SSGC kicks off its winter campaign with a session with clerics

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KARACHI: Every year SSGC embarks full throttle on ‘Winter Safety Campaign’ to create basic awareness in careful use of gas-fired appliances especially gas heaters with a focus to eliminate situations that lead to loss of precious human lives. The Company’s team communicates formally with various stakeholders including clerics and media persons so that as opinion makers, they can convey these messages to their target audience.

Like in the past, the Company formally launched the Campaign on November 28 from Quetta Press Club with a symposium attended by a large number of local ulemas. The main thrust of the event was to reiterate the need to create awareness among the clerics about safe use of gas-fired appliances especially during the winters as well as the menace of natural gas theft. 

The event was organized by SSGC’s Corporate Communication Department in conjunction with the Company’s Distribution Department in Quetta. The clerics who participated in the program included  Maulana Abdul Rahim Hai, Maulana Syed Habibullah Shah Chishti, Taj Agha of Anjuman Tajaran-e-Quetta, Hafiz Mazhar Liaqat, Maulana Dr. Ata-ur-Rehman, Maulana Anwar-ul-Haq Haqqani, Maulana Mukhtar Ahmed, Maulana Abdul Rahman, Mufti Ahmed Khan and Maulana Ahmed Raza Qambrani and  Abdul Qayum Kakar. SSGC was represented by Saeed Larik, ASGM (Distribution-South), Madni Siddiqui, DGM/Incharge (Distribution Quetta Region), Shahbaz Islam, AGM (Corporate Communications), Mohammad Ali Gohar, Chief Manager (Media Relations), Safdar Hussain, Dy. Manager (Media Relations), Shamshullah Kakar, CM (Customer Relations-Quetta), Amir Dutani, CM (HSE) and Shehzad Alam, Chief Engineer. 

‘Winter safety campaigns have resulted in sharp decline in fatalities’

In his address to the ulemas, ASGM (Distribution-South) stressed that natural gas theft is a serious issue in Balochistan especially during winters when consumption of gas increases manifold due to increased use of gas-fired appliances.  He said that even though consumption rises as compared to in the normal months, there is no real change in consumer billing although the propensity to steal gas doubles.   The ASGM requested the local clerics to stress in their religious congregations that gas theft is not just a major crime that leads to prison term and imposition of heavy fines.  Mr. Larik further added that the outcome of SSGC’s Winter Safety Awareness Campaign has been quite positive as the number of deaths resulting from negligence in the use of gas-fired appliances has fallen drastically in Balochistan and other areas since the last several years.   He thanked the Ulemas for always supporting SSGC in this mission and hoped that they would continue to do so in the future too.   The ASGM (D-South) dispelled the notion that gas meters run fast resulting in faulty reading. He said that SSGC follows in this regard international gas measurement standards.

In his vote of thanks, Madni Arafat Siddiqui, DGM / Incharge (Distribution-Quetta) thanked the ulemas for participating in this program in impressive numbers. He said that serving customers of Balochistan for he and his team is priority number one.  

In their speeches, the ulemas praised the role played by SSGC in creating mass awareness about safe use of natural gas during winters and also in educating consumers about the menace of gas theft. They suggested that in the future SSGC must take up such awareness campaigns to different localities in the cities and towns of the franchise provinces of Sindh and Balochistan.