NEMA says the no compensation move will serve as a deterrent to pipelines vandals.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, on Thursday said that the federal government will not pay compensation for structures demolished by the Nigeria National Petroleum Commission, NNPC, for obstructing pipelines’ right of way.
The Public Relations Officer in South West Zonal Office of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, said in Lagos that the action would check
vandalism of pipelines.
He said that those illegal structures constituted “serious obstruction” to the pipelines’ right of way across the country.
“Those structures contravened government policy and the Act establishing the pipelines network.
“With the dastardly act of vandals, government decided to take this decisive action to clear the area of illegal structures and establish
the right of way.
“The mandate is to clear obstructions up to 13 metres of the pipelines,” he said.
Mr. Farinloye said that those found guilty of building illegal structures along the pipelines should be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others.
He said that the demolition was necessary to remove bad elements from the community.
The NEMA spokesman said that houses demolished would be monitored to ensure that they were not reconstructed.
“Since they are aware of what they did was illegal, I don’t think that they will return to the spot again.
“We are going to be part of the monitoring team as stakeholder to ensure that pipeline vandalism is finally addressed in the country,” he said.