Abuja - The Senate has urged the Nigerian
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to
increase the allocation of refined and imported petroleum products to some
depots so as to meet national demand.
The House recommended increased supplies to Warri,
Port-Harcourt and Calabar.
The upper chamber of the National Assembly also urged the
NNPC to prioritize the repair and
rehabilitation of pipelines in the areas.
Senators also called on the security service to step up
security surveillance of petroleum
products pipeline throughout the country.
They urged the federal government to adequately fund the
NNPC to enable it replace the outdated pipelines currently in use with modern
pipes with in-built wavelengths for ease of surveillance.
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The development follows a motion by Senator Chukwuka
Utazi, representing Enegu North.
He noted that the high incidence of vandalism of
petroleum products pipelines under the supervisory custody of the Petroleum Products Marketing
Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of NNPC.
The lawmaker observed the NNPC through PPMC has mostly
used oastal depots in Lagos and environs for storage and distribution of
petroleum products across the country.
“This poses a danger to the environment, the populace and
the economic life of Lagos with the recurring tanker accidents as a result of
congestion and gridlocks” he said.
- CAJ News