Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has called on the Federal Government to set up a commission of inquiry to look into crude oil theft amounting to N5.8 trillion under the previous administration.
Aregbesola made the call on Wednesday in Osogbo, the state capital while receiving members of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR).
The governor also received a letter from the group for onward transmission to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Aregbesola lauded the CDHR for joining Buhari in his commitment to recover the resources of the country stolen by corrupt public officers.
The CDHR in its letter handed to the Osun governor for onward transmission to the president, made suggestions on the need to ensure the recovered looted funds were properly utilized.
It also highlighted some of the ordeals being faced by the masses, urging President Buhari to take urgent steps to address them.
Aregbesola, however, noted that in the effort to recover stolen funds, the Buhari administration must not overlook the area of crude oil theft under the watch of PDP administration.
He stated that the present administration would be doing the nation good by setting up an inquiry into how four hundred thousand barrels of crude oil was stolen without being prevented by security agencies in the country.
”In the middle of 2013 a party at the helms of affairs of our country told us that four hundred thousand barrels of crude oil were stolen on a regular basis for 24 months, we never heard that it stopped for that period”, he said.
“What we have lost is N5.8 trillion to an unprotected crude oil theft in 24 months. We can imagine how many roads, schools and quality of electricity we could get from such amount.
“I am not underestimating your demands but you still need to add to your demand requesting how the country lost 400,000 barrels of crude oil everyday”, Aregbesola added.
He also urged CDHR to be vehement in condemning corruption and to embark on campaign that would charge Nigerians to be productive.
“Aside from corruption, what is actually affecting the country is low productivity, as we are condemning corruption, we should also charge ourselves to be productive. We should be able to earn our living as a people”, the governor said.
“I promise to deliver this your letter to the President when he comes back from China and I will let him know how passionate you are on the war against corruption”.
Earlier, the state Chairman of CDHR, Akinkunmi Asifat, said recovered looted funds should not be looted again.
He urged government to use the recovered funds to alleviate the sufferings of the masses by building social infrastructure.
Mr. Asifat also condemned the continued pillaging of the Nigerian treasury and the total black out enveloping the country.
“We are in darkness despite all the money claimed to have been spent on electricity. We have come to bring a letter to Mr. Governor to help us transmit to Mr. President”, Mr. Asifat said.
“The masses are tired of what is happening. Things are not well in the country and we can’t continue to pretend.
“Fuel is being sold for N250. Nigeria belongs to Nigerians, we have the collective ownership of this country”.
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