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NNPC, Army to resume oil search in Lake Chad, Gongola basins

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the military  are finalising plans to resume full-scale search for hydrocarbon deposits in the Lake Chad, Rivers Gongola and Benue basins.

NNPC Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, made the disclosure when he led top management of the NNPC on a visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, at his office in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to him, the security challenges in the affected areas stalled the chance to mobilise fully to those areas by NNPC.

Kyari said: “I’m visiting the Chief of Defence Staff [CDS] as my first port of call following my appointment to seek the support of the Armed Forces to help the NNPC in re-entering the Chad Basin, Gongola and Benue trough to enable us carry out our mandate for national development. Your support in terms of providing full security for staff and equipment is critical to us.”

He added that the corporation equally required the military to intensify efforts in the protection of NNPC’s pipelines and Right of Way (RoW) across the nook and cranny of Nigeria.

Kyari stated that the NNPC was seriously challenged due to the nefarious activities of pipeline vandals, petroleum products thieves and other economic saboteurs that breach the operations of the corporation in various parts of the country.

In response, CDS General Olonisakin, described the NNPC as a strategic corporation that would be given full military support to enable it to deliver on its mandate to the Nigerian people.

“It is imperative for the Armed Forces and the NNPC to collaborate and synergise for the benefit of the country going by their various strategic roles to the nation.

“The Armed Forces operations, code-named: Operation Wase and Operations Delta Safe, along with other operations, were geared towards protecting pipelines and various oil and gas facilities,” he assured.

He said the military and the NNPC had been working together and  that the Military had devised several strategies to stem the tide of pipeline breaches in the country.

The collaboration is to sought to guarantee sufficient military protection of NNPC’s workforce and high-tech equipments.

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