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Follow due process always – Ogun Govt To Gas Operators

Ogun State government has advised gas operators to follow due process before laying gas pipelines and optic fibres on road setbacks, to promote the harmonious development of the physical environment within the state.

The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Olatunji Odunlami gave the advice during a stakeholders’ meeting with Gas Pipeline Operators and allied companies, at the ministry’s Conference Room in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Mr Odunlami who noted that the step became imperative for the operators to regularly update the ministry on their activities, said such information could be considered when further projects especially road extensions and construction of drainages were being executed by the government or private establishments.

He explained that the ministry’s regulatory responsibilities covered all developments within the state, whether on land or under the ground, saying a database of gas pipelines and optic fibres has been instituted.

The commissioner added that the database would be included in the preparation of the Master Plan for different areas of the state.

Responding, the representative of Nigerian Downstream Mainstream Petroleum Regulating Agency, Mr Oluwafemi Adebowale appreciated the decision of the ministry on regular review of permits and approval along the routes to avoid conflicts, calling on the operators to promptly carry out their activities in accordance with the dictates of the government.

Olusegun Folarin

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