Chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Ejigbo Satellite Depot, Alhaji Ayo Alanamu, has called on the Federal Government to reshuffle security personnels monitoring the pipelines, alleging that most of them have been compromised.
This he said following the pipeline explosion at Abule Egba, Lagos state which as reported by Naija News, claimed property estimated as several millions of naira yesterday.
In a statement yesterday, the IPMAN boss said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) should join hands with the government in the protection exercise, so as to arrest the vandals with the provision of monitoring gadgets which would alert security agencies whenever pipelines were being vandalised.
“The use of security personnel to conduct surveillance on the pipelines could not be adequate because of the magnitude of the network.
“The size of the network and the inadequate security coverage give the hoodlums opportunity to vandalise the pipelines.
“We appeal to NNPC and security agencies to redouble their effort in protecting pipelines because residents within the locality can no longer sleep with their two eyes closed.
“We are imploring the government to help us to get rid of these people because their activities can cause a lot of damage to the entire community,” he said.