The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has revealed that it would resume the full-scale search for hydrocarbon deposits in the Chad basin, Gongola and Benue trough with the aid of the Nigerian military.
This was revealed when the Group Managing Director (GMD) of the NNPC, Mele Kyari, led top management of the NNPC on a visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, at his office in Abuja on Tuesday.
The corporation requests the support of the military for the protection of NNPC’s workforce and its high-tech equipment to be used for the search.
According to the GMD, security challenges in the Chad Basin, Gongola and Benue trough, had robbed the NNPC the chance to mobilize fully to those areas of its important operations.
“I’m visiting the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) as my first port of call following my appointment to seek for the support of the Armed Forces to help the NNPC in re-entering the Chad Basin, Gongola and Benue Trough to enable us carry out our mandate for national development. Your support in terms of providing full security cover for our staff and equipment is critical to us.”
NNPC equally requires the military to intensify efforts in the protection of its pipelines and Right of Way (RoW) across the nooks and crannies of Nigeria.
As reported by Sun News, Kyari stated that the NNPC was seriously challenged due to the nefarious activities of pipeline vandals, petroleum products thieves and other economic saboteurs that breach the operations of NNPC in various parts of the country.
Responding, the CDS, General Olonisakin, described the NNPC as a strategic Corporation that would be given full military support to enable it to deliver on its mandate to the Nigerian people.
“It is imperative for the Armed Forces and the NNPC to collaborate and synergize for the benefit of the country going by its various strategic roles to the nation. The Armed Forces operations, code-named: Operation Wase and Operations Delta Safe, along with other operations, were geared towards protecting pipelines and various oil and gas facilities,” General Olonisakin said.