About 500 Nigerians die of HIV/AIDs daily – NACA

At least 500 Nigerians die of HIV/AIDs daily, with an average new infection of 600 people every day, says Sani Aliyu, Director General, National Agency for the Control of AIDs, NACA.

Mr. Aliyu gave the figure during an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, about HIV/AIDs, aired on Saturday night.

He said although the country has achieved great heights with the support of government and the international community, a lot of help is still needed from private individuals to address the challenges posed by the existence of HIV/AIDs in Nigeria.

Mr. Aliyu noted that Nigeria is still the second most affected country with HIV/AIDs, globally behind South Africa. He called on government and stakeholders to ensure increased education of the girl child and women empowerment as a means of addressing the challenge.

He added that the global theme for this year’s event to mark the World AIDs day, “Hands up for HIV/AIDs prevention,” was adjusted for Nigeria, to match with the country’s current prevalence rate of 3 per cent.

“You know that for Nigeria the topic for this year is not ‘hands up’; when you say hands up you are giving up. It’s ‘hands on’ for us in Nigeria,” said Mr. Aliyu.

About 72,000 adolescents are reportedly living with HIV in Lagos State, officials have said.

Also according to the Borno State’s coordinator for HIV/AIDs, no fewer than 5,000 Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in 27 camps in the state are currently living with the virus.

FG To Pay Oil Marketers N163m Fuel Subsidy Daily

There are strong indications that the Federal Government would start paying N163m daily as fuel subsidy to oil marketers because of the slight increase in crude prices. A survey of markets around the world showed that oil prices, including Nigeria’s Bonny Light 1have increased from about $29 to $40 per barrel, meaning additional cost to refining companies, which pass the high cost to traders. Consequently, Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, which had discouraged government from paying subsidies because of prolonged era of very low crude prices, has advised it to start payment. The agency believed it has become necessary for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to commence subsidy payment from this month. In its April, 2016 template posted over the weekend, the agency put the subsidy at N4.09 per liter.

This amounted to N163m daily as the nation’s estimated daily demand for fuel hovered at 40 million liters. PPPRA puts the nation’s landing cost for fuel, including cost and freight, traders margin, lightering expenses, NPA, NIMASA, jetty/depot thru charge and storage charge at N75.79 per liter. The agency put total sub margins, including administrative charge, marine transport average, bridging fund and margins at N14.30 per liter. It puts total cost, including highway maintenance, government tax, import tax, fuel tax and subtotal taxes at N90.09 per liter. PPPRA also puts the official ex-depot, ex-depot and ex-coastal prices at N71.70, N76.00 and N71.19 and arrived at an under recovery of N4.09 per liter. Executive Secretary, Major Marketers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Olawore said in a telephone interview yesterday that the subsidy is justified because of the slight increase in oil prices. He said the subsidy would enable marketers to recover cost involved in the process of importing fuel into the country. It was learnt that government would need to pay more as subsidy, should crude oil prices continue to surge in the global market. However, there was improvement in fuel supply because of the involvement of many stakeholders over the weekend. A visit to Apapa in Lagos showed that many marketers were involved in lifting of fuel to many destinations. The involvement followed an agreement signed with tank seven farm owners for the storage and lifting of imported fuel few days ago.

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Savings From Fuel Subsidy Removal Rises To N647m Daily

Nigeria, as at yesterday, is currently saving N647.2 million daily from the suspension of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol. Particularly, at the current price of N86.50 per litre in petrol stations across the country, the country is making an extra N16.18 per litre.

The Federal Government had stated that this extra savings is kept in an escrow account to serve as a cushion in case of eventuality, such as if the price of crude oil rebounds, leading to an increase in the selling price of PMS. The saving is partly due to the continuous decline in the price of crude oil in the international market, which dragged the open market price of petrol to N70.32 per litre. The amount the country is saving is based on a 40 million litres average daily consumption of PMS by Nigerians as declared by the Federal Government. Since the announcement and commencement of the price modulation regime by the Federal Government, the open market of PMS had fluctuated between N4 and N12 per litre before rising to its current level. Data obtained, yesterday, from the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA, in its pricing template for PMS for February 9, 2016, revealed that at a retail price of N86.50 per litre as approved by the Federal Government, the country is saving N16.18 per litre of the product. The PPPRA put the landing cost of the product at N56.02 per litre, composed of Cost plus Freight — N51.19 per litre; Lightering Expenses — N2.02; NPA Financing — N0.15, Jetty Throughput Charge — N0.60 and Storage Charge — N2.00 per litre.

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See How Much Nigeria Is Losing On Gas Pipeline Attack

The Federal Government has announced that it is losing a huge sum of N470 million daily following the militant’s attack on the Escravos gas pipelines in the Niger Delta last weekend.

Besides, the repairs of the pipelines would cost the government N120 million to function again.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Hakeem Bello, the damage done to the pipelines would have far reaching effects on the power situation in the country.

The statement read: “As security agencies intensify the search for culprits behind the act, it has been established that the weekend’s attack on the Nigeria Gas Company’s pipeline connected to Chevron Nigeria Limited’s facility at Escravos, will impact negatively on the Olorunsogo NIPP plant (capacity 600MW), and other Power Plants.

“The sabotaged gas pipeline which contributes to the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) has led to a loss of 160mmsfcd of gas daily. At a cost of $2.50 per thousand scf, this loss means about $400,000 loss to the country on a daily basis (N78, 800,000 daily) in gas volume. This is in addition to losses to be incurred daily from affected Power generation ($1,988,223 or N391, 680,000 daily). The total daily loss to the country is therefore estimated at N470, 479,931. Repairs of the damaged pipeline is estimated as costing ($609,137 or N120, 000.000).

“The real sector of the economy has also been counting its losses as some cement companies around Olorunsogo like Ewekoro and Ibese are also affected.

“The latest incident has occurred just as the Federal Government through the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, along with allied agencies has been making concerted efforts to improve gas supplies to the Power Plants. Such efforts led to previously offline plants like Ihovbor and Sapele coming back online and the subsequent output making up for the loss in power. The pipelines are being actively monitored for further attacks or other unforeseen impacts.

“Available records show that six incidences of vandalism from December 2014 to February 2015 which affected the Trans Forcados Pipeline (at Oben, Sapele, Oredo) and Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (CNL) led to a loss of 1,100 MMscfd. According to industry experts, a loss of 200 MMscfd is equivalent to a Power reduction of 700MW.”

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PDP Accuses Buhari Of Planning To Borrow N5 Billion Daily In 2016

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of planning to borrow at least N5 billion per day to finance the N6.08 trillion 2016 budget.

The spokesperson of the party, Olisa Metuh, who spoke with reporters on Tuesday in Abuja, said a breakdown of the N1.84 trillion to be borrowed by Mr. Buhari to fund the budget shows that Nigeria would be borrowing N5 billion a day for the next 365 days, starting from January I, 2016, without corresponding provision for economic production and a clear repayment plan.

“Some people may be wondering why we raised an alarm about the budget. The reason is simple. When we analysed the budget, we discovered it is a misshapen attempt at a Keynesian economics of applying deficit spending to stimulate growth even when studies have proven that GDP growth rates decrease by over 50% when debt goes from low or moderate to high. But then we know the borrowing here is to pay huge campaign debt and fund a political war chest.

“By every standard, this budget is a booby trap against the nation. When you break down the proposed N1.84 trillion borrowing, you discover that it amounts to borrowing N5 billion every day for the 365 days in 2016. The questions are: for what specific projects are they borrowing N5 billion per day and how do they intend to pay back?” Mr. Metuh said.

The PDP spokespersons said Mr. Buhari should explain to Nigerians how his government intends to pay back the loan.

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Kaduna Refinery Begins Production Of 3.2 Million Litres Of Petrol Daily

Kaduna Refining and Petroleum Company has started daily production of 3.2 million litres of petrol, a vloume authorities hope will end queues at fuel service stations across Nigeria.

A statement by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) confirmed that the plant, which commenced production over the weekend with an initial Premium Motor Spirit yield of about 1.5 million litres, has ramped up its daily yield to 3.2 million litres.

“The injection of this volume into the system will significantly impact ongoing special intervention efforts designed to bring relief to motorists across the country,” the Corporation stated.

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How To Look Like J.Lo, Read Her Daily Beauty Routine

Jennifer Lopez got candid about maintaining her priorities and looks while starring in her first TV series, Shades of Blue.

For the 46-year-old singer and actress, beauty rest is a necessity.

“There is a limit,” J.Lo stressed to ET. “You will fall down at a certain point, and mommies can’t do that. Mommies have to be good for the babies at all times. They need to know that you’re solid and strong and good. Sleep is very important. I get my seven to eight hours sleep no matter what.”

Finding time for adequate rest has become trickier for Lopez while she films Shades of Blue.

J.Lo stars in the NBC drama, which she produces, as single mother Detective Harlee Santos, who gets involved with a “tight-knit group of dirty cops.” The stakes are raised when she is forced to work with the FBI’s anti-corruption task force and rat out the corrupt cops on her own team.

When her days on set are over, Lopez switches gears from “serious actor mode” to mommy mode, as she heads home to spend quality time with her 7-year-old twins Emme and Maximilian.

“I have to see them because if I don’t see them and they don’t see me, then it’s not happiness,” Lopez said. “Like, this morning I had to work out, then I sit down and I have lunch with them before I come over here and then I go, ‘You know what? Since we’re shooting all the way through, I’ll have the kids come over at 6:30. They can bring me dinner because we had some leftovers.’ Every day is like that!”

Between her long work hours and the time she carves out for her kids, Lopez admitted she’s had less time to be in the gym, but she’ll be in tiptop shape for her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood’s AXIS Theater, which kicks off Jan. 20.

“I feel a tiny bit out of shape right now, but that’s OK, because I ‘m about to get in shape,” Lopez said. “We’ll tighten it back up real quick.”

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100 Women Die Daily In Northern Nigeria During Childbirth- UNFPA

Ms Ratidzai Ndhlovu, Nigeria Country Director of United Nations Population Fund ( UNFPA), says no fewer than 100 women die daily across Northern Nigeria during childbirth.

She spoke on Thursday in Sokoto at a consultative meeting with the theme: “Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal Deaths in Northern Nigeria: The Role of the Traditional and Religious Leaders.”

Ndhlovu decried the high maternal mortality figure, and stressed that collective efforts must be stepped up to redress the ugly trend.

” No pregnant woman should be allowed to die while bringing a life into the world and they should be adequately protected.

” Traditional rulers, community and religious leaders should take census of all pregnant women in their areas, with a view to tracking the exact figure of maternal mortality.

” This would help in gingering all of us to step up measures to reduce the menace and save more pregnant mothers and their children from dying during childbirth.

” This would certainly help in reducing maternal mortality and even help to reduce it to a zero-level across the North,” she said.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, who spoke called for the building of capacities of more traditional birth attendants in the region.

Abubakar said that the action would complement the efforts of the skilled midwives in health facilities.
He suggested that the traditional birth attendants ” should be recruited by the three tiers of government and deployed to health facilities, to boost manpower provision.’’

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Nigeria’s Daily Fuel Subsidy Drops To N1.07 Billion

The Federal Government’s daily spending on petrol subsidy may dropped from the N2.4 billion it recorded in June to N1.07 billion as at Monday this week.

Specifically, the country’s daily subsidy per litre of fuel has decreased from the N51.61per litre it recorded on June 11 to N22.42 per litre.

The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA), which made this disclosure on Monday in its pricing template , put the expected open market price of the product at N109.42.

Based on daily petrol consumption of 48 million litres, the total subsidy cost on the product as of September 7, would amount to N1.07 billion at N22.42 per litre.

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We Are Targeting 5,000MW Electricity Daily- Buhari

President Buhari yesterday said, that his administration is targeting 5,000 megawatts daily by 2016.

He said there were ongoing efforts to complete some power projects so as to lay the foundation for 10,000 and 15,000 megawatts in subsequent years.

He also affirmed his administration’s commitment to protect the rights of law-abiding Nigerians in their various countries of abode.

He stated these at the 2015 Diaspora Day held at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja with the theme: “Diaspora and Nigeria Change Agenda.”

Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, he, however, assured that the government will build a reliable data base of the population of Nigerians living abroad as a critical step to harnessing the gains for national development.

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Kaduna Refinery To Save Nigeria $5.33 Million Daily

Kaduna Refining and Petrochemicals Company (KRPC), will save about $5.33 million daily for the country when the refinery hits 90 per cent production capacity, the refinery’s manager in charge of production programming and quality control, Shehu Malami, has said.

Speaking at a two-day annual Energy Correspondents Workshop, themed “Development Communication: An Imperative for the Oil And Gas Industry” in Kano, Mr. Malami said KRPC, otherwise known as Kaduna Refinery, would soon hit 90 per cent production of its installed capacity.

Reports gathered that the refinery operated at 60 per cent production capacity before commencement of the Turn Around Maintenance (TAM) in October last year.

Giving the breakdown on different petroleum products, the manager said the nation will save $1.892million daily on petrol alone.

“The impact of KRPC operations on the economy means that if the refinery operates at 90 percent capacity, it will save the nation $1.892million from importation of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS).

“At same 90 percent, KRPC will save $672,546 daily on importation of Kerosene, $1.86 million daily on import of diesel, $176,727 daily on importation of LPG and $727,306 million daily on import of Fuel Oil.

“This represents a total savings of $5.33 million daily for fuel products only,” he said in a paper he delivered.

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Over 250,000 Barrels Of Oil Siphoned Daily, PMB Raises Alarm

President Muhammadu Buhari has raised the alarm that oil theft continues at the moment with an average of more than 250,000 barrels being siphoned daily.

Speaking yesterday on the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) programme tagged “Good Morning Nigeria”, Buhari promised  that he would soon ensure that those committing that crime against Nigeria are faced with facts and prosecuted.

He said crude was  being illegally loaded from the country’s terminals by unpatriotic Nigerians that only considered  their own selfish interests to get money.

Besides, Buhari said his government had to maintain a high level of confidentiality in order not to risk the lives of people in Nigeria who were helping to trace the destinations of the stolen crude and the accounts the proceeds were being paid into.

The president said:  “I don’t think the NNPC knows how many accounts are there in which payments are made on Nigerian crude. The monumental fraud has been going on for a number of years.  A lot of Nigerians cannot comprehend it”.

Buhari said foreign countries were  willing to let go of the looted oil funds but Nigeria had to comply with their own system by getting the documents, especially the shipping papers.

Speaking on the report that he planned to unbundle the NNPC, Buhari said: “I read the story too that I intend to break the NNPC. I think the best way to go about it to first establish the fact of the magnitude of the inexplicable way the NNPC conducted itself.”

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Daily Subsidy On Petrol Increases To N2bn

The Federal Government’s daily spending on petrol subsidy may have increased to N2.06bn as the pricing template for the product by the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency on Sunday put the subsidy at N51.61 per litre.

Based on daily petrol consumption of 40 million litres, the total subsidy cost on the product as of June 11 would amount to N2.06bn at N51.61 per litre, up from N48.15 on June 2.

Subsidy refers to the money paid, usually by the government, to keep prices below what they will otherwise be in a free market system.

Nigeria, which relies on importation for most of its fuel needs as the country’s refineries are in a poor state, has seen a drop in importation of refined petroleum products in recent months, leading to acute scarcity of the products across the country.

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