*P-PESPI urges Buhari to intervene
Oil: Nigeria lost $2.75bn to vandals, thieves
A group known as Partner For Petroleum & Energy Sector Prosperity Initiative (P-PESPI) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently escalate his intervention to stop criminals to vandalise and steal the nation’s oil assets.
In a statement issued on Sunday by Charles Ibiang, Chairman of the group, P-PESPI stressed that the intervention had become more than necessary as the nation recorded a loss of $2.75 billion to such activities in 2019 alone.
With particular reference to the AITEO E&P Nembe Creek Truck Line Pipelines, the group said that the persistent criminal activities of vandals were also disrupting the nation’s revenue inflow.
“The P-PESPI has observed with concern and condemns in strong term the persistent and deliberate sabotage of the AITEO E&P Nembe Creek Truck Line Pipelines and other critical national petroleum pipelines assets by criminals.
“These illegal activities around these critical national petroleum assets have caused a lot of disruptions in revenue inflow to government, affected the environment of the host communities and Aiteo/Oil Companies Commercial Interests.
“P-PESPI therefore passionately appeals to President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a security red alert over NCTL in particularly so as to stop the persistent and deliberate Sabotage of these critical assets.
“Mr. President Sir, the constant attack and disruptions of the NCTL is worrisome and seriously affecting the environment of the host communities along the trunk of the Niger Delta, a region your government is devoting so much attention and spending huge resources to clean up,” he said.
The group noted that the disruptions on NCTL have seriously affected crude production, transportation from Eroton, NewCross, Belema Oil and SHELL fields.
He pointed out that the industry information from NEITI, NNPC, NEC ad-hoc committee on Prevention/Control of Crude Theft and other sources reveals that “ Nigeria in 2019 recorded a loss of 22.64 million barrels of crude oil valued at $1.35 billion for the half-year and $2.7 billion for the full year at a global oil price of USD60 per barrel.
The group gave the breakdown of the recorded loses as Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) – 9.2 million barrels: Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) – 8.6 million barrels: Trans Forcados Pipeline (TFP) – 3.96 million barrels and Trans Escravos Pipeline (TEP) – 877 thousand barrels.
“Mr. President, this is a huge drain on our country revenue projection and has serious implications for our national security for such resources to be in the hands of non-state actors.
“This may be the illegal economy fueling insecurity and terrorism in our dear country because of the global dimensions of crude supply, demand and sales,” he said.
Ibianga added that P-PESPI was partnering with other Civil Society Organisations to organise a one million-man march to protest the criminal activities of the vandals.
He called on President Buhari to set up a new security Joint Task Force comprising strategic stakeholders like host communities, oil companies and security agencies to quell the situation in the region.