Drastic efforts are being made by international community to stop illegal importation of crude oil from Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan had told the nation.
Emerging from a bi-lateral talk between him and the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, he said the British had put in place a programme for a specialised resource work with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to fingerprint the Nigerian crude so that wherever it is sold, “we would be able to link it to those refineries that are refining it”.
Through this programme, thieves who engage in illegal importation of the nation’s oil may be fingered for necessary legal actions both locally and internationally.
It also emerged that there is an agreement between Nigeria and Britain to join hands in fighting terrorism in Africa, especially in Nigeria where religious riot continue to endanger a maturing democratic process.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron indicated during the visit to Nigeria’s economic capital, Lagos where he met Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan during a brief visit set goals that Nigeria needed to work harder to be able to attain certain set goals .
Emerging from a bilateral talk between the two countries, David Cameron described what he called a s “new partnership” between Nigeria and Britain. He said they both held talks touching on security threat to Nigeria state.
He said: “We have agreed to a significant new partnership on counter-terrorism. Britain will help Nigeria establish the equivalent of what we use in Britain during national emergencies.
Cameron lauded that Nigeria has played an important role in Africa and therefore cannot be left to fighjt alone a major threat to her security.
The Prime Minster further added that he was pleased that the Nigeria Parliament had reintroduced a law on the exchange of foreign national prisoners: ” The 650 Nigerians in British jails have cost many pounds a year and I agreed on President Jonathan’s efforts to resolve this problem and I am very grateful ”.
“ Nigeria had its challenges, the most recent of which was terrorist attacks by Boko Haram and other related organisations which operate along the same lines of reasoning and persuasion which often had been hijacked and exacerbated by “some elements”. Jonathan said.
Want help on stolen crude oil menace
He said he particularly called for help in tracking and ensuring the stoppage of oil theft in the Niger Delta with which he said the perpetrators buy arms and hand over to youths to protect their illicit trade.
“We are going to work together to make sure that this terrorist attacks we are having and other related issues are dealt with. Those of us who are Nigerians know that the greatest problem we have in the Niger Delta is not just the youth agitating for better things for their communities, but those who steal crude oil make the area ungovernable,” he said.
He said the British had a programme for a specialised resource work with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to fingerprint the Nigerian crude so that wherever it is sold, “we would be able to link it to those refineries that are refining it”.
On Millenium Development Goals, he lamented that the country was lagging behind as statistical data showed a damning position but noted that with hard work and commitment, by 2015 when his administration is supposed to exit the stage, it would have been remedied