The Lagos State Government is set to assist the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and its subsidiary, the Pipeline Product Marketing Company in curbing pipeline vandalism in the state.
The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Taofiq Tijani, disclosed this during a meeting with top officials from NNPC/PPMC who were in his office to seek the State Government’s cooperation in clearing illegal structure on the right of way of pipeline routes in the State.
The Commissioner said the State Government was ready to do all within its constitutional powers to ensure the safety of its citizens by supporting activities that would discourage pipeline vandalism in any part of the State.
He commended the initiatives to clear the pipeline right of way which, adding that this would further enhance the monitoring of the pipeline routes.
He urged the team to explore new technologies to effectively monitor pipeline routes to curb incessant vandalism of pipelines in the State and beyond.
The Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Andrew Yakubu represented by Emeka Molokwu, said the clearing of illegal structure on the right of ways of pipeline routes which had commenced would further reduce pipeline vandalism as pipelines routes would now be more open and unattractive to vandals
He suggested the idea of engaging traditional rulers in monitoring public utilities by making them to sign an undertaking for safeguarding all pipelines that run through their domain.