Presidential Candidate of the African Democratic Congress, Dumebi Kachikwu, has called for urgent action to tackle the decades-long problem of crude oil theft in Nigeria.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, Kachikwu highlighted the threat posed by organised cartels stealing Nigeria’s crude oil on a daily basis, leading to the loss of billions of dollars in revenue.
Kachikwu praised the efforts of security agencies and contracted outfits such as Tantita in the fight against crude oil theft, but also called for greater transparency and accountability in the industry. He questioned why some IOC’s under-declared their daily production and why marginal field operators sponsored the theft of crude oil to add to their daily production.
Kachikwu also demanded answers as to who issued permits for vessels carrying stolen products and who monitored Nigeria’s territorial waters. He called for the arrest and prosecution of all those involved in the criminal conspiracy of silence that has allowed the theft of Nigeria’s precious oil to continue for so long.
The Presidential Candidate stressed that this fight was not just for NNPCL and Tantita, but for all Nigerians who were being duped by a criminal cartel that was bleeding the country dry. He urged the government to go the extra mile by exposing former and current state governors, ministers and all those involved in bunkering.
Kachikwu’s speech highlighted the fierce urgency of now in tackling this critical issue that has threatened Nigeria’s economy for decades. The Presidential Candidate’s call for greater transparency and accountability in the oil industry is crucial to ensure justice is served and those who engage in unethical behavior are held accountable for their actions.