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NEWS UPDATE: Gas pipeline explosion: Akwa Ibom community revisits demand for N7.6bn compensation

NEWS UPDATE: Gas pipeline explosion: Akwa Ibom community revisits demand for N7.6bn compensation

Obotim Nsit community in Nsit Ibom local authorities area of Akwa Ibom Province has once again requested N7.6 billion from the 7 Free energy Company, an oil servicing firm as compensation for the havoc caused by the 2016 gas pipeline explosion in the community

The gas pipeline which runs through the community from Ukanafun to Calabar, Cross River Province, exploded at Asang Community High School in the area, killing to a greater extent than 28 people and rendering the solid ground unproductive as alleged.

The village chief of the community, Eteidung Iniobong Akpan spell briefing journalists in Uyo on Thur said his people were still suffering from ticker attacks spell houses are still collapsing as a final result of the incident.

He said the compensation would enable them make clean upwardly the mess that the explosion caused.

The village chief, notwithstanding, called on both the province and federal governments to assist the community.

His words, “We are still requesting N7.6 billion compensation from the company to enable us make clean upwardly the mess. We are also urging the Akwa Ibom and federal authorities to intercede so that we have our lives dorsum.

“Since after the gas pipeline explosion, we have been having series of building collapses and wellness issues, particularly, ticker attacks.

Our rainwater is dark and unfit for consumption as a final result of the gas emissions which is still in the air. We can’t fifty-fifty breathe good air.

The village chief famous that the roof of the school, Asang Community High School where the incident occurred was ripped open and has remained in that province as the oil company operating in the area did not create whatsoever sweat to renovate it, adding that students writing WAEC exams in the school had to halt writing exams to allow the rainfall to halt because of the leaking roofs.

Eteidung Akpan lamented that since the explosion in 2016, the community had not had electricity as the 7 Free energy Company ordered that the transformer be disabled to enable the flame be pose out.

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