By Chibisi Ohkah, Abuja

Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) has assured that the pipeline fire last Friday in the Iyana-Odo/Baruwa axis of Lagos state will not disrupt the supply of petroleum nationwide.

Group managing director of the NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, who gave the assurance when he visited the scene of the incident, said the fire incident was as a result of power line collapse on a section of System 2B pipeline within the area.

Represented by managing director, Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr. Isiyaku Abdullahi, the Mele said the visit was to ascertain the extent of the incident.

“We want to assure Nigerians that this incident will not affect the supply and distribution of petroleum products across the country,” he said.

The NNPC boss said that officials were working with the Lagos State government and other relevant authorities to permanently put off the fire.

Reports said that five 330KV Towers supplying power to Akangba/Ikeja West had on Friday collapsed in the locality.

The incident had resulted in blackouts in some parts of Lagos state. Areas of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company affected by the fire incident include Akangba, Amuwo, Apapa, FESTAC, Orile and Yaba. Other areas include Yaba, Ijesha, LUTH, Tejuosho and environs.

Similarly, Ikeja Electric Plc said areas affected under its network were PTC/Isolo, Airport/Isolo, Ajao, Afprint, Aswani, Amukoko, Ijesha, Old Ojo, as well as Jakande and environs.

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