The Northern Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) has given reasons why the federal government shouldn’t continue the contract for pipeline surveillance that was given to Chief Ekpemupolo Government, also known as Tompolo, who used to be a militant leader.
In a statement, Comr. Mustapha Hassan, the secretary-general of the NYCN, said that the country was too nervous to let anything happen that could cause trouble among its citizens.
Since the deal was given to Tompolo, the group said, there have been more problems in the Niger Delta and among the elites of the country.
He said, “Besides the damage to the economy, the federal government also lost military personnel and weapons. Second, the ex-militant leaders in the Niger Delta are fighting over the contract because they think that if the Federal Government can credit Tompolo’s bad behavior, they should all get the same thing.
“We remember that when Ocean Marine’s late Capt. Hosa Okubor was in charge of the pipeline security contract, these many problems didn’t exist, mostly because they were seen as capable hands with no problems. As a group, we ask Mr. President to stop giving contracts that might seem to support unrest and crime,” the group said.
The group also said that it was clear to Nigerians that the amount of oil being produced hasn’t changed much since the deal was given to Tompolo.
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