Ex-Militants Want Pipelines Security Contract Renewed

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Repentant
militants in the Niger Delta have made a renewed case for the renewal of the
contract for the security of oil pipelines belonging to the Nigeria National
Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) .
The ex-militants,  under the
aegis of the Leadership Forum for Peace in the Niger Delta,  are also of
the opinion that the prevailing peace in the region can be sustained if the
Federal Government ensures adequate funding of the amnesty programme.

National President of the Forum,
‘General’ Reuben Wilson , who spoke in an interview in Port Harcourt, the River
State capital, Friday, shortly after arriving  from Benin, Edo State where
the ex-militants met to review the state of affairs in the region and passed a
vote of confidence on the presidential adviser on the Niger Delta, Kingsley
Kuku.

Wilson lamented that cases of crude
oil theft may have been high because all the over 3,000 ex-militants that were
engaged to protect the pipelines were now roaming the streets because the
contract has been cancelled by the Federal Government.
According to him, if the Federal Government really wants the pipelines to be
fully protected,it  should ensure that the salaries meant for the security
contract is released as at when due.
“We can stop the illegal refineries in
the creeks. You can see the difference between when we were in the creeks and
we used to have a production capacity of 600 barrels per day pay. Now, we can
produce up to 2.7 million barrels per day. The difference is clear. That means
if we continue that way, the nation would make more money from oil,” he said.
Wilson also urged the Federal
Government to ensure that the presidential amnesty office was not starved of
funds because “the presidential adviser has been able to drive the programme
successfully over this period.”
Source:
Thisday

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