By Habiba Salihu
They said that better surveillance would ensure direct information gathering on what quantity of oil is being stolen and those involved in the crime.
The members also noted the increased level of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, saying that the development had made it difficult for seafarers to go to West Africa.
Nigeria has sought assistance of the international community in tackling oil theft by calling for close monitoring and prosecution of companies and individuals involved in the illegal trade.
In his submission, Ameachi attributed oil theft and insecurity challenges in the country to poverty.
“When people are not meaningfully engaged they become willing tools for destruction.
“Government has to create opportunities for people to be educated and engaged,” he said.
“If we deal with the issues of impunity and poverty, oil theft will reduce, kidnapping and other crimes will be on the decline; this we can do by collaborating with the local and international communities,” Ameachi said.
To this end, the governor said that his administration had put in place various initiatives and schemes in the areas of agriculture, health and education.
According to him, providing social security through basic amenities is vital to Nigeria’s development.