07 September 2014, Abuja – As part of efforts to stamp out illegal oil bunkering , the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC and the Nigerian Navy have pledged to work together to curtail the crude oil theft and other social crimes in the Nigerian maritime waters.
During a courtesy call on the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin in Abuja, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Joseph T. Dawha emphasized the need for the Corporation and the Nigerian Navy to strengthen ties for the socio-economic growth and stability of the nation.
Dr. Dawha applauded the Navy for its tremendous support to the NNPC and its partners in fostering and ensuring a secure environment for its personnel, facilities and operations.
According to the GMD, the Navy has supported the Corporation in securing its assets and facilities in the upstream, midstream and downstream of the Oil and Gas industry adding that the aggressive patrols and surveillance have led to the arrest of pirates and those engaged in illegal oil bunkering over the years.
He maintained that the gallant security presence of the Navy has gone a long way in stabilizing NNPC operations in Escravos, Warri, Port Harcourt, Bonny, Atlas Cove in Lagos and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC operations in Benin city and environs.
Dr. Dawha expressed the readiness of the NNPC to sustain the engagement with the Navy and other security personnel especially in the areas of pipeline security, vandalism, crude and product theft and the associated crimes of kidnapping and abduction of oil workers on the near shore, offshore and deep water.
In his response, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin reassured the GMD and the top management of the NNPC of Navy’s continuous support in reducing oil theft, illegal bunkering, piracy and poaching to its barest minimum.
He said the activities of oil bunkers and illegal refiners have given the country a negative image and the Navy is determined to chase the perpetrators of these nefarious acts out of business for the common good of the country.