Giving the alarming rate of oil spill in the country, the National Oil Spill Detection and Respond Agency (NOSDRA) has sought closer collaboration with the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), to protect pipelines from vandals and save the environment from pollution.
The Director General/Chief Executive Officer of NOSDRA, Peter Idabor, made this known yesterday in Abuja, when he led management staff of the agency on a courtesy visit to the NSCDC Commandant General in his office.
He said the agency, through the visit, was seeking for deeper working relation with the NSCDC, with the objectives of closer cooperation and collaboration being anchored on many issues including security.
Idabor, therefore, requested security coverage for the agency staff by the NSCDC during field activities like surveillance of pipelines and joint investigation visit (JIV) through the NSCDC Anti-vandal Unit, adding that JIV visit happens after an oil spill had occurred and it is usually a situation that could be followed by crises
He also solicited for synergy among the two organisations on effective means of tackling the crucial challenges of pipeline vandalism and artisanal refineries that are mainly blamed for oil pollution across the Niger Delta region and beyond, by exploring proactive avenue like joint sensitisation and awareness campaign against the menace.
Source: Leadership Newspaper