management to the presidency for ratification.
This is in a renewed bid to invigorate the protection and preservation of marine and ocean ecosystem, responsible for the conservation, exploration and exploitation of Nigeria's biodiversity.
The Director General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside who disclosed this during the African Day of Seas and Oceans in Lagos said the marine ecosystem has huge present and future economic potentials that must be properly managed for its full benefits through conscious efforts and deliberate policies.
He added that NIMASA would continue to take steps to identify with the global maritime community adoption of newer measures designed to achieve sustainable marine economic growth.