…As NPDC adopts modern technology to checkmate Pipelines vandalism***
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have pledged to work together to checkmate the activities of pipeline vandals and oil thieves in the country.
The Group Managing Director of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, gave the assurance when he received the Commandant-General of NSCDC, Abdullahi Muhammadu, at the NNPC Towers, even as the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)/ND Western OML 34 Asset Management Team (AMT) says it has commenced the use of modern technology for effective monitoring of its facilities.
The NNPC Spokesman, Mr Ndu Ughamadu indicated on Monday in Abuja that Kyari who was represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, Mr Adeyemi Adetunji on the occasion, also highlighted that as part of efforts to rid the nation of the menace of pipeline vandals, the new NNPC management was equally putting in place, a performance-based pipeline protection system to enable relevant security stakeholders live up to their billings.
Kyari noted that the collaboration between NNPC and NSCDC had gone a long way in ensuring uninterrupted supply and distribution of petroleum products through the pipelines and various depots.
“I want to applaud the NSCDC for contributing its quota towards the protection and security of our pipelines.
“Your efforts have made our pipelines to be available for the movement of petroleum products from one petroleum asset to another,” he said.
Earlier, the NSCDC boss said that the protection and security of NNPC pipelines and oil assets were part of the constitutional responsibilities of the corps.
Muhammadu, who was also represented by the Deputy Commandant-General, Aminu Abdullahi, reassured the corporation that NSCDC would continue to do its best to send pipeline vandals out of business.
He said that the corps would soon set aside a day in the year that would be known as ‘Anti-pipeline Vandalism Day’ as part of efforts to create more awareness on the dangers of pipeline vandalism to the nation’s economy.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC)/ND Western OML 34 Asset Management Team (AMT) says it has commenced the use of modern technology for effective monitoring of its facilities.
Mr Sheidu Aiguedo, the company’s Manager in charge of Government, Community Relations and Security, made the assertion at a media briefing in Warri.
Aiguedo indicated this, decrying the persistent attacks on the company’s facilities by miscreants, saying, the company had lost several billions of naira to their illegal activities.
“We are employing the use of technology to enhance our monitoring capacity,” he said.
Aiguedo said activities of the oil thieves had caused serious disaster, adding that the company would continue to intensify awareness to its host communities on the dangers inherent in pipelines vandalism.
“The oil bunkerers are destroying our facilities, and their activities are also destroying the environment,” he said.
Aiguedo urged the Federal Government to apply “prevention, protection and prosecution” approaches as ways of curtailing oil theft in Delta.
He also advised the government to establish and increase its presence in the oil communities with a view to reducing theft in the area.