“We are ready to cooperate with him to effectively protect and police the pipelines,” a representative of the communities said.
Oil producing communities in Edo have urged Government ‘Tompolo’ Ekpemupolo to involve them in the contract to secure oil pipelines in the Niger Delta region.
The oil producing communities in the state made the call in a statement by spokesperson Omoluabi Daggo in Calabar on Sunday.
The communities who spoke on the aegis of Combine Force Blasters (CFB), however, commended the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari for the contract.
Mr Daggo noted that Tompolo is equipped with the history of the area and had been a key player in the struggle for the betterment of the Niger Delta region.
“We have no issue with Tompolo being awarded the contract since he is part of us and knows the history of the area as well as knowing what it takes to effectively carry out the assignment.
“Indeed, we, just like other Nigerians with interest of the country at heart, have been concerned about the level of crude oil theft.
“Apart from its consequences on the revenue stream of the country, vandalisation of pipelines have also affected the environment of the oil producing communities. So, let it be noted that we have no problem whatsoever with Tompolo handling the project,” he stated.
Mr Daggo stated that their only misgiving about the contract was oil producing communities from Edo not being included in it.
According to him, for some time now, we have watched Tompolo host some states on the subject matter with the award of slots to various communities and militant generals.
“Though we are carefully waiting to hear from him, we are ready to cooperate with him to effectively protect and police the pipelines,” he added.
It would be recalled that the Buhari regime had recently awarded a surveillance of pipelines contract to the former militant general in the region.
The decision to award the pipeline contract followed the massive crude oil theft that had seen the loss of daily oil production by the country.