April 1, 2023



Once more, NNPCL laments over oil theft, vandalism, others in Nigeria, Senate, Kyari search capital punishment

The Chief Government Officer (CEO) of the Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Firm Restricted (NNPCL), Mela Kyari, declared Tuesday that Nigeria is in calamitous scenario over oil theft, pipeline vandalism with attendant low manufacturing.

Kyari who said this earlier than the Senate’s joint committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Petroleum (Upstream) and Gasoline, concurred with suggestion made by Senator Albert Bassey Akpan (PDP Akwa Ibom North East), that capital punishment must be put in place for offenders.

In accordance with him, the crime on oil theft in Nigeria has been on for a few years and particularly about 22 years in the past however the dimension and price it assumed in latest time, was unprecedented.

“As earlier said because of the oil theft, Nigeria losses about 600, 000 barrels per day which isn’t wholesome for the Nation’s economic system and particularly , the authorized operators within the discipline which had led to shut down of a few of their operational amenities.

“However in rising as much as the extremely disturbing problem, NNPCL, has in latest time in collaboration with related safety businesses , clamped down on the financial saboteurs.

“In the middle of the clamp down throughout the final six weeks , 395 unlawful refineries have been de – activated , 274 reservoirs destroyed , 1, 561 metallic tanks destroyed , 49 vehicles seized and essentially the most hanging of all, is the 4kilometeres unlawful oil connection line from Forcados Terminal into the ocean which had been in operation undetected for 9 strong years “, he stated .

He defined additional to the committee that in addressing the menace, NNPCL carried out aerial survelance of the affected areas , and noticed the financial saboteurs finishing up their actions unchallenged and unperturbed.

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“The issue at hand will not be solely safety however social as locals in most areas the place the unlawful refiners function , unknowingly function their workers by mistaking them for operatives of licensed firms for oil exploration and manufacturing within the space,” he added.

He additional added that being an issue requiring pressing resolution , the Cambodia and Mexico fashions of nvolvement of non – state actors is being adopted by NNPCL with involvement of three non-public safety firms.

“Shouldn’t be irregular to contain non – state actors for cover of oil pipelines and different essential infrastructure as accomplished in Cambodia and Mexico which produced desired outcomes,” he stated.

On non – remittances from NNPCL into the federation account since January , Kyari informed the committee members that the corporate will not be owing Nigeria however Nigeria owing it N1.3trillion.

In his closing remarks, the Chairman of the joint committee , Senator Mohammed Sabo Nakudu (APC Jigawa South West), informed the NNPCL boss to get ready for oversight capabilities on Port Harcourt and Warri Refineries claimed to have been rehabilitated.

Just about all members of the three committees , attended the interactive session which lasted for about 4 hours.