Written by on July 12, 2019


Senate Committee on Pipeline Vandalism

The Senate Committee on Pipeline Explosion has visited the site of the July 4 pipeline fire in Ijegun, Alimosho Local Government area of Lagos State on an assessment and fact-finding mission.

The pipeline fire was reportedly caused by activities of vandals siphoning fuel from the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC pipelines in the area.

Before going to Ijegun, members of the Committee paid a courtesy call on Governor Babajide Sanwoolu at the Lagos House in Ikeja.
The Governor thanked the leadership of the Senate for the swift response to the pipeline fire which is a national issue.

Governor Sanwo-Olu  said complaints over the recurring vandalism of the pipeline have been made many times and expressed optimism that the resolution of the Committee would bring up lasting solutions to the matter.

“Something urgent needs to be done, We cannot continue to let these economic saboteurs to continue to have collateral damages that will affect people that know nothing about their activities, we are hopeful that since this ad-hoc committee has been set up, we are hopeful that the solutions and the suggestions that would be coming out would bring about a lasting solution, because for us, we need to put this behind us” Sanwo-Olu said .

The Governor gave the Committee a pictorial and written report already gathered by the State Government to further help the Committee in its mission.

In an interview with newsmen, the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ibrahim Gobir said that the Senate has been working tirelessly to put an end to incidents of pipeline explosion in parts of the Country.
The Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Solomon Adeola who raised the motion  that the Committee which was established to probe the explosion in Komkom, Rivers should also capture the Ijegun incident said efforts would be intensified to enlighten and educate residents and communities to be vigilant and report suspected persons to the appropriate authorities.

Adeola said: ” What we are talking about is the nation’s assets and its resources. Despite our challenges as it affects the resources of this nation, this wastage which the vandals have embarked upon ,will further deplete the natural resources of this country because these vandals go round doing this all under the means of economic survival and this must be put to check and we must look for a way, by way of legislation or collaborative effort with the executive to put an end to incessant vandalism happening in parts of the country.

We are trying to propagate community policing and alerting people living in such areas to be alert to strange movement within their community pending the time a lasting solution is proffered.

For now, we will embark on sensitisation programmes and calling on all communities where pipelines are laid to be very vigilant  and watch out for the that they can notify security operatives at the appropriate time pending the time the Federal Government would proffer a lasting solution to the problem”

The Senate had also advised the NNPC as well as the Pipeline and product Marketing Company, PPMC to review the security architecture of its pipeline as well as consider the engagement of local communities and vigilantes to protect pipelines from vandals.

COV/Omolara Omosanya

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