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NGC sensitises communities on dangers of encroaching gas pipeline

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Residents of host communities to Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) in Etsako Central Council, Edo State, yesterday, expressed readiness to protect NGC facilities in their communities to reduce incident of fire outbreak and loss of lives.

The residents gave the assurance during a visit by the NGC sensitisation campaign train on the dangers of gas pipelines and right of way encroachment/vandalism at Fugar, Etsako Central Council.

The Okphe-Ukpi of Ivhiunone clan, Emmanuel Ogah, who received the NGC staff during the visit, expressed appreciation for the campaign, noting that they would do everything within their capacities to give maximum protection to NGC facilities.

He said: “The awareness campaign is a very good one because you are trying to be proactive. But like I keep telling NGC, the pipelines are very old. They keep getting ruptured.

The best thing for the Federal Government to do, if they say they don’t have money, is to fix those old sections of the pipelines that traverse the communities and leave those ones that are not in the communities. We all know that these pipelines are over forty years old.”

At the event, monarchs including the Oghie Avhianwu Clan, Jackson Etokhana, and the Okpe-Ukpi of Iraokhor, Thomas Ilogho in separate remarks commended the firm for helping the people to be more aware of the dangers involved in encroaching on gas pipeline right of way.

Managing Director of NGC Warri, Seyi Omotowa, who was represented by the firm’s Public Affairs Manager, Mr. Darlington Samuel, advised those who are farming and building houses on gas pipelines right of way to desist from such actions.

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