The Federal Government plans to deploy appropriate surveillance technology and combat vehicles and boats to difficult terrains to check oil thefts and illegal bunkering in the country.
The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Rear Admiral John Jonah (rtd), disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of National Economic Council (NEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Jonah, while giving update on NEC Ad-Hoc Committee on Crude Oil Theft Prevention and Control, told the Council that the committee set-up sometimes in 2013 consulted widely with relevant stakeholders including the Armed Forces Joint Task Force (JTF), Oil Companies, Oil Producing States and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to arrived at the recommendations.
“Among the key recommendations of the committee are Procurement and deployment of appropriate technology in surveillance and combat vehicles/boats in difficult terrain would drastically reduce incidents of oil thefts and illegal bunkering and this would ensure full benefits of uninterrupted supply.
“Federal Government should set up special courts for speedy prosecution of oil bunkerers and oil theft suspects.
“Engagement of traditional rulers to sensitize their communities on the criminal and environmental dangers of oil theft,” Jonah said.