The Northern Youth Advocacy For Good Governance Initiative and the Arewa Youth Forum recently rallied to protest against the pipeline surveillance contract awarded to Tantita Security. This security firm is owned by Mr Government Ekpemupolo, known as Tompolo.
According to the Legal Attorney Blog report, a group of young individuals converged at the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) headquarters, primarily from the country’s Northern region. They passionately demanded the cancellation of the contract.
In a show of determination, the protesters carried placards and remained undeterred by the presence of security personnel assigned to protect the facility. Their primary demand was for President Bola Tinubu to exercise prudence in reauthorizing the contract, citing concerns about widespread financial misconduct that they believed had tainted it.
The messages on their placards bore witness to their discontent. Phrases such as “Tompolo’s Pipeline Surveillance Is a Fraud,” “Sack and Probe Mele Kyari Now,” and “NNPC Now An Osusu Ministry” were displayed prominently. Also Read: https://legalattorneyblog.com/2023/07/10/dss-rearrest-of-emefiele-a-violation-of-court-order-arewa-youths/
Speaking on behalf of the groups, Comrade Musa Adebayo, the President of the Arewa Youth Congress, highlighted their concerns. He pointed out that there had been no significant increase in oil production since the contract had been awarded to Tompolo. He emphasized that the reported successes merely indicated the average production rates before the turmoil caused by the Niger Delta Avengers.
Despite the prevailing tension, financial irregularities, misinformation, and anomalies associated with the contract, Adebayo expressed deep unease about the government’s apparent willingness to renew the pipeline surveillance contract with a former militant leader. Also Read: https://legalattorneyblog.com/2023/07/13/urgent-call-for-justice-and-accountability-addressing-the-recent-incident-at-the-federal-high-court-lagos/
Given the ongoing revelations in the media, he stressed the importance of the federal government’s efforts to ascertain the actual cost of the contract. Adebayo also called for the suspension and thorough investigation of key figures within the NNPCL, including Mr Mele Kolo Kyari, the Group Chief Executive; Mr Adokye Tombomieye, Executive Vice President (Upstream); Mr Ali Muhammed Zahra, Managing Director of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC); and Mr Bala Wunti, Managing Director of the National Petroleum Investment Management Services.
Adebayo argued that these individuals should be temporarily suspended pending a comprehensive inquiry into their roles in awarding contracts for the security and maintenance of pipeline infrastructure and ancillary facilities along the eastern and western corridors. He also mentioned concerns about establishing a project management office for an obscure company, Inter-Atlas Limited, which had reportedly cost the federal government almost one billion dollars over the past year.
Adebayo stressed that the nation’s condition was unstable and could not afford to entertain actions that might worsen internal conflicts and disputes among its people. Granting contracts to an individual who, in their perspective, should have been held legally accountable for the economic disturbances in the Niger Delta region between 2016 and 2018 was viewed as detrimental to the pursuit of peace and progress.
Adebayo and the protesters vowed to remain at the premises until their demands were addressed.
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