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Dangote refinery at 97% completion – NMDPRA

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Dangote refinery at 97% completion – NMDPRA

…Nigeria restates commitment to North Core Regional Interconnection Project- Minister***

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says the Dangote petroleum refinery is at 97 per cent completion.

NMDPRA’s Chief Executive, Mr Farouk Ahmed, made the disclosure in a statement signed by Mr Anthony Chiejina, Group Chief Branding and Communication Officer, Dangote Industry Ltd., on Thursday in Lagos.

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Ahmed said this when the representatives of the Dangote refinery paid a visit to the regulatory agency in Abuja to present the work plan of the facility for 2022/2023.

Ahmed said the Dangote refinery with 650,000 barrels per day installed capacity was expected to double the total output of Nigeria’s existing ailing refining infrastructure.

The facility, he said, which was also billed to meet 100 per cent of Nigeria’s requirement of all refined products would pump out fuel any moment soon.

He noted that the successful completion of Africa’s biggest petroleum refinery and the world’s largest single-train facility was expected to have a significant impact on Nigeria’s foreign exchange through import substitution and substantial savings in earnings.

According to him, once the refinery commences production, the pressure on the nation’s currency will reduce and a significant inflow of foreign exchange is expected to come in through sales from the refinery.

“Upon completion of the refinery, it is estimated that Nigeria will import zero petroleum oil products – down from approximately $50 billion in current oil product imports per year.

“Today, representatives of the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals presented their 2022/2023 work plan to the authority which showed that the refinery project is estimated to be at 97 per cent completion.

“The refinery is a 650,000 barrels per day integrated refinery project under construction in the Lekki Free Trade Zone, Lagos.

“It is expected to be Africa’s biggest oil refinery and the world’s biggest single-train facility,” he said.

Ahmed reiterated the importance of the refinery to the country and assured that the authority would give the necessary support to ensure its timely completion to kick-start operations.

The Group Executive Director, Strategy, Portfolio Development and Capital Projects, Dangote Industries Ltd., Mr Devakumar Edwin, said the refinery would stimulate economic development in Nigeria.

Edwin added that the project could meet 100 per cent of the country’s requirement of all liquid products (gasoline, diesel, kerosene and aviation jet), and also have a surplus of each of these products for export.

He stated that the high volume of petroleum output from the refinery would transform Nigeria from a petrol import-dependent country to an exporter of refined petroleum products.

Edwin said that over 30,000 people were currently working at the project site, adding that it would generate over 100,000 direct and indirect jobs for Nigerian youths.

He added that the refinery had its own dedicated steam and power generation system with adequate standby units of reliable/uninterrupted utility supply to its operating plants.

“It also has a self-sufficient marine facility with the ability for freight optimisation; the largest single order of 5 SPMs anywhere in the world; Crude SPM for unloading ships up to ULCCs; 3 product SPM for product exports up to Suez Max vessels and 2 X 48” subsea crude pipelines with interconnection.

“Dangote industries have developed a port and constructed quays with loading bearing capacity of 25 tonnes/sq meters to bring over dimensional cargoes close to the site directly to handle liquid cargoes.

“The jetty is situated at a distance of 12.3 km from the refinery thereby effectively reducing the travel time.

“Dangote Petroleum Refinery maintains high standards for all its business practices, valuing health, safety, environment and rights for its employees, compliances with all applicable local and international laws, and being a committed partner to communities, governments and the environment,” Edwin added.

In another development, the Minister of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu on Thursday in Abuja affirmed Nigeria’s commitment to the North Core Regional Interconnection Project.

Mr Odutayo Oluseyi, the Assistant Director, Information/Press, Ministry of Power said this in a statement in Abuja.

Oluseyi quoted the minister as saying this when Shubham Chaudhuri, the Country Director, of Nigeria’s Western and Central Africa Region, and his team who were on a  joint midterm review mission of the project visited him.

The minister assured the funding partners of the North Core/Dorsale Nord Regional Interconnector Project comprising Nigeria, Niger, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso of Nigeria’s commitment to the actualisation of the project.

Responding to the issues of Social Safeguard payments, and compensation of communities that the project would affect, he said that there was an adequate budgetary provision to cater for them, particularly in the 2022 budget

He said that as soon as all required processes were put in place, the compensation would commence as contractors could move to the site as long as there were no encumbrances.

According to him, there is a need for all funding partners to be aligned to avoid delays in the execution of the project.

He also assured them that adequate security measures were being put in place by all West Africa Power Pool Countries (WAPP).

He said that the Minister of Defence, Nigeria and all other defence ministers were present at the February 2022 ground-breaking ceremony at Niamey, Niger to put in place measures as regards to security.

Speaking earlier, Chaudhuri said part of the objective of the joint mid-term review mission on the project by the World Bank, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) was to discuss the results achieved.

Chaudhiri, represented by Emmanuel Py, Senior Energy Specialist and Project Manager, project said that the joint mid-term review would also discuss the constraint to the implementation of the remaining project activities.

”And the Northern Corridor project; Social Safeguard payments steps in terms of resettlement action plan (RAP) implementation in Nigeria;

”Actions and implementation plan in order to ensure Nigeria electricity is expected by November 2024, ” he said.

He also requested for adequate security along the corridors in view of its importance to the early completion of the project.

 

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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Rehabilitation: LASG announces traffic diversion at Old Tollgate/ Berger axis

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Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Rehabilitation: LASG announces traffic diversion at Old Tollgate/ Berger axis

In continuation of the ongoing rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by the Federal Ministry of Works, the Lagos State Government has announced that traffic will be diverted at the Old Tollgate to Berger section of the road from Monday 30th January till Friday 15th April 2023.

In the notification received by the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, it was disclosed that the construction will be carried out in short segments to minimize inconveniences for Motorists while traffic on the Ibadan-bound carriageway will be narrowed to two lanes to allow for the reconstruction of half of the Ibadan bound carriageway.

The Transport Commissioner, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde further stated that the U-turn in front of the Lagos State Emergency Centre will be temporarily closed to traffic, adding that Motorists on the Expressway will be diverted to the next U-turn at the Old Toll Gate by the traffic control point.

 In the same vein, Traffic from CMD Road intending to connect 7UP and Motorways on the Lagos bound carriageway will make use of the Old Tollgate/Traffic Point U–turn as well.

He equally stressed that trucks and heavy-duty vehicles will be diverted to Ojota Interchange. 

The Commissioner also explained that traffic on CMD Road inbound the Expressway will be diverted to the entry point beside the FMW weighbridge to access the Expressway on a contraflow as the exit route to the Expressway by Caleb International School will equally be temporarily closed, adding that CMD Road will be used as an alternative for the displaced Ibadan bound traffic.

Oladeinde appealed to the citizenry to shun indiscriminate stopping, waiting and parking along CMD Road as it will complement the efforts of the Traffic Management Team that will be deployed to manage vehicular movement. He also affirmed that signage with directions will be mounted along the road to guide Motorists.

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LASG Issues Travel Advisory Ahead Of Students Rave Event

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LASG Issues Travel Advisory Ahead Of Students Rave Event

… Says traffic will be restricted between Police Zonal Headquarters, Zone 2 and Onikan Roundabout from 7:00 am*** 

The Lagos State Government has advised Motorists to plan their movement around Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Old Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island ahead of the Students Rave 2023 event scheduled for Friday, 27th January 2023.

As a result of the above rally, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde disclosed that traffic will be restricted between Police Zonal Headquarters, Zone 2 and Onikan Roundabout from 7:00 am on the aforementioned day. He assured that Officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, (LASTMA) will be available to manage traffic flow.

Explaining the alternative routes, Oladeinde advises Motorists plying Island Club road by Police Headquarters Zone 2, Onikan to go through Ozumba Mbadiwe road inbound Falomo Bridge (Five Cowries Bridge) to link Alfred Rewane and Osborne road to complete their journeys.

In the same vein, Motorists from Bonny Camp according to the diversion plan can access CMS/Marina Bridge after Independence Bridge (Mekunwen Bridge) and loop it down towards Cathedral Church to connect Lagos Island proper through Odunlami Street for their desired destinations,

The Transport Commissioner also advises Motorists to utilize Force road beside Muson Centre to link J.K Randle Avenue (Race Course) or go through Onikan Roundabout to connect JK Randle Avenue/Water Board area to access CMS Bridge by the State House/Old NITEL Building.

He further explained that Water Board inbound Broad Street to Tinubu Square will be available to Motorists, adding that they can equally access Old Defense road/ Ganiyu Smith from Water Board to link Igbosere/Sandgrouse to Simpson Street and connect Third Mainland Bridge to continue their journeys to other parts of the State.

The Transport Commissioner reiterated that Security and Law Enforcement Agencies will be at all strategic junctions and intersections to ensure the safety and security of all road users and the free flow of traffic within the perimeter of the venue and alternative routes outside the venue.

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Aregbesola: Immigration Produced More than 1.7m Passports in 2022

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Aregbesola: Immigration Produced More than 1.7m Passports in 2022

…Agrees there are human-induced challenges***

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, said in Abuja on Thursday that the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) produced more than 1.7 million passports in 2022.

Fielding questions at the 64th edition of the State House briefing organised by the Presidential Communications Team, Aregbesola said the figure was a landmark achievement.

He rated the Ministry of Interior and its agencies as having scored above 80 percent in terms of performance.

“By Dec. 31, 2022, we produced more than 1.7 million passports.

“In the annals of Nigeria that has not happened before; as I am talking to you, we have more than 200,000 booklets in our store.

“We are not denying the fact that there are human-induced challenges if you look at the number of applications, vis-a-vis the number of passports produced.

“We are above 80 percent in performance; in any way, take it as given that we produced more than 1.7 passports in 2022,’’ Aregbesola said.

The minister said that a presidential directive had been issued with regard to the domestication of passport production.

He said the Ministry of Interior, in collaboration with the NIS, had impanelled a “project steering committee’ with a mandate to actualise the goal.

Aregbesola also said there was a major reformation and digitisation of passport issuance and administration as a temporary electronic passport had been introduced.

“We are digitising the process; my plan was to fully digitise the Ikoyi Registry in Lagos by Dec. 2022 but I could not fully achieve that.

“What does that mean? When this process is concluded, an applicant does not need to bring anything anymore; you complete your process online and by that time, you don’t need an agent.

“There can’t be racketeering. I am on it and I want to guarantee that we will do it before we leave.

“We have also concluded arrangements on the temporary passport issue; we have the passport, but we have some issues with our sister ministry – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and we are solving it,’’ he said.

According to the minister, the temporary passport will facilitate a return to Nigeria for Nigerians living abroad if they need to get back in emergencies and did not have current passports.

Such Nigerians would return home, carrying their expired passports also, the minister said.

“Much as that won’t be a problem for us to take at our reception desk, some airlines could be difficult.

“I can even tell you that we are discussing with South Africa now; South Africa does not allow the use of expired passports as a nation contrary to International Civil Aviation Orgnanisation (ICAO) regulation.

“ICAO says that every citizen of a nation dead or alive cannot be denied entry to his home; which is logical anyway.

“The last time I treated a file from South Africa through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they were insisting that if one’s passport is not current, one cannot be taken in or out of South Africa’s space.

“It is their policy; you cannot deny a nation its national policies and programmes.

“To avoid that, we introduced what is called temporary electronic passport; it is a one-way passport to return home,’’ Aregbesola explained.

He said that under the temporary passport regime, citizens who had the data pages of their expired passports could take them to Nigeria’s embassies to get the temporary electronic passport after paying the appropriate fees.

“The temporary electronic passports are almost exactly the same as their expired passports.

“It does not have more than one page to take you home; when you hold the electronic passport, you cannot go anywhere but home.

“We are still in negotiation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,’’ Aregbesola said.

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