Okrika Community Demands Remedy For NNPC Pipeline Leakage

The people of Ibuluya Community in Okrika Local Government Area have called on the government to come to their aid as the community is on time bomb following the incessant leakage of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) gas pipeline in the area.

The Central Community Development Committee (CDC) chairman of the Local Government, Comrade Temaso Sekibo Benjamin who disclosed this to our correspondent at Okrika said with the recent explosion of the pipeline in the area, aquatic life and other source of livelihood had been affected, thereby posing a great danger to the people.

Comrade Temaso Sekibo Benjamin opined that the entire environment has been polluted as the fisher-folk including those whose source of income is from sale of periwinkle, oyster, and other species are facing serious hardship.

According to him, this is the fifth time the community is experiencing such disaster within two years, and expressed dismay over the lackadaisical attitude by the company over their response to the pipeline. He call for an immediate remediation to repair or replace the outdated pipelines.

“The neglect by NNPC in response to faulty pipelines in the area that they have been operating for over 50 years, had been a source of worry” he said. He also called for an immediate fumigation of the community to avoid airborne disease and loss of lives with covid-19 pandemic in the state.

He however enjoined the people of the area to remain calm and be law abiding as efforts were being intensified to ameliorate their suffering through dialogue.

Meanwhile, our correspondent gathered that the pipeline has been cramped as the people of the community are still waiting for the company to effect total change of the old pipes.

It was also learnt that the company had promised to change the pipeline after the lockdown for the safety and healthy environment of the people.

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