The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has advised Nigerians to be vigilant and report miscreants, suspected of planning to disrupt product distribution across the country.
According to NNPC’s Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ugbamadu, the development became necessary in order to reduce cases of pipeline vandalism during the yuletide period.
In an interview with The Nation, he said miscreants leverage the festive period to break pipelines in order to cause harm on the society.
He said the rate at which people vandalise pipelines to steal petroleum products was alarming and should be discouraged.
He said the destruction of oil installations by militants cause the government a lot of money to fix, stressing that the government spends huge amount of money in fixing such facilities. He added that such money would have been spent on other infrastructure.
On dangers of pipeline vandalism, he said the discovery of a lifeless body at Gbaga- Ojijo axis of Ogun State should be a lesson to other Nigerians. He warned oil thieves and other miscreants to stay clear of the Corporation’s pipelines and other facilities.
He said the discovery of a lifeless body in pipeline in Gbaga axis of Ogijo sends clear warnings to those who breach oil and gas pipelines to steal petroleum products, adding that it was suicidal to do so.
Ughamadu called on relevant government agencies to collaborate with the Corporation to appropriately tame the vandalism of oil facilities, adding that host communities should also partner NNPC in order to stop the menace.
He said petrol price remains N145 per litre, adding that any station, which attempts to sell the product at a higher price, should be reported to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR).
He assured that the Corporation has put in place strategies to ensure a hitch-free festive period by keeping in stock more than two billion litres of fuel for Nigerians.