No pipeline vandalism recorded in 3 months – Kachikwu

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The Nigerian government, Wednesday, said it has witnessed no pipeline vandalism arising from militant activities in the Niger Delta in the past three months, Premium Times reports.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, made this known at the ongoing Oil Technology Conference 2017 holding in Houston, Texas, United States. A statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Idang Alibi, stated that the near zero rupturing of pipelines in the oil rich region was mainly due to the consultations and ongoing discussions with Niger Delta stakeholders.

According to the statement, pursuing peace, security and stability in the Niger Delta was an integral aspect of the implementation of the ministry’s target for the year. Mr. Kachikwu had announced in 2016 that the government was working hard to record no vandalism of oil pipelines in 2017. He also explained that there were efforts to substantially reduce youth restiveness in the Niger Delta.