PRESIDENT of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, Comrade Babatunde Ogun, in this interview with Sweet Crude, speaks on the increasing incidence of crude theft, pipeline vandalism, divestment by multi-nationals, the delayed passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB among others that are gradually grounding Nigeria’s Oil and Gas industry.
The issue of crude oil theft has worsened with international dimension to the extent that the national economy is already at risk. As an operator in the industry what is your take?
I think pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft have become a thorn in the flesh of Nigerian government. I also think that lack of seriousness of our security agencies and government response that is very slow is a challenge. As a union, we have engaged them on several occasions, why there must be maximum security and protection of all our gas installations.
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