INVESTIGATION! Oil Pipelines Surveillance Contracts: Fresh Facts Emerge in Niger Delta
…How Tompolo was awarded N48bn, Olu of Warri’s company N138b
To further clear the air of controversy and accusation that surrounds the recent crude Oil pipelines surveillance contracts awarded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, to the former leader of the defunct Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo and Pipelines Infrastructure Limited, a company owned by Olu of Warri. GbaramatuVoice reports.
Our source close to the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) further revealed that under the new crude oil pipelines surveillance regime, Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo was assigned to secure crude oil bearing pipelines in Delta and Bayelsa states at a contract net sum of N48bn per annum which translates to N4bn per month.
The source further reveals to GbaramatuVoice that Pipelines Infrastructure Limited, a company wholly owned by the Olu of Warri, was contracted to mann crude oil bearing pipelines in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, and was awarded at a net sum of N11.5b monthly and N138.7b per annum.
The above figure/sum awarded to Pipelines Infrastructure Limited, owned by Olu of Warri, excludes the already existing contract to manage crude oil pipelines in Delta and Bayelsa states, awarded some years ago to Ocean Marine Solution Limited owned by the late Captain Hosa Okunbo, the father-in-law to Olu of Warri. A company which the Olu of Warri is now the substantive Chairman.
From the foregoing, the source explained that: “The two entities followed due process in securing the contracts. They are illustrious sons of the region and competently qualified to handle the said assignment.
This clarification, he added, became necessary in order to address and possibly nip by the bud the growing misinformation and disinformation at the public domain.
While pointing out that the main objective of the contract is to secure the crude oil supply in the global market, the source however, added that with this clarification, any objection coming from any individual, group or state should be directed to the appropriate quarters.
“Most importantly, we must not allow this contract cause disaffection within the region,” he concluded.
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