Bello Matawalle, the Minister of State for Defence, highlights substantial progress in the government’s efforts to combat oil theft. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, he emphasizes practical achievements in curbing oil theft in the Niger Delta and expresses optimism about reaching a daily crude oil production of 1.9 million barrels by year-end.
“Before now, due to oil theft activities in the Niger Delta region, oil production dropped to about one million barrels per day.
“But with the Federal Government’s actions and the onslaught of the combined military against oil thieves, the production stands at 1.7 million barrels per day currently.
“We are hoping that at the end of this year, we will reach about 1.9 million barrels per day,” he said.
He disclosed that the Naval headquarters had implemented measures to monitor and comprehend activities in the waterways and all maritime regions.
“We are taking serious actions. Operations have been conducted in that area. Most of the illegal panels were destroyed, most of the people were arrested and, with the level we are today, we are okay,” Matawalle said.
The defense minister stated that President Bola Tinubu’s administration had made significant investments in state-of-the-art weapons, ensuring a well-equipped military poised to eradicate various forms of crime, including banditry and oil theft.
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