The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) general managing director M.K. Baru has supported security forces to flush out militancy in the Niger Delta for the fact that they are costing the organization and Nigeria huge losses. He said this when he made a courtesy call to the Chief of Defense Intelligence, Air Vice Marshall Mohammed Sani Usman on Thursday, October 6.

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Baru said:
“We are here to seek for your further support and collaboration on matters of strategic national importance as it affects our operations.
“The impacts of the despicable acts of pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft on our operations are huge; the losses are mind-boggling. Other impacts are loss of lives, high cost of operations, refinery shut-down, fuel crisis and environmental degradation.
“We are committed to collaborating with the DIA towards eliminating hemorrhage of losses, revenue deferments & energy security threats. NNPC will work to strengthen its collaboration with the DIA and other government security agencies in securing and safeguarding national assets.”

“We wish to request that the DIA sustains and facilitates personnel deployment and presence at our critical operational facilities when required.
“As part of our 12 Business Focus Areas, we’re establishing a security advisory council to renew our strategies & security architecture. The security advisory council will ensure robust community engagement & regularly provide crucial inputs to d national security team.”

“The DIA will continue to support the NNPC towards ensuring the security of the nation’s oil and gas facilities.
“The problems in the Oil and Gas sector is something that should worry every Nigerian because it has a direct bearing on our economy. The challenges b4 us today are huge. I urge the NNPC and other IOCs to identify the most critical infrastructure for us to come and assist them.
“We will continue to provide useful intelligence towards securing the nation’s oil and gas facilities especially on our waterways. “I assure u that whatever we can do to help NNPC overcome these security challenges, we will do it in d interest of our nation.”