…As Mele Kyari says: We will reposition NNPC to global company of excellence***
Less than one week after a deadly pipeline fire killed a dozen people at Ijegun, Lagos, members of the community Tuesday foiled another fire, via pipeline vandalism.
Ijegun which is in the Igando-Ikotun Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, has been having recurring pipeline vandalism since May 2008.
An informed source in the area reported that residents rose to the occasion and foiled what would have become another deadly explosion after vandals attempted to open a pipeline near a market in the community.
Speaking on the development, the Divisional Police Officer at the Isheri Oshun Police Station, SP. Rafiu Akinlade who confirmed the story, highlighted that policemen responded immediately they were alerted of the vandal.
“As soon a call got to me from the community, I immediately sent out my team but on getting there, the vandals had abandoned their tools and fled.
“However, my men have collected all the tools and pipes they came with for their operation.
“Although we are yet to apprehend the vandal, investigation is going on,” Akinlade stated.
A retail shop owner said she saw people fleeing the neighbourhood, shortly after they heard screams, prompting scores to start removing their belongings, a development which made her request her neighbor to alert the police.
“The smell was thick and this caused panic and fear of another explosion because the memory of the immediate past inferno was still shocking.’’
“When we perceived the fuel split all over the area, they ran out along with others in the neighborhood for fear of being trapped in another explosion.
On May 25, 2008, a pipeline explosion occurred in Ijegun community when a truck used in road rehabilitation damaged an oil pipeline, causing a fire outbreak that killed many people and damaged property, estimated at millions of naira.
Oil pipeline vandalism is rampant in oil-bearing Nigeria, perpetrated mainly by unscrupulous people seeking fortunes to make their living.
In the meantime, the newly appointed Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mr Mele Kyari has pledged to reposition the corporation.
Kyari said he would make the NNPC to be a global company of excellence to portray the good image of the company.
He made the pledge on Tuesday in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit on the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr. Boss Mustapha in his office.
Accompanied by his predecessor, Mr Maikanti Baru, Kyari expressed gratitude to God for the reappointment of Mustapha as SGF.
According to him, we are here on a courtesy visit to the SGF, and also for the outgoing GMD to formally hand me over to him.
He said he would continue with the good works executed by his predecessor to take the company to the next level.
“We will reposition and we will make NNPC a global company of excellence.
“As part of the leadership of the company before now, there are good works that my predecessor has done during his tenure and we will continue from there,” he said.
The new NNPC boss also assured that the country’s refineries would be revamped to ensure that incessant fuel scarcity was curtailed.
“We will sustain and build on the progress we met on ground and also to ensure that we align completely with the vision of Mr. President to ensure that there is peace in the Niger Delta region.
“To also ensure that petroleum supply is sustained in such a way that Nigerians do not cry any more over fuel issues in the country,” he said.
In his response, Mustapha assured him of good working relationship in order to have a stable government in the next four years.
According to the SGF, in all the interactions I have had with the outgoing GMD of NNPC, the transition process in itself attest to the fact that we will have stability in the NNPC industry.