In its bid to eradicate pipeline vandalism and oil theft in Nigeria, the group Managing Director of NNPC Ibe Kachikwu on September 8th held a meeting with the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin where he called on the Nigerian Army to help in the protecting NNPC’s equipment and assets.
Kachiukwu stated that his visit was predicated by the proposal of the NNPC to the President, Muhammadu Buhari, to partner with the Army Corps of Engineers for pipeline maintenance and the overseeing of the security of its properties.
He pointed out that the NNPC is evolving a holistic attitude aimed at making sure that the best manpower is used.
“We are trying to equip the Navy a lot more with boats for patrols; we are trying to get trackers and central system to be able to monitor every vessel that comes in and out of the country. We have equally spoken with the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) on other effective way of collaboration”, he said
In his response, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Olonisakin said that the Armed Forces would interface with the Corporation to ensure that all the problems militating against NNPC are given optimum attention