Ecobank Nigeria has donated two Toyota Hilux vans to Pipelines and Product Marketing Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, to support its fight against pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta region.
A statement by the bank quoted the Managing Director, Ecobank Nigeria, Mr. Jibril Aku, as saying that the negative impact of pipeline vandals on Nigerians and the economy was quite enormous, stressing the need for sustained efforts to stem their growing activities.
Aku, who was represented by the Executive Director, South South/South East, Mr. Kingsley Umadia, spoke in Warri during the handover ceremony.
He said, “Vandalism is totally unacceptable. People suffer unduly during fuel crisis and same with the economy. We will continue to do whatever we can to support the PPMC in this fight.”
The managing director reiterated that the donation was in line with the bank’s corporate social responsibility policy to contribute and make meaningful impact in its host environment, adding that the bank would continue to support initiatives that could affect people’s lives.
The statement quoted the Managing Director, PPMC, Mr. Haruna Momoh, as expressing gratitude to the bank for the donation, stating that it would go a long way to assisting the company in pipeline surveillance and repairs on timely basis.
Represented by the Executive Director, Operations, Mr. Emmanuel Wowo, the PPMC boss called on other corporate organisations to emulate the bank in its effort at ensure pumping of crude oil to Warri and Kaduna refineries, as well as the supply of white products to the public.