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Don’t tamper with Petroleum Equalization Fund, IPMAN tells FG

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Don’t tamper with Petroleum Equalization Fund, IPMAN tells FG

The National President of independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN) elder Chinedu Okoronkwo has asked the Federal Government not to tamper with the Ptroleum Equalisation Fund as it belongs to the marketers

Speaking at a press conference at its headquarters at No 41 Gnassingbe Eyadema Street in Asokoro in Abuja he said there is the rumour that the Petroleum Equalisation Fund would be expunged.
“We want to place on record that the Fund is marketers fund, it is our money, no Government money is in that place. If there is anything Government wants to do we should be consulted and we will also offer advice.
“A lot of our members money is still in that fund the Management of PEF has not eaten our money.

He distanced IPMAN from the recent protest in Portharcourt saying that some people who are not members of the Association in any way and any standard claimed to be members by joining other groups to protest against Government.
Okoronkwo at the press briefing in Abuja yesterday said those that protested are not their members
“IPMAN is willing and ready to work with Government in all ftontiers. Something happened in PortHarcourt yesterday where some people who are not members of the association by any standard protested.
“If we want to do any demonstration or what ever, it will start from our headquarters at No 41 Gnassingbe Eyadema Street in Asokoro in Abuja.
“We have never asked anybody to do anything. More so as independent petroleum Marketers Association we are responsible Nigerians. Our idea and agenda is to partner with Government  and see how we can make our own contribution not to fight.”

He said it is not a time to fight, but time to bring their idea together with that of Government and put everything on the table.
“We want to disown whatever that happened in Port Harcourt yesterday.”
He said a lot of things are happening in the sector
“We want to put it on record that IPMAN is not in anyway part of why Nigerians are suffering.
“Come to think of it, we are the ones bearing the brunt because since 2008 we have not had anything in terms of our margin  but we have to ensure that this products gets to all the nooks and crany of this country, so we should be given a pat in the back.”

He said they know due deregulation goes with a lot of things but let them be carried along to see what they can also do so that the product would be enjoyed at every nooks and crannies with out any issues.
“Our duty is to partner with Government, we are not an association that fights Government we control over 80 % of the downstream sector of the economy in Oil and Gas
If we would be fighting Government, Our workers, those depending on us and the Nigerian public will suffer. We have seen our activities in the sector as being very important.
“We want to say we are in support of Government program in anything they want to do especially with PMS. We should be consulted may be our idea will give a better and robust way things should be down.
“Basically the money is our money, we are the ones controlling it. We can equally do our own internal equalization. So far we are in sync with Government programs especially in the reform in the oil and gas Government is about rolling out.”
He said the reform would bring additional income to boost their members alternative source of income.
“We welcome it and also ask Government that this money that has been set for this program is the channel they can use to reach all the nooks and crannies with over 80% of members filling stations scattered all over Nigeria.”
“We have also put our consultants in place on how this money would be managed for members and Nigeria would have cheaper energy and cheaper gas and the economy would begin to grow again.”

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Abuse of expatriate quota by Telecommunication industry prompts House of Reps to set up ad-hoc committee for investigation

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Abuse of expatriate quota by Telecommunication industry prompts House of Reps to set up ad-hoc committee for investigation

By Aminci Audu

The House of Representatives moved on Tuesday for thorough investigation of the abuse of exptriate quota by telecommunication sector in Nigeria by setting up an adhoc Committee for that purpose
This followed a motion moved by Rep. Bello Shimkafi (PDP Zanfara State).
The House noted with regret that the expatriate quota guides were being flaunted with indiscriminate employment of expatriates even when there are qualified Nigerians who can fit into the positions.
While moving his motion, Bello decried the sabotage by indigenous agencies who connive with their foreign counterparts in bringing immigrants indiscriminately.
He also expressed concern over the lukewarn attitude of the Federal government the issue of expatriate quota at a time the country is battling with insecurity and youth joblessness.

According to him, “There us a clause in the expatriate policy which provides for two Nigerians to understudy an expatriate, to promote the transfer of knowledge and technology.
“Some of those foreign companies have taken advantage of this clause in active connivance with the Nigeria Immigration Service and other agencies to bring as many of their nationals as possible, sometimes illegally, in gross disregard for the law.
“The abuse of expatriate quotas by those foreign companies is not deemed a national security issue by the Federal Government, particularly  at a time when youth unemployment and terrorism stares the country in the face
“Expatriates enjoy unimaginable pay and privileges while their Nigerian counterparts are paid pittance and treated with disdain in their own country and many competent Nigerians
lose their jobs and the country loses multi-million dollars annually.” He indicated.

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Put an end to ticket-racketeering, House Representatives challenges NRC

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Put an end to ticket-racketeering, House Representatives challenges NRC

By Aminci Audu

In a bid to eradicate ticket racketeering, the House of Representatives  has challenged the Management of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) and Secured 18 Company Limited to strengthen their internal mechanism.
It was in an effort to provide the much needed alternative means of transportation between Abuja and Kaduna that President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 launched th
Abuja-Kaduna train services.

The House challenge was coming on Tuesday, sequel to motion sponsored by Hon Zayyad Ibrahim, APC-Kaduna State, on the increase in passengers leading to fraudulent business dealings in the train station.

The ugly trend had prompted the Minister of Transportation to officially launch Automated E-Ticketing System with a view to addressing complaints of the menace.
The lawmaker observed that despite the launch of E-Ticketing, Ticket-racketeering has continued unabated as tickets are sold to customers at exorbitant rate.
“The increase in the number of passengers led to ticket-racketeering, an ugly practice
that led to the arrest of five (5) suspected train ticket racketeers in 2019 by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and on 21 January, 2021.
“The Minister of Transportation officially launched the Automated E-Ticketing System to address complaints of ticket racketeering.
“Ticket racketeering, which the E-Ticketing System sought to eradicate, is still ongoing with reckless abandon
Tickets can no longer be adequately accessed online due to the nefarious activities of some people who hoard the tickets only to resell to passengers at exorbitant prices.
He decried the menace saying, “If the activities of racketeers are not curbed, passengers will continue to be denied the privilege of accessing the train services as, sometimes, a train may leave the station without carrying the required number of passengers, because the tickets are not accessible or affordable to most of the passengers.

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Heritage Oil allegedly Sacks HR Manager Over Contracts’ Infractions

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Heritage Oil allegedly Sacks HR Manager Over Contracts’ Infractions

Heritage Energy Operational Services Limited (HEOSL) has fired her General Manager of Human Resources and Administration, Bola Olajomi-Otubu.

Bola Olajomi-Otubu contract was allegedly terminated over allegations of gross misconducts bordering on misappropriation of funds, negligence, and abuse of office duties.

A source in Heritage told The Union Nigeria that “amongst her many alleged corrupt practices uncovered, was the use of front companies to bid for and win contracts in the organization for herself and her associates within OML 30 oil field especially in areas of Manpower contractors.”

“She also refused to give explanations to most of her conducts whenever she was called upon rather shunning top executives and arrogated extreme powers to herself as a supremo in Nigeria and that these “expatriates” can do nothing to her.”

“Until the termination of her appointment, Bola committed varying degree of infractions which on several occasions reduced the estimation of the oil multinational firm from the perspective of the general public.”

“It is noteworthy that the management of HEOSL under the visionary leadership of the CEO Naeem Atik Sadiq in a move to curb the excessive malpractices of the former GM Human Resources & Administration, deemed it fit to sack the erring General Manager to reduce the damage she has since caused the organization after joining HEOSL from Guinness Nigeria Plc in 2019.”

Another source said, “Bola, cut an intimidating posture in the organization and once threatened to fire the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from Nigeria boasting of her connections within the industry and have since resorted to cheap blackmail of the amiable CEO once she got wind of her impending sack.

Meanwhile, it was gathered by The Union Nigeria that staff of the oil company were jubilating after her sack.

One of the staff said, “During her time as the GM Human Resources & Admin, Bola singlehandedly fired many Nigerians due to her huge ego problem with the constant threatening word “I will deal with you, I will deal with you”.

“Prior to her termination, she terminated the employment contracts of over 17 staff who protested their unpaid 13th Months’ salary for 2020.”

“It is a huge relief that she is out of the organization”, according to another Manager in the Warri office of HEOSL who begged anonymity also, “there was wild celebration across all facilities of OML 30 when the sack announcement hit them.”

“Some of the company staff expressed uncommon joy, they claimed her sack is a welcome development since her actions severely affected production figures with incessant shutdown of facilities every week across all oil field which we never experienced under Richard Cutts, a former GM Corporate Services who was a sound and experienced conflict resolution expert respected by all community stakeholders.”

“As at the time of writing this report, the management of the organization is currently in the process of correcting the damages inflicted upon the firm by the mismanagement of the company affairs by Bola Olajomi-Otubu.” The source claimed.

According to an insider who is close to sacked General Manager, said “she is planning to head to court, but unfortunately, the staff policy handbook she drafted shall totally nullify whatever litigation plans she is nursing as her sack was rightly done and long overdue according to the terms of the policy.”

While thanking the CEO for doing the right thing, some community leaders have resolved to work with the management of HEOSL in ensuring a smooth operation across the OML 30 oil field for the betterment of the Niger Delta people.

Meanwhile, all efforts to reach Bola Olajomi-Otubu proved abortive.

Her phone number was switched off for days. Text messages sent to her were not responded to.

A source close to her stated however, that she switched her line off due to harassing phone calls and text messages she was receiving from her former colleagues.

Culled from the Union Nigeria

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