…Urge residents to shun falsehood
The Asiwaju of Kirikiri and Apapa, Chief Babatunde Shabi, has faulted the recent media report that the gas project of Techno Gas is a threat to Kirikiri residents.
In his words, he stated that the gas project is not located in a residential area but industrial area approved by the government. He called on the residents to see the project as a great opportunity of gainful employment for youths and development of the community.
Chief Shabi urged the people of the community to shun falsehood being spread across as regard to recent publication in one of the national dailies on the activities of depot owners, containers and Techno Gas in the community.
Chief Shabi, while speaking with journalists said that some people in partnership with some leaders in the community had deceived the community and government functionaries on the activities of these oil tank farms and gas operations.
The community leaders described the allegation as hearsay and baseless. “The gas plant owners got all regulatory approval from the authorities after meeting up with all the safety procedures in oil and gas industries”.
He noted that the Techno Gas was situated at the industrial area of the town not at the residential area which cannot be a threat to the people.
According to him, “The presence of techno gas and other oil farms depot in Kirikiri town is a good omen as it has reduced the crime rate and contribute to the economic progress of the State, while some of our youths were gainfully employed with the companies providing social amenities, like constructions, rehabilitations of roads as part of their social responsi-bilities.”
Chief Shabi described the Kirikiri Town Stakeholders Association (KTSHA) as an association formed to pursue self interest agenda. He added that the only recognized and reputable organization in is Kirikiri Town Community Development Association which comprises of all the 3 Community Development associations (CDAs) and elders’ foundation forum.
He stressed that the KTSHA mentioned in the said publication was an emergency association packaged by one disgruntle element to cause trouble in the community.
The same association has written several petitions against Depot Owners which has led to the shutdown of tank farms resulting in scarcity of kerosene and cause hunger.
According to Chief Shabi, “They wrote several petitions full of lies to ministry of environment (LASEPA), but the petition was disowned after the officials discovered that it was just a baseless report and was asked to tender an apology to all the people.”
He stated that, contrary to the falsehood claims by the disgruntle elements that there is a crisis in Kirikiri town, describing the said information as baseless, misleading and practical work of the evil people who want to cause chaos within the community.
Asiwaju said, “The residents of Kirikiri have been enjoying relative peace over the years with all the Oil tank farm Owners”.
Also, One of the residents who claim anonymous described the disgruntled elements as insane and busybody people who need close medical examination.
Majority of the residents who spoke with our correspondents condemned those who want to cause chaos in the community saying they are after money and material things that they are not fighting for the masses but for their personal gains as the concerned resident are contented with the activities of the Oil tank Owners and Techno Gas, and the companies are aimed at bringing development and progress to the community.
However, all other investors are scared of implementing investment favorable to the community following threat of attack by disgruntled elements.
The community leaders warned against illegal gathering and urged the aggrieved parties to desist from any attempt to destroy people’s reputation by causing trouble.
He charged them to embrace dialogue and that it is better for them to leave the community as they are not residents and should allow peace to reign in the community.