Lagos - The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has condemned plans by the federal government to spend an additional US$1bllion to curb oil theft in the Niger Delta.
The position of the union followed announcements by President Goodluck Jonathan at the weekend in Hague, Netherlands.
Condemning the plan, PENGASSAN Public Relations Officer, Seyi Gambo, said such spending was unjustifiable.
“What has government done with the previous money budgeted for this same problem? Absolutely nothing.
“The question we should be asking is why we should be recording increase in oil theft cases when billions of Naira is spent yearly on oil theft prevention contracts.
“It shows that something is wrong somewhere. Either government is just paying lips service to the problem or somebody is just using those contracts to make money.
“Before more money is spent on this problem, I think government need to explain to Nigerians what happened to the previous billions budgeted for the same problem", he said.
Gambo called on members of the National Assembly to investigate the previous oil theft prevention contracts as it appeared that the money may have been wasted without results.
“Government does not have the moral right to spend such amounts when it has not justified the billions previously budgeted for same problem,” said Gambo.
– CAJ News
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