Residents of border communities in Borno and Yobe States yesterday said that the discovery of oil in Niger, Chad and Cameroon is a good omen for Nigerians because smugglers would no longer have anywhere to export oil from Nigeria to. Our correspondent reports that in Borno State, places like Kukawa, Abadam, and Mobbar have a common border with Niger in the northern fringes, while Monguno, Marte and Gamboru Ngala Local Government Areas share border with Chad. Kala Balge, Bama, Gwoza also share a border with Cameroon.
Some residents of these communities, who reacted to the recent commencement of oil exploration in Niger, lauded the development.
“For the past 40 years, we have never bought fuel at the official pump price, but with this development, smugglers will be forced to stop what they are doing. With the discovery of oil in the neighbouring countries, smuggling will be less attractive,” Mala Bukar, a resident of Kukawa said.
Mohammed Amin, a resident of Machina, another border community in Yobe State said, “We have so many filling stations in border communities, but the owners hardly sell fuel to Nigerians, they always use the filling stations as a conduit for smuggling. I am sure that the neighbouring countries will no longer be interested in Nigerian oil,”
Hamman Msheliza, a Nigerian who has been in Niger for the past 20 years told Daily Trust on phone that he will not come back home.
“In fact, this is the time for me to invest more because the Nigerien economy is going to get better,” he said.