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Community Seeks Compensation For Ruptured NNPC Pipeline

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L-R: Chairman, General Electric, Mr Jeffrey Immelt; Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr Olusegun Aganga and Vice President Namadi Sambo, during a meeting with officials of General Electric in Abuja last Friday.

L-R: Chairman, General Electric, Mr Jeffrey Immelt; Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr Olusegun Aganga and Vice President Namadi Sambo, during a meeting with officials of General Electric in Abuja last Friday.

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he people of Ijegun-
Imoren,
a suburb of Lagos where an NNPC pipeline ruptured, spilling petrol have called on the Federal Government to compensate them.

The spokesman for the community, Chief Nurudeen Olu-Fatunbi, said they should be compensated in any form to make up for their losses.

Olu-Fatunbi said the government should ensure the health of the people was protected from the harmful effects of the spillage which, he noted, had polluted their environment.

“We are advised by the doctors around that we all should drink plenty of milk to reduce the effect of the spilled fuel in the community.

“We will appreciate it if we are given a little token to buy milk and other medications needed by the residents.

“We also appeal that any monetary compensation should be done openly so that all of us will benefit from it.

“Most of us that are fishermen cannot continue our business because the fuel has affected the water,’’ he said.

Olu-Fatunbi said the community might still suffer from the effect of the fuel spill for the next one or two months.

The Tide

reports that dead fishes were seen on the polluted water though some parts have been cleaned up.

However, the air in the community has also been polluted, following the stench from the dead fishes and the smell of petrol.

Some of the residents said that the petrol had seeped into the wells they dug as sources of potable water supply, leaving them without water for drinking cooking and carrying out other domestic chores.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) has continued to clean up the environment and promised to fumigate the area to prevent the spread of diseases.

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also gathered  that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has warned the residents to desist from actions that could cause fire in the area.

The agency also warned residents of the state within the petroleum pipeline network areas to vacate government Right Of Way for effective surveillance by the Pipeline Products and Marketing Company (PPMC).

The Southwest spokesman of the agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, gave the warning in an interview with newsmen against the backdrop of the oil spillage in Ijegun-Imore.

Farinloye said that government had commenced the demolition of illegal structures obstructing the free flow of movement within the pipelines right of way.

He said the government’s action in the critical pipeline axis was to deter vandalism across the country.

“The objective of the demolition of illegal buildings within the network was to ensure that digging, willful damage, breaking of pipelines and stealing of petroleum products are made difficult for v

andals.

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Fast-Track Domestic Refining Capacity To End Unstable Petrol Pricing –LCCI

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The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) says accelerated domestic refining and processing of petroleum products would end the unstable petroleum pricing in the country.
Director-General of the Chamber, Dr. Muda Yusuf, made the remark  in an interview with The Tide source in Lagos, at the weekend.
He explained that this action was necessary to prevent both the deregulation policy from being derailed and a return to a subsidy regime fraught with corrupt practices.
Yusuf also called for a competitive market framework to enable the deregulation achieve positive impact, saying that  quick approval of domestic refinery  operations would boost access to petroleum products for economic development
The LCCI DG blamed the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) monopolistic supply structure  for the inability of Nigerians and the economy to benefit from the positives of deregulation.
Yusuf stressed that government needs to urgently put appropriate structures in place to ensure a level playing field and for the deregulation regime to achieve its objectives, because private sector players were strapped for foreign exchange to import petroleum products, while the refineries remained comatose.
“A deregulated pricing regime is typically volatile, oscillating with global oil price. However, deregulation without competition would not give desired outcomes”, Yusuf said.
He regretted that, ”We are still immersed in a monopolistic structure even as we claim to have deregulated the petroleum downstream sector”.
The LCCI DG said that to cushion the effects of petrol price increases on domestic prices, there was also an urgent need to scale up investment in mass transit transportation systems.

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Give Legal Backing To Kpo Fire Refining, IPMAN Boss Urges FG

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Sequel to the new increase in the pump price of petrol in the country, the President of the Independent Petroleum Markers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Mr Chinedu Okonkwo, has urged the Federal Government to give legal backing to illegal refining otherwise known as ‘kpo fire’.
According to him, the upgrade of the operations of ‘kpo fire’, particularly in the Niger Delta, will boost the availability of fuel in the country and reduce the cost of buying fuel by end users.
Okonkwo who made this known while speaking on a life radio interview in Port Harcourt, last Friday night, explained that since the nation’s refineries are not functioning, there was bound to be an unstable pump price because the market is deregulated and products are being imported.
According to him, if the ‘kpo fire’ refining is upgraded and given a legal backing by the government, and the operators are trained and licensed to operate, there will be fuel availability in the country.
“If there is proper legislation that will enable the illegal refineries upgrade by giving them license and the required training to operate, it will not only make petroleum products available, but it will also create massive employment for the youths.
“We are already making efforts to partner with the Petroleum University in Efurun in Delta State so that training could be given to those operating the ‘kpo fire’ refineries, instead of destroying the environment.
“This would not be done in isolation, but we are still talking with government on how to give adequate legislation and license to these people to enable them do better, rather than pushing them aside, which we, of course, know is difficult to stop.
“We can bring them together, and put them in clusters and they can do better when given the training and license to operate, and you will see that it will bridge the gap, and serve as modular refineries”, he said.
Agreeing with Okonkwo’s position, a senior staff in one of the multinational oil companies, Engr. Chigozie Elendu, said the total dependence on importation of fuel without the local refineries working, in the regime of deregulation, would not be healthy for the country.
He said there was a need to encourage modular refinery and upgrade the ‘kpo fire’ refining, which according to him, has already flooded the market.

 

By: Corlins Walter

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IPMAN Calls For Quick Resolution Of PENGASSAN Strike

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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has called for a speedy resolution of the dispute between the Federal Government and the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN).
The President of IPMAN, Chinedu Okoronkwo, who made the call in an interview with newsmen, last Friday, noted that the indefinite strike action by PENGASSAN would have negative effects on the nation’s oil and gas industry.
Okoronkwo described PENGASSAN as an important entity in the value chain of distribution and supply of petroleum products in the country.
He, however, stressed that IPMAN is an association and not a union, adding that IPMAN would continue to render its services to ensure that petroleum products get to the end users.
It would be recalled that PENGASSAN had, last Monday, called out its members to embark on an indefinite strike following the expiration of an earlier seven-day ultimatum given to the government to agree to its demands.
The action followed the long standing disagreement between PENGASSAN and the Federal Government over the latter’s directive on registration of its members on Integrated Payroll and Personal Information System(IPPIS).
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has also urged the Federal Government to take proactive measures towards the quick resolution of contentious issues between it and PENGASSAN.
The Rivers State Vice Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and National Treasurer, NUPENG, Mr. Alex Aqwanwor, told journalists in an interview that the call was necessary so as to avoid NUPENG joining the strike on sympathy ground.
According to him, “We are still consulting at the leadership level to see the next step to take with regards to the ongoing strike action by our sister union”.

 

By: Tonye Nria-Dappa

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