Vanguard (Lagos)

1 February 2013

Nigeria: NEMA Warns On Dangers of Pipeline Vandalism

The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA, has warned Nigerians against the dangers associated with pipeline vandalism.

NEMA stated that inhaling petroleum products is dangerous to the environment as it causes ailments like stomach upset, nausea, vomiting and coughing. The agency has therefore urged advised Nigerians beware and report the activities of vandals as well as spilling of petroleum products.

It also advised Nigerians to seek further medical tests and treatment against complications arising from the hazardous nature of oil spills..

NEMA Information Officer South West, Ibrahim Farinloye in a press statement said the warning became necessary as a result of distress calls from residents of Oluwole Bisiriyu street, Ilori Coker crescent, Kayode Williams Estate and Akute-Odo areas in Iju-Ishaga, Lagos and Ogun States over environmental pollution as a result of pipeline vandalism which occurred last weekend.

"Residents complained of serious stomach upset, nausea and coughing. On getting the alert, NEMA mobilised the safety personnel of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC, on the development and are almost fixing the ruptured pipeline located under Ogun River.

Residents of these areas are strongly enjoined to avoid consumption and usage of the river-water in the next three weeks. Furthermore, the residents are also advised to seek further medical test, advise and treatment as a long time measure against complications.

"However, the Federal Government pleas that communities and residents of any disaster risks areas should join hands in disaster risk reduction management as the immediate and long time effects of disasters are mostly inflicting negative impacts on the poor and less privileged," he said.

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