The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced plans to generate additional 4,600MW of electricity. The power plants will be concentrated in the Northern part of the country and they are Abuja, Kaduna and Kano. The power plants would solely on gas supplies from the proposed Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Gas pipeline project. The minister of state for petroleum resources, Ibe Kachikwu who made this known shortly after the FEC meeting added that the pipeline would allow movement of gas from the southern region to the northern areas for increased gas utilization and power generation. ‘We presently have trapped power, trapped gas, all in the southern corridors that is going nowhere because of lack of infrastructure”. In a statement obtained by BigPen On
The effect of oil stakeholders' engagement meeting convey by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu in Delta State on Tuesday, appears to be hanging in the balance as Chief Edwin Kaigbodo Clark and other critical stakeholders in Pan Niger Delta Forum were conspicuously absent. BigPen Online gathered that Kachikwu and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, reportedly failed to extend formal invitation to Clark and other stakeholders who ought to be in the meeting held in Asaba, the state capital. Clark was said to have planned PANDEF emergency general meeting in Effurun, Delta state, same day since members of his group including leader of PANDEF in Delta state, Professor Godini Darah, were not formally invited for the Kachikwu's stakeholders meeting. The Kachikwu's sta...
Protesting Ijaw youths.under the auspices of Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) worldwide has accused the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Local Content Board of what it described as internal colonialism in favour of Nigerian oil bloc owners to the detriment of Niger Delta host communities. In a protest letter to the President of the IYC, Eric Omare, a copy of which was made available to BigPen Online on Sunday, the protesters mainly IYC clan executive members of Gbaramatu, Ogbe-Ijoh, Diebiri, Ogulagha, Iduwini, Kou and Egbema Clans in Delta State, parts of Bayelsa and Edo States, condemned and expressed their total dissatisfaction with what they termed ‘’internal colonialism’’ of Niger Deltans in the oil and gas industry. The protesting IYC clan executive members led
A faulty air conditioner in the Abuja residence of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu on Sunday evening led to the fire outbreak in the minister's house. The fire which started from the minister's bedroom was later put off by security details and nearby neighbours. A source said Kachikwu was not at home when the fire broke out. “The minister’s residence located on the outskirts of Asokoro was in flame due to an electrical fault in a part of the building. "He was not at home when this happened, but some mobile police officers and first responders were able to handle the situation,” a source said. “However, the important thing is that it is not a serious incident, it only affected a part of the building and I think it was his room. And lik
The Minister of state for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has written a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged insubordination of the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Maikanti Baru. Buhari had appointed Kachikwu as NNPC GMD in August 2015 but replaced him with Baru in July 2016, while Kachikwu was made the chairman of the NNPC board. The minister, in the letter seen by THEWILL, accused Baru of “completely eroding” some of the reforms he introduced as head of the oil firm, as well as sidelining him in the re-organisation and reposting done in the NNPC, as the board was never briefed but got to know of the appointments on the pages of newspapers. While lamenting that the NNPC has refused to report to his office
Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday announced the approval of the release of 2 billion naira for the take-off of the Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State. Osinbajo gave the hint while opening the 2nd National Council of Niger Delta holding in Ondo state, the Presidency has said in its tweet handle @NGRPresident The Vice President who was accompanied by State Governor and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs to the event, said the process for prompt release of N2B take-off grant for the Maritime University, Delta State has been initiated, Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant Media and Publicity to Osinbajo, stated this on his twitter handle@ https://twitter.com/akandeoj/status/907587920638472192 BigPen Online recalls that the 8th Senate had on Thurs 4th of May,
Igho Sanomi Mr. Igho Sanomi, the chairman of Taleveras Energy, has "emphatically" denied his alleged involvement in "bribery scandal" in which it was alleged he was spurring for war over some failed oil deal with Petroleum Minister, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu and his younger brother, Mr. Dumebi Kachikwu. A London based Public Relations firm, Nylon which contacted BigPen Online on Wednesday over a report in the news website, claimed that Sanomi never authorized any report and have no transaction with "Ibe Kachikwu" whatsoever to warrant any "dirty fight" as reported. A report which was originally stream by THEWILL but was later taken down had alleged that the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, and his brother, Mr. Dumebi Kachikwu are currently in tro
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, and his brother, Mr. Dumebi Kachikwu are currently in trouble over involvement in a bribery scandal that may further put to test the Buhari administration’s mouthed mantra of zero tolerance for corruption. Sources who confided in BigPen Online revealed that all is not well between the Kachikwu brothers and their erstwhile ally, Mr. Igho Sanomi, the chairman of Taleveras Oil, following the Minister’s inability to deliver oil contracts to the businessman as agreed after allegedly receiving over a billion naira in kickbacks. The brewing crisis in the scandal is that the Kachikwus are unwilling to return the kickbacks, which Sanomi paid partly in naira and some choice properties in Maitama-Abuja and Banana Isla
The House of Representatives on Monday said it is a national shame for the country to have four refineries of 445,000 barrels capacity and still importing fuel, insisting that the Minister of State Petroleum, Mr. Ibe Kachikwu need to tell Nigerians why the nation's refineries have collapsed again months after reporting their resumed operations. Chairman, House Committee on Petroleum Resources, Downstream, Hon. Akinlaja Joseph, made this assertion at Ifiekporo, Warri South local government area, Delta state, during the committee's oversight visit to the tank-farm of Matrix Energy Limited. The visit was part of the 5-man committee's efforts to explore stakeholders perspective on prohibitive kerosene cost and the recurring deaths associated with adulteration of the product. Akinl...