Ibe Kachikwu NNPC boss meets military chiefs on protection of oil and gas pipelines

It was agreed at the meeting that it is important that host communities are carried along before any action is taken.

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Following the recent pipeline crude oil theft and pipelines vandalism, the the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) have joined force to curb the menace.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, was said to have attended a meeting at the DHQ today, February 2, where he was briefed by the high powered Committee set up to work out action plans for the protection of oil and gas pipelines across the country.

The Committee, headed by Rear Admiral Joseph Okojie, comprises of the Military, Police, Civil Defence, Department of State Service, NNPC, EFCC, NPA, Department of Petroleum Resources, NIMASA and other relevant stakeholders.

It was agreed at the meeting that it is important that host communities are carried along before any action is taken.

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It was also decided that the military, the CDS would play major role in quick response while acquisition of new technology would be also vital for the intervention.

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