Against the backdrop of the current fuel scarcity plaguing the country, industry stakeholders have decried the state of disrepair most of the nation’s fuel pipelines and depots have fallen into, The Punch reports.
They said pipeline vandalism and oil theft in parts of the country had worsened the nation’s fuel supply and distribution challenges. The activities of vandals who bust pipelines to steal crude oil and petroleum products have grown in recent years, leaving most of the nation’s pipelines and depots moribund. The nation has 5,120 kilometres of product and crude pipelines, 21 storage depots and one petroleum products import terminal at Atlas Cove, all of which have suffered incessant vandalism, mostly by oil and fuel thieves.
It was however alleged that some people within the NNPC were colluding with the vandals whom they alerted whenever products were being pumped into the pipelines. A former Group Managing Director, NNPC, Chief Chambers Oyibo said: “It is possible but it has not been proved”. He also stressed the need for government to look for effective ways to address the challenges being faced. The Chairman, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Lagos Zone, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo also agreed that there are insiders within the NNPC colluding with the vandals and giving them information.