Following the explosion in an illegal refining site, the Imo state government, on Friday, said that it had activated mechanisms to end illegal refining in oil-bearing communities in the state.
This was made known by the commissioner for petroleum resources, Goodluck Opiah.
Recall that not fewer than 100 lives were lost at a forest in Abaezi community in the Ohaji Egbema local government area of the state last Friday night, where illegal refining of crude oil were taking place.
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Opiah stated that the Hope Uzodinma lead government will clampdown on all illegal refining site in the state and call for the people involvement in the fight.
“In as much as the challenges always encountered in the fight against illegal oil bunkering are stubborn, they are also very much surmountable.
“In other words, illegal oil bunkering can be effectively stopped. But then, this can only be achieved through strong commitment and collaboration between the people and government,” he said.