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EFCC, NUPENG Join Forces Against Oil Theft

The National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, sought the collaboration of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to fight the scourge of illegal oil bunkering across the country.

This request was made on Wednesday in Abuja when the President of the Union, Comrade William Akporeha led members of his executive to the corporate headquarters of the Commission in Jabi, on a courtesy visit.

Akporeha, who praised the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Ola Olukoyede for repositioning the anti-graft agency on the path of professionalism and rule of law, sought the collaboration of the Commission in sanitizing the oil and gas industry.

“I am not here to patronize you, but your administration has changed the way things were. Before now, when you hear of EFCC what would probably come to your mind is probably the killing of businesses and organizations, but there is a new approach to issues where people now have courage and feel that this is an institution that follows due process. Once your hand is clean, you can do genuine business in this country, you will continue to prosper, and I appreciate you for that vision. I can assure you and your team of a solid collaboration of NUPENG”, he said.

He itemized some of the challenges involved in the movement of petroleum products across the country, pleading with the EFCC to always come to the aid of truck drivers experiencing difficulties in the course of their work.

In his response, Olukoyede noted that it was important that major players in the oil and gas sector collaborated with the EFCC to confront the national economic sabotage going on in the sector.

“It is important for us to come out as Nigerians to eradicate corruption since we all agree that corruption is a cankerworm militating against our progress as a nation. It is also important for us to collaborate and fight that major problem that is limiting our progress. As we collaborate from today, if there are members of your association that would want to continue to play hanky-panky, let them know that even their executives would not tolerate sharp practices,” he said.

He assured members of the union that the Commission would not arrest or detain any truck or driver who did not dabble into shady deals, noting that the process of profiling arrested suspected oil thieves and evaluation of petroleum products involved are often long drawn. “The EFCC will continue to work with every stakeholder in the oil and gas sector to ensure sanity in the sector”, he said.

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