Community & Environment

Pirates release fuel tanker hijacked off the coast of Nigeria

Aug 14, 2013

Gunmen have released a fuel tanker which was hijacked off the coast of Nigeria, security sources and the vessel’s manager said on Wednesday. Indian-based managers Medallion Marine lost contact with the Marshall Islands-flagged SP Atlanta on Sunday evening but resumed communication late on Tuesday, a spokesman told Reuters. “There was an incident on Sunday but…

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Atako determined to boost development in Niger Delta through NDDC

Aug 14, 2013

The Acting Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Niger Delta Development Commission- Dr. Christiana Atako has started initiating actions targeted at achieving sustainable development of the Niger Delta. A top official of the commission said- NDDC was established in 2000 with the mission of facilitating the rapid, even and sustainable development of the Niger Delta into…

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Total commissions community projects in Rivers State

Aug 14, 2013

Oil giant, Total E & P Nigeria Limited gave the people of Obiozimini and Obiyebe in Ogba/Egbema/ Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State cause to smile, weekend, as they took delivery of a 1.3km (Beach) Road and a health centre built by oil giant, in their communities. . At a colourful ceremony over the…

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JTF arrest 11 suspected oil thieves, destroy 27 illegal refineries in Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta

Aug 14, 2013

The Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta said it arrested 11 suspected oil thieves and destroyed 27 illegal refineries in multiple raids. This is contained in a statement by the JTF Media Coordinator, Lt.-Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, in Yenagoa, on Tuesday. Nwachukwu said the raids were carried out between July 26 and August 9, on…

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Oil theft is a declaration of war against Nigeria – Kuku

Aug 14, 2013

The Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty Office, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, has said the ongoing theft of the nation’s crude oil by an unidentified cartel should be seen by all Nigerians as a war against the country. Kuku said unless decisive steps were taken to arrest the…

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Agip loses 20,000bpd to oil theft

Aug 13, 2013

The Nigeria Agip Oil Company said on Monday in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State that it was losing 20,000 barrels of crude per day to oil theft. This, it said, necessitated the discussion initiated by the Bayelsa State Government with it on how to tackle the scourge. The tripartite meeting, according to a statement, had in attendance…

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GE to invest $60 million annually on locally sourced goods, services

Aug 12, 2013

The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, Engineer Ernest Nwapa, has said that the annual spending on locally sourced goods and services by General Electrics, (GE) Nigeria, is expected to rise to $60million (N9.6)billion from $4 million. Nwapa who was represented by Mr. Uduak Obot, NCDMB Zonal Coordinator, Akwa-Ibom at…

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Gunmen kidnap four Thai nationals in Rivers State

Aug 12, 2013

Gunmen kidnapped four Thai nationals as they travelled to a farm in Nigeria’s Rivers state, the local government said on Saturday. State commissioner for agriculture Emmanuel Chindah said by telephone that the gunmen stopped their vehicle on its way to Omida farms in the Buguma area of the riverine state on Friday. They kidnapped the…

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Ondo oil communities threaten mass action over direct payment from derivation fund

Aug 12, 2013

Following the footsteps of their compatriots in Edo State, oil producing communities in Ondo State have written to President Goodluck Jonathan and threatened to embark on mass action if their request for the direct payment of 13 per cent derivation funds is ignored. The signatories to the Ondo State oil producing communities letter to President…

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Oil Theft In Nigeria: Which Way Is Forward?

Aug 11, 2013

Concern is currently at an all time high as the country’s revenue continues to dwindle due to the relentless activities of oil thieves who steal up to 400,000 barrels per day according to some reports. Such concern is particularly well founded as this is coming at a time when multinationals are divesting due to the…

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