Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, on Saturday, criticised the Federal Government for awarding the contract for the protection of crude oil pipelines to “one man”.
Fubara spoke when a Federal Government delegation on the security of oil and gas assets led by the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, visited him at the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
In August 2022, the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, had justified the government’s decision to award a multi-billion naira pipelines surveillance contract to Tantita Security Services led by former militant leader Government Ekpemepulo aka Tompolo.
Though the Rivers governor did not mention any name, he said the strategy of the Federal Government won’t yield the expected results as an individual cannot have control over the assets in another’s territory.
Fubara, who decried the neglect of the state by the Federal Government, called on the delegation to ensure that the outcome of their task would be beneficial to both the Federal and the state governments.
He advised them to engage the people at the grassroots to better appreciate the situation in the Niger Delta area.
On his part, the NSA said the delegation is billed to visit Rivers and other Niger Delta states with a marching orders from President Bola Tinubu to end crude oil theft and illegal defining of petroleum products.
Others on the delegation include the two defense ministers, both ministers in the petroleum sector.
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