Akeredolu Queries Buhari’s Government Over Tompolo’s Pipeline Contract

Akeredolu Queries Buhari’s Government Over Tompolo’s Pipeline Contract

Akeredolu Queries Buhari’s Government Over Tompolo’s Pipeline Contract

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has concerns over President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government decision to award pipeline surveillance contracts to Government Ekpemupolo, a former Niger Delta agitator popularly known as Tompolo among others.

Akeredolu’s concerns came on the heels of the Nigerian government justifying the N4 Billion contract to Tompolo and other private organizations.

Akeredolu Queries Buhari’s Government Over Tompolo’s Pipeline Contract

The Ondo state governor, in an open letter on Wednesday, said the Federal Government’s action reinforces the belief that the whole defense architecture in the country needs an urgent overhaul.

The Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum said the action of the FG also implied that it permitted private security outfits “to bear heavy assault weapons while denying the same privilege to the states, the federating units,” to tackle insecurity.

Recall that the Federal Government, on Tuesday, said it believes it has taken the right decision to hire private contractors to man its oil pipeline network nationwide.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, Mr Mele Kyari, argued that although the security agencies are doing their part, end-to-end pipeline surveillance would require the involvement of private entities and community stakeholders.

The NNPC CEO also clarified that the contract was not awarded to Tompolo as a person but to a company he has interests in.
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