Abuja - The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), has called for the establishment of pipeline protection agency to monitor and reduce pipelines vandalism.
NUPENG General Secretary, Issac Aberare, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja that the incoming administration should take the establishment of such agency as priority.
He said that the establishment of the agency had become imperative due to frequent destruction of pipelines across the country.
Aberare urged the incoming administration to ensure that local refineries were maintained.
He also urged the incoming government to establish more refineries to reduce fuel importation especially now that the price of the commodity had fallen at the international market.
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According to the NUPENG scribe, there is need to build more refineries to refine crude oil products to meet the local demand and for export to neighboring countries to generate foreign currency.
"Government must make sure that the pipelines supplying products from the main source to outlets are working to lessen the movement of trucks on the highways.
"For instance, if the pipeline supplying products from Lagos to Kaduna or Gusau is working, no truck coming from there would block the Apapa road.
He also urged the government to rehabilitate the roads leading to the depots in various states of the federation to reduce road mishap.