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Oil Theft: Niger Delta Minister meets Jonathan, Asari Dokubo, seeks resolution



The Minister of Niger Delta Development, Abubakar Momoh, recently held a meeting with former President Goodluck Jonathan to address concerns in the Niger Delta region.

They deliberated on strategies to combat crude oil theft and improve infrastructure.

The Minister also met with Asari Dokubo as part of the strategic consultation efforts to address the multifaceted challenges in the oil-rich region.

According to the Minister, in August alone, the nation experienced a significant deficit of 470,000 barrels per day, equivalent to 29%, with crude oil theft being primarily attributed as the cause for this shortfall.

The visitation therefore was to seek advice from the statesmen on how to better address the enduring challenges in the region.

In a statement from the Minister’s office, it was revealed that productive dialogues had taken place concerning measures to combat crude oil theft, boost infrastructure development, and generate employment prospects for the youth in Niger Delta.

The statement which contained the briefing of both meetings highlights the key discussion between the Minister and Jonathan as well as Mr. Dokubo.

The statement reads,

Furthermore, the statement also highlights the outcome of the meeting with Asari Dokubo, conveying that Mr. Dokubo advised the President to swiftly recover monies wrongly allocated to unrelated projects by past governments.

Continuing, it says,