Community & Environment

Derivation: Bayelsa communities want FG to revert to 1982 Revenue Act

Jul 19, 2013

Oil producing communities in Bayelsa State have asked the Federal Government to revert to the provisions of the 1982 Act in the disbursement of the 13 per cent derivation fund. The communities, in a memorandum to the Chairman, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, argued that the provisions of the 1982 Act allowed that…

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Militants’ pipelines protection contract part of amnesty deal – Presidency

Jul 18, 2013

The Presidency has defended the award of multi-million Naira pipeline protection contract to former Niger Delta warlords, saying that the action was part of the lifeline offer under the Presidential Amnesty Programme. Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, made the position known while, announcing the new Head of Department…

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13% derivation: Oil communities fault payments into state govt accounts

Jul 17, 2013

Oil and gas producing communities in Akwa Ibom state have joined their voices in calling for payment of 13 per cent derivation direct to the communities, saying that their demands are within the confines of the law of the land. In a memo to the Chairman, Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, in Abuja,…

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Oil producing firms in N Delta face possible losses over 2015 elections

Jul 16, 2013

Oil producing firms in the Niger Delta risk losing their investments to pre- and post-2015 election conflicts unless urgent steps are taken to avert such crises, the United States Institute for Peace, has said. In a special report, titled: What next for security in the Niger Delta, the group said major conflict drivers were still…

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DESOPADEC official abducted, police orderly killed

Jul 15, 2013

A policeman attached to an official of the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Commission, DESOPADEC, was killed, Friday night, by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Edo State. He was killed while allegedly attempting to prevent them from abducting his boss who was later said to have been taken away to an unknown destination by…

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SURE-P must produce practical result of subsidy money – Mark

Jul 12, 2013

Senate President, Senator David Mark, Thursday challenged the Subsidy Re-investment Programme (SURE-P) to produce what he described as practical evidence of the money realised from the part removal of subsidy in January 2012. Mark who made this statement Thursday while inaugurating an ad hoc committee on SURE-P in the National Assembly, said: “Anything short of…

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Gas leak from Agip’s oil field pollutes Bayelsa community

Jul 11, 2013

Fury and fear have pervaded Ikarama community, located near Taylor Creek in Yenagoa local council of Bayelsa since Monday, when it was exposed to a strange odour suspected to be oozing from large-volume mixture of crude and gas in the area. The strange gaseous discharge was coming barely three weeks after another gas leakage caused…

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SURE-P generates 116,000 jobs nationwide – FG

Jul 10, 2013

The Federal Government says Community Services Women and Youths Employment, CSWYE, project of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, has generated no fewer than 116,000 jobs across the country. Speaking through the Minster of Labour and Productivity, Chief Emeka Wogu in Abuja, the government said a total of N3, 183,820,150.00 had been paid to…

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JTF arrests Bayelsa traditional ruler for crude oil theft

Jul 10, 2013

One of the foremost traditional rulers in Bayelsa State (name withheld) is in the custody of the Joint (Military) Task Force (JTF) on the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, for allegedly sponsoring crude oil theft. The high-ranking traditional ruler was arrested along with three other persons for their alleged involvement in crude oil theft in…

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Chevron spends N480bn yearly on Nigerian operations

Jul 8, 2013

Chevron Nigeria Limited spends more than $3 billion (N480 billion) yearly in its operations and had invested $4 billion (N640 billion) in the economy through contracts for goods and services, employment and regulatory fees. The company made this disclosure in its 2012 Corporate Responsibility Report made available to The Guardian at the weekend. The report…

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