Reps seeks overhaul of security systems to tackle oil theft
The Chairman of the House of Representatives Special Committee on Oil Theft/Losses, Hon Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, has called for an urgent comprehensive review and overhaul of the county’s surveillance and security measures.
Ado-Doguwa made the call during a visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Gwabin Musa, in Abuja.
The lawmaker, who spoke against the backdrop of the recent apprehension of the vessel MT Kali, laden with over 200,000 liters of illicitly acquired crude oil, observed that this incident has not only intensified concerns but also brought to light the depth and complexity of such criminal activity
He said as the Chairman of the vital Special Committee of the House, it was his solemn duty to address this pressing matter regarding the escalating issue of crude oil theft in Nigeria.
Ado-Doguwa sought the support and cooperation of the Chief of Defence Staff to facilitate the critical mission.
He lauded the prompt and decisive action taken by the Chief of Defence Staff to initiate an in-depth investigation into this case..
This proactive response he said, is a testament to President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s unwavering commitment to confronting and eradicating the problem from the nation.
He said, “Our Committee, instituted by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, on the 22nd of November, is entrusted with the thorough investigation of the intricate web of oil theft and losses within our nation’s oil and gas sector.
“This task extends to scrutinizing the involvement of various elements, ranging from illicit entities and local communities to corporate employees and security forces.