The Federal Government has been urged to direct the Ecological Fund Office to immediately embark on erosion control measures at the erosion sites in Umunwanwa to prevent the disaster that shall occur in the area if nothing is done immediately. This is sequel to a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Representative. Sam Ifeanyi Onuigbo representing Ikwuano/Umuahia North/South Federal Constituency of Abia State, titled by ” Call on Federal Government to immediately take actions to prevent a calamity waiting to happen in UMUNWANWA, UMUOPARA, in UMUAHIA SOUTH LGA OF ABIA STATE. In his lead debate the lawmaker explained that the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) pipeline passing through umunwanwa a town in Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State has been devasted by severe erosion menace.
Onuigbo further added that destructive effects of erosion in Umunwanwa are threatening lives, property, and economic activities in the area. “Coupled with this threat is the danger that the PPMC pipeline that passes through Umunwanwa has been precariously exposed by the erosion, leaving it open to explosion at the slightest of impacts”.
According to him, the ugly petroleum pipeline explosion that resulted in the deaths of about 250 people in Osisioma, in Osisioma Local Government Area of Abia State in 2018, was reported to have exhibited similar dangerous signals which were brought to the attention of the Federal Government and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) or its subsidiary, the PPMC, but such warning alerts and several calls to act to prevent the deadly incident that happened were ignored or neglected.
Onuigbo pointed out that few months after he brought this issue before the Honourable House on October 23rd, 2018, there was a pipeline explosion on at Kom Kom, in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State on the 22nd of June 2009 which claimed scores of lives, which indicates the persistent dangers of pipeline explosions to Nigerian citizens.
He further expressed worry that similar alerts that had been given to the Federal Government and its agencies such as the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) to carry out its responsibilities in order to prevent the occurrences of the tragedies of Osisioma, Oyigbo, among others, have always fallen on deaf ears . The former chairman house committee on climate change in the 8th Assembly stated that Umunwanwa was sitting on a literal keg of gun powder except the Federal Government immediately takes measures to defuse this, ” the looming mass death of those Nigerian citizens might as well be equated to a government-sanctioned execution”.
He prevailed on the government to move away from the ritual of disasters foretold, to a ritual of disasters prevented because every Nigerian life matters.
Unanimously adopting the motion the lawmakers resolved to call on the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources to direct the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC) and the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) to take immediate measures to prevent any calamity likely to result from not taking action from the exposure of the pipeline in the affected area. They thereafter Mandated the House Committees on Climate Change, Environment, and Petroleum Downstream to visit the erosion sites in Umunwanwa and make recommendations to the House within four weeks on measures to be adopted to ensure a permanent solution to the erosion problems and the exposure of the pipelines and threat to lives, properties, and economic activities in the area…………
EROSION SITES AT UMUNWANWA IN UMUAHIA SOUTH LGA OF ABIA STATE