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Nigeria’s local refineries capacity dropped by 92 per cent in 10 years – Report

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As the federal government, led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, strives to meet the December deadline for the revival of its refineries, data from the World Energy 2023 report reveals a significant decline of 92% in the country’s crude oil refining output over the past decade.

According to the report published in the 72nd edition of the Energy Institute, the output from the nation’s four refineries has plummeted from 92,000 barrels per day in 2012 to a mere 6,000 barrels per day in 2022, signifying a staggering 92% reduction in production capacity.

This data aligns with findings from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ Annual Statistical Bulletin 2023, which indicates that the country’s crude oil refining capacity has dwindled from 33,000 barrels per day in 2018 to 6,000 barrels per day in 2022, marking an 81% decline in production output.

Despite being home to four government-owned refineries, the country continues to face criticism for persistently importing refined petroleum products. These refineries, located in Port Harcourt (two), Warri, and Kaduna, collectively possess the capacity to process approximately 4.45 million barrels of crude oil daily.

In August, the Minister of State for Petroleum, Heineken Lokpobiri, expressed optimism that the Port Harcourt plant would finally commence operations by the end of the year after facing several delays. Similarly, Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPCL, affirmed during a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, last week that the Port Harcourt refinery is set to commence operations in December 2023.

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Kyari further outlined the timeline for the other refineries, stating that the Warri refinery would begin operations in the early first quarter of 2024, and the Kaduna refinery is expected to come into operation by the end of 2024. He expressed confidence that by the conclusion of 2024, discussions on fuel importation would be obsolete, emphasizing his optimism in the realization of these targets

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Gov Yusuf reappoints Sanusi as Emir of Kano, orders ex-monarchs 48 hours to vacate seats

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the reappointment of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano under the new laws.

The governor has given former emirs 48 hours to vacate their palaces and hand over Emirate Council properties to the Commissioner of Local Government, who also serves as State Deputy Governor.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has signed the Kano Emirates Bill 2024 into law, repealing the 2019 Emirate Councils Law that altered the state’s over 1000-year history.

By signing the bill, the governor declared that the 2019 law has been repealed and is now history.

The signing was attended by the Speaker of the State Assembly, Ismaila Falgore, Deputy Governor Aminu Abdussalam, Secretary to the State Government Abdullahi Baffa Bichi and others.

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The State Assembly has fulfilled one of its constitutional roles by signing the bill into law.

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Europa League: Lookman nominated for Player of the Week

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Ademola Lookman has been nominated for the UEFA Europa League Player of the Week. The Nigerian international delivered an outstanding performance, scoring a hat-trick in Atalanta’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.

His teammates, Davide Zappacosta and Ederson, have also been nominated for the award.

Additionally, Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie is in the running for the accolade.

Lookman previously won the Player of the Week award during Atalanta’s semi-final victory against Olympic Marseille, where he recorded a goal and an assist in the second leg of the match.

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National Council on Sports: Tinubu lauds Mbah over safe environment, support

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Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, praised Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, for creating a safe and conducive environment for the country’s sports stakeholders to gather for a national sports council meeting. Tinubu commended Mbah’s commitment to promoting sports, highlighting his administration’s satisfaction with these efforts.

Governor Mbah announced that his administration has partnered with the private sector to develop a state-of-the-art sports park aimed at enhancing sports development and talent discovery in the state.

During the inaugural National Council on Sports (NCS) meeting held in Enugu on Wednesday, President Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Special Duties, Hon. Zaphaniah Jisalo, emphasized the significant role sports play in a nation’s development. He noted that sports are not only a form of entertainment and recreation but also a business that warrants substantial investment.

Speaking on the theme “Sports for National Unity and Socio-Economic Growth,” President Tinubu urged Nigerians to view sports as a means to foster unity, promote health, and drive economic growth. He highlighted the opportunities sports provide for young people to develop character, discipline, and leadership skills, and called for innovative approaches to enhance sporting potential, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for all Nigerians, regardless of gender, age, or physical ability.

Governor Peter Mbah emphasized that sports serve as a powerful unifying tool, transcending tribe, language, and creed. He highlighted Enugu’s rich sporting heritage, including the achievements of Rangers International Football Club, and urged stakeholders to invest in the sports industry through effective partnerships.

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Mbah stressed the significant economic impact of sports globally and encouraged both public and private sector investment in the industry. He noted that his administration’s partnership with private investors to build a state-of-the-art sports park would provide a platform for youth talent discovery and sports enthusiasm. The facilities at the sports park will include training areas, athlete housing, and a physical therapy and sports medicine center.

Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, remarked that Enugu was chosen to host the inaugural National Council on Sports due to its strategic importance in the nation’s sporting landscape. He emphasized the need for investment in sports infrastructure, talent development, and grassroots programs to nurture athletic talent, stimulate local economies, create jobs, and promote healthier lifestyles among Nigerians.

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