The Reformed Egbesu boys of the Niger Delta region have demanded their share of the pipeline surveillance contract recently awarded to former militant government leader Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo.
They said the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) should have consulted extensively with stakeholders in the Niger Delta region before being assigned the surveillance task to one person.
Reformed Egbesu Boys leader, ‘General’ Tony Alagbakereowei, made the demand in a press statement in Warri.
“The management of the NNPCL should have consulted stakeholders before awarding the surveillance contract to a particular individual from the creek.
“The NNPCL has failed to understand that the peace that the Nigerian government enjoys today in the Niger Delta region is the result of the peace agreement reached between the former Presidential Amnesty Program Coordinator, Brigadier General Paul Boro (Retd) and the Niger Delta Gun rioters. .
“It will be recalled that when Paul Boro was in office, he was able to convey an important stakeholder meeting in the Odi community in Bayelsa state, where more than 21 different militant groups in the Niger Delta region , with their representatives a ceasefire with many promises, including the pipeline surveillance task.
“We were assured that each community will be responsible for providing security in their domain, which has led to the current cessation of hostilities in the Niger Delta region.
“All these years we have patiently waited for the federal government to do the necessary, but to our surprise it was reported that this long-awaited task (surveillance contract) had been given to a certain person from the creek, which cannot be accepted. The federal government is always good at creating confusion.
“How can a stranger come to my community with the third largest oil collector in all of West Africa to take over my job? Everyone must maintain and protect their areas of responsibility in the interests of peace,” the statement read.
It is also recalled that the pipeline monitoring contract recently awarded to Tompolo, which amounted to billions of naira, had generated responses from stakeholders.
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