Oil theft: Stakeholder advises on way out

Crude oil theft08 September 2013, Abuja – CHAIRMAN of Gladtrico International Limited, Chief Eric Ebozele, weekend, advocated citadel fencing of areas where pipelines are located nationwide.

Ebozele who spoke to newsmen in Abuja after receiving an award of Best Citadel Fence Security Watchtower Construction and Installation services Company of the Year 2013 noted that with the specialized fencing, it would become impossible for oil vandals to gain access to pipeline sites in the country.

Giving a brief on what citadel fencing entails, Ebozele said the technology which his company was the exclusive agent in the country easily analyses threats because it is a see-through device and has small opening (aperture) that it can deflect bullets fired into it.

Ebozele who said he felt great and fulfilled concerning the award given to him by the Institute for Government Research and Leadership Technology, noted that his effort was being recognized and shows that he has to work harder and there was dignity in labour.

He cited the 1,200 per meter citadel fencing around the Forcados terminal airstrip and the 1,500 fencing in Shell Nigeria, Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCO) Pinnock Estate, Lekki, Lagos as some of the works his company has executed.

Ebozele who stressed that government should stop the neglect of host communities of oil exploration, said: “my heart bleeds each time I see the neglect of most host communities in the country. These are communities lack access roads, potable water and other basic amenities to make them feel a sense of belonging. They deserve more than they are getting now as the communities that produce the natural resources that brings so much wealth to the country.”

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