01 November 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, has lamented continued attacks on oil and gas facilities, the latest being last week’s attack on a Chevron gas pipeline in Delta State.
He said the continued attacks were taking a toll on the national budget with massive shortfalls in revenue as well as huge losses in petroleum products, environmental degradation, refineries shutdown and loss of lives.
Baru spoke when he visited the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, during which the two organisations pledged to work more closely together to tackle the incessant attacks on oil and gas facilities.
Calling on the police boss to deploy police personnel to all oil and gas facilities, the NNPC boss said the corporation was ready to provide whatever support needed for enhanced security.
The IGP, on his part, stated that the police have enjoyed long-standing cooperation with NNPC and expressed optimism that such collaboration would continue.
He said the police was working on a number of strategies to build capacity for effective policing of the difficult terrain where some of the oil and gas facilities are located.