According to him, the levers include availability, accessibility, affordability, and acceptability, as well as deliverability.
He noted that these were critical to utilising Nigeria’s proven gas reserves of 203 trillion cubic feet, TCF, for national development.
“Whereas references have been made to the other elements in this discussion, right pricing of gas is requiring particular attention to ensure security of gas supply and security of credible gas demand.
“This is because upstream gas producers must be assured that they will receive fair and equitable returns for their investments whereas, the price must be such that the end-users are able to pay for gas offtake in a reliable and consistent manner.
“Accordingly, the most robust and sustainable pricing mechanism is that which ‘let the market speak’ in a way that all costs are reflective of prevailing market conditions and for which the economic dynamics of demand and supply are allowed to interplay in an open, transparent, and free market environment.
“Thus, our drive as a nation should be early attainment to the ‘willing buyer; willing seller’ market status.
“Any transitional pricing arrangements, today, must be structured to quickly give way for market-led pricing regime and conditions,” he said.
Auwalu commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, for their outstanding leadership in deepening gas utilisation in Nigeria.
He noted that these efforts had culminated in the establishment of the National Gas Expansion Programme, National Gas Transportation Network Code and the National Gas Flare Commercialisation Programme.
Others, he noted, include the ongoing construction of the ELPS-II, OB3 and AKK pipelines as critical backbone gas infrastructure required to improve gas deliverability and availability.
He added that government was also working toward the expeditious passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which would enhance clarity in legislative, regulatory, fiscal, and administrative frameworks in the industry.
“This bill, when passed into law, will eliminate the uncertainties and bottlenecks associated with gas development in Nigeria and accelerate the growth of the Nigerian gas market to a fully developed and matured status.
“Specifically, on gas matters, the PIB provides for the following: promotion of dedicated gas exploration and development, gas terms, fiscal separation of gas as a commodity.
“It will also enhance the domestic gas delivery obligation, tariffing structure & methodology, open access regimes and revised gas pricing framework, to mention but a few,” Auwalu said.
He added that the DPR would continue to be an enabler and an opportunity provider in the oil and gas industry.
“Our focus remains the effective implementation of all policies and strategic programmes of government in an efficient manner that optimises the value of our petroleum resources for all stakeholders, all in overriding national interest,” he said.
FG may merge NIWA with NPA, stop funding recurrent expenditure of MAN, ORON in a public service reform
Recommendations were made for 263 of the statutory agencies to collapse into 161, a merger of 52 agencies, and the outright expungement of 38 redundant agencies while returning 14 as sub-units In ministries.
Privatise Nigerian Communication Satellite.
The Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research is to be funded by a proposed National Research Development Fund.
National Board for Technical Education and the National Commission for Colleges of Education to morph into the Tertiary Education Commission.
The Federal Ministry of Environment and the Department of Petroleum Resources take over the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency.
Cut the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa.
Merger the National Council of Arts and Culture with the National Troupe of Nigeria and the National Theatre.
Close down the duplicating National Institute for Cultural Orientation.
Aftermath of subsidy removal: Nigerians to buy Petrol for N462 per litre. — NNPC
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The NNPC spokesman, in a statement, also defended the consumption rate disclosed by the NNPC, after the Customs Comptroller-General, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.) faulted the oil company’s claim.
” Daily Evacuation (Depot loadouts) records of the NMDPRA do carry daily oscillation ranging from as low as 4 million litres to as high as 100 million litres per day” he declared.
On petrol and its cost burden which the NNPC now bears, Mohammed said after oil marketing companies (OMCs) withdrew from PMS import in 2017, NNPC has been the sole supplier of petrol into the country.
In the statement, Muhammad explained that “rising crude oil prices and PMS supply costs above PPPRA (now NMDPRA) cap had forced oil marketing companies’ (OMCs) withdrawal from PMS import since the fourth quarter of 2017.
“In the light of these challenges, NNPC has remained the supplier of last resort and continues to transparently report the monthly PMS cost under-recoveries to the relevant authorities.
“NNPC limited also notes the average Q2, 2022 international market determined landing cost was US$1,283/MT and the approved marketing and distribution cost of A46/litre.
” This will continuously be adjusted by market and demand realities.
CBN rescues ailing airlines with $265 million to settle outstanding ticket sales
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has intervened in the brewing crisis in the aviation sector when on Friday, it released the sum of $265 million to airlines operating in the country, to settle outstanding ticket sales.
A breakdown of the figure indicates that the sum of $230 million was released as a special Forex intervention while another sum of $35 million was released through the Retail SMIS auction.
Confirming the release, the Director, Corporate Communications Department at the CBN, Mr. Osita Nwanisobi said the Governor, Godwin Emefiele and his team were concerned about the development and what it portends for the sector and travelers as well as the country in the comity of nations.
Mr. Nwanisobi reiterated that the Bank was not against any company repatriating its funds from the country, adding that what the Bank stood for was an orderly exit for those that might be interested in doing so.
With Friday’s release, it is expected that operators and travelers as well will heave huge sighs of relief, as some airlines had threatened to withdraw their services in the face suffocating business environment.
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