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News: PENGASSAN strike: Fuel loading drops in Lagos, queues back in Abuja

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The ongoing strike by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria on Friday reduced loading activities at depots in Apapa, Lagos, raising the prospects of another round of supply challenges especially outside the South-West, Saturday PUNCH gathered.
Loading at Apapa depots, where many marketers load petroleum products to other states, was hampered by the non-availability of oil workers to certify marketers’ bridging claims, one of our correspondents learnt.
A source, who is an official of an independent marketing company in Lagos, told Saturday PUNCH that the strike had started affecting operations at the Apapa depots.

The source said, “All bridging vehicles were not certified. So, no marketer was willing to load any area outside South-West that has to do with getting bridging claims. They said they could not forfeit their bridging claims because the Petroleum Equalisation Fund workers were not available to certify them.
“What we did today (Friday) was just what we call local loading – loading within South-West. The implication is that loading has reduced. For example, in our depot, I am not sure we did up to 20 trucks of petrol today, compared to 80 to 100 trucks that we do sometimes in a day.”
Stating that the strike would affect fuel supply, the source said, “People outside Lagos might start noticing it by Sunday. It might not affect Lagos. But outside South-West, the effect may be much anytime from Sunday.”
Meanwhile, fuel queues were already resurfacing gradually in some filling stations in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. One of our correspondents observed that motorists formed long queues in front of the two filling stations, Conoil and Total, located opposite the towers housing the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.
In the city centre, it was observed that most of the stations were open for business, but they still had queues, as motorists rushed to fill up their tanks.
PENGASSAN, which embarked on the nationwide strike on Thursday, had said it would begin a gradual withdrawal of its members from oil and gas fields and platforms by next week.
A statement by the association’s National Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Ojugbana, on Friday noted that there was total compliance by their members to the directive to embark on an indefinite strike. He said the strike was not only about the members of the association but also about the survival of the nation’s oil and gas industry.
But the new Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Maikanti Baru, assured that the corporation would ensure that the country does not face another round of petrol scarcity.
Baru and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, told journalists in Abuja that they met with members of the oil union on Friday in a bid to end the strike, expressing hopes that the strike would be called off and would not cause scarcity.
On his part, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, appealed to the union to suspend the strike so as not to deepen the poor state of the economy, while expressing optimism that the issue would be resolved on Monday.

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Covid-19: 6 Ways To Overcome Boredom During Stay-home Period

Due to the spread of covid-19 accross the world, most states in Nigeria are presently observing lockdown. Therefore, here are some ways to overcome boredom during stay-home period. 6 Ways Overcome Boredom Stay-home

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Considering the fact that everyone has no option than to stay at home to avoid the spread of covid-19 in our respective states or countries, boredom has been the order of the day which most people has been complaining about.

And to solve the problem of boredom you have to understand that you can’t go out, you can’t mingle neither can you gist with friends in crowded places, and you have to maintain social distancing — these are some of the measures to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

So you ask yourself, I am being quarantined, how will I scale through boredom? You ask yourself, I am always alone, how will I prevent being bored? How will I overcome this boredom that is already drowning me?However, to be able to enjoy your stay home period, the following are ways you could actually prevent yourself from dull moments:

  1. Watch interesting movies: This is the time you have to increase your interest in film watching. You need to know the latest movies in town and make as well watch them when you’re bored.
  2. Listen to music: music is life, music bring you peace and happiness. Good music minister to the soul. This quarantine period is a time you need to listen to good music, ensure you learn their lyrics and sing them along. If you’re a type that knows how to dance, you could dance to the music alone in your room. Now te me, are you not overcoming boredom like that?
  3. Start reasonable argument with roommates or siblings: If you’re living with a friend or you’re probably in your family house, you have to start some reasonable argument with your friends or siblings in order to make the atmosphere lively. You could argue about celebrities, politics, football and also on academics line.Play interesting games: I know so many people have been doing this but they still have to keep playing games so as to prevent themselves from dull moments.
  4. Follow trends on social media: This is another way to overcome dull moments, you have follow what is trendy on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
  5. Watch comedy clips: Of course to there are lot of comedy clips out there you could watch, follow comedian on Instagram and YouTube. Watch their clips and get over boredom.
  6. Read books and interesting novels: Of course, this is the time you have to develop interest in reading. There are lots of interesting story books that could bring life to your dull moments. You could Google interesting stories or download book apps to get yourself busy and lively reading books.
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Nigeria To Unveil Her First Home-Made Ventilator,Today

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National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure has manufactured the first made in Nigeria ventilators to fight COVID – 19 pandemic in Nigeria.
This is a gesture made in order to aid COVID-19 patients in breathing.
In a notice made by NASENI spokesman , Segun Ayeoyenikan , on Monday , revealed that Minister of Science and Technology , Dr Ogbonnaya Onu , would unveil the respirators, Tuesday ( today ) .
Recall that, Nigeria government, begged for respirators from American billionaire,through the Federal Ministry of Finance before it was withdrew as it was seen as national embarrassment,not long ago.
However,with this Nigeria ,too can make used of her home-made ventilators for her COVID-19 patients.

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Is Nigeria Worth Dying For?

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I have not been privileged to travel outside the shores of the Nigerian nation and the African continent. However, friends of mine who have been opportuned to travel out for study, work and holidays often say it to my hearing of how governments of other nations treat their citizens with care. The reverse seems to be case in Nigeria. It seems there is no sanctity and dignity of the human life. No wonder, citizens of other nations treat us with contempts.

Going down the memory lane, there have been several cases of the government failing to act as the custodian of the human person. Even in legal cases involving citizens of Nigeria and other countries, both within and outside the continent, citizens of other countries seem to gain the upper hand. This is because their government provides several facilities that make the legal process smooth sailing.

I remembered in 2014, when the nation was battling with the deadly Ebola Virus. Dr. Adadevoh Ameyo who in a bid to cure the virus lost her life wasn’t given any tangible award to honour her.

Also in another dimension, when cases of casualty involving military personnel is recorded, the way they are treated is horrifying. The whole situation is as though they have only followed the dictates of their heart. The families that are left behind are not given any special treatment. This was what dissuaded me from joining the military.

Whereas, governments of other nation states organise comprehensive welfare programmes for their citizens (old, young, literate and illiterate), we are ridiculed and made to suffer in the midst of plenty “. Unemployed youths are used as political instruments of thuggery during elections, while children of the rich feed of large budgets, this making things turn from bad to worse.

Before elections, political candidates suddenly turn the friends of the poor promising Heaven on earth. After suddenly wielding the sword of power to themselves, they turn enemies making ignorant ones believe it isn’t their duty to make things better. We are forced to accept the fact that travelling abroad won’t make things better and that Nigeria has a lot opportunities. On the contrary, dying in the face of war, doesn’t call for a heroic celebration.

Dying for one’s country is the highest level of patriotism. However, with the current realities, I cannot die for Nigeria. Dear reader, my question to you is this: Can You Die For Nigeria? Do share your thoughts in the comments section.

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