The newly appointed Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kolo Kyari has commended the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) for providing a more secure environment for the organization to carry out its functions in the petroleum industry.
The GMD gave the commendation during his courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) in his office at the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Abuja. In his remarks, the GMD noted that the visit was necessary considering the important role the AFN has been playing in curtailing the activities of pipeline vandals and saboteurs of the nation’s key national economic infrastructures.
Mr Kyari further stated, that the AFN in carrying out its constitutional mandate, has created the much needed safe environment for NNPC to conduct petroleum operations for the benefit of all Nigerians.
Responding, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin congratulated the GMD on his appointment and assured him of the readiness of the AFN to collaborate with the NNPC in safeguarding Nigeria’s national economic infrastructures in the area of oil and gas.
The CDS further assured the GMD that the AFN will sustain its Operation AWATSE, which was launched to tackle the menace of pipeline vandalism in South-West Nigeria, amongst other criminal activities, adding that the AFN will also intensify its ongoing Operation DELTA SAFE in the South-South region of the country.