Oil Pipeline Contract: Niger Delta monarchs back Tompolo
…As Tompolo assures Niger Deltans of fairness
Monarchs from the Niger Delta region have endorsed the decision of the Federal Government to award the multi-billion Naira oil pipeline surveillance contract to renowned freedom fighter and former leader of the defunct Movement for Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND), High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, aka Tompolo.
GbaramatuVoice had earlier reported that the activist was awarded the contract to help in reducing oil theft and environmental degradation.
The kings gave their verdict concerning the development on Thursday after Tompolo visited the monarchs at the palace of the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oboro-Gbaraun II, Aketekpe, Agadagba, in Oporoza town, headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State.
The freedom fighter assured the royal fathers that every Niger Delta is an important stakeholder in the project and fair play will be the watchword in employing those who will work for the scheme.
Tompolo said: “We will employ 60-40. 60 for the men, 40 for the women; we are going to monitor all the people that we going to employ and after now, we will get the right names and the location where we are going to work; so that you won’t pass through any third party.”
He also enjoined those engage in illegal bunkering to desist as their actions leads to environmental pollution.
Speaking at the event on behalf of the monarchs, the Ovie of Idjerhe kingdom in Ethiope West Local Government Area, in Delta State, His Royal Majesty, King Monday Obukowho Whiskey (JP) , heaped praises on the Federal government for awarding Tompolo the contract.
The monarch said: “I am over confident that Chief Topmpolo has the capacity and the capability to handle this job because he is not a first timer. He has done it before. He has an antecedent and we are confident that he can do it better provided that the relevant stakeholders are carried along.”
King Whiskey also applauded the federal government for awarding the contract to the illustrious son of Niger-Delta and advised that the scheme should be sustained as it will go a long way in reducing environmental degradation and reduce oil theft which in turn will increase revenue in the country.
By Emmanuel Adigwe
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