JTF en­lists sup­port of trade unions on oil theft

Daily Trust - - NEWS -

Com­man­der of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta re­gion, Maj. Gen. Em­manuel Atewe, has said that trade unions are key el­e­ments in the fight against oil theft.

Atewe made the re­marks at a meet­ing with lead­ers of var­i­ous trade unions and as­so­ci­a­tions in Bayelsa State.

Atewe noted that the fight against il­le­gal oil bunker­ing and oil theft was a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity and should not be left to se­cu­rity agencies alone.

“Se­cu­rity is ev­ery­body’s busi­ness and should not be left in the hands of se­cu­rity agencies alone. There should be syn­ergy among stake­hold­ers, com­mu­nity lead­ers and the JTF, es­pe­cially in the ar­eas of giv­ing out cred­i­ble in­for­ma­tion that will aid the task force to carry out its man­date. I am look­ing for in­for­ma­tion on the ac­tiv­i­ties of these crim­i­nals and I as­sure you that we will not give out the source of our in­for­ma­tion,” Atewe said.

He said “apart from the eco­nomic loss, the con­tin­u­ous rup­tur­ing and break­ing of oil pipe­lines pose a threat to the health of people in the re­gion.” ( NAN)

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