Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, says the Nigeria Governors‚Äô Forum is committed to checking the challenge of oil theft in the country.
He spoke to journalists in Abuja on the sidelines of the NGF meeting in Abuja on Sunday.
The governor noted that the forum‚Äôs security initiatives, especially since after the shutting down of two major pipelines (Trans-Niger and Nembe) had started to pay off.
Uduaghan said, ‚ÄúAs I speak today, the two pipelines, vandalised and damaged, have been repaired and re-opened.‚Äù
The governor, who also appealed to Nigerians to support the fight against illegal bunkering, said oil theft had ‚Äúdrastically reduced the country‚Äôs socio-economic potential.‚Äù
On the participation of the Delta State-born Blessing Okagbare at the ongoing International Athletics Championships in Moscow, the governor commended her feat in winning a silver medal in the Long Jump event.
Uduaghan promised that his administration would continue to support the athlete and other youths involved in sports.