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Presidential Debate: Jonathan Says FG Will Develop New Technology to Fight Oil Theft




President Goodluck Jonathan said on Sunday in Abuja, that the Federal Government would  develop a new technology to combat the activities of oil thieves in Nigeria.

Jonathan disclosed this while fielding questions at the second session of the 2015 Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG), ahead of the general elections.

Jonathan said that the issue of oil theft was a serious challenge that must be dealt with, adding that the government was developing a technology to fight it to a standstill.

He noted that the private sector participation must be encouraged to make the oil sector truly profitable to the point of exporting petroleum products.

“The issue of stealing our common assets; we are developing a technology now, contract have been awarded and we must stop it. The issue of downstream is a combination of government and private sector; it has to do with refining, production of fertilizers, petrochemicals.

The privatised companies of government especially the Eleme Petrochemicals is working very well. That is a big success story as the Eleme Petrochemicals was abandoned but now it is one of the biggest in the World.] They are planning to expand and bring in fertiliser production into it,” he said. 

He said that the government planned to liberalise the downstream sector for more private sector participation in the exportation of petroleum products.

According to him, the NNPC and the entire sector will have to be unbundled even without the Petroleum Industry Bill(PIB).

Contributing, Godson Okoye, the Presidential Candidate of United Democratic Party (UDP) flayed Nigeria’s importation of petroleum products.

He said that Nigeria must not insist on building the most expensive refineries but rather focus on refineries that will work.

“We can build small scale refineries, we can group states, build a refinery of 30,000 litres, that might be a solution.

We keep taking these things out to refine, we create jobs for other people; countries that import crude oil from Nigeria have about 120 products but in Nigeria we only have six. We should be able to have refineries that work, it is not rocket science,” he said.

The presidential candidate of the United Progressives Party, Chekwa Okorie, lamented the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) by the National Assembly.

He said the bill would have gone a long way in addressing many problems in the petroleum industry, adding that the industry should be handed over to private investors.

He said that the nation ought to find a better use to the gas that is constantly being flared,  stressing that the security agencies must step up efforts to combat oil theft in Nigeria.

Also speaking , Oluremi Sonaiya, the candidate for KOWA Party, however stressed the imperative of  the private sector’s participation in the oil sector.

However, the Presidential Candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) Martins Onovo stressed that his party will not privatise the oil sector if elected.

“We will not privatise, that needs to be clear, we will make sure that the refineries which had been owned by us will run successfully. We waste too much funds on subsidies alone because we are importing what we can produce ourselves; if we have maintenance culture, we should fix them” he said.

He said that if the refineries are so obsolete, then they should be demolished and rebuilt adding that at 100 per cent capacity, the nation’s refineries can produce enough.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria is said to be losing over 400,000 barrels of crude daily from activities of oil thieves.

President Goodluck Jonathan  also reassured that the general elections will hold as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It will be recalled the Presidential Elections was initially scheduled for February 14 but was postponed one week to the date for security reasons.

Jonathan therefore reassured Nigerians that the elections will hold as now scheduled by INEC, and  urged  Nigerians to consolidate on the nation’s development by voting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for another four years.

“Let me reassure Nigerian that elections will be conducted as scheduled by INEC; Presidential and National Assembly Elections on the 28th of this month and governorship and state assembly elections on the 11th of April,” he said.

In the meantime, the seven presidential candidates on Sunday pledged to tackle the perennial problems of power supply in Nigeria.

The candidates made the pledge at the Presidential Debate organised by the Nigeria Elections Debate Group (NEDG) in Abuja.

Alhaji Ganiyu Galadima, the presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) advocated  that all states should generate power that will be sufficient  for the growth of the states.

“This government has spent so much money on power but their efforts have been frustrated and sabotaged. The solution to ensure stability in electricity generation, transmission and distribution in Nigeria is the deregulation of the sector. What we are advocating is the decentralisation of power generation to ensure that each state of the federation establish its own power plant,’’ he said.

The candidate for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) Rafui Salau said that the nation’s wealth should not just be distributed but that 30 percent be reinvested in the economy.

“That will give Nigerians who have experience in producing power, based on their working experience with power generating companies to produce power if given the capital. The 30 percent which we are going to invest in our economy, will be for capital projects, so we will encourage Nigerians who have experience in every industry to be supported to produce,” he said.

The presidential candidate for the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Mani Ahmad called for  decentralisation of electricity generation and distribution.

“We want to diversify on the sources of electricity; we also want to decentralise the distribution network. We have to look at alternative sources of energy; there are cleaner and renewable sources of energy. Solar energy is one area particularly with the abundant sunlight; we will also want to look at wind energy and we will harness on researches that have been going on in our nuclear energy centers.”

He said  that the nation could develop more than 170,000 mega watts of electricity to meet its needs.

Reacting to the incessant vandalism of gas pipelines and other electricity apparatus, the presidential candidate of the African Peoples Alliance (APA) Adebayo Ayeni called for more security.

He said that those who are caught in the act of vandalism should be duly prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to other criminals.

He said that there was also need to seek an alternative to power generation even from agriculture.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a total of seven political parties participated in the first session of the debate.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Emeka Nwaeke

    March 23, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    This is very brilliant!

  2. Enumah

    March 23, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Technology seems to be the new frontier in national growth and nation building. It’s safe to use it in security the way Jonathan intends.

  3. Mary Dunne

    March 23, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    The truth is that Jonathan’s unpopularity rests mainly on social media; or rather the media. And the media is by far not representative of 20% of Nigerian voters. The real voters are of course not swayed by the media and the truth is, they seem to be for Jonathan.

  4. Etega

    March 23, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    One by one na so them go dey catch them…

    • D

      March 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      You comment 4times con like am 1times each.,Jonathan and his rep..kontinu(in patience jona voice)

  5. Divine West

    March 23, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    That’s to tell us how this world have develop and how things are done now.

  6. Bassey

    March 23, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    This is one of the reason why we need young people who knows how the world is going not those who have a limited memory.

  7. Nelson David

    March 23, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Technology is what the world using to fight crime now so if we can do the same, it will help in a long way.

  8. uduak akpan

    March 23, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    this is why we need to vote for PGEJ to take us forward

  9. ubong ekanem

    March 23, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    this will be a welcome development

  10. kemi emmanuel

    March 23, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    we love Mr President carry on with it.

  11. sandra edafe

    March 23, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    There are so much in stock for us in the next four years with GEJ, with the achievements in the last four years, one can only anticipate the best.

  12. Kingsley Obi

    March 23, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Do you know that under the Jonathan administration a total of 1,979,077 new jobs were created in Nigeria between Q3 2012 and Q4 2013 with 55 % in the informal sector; 38% in the (organised) private sector and 7% in the public sector

    This data was obtained from the Quarterly Job Creation Surveys commissioned by the NBS in collaboration with the Office of the Chief Economic Adviser to the President, the National Planning Commission and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity. The objective of the quarterly Job Creation Survey is to track the number of jobs created in the economy within the quarter under review as a basis for policy development and economic management.

    Prior to the Jonathan administration, the Nigerian job market was bursting. Unemployment was at 23.9 percent in 2011. This high rate which was brought about largely by the severe financial crisis of 2008/2009 occasioned by the sub-prime mortgage market in the United States was made much worse by the structural weaknesses of the economy and the increasing number of people entering the job market.

    To tackle the job crisis, President Jonathan encapsulated a series of economic policies and programmes in his Transformation Agenda which is hinged on three pillars – fiscal consolidation, private sector-led inclusive growth and job creation. The overriding objective of the Agenda remains the creation of job opportunities for Nigerians such that everyone capable and willing to work will be able to find work.

    Though the Nigerian economy had an average growth rate of 7.6%between 2003 and 2010, the impact of this growth on unemployment was marginal because unemployment rose from 5.3% in 2006 to 19.7% in 2010 – largely as a consequence of structural weaknesses in the economy.

    The Transformation Agenda sought to correct these structural weaknesses which was causing unemployment pegged at 23.9% as at 2011, compounded by the global economic recession at the time.

    To tackle these, the Jonathan administration encouraged the private sector to lead the push in generating jobs. It also added fillip to the job creation crusade through the establishment and rejigging of several initiatives and programmes that have led to job creation for a large swathe of the Nigerian population.

    Some of these include:

    National Directorate of Employment (NDE): The NDE which was established in 1986 facilitated the creation of 185,659 jobs in 2011 and 143,195 jobs in 2012 through technical and vocational education training programmes, enterprise promotion, and collaboration with other government agencies.

    National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP): The implementation of various schemes under NAPEP between June 2011 and April 2013 led to the creation of over 80,000 jobs while 143,765 youths were trained in different skills.

    The Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWin!): YouWin! Is an initiative of the Federal Government which supports young entrepreneurs to start businesses and thus create jobs for other young people. Since President Jonathan launched the first round of the programme in October 2011, the first two editions of the scheme have so far created a total of 26,000 direct and indirect jobs for youths and other Nigerians. The 3rd edition was launched in November 2013.

    The Subsidy Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P): The SURE-P Public Works Programme, managed by the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), which engages young Nigerians to maintain federal roads has provided employment to 12,400 so far.

    National Action Plan on Employment Creation (NAPEC): NAPEC is a job creation programme coordinated by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity which focuses the policies, programmes and projects in 11 key sectors of the economy on job creation for Nigerians and is expected to over 10 million jobs in critical sectors of the economy.

    The NAPEC initiative mandates that all contracts signed by the Federal Executive Council stipulate the number of jobs that will be created for Nigerians in the course of executing the project. From 2011 to 2013, local content programmes have created a total of about 198,000 jobs across the country.

  13. Akpoguma david

    March 23, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    bros na for jonathan time all this one happen, confam,!!

  14. fred ibiwari

    March 23, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    i commend jonathan on this, more power to your elbow sir

  15. steve fashola

    March 23, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    The introduction of the Government Integrated Financial Management and Information system (GIFMIS) by the Goodluck Jonathan administration has improved the acquisition, allocation, utilisation and conservation of public financial resources, using automated and integrated, effective, efficient and economic information systems.

  16. kevin olushola

    March 23, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    wow jonathan have really tried, new things always coming up i know more is yet to come if he is re-elected., i mean when he is re-elected. because that will be the outcome

  17. susan

    March 23, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    nice development, it will benefit all of us, jonathan really deserves a second term for this to continue.

  18. clifford damiete

    March 23, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    Nice one mr president.

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