The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has declared that “hard times” awaits oil bunkers and pipeline vandals across the country,
Igbere TV reports that the NNPC made the declaration during the official signing of partnership deal with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.
KEROSINE QUEUE/PRESS-2/MY DOCUMENT/MY DOCUMENT/JUNE 09 NIGERIANS STRUGGLING TO BUY KEROSINE AT NNPC MEGA STATION IN ABUJA ON WEDNESDAY (10/6/09). PHOTO; NAN
The Corporation said the aim of the partnership deal with the security agency, is “towards making business hard for pipeline vandals in the country”.
In a statement obtained by the Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, applauded the NDDC for securing the pipelines for transportation of petroleum products from one asset to another petroleum asset.
“I want to applaud the NSCDC for contributing their quota towards protection and security of our pipelines”, he said.
Represented by the Chief Operating Officer, Downstream, Engr. Adeyemi Adetunji, Kyari
The statement which was issued by the group’s Spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu, disclosed that “as part of efforts to rid the nation of the menace of pipeline vandalism, the new management was putting in place a performance-based pipeline protection system to enable relevant security stakeholders to live up to their billings.”
On his part, Deputy Commandant-General of the NDDC, 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