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Gas Flaring Down From 65% To 20%, Says NLGN Managing Director

 

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A Local near gas flaring site, where they dry their fish

 

From Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin

 

THE Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) at the weekend said it has reduced gas flaring in the country from 65 per cent to 20 per cent

It added that Nigeria is no longer in the league of top five gas flaring countries in the world. Its Managing Direc­tor, Babs Omotowa, said this in Ilorin, the Kwara State at the commissioning of NLNG/ University Ilorin Engineering Research Centre.

Omotowa said that through the company’s university sup­port programme, NLNG is in­vesting a sum of $12 million in six universities in the country.

According to him, “One of the reasons Nigerian Lique­fied Natural Gas (NLNG) was established was to reduce gas flaring in the country. When we started, Nigeria was flar­ing about 65 per cent of its gas. We were the second high­est gas flaring nation in the world. Through the construc­tion of the six trains we have in NLNG, we have helped to bring that down to about 20 per cent and today, we are no longer top five gas flaring countries in the world. So we are very proud that we have contributed to the environmental improvement in the country and the health im­plications of that.

“In addition, we provide a significant source of revenue for the nation and also supplying a vast majority of the cooking gas used in many homes in Nigeria today.”

He listed the benefiting universities under the support programme as Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Uni­versity of Ilorin (UNILORIN), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), University of Ibadan (UI), University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) and University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT).

The NLNG boss added that one of the company’s “ap­proaches is to develop Nige­rian human capital and foster technological advancement. “We recognize that universi­ties are one of the critical fer­tile grounds from which ideas to fast-track Nigeria’s progress will spring from. With this pro­gramme, NLNG is partnering with six universities in Nigeria to uplift engineering teaching and research in our tertiary in­stitutions. On its part, NLNG invested two million Dollars each to build and equip world-class engineering facilities in these schools.”

He said the universities were chosen based on their relative ranking in their geopolitical zones by the Nigerian Univer­sities Commission (NUC) and the world ranking of universi­ties.

In a remark, Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, represented by the Commis­sioner for Education and Hu­man Capital Development, Alhaji Musa Yeketi said that “NLNG, a major global gas supplier,has been a huge rev­enue earner for the country.” Practically every state in the country has felt the positive impact of this company as proven by the huge tax which the company paid to the federal government last year which was utilised asa bailout fund for several states.

“The company’s interven­tion in the domestic LPG mar­ket has also guaranteed product availability and stabilised prices in the country.               The Sun

 

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