Fuel diversion: NEC orders Adeosun, NNPC, DPR to track tankers
The National Economic Committee has directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun in collaboration with the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to put tracking devices on every truck conveying fuel in other to monitor where the tankers are discharging the fuel.
The committee, which comprises of the 36 governors and relevant federal government principal economic personnel and chair by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo met behind close door recently.
The Governors expressed displeasure over the handling of affairs at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, alleging fraudulent practices. Governors also directed the NNPC to stop payment of any form of royalty to the Federation Account and ordered that every payment should be paid to the DPR as stipulated by law.
The Committee who meet at the State House furthered directed that filing stations that are 10 kilometers close to borders should be closed down, while also there should be tracking devices to monitor the movement of tankers to reduce smuggling the petroleum products out of the country.
Briefing newsmen shortly after the meeting, Chairman of Nigeria’s Governors Forum and governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, noted with dismay the reintroduction of subsidy which the NNPC calls cost recovery.
He said “when there was no cost recovery, the NNPC clearly gave us the number of 33 and 35 million liters per day as the consumption of Nigeria. But now with the new regime of cost recovery, NNPC is claiming daily consumption of 60 and 65 million liters per day which we rejected and said no.
“So many of our international partners are saying even if we are feeding Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Niger, we cannot consume more than 35 million liters per day. So we are wondering where the 60 million liters is coming from. But, we are now taking a very hard decision, that because NNPC said the reason why they were lifting 60 million per day is because our borders are porous, so we have taken the decision that any filling station that is 10 kilometers on the border side should be closed by DPR. And, then we will do recertification according to the needs.
“Secondly, we have directed the Minister of Finance in collaboration with the DPR and the NNPC to put tracking devices on every truck in other to monitor where they are discharging the fuel. “Because, we are suspicious of the number, we cannot confirm the difference from 30 million liters per day consumption to 60 and 65 million liter per day consumption. So these are our decisions on the NNPC.”
Truck driver land in court for traffic offences
A truck driver identified as Ibrahim Musa was arraigned recently before an Apapa Magistrate Court for allegedly committing traffic offences along Kirikiri Road, Apapa Lagos State.
The accused person is facing five-count charge bothering on careless, inconsiderate driving, one-way driving and obstruction. Musa was said to have committed the offence on 30th May, 2018 along Kirikiri Road, Apapa at about 10:30 AM.
According to the prosecutor, Sergeant Kolade Tedunjade, Musa who is the driver of a DAF truck with registration number FST 767 XT drove the truck on public highway in a one-way direction and caused obstruction to other road users.
The prosecutor added that the accused person drove in a careless and inconsiderate manner and also involve in reckless and dangerous driving, thereby committing offences punishable under sections 3, 40, 18(1), 19(1) and 167(1) of Road Traffic Regulation, 2012.
Musa however pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him and the court granted his bail plea. The Magistrate, A.K Tella granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50, 000 with two sureties in like sum
SIFAX Haulage boost operations with 20 new trucks
SIFAX Haulage and Logistics Limited, has acquired twenty brand new trucks to boost its operations and consolidate its position as a leader in the logistics industry.
The company, in a press release issued recently and obtained by haulage & Logistics Magazine stated that the trucks are European trucks with 420 horse power rating. 10 of them are ‘6 by 4’ double axles while the other 10 are triaxle flatbeds with 48 tonnage capacity.
The company said the brand new trucks will complement the 55 trucks already in use by the company; thereby bring the company’s fleet size to 75 trucks.
While speaking at the formal commissioning and unveiling of the trucks, General Manager, SIFAX Haulage & Logistics Limited, Adetayo Aderibigbe said the company’s decision to expand its fleet is a statement of intent by SIFAX Group to deliver a better service to its clients and become an undisputed leader in the industry.
“The acquisition of these new trucks is a clear demonstration of the unfettered commitment of the management of SIFAX GROUP to the strategic goal of repositioning SIFAX Haulage & Logistics Limited for greater productivity. This commitment is part of the company-wide strategy of strengthening all the subsidiaries with the requisite capacity and capabilities to deliver on the corporate objective of delivering best value in all sectors we operate.”
“With this acquisition, our transfer and delivery processes will be sharpened. We can now also favourably compete in the movement of deadweight’s. We are poised to change the haulage and logistics landscape in Nigeria with the expansion of our fleet. Our haulage team has been well prepared and equipped with various technical trainings to usher in the operations of these new trucks in addition to ones we have at hand.” He said.
“I must say that we are not oblivious of the fact that the provision of these vehicles alone is not enough to create the desired institutional capacity to operate our planned programmes. The subsidiary will therefore endeavour to further support with increased funding of genuine spare part importation, reward performance, invest more on state of the art workshop equipment and constant training of personnel for effective management of these assets.” Adetayo said.
Also speaking, Group Managing Director, SIFAX Group, John Jenkins, said that with the commissioning of the new trucks, the company now lives up to the standard it is known for worldwide, noting that the company’s business acumen is geared towards constantly meeting customer needs and adding value to all its businesses.
“Today’s commissioning is in line with the company’s vision of making all its brands and businesses the frontliners in their respective sectors. We are committed to constantly strengthening the logistics value chain of the maritime sector of which haulage is an important value,” he said.
Buhari renews FRSC boss, Boboye’s tenure
Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has approved the renewal of the tenure of Boboye Olayemi Oyeyemi as the Corps Marshal/Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
With the renewal, Oyeyemi will be spending his second and final term of four years with effect from July 24, 2018.
The FRSC boss tenure renewal was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday 12th June, 2018 by the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Olusegun Adekunle.
Oyeyemi was appointed in 2014 by the former President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to replace Osita Chidoka who later became the Minister of Aviation following the commitment he shown to road safety management.
Oyeyemi’s reappointment may actually not be a surprise to many. Since he took over the mantle, he has centred his management of the FRSC on the principles of consultation with the stakeholders before implementing any policy, reward for hard working and discipline or erring officers. These no doubt has aided him in sustaining the feats the Corps has achieved over the years.
Today, the record of road crash recorded by the Corps has continued to be on decline. His reappointment will obviously enable him to consolidate on his past achievement.
Don’t offer bribe, FRSC boss Oyeyemi urges motorists
Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr Boboye Olayemi Oyeyemi, has called on Nigerians and motorists not offer bribe to FRSC officials, saying the agency has zero tolerance for corruption.
While speaking in Abuja recently at the Commonwealth Regional Conference for Heads of Anti-corruption Agencies in Africa, hosted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the FRSC boss said the Corps had put in place an internal mechanism to check bad eggs among its personnel, especially patrol officials.
Oyeyemi said “one of the issues the Corps is noted for is zero tolerance for corruption. For example on the highway, the patrol teams, each of them is supposed to declare what they have on them, and they are not supposed to have more than N500, which must still be declared with the serial number documented. If they are taking anything in excess, it must also be declared. We have our surveillance monitoring teams nationwide; and I can say that the level of corruption is under strict control”.
The FRSC boss noted that motorists and other road users had a big role to play to curb corruption among the Corps by reporting corrupt officials and refusing to give bribe while at the same time obeying traffic laws.
He therefore urges motorists to report any erring officers, assuring that disciplinary action will be taken against such personnel if found guilty “I am not saying that we have zero level of corruption in the Corps, but at least it is under control, and anybody arrested, we try them through our appropriate disciplinary process, and they lose their services. So, we are on course.
“Nigerians need to cooperate. If they do not offer, my boys would not receive. It takes two to tango. If the guy demands, they should tell him, ‘look, you are not supposed to demand for this, we are going to report you’. “Our patrol cars are coded, and everybody is wearing uniform with their name. “So, in this era of social media, I have told the public that if anybody demands, just take his name and the number of the patrol team, and then we will take appropriate action. There is no report I have received till date that we have not taken stern disciplinary action, and that is how it should be”, the FRSC boss noted.