The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), has blamed the International Oil Companies (IOCs) in Nigeria, for failing to adequately maintain the various pipelines they operate in transporting crude oil and natural gas products across the country, noting that this has contributed to the frequent crisis Nigeria is currently suffering in the petroleum sector of the economy, Vanguardreports.

Deputy Director, Engineering and Standards Division, DPR, Dr. Olumide Aladeke, made this disclosure while speaking on the topic “The DPR Vision: Effective pipeline systems for rapid growth in Nigeria economy,” at a forum organised by the Pipeline Professionals Association of Nigeria (PPAN). He noted that most of the pipelines currently being used in the country have been in existence for over 30 years without replacement, adding that this gave room for natural eruptions of the pipelines. He maintained that most of the IOCs’ operating in Nigeria are not imbibing the correct and globally accepted standard for pipeline operations.

He said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has gone into discussions with the communities, even proposing and providing social amenities and empowering them, adding that such engagements have reduced the level of pipeline vandalism in such areas. He added; “We can then begin to look at the laws, so we can say if you want to build pipelines, you must have some social economic programmes that will build security around what you are trying to do. That will also guarantee the availability of your pipelines and the value that you are looking for can be achieved”.