Mele KyariGroup Managing Director, NNPC said this Wednesday, March 23, 2022, during an on-site assessment of some pipelines affected by oil bunker activities in Ibaa Community, EmeOha Local Government, Rivers State.
The NNPC said the combined efforts of government safety and regulatory agencies, the host community and oil companies was a different approach to tackling oil theft and bunkering.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that officials from the NNPC, regulatory agencies and a joint task force comprising personnel from security agencies were part of the assessment tour.
Timipre SylvaMinister of State for Petroleum Resources; Lucky IraborChief of the Defense Staff; Gbenga KomolafeDirector General of the Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), were among the government officials on the trip.
Kyari, while expressing optimism about his zeal to end the problem, stressed the need for intensified security on the ground and modern technology to deal with the threat.
The NNPC boss said pipeline vandalism, oil theft and illegal refining activities threaten the growth of the country’s oil and gas industry.
He said the Nigerian Navy was also doing a huge job and made several arrests and also prevented the illegal movement of oil through the ships.
NAN reports that many illegal sites in streams and swampy areas were assessed from an aerial view, while a site in the community of Ibaa in the local government area of Eme Oha, Rivers, has been thoroughly assessed by officials.