Rising from its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Monday, in Abuja, the Natural Oil and Gas Suppliers Association of Nigeria (NOGASA), said a new method is being developed to combat the menace of pipeline vandalism in the country.


The development came after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), earlier this week, said cases of oil pipeline vandalism increased by 94 per cent in November 2019, with vandals breaking about 68 points against the 35 of the preceding month.


The Association’s National President, Benneth Korie, who denounced the development, also assured the association's support for government efforts in cleaning up the industry.


When asked about the strategies the Association will employ to tackle the challenge, he said: “We are in the oil and gas supply business, and we know what to do. We have our men; we won’t tell you because you will expose us. When we start, you will see it by yourself".


He also said the Association would begin to issue waybill to identify members that load from government-approved depots, in efforts to curtail adulterated products in the market.


"We are not going to Depots to extort money from people. We won’t collect money from anybody in any Depot in Nigeria. Though we know others do that, as oil and gas suppliers, we will for now concentrate on our business", he added.


We will complete the agreement, whereby we will support any NOGASA member that wants to collect loan from a bank by going to the bank to possibly stand for him and make sure he gets the loan. If he gets the loan on our part we are going to make sure that the product is delivered, and the money is paid back to the bank. I'm sure before the end of this month, we will conclude with the banks, he said.


He also said the group will from next week, commence the full supply of petroleum products across the country, including industrial areas.



The Guardian