Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Dr. Maikanti Baru has called on all traditional rulers and members of their various communities to secure and protect critical national oil and gas facilities in their domain for the growth and development of the Nigerian economy.
In a statement by the spokesman of the corporation Mallam, GarbaDeen Muhammad, Dr. Baru said the country recognizes the contributions of Lagos to the nation’s economy especially in shipping, finance services and most recently oil and gas.
Dr Baru who visited the Oba of Lagos, Rilwanu Akiolu 1, at his palace said government would continue to rely on traditional rulers to mobilize mass support and protection of key economic infrastructure in their domains.
The GMD “We appreciate your fatherly role and support in protecting our pipelines and other oil and gas facilities. GMD noted.
In his response, Oba Akiolu noted that he has told all the chiefs under his kingdom in the communities hosting NNPC pipelines and facilities that they would be held responsible for whatever happens to those assets.
“I promise you that all NNPC installations here in Lagos are safe. Lagos people are peaceful and patient people. I appeal to all pipeline vandals to please stop their unpatriotic acts. They should in the interest of the country give peace a chance,” Oba Akiolu said.
Meanwhile, NNPC said it recommissioned 87.70 Million litres petroleum products tanks in the with intention to rehabilitate access roads to Mosimi Depot.
The measures, according to Mr. Garba, is part of concerted efforts to maintain seamless supply and distribution of petroleum products.
Dr. Baru while re-commissioning the facilities said the tanks had significantly enhanced strategic storage capacity of PMS in parts of the Country being served by the depot.
The GMD noted that the coming on stream of the four (4) tanks fits into one of NNPC’s 12 Key Business Focus Areas of his Management team:The restoration of NNPC’s oil and gas infrastructure.
Dr. Baru explained that the rehabilitated tanks’ combined storage capacity represents 54% of the total storage capacity for Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) otherwise known as petrol at Mosimi depot, adding that the new gauging and metering technology adopted would help reduce waste and stop leakages in the operations of the depot.
Dr.Baru disclosed that as part of NNPC’s corporate social responsibility, the Corporation would rehabilitate the access road to Mosimi depot to enable seamless evacuation of petroleum products from the depot.
On his part, the Chief Operating Officer Downstream of the NNPC, Engr. Henry Ikem-Obih said the re-commissioning of the four tanks would further help the Corporation to attract more local and international investors into the downstream sector of the Nigerian oil and gas industry.
Earlier, the Managing Director of the Engineering Company that executed the project, Engr. Benson Adano thanked the NNPC for promoting the local content policy and assured that the project was executed in line with best global practices.
The NNPC Mosimi depot was constructed in 1978 for the storage and distribution of petroleum products to the western part of the country.