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The Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) has allayed fears over a likely fuel scarcity following the pipeline explosion, which occurred on Saturday, at Arepo, Ogun State.

Spokesman for PPMC, Mr. Nasir Imodagbe, called on the state and local government authorities to be directly involved in pipeline protection.

Imodagbe who said the areas affected by the fire would remain shut added  “We have products in the areas that are affected that will take care of the demand in the few days that the pipeline is going to remain shut. Nobody should go into panic buying.”

He said, “We expect that the state government should brace for the challenge. The state government and local authorities should assist in securing the pipeline.The Inspector General of Police has set up a special task force on anti-pipeline vandalism. Local authorities need to work with the police to secure the pipelines. Pipeline vandals are human beings and they live within the communities. People know them".

“Now, why is it always Arepo? What are local authorities doing to stop this? The primary responsibility of NNPC is to make products available and not to be fighting fire all the time.”

the PPMC spokesman stated further that “what is the state government doing? We know what the situation was in Aba. The state government took charge and today the Aba depot is working. We have had challenges in other communities such as Benin and we know the assistance we received from those places".

“Now, why is it always Arepo? What are local authorities doing to stop this? The primary responsibility of NNPC is to make products available and not to be fighting fire all the time.”

Meanwhile, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria has said the security arrangement for the nation’s petroleum pipelines is loose, making it easy for hoodlums to vandalise.

The IPMAN’s South-West Zonal Chairman, Mr. Olumide Ogunmade, who said this on Sunday, described as a national shame the latest pipeline explosion at Arepo in Ogun State, which was caused by the activities of vandals.

About 30 people were feared dead on Saturday at Arepo while siphoning petroleum products from a ruptured NNPC pipeline.

 

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