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Friday, 17 April 2015

Niger Delta are you after your freedom or after guarding your own oil pipeline for Hausa/Fulani and Yoruba?


Pipeline Surveillance: Urhobo community issues one-week ultimatum to FG, NNPC to approve contract ONE of the host Communities of Nigeria, Oil and Gas, HOSTCOM, Urhobo Ethnic Nationality, Delta State, yesterday, issued a one week ultimatum to the Federal government, the Nigeria National Petroleum Company, NNPC and the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company, NPDC to approve the pipeline surveillance contract due to the Urhobo failing which the security of oil facilities in Urhrobo land cannot be guaranteed. The body, in a statement issued by its Chairman, Comrade Efe Okovwurie at a meeting with the leadership of the oil and gas producing/impacted communities in Urhobo nation, vowed to resist any attempt to employ a contractor from outside the Urhobo nation to handle surveillance and intelligence gathering for oil facilities located in Urhobo communities. It maintained that the body as well as the Presidents General and Chairmen of oil and gas bearing/ impacted communities of Urhobo had resolved that the federal government should award the pipeline surveillance and intelligence gathering contract for the Urhobo nation oil and gas facilities to the Urhobo Oil and Gas HOSTCOM Ltd.
The statement disclosed that the first phase of the surveillance contracts had no impact on the oil bearing communities, alleging that “the contractors recruited ghost workers, hence the communities are insisting that the Urhobo portion of the pipeline surveillance that cuts across over eight local government areas in Urhobo land must be given to the company jointly owned by the oil bearing communities so that the indigenes of the communities living with the facilities in their backyard can equally be involved as workers, monitors, supervisors and advisers.” Alleging that some group of persons who benefited from the first phase contract had hired and mobilized some Urhobo youths to Abuja for a protest on how to secure the contracts, the statement advised the federal government and the managements of NNPC and NPDC not to listen to anybody except the leadership of HOSTCOM, Urhobo nation. The statement enjoined Urhobo oil bearing communities to be patient and support the actualization of their agitation, reiterating the determination of HOSTCOM is to accommodate indigenes of the communities, traditional rulers, Presidents General of the kingdoms, youths, women bodies in Urhobo Nation, Ex-Militant of Urhobo nation, HOSTCOM leaders and others in the contracts if awarded.

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