Marketers laud NNPC for securing petrol pipelines

The NNPC has engaged the services of engineers from the Nigerian Army to re-establish the right of way for pipeline networks.

The Western Zone of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, IPMAN, has commended the NNPC for clearing the pipelines’ right of way on System 2B network.

Olumide Ogunmade, the Chairman of IPMAN in the zone, gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

“The on-going weeding and bush clearing by the government will reduce and curb incessant pipeline vandalism. Clearing of the pipelines’ right of way will make the pipelines more accessible and difficult for oil thieves and vandals to carry out their nefarious activities,” he said.

The NNPC has engaged the services of engineers from the Nigerian Army to re-establish the right of way for the System 2B pipeline network from Mosimi to Ibadan within 90 days.

The System 2B pipelines take petroleum products from Atlas Cove to depots in Ejigbo (Lagos State), Mosimi (Ogun State), Ibadan (Oyo State), Ilorin (Kwara State) and Ore (Ondo State).

Mr. Ogunmade said that a state of the art technology was needed for the surveillance of the pipeline and urged communities along the pipelines network to collaborate with governments to effectively secure them.

“What the government is doing now to secure the pipeline is in order and deserves commendation and support from every citizen. Arepo for instance, has become notorious for petroleum products stealing, an act we highly condemned and urge government to take drastic steps to stop. We urged Arepo residents to report any criminal act to the nearest police station or to any other law enforcement agency,” he said.

(NAN)


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