BOOSTED OIL PRODUCTION IN NIGERIA ATTRIBUTED TO ENHANCED SECURITY MEASURES

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The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Adm. Emmanuel Ogalla, attributed the recent surge in Nigeria’s oil production to the enhanced security measures implemented by the Nigerian Navy. Praising the Navy’s efforts, Ogalla highlighted their role in curbing illegal petroleum refining and oil theft in key oil-producing regions, resulting in a substantial increase in production over the past six months.

During his visit to Yenegoa, Bayelsa, Vice Adm. Ogalla emphasised the Navy’s takeover of security duties in areas notorious for oil theft, which led to a remarkable rise in oil production from 700,000 barrels per day to 1.7 million barrels per day. This improvement was achieved through collaborative intelligence gathering with communities and other agencies, leading to the apprehension of numerous vessels involved in illegal activities.

The Navy’s strategy involved seizing vessels engaged in unlawful operations, significantly heightening the risks and costs for criminals participating in oil theft. As a result, these individuals scaled back their activities due to the increased operational risks.

Speaking of 2024, Ogalla expressed the intention to further intensify efforts, aiming to increase oil production capacity by an additional 50 percent. In parallel efforts, the Nigerian Army, particularly the 6 Division led by Maj.-Gen. Jamal Abdulsalam, reported the destruction of 233 illegal refineries in states like Akwa Ibom, Cross River, and Rivers in 2023. They also made 1,112 arrests of suspected oil thieves and impounded multiple vehicles.

The Nigerian Army plans to bolster its endeavors in 2024 to continue supporting the upward trend in oil production. These coordinated initiatives by the military are effectively curtailing illegal activities and contributing to the substantial increase in Nigeria’s oil output.

 

 

 

 

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