The group managing director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru, disclosed the corporation has hardly record any incident of pipeline vandalism or security breach along its System 2B pipeline network that cuts across Osun State.

According to him, NNPC has over the years enjoyed tremendous support from Osun State as a neighboring state that hosts the corporation’s System 2B pipeline segments connecting Mosimi Depot with Ibadan, Ore and Ilorin depots.

A statement issued by NNPC spokesman, Ndu Ughamadu said Dr. Baru, disclosed this while receiving Governor Rauf Aregbesola at the NNPC Towers in Abuja, Thursday.

“I am happy to inform you that over the years, we hardly record any incident of pipeline vandalism or security breach along our System 2B pipeline network that cuts across Osun State. This is attributable to the efforts of the State Government and the law-abiding people of the state,” Baru was quoted to have said.

Meanwhile, the corporation is said to be in serious discussions with the Osun State Government on collaboration over establishing a state-of-the-art retail filling station as part of efforts to expand its network of retail stations nationwide.

According to the GMD, Osun State government has completed a modern 26 nozzle retail station and is planning to lease it out to the corporation.

“Our strategy for the NNPC Retail is to capture as much of the downstream retail market in the country as possible. A state like Osun is very central to our expansion drive. Having looked at the possibilities, we are committed to taking the discussions further.”

“We have reached an advanced stage in our discussions. Next week, we are expected to further discussions on commercial terms of offer with the state Government’s team,” Baru stated.

He explained that the partnership would not only expand the downstream fuel distribution and retail in the state, it would also ensure adequate products availability as well as improve commercial return on investment.

Responding, Governor Aregbesola said he was in the NNPC to commend the corporation for its interest in driving development in Osun State.

“We are here to discuss collaboration on fuel distribution and possible opportunities where NNPC can invest in my state. We are progressing with the talks on the mega station and we are satisfied with the discussions so far,” Governor Aregbesola stated.

He said in order to assist the NNPC to ensure smooth distribution of petroleum products across the state, he has set up a taskforce on fuel distribution, working with the NNPC Depot in Ibadan and the marketers in the state.

“We have mandated them to do everything possible to assist the NNPC achieve its aim of ensuring smooth distribution of petroleum products across the state” he added.

In another development, NNPC said no fewer than 160 firms of professional estate surveyors and valuers participated in the bid to provide the Corporation with valuation and land acquisition services.

The group general manager (GGM), Supply Chain Management, Mr. Shehu Liman, was said to have disclosed this during a public bid opening exercise conducted by the corporation in furtherance of its commitment to transparency in its procurement process.

The Corporation said in a statement that representatives of some of the bidding firms who witnessed the exercise expressed satisfaction, describing NNPC as a transparent company.