Nigeria’s crude oil production hits 2mbpd

Group Managing Director (GMD) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikati Baru, on tuesday disclosed that the volume of oil production in the country has risen to two million barrels per day.

Baru, who gave the indication, after he briefed President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of the NNPC and its subsidiaries at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The GMD, who hinted that the volume, which increased from 1.2 million bpd to 2 million, attributed the development to the relative peace and stability in the Niger Delta area, resulting in oil production increase.

He said he also briefed President Buhari on fuel supply across the country, crude oil and gas productions and the ability of the corporation to supply gas to the power sector.

“I briefed the President on the state of the NNPC and its subsidiaries and also nationally to get him briefed on the situation of fuel supply, crude oil productions, gas production and by extension ability to supply gas to the power sector.

“We had an extensive briefing as you could see. I passed here over two hours. I spent quite some time with him to discuss these national issues.

“He was happy with the state of the corporation and told us to continue with the efforts that we are doing and if we need any executive attention we should not hesitate to come back to him,” he said.

He dismissed speculations that the NNPC plans to review the prices of petroleum products, saying the corporation has no mandate to do so.

According to him, NNPC sells products according to the prices officially stipulated by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA.

ExxonMobil workers begin warning strike

he members of staff of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, an affiliate of ExxonMobil have commenced a three-day warning strike to protest alleged flouting of local content Act by the company and sacking of Nigerian workers among other issues.

The workers, who are members of Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), said they would proceed on an indefinite strike on Monday if nothing was done to address the situation.

The management of ExxonMobil in a statement said: “Our company policy concerning employee conduct specifically prohibits the use of threats of harm or violence in the workplace.

“We remain committed to the safety of our personnel and security of our facilities.”

The Vice Chairman, ExxonMobil branch of PENGASSAN, Mr. Gbenga Ekundayo, accused the oil company of disengaging Nigerian workers and replacing them with expatriates.

AZURI LAUNCHES A PAY-AS-YOU-GO SOLAR ENERGY PLAN TO POWER 20,000 RURAL HOUSEHOLDS LIVING OFF-GRID

AZURI LAUNCHES A PAY-AS-YOU-GO SOLAR ENERGY PLAN

AZURI LAUNCHES A PAY-AS-YOU-GO SOLAR ENERGY PLAN TO POWER 20,000 RURAL HOUSEHOLDS LIVING OFF-GRID

There are almost 200 million people living in Nigeria and at least 70 million of them live in off-grid communities. As at 2015, at least 75 percent of Nigerians lacked access to regular power supply. The problem of poor (or, sometimes, nonexistent) power supply in Nigeria is no joke. And what’s worse? The ‘poor’ power supply is becoming even more expensive. There’s a silver lining, though: the Nigerian government is trying to do something about this, and it’s not just in increasing power generation and transmission capacity. The government is also exploring alternative power sources.

The Nigerian Government has an ambitious Renewable Energy Policy which aims to increase energy production from renewable energy sources from 13 percent of total electricity generation in 2015 to 23 percent in 2025 and 36 percent in 2030. Part of this plan is the goal to increase the percentage contribution of solar energy to the total energy mix.

Despite success stories in East Africa, renewable energy has yet to be widely adopted in Nigeria as an alternative power solution. Off-grid communities in Nigeria have relied on kerosene lanterns or candles for their energy needs, with many unable to purchase solar power systems outright owing to the high costs. Solar Home Systems offer an affordable and environmentally friendly option.

This is why Azuri, a company that provides solar and mobile technology to allow customers to access power on a pay-as-you-go basis, has announced a partnership with the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) to launch its PayGo Solar Home Systems in Nigeria, to deliver affordable, clean energy to 20,000 rural households living without electricity.

Azuri’s PayGo Solar Home systems have the capacity to power four LED bulbs providing up to 8 hours of lighting, a radio and a USB port with charging cables for mobile phones. Customers pay the monthly top-up rate via mobile money for 36 months after which time the unit can be unlocked and the customer owns the unit. In a move to upsell its services, Azuri then provides these customers with options to upgrade to a larger system.

NDPHC is a government-funded initiative formed to add new capacity to Nigeria’s electricity supply system. Azuri’s partnership with NDPHC highlights the government’s efforts to support the roll out of off-grid solar systems and its commitment to renewable technologies as a sustainable way to generate electricity for rural communities.

Azuri expects the deployment of the 20,000 solar home systems to create 500 direct jobs. There will be opportunities for people to become solar installers and agents (for a minimum of 24 months), with 5,000 indirect jobs also created in the process. Small businesses connected to Azuri’s system will be able to stay open for longer hours after sunset, while students can continue their studies in the evening and off-grid families can charge phones or listen to radios in their own home.

Azuri has carried out successful pilots within several communities in Abuja, Kwara and Osun states, installing nearly 200 solar home systems.

Following this launch, NDPHC, through the project, plans to start a phased rollout in northern Nigeria, followed by a nationwide deployment, targeting the 70 million Nigerians living in off-grid communities with solar home solutions.

Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, Vice-President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, said: “Nigeria is committed to improving accessibility to power, especially solar power for the people.”

“Let me state at this point that NDPHC is actively involved in the presidential initiative on rural solar home lighting systems where 20,000 units of solar home systems in underserved rural areas with no access to grid electricity supply is being implemented,” Managing Director of NDPHC, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo said.

“Nigeria’s commitment to increasing its renewable energy mix marks an opportunity for a reliable solar alternative to address the challenges of energy access,” Azuri CEO Simon Bransfield-Garth said. “Azuri is delighted to be working with NDPHC and the Government of Nigeria for solar home systems to meet the immediate power requirements of rural communities.”

CCAs 2017 to celebrate achievements in corporate communication

CCAs 2017 to celebrate achievements in corporate communication

In a bid to recognize and celebrate unsung heroes behind outstanding reputation Management and Communications campaigns, the Corporate Communications Awards (CCAs), which is the first of its kind in Nigeria, is set to hold on the 1st of April, 2017, at Lagos Oriental Hotel.

The Corporate Communication Awards (CCAs) was created because Communications professionals are not adequately acknowledged in this part of the world. Conspicuously, most awards for Nigerian practitioners today are mainly organized by foreign bodies/groups. It is safe to say that these awards do not fully reflect the African peculiarities; hence, the Corporate Communications Awards (CCAs) The awards which have ten carefully selected categories will be deliberated upon by seasoned Communications, Media professionals and Educationists in Nigeria and the Diaspora.

The award categories for this year will be grouped into two: The Professional Votes; which consists of the Corporate Communications professional of the year, PR campaign of the year, Best Rebranding Project. The General Votes; consisting of Good Use of Individual PR, Best Use of Video, Good use of PR in Entertainment. The professional votes will be cast by Corporate Communications professional while the General Votes will be open to the general public. More information on how to vote can be found on www.ccasng.org
According to one of the organizers, Tampiri Irimagha-Akemu; “Against all odds, the Nigerian Public Relations industry has grown tremendously over the last few years and it is imperative that we have awards made by us and for us.’’

“We are particularly elated about the CCAs because it will reward and motivate professionals that have worked diligently to add value to brands and organizations. The CCAs will not only highlight excellent professionals, it will also improve best practices in PR and Corporate Communications Industry.”

Speaking about the awards, a member of the Advisory Board; Prof “Speaking about the awards, a member of the Advisory Board, Dr. Ikechukwu Obiaya, Dean School of Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University, said.“I am excited to be a part of the CCAs, as an educationist with practical experience in the media; I understand the importance of recognizing hard work.

This award is a great avenue to reward profound and dedicated professionals in the Corporate Communications Industry so I commend the organizers of this initiative and I hope to be a part of the deliberations next year. I congratulate all winners in advance’’ He added.

CCA Advisory Board also includes other highly seasoned experts like; Mrs. Habiba Balogun – Lead Consultant, Habiba Balogun Consult, Omasan Ogisi – GM Corporate Affairs MTN NG, Mrs. Adesuwa Onyenokwe – Editor in Chief, TW Magazine, Emeka Oparah- Director, Communications and CSR Airtel NG, international partner: Jennifer Hardie – CEO, International School of Communication/ Pinnacle PR (UK&UAE) and organiser Mrs Tampiri Irimagha Akemu – Managing, Director, Sesema Public Relations.

Our International partnerships with two recognized institutions includes; The International School of Communication (ISOC), a private institution of higher learning that operates worldwide with headquarters in London and a training centre in Dubai. The School of Media and Communications (SMC), Pan Atlantic University is a foremost institution offering high quality education in communication and media; to be a reference point for research in Africa, and to be a leading centre of learning globally.

In line with its objective of fostering growth in the Nigerian Communications landscape, the CCAs will also feature the second edition of the Corporate Communications Pitch Competition (CCPC); which is targeted at identifying and providing enabling career frameworks for promising budding Communications professionals. Winners of the CCPC will be awarded a 6-month paid Internship and N260, 000 cash prize. The panel of Judges for the CCPC includes Japheth Omojuwa, and a representative from the School of Media and Communications, Pan Atlantic University. CCPC has a strategic partnership with School of Media and Communication.

Nominations will be announced on the CCA website and relevant media platforms from 13th of March 2017.

NLNG to resume gas supply after pipeline explosion

NLNG to resume gas supply after pipeline explosion
Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Ltd. says it is rectifying the pipelines which exploded on Feb. 22 in Rivers, to ensure resumption of industrial gas supply within the week.

NLNG to resume gas supply after pipeline explosion

The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Ltd. says it is rectifying the pipelines which exploded on Feb. 22 in Rivers, to ensure resumption of industrial gas supply within the week.

Mr Tony Attah, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NLNG told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview on Monday in Lagos, that engineers had been mobilized to restore supply quickly.

According to Attah, the gas transmission pipelines do not belong to the company but have same right of way with NLNG pipelines. “The pipeline that exploded belongs to a third party, which house our own pipeline too.

“Our engineers are working with the other engineers to see that we restore the pipeline back. “The pipelines will be restored this week and gas transmission will commence immediately,” he said.
He, however, said that the explosion did not affect the domestic supply of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), which is cooking gas, for local consumption.

According to him, the company is committed to providing up to 250,000 tonnes of LPG, about 40 per cent of local consumption, to the Nigerian market annually.

NAN recalls that on Feb. 22, the Right of Way housing two gas transmission system pipelines, one of which belongs to NLNG Ltd., exploded in Rivers.

The General Manager, External Relations Division of NLNG, Kudo Eresia-Eke, said in a statement on Feb. 23 that the explosion occurred in Rumuji area of the state, but no life was lost.