Foreign and indigenous firms operating in the Nigerian oil and gas industry will have to install electronic monitoring devices to prevent vandalism of oil installations across the country. 

This was one of the conclusions at a two- day stakeholders consultation on the draft national gas and oil policy. 

Mr Gbite Adeniji, senior technical adviser on upstream and gas to the Minister of State for petroleum resources, stated it was important for companies to start putting in place oil field security systems. 

Adeniji, while explaining the difference between the draft NOP and the bill before the National Assembly, stated that the vandalism of pipelines had severely impacted the sector negatively. Speaking on oil field security as contained in the draft NOP, Adeniji said, “Oil companies are to be charged with electronic surveillance. The time is overdue for Nigeria to build a digital oil field.”