Monday, January 18, 2021

Matters still arising on oil spill and gas flaring issues in PIB

Written by Blessed Mudiaga Adjekpagbon

After reading the opinions of stakeholders about the draft of the Petroleum Industry Bill, one could be moved to ask why there is omission of some fundamental issues concerning oil spill, gas flaring and compensation for the host communities suffering from the effects of such hazards.

From the details of the PIB 2020 draft available on the internet, some stakeholders have pointed out some deficiencies in the document. Some of such shortcomings includes lack of clarity on how current provisions in the bill relate to the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and several key pieces of existing legislation to avoid weakening or confusing the existing environmental regulatory framework; lack of placing responsibility for environmental regulation under the Ministry of Environment and NOSDRA, to avoid a conflict of interest for the two proposed new regulators who will be responsible for expanding and maximizing returns from the industry; and lack of various positive provisions that could help provide a much more robust framework for environmental regulation, if well developed to incorporate remediation funds and stronger provisions on decommissioning.

Some other omissions in the bills are its failure to support Nigeria’s climate commitments and a transition to clean energy; lack of adequate consideration and creation of trust funds for host communities by oil and gas companies, and strong representation and decision making by host communities; and the draconian nature of the bill’s placement of too much responsibilities on communities to prevent third-party damage to infrastructure, while advocating for the punishment of such communities by reducing their trust fund allocation if damage happens.

It is quite surprising that such deficiencies are still rearing heads in the much hailed PIB after its reading at the National Assembly in Abuja not quite long. Must the host communities continue to bear the pains of the recklessness of multinational companies exploring oil in the region?

A lot of farm lands and fresh water streams in the Niger Delta region have been polluted beyond redemption for decades and no adequate compensation has been given to the people. Even when given, middle men amongst the people acting as community leaders and representatives, have allegedly shortchanged the interest of the people.

This lack of transparency by the so-called representatives of the host communities, is the reason some analysts and observers have been saying that, instead of dealing with the so-called representatives, the oil companies and government should relate directly with the people affected by oil and gas flaring.

Some observers have suggested that the creation of a Clean Energy Development Fund financed by a levy on oil and gas sales can go a long way to having direct impact on the people, through the construction of health and other basic facilities in the communities, which the people can benefit from.  

For the PIB to truly have a human face, there is need for the host communities interest to be placed paramount above government and multinational companies operating in the area. Signing the bill into law with such shortcomings will not help to resolve the recurrent conflicts that have become a culture in the volatile oil and gas energy sector. Leaving it with such defects is tantamount to postponing the day of total collapse of oil exploration in the region. A word is enough for the wise.

 

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Appraisals of "Corona Must Die and Other Poems" collection



The book is an 80 – page volume made up of 33 poems and pictorial illustrations. The end of each poem is accompanied by either essay or objective questions to assess the reader’s or student’s understanding of the messages in it. It is a laminated paperback cover edition in two formats. One format contains black and white pictures/illustrations, while the other format is printed with full coloured pictures/illustrations. The black and white format is N400 (Four hundred naira) per copy (at an order of not less than 10,000 copies), while the coloured format is N650 (Six hundred and fifty naira) per copy  (at an order of not less than 10,000 copies). Please, get in touch with the author through these phone numbers: +2348067538922 and +2348059265333, to order for as many copies as you want.

Payment can be made with crossed cheque or bank transfer to the author’s account via POLARIS BANK NIGERIA PLC thus: 
Account number: 1762106325, account name: Blessed Mudiaga Adje.

GLOBAL READERS' COMMENTS ON SOME POEMS IN THE BOOK

(Ebola's Friend) "Good lyrics. Corona will die like his friend"
--- Frank Nicholas llogu,
Former Director of News,
Voice of Nigeria (VON),
Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.

(Ebola's Friend"Great poem"
--- Ruth Bircham,
Erotic Artist / Social Commentator,
London, U.K.

(Ebola's Friend) "Good poem as always ... well done…"
---Matthew Ozah,
Editorial Department,
The Guardian Newspaper,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Ebola's Friend) "When poetry goes hip - hop, reminds me of O Roger"
--- Matthias Pantaleon,
Playwright, Poet, Author,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Ebola's Friend) "Nice take"
--- Persha Carlson,
Former Educational Instructor,
Rochester, New York, U.S.A.

(When The Monster ls Gone) "... Good poem"
--- Aigbokhaleode Asimiafele,
Anthropologist, Author, Poet,
Abuja FCT,
Nigeria.

(When The Monster ls Gone) "Nice piece"
--- Daniel Oduma O.
Preacher / Social Commentator,
Abakpa-Nike, Enugu,
Enugu State, Nigeria.

(Ebola's Friend) "...I was wondering who the Ebola is, until when I read further, then I got your message"
--- Patience Popo,
Ardent Reader / Social Commentator,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Be Careful) "...This is wonderful. I enjoyed this. Nice write-ups..."
--- Charles Ajah
Writer / Social Commentator,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Ebola's Friend) "Good one. Distinct"
--- Yemi Adebiyi
Former Chairman of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA),
Lagos Chapter, Nigeria.

(The True Warrior) "Coro knows its boundary"
--- Pantaleon Matthias,
Playwright, Poet, Author,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(The Blinder) "Smile! God bless your mind always..."
--- Femi Ajala,
Writer / Social Commentator,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Liquid Musician) "...This poem is so entertaining. l love it"
--- Christopher Nwokwu,
Evangelist / Social Commentator,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Ebola's Friend, Syringe, Liquid Musician, and Be Careful)
"Wao! Wonderful and fantastic poems"
--- Abdulrasaq Ridwan Ajadi,
Poet / Social Commentator,
Ilorin, Kwara State,
Nigeria.

(Syringe) "...This is more than wonderful. Who can explain it?"
--- Christopher Nwokwu,
Evangelist / Social Commentator,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Burning King of Space) "...You are wonderful in poetry writing..."
--- Apostle Ephraim Uwams,
General Overseer,
Fountain of Salvation Ministry,
Ketu, Lagos,
Nigeria.

(Are You Afraid Too?) "A beautiful poem; a message to our native scientists"
--- Aigbokhaleode Asimiafele,
Anthropologist, Poet, Author,
Abuja FCT, Nigeria.

(Are You Afraid Too?) “...The great writer that sprouts out from nowhere and becomes a known literary giant. May all your efforts be crowned with sweet success..."
--- Joseph Omamuzo lgbuwe,
Businessman / Social Commentator,
Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.

(Are You Afraid Too?) "I love this..."
--- Lawrence Oluwadare,
(Poet / Author),
General Overseer,
Praise Chapel lnternational,
Ketu, Lagos, Nigeria.

(Are You Afraid Too?) "Lol! This is awesome..."
--- Charles Ajah,
Writer / Social Commentator,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Are You Afraid Too?) "Well written. They should be ashamed"
--- Daniel Oduma O.
Preacher / Social Commentator,
Abakpa-Nike, Enugu,
Enugu State, Nigeria.

(Matters Arising) "This is a great poem, very inspiring"
--- Charles Ajah,
Writer / Social Commentator,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Are You Afraid Too?) "Nice piece..."
--- Kufreabasi Enoidem,
Communication Specialist,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Are You Afraid Too?) "Nice one"
--- Korie Eze,
Teacher, Novelist / Poet,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Are You Afraid Too?) "Don't mind the idiots, that the only powers they acquire are the ones to torment and kill their neighbours or family members... Powerless agents of darkness!  They can only kill those who don't know the God they serve!   Morons! Are they not also running away from Corona virus? Shameless defeated foes, who can only operate in darkness.... Fire and thunder of God must locate and finish them up. There is no escape for them, in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen and Amen!"
--- Ebelechukwu Nwuzor,
Founder: Sympathy Worldwide Foundation,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Corona Must Die) "Nice one"
--- Akan Udofia,
Poet / Digital Marketing Specialist,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Angels of Africa) "Nice one"
--- Rawlings O. Michael,
Actor / Movie Producer,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Angels of Africa) "Interesting poem"
--- Christopher Nwokwu,
Evangelist / Social Commentator,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Paradise of Pains) "I quite enjoyed this poem..."
--- Drama Otor,
Preacher / Social Commentator,
Ughelli, Delta State, Nigeria.

(Angels of Africa) "interesting poem"
--- Christopher Nwokwu,
Evangelist / Social Commentator,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Are You Afraid Too?) "Wherever you are hiding, you witches and wizards pack your load and go out of Africa"
--- Christopher Nwokwu,
Evangelist / Social Commentator,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Super Power"Amen o o"
--- Rosemary Egedegbe,
Business Woman / Social Commentator,
Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

(Paradise of Pains) "Wow,...beautiful"
--- Rosemary Egedegbe,
Business Woman / Social Commentator,
Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

(Angel of Wuhan"The title is an irony. Well penned"
--- Pantaleon Matthias,
Playwright, Poet, Author,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Will The Virus Live Forever?) "Wow! Nice"
--- Theresa Nwankwo,
Lecturer / Writer,
English Department,
Yaba Technical College of Education,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(True or False?) "I like this. Well done"
--- Abigail Ohiero,
Author, Novelist, Playwright,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(True or False?) "This is wonderful"
--- Emmanuel Anisiobi,
Educational Specialist / Social Commentator,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(True or False?) "...This is wonderful. It has a lot of wisdom and intelligence in it"
--- Charles Ajah,
Writer / Social Commentator,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(True or False?) "Sumptuous"
--- Femi Ajala,
Writer / Social Commentator,
Ogun State, Nigeria.

(Will The Virus Live Forever?) "Wow! Beautiful"
--- Ebelechukwu Nwuzor,
Founder: Sympathy Worldwide Foundation,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Are You Afraid Too?) "Good one"
--- Yemi Adebiyi,
Author, Novelist, Poet,
Former Chairman of Association of Nigerian Authors,
Lagos, Nigeria.

(Angel of Wuhan) "This is great"
--- Rosemary Egedegbe,
Business Woman / Social Commentator,
Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.

(Busted) "The fruits of truth. Great stuff"
--- Chinelo lwenufo,
Writer / Author,
Abuja FCT, Nigeria. 

(Busted"It is an interesting piece"
--- Prince Bolade Olukokun,
Playwright, Blogger, Prose - Writer,
Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

(Busted"Good one"
--- Ayo Vaughan,
Author / Philosopher,
Lagos, Nigeria.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Posers for President Buhari’s Petroleum Minister position, Sylva’s appointment and co


By Blessed Adjekpagbon

Since President Buhari has been occupying the position of Petroleum Minister from 2015 till date, what are the major things one can point to as his achievements? Although, he reappointed an indigene of the Niger Delta, Mr. Timipre Sylva (as junior petroleum minister), to participate in the daily activities of the Petroleum Ministry and represents Nigeria at OPEC meetings (as Emmanuel Kachikwu, his predecessor did before him), will there be any noticeable improvement in the standards of living of the people in the region’s oil producing communities? These are posers that needs to be answered.

Though Sylva was a former governor of Bayelsa State, what impact can one say his administration had on the people of the state? The appointment of some alleged self-serving individuals into ministerial positions as a way of pacifying some aggrieved groups of people in the oil rich region, is not one of the remedies to the region’s economic and environmental challenges.

Some observers that have been concerned about the delay in the passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill noted that, over the years, Buhari have only been appointing individuals that are his stooges that could carry out his hidden or open agenda. The PIB and other imperative reforms have been among the front burning issues that many concerned citizens in the region and interest groups nationwide have been proposing for peace to reign in the volatile oil and gas energy industry.

Controversies about corrupt practices by top officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) are still commonplace even though a new law was passed in November in 2019 that changed the upstream royalty rates in offshore and some inland areas, which increased the royalties due from deep water production. Changing royalty rate without seeing its benefit on the people is a waste of time especially when some few individuals are alleged to be benefiting from some sharp practices while the people suffer.

A school of thought is of the opinion that the Minister of Petroleum has the right to call for a review of production sharing contracts every eight years and imposes new penalties of a fine not below 500,000,000 naira or a five-year imprisonment for non-compliance, will the Presidents do something in this regards as the person occupying that portfolio and his administration’s orchestrated anti-corruption policy?

However, one other relevant change that is being canvassed for by some concerned stakeholders in the crude oil producing sector is; a new regulatory oil licensing round for both offshore and onshore blocks, which some forecasters claim will be likely done in the second quarter of 2020. Hence, various stakeholders are keeping fingers cross to see whether the president will pass any atoms of the PIB, that could catalyze the restructuring of the bodies that regulate the industry.

 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Did Osinbajo, Dambazau....snub bereaved journalist petition?

Written byBlessed Mudiaga Adjekpagbon and Onabamiji Adediwura


A bereaved journalist has been wondering why the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Ibrahim Dambazau – Minister of Interior; and the Deputy Controller of Medium Security Prison, Apapa, Lagos State are yet to respond to a petition he wrote them about the illegal release of a “man slaughter” culprit from prison.
During an interaction with Bulkybon Periscopes, the journalist, Onabamiji Adediwura presented a photocopy of a petition he wrote to Osinbajo, Dambazau, Justice Oke – the Chief Judge of Lagos State and co, concerning the injustice meted on him and his family by the Nigerian Medium Security Prison, Apapa, Lagos and the Police.
The petition dated January 21, 2019 starts with a heading thus: “Re-Sudden disappearance of defendant (Ayuba Musa) from prison custody and blatant refusal of the prison authority to arrest and produce the defendant in Charge No: B/26/2010, before his honour: A. Ipaye Nwachukwu.” The journalist/petitioner who is incidentally the complainant in the case, clearly states his reason for writing the petition. He posits that: “I am a journalist, complainant and one of the administrators of the Estate of Enock O. Onabamiji (a senior PHCN official), who was killed on the 30th of March 2010 in a motor accident that involved a trailer-tanker with registration number XZ 155 KJA driven dangerously by one Ayuba Musa.
“The said Ayuba Musa was charged to court at Sabo by the Police, based on the DPP’s advice on the 19th of June, 2010. A copy of the charge sheet is hereby attached.”
The complainant who has been solely responsible for the upkeep of the family of the deceased further avers that: “Curiously, the said Ayuba Musa who has been facing trial in the above case could not be produced in court which prompted the presiding Magistrate to issue a reproduction warrant, only for the prison authority to inform the court on the 17th of December, 2016 that Ayuba Musa has been mistakenly released. They pleaded with the court for a short time to re-arrest the defendant, which till date have not taken effect.”
According to the journalist, a copy of the court order for the re-arrest of the defendant and an order by the trial court for the arrest of the defendant’s employer for refusing to produce the defendant were also attached to the petition he wrote to Osinbajo,
As at the time of publishing this report, the Vice President and some other aforementioned personalities who were served the petition over three months ago have not responded. Only Justice Opeyemi Oke, Chief Judge of Lagos responded by ordering the Police and the Prison authority to re-arrest the defendant. But the Police is still dragging feet to re-arrest Musa, suspected to have bribed both the Prison authority and the Police based on the Nigerian factor of corruption.
The questions now being asked by some reasonable folks concerned about the case include: “Why is the Vice President silent over Adediwura’s petition? Who is to be held for the irreparable damage, and made to pay compensation to the family of the bereaved if the defendant can no longer be re-arrested? The world is waiting for Osinbajo and co to respond. The Interior Minister, Deputy Controller of Medium Security Prison, Apapa, Lagos and the Police are expected to act now if they want the general public to continue to regard them as responsible beings.

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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Police robs Police


By Blessed Mudiaga Adjekpagbon

An aggrieved police officer has cried to the attention of Bulkybon Periscopes, about what he calls “injustice and robbery perpetrated by some powers that be in the Nigeria Police” organization against him and other junior officers. During his chat with Bulkybon Periscopes, he said “Police officers that are promoted from one level to another were usually owed three months salaries arrears of their previous rank while processing the documents for their new ranks. When they finish the process of clarification to their new rank, the outstanding salaries will then be paid in bulk as soon as they complete the process, and occupy their new positions.
“It is the difference between the salaries of your old rank and the new rank they failed to offset. Those promoted in 2018 from Sergeants to Inspectors have no issues as theirs have been paid, while the older ones 2014-2014 and 2015-2016 were partially left out. Salaries arrears of 10 months, 6 months and 3 months as at the month of promotion are still not yet paid.
“They paid 2013 and 2014 but omitted some and promised to pay since 2017 Feb. But have not paid arrears for 2015 and 2016. Only paid 2017, but went ahead to pay 2018.
“Some of us went to the Mechanized Salary Section (MSS) to find out why some were paid and some are yet to be paid till date. It was then we were informed that an order from above has stopped the payment of such outstanding salaries arrears.” 
He also added that upon visiting the Police Budget Planning Board in Abuja as directed by the MSS, he and other affected officers were told by the officers in charge that they were instructed to start paying only those promoted in 2018 and leave those that are still outstanding from the aforementioned years. He informs that a lot of officers promoted between 2014 and 2016 are yet to be paid the difference between their old and new salaries arrears, and were reliably informed that some powers that be within the police organization might have pocketed their money. He also disclosed that there are irregularities in the police institution with the way some officers are being promoted. 
“If you are a Sergeant, you will be asked to pay between N150,000 to N200,000 to get promoted to Inspector. If you are an Inspector and wants to be promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), you will be asked to pay N500,000, depending on the connection you have,” he lamented.
He posits that this type of dubious act of promotion has been causing serious crisis within the police profession in Nigeria, as some hitherto junior officers that were able to pay the said sum were promoted and became superiors to their previous bosses. He therefore wants the new Inspector General of Police to look into the issue of the unpaid salaries arrears of all affected promoted officers and the promotion racket that has turned the police into a kind of business cartel.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sexual exploitation of some African women at religious centers


This is a news rehearsal about the continuous sexual exploitation of many African women by some so called men of God in Africa.
This issue is the meat and potatoes of a drama book titled "Dilemma of a Prophet," written by Blessed Mudiaga Adjekpagbon, who is also addressed as Blessed Mudiaga Adje.
Front cover of the enthralling drama book

Please, take note, the book is available on amazon through this link; just copy and paste it on your browser thus: https://www.amazon.de/Dilemma-Prophet-Adjekpagbon-Blessed-Mudiaga-ebook/dp/B0719JQN6G









Monday, December 4, 2017

Endless Search for Peace and Love



Author:            Adjekpagbon Blessed Mudiaga
Title of book:  Domestic Daddy
Publisher:       Bulkybon Publications Company, Lagos
Pages:             230
Reviewer:        Gift Amukoyo

Domestic Daddy is a novel set in post-colonial Nigeria; written by a presidential award winning author, Adjekpagbon Blessed Mudiaga, with streams of flashback recounting tidbits of the wars that ravaged Nigeria, Africa, and the world in the past, which reminds one of Chinua Achebe’s book, ‘There was a Country,’ perhaps Biafra that barely glowed in the rising sun, as there is no present existence without a past, though a destiny may be delayed but it would never alter.
Bringing into limelight three representatives of the major ethnic groups in the country in the characters of Mr Adolphus Ugochukwu, Alhaji Dauda and Ilesanmi Adegoke, the trio who symbolises love, support, peace, and emotional comprehension that co-exist amidst unfiltered bitterness as fact to the mayhem which spiraled among brothers from different mothers’ hut, the novel is very engaging from the beginning to end.
However, there is no way a red-coal is set to dry vegetation and it will not blaze to a frenzy fire. The author with his wealth of wits and bank of mirth, plunges one into fits of laughter that could cause the reader to topple from a chair with tears in eyes as if onion juice popped into it. The contents have a way of relieving its readers with comics by many hilarious incidents and characters such as Mrs. Ogheneochuko, Ekaete alias ‘I-Know-Everybody’s history-In-Nigeria,’ Mrs. Rabbit-Must-Not-Escape, Okonoko Darlington, the ‘gagaperen rider’, owner of an ‘ancient bicycle’ and his exclusive escapades as a student of Otovwodo Grammar School. Another noteworthy character in the plot is Udu-boy, a sarcastic comedian, whose slaying tongue can mostly induce laughter. For instance, he tells Ororbor, a student in the novel that, “Because your father is a serving commissioner...where bribery and corruption are kings among people…you can afford to eat ten bags of rice, three cows...you happily gulp the nearby lagoon water that is well fertilised by human faeces...no wonder your tummy is as big as that of three pregnant women joined together.”
The theme of interlocking destinies through the union between children of bosom friends who reunite and create greater bond also runs through the story line. As fate prevails, the daughter of Ugochukwu and Nwayiocha gets married to Adegoke’s son, Dauda and Titi’s daughter ties the knot with Udu’s son. In a cracking shell, the never blossomed love Titi had for Udu back in his school days, is reincarnated in their children’s love for each other. The novel delves into events of Joy, Halimat, Julius, and Uzo’s amorous relationships with one another, depicting the trivial of everyday teenage and youth’s exuberant lifestyle. It also portrays an exemplary courtship of the highly cultured Nigerian tradition by Uzo as he says “Halimat, I want to pay your bride price to start my own family. I love you.” Whereas, Halimat untwines an epitome of love and curiosity among teenage girls with a lush of daring modernity, which mesmerises him to blow off her chastity, she tells him: “Are you afraid to touch me? I want you to kiss me.”
Also, fate itself is oblivious to the uncontrollable situations that Joy encounters, despite being chaste, she experiences the worst of matrimonial relationships, but Halimat who was defiled before her wedlock lives a happy and successful marital life.
The novel is highly informative and educative for any reader. It unfolds themes of love, unity, friendship, betrayal, deceit, war, loss, anguish, value, criticism and destiny. By and large, kudos to the author for emphasising the feminist in Joy as opposed to conventional single mothers who make despair a headrest and depression a foot stool, when let off the hook by the spouse. This work is recommended to the public to find out who among the prominent men earlier mentioned turned out to be the ‘Domestic Daddy.’ I believe everyman is muggy in nature, outward and inwardly. But, the moment a man sows his seedlings in his wife’s warm soil; he has become domestic and therefore an awaiting daddy.


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SOURCE: https://ng.newshub.org/endless-search-peace-and-love-4661517.html# 
(October 8, 2014)