Bothered that Nigeria is facing shortfall in revenue due to activities of oil thieves in the country, the speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has called for collaboration between African, Caribbean, Pacific and European Union (ACP-EU) in checking the rising network of oil theft.
Speaking during the 10th regional meeting of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly in the National Abuja, Tambuwal said the economic challenges oil theft and bunkering pose were not just for Nigeria, but for Africa and the entire globe.
He said while declaring the event open that the House of Representatives was working on a legislation that would deal decisively with the menace, while noting that, “ The problems of oil theft, oil bunkering and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea are matters deserving of collaborative and co-operative approaches of our countries and the international community to tackle head-long.”
He continued, “The regional summit of some African Heads of State that held recently in Yaounde, Cameroun is one such positive response to an alarming development which if not checked, has adverse implications for regional and global security, supply of oil and revenues accruable to our governments. I am glad that these ugly phenomena are among the issues for discussion at this forum. On our part, the National Assembly of Nigeria is considering a legislation to deal decisively with this menace and we call for the cooperation of all Parliaments the world over to join in sanctioning oil companies and other persons engaged in this nefarious act”.
Raising concern about the adverse effect of unrests and wars in some parts of Africa on other countries, including Nigeria, he said, “As a region, we have been negatively impacted by the Arab spring, and particularly the fall of the Gaddafi regime in Libya. The proliferation of light and heavy weapons which fell into the hands of non state actors are causing havoc and instability.
“The Nigerian government is trying to come to grips with the situation and some drastic measures, including the declaration of a state of emergency in the most-affected states, have been taken”.