Thursday, 14 March 2013

Argentina's Cardinal Bergoglio elected Pope

Taking the name Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina was elected as head of the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday, putting the world's 1.2 billion Catholics under direction of a pope from the New World for the first time in Christianity's 2,000 year history.
The new pope was bishop of the Buenos Aires diocese in a region with the largest concentration of Catholics in the world—a reflection that part of the Church's destiny lies in lands outside Europe, for centuries its stronghold.
The new pontiff, 76 years old, emerged to the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to the wild cheers of the crowd below that bellowed "Viva il Papa," or "Long Live the Pope."
The church's first non-European pope in hundreds of years—and the first from the Americas—marks a watershed moment in the papacy at a time when the church has lost followers amid a rise in secularism, evangelical Protestantism and a string of sex-abuse scandals and divisions within the Vatican hierarchy.
The groundbreaking choice fits with the unusual nature of the election: Pope Benedict XVI's decision to become the first pope to resign in more than seven centuries.
In a report, the Wall Street Journal noted that the new pope emerged just over an hour after white rose from the smokestack of the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday afternoon, signaling that the cardinals gathered had reached an agreement on a new leader for the Roman Catholic Church in just five rounds of voting.
The fast decision likely signals that much of the consensus among the 115 cardinals who gathered Tuesday into the chapel for voting was reached in the pre-conclave discussions that have taken place in the two weeks since Benedict XVI stepped down from his post on Feb. 28.
Within minutes of the smoke puffs, St. Peter's Square was packed with rejoicing crowds. "I'm very excited. I've been waiting four hours for this moment," said Lucia Carbona, 45, teacher from Florence

REVEALED! Those who really control Nigeria's Oil Blocks...The Full List

Segun Adeniyi in Abuja
Contrary to the claim by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Business and Rules, Senator Ita Enang, last week that 83 per cent of oil blocks in the country are owned by northerners, investigations by THISDAY have revealed that 88 per cent of the oil blocks are owned by multinational oil companies.
On the other hand, indigenous oil operators or Nigerian companies control only about 11 per cent, confirming the assertion by human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, last week that oil majors control and manage the lion’s share of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
THISDAY had also pointedly observed that Enang’s allegation referred to only indigenous oil operations, not total oil output in the country.
Investigations also revealed that even among indigenous oil operators, northern shareholders/directors do not account/own 83 per cent of local oil output, as Enang’s list left out several oil blocks that had been awarded over the years to Nigerian companies and failed to include oil concessions awarded from 1999 to date.
A breakdown of oil leases granted operators showed that the total number of Oil Mining Leases (OMLs) in operation by December ending 2012 was 109, while Oil Prospecting Leases (OPLs) stood at 92.
The Federal Government had in 2012 set a production target of 2.48 million barrels per day (mbpd), of which 1.5 million barrels of oil per day (mbpd) were expected from the onshore and shallower water terrain, while deepwater concessions accounted for 900,800 bpd, which are currently controlled by the multinational companies.
Of the 2.48 mbpd produced last year, the entire production by indigenous companies totalled 276,000 bpd, accounting for about 11 per cent of Nigeria’s production.
Among the IOCs, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) produced 605,539 bpd, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (Exxon Mobil) - 528,000 bpd, Chevron Nigeria - 489,999 bpd, Total Elf - 400,134 bpd, Agip – 98,284 bpd; and Addax  - 90,489 bpd respectively.
In comparison, local oil companies led by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), the exploration and production arm of the NNPC produced 125,828 bpd in 2012, Seplat Petroleum - 40,033 bpd, Pan Ocean - 7,387 bpd, while others described as independent marginals produced 102,797bpd.
A detailed breakdown of indigenous concessions and their directors/shareholders are shown in the table below:

Indigenous Operators
S/NoName of OperatorLicenCeYear of AwardNames of Directors/shareholders
1 Alfred James Petroleum OPL 302 1991 Adewunmi Sijuade, Goke Sijuade, Adedeji Sijuade, Olayinka Sijude, Adeyemi Osiyemi and Femisola Awosika, with A.O Adeyinka as Chairman
2 Soglas Nigeria Limited OPL 226 1991 Oscar P. Udoji, P.E Udoji, E.E. Nwosu, with J.O. Udoji as Chairman
3 NorthEast Petroleum OPL 215, 840 &902 1991 Kommer Complex Limited, Nwokema Ngozi Mbu, Abubakar Jubril and Ashiru B. Aliu, A. Ayankoya with Saleh Jambo as Chairman
4 Optimum Petroleum OPL 310 1992 R.D. Adelu, Yusuf N'jie and O.A. Aremu with Ibrahim Bunu as Chairman
5 Sunlink Petroleum OPL 238 & OPL 311 1993 Olaniyi Olumide, Hayford Alile, Samuel Bolarinde, Richard Adelu, Martins Olisa, John Brunner and Emmanuel Ojei
6 Express Petroleum OPL 108 & 227 1995 Ahmade Rufai, Tajudeen Dantata, Dalhatu Gwarzo, Lawan Omar with Aminu Alhassan Dantata as Chairman
7 Dubril Oil Co. Nigeria OPL 96 1987 B.N. Itsueli, C.A. Itsueli, O.O. Itsueli, A.E. Ihuegbu with U.J. Itsueli as Chairman.
8 Amni Int. Petroleum OPL 112 &117 1998 &1999 E.C Edozien, Tunde Afolabi with Sanni Bello as Chairman
9 Atlas Petroleum Int. Nig Ltd OPL 109 1996 Umaru Ndanusa, Ikechukwu Joseph, Mohammadu Murtala with Arthur Eze as Chairman
10 Consolidated Oil OPL 103, 458, 136 1993, 1998 &2006 O. Adenuga and Ebi Omatsola with Mike Adenuga as Chairman
11 Oriental Energy Resources OPL 115 1999 Usman Danburan, Jibril Mohammed Indimi with Senior Mohammed Indimi as Chairman
12 Cavendish Petroleum Nig. Ltd OPL 110 1996 Gambo Gubio with Mai Deribe as Chairman
13 Allied Energy Resources Nig. Ltd OPL 120 & 121 2001 Mickey Lawal  as Director with Kase Lawal as Chairman
14 Peak Petroleum OPL 122 2001 Adekunle Olumide, W. Bolaji, Florence D. Oluokun and Ayodeji Oluokun with M.A. Oluokun as Chairman
15 Summit Oil Nig. Limited OPL 205 and 206 1990 L.K.O Abiola, Radio Communications Nig. Ltd with M.K.O Abiola as Chairman
16 Crownwell Petroleum Ltd OPL 305 AND 306 1993 S.K Adejumo with Sair Kuashi as Chairman
17 Famfa Oil Ltd OPL 216 (OML 127) 1993 Folorunso Alakija wit Modupe Alakija as Chairman
18 MoniPulo OPL 114, 239, 234, 231 1999, 2008, 2008, 2007 F.A. Agama with O.B. Lulu Briggs as Chairman
19 Yinka Folawiyo Pet. Company OPL 113 1998 S.T. Folawiyo, T.B Folawiyo with W.I Folawiyo as Chairman
20 Zebbra Energy Limited OPL 248 2004 S.A. Oloko, Boni Madubunyi, Zimako O. Zimako with A.B.C. Orjiako as Chairman
21 Oil and Gas Limited OPL 249 and 140 2003, 2006 M.O. I drisu with Reggie Uduhim as Chairman
22 Continental Oil and Gas Limited OPL 59 1998 Agbolade Paddy, Subair Shefiu with Mike Adenuga as Chairman
23 Emerald Energy Resources OML 141 2001 J.O. Amaefule, P.L. Caldwell, A.C. Uzoigwe, Amos NUR, C.N. Chieri, Femi Akingbe, F.A. Njoku with Emmanuel Egbogah as Chairman
24 Oranto Petr. Limited OPL 320 2002 Arthur Eze as Chairman
25 Dajo Oil Limited OPL 320 2004 R.B. Domingo, M.O. Domingo, U.R. Domingo with Domingo Obande as Chairman
26 Malabu OPL 245
Dan Etete as Chairman
27 Orient Energy OPL 915, 916
N. Nwawka with Emeka Anyaoku as Chairman
28 Sahara Energy Exploration OPL 284, 228, 332 2005, 2006 Buba Lawal, Cole Tonye, Odunsi Ade as Diectors
29 Enageed Resources Limited OPL 274 2007 Buba Lawal, Cole Tonye, Odunsi Ade as Diectors
30 Seplat OPL 4, 38, 41 2010 A.B.C. Orjiako and Austin Avuru
31 Ekcrest E & P Limited OPL 40 2012 Emeka Offor as Chairman
32 First Hydrocarbon OPL 26 2011 O.A Azazi as Chairman
33 Neconde OPL 42 2011 Amesi Azudialu, John Umeh, Nnenna Obijesi
34 Niger Delta Western OPL 34 2012 Olayiwola Fatona, David Richards, P.O. Balogun, T. Omisore
35 Transcorp OPL 281 2011 Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, Femi Otedola, Funso Lawal, Jacob Ajekigbe, Tony Ezenna, Ndi Onyiuke Okereke, Fola Adeola and Nicholas Okoye
36 Starcrest, Cross River Energy & NPDC OPL 242 2011 Emeka Offor, Chris Garuba
37 Starcrest OPL 291
Emeka Offor, Gidado Idris, Yzoni Yaw
38 South Atlantic (SAPETRO) OPL 264 (130) 1998 Miguel Guerrero, Joy Ikiebe, Guerrrero, with T.Y. Danjuma as Chairman
39 Oando OPL 278, 236 2005, 2006 Magoro, J.A. Tinubu, O. Boyo, M.O. Osunsanya, O. Adeyemo, O. Akpata, Oba Gbadebo, A. Peppe and Appiah Korang
40 Ashbert OPL 325
Albert Esiri, Ifeoma Esiri
41 Oil World OPL 241 2007 Gbenga Olawapo, Adekunle Akintola, Ibukun Olawepo, Rachael Akintola
42 Pan Ocean OPL 98, 275 1976, 2007 F.A. Fadeyi, M.D. Yuduf, S.D. Adeniyi
43 Cleanwater Consortium OPL 289 2007 Arumeni-Ikhide Joseph, Okey Nzenwa, Abu Ibrahim
44 Afren Global Resources OPL 907, 917 2005, 2008 Rilwan Lukman, Osmah Shahenshah, Evert Jan Mulder, Peter Bingham, Guy Pass, Bet Cooper, Constantine, Egbert Imomoh
45 Centrica/CCC/All Bright Consortium OPL 276, 283 2005, 2006 Jake Mirica, John Sheers
46 Gas Transmission & Power Ltd OPL 905 2005 Ahmed Joda, Babangida Hassan Katsina, Makoji Aduku, Abubakar Joda
47 Global Energy Company Limited OPL 135 2005, 2010 S.A. Onabiyi, M.A. Koshoni, T.T. Anyansho, J.N. Obiago
48 New Nig. Devt. Company OPL 733,809, 810,722
Northern State governors
49 Tenoil Petroleum Energy Services OPL 2008 2007 Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu, Femi Otedola, Funso Lawal, Jacob Ajekigbe, Tony Ezenna, Ndi Onyiuke Okereke, Fola Adeola, Nicholas Okoye, with Elumelu as Chairman

Marginal Fields Operators
S/NoName of CompanyLicenceYear of AwardNames of Directors/Shareholders
1 Niger Delta Company Ogbele (OML 54) 1999 Aret Adams, Uduimo Itsueli, Sammy Olagbaju, David Richard, Udi Ibru and Fatona Layi
2 Prime Petr. Ltd &  Suffolk Petr Asaramaroru (OML 11) 2003 MacPepple Henry,  Macpepple Joy, Macpepple Emmanuel, Macpepple Elfrida and Macpepple Victoria
3 Oriental Energy Owok (OML 67), Ebok 2006, 2007 Alhaji Indimi, Usman Danburran
4 Universal Energy Stubb Creek Field (OML 13/14 2003 Amana Nkoyo, Mianaekere Nelson, Abubakar Hayatou, Mboho Emmanuel, Ekpo Akpan, Inyang Etim (Akwa Ibom Govt)
5 Eurafric Energy Limited Dawes Island (OML 54) 2003 Onoh Anthony, Onoh Christiana, Onoh Ngozi, George Udoekong, Nwauche Eastus
6 Pillar Oil Limited Umusati/Igbuku (OML 56) 2003 Onosode G.O, Fadahunsi O, Amakiri J., Hassan-Katsina Usman, Tonwe Basife, Obaseki Godwin, Akoyomare Ambrose, Fisher Abayomi, Anaekwena Anthony, Avuru Spencer, Onosode Spencer, Hassan-Babangida
7 Bayelsa Oil Company Atala (OML 46)
Bayelsa Govt, Brigidi David, Alamieyesheiga Anitonbrapa, Ifimain Ekine, Jonathan Selereipre, Enddeley Francis, Chinwetelu Chris, Willians E.J., Aliyu Abubakar
8 Movideo E&P Ekeh (OML 88)
Idau Sadiq, Jacobs Kayode, Enahoro Victor, Mohammed Aishatu, Tugger Yusuf, Okwuaive Iyabo, Sadare Raymond
9 Bicta Energy Ogedeh (OML 90)
Adesemowo G.A, Bashir MM, Onumodu Soye, Akinro C.A, Malberbe T. Unejei T
10 Guarantee Petrr & Owena Oil Ororo (OML 95)
Rufus Giwa, Ayodele Johnson, Fayose Abiodun, Unuigbe Odion, Omobomi Samuel, Rotimi Luyi, Adefarati Tunde, Duyie Korede, Ojo Segun, Ogedengbe Dele, Aidi Abass, Adegbonmire Wunmi, Amoye Mofisco, Ebiseni Sola, Oladunni Solomon, Agoi-George Segun, Akinruntan F.E, Hassan AlGazali, Eburajolo Victor, S.A. Ajayi
11 Platform Petroleum Limited Egboma (OML 38)
Edmund Daukoru, Avuru Austin, Amachi Moshe, Adegoke Oluwafeyisola, Addo-Bayero Nasir, Ewendu Chidi
12 Sogenal Ltd Akepo (OML 90)
Funso Lawal, Joda Abubakar, Harriman Hope, Odu Bunmi, Edohoeket Samuel, Yahaya Mohammed, Dada Nicholas, Yellowe Kenneth
13 Chorus Energy Amoji (OML 56)
Akerele Chris, Mamman Samaila, Ihetu G.S. Braide Kombo, Banks Nigel, Clubb James, Uhuegbulem Ben, Baba Gana Abba
14 Millennium Oil and Gas Oza (OML 11)
Ali Chris, Maseli John, Karrs Sastry, Shama Yogi, Igweze Emeka, Bashir Farouk
15 Brittania U-Nigeria Ajapa (OML 90)
Ifejika Uju, Ifejika Emmanuel, Omu Paul, Otiji Igwe, Ikpeme Ita, Cardoso Tokie, Okonkwo Annie, Inua Mogaji, Mbanefo Louis, Ombu AVM, Horsfall A.K., Ukpong Uche, Ogoro Emomena, Ifejika E.I, Umar Alhaji, Ikpele A.O
16 Network E & P Qua Iboe (OML 13)
Ajose Adeogun Ladi, Adesomoju Akin Alex -Duduyemi, Adewusi Adebowale, Ifode Yeletide, Gasau Ismaila Musa, John Etop, Olagbede Olufemi
17 Waltersmith Petroman & Morris Petr. Ibigwe (OML 16)
Isa Abdulrasak, Saleh Danjuma, Utomvie Nyingi, Ita Princess, Okoli Ndubuisi, Kakpovie Anthony, Okpala Eugene, Idrisu Mammudu, Idrisu Lawal, Isokrari Ombo, Nzeakor Nick, Abdulsalami Abdul, Nwabudo Ignatius
18 Midwestern Oil & Gas & Suntrust Oil Umsadege (OML 56 )
Igbokwe Ken, Afejuku Anthony, Daultry Akpeti, Sagoe Kweku-Mensah, Gambo Lawan, Oshevire William, Mordi Sylvanus, Maidoh Daniel, Fatayi-Williams Babatunde, Mohammed Waziri, Emerhor Otega, Dublin-Green Winston, Mohammed Abubakar, Oduah Stella, Okafor Ugo and Baba-Ahmed Mouftah
19 Independent Energy Limited Ofa (OML 30)
Ikelionwu Emeka, Ohunmwangho Steve, Yar'Adua Murtala, Okudu Anthony, Bello Shamsudeen, Obaoye Michael, Monanuma
20 Del Sigma KE (OML 55)
Amachree Sokeiprim, Ungbuku K.D., Bakut J.I, Chaff Kabiru
21 Associated Oil & Dansaki Petroleum Tom Shot Bank (OML 14)
Machunga Laraba, Gwadah Bitus, Balat Isaiah, Uzor Azuka, Ibok Udo, Uzoechi Isaac, Kadiri Samuel, Afolabi Aderenlr, Yinka Aina
22 Frontier Oil Limited Uquo (OML 13)
Dada Thomas, Lolomari Odoliyi, Kolade Victor, Yisa Solomon, Nwasikeobi, Alechenu Emmanuel, Bello Falalu
23 Energia Limited & Oando Prod. Devt Ltd Ebendo/Obodeti (OML 56)
Horsfall A.U, Aribeana Stephen, Shawley Cooker, Bello Lawal, Ene Emeka, Afolabi Ade, Coker Sam, Esiri Albert, Dibiaezue Ifeoma, Hammad Charles, Macgregor Olushola, Oando
24 Goland Petroleum Devt. Company Oriri (OML 88)
Kingsley Ngelale, Mogaji Gambo, Slako Johnson, Anthony Dotimi
25 Excel Exploration & Production Eremor (OML 46)
Abiodun Awosika as shareholder
26 Sahara Energy & African Oil Ltd. Tsekelewu (OML 40)
Baba Lawal, Cole Tonye, Odunsi Ade, Adeniji Titi, Akinla Ladipo, Bently John, Ciroma Musa, Odili Obi F., Du-Frayer
27 Green Energy International Ltd Otakikpo
A.A. Olojede as shareholder
28 All Grace Energy Ubima (OML 46)

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