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Equipment failure caused two spills from Agip’s oilfields in Bayelsa – NOSDRA

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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) says the two recent leaks from Agip’s oilfields in Southern Ijaw and Brass Local Government Areas of Bayelsa were caused by equipment failure.

Mr. Idris Musa, Director-General, NOSDRA, confirmed the development to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Yenagoa.

Musa explained that officials of the agency conducted a Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) to Agips 10″ Cough Creek-Tebidaba pipeline at Ologbobiri in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area and found the cause to be equipment failure.

He said that officials of the agency also visited the 24″ Ogoda-Brass trunk line site at Okpoama in Brass where a leak discharged a yet-to-be ascertained volume of crude oil into the environment.

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The people of Okpoama in Brass local government area had earlier sent a ‘Save Our Soul’ message to the Federal Government, following widespread pollution by the oil spill in the area.

The Chairman of the Okpoama Kingdom Oil and Gas Committee, Percy Jerry Wemi-Kwomain, said that the incident happened at the Amangaetima bush near Ewoama-Brass.

“The oil spill occurred two weeks ago and it discharged enormous amounts of crude oil into the adjourning creeks and rivulets, thereby affecting the environment and the livelihood of the people of the area,” Wemi-Kwomain said.

According to him, the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) made two secret attempted to fix the leaking pipeline without a JIV conducted by the relevant authorities.

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He said the efforts were frustrated by youths placed on surveillance in the area.

“Without letting us know, they came with a swamp-buggy to fix the leaking point. We stopped them twice before they came to inform us that they want us to join them for the JIV.

“The oil is still leaking and that was why we have sent SOS to the Federal Government to come to our aid,” Kwomain had said.

The community leader further noted that the high-pressure pipeline was built since 1972 and had recorded failure in several points.

Reacting to the disagreement between Agip and the host communities, the NOSDRA director-general however told NAN that the JIV was done and concluded amicably.

“The host community wanted to be paid a fee before repairs. That was the source of the disagreement, but the matter was later resolved,” Musa said.

Officials of Agip however declined comments on the two incidents.

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Reduce fuel price to N70, PDP tells FG

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Reduce fuel price to N70, PDP tells FG

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Federal Government to further reduce petrol pump price to N70 per litre.

The government had embarked on phased price reduction in the last few months -from N145 to N125 then N121 on Tuesday.

But the PDP, in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the government has been fleecing Nigerians with high fuel price.

The party charged the government to immediately reduce the pump price to N70 per litre, to reflect the appropriate pricing template following the fall in the price of crude oil in the international market.

“The PDP completely rejects the N121 per litre price announced by the Federal Government, which has even remained unenforced”, it stated.

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The main opposition party described the new price as announced by the government, as highly provocative and a further display of insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians, “particularly as they battle the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic”.

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The PDP insisted that a N121 per litre price amounted to fleecing Nigerians of over N50 per litre of fuel.

“This is in continuation of the N55 per litre overcharge, which Nigerians had borne under the inappropriate N125 per liter, which prevailed for months, before it was brought down to N123.50 per litre, in spite of the crash in international price of crude oil.

“The PDP rejects the unnecessary price pinching and demands that the Federal Government, should without further delay, implement the appropriate price as well as declare and account for the billions of naira accruable as overcharge since the crash in crude oil price,” the party said.

The PDP said failure to reduce the pump price to N70, as well as the non-declaration of the alleged overcharge would not be acceptable to Nigerians, “as it only points to questions of corruption in the system”.

The party insisted that the government had no justification to retain the pump price of fuel at over N70 per litre.

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It challenged the administration to justify its actions by publishing the prevailing landing cost, depot cost, trucking cost as well as the retail outlet administrative cost and show why the pump price should be above N70 per litre.

The party urged the National Assembly to protect the interest of the people by prevailing on the government to implement the appropriate fuel pricing and account for the excess charges.

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FRSC promotes, decorates three senior officers

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The Federal Road Safety Corps on Tuesday in Ilorin decorated three of its senior officers.

According to reports, the low key event held at the RS8 Zonal Command Headquarters, Ilorin.

The Zonal Commanding Officer, Assistant Corps Marshal (ACM) Amauche Nwaka, while reading the address of the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, said the promotion was well-deserved, based on hard work.

“As it is the culture of the Corps, the seasons of reward have never been delayed.

“In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has shut down nations, the FRSC thought it wise not to shut down nor delay the recognition and upliftment of officers.

“This was achieved with the introduction of a novel process in promotion, in the form of a virtual interview, rounding off the 2019 promotion.

“I congratulate all of you for your well-deserved promotion. You worked hard for it. You should be mindful that you will be met with several forms of new challenges.

“You should, therefore, be prepared for these challenges and opportunities; your ability to sustain your new positions would vindicate your elevation.

“Therefore, it is on this premise that you are charged to continue to work as we go forward, considering the numerous road safety management challenges facing our dear country.

“You are also reminded of the current global COVID-19 pandemic, which has not abated.

“You are required to bring a new lease of life into the fight, by ensuring that all government policies at all levels are strictly adhered to.

“You are particularly to note the directions of the Presidential Task Force on the pandemic.

“Above all, you must live by example; COVID-19 is real, keep safe,” he charged them.

Newsmen reports that the officers promoted and decorated included the Kogi Sector Commander, Corps Commander Omotosho Abe, elevated to the rank of ACM; Ekiti Sector Commander, Corps Commander Faustina Alegbe, promoted to the rank of ACM, and Deputy Corps Commander Joshua Adekanye, who got promoted to the rank of Corps Commander.

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Responding on behalf of the promoted officers, the most senior promoted officer, ACM Omotosho Abe, thanked God and the Corps Marshal for deeming it fit to elevate them.

“We are happy because our ranks and responsibilities have changed. We appreciate God because we thought it was impossible.

“We appreciate the Corps Marshal and all our senior officers here present today. We say a big thank you,” he said.

Reports have it that the occasion was graced by the Zonal Commanding Officer RS11

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Assistant Corps Marshal Godwin Ogaghaogene, and the Kwara Sector Commander, Corps Commander Joshua Owoade.

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OOU produces anti-COVID-19 herbal syrup, sends sample to NAFDAC for approval

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Some researchers at the Olabisi Onabanjo University [OOU], Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State claim to have produced a herbal solution which can prevent, treat and manage coronavirus [COVID-19] disease.

The anti-COVID-19 solution is tagged OOU-Anjo Anti-COVID- 9 herbal syrup, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ganiyu Olatunde, told newsmen during a briefing at the new Senate building of the university in Ago-Iwoye.

A group of researchers at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago – Iwoye, Ogun State have produced COVID – 19 preventive, treatment and management herb tagged OOU – Anjo Anti – COVID – 19 herbal syrup.

The VC, who was flanked by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Deji Agboola, and his counterpart (Administration), Prof. Ebun Oduwole, unveiled the product.

The institution also dispenser hands sanitizer, personal hands sanitizer and face masks which were produced by the researchers.

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According to the VC, the OOU – Anjo Anti – COVID – 19 herbal syrup had been submitted to the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control [NAFDAC] for approval before releasing into it the market.

He said:

“Our university is one of the core Universities that engage in research into the COVID-19 pandemic and in partnership with Anjo, who’s one of our very core effective partners in herbal medicine, we’ve been able to produce an Anti – COVID-19 herbal syrup which we’ve processed to NAFDAC for approval.

“So, I can assure you that it went through all the necessary protocols that you can have in trying to produce a herbal syrup. It’s a joint effort of Anjo and Olabisi Onabanjo’s Department of Medicine research.

“Apart from that, since the era of Ebola, we’ve been involved in the production of hand sanitisers, the health centre was involved, the department of chemistry is also involved.

“We also have some sections of the university that is involved in the production of face masks, face shield which are being requested for by a number of Organizations.

“So in terms of our research, they’ve also been involved in the production of sanitiser. So, the prototype of hand sanitizer and automated solar power dispenser production.

“This machine was produced by our faculty of engineering and is to ensure the sanitization of hands. It is different from the one you do see, we’ve been taught two ways to wash our hands, either through the use of hand sanitizer or using soap under running water. So, it is different, it is automated, once it senses your hand and it is also solar-powered.

“We’ve been talking to one or two companies, as we’ve told them that this it dispenses adequate amount of sanitiser, so there’s no contact.

One of the researchers, Acting Director, Research, Linkages and Advancement, OOU, Dr Ashidi Joseph, said the remedy is “anti-bacteria, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant.”

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Ashidi said the remedy was formulated based on results of post-mortem research conducted on those who died of COVID – 19 infections as the team had no access to samples of COVID-19 patients for laboratory test with the syrup.

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