The National Security Adviser (NSA), Malam Nuhu Ribadu, says the country is still losing 400,000 barrels of crude oil daily to local and international thieves despite efforts to end the menace.
Ribadu confirmed this when he led a presidential delegation to inspect oil and gas facilities at Owaza in Abia and Odogwa in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers on Saturday.
He said the activities of oil thieves and pipeline vandals had impacted negatively on the nation’s economy and were partly responsible for the rising cost of living in the country.
“It’s unfortunate that few individuals would steal our common resources, and in the process cause unbelievable loss to both the nation, communities and the people.
“Nigeria has the capacity to produce 2 million barrels of crude daily, but we are currently producing less than 1.6 million barrels due to theft and vandalism of pipelines.
“So, we are talking about 400,000 barrels of crude oil going to waste with few criminals and economic saboteurs not even getting much out of it,” he said.
Ribadu said the operators of artisanal refineries collect a small quantity of crude oil when they broke the pipelines while larger volumes of oil were spilled on the environment.
“The value of 400,000 barrels of oil today is about 4 million dollars, and every day, we lose this amount because of this irresponsible behaviour.
“If you multiply 4 million dollars by 365 days (one year), you will see that it is a lot of money running into billions of dollars.
“Currently, the country is in desperate need of money as the Naira is continuously losing its value because we earn less money.
“If we earn more money, it will not only help strengthen our currency but reflect in everything, including cost of living in the country,” he added.
The NSA said that the President Bola Tinubu administration was concerned about the development and was already taking actionable steps to address the matter.
He said huge investments made by the government in building infrastructures for the common good of all were being destroyed by few individuals, and in the process, destroying the environment.
Ribadu called for a united front to tackle oil theft and end decades of attacks on the nation’s oil and gas infrastructures.
“We are working hard with the security forces and those employed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to secure our facilities and end this madness called oil theft,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on the presidential delegation with the NSA were the Minister of Defence, Baduru Abubakar, and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa.
Others included the Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Hassan Abubakar; Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, and Minister of State (Oil), Petroleum Resources, Heineken Lokpobiri.
The Minister of State (Gas), Petroleum Resources, Ekperipe Ekpo, and senior management officials of the NNPCL as well as other top security personnel were part of tbe team.
LG Chairman Assures Corps Members Of Security Of Lives In Bauchi
Mr Markus Lusa, the caretaker Chairman of Bogoro Local Government Area of Bauchi state has assured the corps members serving in the area of security of their lives and property.
He made the assurance on Thursday during a town hall meeting between the corps members and the Bogoro local government council stakeholders, organised by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in the area.
Lusa, who explained that the council was always partnering with all the security agencies in the area, added that the council was ready to partner with NYSC to better the lives of the corps members serving in the local government.
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Represented by Mr Markus Nahemia, the Director, Administration and General Services, Bogoro LGA, Lusa urged the corps members to be patient as all their previous demands would be met in due time.
Earlier, Mr David Dauda, Bogoro Local Government Inspector (LGI) of NYSC, enjoined the stakeholders in the area to encourage corps members by financing community development projects that would have a positive impact on the lives of the members of their host communities.
He appreciated the government and the people of Bogoro for being corps members friendly, adding that the LGA could best be described as a home away from home to Corps members.
In his remarks, Mr Saul Mamman, the Education Secretary, Bogoro Local Education Authority, said that assisting corps members to execute community development service projects would lead to greater social impact and sustainable change in the local communities.
Speaking on behalf of the corps members, the Corps Liaison Officer (CLO), Bogoro Local Government, Mr Daniel Obioma described the programme as apt and timely.
While commending the people of the area for being accommodating and hospitable to corps members, Obioma said that the event would assist them in discharging their duties effectively.
Subsidy: CSO Threatens To Thwart Labour’s Oct 3 Planned Indefinite Strike
A Civil Society Organisation, CSO, operating under the aegis of Civil Society and Workers Dialogue Forum (CSWDF), has expressed its disapproval of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and the Trade Union Congress, TUC’s planned indefinite strike scheduled to commence on Tuesday, October 3, 2023.
The organisation described the proposed strike as sabotage and deliberate mischief, saying the union wasn’t sensitive to its part of dialogue with the Federal Government over the fuel subsidy removal impasse.
Reacting to the planned strike in a statement jointly signed and issued on Thursday by the group’s convener, Abubakar Ibrahim and co-conveners, Bashir Faisal and Rafiu Shaibu, they assured of their support if the two workers’ unions decided to toe the path of nobility.
According to the CSO, the Nigeria Labour Congress fully agreed to the withdrawal of fuel subsidy, which they also earlier advocated for, adding that “having the subsidy that has been draining government for centuries removed, it should be supported by all stakeholders”.
The group, having acknowledged the difficulty faced by Nigerians, explained that the Federal Government has made deft moves in rehabilitating the refineries to reduce the cost of petrol and gas importation.
It added that the recent distribution of palliative to the tune of N5 billion to each of the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT are part of mitigation measures until things normalise as no government anywhere in the world derives pleasure in the suffering of its people.
“The wage increase of workers is being negotiated with NLC constituting membership of the committee, hence, we are appalled at what the proposed strike intended to achieve.
“As opposed to the past, the NLC has always been on the negotiation table before any decision was taken by this administration.
“We recalled that in June this year, the Union was in talks with the FG over fuel subsidy removal without carrying other stakeholders along, which we protested our exclusion.
“Having agreed with President Bola Tinubu’s administration, only for the workers Union to recant and propose an indefinite strike is counter-productive and we will mobilise our members across the 36 States and FCT for anti-NLC protest.
“This statement should serve as official notice to the Director of State Service DSS, IGP and other security agencies, that we are going to mobilise to streets against NLC on 3rd October, 2023,” the CSO stressed.
The group recalled that some states have purchased buses for public transportation and have also added funds to the federal government’s offer to them, insisting that the proposed strike was inappropriate.
Nigerian Artistes In Strange Covenant With Devil – Nigerian Prophet
The spiritual head of the Wisdom Church of Christ International, Prophet Bisi Olujobi, has said some Nigerian artistes have entered a strange covenant with the devil.
The Prophet said this in a statement he made available to DAILY POST on Thursday.
According to him, the artistes, in the desperation to achieve stardom, seek favour from the devil.
However, he noted that these celebrities did not know that the devil would take something back for every favour received from him.
“The devil cannot give anything without taking something reasonable in return. That is the game of the devil which they (Nigerian artistes) fail to realize,” he disclosed.
Olujobi called on Nigerian artistes and their African counterparts to return to God, who he described as the giver of all gifts.
The cleric said the strange covenant between the artistes and the devil would be the reason behind the untimely end of some of them in their prime.
“Nigerian artistes and their African counterparts have to return to God, the giver of all gifts, as many of them have entered into strange covenant that will eventually cut off their light at their peak,” he stressed.
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