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Oil Pipeline Saboteurs Are Not “Ordinary Nigerians”– Buhari

Oil Pipeline Saboteurs Are Not “Ordinary Nigerians”– Buhari
The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari explained that the sophistication of destroying oil pipeline by Niger state military in the state might not be “ordinary Nigerians”.

Buhari said almost 70 kilometers pipelines was blow up, which indicates that they involved professionals skills, and warned the drilling industry to monitor their members to ensure that professionals are not position their skills as economic saboteur.

This was stated after the president inauguration as the Grand Patron of the NAE (Nigerian Academy of Engineering) awarded by Mrs. Joana Maduka, at Aso Rock.

President Buhari said: “How can an ordinary Nigerian go into the sea, 70 kilometers or more, and blow up oil installations? That cannot be an ordinary Nigerian. So, I hope you will appeal to your colleagues to make sure that what we have built, they should safeguard it, whether they are working with multinationals or the government.”‎

However, President Buhari vary with the saying that Nigerian engineers were under-utilized, claiming that 90% of the country refinery builders were indeed Nigerian engineers.

Buhari also said that the federal government normally takes engineers seriously in term of nation building.

He said about four Nigerian refineries are not functioning well , saying the engineers are not to be blame, but the country's leadership.

“‎I think that if Nigerian engineers are denied their roles, it is not the fault of the profession, it is the fault of some individual governments. Other governments have done their best and found Nigerian engineers competent and cost-effective. Nigerian engineers are very quick in performing in the field”. He said

The President added that both military and civilian administration over the years depended on Nigerian engineers for design and constructions across the country.

Buhari said: “By insisting that we must be cost-effective in building infrastructure, we will utilize Nigerian engineers. I respect them a lot, and I know it takes time to be trained as an engineer,”

The President noted that local engineers contributed over 90 percent to the design and realization of two refineries, 2,500 km of pipelines and 20 depots in the country during his time as Minister of Petroleum in the mid 70s, adding that the success of the Petroleum Trust Fund largely hinged on their skills.

He explained that during his time as minister of Petroleum in the mid 70s, over 90% of the realization of two refineries, 2,500km of pipeline and 20 depots in the country are designed by local engineering. Which brings success of petroleum Trust Fund.

“Somehow, every time and anywhere I have served in this country, we found it cost-effective to use Nigerian engineers, and we relied on their capacity to understudy, learn and deliver.

“It will be wrong to fault Nigerian engineers for the failure of (our) refineries. You should blame the political leadership. How can you build and not know how to maintain an asset?”

President Buhari also said that both the country military and civilian government depends on the country engineers for plans and construction in the country.

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