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NUPENG crisis deepens as tanker drivers protest nationwide

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The crisis rocking the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Worker (NUPENG) has worsened as Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) have embarked on a nationwide protest.

The drivers have threatened to break away from NUPENG unless National President Williams Akporeha and General secretary Afoloabi Olawale, resign.

This was contained in a press statement, members of the Petroleum Tanker Drivers, Comrade Gbenga Olawale. Comrade Adekunle Rufai jointly issued in Abuja on Sunday.

The statement reads in part: “Petrol tanker drivers may pull out of NUPENG if the National President Williams Akporeha and General secretary Afoloabi olawale did not resign forthwith from their seats.

“Petroleum tanker drivers began protest across the country as drivers with leaves in front of their trucks, warning NUPENG and police against interference and incessant harassment of their leaders.

“According to them Williams lacks competence to lead the union because he is not a member of NUPENG

“They alleged that Williams, was a cook in an oil company from the formal sector, and was sacked from the company while holding the office of the National treasurer of NUPENG.

“They further alleged that he was later drafted into the petrol station workers of NUPENG (PSW) to enable him to contest election as NUPENG president which according to them is a total departure from the NUPENG Constitution because Williams is not a worker or a pump attendant on record, as at the time he was verifying for the president position.

“To this effect, they said he lacks the capacity to be president of NUPENG. They further alleged that he has planted all his surrogates to collect all revenue of the union and use for themselves

“They therefore have decided to stand with lucky osusan and Dayyab Garaga who have laid their life’s to ensure that they are liberated.”

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NNPC Reacts As Lamido Says Tinubu Should Not Double As Petroleum Minister

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) has reacted to the allegations made by the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

Recall that Sanusi had said President Bola Tinubu should not double as the Minister of Petroleum.

Sanusi made the submission on Thursday while speaking at The Bank Directors Summit held at the Congress Hall of the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.

According to him, the advice is necessary in order to have someone who can be held accountable because if anything goes wrong in the petroleum sector, people would not want to speak against the President.

The former Emir of Kano also called for the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) audit, noting that this call cost him his job as the CBN Governor.

However, speaking on the matter during an interview with Punch, NNPC’s Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Olufemi Soneye, said there would be no need for an official response to the claims made by the ex-CBN boss.

The NNPC said it was focused on delivering the task set for the national oil company, stressing that everyone was free to air their opinion.

He explained that constant responses could hinder the enormous task before the oil company, adding that NNPC would rather concentrate on handling the work that it was established to deliver.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Constant responses to every individual can hinder our work. Our focus remains on delivering energy security, managing ongoing projects, and implementing reforms,” Soneye stated

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Kyari seeks just energy transition for Africa at COP 28

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The Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Ltd, Mr. Mele Kyari, yesterday reflected on the search for sustainable solution to decarbonised energy.

He said the African Continent needed “a just, differentiated transition” to harness its resources for the benefit of its future generations.

Kyari spoke at a Regional CEO Panel organised by McKinsey & Company on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNCCC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirate (UAE).

The GCEO, who joined other global energy leaders from the United States, Holland, and Oman to highlight energy perspectives and insights on the evolving energy market, said the world must understand Africa’s peculiarities in addressing the effects of climate change on energy businesses.

In a statement by NNPC’s Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Mr. Olufemi O. Soneye, the GCEO called for a differentiated energy transition.

Kyari said: “I have always advocated for a differentiated and just energy transition. In Africa, we have different circumstances compared to other places in the world.

“In Africa today, 75 per cent of our population doesn’t have access to electricity, leaving us with biomass as a key energy source. The world needs to recognize that the most practicable thing today is to substitute what we have in the short term to close the energy gap for our rising population.”

Noting that Nigeria may be among the global top 10 economies by 2035 and third in terms of the global population, Kyari said the energy poverty question should be discussed as nations unite to achieve net zero by 2050.

He said with abundant natural gas reserves of 206 trillion cubic feet (tcf) that have the potential to rise to 600tcf, Nigeria is currently utilizing gas to drive its journey towards energy transition.

Kyari said NNPC Ltd was creating a regional gas pipeline network to supply natural gas across the African continent and boost its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) supply to the foreign market.

He said the idea of eliminating gas flares from gas projects was meant to deploy the gas towards developing power plants nationwide.

Kyari said the move will boost national electricity supply, create employment opportunities, and trigger the nation’s industrial and economic development.

He said that to demonstrate NNPC Ltd’s commitment to a net-zero future by 2025, the Company recently signed up as a participant in the United Nations Global Compact in New York, becoming the first state-owned oil company to join the global initiative

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CBN gets new spokesperson

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has appointed a professional Public Relations practitioner, Mrs Hakama Sidi Ali, as its new Acting Director of Corporate Communications.

Mrs Ali is a recognised member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), who served as Deputy Director in the same Department at the Bank before her latest appointment.

The NIPR has for years sustained the campaign to stop government agencies, individuals and corporate organisations from the illegal practice of appointing non-professionals and quacks as spokespersons.

The Economic Confidential gathered that The new CBN spokesperson is a 1992 graduate of the Bayero University, Kano, where she bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication.

She also has an MSc in Mass Communication and PGDE in English Language.

Apart from NIPR, Mrs Ali is also a member of other reputable professional bodies like the Chartered Institute of Loan and Risk Management (CILRM), Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN), Africa Development Studies Centre (ADSC), Toastmasters International and many others. (By PRNigeria)

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