Nigeria may lose $23bn to oil theft in 2023, says Monguno
The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, has warned that the Federal Government may lose an estimated $23 billion next year if the crude oil theft persists in the country.
The comment was made by Monguno on Tuesday, November 6, during the inauguration of a special investigation panel set up to check crude oil theft in the country.
NSA worried about poor revenue from the oil sector
General Monguno at the event, expressed worries that Nigeria currently produces one million barrels of crude oil per day as against the two million barrels daily target allocated to it by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
He lamented the challenge of poor revenues accruing to the government from the oil sector and charged members of the newly inaugurated committee to work towards reducing the menace.
The committee is expected to submit its report by February 21st, 2023.
For the record: Crude oil theft has become a very thorny issue in Nigeria for several years with huge volumes of oil being lifted by some cabal in the oil industry, with serious consequences on the country’s revenue and economy.
Recall that earlier in October, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) announced that it had uncovered an illegal 4-kilometre pipeline connected from Forcados Terminal and operated for 9 years with about 600,000 barrels per day of oil lost in the same period.
The Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NNPC, Mele Kyari, had about 2 weeks ago while appearing on a Channels Television programme, accused government and security officials of collaborating with oil thieves to steal Nigeria’s crude oil
The state-owned oil giant had earlier assured that its cooperation with security forces was reducing theft and will bring production consistently back up.
Critics say oil theft in Nigeria, one of Africa’s largest petroleum producers, is a much wider problem of corruption involving elements of the security forces and local political leaders, with the Managing Director of Chevron Nigeria/Mid Africa Business Unit, Richard Kennedy, describing the menace as an organized crime and should be differentiated completely from host community issues.
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