Zigma oil& Gas, Petroleum ministry advocate use of LPG, sensitize women on benefits, business opportunities
From Aminci Audu
The Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, National Center for women Development and the Zigma Gas limited have sensitized the Nigerian women on the importance of liquifued Petroleum Gas, benefits and business opportunities therein.
This was coming just as the United Nations raised concerns that though the oil, gas and energy remains the key contributor to the growth of the Nigerian economy the sector is yet to create opportunity for shared growth, create decent jobs and reduce poverty on a large scale especially for women.
The event which was the official launch of the Nigerian Women for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) project in Abuja over the weekend was aimed at among other things to discourage Nigerian women from using firewood in the near future.
It also aims to bring economic prosperity to the womenfolk who are the greatest users of the product by involving them in the business chain of distribution of LPG.In a presentation, by Adesina Olaitan on the LPG framework by the ministry of petroleum the first objective he said is for environmental preservation.
He painted a gloomy picture indicating how out of about five cities in Africa, that are heavily polluted, Nigeria has four.
“That is to tell you why this is very important and you can see Onitsha, Umahia, Abeokuta, Kaduna. This is why it is important to us, there is desertification which is about 3.5% on an annual bases.’Green House emission which is about 200million turns per annum.
This is part of the program to see how we can curb it, since 87% of the population rely on Kerosene.
The ministry projected that it would encourage over 40million households in Nigeria to have access to cooking gas in the next 24 months.
It indicated that the launch is very important to the health of everybody as it will help to eliminate over 95000 deaths annually which is attributed to firewood.
“This gas LPG will be all over Nigeria it would be a wonderful revolution. Our women can now be part of oil and gas business.On it’s part the managing director of Zigma Gas, Funmi Ogbue said rural women in Nigeria often cook with infants strapped on their back, exposing both to toxic fumes.
“The risk of developing emphysema is even higher than for people who smoke. Half of those who die are children younger than five.
“She said, Kerosene Stoves are the cause of the loss of many urban homes and deaths as the purchase of contaminated kerosene lead to explosion of the stove and in many instances the release of poisonous fumes.
According to her, the use of LPG will bring benefit to the economy Making LPG accessible to Nigerians, Creation of more jobs for Nigerians and addition of value to the Nations GDP.
Other benefits according to her is in Technical Capacity Building for Artisans and Industry Stakeholders, Contributing to the saving of over $1bn per annum in kerosene Subsidy and Saving of the country’s forest resources.
She described LPG as being versatile, clean and low on greenhouse gas emissions.”LPG is an ideal fuel for cooking and heating.
It is odorless and burns cleanly, producing no smoke or fumes beyond ordinary combustion gases (water, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide).
“LPG is your green choice With LPG, you have the comfort of knowing it has low greenhouse gas emissions and is an environmentally positive fuel choice.
“By using LPG, we can help ensure Nigeria meets its commitments to the Kyoto climate change agreement.”
The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Edward Kallon said available statistics suggest that there are fewer women working in the oil and gas value chain than almost any other major industry and accounting for less than one quarter of employees in the sector world wide.
“This figure grows smaller the higher you go up the business ladder. “I am pleased to join you at this event today and to speak on behalf of the United Nations family in Nigeria.
“At the center of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 is Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. “Goal 5 is that fine thread that weave together the 17 SDGs and includes measures relevant to the oil and gas sector to Contribute in ending all discrimination against women and girls; Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of infrastructure; Ensure women’s effective participation and equal Opportunities, and enhance the use of enabling technologies.
He observed that in Nigeria, many women are still heavily dependent on wood fuel to perform their traditional roles, including cooking and income generating activities, which are highly fuel intensive.
“Modem fuel sources; such as LPG can therefore save time and improve productivity in many of these fuel and labor intensive enterprises and protect women from the health hazards associated with the use of wood fuel.
“The distribution of LPG represents an important employment sector with growth potential to support the development and expansion of women entrepreneurship in the the sector.
“The establishment of a dedicated and inclusive programmes such as the one we are launching here today is crucial in enhancing women’s participation in the LPG space. “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the National Centre for Women Development, and Zigma Gas Limited for this initiative.
“I am also calling on the Government and other relevant actors to drive non~ discriminatory employment practices, increase access to capacity building and financing initiatives, and engage women in community consultations and decision~making positions and equip them to actively participate in and benefit from the economic potential within the various LPG value chains.”
Prophet predicts collapse of Nigeria economy in 6 months
The Nigeria economy which experts say has been in the intensive care unit may finally pack up if urgent steps are not taken to right the wrongs, the Leader of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele in a statement on Saturday warned President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, NNPC, salaries of workers will be affected
This was according to a statement on Saturday where the prophet revealed that Nigeria will continue to rely on loans, except the federal government brings back oil subsidy, Nigeria economy will not grow.
Lawmaker worries 42.74b metric tonnes of Bitumen reserve wastes away
The Senator representing Ondo South in the Senate, Nicholas Tofowomo, on Wednesday, drew attention of every stakeholder in the Nigerian project to the untapped 42.74 billion metric tonnes of Bitumen reserve wasting away in the midst of unemployment.
The lawmaker gave the indication in his lead debate on the establishment of Bitumen Training institute, Ode Aye, Ondo State (Establishment Bill 2021 (SB 663)
The lawmaker said in his Ondo South Senatorial district, the amount of bitumen available for extraction is about 16 billion barrels.
“Our bitumen is wasting. There is environmental degradation caused by spiling of bitumen and people are crying that there is no job,” Senator Tofowomo told newsmen at a briefing after his bill seeking to establish Bitumen Training Institute in Ondo State passed second reading on the floor of the Senate.
He said despite the fact that Nigeria has the second largest deposit of bitumen in the world, the country is spending its scarce foreign exchange earnings to import bitumen.
“Nigeria has the second largest deposit of bitumen in the world, coming after Venezuela. The Latin American is doing well with the bitumen. Nigeria also needs to explore the resources. We should look at how much we spend in importing bitumen.
“Let us have an institute so that whatever we are doing on the bitumen will not just be talk show, but exploration and all the forex we spend on importation will be saved,” he said.
The lawmaker said many past administrations of Federal government have played different roles in exploring Bitumen, but it is not a continuous process because of different difficulties in its exploration.
Senator Tofowomo said the establishment of Bitumen Institute would harmonise all the past stride and research made on Bitumen exploration since 1905 and come up with a Solid foundation for economic exploration of Bitumen in Nigeria.
“The enactment of this Bill will help transforming the Bitumen potentials as well as fortunes in Nigeria in producing the desired Manpower and expertise to drive the Bitumen Industry just like the Petroleum Training Institute is doing with the petroleum Industry,” he added.
The bill eventually scaled second reading
Malami assures, £4.2m seized from Ibori, associates will soon be returned
Malami assures, £4.2m seized from Ibori, associates will soon be returned
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has indicated that the Federal Government of Nigeria is working tirelessly to ensure the return of looted Nigerian assets kept outside the country’s territorial boundaries.
In that vein, Malami said any moment from now, Nigeria should expect the return of £4.2m seized from the associates of convicted fomer Governor of Delta State, James Ibori.
This was according to a statement issued by , Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu which was made available to news men in Abuja on Monday.
The statement noted that the delay in repatriating the fund is due to some documentations.
He said the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and other relevant government agencies will keep the general public informed once the Ibori loot is received and confirmed.
He said the Federal Government of Nigeria is in touch with the government of the United Kingdom on the matter.
“Documentations with the banks in different countries often take longer than anticipated. We anticipated two weeks but we are not in control of the banks,” the statement said.
He maintained that the Federal Government is working assiduously to ensure that the transfer goes through successfully.
“There is neither complacency nor any delay as efforts are being made to ensure successful transfer of the looted funds,” he said.
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