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Buhari will find it difficult to eradicate pipeline vandalism in Niger Delta —Bayelsa monarch

Pipeline vandalism
Pipeline vandalism

NEDU MARK, Yenagoa

The traditional ruler of Oluasiri community, Nembe in Bayelsa state, King Iyerite Awululu has posited that it would be difficult for the President Mahammadu Buhari-led administration to eradicate pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region of the country.

The traditional ruler who admitted, Tuesday, that the activity is making life easier for young jobless Niger Delta youths, noted that while the official pump price of fuel from the NNPC is N87.00 per litre, the one being refined locally within the communities is sold as low as N15.00 per litre, and kerosene N20.00 per litre as against the N200.00 price per litre from NNPC.

The monarch spoke at the commencement of a three-day community-based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Interactive Session on the dangers of oil pipeline vandalism and the resultant environmental effects, organized by the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, (NOSDRA), in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Bayelsa state government which took place in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital.

“We are happy that our boys have the technology to refine these products at affordable price for us in our communities,” said the traditional ruler.

King Awululu further noted that since government and the oil companies have abandoned the oil bearing communities, the people resorted to self help to make life more meaningful for themselves.

Earlier in his address, Director General/Chief Executive , NOSDRA, Sir Peter Idabor said the programme was necessitated by the need to educate and create awareness on the dangers of pipeline vandalism in the state and emphasize the roles and responsibilities of government, operators, host and transit communities , and other relevant stakeholders in addressing the menace, harmonize the relationship between communities and operators.

Idabor who was represented by Mr. Idris Musa, Director of Spill Response in the agency, said the DRR plan was developed by NOSDRA to incorporate and engender an interface with stakeholders that had not been effectively engaged in the effort to curb pipeline vandalism, adding that 25 communities would be covered in the programme.

Declaring the ceremony open, Governor, Seriake Dickson called for concerted action to stop pipeline vandalism.

Represented by the Commissioner for Environment, Barr. Inuiro Wills, Dickson said apart from destroying the environment and constituting economic sabotage against the country, pipeline vandalism is a big threat to National security.

The governor reiterated the commitment of the state government to bringing the oil companies into account for their operations in the state.

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