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Oil Theft: There’s calamity in Niger Delta – Mele Kyari

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Oil Theft: There’s calamity in Niger Delta – Mele Kyari

The CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari, expressed deep concern over the pervasive issue of oil theft and vandalism in the Niger Delta, labeling it a calamity. Kyari highlighted the existence of over 4,800 illegal connections on crude oil pipelines in the region, warning of its potential to disrupt the Federal Government’s projections.

Speaking before the Senate Committee on Appropriation in Abuja, Kyari emphasized the critical dependence of daily oil production on the security situation in the Niger Delta.

He expressed, “The security situation in the Niger Delta is a calamity, unparalleled elsewhere globally. Resorting to engaging non-state actors as a last resort is abnormal, but we are compelled to respond to this abnormality.”

Kyari underscored the pervasive nature of the issue, stating, “There are over 4,800 illegal connections on our pipelines, meaning nearly every kilometer has an unauthorized insertion. Even with sealing these insertions, achieving desired production becomes a challenge.”

He also highlighted the widespread issue of illegal refining in the Niger Delta, involving individuals from various parts of the country, necessitating engagement with locals to address the problem.

Kyari assured measures were underway to address the challenge, emphasizing the need to restore environmental integrity and support the affected host communities in the face of colossal damage.

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