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We will expose those behind oil theft, loses in Nigeria – PAP boss, Ndiomu declares

By Matthew Ogune, Abuja
09 December 2022   |   11:14 am
The interim administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, (PAP) Retired Major-General Barry Tariye Ndiomu has disclosed plans by the Special investigative panel on oil theft and losses in Nigeria to embark on a thorough probe that will unravel not only the incidences of oil theft and losses but those behind the criminal enterprise.

Barry Tariye Ndiomu

The interim administrator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme, (PAP) Retired Major-General Barry Tariye Ndiomu has disclosed plans by the Special investigative panel on oil theft and losses in Nigeria to embark on a thorough probe that will unravel not only the incidences of oil theft and losses but those behind the criminal enterprise.

The National Security Adviser to the President retired Major-General Babagana Monguno had inaugurated a special Investigative panel on oil theft and losses in Nigeria, chaired by the interim administrator of the PAP.

Speaking shortly after the committee was inaugurated in Abuja, General Ndiomu was full of gratitude to the federal government for what he considers a rare privilege and opportunity to serve the country, saying members of the panel will work assiduously to deliver on their mandate.

His words: “The Special investigative panel on oil theft which comprises eminent Nigerians with rich experience and expertise in their various fields of endeavour were fully aware of the strategic importance of the task assigned to them, no stone shall be left unturned in ensuring a thorough probe that will unravel not only the incidences of oil theft and losses but those behind the criminal enterprise.

“We are determined to work towards uncovering the clandestine activities of individuals, groups or agencies, as the case may be, as they relate to oil theft/ losses. We shall propose time-tested recommendations covering Short, Medium and Long Term perspectives to aid implementation especially, given some of the fundamental changes that will be necessary to frontally, tackle the menace as well as the period left in the lifespan of this Administration”, Ndiomu said.

He reminded members of the panel of the enormity of the task ahead and urged them to hit the ground running in an effort to painstakingly scrutinise incidences of oil theft, which according to him, has had a devastating impact on the nation’s economy and national security.

Accordingly, Ndiomu has been receiving a flurry of goodwill messages from sons and daughters of the Niger Delta region, following his appointment and subsequent inauguration as chairman of the Special investigative panel on oil theft and losses in Nigeria.

Those who sent in messages from various parts of the Niger Delta region were unanimous in their submission that the new appointment is a presidential endorsement and acknowledgement of Ndiomu’s outstanding performance within the short period he has held sway as the PAP boss.

Ann Kio-Briggs, a frontline Niger Delta Activist said the choice of General Ndiomu to chair the Presidential Committee on oil theft did not come as a surprise in view of his strong personality, zeal, doggedness, resilience and will to succeed in whatever position he finds himself.

Briggs described Ndiomu as a visionary leader who always aims at the goal post, noting that he has demonstrated capacity in running the affairs of the Presidential Amnesty Programme with the introduction of key reforms capable of consolidating and improving on the gains recorded by the programme since its establishment in 2009.

She expressed confidence in the ability of the Ndiomu-led committee on oil theft to effectively handle the assignment and called for the support and cooperation of all stakeholders to enable the committee to succeed.

” We have no doubt in our minds that you and your team are more than qualified and capable of delivering on this new task assigned to you. The progress made within the short period you have been in charge of the PAP gives us the confidence that you can take on higher responsibilities and succeed. The task ahead is enormous, but we strongly believe in the ability of your team to dig deeper and unravel those behind many years of economic sabotage in the Niger Delta region”, Ms Briggs said in the letter delivered to the PAP boss.

In his goodwill message, a foremost traditional ruler in the Niger Delta, HRM Dr Owoupele Danladi foubiri, the ANGULU 1 Ebenanaowei of Tarakiri kingdom in Delta State, hailed the appointment of Major General Tariye Ndiomu as chairman of the Presidential Committee on oil theft and pipeline vandalisation, describing the PAP boss as the one whom the cap fits

His letter reads in part: “We are indeed happy to read that the PAP boss, Maj Gen Barry Tariye Ndiomu, a man of honour and integrity has been appointed as the chairman of a special committee on oil theft.

We are not totally surprised at this turn of events given his amazing achievements at the PAP in the last two months. His forthrightness, candour and patriotism leave no one in doubt about his leadership abilities.

We hereby wish the committee success as it unravels the brains behind this endemic challenge confronting the nation”