Niger Delta worries British government

Oct 22, 2004 02:00 AM

The British government has expressed concerns over the safety of its indigenes working in the Niger Delta, as well as the inability of the British Airways to secure aviation fuel for its flight in the last few days.
British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Richard Gozney made the observations during a courtesy call on Edmund Daukoru, Presidential Adviser on Petroleum and Energy Matters, Daukoru, said Nigeria's quest for a tangible progress in her economic advancement may not be realised if the petroleum sector is unhealthy.

"Everybody wants Nigeria to be peaceful and to prosper because of its huge resources, which has the possibility of affecting other nations. I don't think I need to remind you of British interest in Nigeria, within a few years about 10 % of Britain's oil and gas would come from Nigeria", he said.
The envoy's views about the safety of oil workers in the Niger Delta is coming on the heels of renewed incidences of crude oil theft, as alleged by the Shell Petroleum Development Corporation (SPDC), a company with substantial British interest.

Gozney also complained about the scarcity of aviation fuel which affected operations. He said Britain's interest in the Nigerian economy is multidimensional adding that in a few years time Britain hopes to source 10 % of its oil and gas need from Nigeria.
"We know oil is declining but the prediction is that about 10 % of oil and gas we would be using would come from the Niger Delta. So we have a strong national interest in the prosperity and predictability of what happens in the Niger Delta", the envoy added.

Source: Vanguard
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