By Hugo Odiogor
Mr. Peter Idabor, the Director General of National Oil Spill Detec-tion and Response Agency, NOSDRA, has solicited the support of Nigerian Navy to check cases of breakage of pipelines and stealing of crude and refined products by van-dals.
The NODSRA Boss, who assumed office early this year, paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral O. S. Ibrahim in Abuja to seek the support of the Navy in areas of patrolling of sea and coast-line, especially during oil spill incidents.
He said areas in which he needed assistance from the Navy were in the provision of vessels for oil recovery, rendering assistance to vessels in distress, assisting with early warning system and other communication support. He also sought for continuous provision of currents and tidal informa-tion, and assistance in the recovery operation in the sea.
Idabor said: “The Nige-rian Navy has the structu-res that can be useful to NOSDRA if all their facilities are placed at the disposal of the Agency.
He said that they have established offices in all locations and that NOSDRA field officers needs to interface with them for the purpose of a good working relationship.
On his own part, the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral O. S. Ibrahim thanked the NOSDRA Boss for his visit, stressing that “cooperative engagement is the trend all over the World now, Agencies and institutions interface and come together for good”.
The Chief of Naval Staff called for continuous dialogue and discussion in order to strengthen the system for the over all benefit of the society.