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Senate committee blames FG for Rivers tanker Fire

16 July 2012, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Senator Magnus Abe led Committee on Petroleum Resources (Downstream) has blamed last Thursday’s tanker inferno in which 98 people lost their lives at Okobie, in Ahoada West, Rivers State, on the alleged neglect of oil pipelines by the Federal Government.

Senator Magnus Abe (PDP, Rivers) described the incident as avoidable, adding that the government can no longer afford to ignore investments in pipeline infrastructure to transport petroleum products across the country.

“This unfortunate incident offers us another opportunity to address the critical issue of our pipelines. As we mourn, let’s also pray that God give us wisdom and courage to address issues of our pipelines so that this incident will be the last of its kind in our country.

“Moving petroleum products in small quantities by tankers over long distances is simply too expensive, too dangerous and financially unsustainable in the long term,” Abe said.

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  • We think it will help the situation better if those in government focused more attention on finding a solution to the perennial pipeline fire disaster that continue to claims hundreds of lives each that there is an occurrence.

  • Dear Senator Abe,
    You are now a in position to make laws that can change the furtune of Nigeria using our oil resourses. No more lamentations, Senator.
    Globally oil and gas business is private sector oriented. Governement can invest, but not to own the whole industry.
    Petroleum products pipline is a transportation business for the private sector to invest. Let the Femi Otedolas invest in Pipelines. I learnt that he has a huge tankfarm somewhere at Ibafon. Tankfarm and Pipelines go together. Make laws to compel the Otedolas to invest in Pipelines.It is a better honour than arranging to offer bribe.