The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) yesterday resorted to begging pipelines’ vandals in new efforts to safeguard the allimportant installation from incessant attacks that led to N174 billion loss in 10 years.
Group Managing Director of NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, who disclosed this while receiving a delegation of the Occupational Safety and Health Association, (OSHA) UK, Nigeria Chapter, at the NNPC Towers, Abuja, however said that the Corporation would, notwithstanding, continue to monitor its pipelines and collaborate with the law enforcement agencies to safeguard such critical national asset.
The NNPC had in a document on its website provided graphic details of how the activities of pipeline vandals had complicated the free flow of petroleum products and crude supply in its pipeline system “leading to a colossal cost of over N174.57 billion in product losses and repairs of products pipelines within the last 10 years.”
The corporation had, in addition to this, suffered a 64 per cent surge in pipeline vandalism as it recorded eighty six (86) fresh cases of pipeline breaks across the country in the month of June alone.
The Monthly Financial and Operations Report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for June obtained by New Telegraph revealed that the country, which recorded 55 cases in May, 2017, suffered this 63.95 per cent surge in the pipeline breaks in June affecting operations of the corporation and the oil producing companies.
Calling on pipeline vandals “to please keep away from pipeline,” the NNPC boss added, according to a statement by Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs, Ndu Ughamadu, that the facilities “are not carrying liquid that can easily be handled like water.”
“GMD said that in line with safety standards, NNPC pipelines right-ofway across all locations had been clearly indicated to keep members of the public away from the facilities so as not to come to harm,” the statement read.
“In our various pipelines running across several kilometres and locations, right-of- way is indicated to show that people should not temper with the facility because of the danger that is involved.
This is done to ensure that when there is safety breach, we have access to the affected spot and intervene accordingly,” the GMD stated. He disclosed that an attack on the Port Harcourt – Aba a few days ago resulted in massive products loss and damage to the environment, adding that though there was no loss of lives in the incident, it took much effort and time to bring the huge fire that broke out under control.
“We will use this opportunity to call on pipeline vandals to please keep away from our pipeline because they are not carrying liquid that can easily be handled like water. We are calling on the general public that when they see the sign on the pipeline, they should not temper with in their own interest and that of the nation,” Dr. Baru pleaded.
He said the Corporation would stop at nothing to ensure that the pipelines were continuously monitored and that anybody caught trying to sabotage oil facilities would be handed over to the law enforcement agency to face appropriate sanctions, adding that in the Port-Harcourt – Aba pipeline incident one suspect was apprehended and handed over to the authorities.
Dr. Baru urged members of the public to support NNPC by reporting any suspicious activity around pipelines and other oil and gas facilities, stressing that the Corporation, on its own part, would do everything possible to ensure the safety of lives and property around its facilities. Shedding light on NNPC’s safety practice, the GMD said that in view of the complex and technical nature of its operations, the Corporation accords safety a special priority
150,000 Nigerian children born with sickle cell disease annually – Don
Prof. Aliyu Babadoko, Consultant Hematologist with the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, said on Tuesday that 150,000 Nigeria children were born with sickle cells disease annually.
Babadoko made the disclosure while presenting a paper during the World Sickle Day celebration at Kaduna State University (KADSSU) main campus in Kaduna.
The don, at the programme jointly organised by Safiyya Sickle Cells Foundation, Sickle Cells Cohost Research (SCORE) and KADSSU, titled his paper: “Journey through the Most Common Genetic Blood Disorder”.
The consultant described sickle cells disease as the most common genetic disease in the world.
He said: “Worldwide 20 to 25 million people have sickle cells disease, while 12 to 15 million are in Sub Saharan Africa and 300,000 are born with the disease worldwide annually.
“Of the total number, Nigeria accounts for 150,000 and about 2-3 per cent of Nigerians have sickle cells disease.
“Nearly 90 per cent of the world’s sickle cells disease population live in Nigeria, India and Democratic Republic of Congo,” he said.
He said that Africa had the highest rate of sickle cells disease in the world and equally had the highest rate of malaria.
In his speech, the Vice-Chancellor, KADSSU, Prof. Mohammed Tanko, said the knowledge and challenges about sickle cells disease was neglected over the years.
Tanko lamented that people, especially in Nigeria, blindly fell in love without knowing their blood genotypes, which to some extent resulted in giving birth to children with sickle cells anaemia.
He lauded the efforts of the organisers of the event and urged them to sustain the tempo, describing it as educative, informative and encouraging.
NAN reports that the programme drew hundreds of sickle cells patients from within and outside Kaduna as well as many experts in the field. (NAN)
Wizkid’s runway image sells for N179,889 online
Each image of Wizkid walking the runway for Dolce & Gabbana on Saturday at the Milan Men’s Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 has been put up online for sale by a photo company for $499 (N179,889).
On Getty Images website, photos of the singer included a long shot, his back view, as well as a close shot.
All the pictures were each priced at $499, but there is a tab that can supposedly let the buyer get it for $450 apiece.
Since the photographs popped up online, Nigerians have expressed their views about the price tags.
Police nab suspected gun runner in Bayelsa
The Police Command in Bayelsa said on Tuesday that it had arrested a suspected gun runner who sold an AK 47 riffle for N500,000 and a Berrata pistol for N250,000.
DSP Asinim Butswat, Spokesperson of the command, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa that the suspect was arrested in a sting operation on June 16 at a hotel in Ekenfa 3, Yenagoa.
Butswat said that the operation was in furtherance of the directive by the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to police commands to mop up arms and ammunition from unauthorised persons.
He said that the police recovered one AK47 rifle and two Barreta pistols from the suspects who sourced the arms from the Republic of Cameroon.
He said police detectives lured the suspected notorious gun runner, who hails from Ekeremor Local Government Area of the state, under the guise of purchasing arms from him.
The spokesperson told NAN that the suspected gun runner was arrested with a 34-year-old man from Oboro Town in Delta, who usually introduced him to buyers.
“The suspect confessed that he usually travelled to the Republic of Cameroon to buy arms and ammunition in a community called Okwa, a border town with Bakassi Peninsula.
“He also admitted that he sells an AK 47 riffle for N550,000 and Berratta pistol for N250,000 in Nigeria,” Butswat said.
The police spokesperson said that efforts were underway to recover some of the guns the suspect earlier sold and arrest the buyers.
He also appealed to members of the public to provide to the police useful information that might lead to the recovery of arms from unauthorised persons. (NAN)
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