Following the ugly incident that occurred in Osisioma Ngwa communities of Abia State, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has appealed to the host communities to help stem the spate of vandalism of oil pipeline which took place recently. The appeal came as calm and normalcy have returned to the communities.
According to NNPC’s Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, preliminary reports of the fire incident which recorded some fatalities and loss of properties affirmed that the inferno resulted from the activities of vandals who had breached System 2Ex Pipeline Right of Way (PROW) in Ososioma.
The NNPC spokesperson explained that the confirmation of items such as jerrycans, among others, at the scene of the incident by the report, indicated that the activities of vandals in the area ignited the flame.
Ughamadu quoted the NNPC Group Managing Director, Dr. Maikanti Baru, as saying that the incessant vandalism of pipeline facilities along System 2Ex PROW has prevented the corporation from pumping fuel to the Enugu Depot which has remained underutilized despite its recent rehabilitation by the corporation.
Dr. Baru lamented the loss of lives and properties in the inferno which occurred in the wee hours at Umuaduru and Umuimo communities both in Osisioma Ngwa, in Abia State.
The GMD appealed to host communities to collaborate with the corporation to tame oil pipeline vandalism in their areas. The NNPC boss thanked the State fire servicemen and NNPC officials for their prompt response which rapidly brought the situation under control.