Governors&Rsquo; Forum Set To Tackle Oil Theft

The Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) has said it will check the challenge of oil theft in

the country.

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.

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