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Oyigbo Explosion: Senate Blames NNPC

The Senate yesterday  ordered the replacement of all old pipelines across the country.

Senate’s resolutions followed a motion on the explosion sponsored by Senator George Sekibo representing Rivers East senatorial district and three others during plenary.

The red chamber took the decision after a robust debate on the oil pipeline explosion which claimed many lives and property recently at Komkom town in the Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The Senate expressed worry over the inability of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Petroleum Pricing, and Monitoring Company, to replace the 40-year pipelines.

It urged federal government-owned oil firms and other relevant agencies involved in the oil and gas exploration and exploitation activities to take a holistic survey of their pipelines and replace the aged ones.

No fewer than 15 persons died instantly with over 50 injured while properties worth millions of Naira were consumed by the fire from the Komkom explosion.

The senate also urged all agencies in the oil and gas production sector to improve on the security of the nation’s oil pipelines all over the country and directed the National Emergency Management Agency to visit the scene and provide succour to those affected.

The Senate sympathised with the government and people of Rivers State and particularly the Komkom people over the ugly incident.

Sekibo in his motion had drawn the attention of his colleagues to the discovery of Oil in the Niger Delta area of the country in 1957. He said the discovery was a huge blessing to the nation as it was a major source of the nation’s major revenue.

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