By; SAMSON YAKI, Lafia
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has donated millions of Naira worth of medical supplies containing burn dressing materials, fluids, antibiotics, anti malarial drugs and multi vitamins to the victims of the recent gas explosion that led to loss of lives and property in Lafia the Nasarawa State capital.
NNPC led by the Group Executive Director Corporate Services Isa Inuwa, made this donation at Government House, Tuesday, in Lafia.
Mr. Inuwa sympathized with Governor and people of Nasarawa State on the sad incident that led to loss of live and property due to a gas explosion.
He condoled the victims, the families of the deceased and all the people of Nasarawa state over the very sad and unfortunate tragedy, praying that the souls of the departed rest in peace and God grant the families fortitude to bear the loss, praying that such an calamity never happens again in any community.
The Executive Director describe the sad incident in Lafia as an eye opener to the hazards associated with the increase in the usage of gas, calling on relevant regulatory agencies to ensure enforcement of the standards needed for safe handling of volatile products.
He stated that the NNPC as a responsible corporate citizen and as a leader in the oil and Gas sector has deemed it fit to donate a consignment of medicine and medical supplies to the government and people of Nasarawa state towards the treatment and care of the victim of the gas explosion.
On his own part Governor Tanko Almakura commended the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for its efforts at Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and efforts at supporting the unity and wellbeing of the citizens of Nigeria.
He appreciated the show of sympathy and quick response and CSR the NNPC had done, describing them as an organization that that was highly looked upon and their actions have reassured them that the NNPC was their brothers’ keepers and a true promoter of national unity ready to show their concern for national unity.
The Governor disclose that there was a need to join hands together in issues that related to the setting up of stations and plants that deal with volatile petroleum products, as a means of reducing the hazards such as the most recent one, calling for a review of the licenses that would be given to outfits handling petroleum products.
He disclosed that he had directed that review of the licenses and conditions given to such outfits, that they would have to be at least 100 meters away from the nearest settlement.
He further asked that they look into the distance from the main road and the gas stations as they were mostly very close to the main roads, which are very dangerous for road users who would be affected should anything go wrong.
The Governor appreciated the management of the NNPC for the unrelenting efforts they were making towards the economic viability of the country, especially the efforts in prospecting for oil and gas in Keana, Obi and Doma LGAs of the state assuring them that the state was every ready to work with them towards their success.