Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Pipeline fire: residents call for link road

24 December 2012, 13:01

Lagos - Residents of Ijeododo in Ojo Local Government, Lagos State, have appealed to relevant authorities to provide road along the pipeline linking the community with the Badagry expressway.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Sunday that provision of such road would prevent vandals from tampering with the pipelines.

NAN reports that there was a pipeline explosion in the community on Dec. 17, which took men of the Fire service and others, five days to put out.

The explosion site was close to the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex on Badagry express way.

However, there was no casualty, according to Mr Ibrahim, Farinloye, the Public Relations Officer of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) South West zone.

The residents said the provision of good road would expose the pipelines and prevent it being further vandalised.

Mr Sabinus Igbozulike, an environmental protection practitioner, told NAN that the permanent solution was to create a thorough fare from Ijeododo to Abule Ado end of the pipeline.

"This will secure the pipeline permanently as human and vehicular traffic on the road will deter vandals of any sort," he said.

He said that the swampy terrain and lack of access to Abuleado "created a safe haven for criminals and vandals".

Commenting on the environmental effect of the disaster, Igbozulike said that the recurring disaster was creating acid rain.

"This recurring disaster creates acid rain, which has affected vegetation and has caused roofs to roast and develop holes."

He added that the community was already battling with respiratory tract infection caused by the previous disaster.

Mr Sunday Bienose, a dispatch rider, urged the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation to concentrate on filling up the swamp to create a road.

"The resources expended on fighting fire annually can be used to sand filling the swamp and make the place accessible," he said.

He observed that if the place could be made accessible, vandals would find it difficult breaking pipes.

Mr Segun Alara, a lecturer, who resides in Agaye, close to the site, said that the community had been in blackout since the incident.

"Each time such a disaster occurs, it takes more than seven months for us to have electricity which has just begun," the lecturer said.

He said that residents were made to pay N7 000 per house last year to clear electricity fault.

Alara feared that they might be asked to pay again before the power could be restored to the area.

A resident who pleaded anonymity told NAN that the leadership and stakeholders in oil sector should be alive to their responsibilities.

"The leadership of the community should be held responsible for the recurring disaster as the vandals are not far away," he said.

- NAN

Tags lagos
NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Tque Majolagbe
Much ado about GDP rebasing

Over the years, successive governments in Nigeria have always bamboozled us with great terminologies such as GDP, per capita and other macroeconomic indices. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
Who massacred the Fulani In Keana...

The chronology of the events that lead up to the attack on the Fulani settlement in Nasarawa State which left up to 30 people dead. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
#XYZMassacre: We want A Revolutio...

Which massacre? Yobe? Borno? Adamawa? Plateau? Katsina? Kaduna? Benue? Nasarawa? The hashtag, “#XYZmassacre” has become the inevitably appropriate marker for the Nigerian holocaust.  Read more...

Issues in the Boko Haram alleged ...

Like wild fire in the harmmatan season, the news of the invasion of the State Security Service office at the Headquarters in Abuja broke out and spread. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
That's a booby trap - President J...

Goodluck Jonathan challenged Nigerians to advocate a "realistic and practicable" law that would not be “a booby trap” for anyone. Read more...

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah
The 100 military uniform clad ‘Fu...

About 100 so-called Fulani herdsmen dressed in army uniforms, riding motorcycles or driving in convoys and ravaging towns across Nigeria; killing all in sight and setting the towns ablaze. Read more...