THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, have pledged to promote the ongoing acquisition of seismic data in the Chad Basin and to curb crude oil theft in the creeks of the Niger Delta. Joseph T. Dawha, group managing director, NNPC, said when he visited Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, chief of air staff, on Wednesday, September 10, that he was there to foster closer cooperation and collaboration between the NNPC and the NAF for the socio-economic growth, peace, security and stability of the country.
The group managing director, who was accompanied on the visit by some members of his top management, said the Nigerian Air Force has provided invaluable services to the oil and gas industry through the Joint Task Force tagged: “Operation Pulo Shield” where the NAF is one of the key players. According to him, the support to the industry from the 81 Air Maritime Group in Benin and 97 Special Operations Group in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has always been an additional layer of security for the corporation’s assets in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors. He said the security of personnel, crude and product lines have become a major challenge requiring continuous collaboration and intervention by the government security agencies.
Responding, Amosu expressed the readiness of the Nigerian Air Force to collaborate with the NNPC to check the incidences of crude oil theft in the creek of the Niger Delta. He said that the Air Force has a crew of robust and capable men who are ready to contain the tide of insurgents in the North East which covers the Chad Basin exploratory activities of the NNPC and crude oil thieves in the creeks of the Niger Delta. He added that with the rapid response aerial surveillance platform of the NAF, the days of indiscriminate crude oil and products theft are over.
— Sep. 22, 2014 @ 01:00 GMT