Senator representing Abia Central Senatorial District on the platform of Labour Party,Darlington Nwokocha has said Nigeria’s economy was on a downward trend as a result of oil theft and pipeline vandalism.
He said crude oil and gas remain the live wire of the country.
Nwokocha spoke on Wednesday at the senate Ad-hoc fact finding committee on oil theft and pipeline vandalism held in Abuja.
He noted that the committee is backed by the National Assembly, saying the committee is serious to get to the root of the disturbing cause of oil theft and pipeline vandalism and provide panacea.
“We have all your submissions, Nigeria is bigger than all of us, the legislature has the highest mandate to investigate anybody.
“What we are doing today is to collect your data.
“What we are saying is when we invite you, we will like to see all those who can talk to the committee”.
The lawmaker further said the work of the Ad-hoc committee is an open-ended interaction, stressed “our investigation will touch all the fabrics”.
Nwokocha explained that the target was to boost crude oil production in Nigeria.