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Bayelsa Condoles With Agip Facility Explosion Victims

Posted: Jul 12, 2015 at 7:23 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma,Yenagoa

The Bayelsa State Government has condoled with the families of the 12 persons who were killed in the tragic pipeline explosion on Thursday, July 9,2015, at the Clough Creek Tebidaba-Azuzuama trunk line operated by the  Nigeria Agip Oil Company.

This was contained in a press statement on Sunday, July 12, 2015, in Yenagoa by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Esueme Dan-Kikile.

He said the state government also sympathized with victims who sustained injuries as well as the affected host communities.

Dan-Kikile, however, assured them of the government’s adequate support towards the treatment and recovery of the injured.

“Government uses this opportunity to condole with the families of the deceased on this tragic loss.

“Government also sympathizes with the injured persons and affected communities and assures them of adequate support towards the treatment and recovery of the injured”, he said.

Dan-Kikile also said the government was working with relevant agencies to ensure a comprehensive investigation and to unravel the cause and circumstances leading to the explosion.

“We will also determine and undertake appropriate measures to fully address this tragedy and to prevent future occurrence”,  he  added.

He appealed to immediate communities in the area for their co-operation in the efforts to properly address the disaster and its consequences.

Although,12 persons were reported to have been burnt beyond recognition  in the Agip facility explosion, the Bayelsa State Government put the number of deaths at 13.

“The incident resulted in the death of 13 persons, including an Assistant Chief Scientific Officer with the Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment, who was part of the joint investigation team (JIT) that went to inspect the spill site and to monitor the management of the spill.

“At least two persons rescued from the scene of the incident are receiving treatment for severe burns”, Dan-Kikile explained.

The team included  representatives of Agip,  National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Department of Petroleum Resources ( DPR), Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment, security personnel and  the host communities.

They were said to be carrying out a Joint Investigation Visit on a previous oil spill incident on the pipeline when the explosion occurred and resulted in a huge fire.

However, a list of the JIV team members made available to newsmen showed that apart from an official of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Environment, a representative of NOSDRA, six workers of a pipeline maintenance firm, M.G. Vogas Nigerian Limited, and two Agip workers were killed in the inferno.