The Nigerian Senate on Wednesday blamed the recent pipeline explosion in Umuimo and Umuaduru communities in Osisioma Ngwa council area of Abia State on Friday, October 12, on negligence on the part of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation NNPC as well as the Department of Petroleum Resources DPR.
According to the senators, the explosion which resulted in the death of over 150 persons would have been prevented if the regulatory agencies had performed their duties.
While speaking on the explosion which came under Order 42 and 52, Senator Victor Umeh said it was regrettable because people have refused to do their jobs.
“NNPC and DPR are supposed to do monitor these issues. Scooping oil should not be allowed. From the incident, it is clear the leakages were reported but those in charge ignored these reports,” he said.
Senator Mao Ohuabunwa in his submission called for a thorough investigation into the explosion.
“I want to say it was a gory site. I saw human lives charred like rats. This is due to the negligence of PPMC and DPR. We have lost premium on human lives. This calls for serious investigation. The committee on downstream should investigate this,” he said.
In his ruling on the matter, Senate President Bukola Saraki said the senate would immediately constitute an investigative committee to ascertain the real reasons behind the pipeline leak and explosion.
“As we go into the prayers to look into how we can truly come up with resolutions, we need to show that lives do matter in this country and make this a very good example of that, I say this to those committees we’ve referred this to because from the presentations and those who have contributed, this is just clear negligence on the part of those who are responsible and could have prevented the loss of lives of 150 people who have died.
“Those who will finally agree to look into this matter should treat it with the seriousness that it deserves. The Committee on Petroleum Resources and Police Affairs should perform a proper investigation and recommendation,” he said.