The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) has disclosed that the recent onslaught against oil thieves by the Company, in collaboration with security agencies, has started yielding handsome results.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja, the group chief executive officer of the company, Mr. Mele Kyari, said at the last count, the federal government has discovered no less than 295 illegal connections to the NNPC pipelines.
Kyari who addressed the audience at the Legislative Transparency & Accountability Summit held in the nation capital, Kyari said thousands of illegal refineries have been taken down by security agents and investigators
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“We have seen thousands of illegal refineries that we have taken down in the last 45 months. We have seen connection in a 200 kilometre line. We have up to 295 illegal connections to our pipelines and many of them have been there for years,” he said.
The summit was organised by the House of Representatives Anti-Corruption Committee with the theme, ‘Enhancing Transparency & Accountability in the Oil & Gas Sector’.
The NNPC boss following the massive oil theft going on in Nigeria, production equally declined to about 1.1 million barrels from 1.8 million about January of last year.
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He said while the country is losing about 700,000 barrel of crude daily, it is not all the crude lost that is as a result of activities of oil bunkers, adding some oil companies sometimes refuse to pump crude into the export line when they discover that such crude does not get to the export terminal.
Kyari said much of the successes that were achieved in the recent past are owed to the change of tactics adopted by the Nigerian federal government.
According to him, with the approval of the NNPC adopted use the services of private security firms to police the pipelines, and that working in collaboration with other security agencies, they have recorded a lot of achievement.