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FG will use artificial intelligence to tackle crude oil theft and vandalism

Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja

The Federal Government is working to ensure that pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft are tackled through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) that solves complex problems in ways comparable to human logic and reasoning, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Ambassador Nicholas Agbo Ella, has said.

A statement issued yesterday by the Director of Information in the Ministry, Mrs. Oluwakemi Ogunmakinwa, revealed that the Permanent Secretary stated this in his opening address at a one-day stakeholder meeting on the theme: “Mainstreaming Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in the Future”. National Petroleum Policy’, organized by the ministry in Abuja.

The Permanent Secretary noted that AI is the science and engineering of creating intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs that can process information and produce results autonomously.
He explained that the interactive session would undoubtedly fill the gap that still exists in the National Petroleum Policy (NPP) by introducing or mainstreaming Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the National Petroleum Policy (NPP) for effective operations within the National Petroleum Policy (NPP). Nigerian oil and gas industry.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Director, Midstream and Downstream Division of the ministry, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, stated that the engagement was aimed at exploring the transformative potential of advanced technologies in shaping the future of our petroleum industry , saying that in recent years: The world has witnessed an unprecedented acceleration of technological progress, especially in the areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
“These advanced technologies have the power to revolutionize the way we operate in the Midstream and Downstream sectors, from optimizing supply chains and refining processes to improving safety and reliability in our activities.

The adoption of this technology will also help reduce security concerns affecting the oil and gas infrastructure in our country,” Abubakar said.
The Director pointed out that the stakeholder engagement would delve into various aspects of integrating machine learning and artificial intelligence into the National Petroleum Policy.

Participants at the event were from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources (MPR), Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Nigeria Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) and Federal University of Technology. , Minna, while a communiqué would be adopted at the end of the Stakeholders Engagement.