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Curb Oil Theft, Illegal Oil Bunkering In Waterways – Akpabio Charges February 8, 2013

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Curb Oil Theft, Illegal Oil Bunkering In Waterways – Akpabio Charges

 

HE Gov. Godswill Akpabio

HE Gov. Godswill Akpabio

Governor Godswill Akpabio has charged the Nigerian Navy to find lasting solution to incessant crude oil theft and illegal oil bunkering in the country’s waterways resulting in the loss of huge revenue to the federation account.

Akpabio gave the charge Thursday when the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Joe Aikhomu paid him a courtesy visit at Governor’s Office, Uyo.

The Governor remarked “The Nigerian Navy must see to it that they do all what they can to curb oil theft and illegal bunkering in the country, because the wealth of the nation is in the sea and we must regard the sea as the major asset to this nation. God has given us the sea and we must protect the sea.

“I know we have some challenges with the Cameroonians, but we need to explore the relationship between our Navy and the Cameroonian security officials to fight criminals on the waterways. ¬†Our state government would liaise with the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to explore cooperation with Cameroun, so that if criminals on the waterways escape any arrest here and flee to Cameroun through the waters, the security officials over there could help to arrest them. So, we must endeavour to fish out criminals in order to keep our waterways safe”, he said.

He commended the Flag Officer for his service to humanity and his command for working hard in the state to stop upsurge of illegal refineries along the coast line as well as curb bunkering and sea piracy on the waterways, reiterating his administration’s readiness to work with the Navy to develop the maritime sector in the state.

The Governor, who commiserated with families of officers who lost their lives while serving the country in the course of the work, noted that the Navy is usually faced with the challenge of sea criminals, promising to work with them by providing logistics to redress the current situation.

Speaking earlier, the Flag Officer Commanding the Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral Aikhomu had said their command is trying to create a naval environment so that Akwa Ibom State would become one of the biggest naval stations in the country in the next two years.

Aikhomu expressed his gratitude for the state and the country in supporting them and specifically lauded Governor Akpabio for his assistance in providing a land for their base and other logistics, saying that they would commence a programme on how to curb crimes on the waterways, assuring that in a short time, the state would witness increased maritime activities.

 

Courtesies:

 

Aniekan Umanah

Hon. Commissioner for Information and Communications

Akwa Ibom State – Nigeria

 

Akwa Ibom State Government House Press Centre

 

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