Over 50 attacks were launched by vandals on the nation’s crude oil and gas pipelines in the last six months, the Executive Director, Gas and Power, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. David Ige, has said.
Ige, who stated this in Lagos, last week at the 12th Annual Aret Adams Foundation Memorial Lecture, said the government is undeterred by the challenges posed by the activities of the vandals in recent time.
He said the NNPC will continually be in the vanguard of an aggressive campaign to nip vandalism in the bud, with a view to realising the nation’s gas needs and potentials in the country. According to Ige, Nigeria has what it takes to use gas as an engine of economic growth but urged Nigerians to exercise patience for the potential of the sector to come to fruition.
He explained that government is aggressively driving the gas sector to boost local consumption through competitive pricing as well as export of the product outside the shores of the land. The Executive Director said the current growth pattern of the gas sector which has also witnessed a phenomenal reduction in gas flaring in the country, would also add significant value to the power sector.