The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has said it will check the challenge of oil theft in
Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan disclosed this on behalf of the forum
while fielding questions from journalists at the venue of the NGF meeting of Jonah Jang’s
faction, Sunday night
Uduaghan said that the measures taken by the Forum to support the Federal Government
were paying off.
According to him, the Forum had to do something after the shutdown of two major
pipelines (Trans-Niger and Nembe) which led to the combined loss of about 300,000
barrels per day.
“This resulted in the drop of our oil output from 2.5million bpd to 2.1million bpd. But as
I speak today, the two pipelines vandalized and damaged
have been repaired and re-opened”, he said.
He argued that the cooperation and vigilance of all Nigerians was necessary to check
illegal oil bunkering which has drastically reduced the
socio-economic potentials of the country.
Also briefing newsmen after the Forum’s meeting, the vice chairman and Governor of
Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko said that the NGF has resolved to streamline their
position on the on-going review of the constitution and come up with a common position
for the Governors.
The Governors also considered the current strike action by members of the Academic
Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)and appealed to lecturers to call off the strike in the
interest of the nation’s educational development.