NNPC Moves To Curb Crude Oil Theft, Solicits EFCC’s Support


The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd.) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to help in the ongoing fight against pipeline vandalism and crude oil theft in the country.

Mr. Mele Kyari, the Group Chief Executive Officer of the company, made the appeal during a parley with the EFCC’s Chairman, Mr. Ola Olukoyede, in Abuja on Monday.

The Chief Corporate Communications Officer of NNPC Ltd., Mr. Olufemi Soneye who disclosed this in a statement said, the GCE spoke passionately about the efforts being made by NNPC Ltd to eradicate corruption from its system and stem crude oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

Kyari contended that going by the volume of oil stolen daily and the brazenness with which the perpetrators operate, crude oil theft was the most humongous and virulent economic crime in Nigeria that must attract the attention of the EFCC.

“As we continue to do our best to deepen transparency and stamp out corruption from the system, there is one big challenge that you will need to help us with, Mr. Chairman. That challenge is crude theft. It fits into everything you have said—the people, the asset, the opportunity, and the absence of deterrence.”

“We have deactivated 6,409 illegal refineries in the Niger Delta region. Today, we have disconnected up to 4,846 illegal pipes connected to our pipelines, that is out of 5,543 such illegal connection points. That means there are a vast number of such connections that we have not removed.

“These things don’t just happen from the blues. They happen in communities and locations we all know. As we remove one illegal connection, another one comes up. It is sad, Mr. Chairman.”

“This kind of thing does not happen anywhere else in the world. When we say illegal connections, they are not invisible things, they are big pipes that require some level of expertise to be installed. Some of them are of the same size as the trunk line itself. No one would produce crude oil knowing fully well that it is not going to get to the terminal. That is why nobody is putting money into the business. So, you can’t grow production.”

“I believe, personally, that the very purpose of your commission is to curtail economic crimes, and there is no bigger economic crime of this scale anywhere else than what is happening in this area,” the GCEO lamented.

On corruption within the system, Kyari explained that by law, NNPC Ltd. is required to maintain high ethical standards and has put in place structures and measures to curb discretionary actions which fuel corruption, stressing that most processes in the company have been fully automated to discourage arbitrary actions.

He disclosed that many issues of corruption reported to the public were either not true or recycled from the past. In his presentation, the Executive Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede, expressed satisfaction with NNPC Ltd.’s commitment to issues of ethics and code of conduct.

He, however, challenged management to ensure that the codes of ethics and regulations are complemented with monitoring and enforcement to enhance deterrence. The interactive session was at the instance of the Group Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Mele Kyari.

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