A Niger Delta group under the umbrella of Ijaw Elite Force, IEF, has expressed gratitude to the federal government for the award of the pipeline surveillance contract to former MEND leader, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo.
The group stated in a statement that, Tompolo with his vast knowledge of the Niger Delta region would curb the menace of pipeline vandalism and illegal bunkering which had caused adverse health hazards of uncontrollable pollution in the region.
The statement which was signed by its national president Comrade Saturday David and Secretary Newman Asiyiaseimor said Niger Delta people especially the ex-agitators should not raise any eyebrow over the federal government surveillance contract awarded to Tompolo.
“Tompolo deserves the job and we are calling on other Niger ex-agitators to give their support for the success of the project.
“We want to equally buttress some facts as media report had earlier highlighted that the contract for the region was earlier awarded to Ocean Marine Solution Limited is owned by the Late Captain Hosa Okunbo, the father-in-law to Olu of Warri. A company in which the Olu of Warri is now the substantive Chairman. No one raised a voice for almost seven years before it is now revisited.
”The newly awarded contract to Tompolo does not cover the entire region but specific areas, some parts of Delta and most parts of Rivers and Bayelsa states are not inclusive, especially Nembe to Bonny which was awarded to another company. The Olu of Warri will be handling the majority of Rivers and Akwa-Ibom states.
“According to a media report contract amounts to N48bn per annum which translates to N4bn per month, whereas that of the Olu of Warri was reportedly awarded at a net sum of N11.5b monthly and N138.7b per annum.
”Despite these facts, Tompolo is engaging stakeholders, running an all-inclusive operation.”The group retorted.