Thursday, June 2, 2011

Nigerian government employs 12,000 youths to protect oil pipelines

LAGOS, Nigeria - Nigeria's federal government has employed 12,000 youths from the oil-producing Niger Delta region to provide security for key oil pipelines in their immediate communities, according to a statement from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

In the statement, the government reiterated its resolve to protect the over 5,000 kilometers of crude and petroleum products pipelines across the country. It said the pipeline protection scheme was an integral part of the government's amnesty and rehabilitation program for Niger Delta youths.

Hundreds of people have died from explosions while scooping fuel from pipelines broken by oil thieves in the oil region.

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