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Rivers govt orders residents to vacate area for safety

By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT— Persons living within two hundred meters radius of the Oyigbo North Non- Associated Gas (NAG) plant have been ordered to relocate from the place on health grounds.

Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi gave the directive when he inspected  areas within the Non-Associated Gas Facility in Umuebulu, Oyigbo Local Government Council.

The Governor, who said it was his primary duty to protect lives and property of persons in the state noted that those  living within the gas facility were exposed to serious life threatening situations, adding that he asked the Chairman, Oyigbo local government to ensure the residents comply with the directive.

Governor Amaechi, who was conducted round the facility by SPDC staff also asked the Commissioner for Urban Development to evaluate the properties as a prelude to demolition of the structures.

Commenting on the risk involved in living within the gas facility, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Mohammad Barkindo, described the scenario as a “disaster waiting to happen”.

The NNPC Group Managing Director, who accompanied Governor Amaechi on the inspection said the corporation loses about 90mscf of gas per day to the habitation of the facility by the people, since according to him, “the facility had to be closed down for about two years now”, to avert any possible disaster.

He called on the residents to assist the state government in averting the crises by vacating the area, while assuring that the NNPC and its joint venture partners will work with the state government to make the process risk free.


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