NNPC will grow LPG market – Baru

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Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru

…As Kano /Jigawa Customs command generates N4.3bn in 3 months***

Dr Makanti Baru, Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), has restated the commitment of the corporation to grow Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) market in Nigeria.

Baru stated this in a statement by NNPC Spokesman, Mr Ndu Ughamadu, on Friday in Abuja.

According to him, NNPC is ready to collaborate with the Nigerian Academy of Engineers to raise the standard of engineering and technology in the country.

He said that through its corporate social responsibility programmes, NNPC sponsored annual national quiz competition for science students and collaborated with the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited in others.

The managing director added that the corporation also committed two million dollars to the provision of science laboratories in six universities in the geo-political zones in the country.

He said that he was looking forward to seeing that all domestic cooking in Nigeria was carried out with LPG.

Baru urged the academy to enlighten Nigerians on the advantages of switching to LPG for all domestic cooking.

The statement said that President of the Academy, Mrs Olu Maduka, observed that the standard of engineering in the country was falling and called for a halt to the trend.

Maduka said “only an organisation like the NNPC with its track record of support to the development of science and engineering technology can spearhead its revival.’’

Meanwhile, the Kano /Jigawa Customs Area Command has generated N4.3 billion as revenue from January to March this year.

The command’s Comptroller, Mr Abbas Kassim disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Kano on Friday on the activities of the Command within the first quater of the year.

He said the command had exceeded the N3.6 billion revenue target given to it by N609.1 million.

“We were given a target of N3.6 billion for the first quarter but we were able to collect N4.3 billion within the period under review,” he said.

According to him, the command had also made 41 seizures of contraband items with duty paid value of over N170 million.

He said the seized contraband items included   rice, vegetable oil, spaghetti and macaroni,  sugar, second hand clothes and used vehicles.

Kassim said the command had on Sunday, April 1 made seizure of various quantities of contraband items in Jigawa and Kano states.

He said the items included 500 bags of  rice which was concealed in bags of beans and 20 bales of second hand clothes seized in Kano metropolis.

“Some of the items were intercepted at Kantakara, a border village in Maigatari/Niger Republic border and we are still trying to calculate the duty paid value of the items, “Kassim said.

He said four suspects were arrested in connection with the seized items while investigation was still ongoing with a view to apprehending the other fleeing suspects.