Group Managing Director, Nigerian National petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has said that the corporation has concluded plans to engage armed forces in the country in pipelines protection in order to drastically eradicate pipelines vandalism in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari few weeks after coming into power ordered the immediate termination of the coastal and pipeline protection contract awarded to Odua Peoples’ Congress, OPC and former Niger Delta militant leader, Ekpomupolo alias Tompolo by erstwhile President Goodluck Jonathan.
According to the NNPC, the country lost crude oil and other petroleum products valued at N59.597 billion to pipeline vandalism in 2014.
Dr. Kachikwu while speaking recently in Abuja said that efforts are in top gear to fix all the crude and petroleum products pipelines across the country.
He disclosed that Nigerian air force would be engaged to provide aerial surveillance of the pipelines while the Nigerian Army engineering corps will fix and police the pipelines and the Nigerian Navy to provide marine surveillance for the network of pipelines.
Kachikwu informed that the move would ensure that the right set of skills is positioned and the numbers of leakages in terms of pipelines breaks and products loss are reduced to the barest minimum.
He also said that the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company Limited, PPMC would be split into a pipelines company that would focus primarily on the maintenance of the over 5,000 kilometre-pipelines of the corporation, a storage company that would maintain all the over 23 depots and a products marketing company that would market and sell petroleum products.
“The ongoing phased rehabilitation of all the state owned refineries would be given an accelerated vigour with the aim of reducing petroleum products importation into the country. At full capacity, all the refineries could supply only 20 million litres of premium motor spirit otherwise known as petrol on a daily basis,” he said.
Kachikwu affirmed that the refineries would not be sold but said that joint venture partners with established track records of success in refining would be invited to support the running of the refineries in order to ensure efficiency.
He commended the NNPC engineers for the successful execution of the ongoing phased rehabilitation of the refineries while urging them to prepare a replacement programme for obsolete spare parts of all the corporation’s installations in order to avoid intermittent shut down of facilities.
Adamawa Assembly grants N19.5 billion loan request by the executive, as Nasarawa adopt cash payment of salaries
Adamawa House of Assembly has approved the request of the state government to secure N19. 5 billion loan for use in executing some projects and settling arrears of salary and allowances of workers.
The approval by the House in its plenary on Friday followed the reading of three separate letters of request sent to it by the executive.
In the first letter, the governor requested for the resolution of the House “to access N10 billion loan from the excess crude account for development projects.”
The second letter requested a resolution to borrow, “the sum of N7.2 billion from Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to offset salary arrears and allowances of staff.”
The third letter requested approval to obtain a loan of N2.3 billion from Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, under the salary arrears bailout scheme.
The House also deliberated on a request for virement in the 2015 revised budget, which it referred to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation for further consideration and advise, the committee was given two weeks to submit its report.
Meanwhile, Nasarawa State Government on Friday announced that August salary would be paid to workers in state in cash.
Head of Service of the state, Dr. Dominic Bako, who made this known while briefing newsmen in Lafia, said that the workers were expected to be physically present for the payment which would be made on tables.
Bako further explained that the exercise would commence next week, explaining that it was part of efforts of the state government to fish out ghost workers in the system.
He said that all heads of ministries, agencies and departments had been, “working round the clock” to ensure that the salaries were cleared within one week.
According to him, the table payment method was adopted to fish out ghost workers and ascertain the veracity of the biometric exercise recently conducted by Skye Bank that served as the state government’s consultants for the task.
“It is expected to complement the biometric data capture of civil servants in the state carried out by Skye Bank,” he said.
The head of service stressed that the new payment method would ensure transparency and instil sanity in the system.
He dismissed claims that the exercise was a witch-hunt, saying “there is no witch-hunt; we only to rid the payroll of ghost workers.”

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