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PEARL Builds Chemical Treatment Plant in Nigeria



PEARL Chemical Treatment Plant

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

An ultra-modern manufacturing plant for drilling chemicals, water and oil-based production chemicals has been launched in Nigeria by Pacegate Energy and Resources Limited (PEARL).

PEARL, an arm of Pacegate Limited with an Integrated Management System (ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 & ISO45001:2018) will provide chemical treatment solutions, laboratory testing and services, and professional field support services to the upstream and downstream sectors, as well as other relevant sectors.

This is in a bid to meet the growing needs of the oil and gas and transportation sectors of the Nigerian economy and Africa at large.

This has been made possible by its partnership with global energy solutions provider, Canadian Energy Solutions (CES).

The partnership sees PEARL’s wide reach in both offshore and onshore operations supported and extended by CES’ global capabilities.

PEARL will commence the formulation of eco-friendly products and provide superior innovative treatment chemicals and application technology services to oil and gas exploration and production platforms, refineries, petrochemical plants, among others.

PEARL’s well-trained and highly experienced engineers’ partner with clients to identify and proffer proper resolutions to challenges related to upstream production and downstream chemical treatment solutions, as well as specialised chemical solutions for the transportation sector.

The team of engineers support customer needs with extensive laboratory and real-time field testing to help solve queries using world-class standards and industry best practice.

Speaking on the partnership, General Manager, PEARL, Franklin Oranusih said that PEARL was established out of a desire to solve industrial challenges with innovative solutions and partnerships.

“We have a commitment to deliver quality and eco-friendly products as we continue to play our part in supporting local content in Africa.

“As the oil & gas sector continues to grow, it is expedient that we consider the effect it has on the environment, among others.

“This partnership is a sign of our commitment and we are delighted to announce it. We also appreciate the support of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and the Nigerian Content and Development Board – NCDMB for its support as we continue to fulfil this commitment,” he said.

Commenting on the partnership, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr Adeniyi Adebayo, stated that there is a need for innovative partnerships such as this to boost local content in Nigeria.

“I am pleased to formally commission the first local content fluids and chemical solutions manufacturing plant in Nigeria, which represents a significant landmark for the country’s industrialisation programme.

“Domestication of products has been at the centre of this administration’s industrialisation programme to drive job intensive growth of the Nigerian economy. It will increase local production, create job opportunity and improve our foreign exchange reserve position.

“I believe this will help in taking us ahead in our effort to diversify the economy and increase the contribution of the manufacturing sector to GDP. Most especially, the plant will provide jobs to Nigeria’s workforce, promote local content, and save the nation the extra cost of importing the now locally produced input.”

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), represented by the General Manager, Project Authorisation and Certification, Engr. Paul Zuhumben, said, “We commend the effort of Pacegate Energy Resource Limited for investing an installed capacity of 12.9 metric tonnes into the manufacturing of chemicals solutions aspects of the hydrocarbon value chain in Nigeria.

“At the beginning of local content implementation, the board had always emphasised that its focus will be on developing in-country capacity in manufacturing, fabrication, engineering and other high-end services supporting the oil and gas industry. This project by Pacegate speaks effectively to this.”

Founded in 2001, CES Energy Solutions has extensive testing capabilities for corrosion, scale, hydrogen sulphide scavenger and other production-related requirements.

The company will provide technical assistance to PEARL who is the exclusive representative for production chemicals in the oil-producing countries of Africa.

CES manufactures raw ingredients that PEARL formulates within Nigeria to provide field strength chemicals.

PEARL manufactures a wide range of chemicals and products such as Demulsifiers & Water Clarifiers, Corrosion Inhibitors, Scale Inhibitors, Biocides, and so on, while its technology partner, CES provides upstream chemical products bases.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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NLC, TUC Suspend Wednesday’s Nationwide Strike



NLC TUC strike

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The planned nationwide strike action earlier fixed for Wednesday, June 7, 2023, by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has been suspended by the unions.

The labour unions suspended the industrial action on Monday night after a meeting with the federal government at the Presidential Villa.

Nigerian workers had planned to stay away from work to protest the announcement of the removal of fuel subsidy by President Bola Tinubu during his inaugural speech last Monday.

Recall that earlier yesterday, the central government obtained an interim order from the National Industrial Court to stop the industrial action by the labour organisations on the argument that the strike could paralyse the country.

Justice O.Y. Anuwe restrained the NLC and the TUC from the action pending the determination of the motion of notice, which was fixed for a hearing on June 19, 2023.

Later in the day, the labour unions and the federal government held a meeting, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who has been appointed as the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, informed newsmen last night that a committee would be set up to discuss ways to resolve the issues amicably.

“The federal government, the TUC and the NLC would review World Bank Financed Cash transfer scheme and propose the inclusion of low-income earners in the programme.

“The federal government, the TUC and the NLC to revive the CNG conversion programme earlier agreed with Labour centres in 2021 and work out detailed implementation and timing.

“The labour centres and the federal government to review issues hindering effective delivery in the education sector and propose solutions for implementation.

“The labour centres and the federal government to review and establish the framework for completion of the rehabilitation of the nation’s refineries.

“The federal government to provide a framework for maintaining roads and expanding rail networks across the country.

“The joint committee will assess all other demands submitted by the TUC to the federal government,” a communique issued at the end of the meeting said.

Business Post reports that after the NLC and the TUC agreed to “suspend the notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations,” they fixed June 19 to reconvene a meeting with the government “to agree on an implementation framework.”

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Subsidy Removal: Court Stops Proposed Nationwide Strike by NLC, TUC



Nigerian Labour Congress NLC

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The proposed nationwide strike to kick against the removal of fuel subsidy by the federal government may suffer a setback as the National Industrial Court (NIC) has restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from going on with the action.

In a ruling on an interim order sought by the federal government on Monday in Abuja, Justice O. Y. Anuwe ordered the unions to stop the strike pending the determination of a suit filed by the government.

The judge directed the government to serve the NLC and the TUC the interim order and the substantive suit marked NICN/ABJ/158/2023, fixing June 19, 2023, for hearing of the matter.

“The defendants/respondents are hereby restrained from embarking on the planned Industrial Action/or strike of any nature, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice dated 5th June 2023.

“It is ordered that the defendant/ respondents be immediately served with the originating processes in this suit, the motion on notice, and the order of this court hereby made.

“The motion on notice is hereby fixed for hearing on 19th June 2023. Hearing notices to that effect shall be served on the defendants/respondents along with the other processes,” Justice Anuwe ruled.

Business Post reports that the Federal Ministry of Justice filed an ex-parte motion to stop the planned industrial action by the labour unions, arguing that the strike was capable of disrupting economic activities, the health sector and the educational sector.

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Momentum Gathers for Second Adire Lagos Experience



Adire Lagos Experience

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Stakeholders in the Nigerian textile industry are getting prepared for the second Adire Lagos Experience organised by Ecobank Nigeria Limited.

Momentum is gathering for this event slated for June 9 to 11, 2023, because the first edition, held at the ultra-modern Ecobank Pan African Centre (EPAC) complex in Victoria Island, was the talk of the town.

Participants used the occasion to network and get the latest designs in the local adire fabric.

Ecobank has assured that this year’s programme would be bigger as those expected are top government officials from  Lagos, Ogun and other neighbouring states, the CEO of Adire Oodua Textile Hub and wife of Ooni of Ife, Mrs Ronke Ogunwusi; the CEO of Dye Lab, Ms Joke Ladoja; the Creative Director, Afume Global Concepts, Mrs Funmi Sosanya; and the CEO, Aga Culture & Upbeat, Moyo Ogunseinde, among others.

The event is being partnered with the National Union Textile Garment Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (Adire Sector) and will involve the exhibition of new designs of the fabric.

The Head of Consumer Banking at Ecobank, Mrs Korede Demola-Adeniyi, said the exhibition is part of the bank’s contribution to boosting the nation’s tourism, culture and creative industry using Adire as a key driver, adding that, high profile exhibitors, vendors, dignitaries from different parts of the world have indicated interest to be part of the event.

“The bank was encouraged by the success of the maiden edition last year.  It is in line with our brand promise as a Pan-African Institution to promote culture and boost tourism on the continent.

“We expect topflight exhibitors, expatriates, influencers, dignitaries from all walks of life and members of the public at the three days event,” she said.

Mrs Demola-Adeniyi stated that the event would feature a series of masterclasses and exhibitions, as well as networking opportunities with entrepreneurs, shoppers and everyone interested in the making or trading of Adire, adding that the bank has provided a cosy ambience with utmost serenity to make participants feel comfortable and safe.

She added that, “Participation is free, and you are welcome to invite family and friends to come over to witness the beautiful event.

“This exhibition also presents an opportunity not only to sell and buy products but to experience the luxuriance in our culture.

“In addition to the wonderful display of Adire clothing and products, there will be masterclasses on Adire production, picture-perfect moments, and music to vibe.”

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