Federal Government determined to stop economic devastation occasioned illegal refiners, pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft.

Written by on March 24, 2022

The Federal Government says it is determined to stop the economic devastation occasioned by the activities of illegal refiners, pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft in the country.

The Minister of State Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said this on Wednesday at Bonny Island, Rivers, while addressing officers of the 146 Battalion and other security agencies represented in the fight against oil theft.

Sylva was on an assessment tour on some illegal refinery sites at the Niger Delta region creek with the Chief of Defence Staff, Major- General Lucky Irabor, and Group Managing Director, NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, among other dignitaries.

Sylva said President Muhammadu Buhari had directed that the illegal activities must stop and had called for an assessment of the devastation occasioned by the activities of the criminals.

The minister said the final solution to the problem required three elements which included involvement of the community, the government security and the operating companies.

Amen J Kantiyok

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