The Chairman of the Libyan National Oil Corporation Mustafa Sanallah accused Wednesday "foreign countries" of launching disinformation campaigns against the NOC and himself due the success of the oil firm and the soaring production rates and revenues.
Speaking at the annual Oslo Forum in Norway, Sanallah indicated that the collapse of the oil sector would undoubtedly lead to a humanitarian crisis, adding that oil sector workers are being put in harm's way by people who are using oil facilities for military purposes.
“Successful attempts to sell crude oil would undoubtedly be used to further fuel the war - potentially dividing the country forever. NOC must be allowed to keep oil flowing to pay for basic services and build a future economy for our young people. I am fearful for our collective future if the integrity of the oil sector is not maintained.” Sanallah explained, adding that the Libyan conflict is directly impacting the oil sector and the country.
He further added that NOC’s commitment to transparency of national oil revenues and their distribution are very important, saying a key element of the conflict is the perception of fairness and equitable distribution of funds across the country.
Meanwhile, the NOC has accused the member of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) Ali Al-Tikbali of incitement and spreading rumors against it.
Al-Tikbali accused the Chairman of the NOC Mustafa Sanallah of squandering Libyans' fortunes and resources by making oil contracts with British companies, besides being a representative of Muslim Brotherhood's agenda and thus working against "Libyan Armed Forces" (Haftar's forces.)
He said that the appointment of the "oil lord" Sanallah was illegally done by Muslim Brotherhood, adding that Sanallah is preventing Haftar's forces leadership and Interim Government from selling oil in east Libya as "he is monopolizing oil selling in contracts he made with British companies."