Abuja – The military has assured the Nigeria
National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that more efforts would be put in place
to curb oil theft in the country.
The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, gave this assurance when the NNPC
Group Managing Director, Dr Emmanuel Kachikwu, paid him a courtesy visit at the
Defence Headquarters in Abuja.
He assured that the Armed Forces would interface with the
Corporation to ensure that all the
problems militating in the NNPC are given
Olonisakin noted that the Nigerian Navy had put up a lot of initiatives at ensuring that the
issue of pipeline vandalism, piracy and oil theft were addressed.
The Chief of Defence Staff asserted that military need
some support in order to put a stop to oil bunkering and other forms of
criminalities which caused Nigeria
billions of Naira in revenue.
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“It is the duty of
the military to safeguard the strategic assets of the nation,”
Kachikwu said the visit to the Defence Headquarters was
part of the efforts to work out modalities under the Chief of Defence Staff
supervision to have the military
protecting NNPC’s equipment and assets.
He pointed out that the NNPC is evolving a holistic
attitude aimed at making sure that the best manpower was used.
“We are trying to equip the Navy a lot more with boats
for patrols; we are trying to get trackers and central system to be able to
monitor every vessel that comes in and
out of the country. We have equally spoken with the Chief of Air Staff (CAS) on other effective way of
collaboration,” Kachikwu said.
He revealed that crude theft last year was in
excess of 250 000 barrels on the average daily and a lot more needed to be done
to finally curb the menace.
- CAJ News