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US mission speaks out on oil theft

16 December 2013, 07:36

Abuja - The United States government pledged its commitment to help the country combat oil theft.

This follows a recent visit by a delegation led by Ambassador Carlos Pascual, Special Envoy for Energy at the Department of State, and Sharon Burke Assistant, the Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy.

The crew was in the country on a fact-finding mission on oil theft and related revenue loss.

CAJ News established that the visit was at the request of the government of Nigeria.

Commenting on the visit, Ambassador Pascual said the delegation met a range of local, state, and federal officials, as well as members of Nigerian society.

“Our interlocutors in civil society, the private sector, and many parts of government affirmed that key steps to address oil theft and revenue loss have been well established particularly by Nigerian experts.”

Pascual said the mission was an indicator of the United States values its relationship with Nigeria.

“This energy-related mission is another indicator of how much the United States values its relationship with Nigeria,” he said.

Burke said in their meetings, it emerged that oil theft was posing a serious challenge to all Nigerians.

“We heard consistently that now the challenge is implementation. In all of our meetings, we heard that oil theft and revenue loss is a serious challenge for all Nigerians,” she said.

Nigeria, the continent’s leading oil producer, loses billions in revenue as a result of the scourge of oil theft.

– CAJ News


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