FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), OMOKU PRESS RELEASE
FEDERAL COLLEGE OF EDUCATION (TECHNICAL), OMOKU
GAS SPILLAGE HITS FCE(T) OMOKU PERMANENT SITE, STAFF AND STUDENTS DESERT COLLEGE FOR FEAR OF EXPLOSION
Academic and Administrative Activities have been paralysed at the Permanent Site (Campus II) of the Federal College of Education (Technical) Omoku, Rivers State, following gas spillage emanating from OB/OB gas pipeline in the area.
The burst NPS-18 MAOP-85 BARG gas pipeline owned by the Indroma Eleme fertilizer and chemical limited Port Harcourt Rivers State passes through the heart of the College Permanent Site (Campus II) along Obrikom Road, Omoku.
The affected area which houses the College Directorate of Degree programme in affiliation with University of Nigeria, Nssuka (UNN) and many other schools of study, Directorates, Departments, laboratories, units, staff offices, etc. has thousands of students and staff.
The spillage which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday June 27, 2018 through Monday July 2nd 2018 forced lecturers, staff, students, traders and visitors to desert the campus for fear of explosion.
The ugly incident apart from disruption of regular activities and posing health and environmental hazards has destroyed many College farms and fish ponds, students demonstration farms as well as degradation of College environment.
Students of the College led by the SUG President, Hon. Eze Nwaneme Emmanuel skeptical of their safety in the institution on Friday June 29, 2018 staged a peaceful demonstration calling on the Management of Nigeria Agip Oil Company Limited and Indoroma Eleme Fertilizer and Chemical Limited to do the needful as the College was not safe for learning due to the Gas spillage which has been reoccurring.
Addressing the protesting students, the Provost of the College, Dr. Emmanuel Ikenyiri who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Pac Ordu thanked them for a peaceful demonstration and disclosed that College management had contacted the companies concerned.
Dr. Ikenyiri, however appealed to both the Federal and Rivers State governments, multinational companies, corporate bodies, philanthropic organizations and individuals to come to the aid of the College, as gas spillage in an academic environment is a risk to human lives, lamenting that apart from the destruction of College valuables like farms, fish ponds and other aquatic lives, staff and students cannot breathe fresh air because the gas spillage has saturated the area.
Meanwhile, after an emergency Management meeting attended by the Deputy Provost, Dr. Pac Ordu, the Registrar, Dr. Liverpool Onyije, Bursar, Mr. Chris Goin, College Librarian, Mrs. Nkechi Egesimba, Director of Works, Engr. Nathan Wokocha, the Dean, Students Affairs (DSA), Mr. Mathew Gimba with the Chairman, of the College Academic Staff Union, Pastor Akpos Owesina and the College PRO, Prince Charles Amadike-Otoboh, JP among others in attendance to appraise the situation, staff and students in the affected area were advised to keep off the zone until normalcy is restored.
As at the time of filing this report on Monday 02/07/2018 at 4.00pm, engineers said to be mobilized by Indoroma Eleme Fertilizer and Chemical Limited were seen at the site of the incident battling to stop the leakage.
Prince Charles Amadike-Otoboh, JP