The Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru has solicited the cooperation of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in the protection of the corporation’s critical infrastructure across the country.
This was the highlight of an interface between the bosses of the two organizations in Abuja.
Nigeria’s energy supply security is sustained by a robust network of over 8000km of critical national assets used in transportation of crude oil, petroleum products and natural gas.
These assets have been subjected to incessant vandalism, theft and sabotage.
In its resolve to find a lasting solution, the NNPC leadership visited the headquarters of the NSCDC.
Ceremony over it was time for business and the two bosses did not mince words in placing the issues on the front burner.
The NNPC helmsman commended the NSCDC for being a grass root paramilitary agency not only closer to the people but also NNPC facilities.
Responding, the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, Abdulahi Gana Muhammadu reiterated the commitment of the Corps to its core mandate of protecting critical national infrastructure.
He said the corps has so far arrested over 3,000 vandals and taken out 450 illegal refineries.
The major challenge however he said is the lack of state of the art equipment, for which he solicited the support of the NNPC.