Human Rights

OIL THEFT WILL NO LONGER BE TOLERATED, NIGERIAN PRESIDENT WARNS

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that the Nigerian government will no longer tolerate the current theft and illegal refining of crude oil in the country’s Niger Delta region.

Buhari, represented by Vice-President Yemi Osinbanjo, issued the warning at the launch of the “Clean-Up of Ogoniland” campaign at Bodo in the Gokana Local Government area of of Rivers State on Thursday.

The president urged the regulators of oil industry to carry out their responsibilities in line with best practices. “The current oil theft and illegal refining will not be tolerated. The regulators in the oil industries must live up to expectations,” he said.

“They must ensure that oil companies carry out their operations in line with universal best services.”

Buhari said the government was laying a foundation for change to ensure the rule of law and safety of the people. The aim was to diversify the nation’s economy and provide jobs and wealth for the people.

According to him, the clean-up of Ogoniland would have sustainable development components which would benefit the people. “The methodology for the clean-up will ensure job creation for young people. The agro-allied industries required for processing of agricultural produce will also be put in place,” the president said

Source: Nam News Network