Politics and Policy

Operators fear elections, insurgency may derail passage of PIB

Sep 23, 2014

Oil and gas industry operators in Nigeria have expressed concerns that the general elections scheduled for February next year and the primary elections holding later this year might distract the members of the National Assembly from the passage of the much-awaited Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB). Some of the operators also said that as the National…

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Niger Delta will continue to push for increased derivation – Uduaghan

Sep 15, 2014

Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, at the weekend declared that the people of the Niger Delta would remain undaunted in their quest for increased derivation from the Federation Account. Uduaghan observed that the people of the region despite the stalemate on increased derivation at the just concluded National Conference, would continue to push for…

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NNPC boss meets army, police chiefs over oil theft

Aug 28, 2014

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC),  Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawha yesterday visited the Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen Kenneth Minimah and the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba,  to seek support against the fight against oil theft. According to a statement by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ohi…

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Dawha takes over as NNPC GMD

Aug 7, 2014

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Joseph Thlama Dawha, has said the corporation under his watch will sustain the ongoing transformation of the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the Nigerian oil and gas industry in order to impact positively on the economy. Dawha stated this yesterday while taking…

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Jonathan appoints Dawha as new NNPC GMD, Andrew Yakubu out

Aug 3, 2014

Without the slightest hint of impending changes, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday carried out a major shake-up in the top echelon of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), with the sack of the Group Managing Director, Mr. Andrew Yakubu as well as the Managing Director of its subsidiary Exploration and Production (E&P) company, the Nigerian Petroleum…

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Ex-militants warn against termination of amnesty programme

Aug 1, 2014

Ex-militants in the Niger Delta have said that termination of the Presidential Amnesty Programme in 2015 could trigger fresh crisis in the region. Coordinator of the ex-militants under the third phase amnesty (Ebipa-Opre Ex-militants Forum), Mr. Ramsey Oyakemeagbegha, in a statement in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, said that the conditions which triggered militancy in the region…

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APC raps FG over abandonment of Enugu coal deposit

Jul 28, 2014

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has expressed concern over the listing of Enugu among the parasitic states contributing nothing to the Federation Account, in spite of the huge coal deposit worth billions of Dollars in the state yet to be explored. The party’s spokesman in the South East zone, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, made this known…

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Jonathan seeks closer ties with OPEC members

Jul 25, 2014

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday canvassed for deeper, stronger and more cooperative partnership between Nigeria and other members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). He spoke at separate audiences with the new ambassadors of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Nigeria after receiving their letters of credence at the Presidential Villa. The…

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Oyibo, Atedo, others mourn ex-Petroleum minister, Lukman

Jul 22, 2014

Nigerians from different walks of life, especially in the petroleum industry, have expressed shock over the demise of the former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Dr. Rilwanu Lukman. Lukman passed away at the age of 75 in the early hours of Monday, July 21, 2014 at his residence in Vienna, Austria after a brief illness. A…

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We planned for 50% derivation, not 18 % —Uduaghan

Jul 18, 2014

Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has said that the Niger Delta did not plan for anything less than 50 percent derivation at the national conference. Speaking in Asaba on the derivation controversy at the confab, Uduaghan expressed hope that the issue would be resolved by the mature men at the confab. He said: “Our position…

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