Federal Government Vigilance Yields Progress in Combating Oil Theft, says Defence Minister Bello Matawalle. He commended the Federal Government’s significant strides in curbing oil theft, revealing that practical gains have been achieved in the fight against the illicit activity in the Niger Delta region.

Matawalle outlined the positive developments, emphasizing the commitment to ending oil theft that has plagued the nation. He disclosed that due to the government’s proactive measures and the coordinated efforts of the military against oil thieves, daily oil production has risen from a low of one million barrels to the current level of 1.7 million barrels.

“Before now, due to oil theft activities in the Niger Delta region, oil production dropped to about one million barrels per day. But with the Federal Government’s actions and the onslaught of the combined military against oil thieves, the production stands at 1.7 million barrels per day currently. We are hoping that at the end of this year, we will reach about 1.9 million barrels per day,” Matawalle stated.

The Minister highlighted the implementation of measures at the Naval headquarters to enhance surveillance in the maritime areas, ensuring effective monitoring and response to illegal activities. He affirmed the success of operations in the region, with the destruction of illegal panels and the apprehension of perpetrators.

Matawalle credited President Bola Tinubu’s administration for its substantial investment in modern weapons, equipping the military to address various forms of crimes, including banditry and oil theft. He showcased recent acquisitions, including attack helicopters obtained during his visit to Turkey.

“I just returned from a trip to Turkey, and you need to see the attack helicopters that we acquired. In fact, some of them are in Lagos now, and it’s very special. And, as I said, this is not just for the Army alone; the Navy has its own, as well as the Air Force,” Matawalle remarked.

Expressing confidence in the government’s commitment, Matawalle urged Nigerians to take pride in the nation’s preparedness and emphasized the readiness of the military to face modern challenges. He invited citizens to assess their performance and extend gratitude to the President, the Ministry of Defence, and the military for their dedicated efforts.

Furthermore, the Minister emphasized the preparedness of Nigerian soldiers for contemporary challenges, citing strong training institutions both within and outside the country. He revealed that soldiers underwent training before the arrival of equipment, highlighting the capabilities of institutions like the Defence College, which attracts international participants, including personnel from Germany, Japan, and European countries.