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Expert Unveils App for Tracking Petroleum Products Availability in Fuel Stations

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An Energy Expert, Prof. Billy Okoye has unveiled  `AptFuel Technology’, an application capable of navigating and accessing availability, prices and ratings of petroleum products at fuel stations nationwide.

 Okoye, Coordinator, Oil, Gas and Energy Marketing, University of Abuja Business School, and a former Group Executive Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited, unveiled the application alongside two books on Thursday in Abuja.

 The two books he authored are entitled ‘Dynamics of Petroleum Products Marketing’ and ‘Insight into Crude Oil Marketing’.

Reports says that the application which could be downloaded from the Google Play Store is a recognised system globally, that automates processes at midstream and downstream petroleum value chain.

 Okoye said the app was built specifically because of the current challenges witnessed in the distribution, accessibility and pricing of petroleum products especially during scarcity.

 According to him it will help to assess fuel prices, transactions, proximity and market dynamics, among others.

He said the two books aimed at navigating the volatile and changing world of crude oil market realities.

 Mr Damat Abdullahi, the Chief Executive Officer, Damat and Sons Limited while reviewing the technology, said the application would help people to determine product availability at preferred destination for refuelling.

 According to Abdullahi, the current happenings concerning deregulation show that there will be different price variations which will open a window for people to have choices in the prices of petroleum products.

 “At the comfort of your home, once you download AptFuel mobile application in your phone, it will give you an insight of the filling station to utilise in terms of proximity, product availability and best rated according to users.

  “It has a Navigation system such as the `Uber’ app  which will help one to choose a preferred station from one’s comfort zone after comparing prices, then navigate your driving to the station,’’ he said.

He said the initiator (Okoye) had overtime studied the problems encountered by Nigerians and motorists concerning transactions while trying to pay  at the fuel stations after fuelling their vehicles.

 He said on this background, users could access the application’s `Instant Wallet’ which could allow code generation to be given to a third party (driver) at stipulated price to be scanned by a fuel attendant for accurate sale and value.

 “It is billed to have four different applications synchronised to give quick access and navigation or tracking system that will take you through the comfort of your home to the fuel station with ease,’’ he said.

 Malam Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer, NNPC Ltd. lauded the author for his gestures, zeal and energy in documenting oil and gas processes as well as his urge for knowledge transfer in the academia.

 “We recommend these books not only to Nigerians but to the international community to learn what Nigeria has passed through, the struggle of the past and present NNPC Ltd to keep vehicles on the road,’’ he said.

 Kyari, represented by Chief Financial Officer, NNPC Ltd, Alhaji Umar Ajiya said the trajectory of refining products outside Nigeria would change in 2024 hence crude would be refined in Nigeria.

 “Nigerians will no more buy petroleum products refined abroad, rather products will be refined locally,’’ he added.

 In an address, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, Vice Chancellor, University of Abuja who described Nigeria as the sixth biggest oil producer globally, emphasised the need to harness properly the resources through best strategies occasioned by the books.

Mr Olakekan Ogunleye, Executive Vice President at the NNPC Ltd. reviewed the ‘Dynamics of Petroleum Products Marketing’ while Alhaji Farouk Ahmed, Authority Chief Executive, Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority reviewed the ‘’Insight into Crude Oil Marketing’.

 The unveiling of the books was anchored by Mr Debo Olujimi, Group Managing Director, Emadeb Energy Limited.

 Reports says that the books serve as valuable resources for understanding the dynamics, challenges, strategies and logistics, shaping crude oil markets in a competitive environment.(NAN)

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14 Die, 13 Injured in Kogi Auto Crash

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At least 14 persons died in a head-on coalition involving two Toyota buses on Sunday in Kogi.

Thirteen persons survived in the accident which occurred at Aloma community in Ofu Local Government Area of the state.

An eyewitness said that the accident involved a Toyota Sienna bus heading toward Abuja from Port Harcourt and a Toyota Hiace bus heading to the southern part of the country.

“Thirteen persons, including the driver of the Hiace bus were completely roasted by the fire that engulfed the bus immediately after the head-on coalition.

“One of the four surviving persons in the bus died in hospital from burns suffered bringing the number to 14 that died,’’ he said.

According to him, none of the 10 occupants of the Sienna Bus died, but were badly wounded and receiving treatment in a hospital.

He commended the villagers who quickly came to the scene of the accident and rescued the injured.

“It is because of their timely intervention that the Sienna bus did not get burnt as well,’’ he said.

The eyewitness blamed the accident on speeding and potholes on the road and added that it took rescuers three hours to remove the driver of the Sienna bus, whose two legs were badly damaged.

Contacted, the Kogi Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Samuel Oyedeji, confirmed the accident. (NAN)

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Disability Act: Stakeholders Worry Over Delayed Domestication in Benue

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By David Torough, Abuja

Stakeholders have expressed concern over delay in the domestication of Disability Act in Benue state and called on government to expedite passage of the law in the state.

At the stakeholders’ consultative meeting to domesticate the disability law in the state held Tuesday in Makurdi in collaboration with Inclusive friends Association (IFA), Hope Alive for Possibilities Initiative (HAPI) and JONAPWD, the Director General, Bureau for International Cooperation and Development, Dr Leonard Viashima, represented by the Technical Adviser on Bureau for International Cooperation and Development, John Akuse, however said governor Alia’s administration was willing to domesticate the law in the state.

In his address, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Disability Affairs, Bem Anshe, who doubles as the chairman of JONAPWD, stressed the need for the domestication of the law in Benue, saying it would facilitate the inclusion of people with disability in governance.

Anshe decried the non-passage of the law in the state, lamenting that Benue was the only state in the North Central yet to domesticate it.

In her remarks, the Executive Director of IFA, Grace Jerry, represented by the Programme Manager of IFA, Stephen Idoko, noted that despite the challenges, she was confident that the forum would achieve its objective if all worked together.

She noted that the presence of stakeholders in the meeting reaffirmed the collective commitment to making a lasting impact on the lives of persons with disabilities in the state.

On her part, Prof. Christy Anyogo from IFA expressed hope that Benue would soon join the league of states that have domesticated the disability law, saying governor Hyacinth Alia never looks back on whatever he wants to do.

The consultative forum was attended by stakeholders from the state ministry of Women Affairs, ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, traditional rulers, religious leaders, social investment programme agency, Albinism association of Nigeria, leprosy survivors and spinal cord injury.

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Enugu Embarks on Inspection of Smart Schools, Healthcare Projects Across State

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From Sylvia Udegbunam, Enugu

Governor of Enugu State, Peter Mbah has charged contractors and the site engineers handling construction of the 260 smart schools and 260 Type-2 Primary Health facilities in the 260 wards of the state on the delivery of world-class projects that would stand the test of time.

Governor Mbah enjoined them to deploy quality materials and build according to specifications, warning that any sharp practices would attract stiff sanctions and rejection by the government.
He equally underscored the need for contractors to deliver their projects on schedule as stipulated in their terms of contract.The governor spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, Prof Chidiebere Onyia, during an inspection tour of ongoing projects in Ezeagu LGA on Wednesday.
He said the purpose of the inspection by the project’s monitoring team, which also comprises the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr Gerald Otiji; Commissioner for Education, Prof Nwabueze Mbah; Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Hon. Chris Robert Ozongwu; Chairman of the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board (ENSUBEB), Dr. Gabriel Ajah; Special Adviser to the Governor on Projects Development and Implementation, Uche Nwatu, among others, was to ensure the quality and integrity of the projects, from start to finish.”We met with the contractors and their site engineers in all the sites we’ve visited. This is to ensure that there is no variation in the work specification, and that the quality of the materials they are using, starting from the foundation to completion, could guarantee the integrity and structural tests of these projects.”What His Excellency is setting out to achieve here is to make sure that we did not run the three risks that we know that are eminent in every construction, considering that a time will come in Enugu State when we will have almost five hundred live projects – smart schools, primary healthcare facilities – in all the 260 wards, in addition to the roads constructions that are going on across the board. So, we are building a very strong monitoring team that will address the quality aspect of it.”We are also taking into consideration the cost risk that comes when the time risk begins to happen, because, once we miss the timeline, the next is that we begin to discuss variation. So, this team here is to ensure that all risks are evaluated and compliance is strictly adhered to.”We are also working on engaging with the local stakeholders to ensure the security of the process here. So, that will help us address issues around theft of materials we brought to the site. But more importantly is that at the end of each project there will be sustainability and that these stakeholders will take ownership of these schools and other projects in their communities.”So, it is not just about monitoring, but also about building on all the key facets that will make sure that these projects achieve the objectives to have smart children and smart teachers coming out of our local governments and a smart workforce for the state,” Prof Onyia stated.That’s why we have accommodation for them and we are also going to ensure that Enugu generally has a smart workforce. That’s why we are here”.He allayed the fears over the culture of abandoned projects by various strata of the government, saying that the allocation of 33 per cent of the entire 2024 budget to education has guaranteed the start, completions, and handover of the smart school projects on schedule.On his part, Chairman of ENSUBEB, Dr. Ajah, said they were happy with the quality of work so far, adding that contractors were complying with specifications and corrections were immediately effected wherever there were gaps.Admonishing communities to take ownership of the projects, he urged them to see the facilities as their own by ensuring the security of the projects.”Security is everybody’s business. The people are happy. The government has never come to the people at ward level like this before now. So, I am calling on our people to protect these projects from vandals by taking charge and ownership of them”, he concluded.

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