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Air-Force, SPDC collaborate on periodic surveillance of pipeline

12 February 2014, 09:57

Abuja -The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Adesola Amosu, has said that the Nigerian Air Force and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) would collaborate on periodic surveillance on SPDC pipelines.

Amosu made this known when he received officials of the SPDC in Abuja.

“The situation in the Niger Delta is very important to us. As a matter of fact, we have dedicated platforms to give us cover, but we cannot come in without invitation.

“But I am happy you came early to see what we can package and be able to continue and I think the problem in the Niger Delta is not too difficult to overcome.

“We will be there, and we need early warnings and then we are there if you delay one or two days you are not going to see much,’’ he said.

Amosu also said despite its involvement in operations in the North-Eastern part of the country, the Air Force was capable of coming into the Niger Delta area to help out.

“We are doing a lot without your knowledge. Sometimes we strike on our own because we already know what to look out for if we think the vessel is illegal,” he said.

Earlier, Chairman/Managing Director, SPDC, Mutiu Sunmonu, solicited the support of the Air Force in tackling security challenges in the Niger Delta, particularly as they affect the company’s operations.

Sunmonu, who was represented by Francis Agas, said the team was at NAF Headquarters to congratulate the Chief of Air Staff on his appointment.

He said that the team also wanted to use the opportunity to intimate the Air Force on its operations in the Niger Delta.

"We also want to use the opportunity to solicit greater cooperation between the Air Force and the oil producing company.

-    NAN

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