Following the outcry over the alarming level of oil theft in the Niger Delta region, in which the nation is said to be losing about $7. Billion dollars yearly, the National Assembly is currently seeking drastic measures aimed at reversing the trend.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja when he led members of the House Committee on Petroleum Resources, Upstream, on an oversight visit to the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Ajibola Muraina, said decision on measures to be adopted would be reached at the upcoming public hearing on bunkering.
He however, hinted that instant justice, such as the provision of electric cables around pipeline installation where anyone who goes near the facilities would be electrocuted, might be needed to address the challenge.
According to him, “no amount of laws and penalties seems to be working. People are not bordered about going to the prison anymore. Maybe instant justice is required like providing electrocution cable around oil pipelines where if you move near, you will be electrocuted. Maybe that is the direction we should begin to look at,” the lawmaker said.