Lagos - An oil and gas expert, Edwin Nwachukwu, on Monday advised the National Assembly to enact stiff laws to punish crude oil thieves and pipeline vandals.
Nwachukwu, a manager at Energy, Oil and Gas Ltd., Port Harcourt, made the suggestion in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said that the manner in which crude oil was being stolen and pipelines vandalised indicated that highly placed persons were involved.
He said that the security agencies that were to track down the vandals were not performing up to the standard.
“Our security agencies should do their jobs and apprehend these vandals who are sabotaging our economy.”
“The tactics of crude oil thieves are well known and should not be a problem for the security forces in the country,” he said.
Nwachukwu said that the situation could worsen if oil thieves and pipeline vandals were not severely punished now.
The expert urged the community leaders to desist from encouraging youths who engaged in nefarious activities.
He said that besides the economic effects, the vandals were also destroying the eco-system, the land and water which the oil and gas communities relied on for sustenance.
Nwachukwu also called on government to take a second look at the funding of the committee on mismanagement of subsidy fund.
He said that the full implementation of committee’s reports would encourage development in the oil and gas sector.