The union decried the drop in crude oil production since the first quarter of the year.
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has called on the Federal Government to fast-track the fight against pipeline vandalism and oil theft.
The charge is contained in a document signed by NUPENG National President, Achese Igwe.
It urged the Federal Government to change tactics and strategies in the fight against the menace, and called for the introduction of new technology to secure the pipelines.
“Government has to change tactics and strategies in the fight against crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism. The union wants the Federal Government to introduce new technologies like monitoring sensors and alarm systems that will be trigger off whenever any pipeline is being tampered with,” it said.
The union decried the drop in crude oil production since the first quarter of the year due to oil theft and activities of vandals.
It will be recalled that the NNPC had in April announced a drop in the nation’s crude oil production to between 2.1 and 2.3 million barrels per day (mbpd) instead of the projected 2.48 mbpd.
The NNPC claimed the drop in production had resulted in drop in crude oil revenue of about $1.23 billion (N191 billion) for the first quarter of 2013.
NUPENG warned that the drop in revenue was capable of derailing the Federal Government’s transformation agenda and the external reserves of the country.
It called on the NNPC and oil companies to bury pipelines very deep into the soil to make them inaccessible to vandals.
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