Akeredolu query Buhari government over Tompolo’s pipeline contract
Concerns have been raised by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State regarding the Federal Government’s plan to grant contracts for pipeline monitoring to Government Ekpemupolo, a former Niger Delta agitator better known by his stage name Tompolo, among others.
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Akeredolu’s worries followed the Nigerian government’s defence of the N4 billion contract with Tompolo and other for-profit businesses.
The governor of Ondo state stated in an open letter on Wednesday that the Federal Government’s decision only serves to further the notion that a complete rebuild of the nation’s defence infrastructure is urgently required.
In order to combat insecurity, the Southern Governors’ Forum Chairman claimed that the FG’s action meant that it was okay for private security companies to “carry heavy assault weapons while denying the same permission to the states, the federating units.”
Recall that the Federal Government declared that it thought it had made the proper choice in hiring independent contractors to staff the nation’s oil pipeline network.
The Nigeria National Petroleum Company’s Group Chief 55 Officer, Mr. Mele Kyari, claimed that while the security authorities are doing their bit, private organisations and community stakeholders would also need to be involved in end-to-end pipeline surveillance.
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