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NNPC begs vandals to save pipelines, ends N174.57bn deficit

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday resorted to begging pipelines’ vandals in new efforts to safeguard the allimportant installation from incessant attacks that led to N174 billion loss in 10 years.

Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who disclosed this while receiving a delegation of the Occupational Safety and Health Association, (OSHA) UK, Nigeria Chapter, at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, however said that the Corporation would, notwithstanding, continue to monitor its pipelines and collaborate with the law enforcement agencies to safeguard such critical national asset.

The NNPC had in a document on its website provided graphic details of how the activities of pipeline vandals had complicated the free flow of petroleum products and crude supply in its pipeline system “leading to a colossal cost of over N174.57 billion in product losses and repairs of products pipelines within the last 10 years.”

The corporation had, in addition to this, suffered a 64 per cent surge in pipeline vandalism as it recorded eighty six (86) fresh cases of pipeline breaks across the country in the month of June alone.

The Monthly Financial and Operations Report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for June obtained by New Telegraph revealed that the country, which recorded 55 cases in May, 2017, suffered this 63.95 per cent surge in the pipeline breaks in June affecting operations of the corporation and the oil producing companies.

Calling on pipeline vandals “to please keep away from pipeline,” the NNPC boss added, according to a statement by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Ndu Ughamadu, that the facilities “are not carrying liquid that can easily be handled like water.”

“GMD said that in line with safety standards, NNPC pipelines right-ofway across all locations had been clearly indicated to keep members of the public away from the facilities so as not to come to harm,” the statement read.

“In our various pipelines running across several kilometres and locations, right-of- way is indicated to show that people should not temper with the facility because of the danger that is involved.

This is done to ensure that when there is safety breach, we have access to the affected spot and intervene accordingly,” the GMD stated. He disclosed that an attack on the Port Harcourt – Aba a few days ago resulted in massive products loss and damage to the environment, adding that though there was no loss of lives in the incident, it took much effort and time to bring the huge fire that broke out under control.

“We will use this opportunity to call on pipeline vandals to please keep away from our pipeline because they are not carrying liquid that can easily be handled like water. We are calling on the general public that when they see the sign on the pipeline, they should not temper with in their own interest and that of the nation,” Dr. Baru pleaded.

He said the Corporation would stop at nothing to ensure that the pipelines were continuously monitored and that anybody caught trying to sabotage oil facilities would be handed over to the law enforcement agency to face appropriate sanctions, adding that in the Port-Harcourt – Aba pipeline incident one suspect was apprehended and handed over to the authorities.

Dr. Baru urged members of the public to support NNPC by reporting any suspicious activity around pipelines and other oil and gas facilities, stressing that the Corporation, on its own part, would do everything possible to ensure the safety of lives and property around its facilities. Shedding light on NNPC’s safety practice, the GMD said that in view of the complex and technical nature of its operations, the Corporation accords safety a special priority

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Health benefits of cucumber (3)

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Cucumber is a creeping vine that roots in the ground and grows up trailing or other supporting frames, wrapping around supports with thin, spiraling tendrils. The plant has large leaves that form a canopy over the fruit. Face Mask: For oily skin – grate 1/2 cucumber into a bowl and add one tablespoon of honey.

Apply to the T-Zone, which is the forehead, nose and chin. To reduce pores and tighten skin – apply the mixture all over the face including under the eyes and eyelids. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water, Pat dry with a clean towel.

 

Fighting cancers: Cucumber is known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol which are linked to a reduced risk of several types of cancer. Controlling blood pressure: Cucumber juice contains a lot of potassium, magnesium, fiber, and phytonutrients that work effectively for regulating blood pressure.

 

Aiding digestion: Their high water and dietary fiber are very effective in driving away the toxins from the digestive system. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation. Relieving gout and arthritis pain: Cucumbers are rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium.

 

When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering uric acid levels. Cucumbers also contain a substance needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin. Researchers have found that sterols in cucumbers help reduce cholesterol levels. It is one of the very low calorie vegetables. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol.

 

Cucumber peel is a good source of dietary fiber that helps reduce constipation, and offers some protection against colon cancers by eliminating toxic compounds from the gut. It is a very good source of  potassium, an important intracellular electrolyte.

 

Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte that helps bring a reduction in total blood pressure and heart rates by countering effects of sodium. Cucumbers contain unique antioxidants in moderate ratios such as ß-carotene and a- carotene, Vitamin- C, vitamin-A, zea-xanthin and lutein.

 

These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes. Cucumbers have mild diuretic property, which perhaps attributed to their free-water, and potassium and low sodium content.

 

This helps in checking weight gain and high blood pressure. Ongoing research indicates that Cucumbers play a key role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain.

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We will not condone Cattle Rustling in Kogi – Government

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The Kogi State Government has warned cattle rustlers that their nefarious activities will not be condoned in the State.

Speaking through his Director of Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, in Lokoja, Governor Yahaya Bello said the state’s hospitality should not be taken as gateway for criminal elements, assuring the people that government will protect them from the hands of criminals.

“The reports of cattle rustling in Mopa is regrettable. Security agencies will investigate the matter and bring perpetrators to justice. The State Security Adviser, Commander Jerry Omodara, is working with security agencies to ensure that criminal elements do not have a place in our society.

“Our open arms is no invitation to criminals. Our first responsibility as a government is to ensure the security of lives and property in the state.”

The Governor assured the Management of Daniyan Farms that thorough investigations will be done to get to the root of the matter, appealing to the people of the area not to take the laws into their hands.

“Daniyan Farms has existed for decades, providing food for our people and empowering our youth and women. Government will not allow criminals to destroy those legacies.

“Government has also directed security agents to strengthen surveillance and intelligence gathering as rustlers are not known to reside in a particular place. They move from place to place to perpetrate their crimes.

“The good thing is that the leadership of the Fulanis in the State are working with security agents to ensure peace and harmony. We shall spare no criminal who is fomenting trouble in the State.”

Fanwo said the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence corps (NSCDC) in Mopamuro has been strengthened to support other security agencies to ensure peace in the area, saying the administration of Governor Bello will not tolerate acts capable of endangering the lives of the people. He also said the State Government has invested heavily in training men of the Kogi State Vigilante Service to ensure security at the grassroots.

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Farmers get N1.4bn fertilizer subsidy in Sokoto

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Sokoto State Government yesterday expressed its readiness to spend N1.4 billion to subsidise cost of fertilizer for farmers in the state in the 2018 farming season.

 

Governor Aminu Tambuwal stated this in Sabon Birni Local Government Area during flagoff of fertilizer sales for dry season farming and distribution of improved seedlings to farmers across the state.

 

“We have bought 500,000 bags of fertilizer at the cost of N6,800 per 50kg bag, but we have decided to sell the product to our farmers at the subsidized cost of N4,000 per bag. In all, we are spending the sum of N1.4 billion to subsidise the product.

 

“This intervention had become necessary in view of our determination to boost agriculture in the state and to encourage new entrants into the sector. We will continuously explore other avenues to grow and improve the agriculture sector bearing in mind that it is the largest employer of labour for majority of our citizens.”

 

However, Tambuwal said the government would buy 25,000 metric tons of fertilizer at the cost of N3.4 billion for the dry season farming alone in the state, saying the government would construct 1,000 tube wells to assist dry season farmers as a result of shortage of water being experienced at the Goronyo Dam.

 

On the seedlings, the governor said the Ministry of Agriculture had already procured faro-brand rice seedlings at the cost of N281 million for distribution to dry season farmers free of charge, while another N9.5 million worth of carrot, onion, water melon and garlic seedlings had been bought for the farmers to improve their yields.

 

He added: “This is in addition to the payment of N20 million counterpart funding to the State Agricultural Development Project (SADP) for the provision of tube wells to farmers as well as motorcycles to monitoring officers in 2017.

“The government has paid the sum of N40 million as counterpart funding to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and N56 million for the World Bank funded-Fadama III Project, which are all aimed at improving farming activities in the state.”

In his remarks, Commissioner for Agriculture, Umar Nagwari said the ministry achieved 80 per cent of its target in 2017, and vowed to do more this year for the benefit of the farmers.

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