The management of the Izon-ibe Security services has made a strident call on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to approve the demands made by the company to increase its present staff strength for more effective coverage of oil pipelines under its surveillance.
The Managing Director of the security company, Chief James Jephthah, made the call while reacting to a fire incident which occurred along the Kolo Creek to Remuekpe (TNP) 20-inch trunk line at Oruma in Ogbia LGA of Bayelsa State.
Investigations showed that the fire was caused by persons believed to be pipeline vandals.
However, the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), owners of the trunk line, has since put out the fire, following the timely alarm raised by the Izon-ibe Security services, which is contracted to carry out surveillance on the pipeline in the affected area.
Izon-ibe Security services hereby advise all pipeline vandals and their cohorts to stay clear of all the pipelines in Bayelsa state in their best interest or face the full wrath of the law.
In a statement issued by the Managing Director of the security company, he said the current number of staff is grossly inadequate to cover every inch of the trunk line which covers a vast spread of pipelines in Ogbia, Nembe, Brass and Yenagoa Local Government Areas of Bayelsa State.
It would be recalled that a similar call has been made in an earlier report sent to the NNPC, which underscored the fact that the present 1,500 staff strength was far below what was required to effectively secure the trunk line.
Meanwhile, the company has deployed its staffs to man all strategic areas that are likely flash points and has assured 24 hours surveillance of the pipelines