The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsidiary, Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) have said that they are not privy to a purported plan by the Federal Government to set up an agency to safeguard Nigeria's pipeline network.
The corporation said in a statement from its acting Group Manager Public Affairs, Tumini Green yesterday in Abuja that it was unaware of such move as recently reported in the media.
NNPC stated that it does not see the need for such allegedly planned agency and was not in support of such considering its seamless acceptance of existing measures set up by the government to check pipeline vandalism and crude theft in the country.
Green said in the statement that: "This clarification has become necessary against the backdrop of reports carried by a section of the media claiming that the corporation has confirmed that there are plans to set up a pipeline protection agency." She explained that: "For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state emphatically that no member of the corporation's top management has attended any meeting where the idea to set up a Pipelines Protection Commission or any agency by whatsoever name to protect the nation's pipelines was mooted.