The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency have expressed their willingness to work closer to mitigate the incidence of oil spill across the country.
The Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari, disclosed this when he received the Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, along with his management team, at the NNPC headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.
The NNPC pipelines, flow stations and assets spread across the country are owned by the federation, and the corporation produces crude oil to maintain a balance sheet for the nation.
Kyari noted that the NNPC had taken several steps to deploy technology to stem incidences of oil spill.
He said, “We have taken a number of steps to stem oil spill by deploying technology in order to make sure that whenever there is an oil spill incidence, it is contained almost immediately.
“We contain the incidences of oil theft, pipeline vandalism and acts of saboteurs and we intend to bring it to the barest minimum.”
The NNPC boss said the corporation would also forge closer ties with NOSDRA to proactively forestall oil spill in areas that were prone to it.
On his part, Musa said his agency was prepared to partner NNPC in mitigating oil spill in all areas of its operations, stressing that the partnership would ensure a good operating environment for the operators and the inhabitants.
He noted that breaking of petroleum products pipelines did not provide food, water and good environment for the people, rather the malaise had continued to deplete the national of revenues that would have been used to provide developmental infrastructure for the various tiers of government.