The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), said it had spent over N1.6 billion on the repairs of the vandalised pipeline between Kaduna and Kano in 2016, Leadership reports.

The NNPC group managing director, Maikanti Baru, disclosed this when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Tuesday in Kano. Mr. Baru was in Kano to inaugurate loading operations at the NNPC depot following the repairs of the vandalised pipeline.

He said the company had also expended about N2 billion to provide security for the pipelines within the last one year. “These are funds that would have been invested for providing other essential services. With the repairs of the vandalised pipeline, I am happy to tell the governor that the line is now 100 operational,” he said.