As the country struggles to curb the increasing rate of insecurity in all quarters, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (GMD, NNPC), Engr. Andy Yakubu has disclosed that adequate steps are being taken by the corporation to effectively reposition its Security Service delivery to become technology-driven and knowledge-based.
The GMD who made this pronouncement at the first ever Security Awareness Programme held at the NPDC Head office in Benin City on Tuesday, 16th April, 2013, added that a number of security enhancement and upgrade projects are being executed at all its business units nationwide to ensure adequate protection of personnel, assets and operations.
With the theme: “Security- A Catalyst for Survival and Growth”, Engr. Yakubu who was represented by the Executive Director of Services of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC), Mr. Ishaya Timothy emphasized that as the highest revenue generating agency of the Federal Government, NNPC is a strategic and determining factor in the continued sustenance of the country’s economy.
Therefore as security challenges become more intense, the NNPC boss admitted that it was time staff and their families were kept abreast with measures to take at any point in time, if confronted with these unsavory developments.
The GMD used the occasion to call for increase in security education and awareness amongst personnel and their families as it would groom them on the right steps to take to surmount the emerging challenges.
Engr. Yakabu stressed the role of the Petroleum Industry as unique and imperative that staff and their families, the facilities, reputation, operations and proprietary assets of the sector must be adequately protected.
Series of lectures were presented on topical issues for staff enlightenment on Kidnapping, Personal Security and Measures to take if faced with the challenge. Statistics shown during the Programme depicted that major targets for kidnapping and threat have been influential personalities in our society especially Executives of Oil and Gas Industry.
The following tips on preventing kidnapping and threats were highlighted:
· Maintaining a low profile
· Protecting computed and electronic activities
· Security of sensitive personal information
· Development and implementation of a comprehensive Security Plan
· Controlling one’s space
· Noticing and reporting any unusual act
· Being unpredictable and change pattern of activities
Another lecture on “Global Security Situation” centered on Globalization and how it has broken many barriers. Security was also identified as the worst hit on Globalization and Information revolution.
The need for maximum National Security on economic assets of high net value such as NNPC pipelines, refineries, tank farms, National Defence/Strategic facilities, and High profile personalities were said to be crucial for optimum production of Oil and Gas for the benefit of all Nigerians and a boom in Nigerian economy at large.
It should be noted that the programme was held simultaneously at all NNPC’s Corporate Services Units and Strategic Business Units.