The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has appealed to the Federal Government to create a Pipeline Protection Agency (PPA) that will be saddled with the protection of pipelines.
Its President, Comrade Igwe Achese, gave the advice in Lagos, saying the agency should be well funded and equipped with modern gadgets like alarms, sensors and helicopters and gunships with night vision.
Commending the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for re-opening Mosimi Depot, NUPENG said the development would make distribution of petroleum products to the South- west easy and reduce the pressure on petroleum tankers that throng the Lagos axis to load.
He urged the NNPC to also re-open the System B line so that petroleum products could be dispensed through that line.
According to him, the NNPC should go further to reactivate and re-open other moribund depots in the county.
Achese lauded the corporation’s management under Dr. Maikanti Baru for the increase in refining capacity of the four refineries by 29 per cent.
He added that the new model of each refinery purchasing crude oil at export parity price, processing and selling the products on its own account was in order.