The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin has assured the Group Managing Director, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Emmanuel Kachikwu of the armed forces commitment to tackling crude oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other crimes.
Gen Olonisakin gave this assurance while receiving Dr. Kachikwu who paid a courtesy visit to his office at Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
He said that the Nigerian Navy had already put in place measures to mitigate the problems of pipeline vandalism, piracy and oil theft facing the Nigerian petroleum industry which has caused Nigeria millions of Naira in losses. He further stated that the army was mandated to safeguard strategic assets of the nation and therefore they are on the course to fulfilling it.
Earlier in his address, Kachikwu solicited the Nigerian Armed Forces’ partnership in the fight against oil theft, pipeline vandalism and other criminalities facing the oil sector.
He stated that his visit was predicated by the proposal of the NNPC to the President Buhari to partner with the Army Corps of Engineers for pipeline maintenance and the overseeing of the security of its properties.
“We are trying to equip the Navy a lot more with boats for patrols; we are trying to get trackers and central system to be able to monitor every vessel that comes in and out of the country. We have equally spoken with the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) on other effective way of collaboration”, he said.
The NNPC GMD also revealed that crude theft for 2014 was in excess of 250,000 barrels on the average daily which accounted for one-fifth of the national production which prompted the new partnership with the Nigerian Army to curb the menace.
-Culled from NGR Guardian
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