The companies say that previous reports of the setting of a pipeline protection agency is false.
The Managements of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and Pipeline and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, in Abuja on Friday, dissociated themselves from the purported plan to set up a pipeline protection agency.
The Acting Group General Manager, Public Affairs, NNPC, Tumini Green, said in a statement that the corporation was not aware of any plan by the Federal Government to set up an agency or commission to protect the pipelines.
“This clarification has become necessary against the backdrop of reports carried by a section of the media claiming that the corporation has confirmed that there are plans to set up a pipeline protection agency.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state emphatically that no member of the corporation’s top management has attended any meeting where the idea to set up a Pipelines Protection Commission or any agency by whatsoever name to protect the nation’s pipelines was mooted.
“Any report claiming that the corporation is aware of such proposal or in support of it is a figment of the imagination of the reporter,” the statement said.
The statement also said that the corporation had been exploring the options of collaborating with the security agencies and communities to curtail the menace of pipeline sabotage, adding that significant achievements had been recorded in this regard with the successful rehabilitation of Aba–Port Harcourt, Warri–Benin and the Atlas Cove–Mosimi Pipelines.
Also, the collaboration of the security agencies, especially the Nigerian Army Engineers Corps and the Joint Task Force has been of great help in tackling pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region.
“We sincerely believe that these efforts and the engagements we have with the communities will help check and eventually end pipeline vandalism. We neither believe in nor support the establishment of any agency for the specific purpose of protecting pipelines,” the statement said.