Bayelsa Gov Denies Hijacking Oil Pipeline Surveillance Contract

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Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson said he did not hijack the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) crude oil pipeline surveillance contract meant for oil-producing communities, as alleged by some ex-militant leaders in the state.

According to him, although the state government had established a firm, Izon-Ibe Security Company to supervise the implementation of the terms of the surveillance contract among the benefiting communities, it was just part of efforts to address the challenges of youth unemployment in the state.

“The Izon-Ibe Security firm is a limited liability company that is a community-based security and empowerment scheme for Bayelsa youths across the communities with the active involvement of the chiefs and leaders to train youths in the surveillance of pipeline and guard duties,” a Government House statement issued in Yenagoa and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Daniel Iworio-Markson said.

The management of the Izon-Ibe Security Company, which has Chief Joshua Fumudoh as Chairman and Chief James Jephthah as Managing Director, with a representative of the Ijaw Youth Council, (IYC) among others on its board is expected to take steps to engage youths to go for the necessary training for job placements in the company.

The statement noted further that the government’s attention ha been drawn to some ex-militant leaders, whose activities constitute a breach of the existing peace. It said that these people had until now benefited from pipeline contracts but had failed to execute them.
 
“Sadly, these ex-militants, who have mismanaged the Amnesty programme to short change their followers, are again planning to use the innocent youths to play out the script of their sponsors to malign the state government and destabilize the state for their selfish financial interest.

“In addition to the Amnesty programme, which they control exclusively, these ex-militant leaders also have a share of the pipeline surveillance contract, but they are fighting to be the only ones to carry out this function throughout the state. They have no capacity to do this and it doesn’t make sense because there are so many youths and chiefs in the state that can also be involved in their communities for accountability.

“The position of the government is that, pipeline surveillance contracts are not for ex-militant leaders alone, most of whom hail from a particular local government area,” the statement said.

1 COMMENT

  1. What the government and these ex militants should be really arguing about is “who are these pipeline vandals”. They are surely indigenes. If people stop damaging pipes for illegal bunkery or illegal refining. The budget of pipeline surveillance will be used for the development of the region