By Vera Samuel Anyagafu
The United States Special Envoy for Energy at the Department of State, Ambassador Carlos Pascual, said the US Government has succeeded in mapping out key steps to addressing the issue of oil theft and related revenue losses in Nigeria.
Pascual, who was accompanied by Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, Hon. Sharon Burke, led a US delegation on fact-finding mission on the subject of oil theft and related revenue loss in Nigeria.
According to Pascual, “Our interlocutors in the civil society, the private sector, and many parts of government affirmed that key steps to address oil theft and revenue loss have been well established, particularly by Nigerian experts. We have met with a range of local, state, and federal officials, as well as members of the Nigerian society in mapping out better approach to resolving oil theft and related revenue loss in the country.”
He further stated that, “In all of our meetings, we heard that oil theft and revenue loss is a serious challenge for all Nigerians.”
Also speaking, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Ambassador James F Entwistle, noted that the U.S delegation that arrived Nigeria on fact finding mission is an indication of a well meaning cohesive bi-national commission between the two countries.
He said, “This energy-related mission is another indicator of how much the United States values its relationship with Nigeria.”