End Of Fuel Scarcity In Sight, As Cargo Vessels Arrive Lagos

The Products Petroleum and Marketing Company (PPMC) has re-assured Nigerians that the fuel scarcity will strategically come to an end soon in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and other cities in the country.

Speaking at a meeting with major oil marketers in Lagos, the Executive Director, Supply and Distribution, PPMC, Mr Justin Ezeale, said the development became necessary in order to solve the problems in badly affected areas in the country.

He said the government was aware of the  problems arising from distribution of fuel in the country, hence its decision to employ proactive measures on the issue.

He disclosed that seven cargoes of Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS) arrived the country for onward distribution to various parts of the country.

He said 294 trucks of fuel was distributed in Lagos on Tuesday, while another 336 trucks of fuel would be supply Wednesday, adding that Abuja has gotten its own supplies as well.

According to him, The Federal Government has embarked on massive importation of fuel in order to end the lingering fuel scarcity. As at today, seven cargoes of fuel has arrived the country for distribution to major cities like Lagos, Abuja, and others. We have taking into cognizance that the country consumes 40milliion litres of fuel daily, and we would ensure that fuel supply goes round the country.

‘’ PPMC meets with major marketers and representatives of the Federal Government every day since the fuel crisis started few weeks ago. The government is feeling the pains going through by Nigerians, hence the decision to meet regularly with stakeholders in the value chain in order to strategies on the issue of ending the fuel problems,’’ he said.

Speaking further, he said the government is engaging the services of members of  Nigerian and Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) to monitor the supply of fuel from depots to the filing stations, stressing that the decision was borne out of the need to stop diversion of petroleum products in Nigeria.

Ezeale said the police has been helpful in this regard, stressing that members of civil defence corps were drafted into the issue to compliment the efforts of the police.

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Pope Humbles African Leaders With Mobile Car As Politicians Arrive In Luxurious Whips

In actions and words on his first tour of the world’s poorest continent, Pope Francis has sent a message to African leaders that they could do with less pomp and a bit more humility.

In a region where presidents speed past slums in cavalcades of luxury vehicles and the public complain about corruption in high office, the pope was cheered as he drove in a small Honda and told national leaders to act with integrity.

Kenya’s prolific Twitter users were quick to notice the contrast. “Thieving politicians arrive in their SUVs and Mercs to listen to @Pontifex who will arrive in a Honda. Shameless ‘leaders’,” wrote @Kunj_Shah.

Francis, who has spurned many of the institutional perks of the Vatican, shunned the armored cars with tinted glass driven by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his entourage.

Nor did he follow the example of visitors like U.S. President Barack Obama, who turned up in Nairobi in July for an official visit with an army of security personnel and a bullet-proof limousine, dubbed “the Beast”.

Instead, the pope waved to rapturous crowds from his white popemobile with open sides despite pouring rain and was ferried around Nairobi in the Honda that local media said cost a modest 1.5 million shillings ($14,700).

“The pope is down to earth,” said Lucy Musyoka, 48, who braved a downpour to attend open-air Mass in a sodden Nairobi University sports field. “It is good for our leaders to notice.”

“They like the wealth of the world but they can’t understand the people of our country,” she said. “It is vanity.”

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5 Ships With Petroleum Products, Foods Arrive At Lagos

Five ships laden with petroleum products and foods have arrived Lagos ports, waiting to berth, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Tuesday in Lagos.

NPA stated this in a document, a copy of which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The document stated that the contents of the ships were petrol, diesel, crude palm oil and rice.

NPA noted that 36 other ships would sail into the ports with various consignments from Nov. 24 to Dec. 18.

The consignments are petrol, diesel, crude palm oil, rice, bulk gypsum, general cargo, containers, bulk salt, bulk sugar, steel products and buck wheat.

NAN reports that 14 other ships are at the ports, discharging buck wheat, bulk fertilizer, general cargo, soda ash, containers, bulk gypsum, bulk sugar, petrol and bulk gas.

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36 Ships Laden With Petroleum Products, Foods To Arrive Lagos Ports

Thirty six ships laden with petroleum products, food items and other goods, are expected to arrive Apapa and Tin-Can Island ports in Lagos between Oct. 26 and Nov.14.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) stated this in its daily publication – `Shipping Position’ – made available to newsmen in Lagos on Monday.

The document indicated that the expected ships were laden with general cargo, containers, base oil and bulk salt.

Others were bulk sugar, buckwheat, bulk fertilizer, crude palm oil, steel product and petrol.

NPA also stated that 13 other ships had arrived at the ports, waiting to berth with petrol and diesel.

NAN reports that 21 other ships are in the ports discharging bulk rice, fertilizers, containers, empty containers, truck heads and repaired vessel.

According to the publication, other ships are discharging petrol, containers, general cargo, steam coal, soya corn, buthane, buckwheat, bulk gas, frozen fish and soda ash.

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New Ooni To Arrive Ife Tomorrow

The newly-named Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, will officially arrive the ancient town of Ife on Tuesday to commence the coronation rites as enshrined in the customs of the Ife people.

Reports gathered that the Kingmakers and members of the Isoro were preparing to receive him and commence the rites as soon as he arrives.

Meanwhile, there was celebration in the town on Monday, particularly among the Giesi ruling where the new monarch comes from.

Although the town is calm and people are going about their lawful businesses normally, trucks of soldiers were seen driving through the streets on sirens, while policemen and officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps manned strategic places.

The Ile Oduduwa, which is the palace of the Ooni, is also being manned by armed security men, with an armoured personnel carrier stationed there.

“The Kabiyesi will officially arrive Ife tomorrow (Tuesday) and the kingmakers and members of the Isoro will take it up from there,” Adelowo Ogunleye, Secretary of the Giesi Ruling House, said.

“Once he arrives the kingmakers and members of Isoro will begin the process of crowing him.

“We do not know how long it will take before that process will be concluded, but that will be left for both the kingmakers and the Kabiyesi.”

He also revealed that the new Ooni who is based in Lagos, will not approach the palace on his arrival until the rituals were concluded.


10 Ships Arrive Lagos Ports With Petroleum Products

Ten ships have arrived the Lagos ports with petroleum products, waiting to berth, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) said on Thursday in Lagos. This is contained in NPA’s daily publication, `Shipping Position’ made available to newsmen in Lagos.

It said that eight of the ships arrived the ports with petrol, while the remaining two sailed in with diesel and aviation fuel. The document indicated that 34 other ships were expected in the ports from Aug. 6 to Aug. 28.

NPA noted that 11 of the ships would arrive with containers, while five others were expected with general cargo. It said that eight ships would sail in with petrol, diesel, kerosine and bulk gas; while 10 other ships would sail in with rice, frozen fish, buck wheat and soya beans.

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Youths Trekking For Jonathan Arrive Otuoke

Three young Nigerians, a male and two females, who embarked on a walking expedition to Otuoke, Bayelsa State, the home town of President Goodluck Jonathan, have finally arrived the Bayelsa community, after nineteen days on the road.

Kogi born-John Oladele Nihi, had embarked on the journey from Abuja on the 4th of May, with the aim of honouring President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, whom he described as the hero of democracy, apparently because of the way and manner the outgoing president conceded defeat to President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari.

Rated as the first Twitter Reality Show, Nihi made great use of the social media platform, providing constant updates on his progress in the journey and posting pictorial evidences to show the world that he was actually walking to Otuoke.

Along the way, Nihi got a companion, as a twitter user, @gloria­_speaks, joined him at Abaji, a border town of the FCT. As the journey gathered momentum and the duo made progress, Nihi and his walk-mate became practically house hold names, with outpouring of affection, commendation and support coming their way. They however got another companion in @ifeyChukuneku, who joined them in Delta State.

Announcing their arrival in Otuoke this afternoon, Nihi wrote, “Live in Otuoke, Bayelsa State with a heart blowing welcome reception. Trekking to the King Palace #TrekForGEJ”

Nihi and his co-trekkers say they want to be on hand in Otuoke to welcome President Jonathan home.


ECOWAS Observers Arrive for Elections

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has deployed 12 members of the Long-term Election Observation Mission (LTEOM) to five of Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones to monitor the country’s general elections.

According to a statement from the regional body at the weekend, the team, which is part of a larger 250-strong ECOWAS Election Observation Mission (EOM), headed by former Ghanaian President John Kufuor, has met key Nigerian political stakeholders including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the National Human Rights Commission.

“The observers have also consulted with Civil Society Organizations including the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), the Policy of Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) UN Women and the EU delegation. The LTEOM team, which comprises Election, Political Legal, Conflict Prevention, Operations and Media Specialists, has also received preliminary briefings from officials of the ECOWAS Commission’s Early Warning and Political Affairs, Peace and Security Directorates,” the statement read.

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