NUPRC seeks collaboration with military to end crude oil theft

By Akpobor Jirue, Abuja

Chief Executive officer, CEO, of Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) Engr. Gbenga Komolafe has solicited the support of Nigeria’s armed forces to tackle the menace of crude oil theft.

Mr. Komolafe made this request when he paid a courtesy visit to the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, in his office on Monday, in Abuja, as part of his strategic engagements with critical stakeholders.

He stated that the NUPRC is responsible for the technical, operational and commercial regulation of the Upstream sector, and it is geared to optimise the benefits of the nation’s hydrocarbon resources.

He reiterated the critical role of the CDS to the success of Upstream investments in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria, and appealed for stakeholders’ collaboration and partnership to deal with all security issues affecting the industry.

The CDS in his response assured Engr. Komolafe of the support of the armed forces in the fight against oil thieves.

He also expressed concern over the menace of oil theft, and assured that the armed forces are on top of the situation as current operational strategies are targeted at eliminating the incidences of oil theft.

He lauded the CCE for the engagement strategy adding that the interaction was significant.

He requested for detailed proposals that will ensure proper collaboration with all stakeholders.