The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has reported seven fatalities in an explosion incident which occurred at Gbetiokun, Oil Mining Lease (OML 40), operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), its subsidiary.
The corporation disclosed this in a statement signed by its spokesman Dr Kennie Obateru, in Abuja on Wednesday.
NPDC operates the OML on behalf of the lcrest Joint Venture.
He said the incident, which occurred on Tuesday during the installation of a ladder on a platform (Benin River Valve Station) for access during discharging of Gbetiokun production, unfortunately caused seven fatalities.
He added that investigation on the cause of the explosion had commenced, while the Department of Petroleum Resources had been duly notified and Form 41 was being prepared for the industry regulator as required in circumstances of this nature.
“The bodies of casualties have been deposited in a morgue in Sapele, while families of the personnel involved are being contacted by their employers: Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, which are consultants to NPDC,” he said.
He noted that all personnel on board the platform had been fully accounted for adding that the NNPC Group Managing Director, Malam Mele Kyari, had commiserated with the families of the bereaved.
He noted that Kyari prayed that God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones.
Edited By: Cecilia Odey/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Edo 2020: PDP Chieftain, Afegbua, pledges support for APC’s Ize-Iyamu
Afegbua stated this on Monday in Benin while responding to his purported suspension by the PDP on Sunday.
According to him, “I remain unequivocal and unflinching about my support for Ize-Iyamu.
“I will ensure that I mobilise enough votes for him in the four wards of Okpella.
“Having earlier described me as inconsequential, I am wondering why they now suddenly remember that I am relevant to warrant my suspension.
“I am actually waiting for their expulsion in good time. My votes cannot be suspended or expelled. My thumb is my power,” he said.
In the statement signed by the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr Chris Nehikhare, the party said Afegbua was suspended for one month by the leadership of the party in his ward 5, Okpella in Etsakor East Local Government area of the state.
The party said that Afegbua was suspended with effect from Aug. 2 after having been found guilty of anti-party activities.
“The state Chairman, Dr Tony Aziegbemi, has directed the local government chairman to set up a disciplinary committee to investigate the allegations of anti-party activities levelled against him.
“The composition of the disciplinary committee will be announced in due course,” the party said.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
Exercise OKUN ALAFIA II records success 11 days after flag off
The 30-day exercise was started on July 24.
The Fleet Commander said that the successes were based on the collaboration between the Navy and the Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) facilities which made vectore, intercept and interrogation easier.
He also said that four suspects were arrested along with 8x50litres jerry cans filled with PMS in additiin to several other empty jerry cans.
“These arrests were made between July 27 and Aug. 3 at Idi-Mango in Abule Glass Akaraba area,” he said.
He said that the Nigerian Navy would not relent in its efforts until it had provided the necessary and conducive environment for law abiding members of the public to carry out their legitimate maritime-related business.
“Based on operation posture of Western Naval Command underlined by foregoing successes against perpetrators of criminalities within the nation’s maritime environment,I hereby restate that the Nigerian Navy will not rest to its oars until it has provided necessary conducive environment for law abiding members of the public to carry out legitimate theurtheir maritime-re business.
“May I further request that as partners in progress, members of the public are free to divulge credible information to the units in your localities to enable it to get rid of all forms of criminalities,” he said.
He said eight ships, two helicopters and a detachment of NN Special Boat Service (SBS) participated in the exercise.
NAN reports that the Command had earlier engaged in a series of exercises and operations such as: OPERATION JUNCTION RAIN, EXERCISE SWIFT RESPONSE, EXERCISE ATEGUN ALAFIA, EXERCISE OKUN ALAFIA I, TREASURE GUARD II .
Edited By: Josephine Obute/Peter Dada (NAN)
NNPC mourns former GMD, Dawha
The corporation disclosed in a statement issued by its Spokesman, Dr kennie Obateru, in Abuja, on Monday, that Dawha died after a brief illness.
The GMD, Malam Mele Kyari, expressed shock over the sudden death of Dawha.
Kyari said that the NNPC family gravely mourned Dawha’s death as he provided astute leadership and made immense contributions to the progress of corporation.
He described his death as a great loss to not only NNPC but also Nigeria as a whole.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)
Inauguration of EDHA members- elect will be prioritised- Ize-Iyamu
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the All Progressives candidate in the Edo Sept. 19 governorship election says he will give priority to the inauguration of the Edo House of Assembly (EDHA) if elected governor of the state.
Ize-Iyamu stated this when he received decampees from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Ovia North East Local Government Area of the state on a visit in Benin on Monday.
Ize-Iyamu said that it was difficult for development to take place in the state when some seats were vacant at the house of assembly.
He said that his administration would also revamp projects abandoned in the state by the present administration for the benefit of the people.
He noted that the present administration had closed the College of Education in Ovia North East Local Government Area that would have brought development to the council.
“College of Agriculture, Iguorikhi, College of Education, would be revamped, anything that would benefit our people will not be closed.
“We are into politics so that people will progress through good governance,” he said.
He also said: “I don’t support thuggery and oppression of our people, only government officials wearing uniforms will be allowed to collect taxes.
“We must look for jobs for the thugs in the motor parks and markets. You cannot solve one problem and create another problem in the long run”.
Earlier, Mr Vincent Uwadiae, member-elect, EDHA, from Ovia North East Constituency 2, who presented the decampees to the Edo APC governorship candidate said that more opposition members would decamp to the party.
Uwadiae said that the decampees from opposition parties in his local government area were ready to support Ize-Iyamu to victory in the Sept. 19 governorship election.
Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)