The Management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, has said the vandalized Benin-Warri and Kaduna-Jos pipelines have been repaired and pumping of petroleum products have resumed. The Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Tumini E. Green made this known on Tuesday in a press statement.
Green condemned the persistent attack on PPMC pipelines stressing that pipeline vandalism has cost the Corporation several billions of naira that would have impacted positively on the national economy.
“As soon as we got wind of attacks on our Benin-Warri pipelines and Kaduna-Jos pipelines, we mobilized to the areas affected and as we speak the lines have been repaired and we have resumed pumping of petroleum products through those pipelines.
Unfortunately, these vandals attacked our personnel who were on hand to effect repairs on the vandalized pipelines,” Green disclosed. She informed that even though two lives were lost in the Kadunajos incident no life was lost in the Benin-Warri incident adding that the two injured and are responding to treatment.
The NNPC spokesperson called on the state government, local government, community leaders, relevant stakeholders and the public to join hands in protecting the PPMC pipelines and other infrastructure in order for the Federal Government to generate sufficient revenue from petroleum products that would be used in providing infrastructural facilities and to curtail environmental degradation.
According to NNPC, Nigeria lost about N163 billion in the space of three years to pipeline vandalism. The Executive Director, NNPC and Pipelines Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr. Gbenga Komolafe, explained that this loss would have been able to take care of the budget of two states in the country. Komolafe, during the business clinic of the petroleum downstream group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), stressed that the situation has worsened geometrically and however expressed dismay at the unscrupulous act.
“Our records shows that the nation has lost a total of about N163 billion from crude oil and petroleum products pipeline losses from 2009-2012 alone not adding associated costs. This must not be allowed to continue. We cannot allow few bad people destroy what is collectively ours,” he said.
He added that the effect of pipeline vandalism is in three fold, which include economic sabotage, environmental degradation and destruction of national asset (pipeline). He pointed out that despite its efforts at deterring the nefarious activities of vandals on the pipelines, the situation has not abated over the years, but said it had led to massive crude oil theft, disruption in pumping operations and environmental degradation, which consequently has constituted a huge drain on the running of its operations and indeed of the nation.