Nigeria will check pipeline vandalism and the attendant drop in crude production through the use of technology, the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Prof Aki Ibhadode, has said.
He said the wanton disruption of oil and gas infrastructure in the oil producing Niger Delta region would be a thing of the past once the government deployed the right technology to fight the menace.
Speaking during a visit to corporate headquarters of Vintage Press, publishers of The Nation and Sporting Life, in Lagos, Ibhadode said the institution has developed a robot to fight pipeline vandalism in the industry, adding that the sector would be free of untoward practices that have slow down crude production and government’s revenue, whenever the operators start using it.
Ibhadode said: “The university authorities, in conjunction with the students, has developed a robot that would help in surveilling areas where petroleum pipelines are located, and further send signals to the school, in the event that the pipelines have been tampered with.”
While reeling out the achievements of the varsity in recent times, he said it was working on a mini- refinery to boost the country’s fuel supply and ease scarcity of the product, adding that the institution has invited investors to support its works.
“The university was established by the Federal Government in 2007 to help develop the country’s oil industry. Though a state-owned institution, the school is underfunded as relevant authorities designated to help it were not forthcoming.
‘’However, the university, which was rated as the sixth petroleum institution in the world, has come out with many innovative measures to help the sector,’’ he said.
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