NPDC Seeks Police, DSS Partnership On Oil Assets Protection
The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) – the Upstream subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) – has sought the collaboration of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and the Department of State Services (DSS) towards securing the company’s oil and gas assets across the Niger Delta.
According to the Managing Director of the NPDC, Mr Mansur Sambo, the synergy between the security agencies in securing NPDC’s oil and gas assets has become necessary to enable the company explore and produce more hydrocarbons towards more revenue generation for the country.
Sambo, who was on his first official visit to the offices of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 5 and the Edo State Director, State Security Service in their various offices at Benin City, recently, said for an organization like the NPDC, nothing beats a safer and secure environment.
He said, “Our mandate in NPDC is to increase the company’s oil and gas production volume in order to generate more revenue for the country. This objective will only be achieved in a safe and secure environment,” Sambo observed.
He described security as a major global challenge for the oil and gas industry, adding that NPDC was committed to building a safer workplace, not just for NPDC staff and installations alone but also for all our stakeholders.
“I call on you to explore more sustainable ways of ensuring the safety and security of NPDC staff and installations at all times” Sambo noted.
Speaking further, NPDC MD explained that NPDC could not succeed in isolation, adding that the company shares the challenges by building strong partnerships to further improve on its safety culture going forward.
Enumerating the numerous security challenges facing NPDC before the two security agencies, Sambo particularly called for constant surveillance on NPDC assets in Edo, Delta and Bayelsa States.
According to him, he has, since coming on board a few months ago, made security a top priority agenda for the company, which is adjudged the largest indigenous Oil Company.
Sambo also assured that the indigenous oil company as a socially responsible company would continue to discharge its duties to its host communities by providing infrastructures that would attract development within its areas of operation.
In their separate responses, the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 5, Mr Dibal Yakadi and the Director of the Department of Security Services (DSS) Edo State Command, Barrister Brown Ekwoaba assured the new NPDC Management of their readiness to safeguard NPDC staff and installations and thus make the company more profitable for the benefit of Nigeria.