Friday, April 18, 2014

Three months after, NNPC says it can’t repair Arepo pipeline due to insecurity

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Arepo pipelines have been broken since August 30.

Almost three months after petroleum pipelines were vandalized at Arepo in Ogun State, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, is yet to make adequate security arrangements to repair the pipelines.

The Managing Director, National Engineering and Technical Company, Isiaku Abdulahi, said on Wednesday in Lagos that repairs on the pipeline cannot go on because of security reasons.

It is not certain why the NNPC has delayed in sorting out security threats at Arepo. But the broken pipelines have disrupted supply chain in some south-west states adding to the shortage and exorbitant price of fuel in that region.

The pipeline was vandalised on August 30, while three NNPC staff members were killed by hoodlums a few weeks later when they went to repair the pipeline.

Mr. Abdulahi said that the pipeline, which conveys petroleum products from Atlas Cove, Lagos, to outlets in the south west, would take a while before it would be repaired.

“We are working to see that the pipeline is repaired. We have to ensure that we do not jeopardise the lives of our staff again,” he said.

Also, a Chief Engineer at the NNPC, Atinuke Akinwale, at the conference of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, in Lagos, said that the corporation was not in a haste to repair the pipeline.

She said that the repair works would only begin when adequate security arrangement had been put in place between the government and the corporation adding that the corporation would no longer subject a member of staff to the insecurity at Arepo.

She appealed to the public to bear with the corporation, adding that repair work would begin immediately security arrangement was put in place.

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