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========> Dr Maikanti Baru, the group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that the official pump price of kerosene is now N150 per litre. According to The Guardian, the NNPC boss, who stated this during a courtesy visit to the Ogun state Governor Ibikunle Amosun in Abeokuta, recently, called on other retail outlets to emulate the NNPC mega stations that sell the product at N150 per litre, from N180 per litre. He said: “We are committed to promoting the use of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) as an alternative choice for home cooking, which is also available at our NNPC retail stations.” He also expressed the readiness of the NNPC to complete the ongoing Escravos to Lagos Pipeline System 2 (ELPS2) project in the last quarter of this year to boost gas to power in the country. Baru said the 36-inch and 342-kilometre gas pipeline project would double the capacity of the existing ELPS, thereby improving gas supply to Ogun and environs, adding that the recent achievement of security agencies in safeguarding the Atlas Cove to Mosimi System 2B pipeline would not have been possible without the support of the host communities and state government. In a similar development, Ismaila Chafe: President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said Nigeria would be saving 10 billion Dollars annually from importation of petroleum products as the nation’s four refineries would soon be fully repaired. The president disclosed this in a nationwide broadcast to mark the nation’s 56th Independence Anniversary on Saturday. The President frowned at the situation where half of the nation’s foreign exchange earnings were being spent on importation of petroleum and food items. He attributed the current socio-economic hardship being experienced in the country to inability of the previous administrations to save for the “rainy days’’. “Historically about half our dollar export earnings go to importation of petroleum and food products, Nothing was saved for the rainy days during the periods of prosperity. “We are now reaping the whirlwinds of corruption, recklessness and impunity. “There are no easy solutions, but there are solutions nonetheless and government is pursuing them in earnest. “We are to repair our four refineries so that Nigeria can produce most of our petrol requirements locally, pending the coming on stream of new refineries. That way we will save 10 billion USD yearly in importing fuel.’’ He said there were only two system collapses between June and December 2015, while the over-all system suffered 16 system collapses between March and July 2016 alone. In this respect, the Mambilla Hydro project, after many years of delay is taking off this year. Buhari said his administration’s economic revival strategy was centred on the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing. According to him, the ministry will lead and oversee the provision of critical infrastructure of power, road transport network and housing development. He said power generation in the country had steadily risen since his administration came on board from three 3,344 megawatts in June 2015, to a peak of 5,074 megawatts in February. “For the first time in our history, the country was producing five thousand megawatts.’’ He, however, lamented that renewed militancy and destruction of gas pipelines had continued to cause acute shortage of gas and constant drop in electricity output available on the grid. The president also noted an appreciable improvement in power transmission between June 2015 to September 2016. He said there were only two system collapses between June and December 2015, while the over-all system suffered 16 system collapses between March and July 2016 alone. He attributed the incidents to vandalism by Niger Delta militants. “As I have said earlier, we are engaging with responsible leadership in the region to find lasting solutions to genuine grievances of the area but we will not allow a tiny minority of thugs to cripple the country’s e]]>

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