Community & Environment

Oil production drops by 150,000 barrels, as Shell shuts Trans Niger Pipeline

Jun 21, 2013

Nigeria faces a serious credit crunch in the months ahead as crude oil production has dropped further by 150,000 barrels per day due to continuing theft and vandalism of crude pipelines. The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited said on Thursday that it shut the Trans Niger Pipeline on Wednesday following an explosion and…

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Pirates attack oil vessel, abduct 4 Indians, Polish crew members

Jun 20, 2013

Pirates in speedboats attacked an oil supply vessel and kidnapped four Indians and Polish crew members in the Niger Delta, last week, two security sources said, yesterday. This was even as a French sailor was freed, Tuesday, after being captured by pirates on June 13 from an oil products tanker, Adour on June 13, about…

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Women in oil communities raise alarm over rise in breast cancer

Jun 20, 2013

Women from the nine oil producing states of the Niger Delta, under the aegis of Host Oil and Gas Communities, Women Wing, Tuesday, cried out that women in host communities are suffering breast cancer and other diseases as a result of gas flaring and appealed to the National Assembly and the Federal Government to put…

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FG inaugurates GE’s $1bn power facility in Cross River

Jun 19, 2013

The Federal Government, Tuesday, flagged-off the construction of the General Electric’s (GE’s) $1 billion (about N160 billion) multi-model power manufacturing and services facility in Calabar, Cross River State. Specifically, the investment, which involved $250 million capital expenditure and over $800 million incremental spending on local sourcing of goods and services, would create 2,300 jobs and…

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Kidnapped French sailor freed in Nigeria

Jun 19, 2013

A French sailor kidnapped from a tanker in Togo when attackers sought to use him as a shield said Tuesday he has been freed in the oil-producing region of Nigeria. Benjamin Elman told reporters he was taken as a shield when naval patrol sought to free the French-flagged vessel on Thursday. “The navy officers negotiated…

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Increase of piracy in West Africa mainly a Nigerian problem

Jun 19, 2013

The piracy problem off the coast of West Africa highlighted by an International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report is, overwhelmingly, a Nigerian problem. The IMB report said maritime piracy was now more prevalent off the coast of West Africa than around Somalia. This is partly because an international naval task force has been patrolling the coast…

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Edo blames boundary commission on decline in oil revenue

Jun 17, 2013

The Edo Government has attributed the decline in its oil revenue to the ceding of its oil wells to Ondo and Delta by the Federal Government. The Commissioner for Special Duties, Oil and Gas, Mr Orobosa Omo-Ojo, said in Benin. Omo-Ojo said that the ceding of its oil wells had continued to deny the state of…

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PIB may fuel discontent in host communities – Apampa

Jun 17, 2013

Anti-corruption agency, Integrity Nigeria has advised the federal government to reconsider a section of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) that holds host communities responsible for infrastructural damages, saying it may fuel discontent within the affected communities.Director of the group Mr. Olusoji Apampa said, although government sees it as a good strategy in tackling the nation’s…

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South-south forum commends Jonathan’s oil sector reform

Jun 17, 2013

The South-south Restoration Forum has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for the series of reforms in the oil and gas sector and other economic and social achievements as contained in his mid-term report. In a communiqué issued at its monthly media briefing, the group also hailed the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke on her…

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Navy boss promises to stamp out oil theft

Jun 17, 2013

The Flag Officer Commanding, FOC, Nigerian Navy Logistic Command, Oghara, Delta State, Rear Admiral Abdu Shettima, says the Federal Government will continue to renew its onslaught against oil thieves and all acts of sabotage, pervading Nigerian waterways. Speaking at a ceremony to mark the 57th anniversary of the Nigerian Navy at the Nigerian Naval Logistics…

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