The residents of Aerodrome Estate, Samonda, Ibadan have called on Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to save them from eminent danger over citing of a gas plant allegedly belonging to Gasland Nigeria Limited within theirl estate.
The residents lamented that despite a letter from Department of Petroleum Reasources (DPR) suspending work from the site of the gas plant, work has resumed again, stressing that the rate at which the construction was going is suspicious.
Addressing journalists in Ibadan during a protest by the residents on Friday, the Vice Chairman, Aerodrome Estate Gome Owners and Residents, Prof. Mojisola Atalabi, stated that governor should wade into the matter before it gets out of hand, adding that as law abiding citizens, they have right to their life and safety.
According to her, “We have our hears on the ground, owner of the plant is boasting that we cannot do anything because they have money, connections and political backup.
“We wrote to the government, we protested, we went to DPR, we went to Ministry of lands, Ministry of environment, and even Ministry of Energy, we were told that something will be done, but the next thing we see is the resumption of work at the site, and they are working both days and night.
A resident in the estate, Arch. Akinkole Babalola said that government shouldn’t have approved for the gas plant, noting that the risk and hazard associated with such plant in the residential area is enormous and devastating.
According to him, one of the guidelines of DPR in citing a gas plant is that the location must passed a suitability test which Gasland has failed.
“We wrote letters and backed it up with documents to convince the government to know the illegality of the gas plant, and government has promised to do something about it, but till now nothing has been done on it.
“We have sent a letter to Ministry of Physical Planning and also the DPR to know what has transpired and the outcome of their findings, and also to know the condition upon resumption of work in the site.”
He however appealed to the state government to considered safety of lives and properties of the residents above other things, saying that the gas plant is very dangerous to the residents.