The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, has urged the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, to assist in the protection of the corporation’s facilities from vandals.
Baru said this in Benin on Wednesday when he paid homage to the monarch.
He said NNCP had two major companies in Benin, the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company and Integrated Data Service.
Baru said the support was needed to end pipeline vandalism, adding that NNPC was using a huge sum of money to repair the pipelines destroyed.
The NNPC chief executive also appealed to Oba Ewuare II to help educate the people of oil and gas producing communities to create enabling environment that would, in the short term, provide economic benefits to the people.
He assured the Oba that NNPC would continue to provide scholarships to the youth in the host communities, especially those studying related courses and the orphans.
Oba Ewuare urged Baru and the NNPC to do more in the provision of contracts and employments to the people in the host communities.
The monarch further appealed to the NNPC to do more in providing sufficient food for the people.
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