The Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority, NMDPRA, says pipelines, well heads and flow stations are the major targets of oil thieves in Nigeria.
A director in the agency Mr Faruq Ahmed, disclosed this at the resumed investigative hearing of the house of Representatives adhoc committee on crude oil theft.
Mr Ahmed also blamed faulty metering procedures, faulty instruments and lack of technology as impediments in the efforts of the agencies in tackling oil theft.
According to him, there is no proper monitoring of the metering of the crude oil produced for export due to lack of collaboration among agencies.
A member of the Committee from Rivers State Mr Awaji Abiante observed that pipeline location is not the cause of oil theft but the neglect of oil host communities.
The Chairman of the adhoc committee Mr Alhassan Rurum, insisted that the Group Managing Director of the NNPC Limited and other government agencies must physically appear before the committee to throw more light on their alleged involvement in crude oil theft.
Other agencies that are to appear according to him are the heads of Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, (NIMASA) and the Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority, (NIWA) must appear physically for investigation.
Mr Rurum said they are also to come with a list of all other agencies working in all export terminals of all the country’s oil sector.