SSGC launches Winter Safety Campaign; stresses on safe and ethical gas use

Staff Reporter – October 15, 2019

Careless use of gas-fired appliances during winters are a cause of unnecessary deaths and injuries especially in the bitterly cold regions. Every year, the Company launches ’Winter Safety Campaign’ in Balochistan to create awareness about this hazard, through a blend of Below the Line and Above the Line activities.SSGC’s Corporate Communication Department, in conjunction with Regional Office, Quetta organized an Ulemas Conference at the Quetta Press Club as part of its Social Contact Drive to create awareness about safe and judicious use of natural gas during winters. The Conference featured the province’s clerics who as influential opinion leaders emphasized on safe use of natural gas in their speeches. The eminent clerics stressed on the customers to avoid gas theft since it was against the very tenets of Islamic beliefs and education. The clerics appreciated SSGC’s role in stemming the declining trend of the number of deaths and injuries due to gas leakages, through its safety awareness programs.

In his speech, SSGC’s SGM-Distribution Saeed Ahmed Larik said that Balochistan has seen a marked improvement in gas pressure issues this year since the province has been provided with 20 MMCFD additional gas, considering the need for this fuel during this season.  He said that while gas is a blessing it can be dangerous for human lives if used callously.

In his speech, SSGC’s GM (Distribution-Balochistan) Madni Arafat Siddiqui emphasized that gas theft was a main drain on SSGC’s resources besides being a serious crime.   He called on local clerics and other opinion makers in Balochistan to continue to discourage it in every forum. He reiterated that SSGC is a customer-centric organization that is committed towards responding swiftly to customers’ complaints.

Later in the evening, the organizers held a dinner for the media fraternity of Balochistan at a local hotel. SSGC’s management represented by Saeed Larik, SGM (Distribution), Madni Arafat Siddiqui, GM (Distribution-Balochistan) and Shahbaz Islam, GM (Corporate Communications) welcomed the media persons. The media fraternity appreciated the fact that due to the winter safety drive, the number of causalities from neglectful use of gas appliances has shrunk during the last couple of years.  The SSGC team thanked the media for regularly propagating SSGC’s messages about precautionary measures and gas theft and leakages to the customers.

The next day, the Winter Safety Campaign was formally launched from SSGC’s Regional Office Quetta. The senior management, executives and staff cut the ribbon to launch the Campaign. The launch featured a roll out of twenty newly branded 1199 Emergency vehicles that carried relevant messages related to gas theft, natural gas conservation and winter safety.  

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