NIGERIA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE DAILY TRUST NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [16 APRIL, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Daily Trust Online Newspaper for today,  Monday, 16 April, 2018.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) spent about N167 billion to maintain its networks of pipelines and depots in one year, official records have shown.
A new agency, Nigerian Pipelines and Storage Company (NPSC), was created out of the Petroleum Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) in 2016 to solely manage the 21 depots and   interconnecting pipelines.


Yet many depots, especially in the hinterland remain inoperative whereas between November 2016 and November 2017 about N167  billion was on depots and pipelines maintenance, documents seen by Daily Trust have shown. 
The corporation has a pipeline network of over 8,000 kilometres for easy transportation of crude oil to the refineries and petroleum products and natural gas to the various depots. 
But the sorry state of the depots and the pipelines manifested itself during the crippling fuel shortages experienced nationwide from November 2017 to February this year. 
Records show that most of the active depots are in the southern part of the country necessitating the influx of oil tankers to lift fuel up north.
The movement of these trucks have devastating effects on the north- south highways coupled with attendant accidents that have claimed over hundreds of lives over the years.
The operational depots include those along the System 2B pipeline in the Southwest - the Atlas Cove and  Ejigbo in Lagos; Mosinmi, Ogun State and Ibadan, Oyo State. Others are the depots at Warri, Port Harcourt, Aba, Kaduna, Suleja and Kano.
Ten depots in both north and south are inactive mainly because their pipeline systems have been vandalised for long, with several tanks rusting. These are the ones in Ore, Ilorin, Enugu, Makurdi, Minna, Gusau, Jos, Gombe, Maiduguri and Yola.

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The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) record indicates that the 21 depots have 244 tank capacities: 109 tanks to store 1.422 million litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) or petrol; 65 tanks for 755,057 litres of AGO (diesel) and 70 others for 1.240m litres of kerosene.
The state of the depots
Some of the depots visited are in deplorable states. The PPMC Suleja/Dikko depot in Niger state was operating with over 100 tankers waiting to load petrol.
Some of the tanker drivers said but for this depot, they would have to drive to Ogun state, Ibadan or Lagos to load products. 
Abubakar Ibrahim, who drives a tanker for A.A. Rano oil firm identified over-speeding, fatigue, poor maintenance of tankers and human errors as factors that become pronounced with the long distance haulage.
He said: “It is rather unfortunate that such disasters happen. For now, we are grateful that the Suleja depot is operational; most of our colleagues go to Mosimi and Ibadan depots to load from the south to the north and that is a considerable distance.”
For Azeez Aliyu, a driver with Forte Oil, accidents can be reduced on the highways if the 21 depots are active and safety rules are kept.
“There is no implementation of safety rules by oil marketers. There are drivers who still operate at night and have no speed limiters. Imagine such risks travelling for a distance of over 800 kilometres bearing petrol from Lagos to Kano,” he said.
Makurdi depot is located at Otukpo road in Apir near Makurdi, the Benue state capital. The facility has been dormant for years even with a pipeline route (System 2E) coming from Port Harcourt refinery through Enugu depot. The depot serves seven states but is down due to vandalisms from the Enugu axis and its rusting storage tanks.
“The flash points are usually around Port Harcourt to Enugu. Once it happened at this axis, we stopped pumping product to the depots,” an official noted.
Just some metres away from the depot are NNPC mega station and other private ones that have to rely on tankers trucking petrol from Port Harcourt among other places for it to function, said Mr Michael Terlumun, a resident of Apir. 

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There are visible signs of rustiness and lack of maintenance as one approaches the Enugu depot at Emene, Enugu state. It stopped working for long, some residents of Emene community said. They attributed the closure of the depot to pipeline vandalism which occurs mainly around Aninri axis in Aninri Local Government Area of the state. 
Facing similar challenge is Aba depot in Abia State. It was closed for seven years. The pipelines were fixed and opened in 2016. An official at the Enugu depot refused to speak saying he must be authorised from NNPC headquarters, Abuja before he can speak.
But another insider who gave his name as Ikechukwu said: “The reason is simple: It is because of the illegal and wicked activities of vandals, especially in the Aninri areas of Enugu State.” 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
A former military governor of Plateau State during the regime of former military President Ibrahim Babangida, retired Major-General Aliyu Adu Umar Kama, has urged those trying to contest against President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 to wait till 2023.
Apparently referring to a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, former Jigawa State governor Sule Lamido and a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Kingsley Moghalu among others, Kama said it would be unwise for anyone irrespective of their inclinations to want to contest against President Buhari next year.



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He was speaking Saturday in Abuja at the Hoba community grand reception for the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Gida Mustapha, by the Hoba elders council.
According to the former Milad, the Hoba people of Adamawa State are grateful to President Buhari for appointing two sons of the community as SGF successively and pledged continuous support for the Buhari administration.
Responding, SGF Mustapha pledged to conduct himself creditably in office and that he would work hard to ensure that at the end of service, his people would be proud of him.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Members of the Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) for President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday faulted the Senate’s resolution disbanding their association, saying they cannot be intimidated.
PSG was formed as a result of the passage of the amendment made to the 2010 Electoral Act on February 14 this year.  The group was against the reordered election sequence said to be targeted at President Buhari. 


The Senate on Thursday suspended the secretary of the PSG, Senator Ovie Oma-Agege (APC, Delta) over his remarks that the public perception was that the reordered election sequence was targeted at Buhari. Aside the suspension, the PSG was also proscribed.
Daily Trust gathered that immediately after Oma-Agege was suspended, members of the group met at the National Assembly where they reviewed the proscription of PSG among others. 
It was gathered that at the meeting which lasted for about an hour with key members in attendance, they resolved to ignore the proscription and continue with the association. In a phone interview, one of the leaders of the PSG, said their group could not be disbanded.
The senator, who did not want to be named, said five other groups were in existence in the Senate.
“We have five other groups in the Senate. So, why are they saying they have disbanded ours?  We have Southern senators’ forum, Northern  senators forum, APC caucus,  PDP caucus and even Northeast caucus. They are all interest groups like ours.
“Ask Saraki, how did he emerge as the Senate President ? Was it not through the like minds group? Why are they after the PSG? Freedom of association is guaranteed by the constitution,” he said. 
Describing the proscription as unconstitutional, he said they had resolved to go ahead with the group, adding “We are going to meet this week. No going back on this.”

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Even though Oma-Agege’s suspension was hinged on a court case he instituted, it was gathered that his main offence was the collation of signatures against the reordered election. Senators told our correspondent that weeks ago, Oma-Agege moved from one office to another collating signatures for the support of President Buhari’s decision.
Buhari had in a letter read on March 13, this year at both chambers of the National Assembly, rejected the amendment made to the Electoral Act, citing constitutional matters. 
Weeks ago, the Senate began the move to override the President’s  action. A bill to that effect sponsored by Senator Nazif Suleiman (APC, Bauchi) has scaled first reading. It is expected to be listed for second reading any time from now.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The Plateau State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that Governor Simon Bako Lalong will not be given automatic ticket despite the standing ovation he received from stakeholders when he declared his intention to seek for a second term at the partys executive meeting on Friday. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
A former military President, Ibrahim Babangida, said he was impressed by the kind of personalities that make up the Social Democratic Party (SDP), describing it as a party for the future. 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
A chieftain of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Mr Abanitus Dangir, has declared his intention to run for presidency in the 2019 general elections if given the ticket. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Members of the Parliamentary Support Group (PSG) for President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday faulted the Senates resolution disbanding their association, saying they cannot be intimidated. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced the debut of its newly-designed website and other official social media accounts.

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Shareholders of Zenith Bank have commended the management and board of directors of the bank for the gross earnings recorded which increased by 46. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Diamond Bank has partnered with major players in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry to launch Tech Fest, a platform for technology entrepreneurs, to showcase their innovations. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The President of Belema Oil Producing, Mr. 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Six Chinese firms under the auspices of China Chamber of Commerce in Nigeria (CCCN) have commended the doing business environment in Nigeria describing it as enabling. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, left Nigeria for Washington DC on Sunday to join other economic experts from around the world to discuss issues affecting global economy. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Hamisu Saleh, the Plateau United of Jos versatile defender has said his teammates were relishing the surmountable challenge ahead of them when they play the second leg of CAF Confederations Cup play-off against USM Alger in Algeria next Tuesday. 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Atletico Madrid have confirmed that Diego Costa suffered a hamstring injury against Sporting Lisbon, although the club have not given a time-scale as to whether the striker will be fit to face Arsenal. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Young Faisal Farouk Muazu was the centre of attraction at the just concluded Korean Centre 2018 Taekwondo championship, winning two of the top events. 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The Nigerian Cricket team is looking forward to earning a slot to the next ICC World T20 in Australia in 2020 as the ICC World T20 Africa Qualifier commenced in Lagos State yesterday. 

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018
The pinnacle of the USA high goal series got underway Wednesday with Daily Racing Form and Audi polo teams taking to a flying with a hard earned opening victories in the prestigious championship revered as the pinnacle of the noble game of kings in USA . 

Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Management of Minna Polo Club has indicated its readiness to host the 2018 Minna National Polo Tournament which is being organised by the Nigerian Polo Federation (NPF), from July 15 21, 2018. 

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