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Crude Oil Theft Will End Soon, Uzodinma Declares

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The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government is doing everything possible to bring the menace of crude oil theft and its attendant ills on the nation’s economy, to a final end.

Uzodinma gave this assurance when he spoke to journalists at the State House, Abuja, after a meeting with Vice President Kashim Shettima on Thursday evening.

He informed he discussed progresses being made on the fight against oil theft with Shettima.

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Uzodinma is the Chairman of the National Economic Council’s (NEC) sub-committee on Crude Oil Theft Prevention, set up in 2023 to review the existing architecture and make recommendations to stop oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

Over many years, Nigeria has lost billions of dollars in revenue to crude oil theft, which has thrived despite measures introduced by the government.

The Governor said: “I came to give him an interim briefing arising from the subcommittee on crude oil theft that I am chairing on behalf of NEC. So we had a very positive discussion. It’s still a work in progress.

“We are addressing it. At the end of the day, we are going to bring a final solution to this monster called crude oil theft.”

He also spoke on the importance of reconciliation efforts within the APC, citing the ongoing rapprochement between the party and the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Kano State.

He said the most important thing is the interest of Nigeria and the people, irrespective of political affiliations.

Recall that Uzodimma had last week officially announced the dissolution of the state Expanded Executive Council.

This came after 48-hours after his swearing-in as the 7th Governor of Imo State.

Governor Uzodimma announced on Tuesday at a meeting with members of the Imo State Expanded Executive Council comprising the Commissioners, Special Advisers and Senior Special Assistants and held at the Sam Mbakwe EXCO Chambers, Government House Owerri.

Uzodinna after he had expressed gratitude to them for their various contributions, made it clear that the achievements recorded in the first term of his administration would not have been possible without their unflinchingly support.

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