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Thursday, 21 November 2019

GOVT: SONGAS EXPLOSION SOURCE MUST BE KNOWN




From a Correspondent in Mtwara
The Deputy Minister of State  in the Vice President’s Office (Union and Environment) Mr. Musa Sima yesterday  issued a one week ultimatum to the management of  Songas  Station located in Somanga area to explain the cause of an explosion occurred early this month.

Speaking during the tour of southern zone to inspect strategic projects in the regions of Lindi and Mtwara, Mr Sima said gas exploration is catastrophic to natural vegetation and human health.

“I am giving a one week ultimatum to the management of this project to tell us the source of the explosion and measures that have been taken to manage its effects, we will come back here to educate people in collaboration with officers from other government agencies”, he said.

Mr Sima who was accompanied by officials from National Environment Management council  (NEMC)  noted that his office found it necessary to visit the area with the quest of knowing the source as well as the involvement and participation of natives though educative programs especially on the safety measures.

“This pipeline passes through 64 villages, thus it is important to ensure that people have good understanding on the safety measures,” he said..

NEMC Board Chairperson, Prof. Esnati Chaggu said that if measures are not taken the impact would be huge to the environment and the people in general.

Prof Chaggu said it is imperative for everyone to feel obliged to play a role in preserving the surrounding environment.
On his part, NEMC Director General, Dr. Samuel Gwamaka congratulated the defence and security committee of Kilwa District for cooperation during the tragic incident, especially by making sure that the environment impact is minimized.

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