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NUPENG condemns militants’ vandalism in Niger Delta

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The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has condemned militants who blew up pipelines in the Niger Delta.

The leadership of the union said perpetrators should face the music.

Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, the South-West Chairman of the union, said on Tuesday in Lagos that the incident was barbaric and a national economic sabotage.

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Korodo urged the government to apprehend and punish the perpetrators as the act had led to the shutting down of both Kaduna and Port-Harcourt refineries.

He urged the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to ensure the act did not lead to scarcity of petroleum products in the country by adopting a credible alternative measure.

Korodo, however, assured Nigerians that the union had measures in place to ensure that petroleum tankers coming to load petroleum products were not stranded.

He said they would try their best to control traffic so that loaded petroleum tankers could get to their destinations timely.

“Now the union is aware that petroleum tankers were coming from the north and eastern parts of the country to load in private depots in Lagos.

“We have made adequate arrangements to ensure it did not degenerate into gridlock,“ he said.

Niger Delta militants on January 14 blew up the Abiteye flow station and Sagara Chevron pipelines in Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta.

The attack came few hours after multiple explosions rocked several oil installations between Ikpokpo and Odidi flow stations, mostly in Gbaramatu Kingdom, leading to the closure of Kaduna and Port-Harcourt Refineries by NNPC. (NAN)

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