OTC: Nigeria violence can be tempered

Tony Chukwueke, Nigeria’s director of Petroleum Resources, says the militant violence that has often shut down oil production along the West African nation’s Niger Delta has its roots in how the energy sector bloomed there in the 1950s.
At that time, companies invested in exploration, production and pipelines, but not so much in refineries that could employ many more Nigerians, he told an OTC audience today as the conference wound down.
Chukwueke says if Nigeria can entice more investment in new refineries and natural gas production, the country can provide more local jobs.
Militants who might attack a pipeline transporting Nigeria’s natural resources elsewhere might not attack a refinery where they work, he explained.
“They will not blow that up because that’s their job,” he said.