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Abule-Ado Explosion: Dangote donates N100 million cement to victims

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Dangote Cement Plc has donated N100m worth of cement to the Lagos State government, to support the ongoing reconstruction process at the Abule-Ado area of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government of the state, which was affected by a pipeline explosion last weekend.

The donation was made by the Chairman of Dangote Cement Plc, Aliko Dangote, represented by the Independent Non-Executive Director of Dangote Cement Plc, Mr Emmanuel Ikazoboh, when the Executive Management of the company paid a visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Marina.

The team comprised the immediate past Group Managing Director (GMD) of Dangote Cement Plc, Engr. Joseph Makoju; the new GMD of Dangote Cement Plc, Mr Michel Puchercos; Mr Emmanuel Ikazoboh, and the Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Dangote Industries Limited, Mr Anthony Chiejina.

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Mr Ikazoboh, who on behalf of Dangote, commiserated with Governor Sanwo-Olu over the unfortunate incident caused by the gas explosion, said the Dangote Cement company “would be supporting the reconstruction of the Abule-Ado area with N100 million worth of cement”.

He also formally informed the governor of the change of baton at the helm of the cement manufacturing giant, where Mr. Puchercos recently took over from Mr. Makoju on the retirement of the latter.

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He added that the company, and indeed the whole Dangote Group, would continue to support and collaborate with the Lagos State government in its economic development efforts.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, in his remarks, acknowledged the change in management at Dangote Cement Plc and expressed appreciation at the company’s gesture, which he described as timely.

“We take seriously your level of support because there is a lot of reconstruction going on at Abule-Ado so that normalcy can be restored. We welcome all the support we have gotten.

“I appreciate the Chairman who has said that the Group will continue to support us. On behalf of the Lagos State Government, we thank you for coming to commiserate with us, and for your gesture of support. We also thank all Lagosians and Nigerians who have been coming to support us”, the governor added.

In an incident which resulted in several casualties, some parts of Abule Ado along Badagry/Mile 2 Expressway, Lagos were affected by the pipeline explosion, which occurred at about 8am on Sunday morning. The blast forced several residents and Christian worshipers who had gone to church in the area to scamper for safety.

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Ogun Govt commences works on flood-prone areas

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The Ogun Government on Wednesday said it had commenced palliative works in areas affected by flooding from rainfall in Abeokuta on Friday and Saturday.

The state Commissioner for the Environment, Abiodun Balogun, said this at a press conference in Abeokuta.

Balogun said that the palliatives, which included the fixing of failed bridges, clearance of waterways, and dredging of the water channels, were ongoing in about 16 areas across the metropolis.

The Newsmen reports that areas most affected in Abeokuta include Kuto, Isale-Igbein, Lanfewa, Amolaso, Ijeun-Titun, and Ago-Ijesa.

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Others are Abiola Way, Isale Abetu, Sokori, Igbore, Oke-Mosan, Isale Ake and Adigbe.

The commissioner said that the intervention was meant to bring temporary relief and succor to the affected people before the government embarked on a permanent solution.

He described the downpour as massive with attendant adverse effects.

Balogun said that the damage caused by the flood would have been uncontrollable, but for continuous dredging of waterways in the state.

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“Though the present administration is not interested in demolishing people’s houses, some structures will have to give way.

” Before we demolish any building, which of course will be the last resort, we will talk to those whose structures are around the canal on the need to remove them,” he said.

Balogun assured that regular dredging, conversion of some culverts which have outlived their usefulness to bridges and distilling of drainages would be carried out to allow for free-flow of the drains whenever it rained.

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He said that engineers from the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure and staff from his ministry had assessed the extent of damage by the flood, adding that the report would be useful in developing lasting solutions to the problem.

The commissioner stressed the need for residents to properly dispose of their wastes instead of dumping them on waterways to prevent flooding.

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JUST IN: Seven killed as explosion rocks NNPC facility

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An explosion on Oil Mining Lease 40 operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company has killed seven workers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation announced on Wednesday.

NPDC is the flagship subsidiary of NNPC.

The explosion occurred on Tuesday at the petroleum company’s Benin River Valve Station.

The Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Kennie Obateru, said the BRVS explosion happened at Gbetiokun, OML 40, operated by NPDC.

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He disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja entitled “NNPC Reports Explosion at NPDC’s Benin River Valve Station.”

Obateru 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.”

The national oil firm said a detailed investigation of the cause of the explosion had commenced.

It said 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,” NNPC stated in its statement.

It named the employers as Weld Affairs and Flow Impact, adding that they were consultants to NPDC.

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NNPC said all personnel onboard the platform had been fully accounted for.

Its Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, commiserated with the families of the bereaved.

He prayed that God grants them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delta: Two persons killed in fatal accident as policemen engage man in hot chase (Photos)

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No fewer than two persons have died in a fatal accident that occurred while police officers were chasing a man in Sapele, Delta state on Tuesday, July 7.

According to eyewitnesses, the police officers tried to stop a Benz SUV coming in from Benin city, however, the driver of the vehile refused to stop,  instead he started to reverse.

This forced the police officers to engage him in a hot chase.

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It was during the chase that the police officers allegedly opened fire at his tyres. The driver lost control and rammed into a motorcycle driver and his passenger.

The motorcycle rider identified as Joseph died on the spot while the elderly woman who is said to be a primary school teacher, Mrs. Igho Avwata, died an hour later.

”The police  officers chased the driver from Oleh Road down to Ogorode Road. When they saw that the driver was abit faster than them, they shot one of the tyres of his car. This led to the driver losing control. 

The car hit the bike man who died on the spot. A woman was on top of the bike. She fell off due to the collision. She was rushed to the hospital but could not make it. Also the driver and a female in the car believed to be the  girlfriend of the driver are in pretty bad shape.” an eyewitness said.

The state police command is yet to comment on the unfortunate incident.

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