THE Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has urged the Federal Government to effectively monitor petroleum products pipelines to stop incessant vandalism.
Chairman, Lagos Chapter of PENGASSAN, Mr Folorunsho Oginni, gave the advice against the backdrop of reports of contamination of wells by petroleum products from broken pipelines.
Oginni said that there was the need for government to ensure that vandals of pipelines were brought to book.
``Nigerians can no longer fold their hands and watch some few individuals destroying the natural resources because they want to enrich themselves.
``Government has told us severally that over N200 billion had been lost to pipeline vandalism in the last 10 years, which has gross effects on our economy,’’ he said.
Oginni stressed that the level of pipeline vandalism and theft of products had impacted negatively on the socio-economic growth of the country.
``Frequent pipeline vandalism has affected the free flow of petroleum products across the country,’’ he said.
According to him, insecurity in the Niger Delta region also contributed significantly to the instability in the petroleum sector.
The union chairman said that with the current developments in the region might frustrate efforts of the country to become one of the top oil producing countries of the world.
Oginni said that effective security should be provided to cover the entire NNPC pipeline network to curb the menace of pipeline vandalism.
He also urged communities around the pipelines to be involved in the surveillance of the pipelines.