The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Downstream, Hon.. Dagogo Peterside, Monday disclosed that the activities of pipelines vandals across the country were adversely affecting the unhindered distribution of petroleum products in the country and by extension, the social and economic lives of Nigerians.
Peterside, alongside other members of the committee, who were in Makurdi, Benue State to investigate the state of the pipeline and petroleum depot, revealed that the depot was in a state of dilapidation, while also calling on Governor Gabriel Suswam to help in reviving the abandoned deport.
In his reply, Suswam told the committee that the persistent squabbles among the Nigerian political class was impacting negatively on the lives of Nigerians.
“Regrettably, we do not care about the impact of our actions on the ordinary citizens of our country because we have jettisoned our responsibilities to our people all because we want to play politics.
“Of course, we must play politics, but the issue shouldn’t be whether one is of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or whatever name, our primary concern should be how to address the challenges facing our country and by extension, better the lot of our people who freely gave us their mandate in the first place.
“As politicians, we are collectively and individually guilty of this and the earlier we start shunning those acts that divide us as a people, the better for our country and the ordinary Nigerian in the streets.” The governor further urged members of the committee to set aside their political differences and come up with decisive action and recommendations to address the unending vandalism of petroleum pipelines in some parts of the country.
“Government had expended huge resources to build pipelines and deports around the country but they are lying waste today because of the activities of vandals, and we must find ways to check the menace,” he said.
Information from This Day was used in this report.