Performance-Based, Oil Pipeline Protection System On The Way – NNPC
As part of fresh measures aimed at getting Nigeria rid of the menace of oil and gas pipeline breaks by vandals, the new management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that it is putting in place a performance-based pipeline protection system to enable relevant security stakeholders to live up to their billings.
Although details of the performance-based protection system is yet to be unveiled, the top management of the Nigerian oil corporation said it has sealed a partnership with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to work together to run pipeline vandals and oil thieves out of business in the country.
Rising from the pact-making meeting in Abuja yesterday, the group managing director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, represented by the chief operating officer, downstream, Engr. Adeyemi Adetunji noted that the collaboration between the 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 their quota towards the protection and security of our pipelines. Their efforts have made our pipelines to be available for the transportation of petroleum products from one asset to another petroleum asset,” Mallam Kyari averred.
Earlier, the commandant general of the Corps, Mr Muhammadu, represented by the deputy commandant general, Aminu Abdullahi, said protection and security of NNPC pipelines and oil assets were part of the constitutional responsibilities of the Corps, stressing that NSCDC would continue to do its best to send pipeline vandals out of business.
He noted that the NSCDC would declare a date of the year that would soon be announced as an anti-pipeline vandalism day as part of concerted efforts to create more awareness on the dangers of pipeline vandalism to the national economy.