The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has urged Nigerians to back Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo in his bid to secure pipelines in the Niger Delta.
Mr Omaghomi OluDerimon, Secretary, Western Zone of the IYC, made the call to Vanguard on Monday, saying that ‘all hands must be on deck to protect our economic mainstay, crude oil.’
He stated that the IYC had previously expressed concern about the volume of oil theft in the region by some economic saboteurs through various fora.
“We sincerely thank President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government for listening to our concerns and taking action to address them.”
“There is no Nigerian who is not concerned about the state of the economy today, and they must also be aware that the situation is exacerbated by the dwindling fortunes of our oil, which is the result of oil theft.”
“Nigeria’s oil production has been steadily declining for some time now, owing primarily to oil theft in the Niger Delta region.”
“This situation affects all states of the federation, not just the Niger Delta,” he said.
As a result, the IYC Zonal Secretary urged Nigerians not to interpret the contract award to Tompolo as a matter of politics or ethnicity.
Further, he stated that the contract was not political or regional in nature, but was entirely based on experience and expertise.
Following the massive financial loss caused by crude oil theft, it is only necessary to award the contract to an experienced hand who knows the terrain and can deliver on time.
“This has nothing to do with the region or politics; someone who knows the place and its history, as well as experience dealing with issues in the region, was required to reduce the threat of oil theft.”
“However, Tompolo or whoever was given the contract cannot do it alone without the support of every single Nigerian,” he said.
Remember that the federal government recently renewed a multi-million dollar pipeline surveillance contract with an ex-agitator and commander of the defunct Niger Delta Movement (MEND).
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