The executive of the Itsekiri National Youth Council (INYC) led by Comrade Isaac Oritseweyinmi Agbateyiniro had on Saturday briefed members on the outcome of a parley earlier held with High Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo on their slot that covers Itsekiriland from the pipeline surveillance contract.
The Saturday meeting at Ikengbuwa Primary School Field, had in attendance a crowd of over 3,000 youths from the various Itsekiri communities, drawn from Edo State, Okpe, Sapele, Udu, Ethiope West and the three Warri Local Government Areas.
Agbateyiniro had told the gathering that Tompolo promised to work with Itsekiris with respect to their area as spelt out in the contract, noting that he (Tompolo) had already sublet three kilometers of the line to Ayiri Emami “based on an understanding from Abuja”.
He said, “Tompolo had been making overtures to Itsekiri with regards to the structure of the contract as it concerns Itsekiri. He assured us of working with the Itsekiri National Youth Council towards the smooth running of the contract and protection of Federal Government installations in Itsekiriland”.
Comrade Esimaje Awani and other leaders of core Itsekiri youth groups like the Itsekiri People’s Congress led by Comr. Raymond Aderojo, Gabriel Mene Ejegi (HostCom), Comr. Ajatiton Isaac (Chairman, INYC Edo State), who had accompanied Comr. Agbateyiniro on the visit to Tompolo, also addressed the gathering.
They commended the leadership of the Itsekiri National Youth Council for displaying transparency and accountability, stressing that in the times past, things like this used to be shrouded in secrecy.