By Chris Eze
Yenagoa — Chairman of Bayelsa State Council of traditional rulers, King Alfred Diete Spiff, has said that strangers are responsible for oil theft and vandalism on Brass Island.
Spiff, who is also the Amanyanabo of Twon Brass, said this when he received Commander of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, Operation Pulo Shield, Maj.-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe. He said the community will work with the JTF to fish out vandals in the area.
Addressing the community later at Twon Brass town hall, Atewe, said the JTF has recommended legalization of modular refineries in the Niger Delta to provide gainful employment to the teeming youths.
He said under the plan, operators of artisanal refineries would procure crude legally and refine for local use in an environmentally sustainable manner.
The commander noted that oil theft deprives government of revenue, distorts the ecosystem and exposes the environment to toxic materials that negatively affect the health of residents.
Atewe solicited the support of communities and urged them to volunteer relevant information to the JTF.
Also speaking, Chairman, Community Development Committee of Twon Brass, Chief Ololo Inatim, noted that crude oil theft was minimal in the area. He appealed to JTF to flush out pirates to enable residents on the island travel freely to other parts of the state.
“As far as oil theft and pipeline vandalism are concerned, the rate is minimal. What we have bothering us is the menace of sea piracy and the few isolated cases of oil theft can be linked to the pirates. So, tackling pirates will also eliminate oil theft and it will make way for our people to travel frequently for socio economic purposes,” Inati said.
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So “strangers” are responsible for oil theft? Yet it’s “minimal”? Why even mention it, then? I could take this article apart, paragraph by paragraph and highlight the various issues, but why bother…