Area Manager of Pipelines and Products Marketing Company Limited, Kaduna Engineer Anthony Onwuka, at the weekend listed high level corruption, political sabotage and the culture of criminal impunity as some causes of pipeline vandalism in the country over the years.
Speaking on “Oil Pipeline Vandalism and Security in Nigeria: Role of Professionals,” at an interactive forum organized by the Nigeria Society of Engineers, Onwuka said it is retrogressive for a developing country such as Nigeria to lose unaccountable billions to vandalism annually.
According to him, the impact of oil pipeline vandalism on the national economy is massive and risky, leading to heavy loss of petroleum products and frequent repair cost.
He also lamented the huge financial cost to various security agencies as well as logistics of protecting the pipelines, farm lands destroyed, polluted rivers and aquatic lives is unhealthy for a developing economy such as Nigeria’s.
He however, tasked Nigerian engineers to help design machinery that will aid effective surveillance and monitoring of pipelines in the country.
He however, recommended that government should enact laws to punish culprits, equip Joint Task Force outfits, encourage youth empowerment across the country and apply latest Information Technology to contain activities of pipeline vandals in the country.