As the timeline to revamp Nigeria’s four oil refineries in 2023 edges closer, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has met with some Russian firms, which includes a state owned company and private entities to help bring the refineries back to life.
The Details: This was publicly announced by the NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, who tweeted about the development from the ongoing Russian African Economic Summit that in Sochi, Russia. He added that he had been discussing the issue as well as the development of gas infrastructure in Nigeria with Russian investors.
A team of top Government officials are involved in engaging investors at the summit. The officials include the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; the NNPC’s Chief Financial Officer, Umar Ajiya; the NNPC’s Chief Operating Officer, Refineries, Mustapha Yakubu, among others
According to Kyari, the engagement was to make sure that Nigeria’s moribund refineries get the right attention while also developing infrastructure for gas.
“The team engaged Russian state company and private entities to secure development cooperation of mutual benefit,” Kyari retweeted.
He added, “Refinery rehabilitation and gas infrastructure development on the front burner.”
📸 News: HMSPR, Chief Timipre Sylva; GMD Mallam @MKKyari; #NNPC's CFO Umar Ajiya; COO Gas & Power @YUsman_ebuman; COO Refineries Mustapha Yakubu & Group CEO @Oando_PLC @AdewaleTinubu at today's Plenary Session of the #RussiaAfricaEconomicForum in #Sochi, #Russia 🇷🇺. pic.twitter.com/lPHiXiHeXN
— NNPC Group (@NNPCgroup) October 23, 2019
The Team engaged Russian state owned company & private entities to secure development cooperation of mutual benefit. Refinery rehabilitation & gas infrastructure development on the front burner. #RussiaAfricaEconomicSummit #PMBinRussia @NGRPresident @BashirAhmaad @toluogunlesi
— NNPC Group (@NNPCgroup) October 23, 2019
Recall that the Federal Government set a 3-year target period to revamp the ailing refineries across the country.
Starting with the refinery in Port Harcourt, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration disclosed that it had begun the overhauling of refinery facilities, adding that it has till 2023 to ensure that the refineries operate optimally.
Similarly, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) promised Nigerians that the full rehabilitation of the nation’s three refineries would commence by January 2020.
Malam Mele Kyari explained that fixing the refineries, which are in Port Harcourt, Warri and Kaduna, would help the corporation to refine crude oil at optimum capacity by 2022. He also noted that it was a mandate the NNPC as a corporation would leave no stone unturned to actualize because of its timeliness.
#EndSARS: Army denies shooting at Lekki protesters, says Lagos asked for military
The Nigerian Army has once again denied it fired gunshots at protesters who were gathered at the Lekki toll plaza.
What you should know
Nairametrics reported last week that several social media accounts had revealed that peaceful protesters were allegedly being shot at by the military at the Lekki toll holdout. The Nigerian Army, however, denied deploying soldiers to attack #EndSARS protesters who assembled there.
The Lagos State Government ordered an investigation into the Lekki Toll Plaza shooting that was allegedly done by some men of the Nigerian Army on Tuesday evening. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had also stated that Lagos State would not burn on his watch, as he tried to calm things down after hoodlums wreaked havoc post-Lekki shootings, and announced that the Judicial panel set up by the state would include the incident.
Nairametrics earlier reported that Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had insisted that there were only two confirmed deaths during the shooting incident that happened a week ago at the Lekki Tollgate.
COVID-19 Update in Nigeria
On the 27th of October 2020, 113 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 62,224 confirmed cases.
On the 27th of October 2020, 113 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 2,326 samples across the country.
To date, 62,224 cases have been confirmed, 57,916 cases have been discharged and 1,135 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 614,480 tests have been carried out as of October 27th, 2020 compared to 612,154 tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 27th October 2020,
- Total Number of Cases – 62,224
- Total Number Discharged – 57,916
- Total Deaths – 1,1135
- Total Tests Carried out – 614,480
According to the NCDC, the 113 new cases were reported from 12 states- Lagos (51), FCT (15), Plateau (11), Kaduna (8), Oyo (8), Rivers (8), Ogun (4), Edo (2), Imo (2), Kwara (2), Delta (1), Kano (1).
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 20,935, followed by Abuja (6,008), Plateau (3,614), Oyo (3,433), Rivers (2,781), Edo (2,654), Kaduna (2,625), Ogun (2,014), Delta (1,813), Kano (1,743), Ondo (1,666), Enugu (1,314), Kwara (1,069), Ebonyi (1,049), Katsina (952), Osun (923), Abia (898), Gombe (883). Borno (745), and Bauchi (710).
Imo State has recorded 616 cases, Benue (486), Nasarawa (479), Bayelsa (403), Ekiti (332), Jigawa (325), Akwa Ibom (295), Anambra (277), Niger (274), Adamawa (257), Sokoto (165), Taraba (140), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Yobe (82), Zamfara (79), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.
Lock Down and Curfew
In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.
The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.
On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.
On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.
Oyo sets up N500 Million fund each for youth entrepreneurs, compensation for victims of police brutality
Governor Seyi Makinde plans to disburse N500 million fund to youth entrepreneurs in Oyo state.
Oyo State Government has directed that a N500 million MSME fund be set up to fund youth entrepreneurs in the State with bright business ideas