Isoko youths congratulate Tompolo over pipeline surveillance contract
…Says only Isoko indigenes will benefit from contract in Isoko areas
The president of the Isoko National Youth Assembly (INYA), Comrade Amos Ogbokor-Etaluku, has stated that only persons from Isoko nation will be beneficiaries of the Federal Government oil pipeline contract awarded to popular freedom fighter, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo.
GbaramatuVoice had earlier reported that the NNPC awarded the pipeline surveillance contract to Tompolo.
INYA President, Comrade Ogbokor-Etaluku, in a press statement issued to GbaramatuVoice congratulated Tompolo and also enjoined that “non-Isoko person” should not be allowed to participate in the mix of things in Isoko land.
He said: “As the apex youth organization of the Isoko Nation, we seize this opportunity to congratulate the indefatigable freedom fighter, Chief Government Ekpemupolo (AKA Tompolo) on the well deserving award of the pipeline surveillance contract by the NNPC Limited.
“We are also through this medium stating our stance on the execution of the contract in Isoko nation. Its entire value chain must be executed by Isoko people without any non-Isoko person in the mix in any manner whatsoever.
“We have intelligence that some elements from other tribes are trying to corner the execution of the contract in Isoko nation for their own political benefits.
“We reiterate that there should not be a non-Isoko person in the chain of execution of the Isoko part of this contract even if the non-Isoko person appoints his stooge to front for him.
“Any attempt to undermine our legitimate place in this contract will be met with brutal resistance that will not only defeat the purpose the contract was meant to serve in Isoko Nation but will also jeopardize the political and allied interests such subversion is intended to meet.
“We have more than competent persons in the entire value chain to handle the execution of the contract in Isoko Nation in the spirit of Local Content, equity and fairness. And as an organization of able-bodied and visionary youths we will continue to cooperate with the Federal government, NNPC and the GOC as well as serve as watchdogs for the protection of the interests of the Isoko people who have elected us to do things of this nature in times like this.
“We are by this release asking the GMD of NNPC, stakeholders and the general public to please take note. A stitch in time, they say, saves nine!”
GbaramatuVoice writes that the oil pipeline contract is for the entire Niger Delta region. However, the Isoko youths are clamoring to be in charge of the project in Isoko communities.