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PENGASSAN protests against oil theft in Rivers

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcourt
09 September 2022   |   4:06 am
Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Port Harcourt zone, yesterday, joined other zones across the country to protest against oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Port Harcourt zone, yesterday, joined other zones across the country to protest against oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

The association, in a procession from Isaac Boro Park to Police Command in Port Harcourt, demanded that government and security outfits stop oil theft in Nigeria.

Port Harcourt Zonal Chairman of PENGASSAN, Peter Onita, said: “We have seen IOCs produce more than 30 000 barrels of oil, but what will see is 3,000 barrels per day.

“Many men and women have been short-changed because the security situation in this country is not what we expect. As an association, we have been engaging and we will continue to engage government to make sure oil theft and vandalism are stopped.

“Today, OPEC production quota for Nigeria is put at 1.62 million bpd. As a country, we have the capacity to produce two million bpd but because of oil theft, we are struggling to meet our quota. IOCs are all leaving the country because of this theft. That is why we are gathered today because we can no longer fold our arms and watch aquatic life and environment and means of livelihood suffer because of the illegal activities of these people.”

Responding to the protesters, Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday, said the command was on top of the war against oil theft and vandalism.

“The Federal and state governments are not happy with the ugly trend and the state governor, in particular, has been very vibrant to ensure that this menace stops.

“Remember that early this year, I followed the governor to the bushes to destroy illegal oil refineries.,” he said.

Rivers Commandant of Nigeria Security Civil Defense Corp, (NSCDC), Michael Ogar, charged members of the association to work in synergy to stamp out illegal oil bunkering in the state.

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