Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Uduaghan blames oil theft on international community

25 March 2015, 09:01Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has blamed the international community for complicity in the increasing rate of crude oil theft in Nigeria.

Speaking at the inauguration of 30 gunboats procured by the Defence Headquarters for the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, he said that 80 percent of Nigeria’s stolen crude oil was exported for use by refineries outside Nigeria.

"The international community cannot be exonerated from the criminality of crude oil theft in Nigeria. The international community needs to cooperate with Nigeria to wipe out crude oil theft," he said.

Uduaghan said President Goodluck Jonathan was committed to wiping out crude oil theft, pipeline vandalization and other criminal acts bedeviling the nation’s economy.

Also Read: Government to develop new technology to fight oil theft

“This crude oil theft requires the participation of all of us. Some of the people who are involved in the crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism are our brothers, our friends and in some cases, our heroes," he said.

He added that vandalization of pipelines was impacting negatively on gas supply to power plants which in turn has reduced available power supply in the country.

“President Jonathan has done a lot in the power sector. More power plants have been completed during his administration more than any other administration, but the challenge we have now is sabotage to our gas pipelines,” the governor added.

Uduaghan meanwhile commended the military for its fight against crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism reiterating that the gunboats would boost the operations of the JTF in the Niger Delta.

Nigeria loses an estimated $6 billion yearly to crude oil theft.

- CAJ News


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...