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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.

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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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Motorists Want NNPC Mega Filling Station In Bori

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Motorists plying the Ogoni axis in Rivers State have urged the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC) and the Department of Petroleum Resources, (DPR) to make real their promise of establishing at least one of the mega filling stations in Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area to give the people access to the facility.
Some of the motorists and residents of Bori who spoke with The Tide said the absence of the NNPC filling station in Bori has made them to continue to suffer exploitation in the hands of private filling station owners who inflates their prices at will.
A commercial motorist,  Mr Paul Ndeemua  who spoke with our reporters said motorists plying the Bori route were excited when they heared of plans by government  to build a mega filling station in Bori, but they were surprised that there was no trace of the project in Bori long after the plan was made public through the media chat.
He said:  “ We commercial motorists operating within the Bori axis were happy when we learnt sometime ago that the government was going to build mega filling station in Bori like other parts of the state were they are located, but it’s unfortunate that almost three years after the plan was announced, nothing has happened. I want to use this opportunity to call on the NNPC and the DPR to fulfill their promise by building the filling station in Bori. The project will go a long way to help commercial motorists in the area, especially in terms of access to products.”
Another commercial motorist, Mr Akanimo Udosen who spoke with The Tide also decried the conspicuous absence of the NNPC  Mega Filling Station in Bori despite its location in other places.
Resident of Bori also called on the Government to build a mega filling station in Bori to serve the people of the area. Apart from assess to petroleum products, the student said the project will also give a face lift to Bori.
He called on the Rivers State Government and stakeholders in ogoni to address the rising challenges of insecurity in Khana LGA to attract investment in the area.

 

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PPPRA To Audit Infrastructure In Downstream Oil Sector

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The Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) says it will commence a comprehensive audit and survey of downstream oil and gas logistic facilities in the country.
Mr Abdulkadir Saidu, PPPRA executive secretary, disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja last Saturday.
He said that the state of infrastructure in the downstream of the Nigerian oil and gas sector largely was a reflection of profitability and proficiency of the market.
He added that the aim of the audit was to assess the state, adequacy and identify the infrastructure gap in the sector.
“ The PPPRA recognises that the state of infrastructure in the downstream requires constant assessment to ensure uninterrupted supply of products in addition to providing up to date data for operation in the sector.
“Oil and gas processing, storage and distribution facilities, jetties downstream and pipelines, retail outlets for oil and Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG)  will be the focus of the survey.
“ The audit also aimed at assessing the impact of government policy and regulation on the sector’s operating environment and viability, with a view to addressing identified loopholes,” he said
According to him, the exercise, which is expected to commence in the second half of 2019, is a long awaited exercise by operators and other stakeholders.
He noted that the outcome of the exercise would contribute to policy formulation and impact investment decision-making by investors.
Saidu said that the management of the PPPRA would champion the exercise, noting that it was in furtherance of the reform programme of Mr President in the oil sector.
“All oil and gas depot owners, marketers, retail outlets and LPG plant owners are stakeholders in this exercise.
“The ultimate objective of which is to enhance the commercial viability of the sector and improve its level of attractiveness as investment capital destination of choice for would-be investors.
“We therefore wish to solicit the cooperation and support of all stakeholders in ensuring its success,” he said.

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NNPC, NOSDRA Move To Check Oil Spills

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) say they would partner to check the incidences of oil spill across the country.
Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari made this known when he received the Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa at the NNPC Towers in Abuja on Wednesday.
In a statement signed by Mr Ndu Ughamadu, the spokesman for the corporation, Kyari said that as a national oil company, the NNPC pipelines, flow stations and assets across the country were jointly owned by the federation.
He maintained that the corporation produces crude oil to maintain a balance sheet for the nation.
“We have taken a number of steps to stem oil spill by deploying technology in order to make sure that whenever there is an oil spill incidence, it is contained almost immediately.
“We contain the incidences of oil theft, pipeline vandalism and acts of saboteurs and we intend to bring it to the barest minimum,” he said.
Kyari noted that the NNPC operated both crude oil and petroleum products pipelines, adding that the corporation was collaborating with its partners to curb incidences of oil spill in its areas of operations.
He said the corporation would also forge closer ties with NOSDRA to proactively forestall oil spill in areas that were prone to incessant incidences.
Earlier, Musa said the agency was prepared to partner the NNPC in mitigating oil spill in all areas of its operations.
He added that the partnership would ensure a good operating environment for the operators and the communities.
He added that breaking of petroleum products pipelines did not provide food, water and good environment for the people.

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