The Senate has approved the Federal Government’s N48 billion contract for oil pipeline monitoring with Government Ekpemupolo, often known as Tompolo.
The ex-Niger Delta insurgent now oversees pipeline protection in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, and Rivers states. The President Muhammadu Buhari government hired Tompolo in August in response to rising oil theft in the South-South.
The agreement reached by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) was intended to halt Nigeria’s daily loss of around 500,000 barrels of oil.
Senator Albert Akpan, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), confirmed the Red Chamber’s approval on Tuesday.
After delivering the findings of the Senate ad hoc committee on oil lifting and theft, the senator talked with journalists in Abuja.
According to Bassey, there is nothing improper with enlisting non-state actors to safeguard oil pipelines as long as the contract produces the intended goals.
“There are both formal and informal approaches to solving the issue”, NAN quoted him saying.
“f that contract was contracted duly and processed, we don’t have any issue with it and if it yields desired outcomes, I don’t think there is anything wrong in it.”