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Akeredolu, Okowa disagree on surveillance contract to local PMC; non-state actors to bear heavy-assault-weapons, while States can’t, Akeredolu cautions

Gov Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State: GOVERNOR Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and his counterpart in Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa, have taken opposite tracks over the pipeline surveillance contract awarded to a private military company, PMC, in which militants’ leader, Government Ekpemupolor, also known as Tompolo, has interest.

GOVERNOR Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and his counterpart in Delta, Ifeanyi Okowa, have taken opposite tracks over the pipeline surveillance contract awarded to a private military company, PMC, in which militants’ leader, Government Ekpemupolor, also known as Tompolo, has interest.

While Akeredolu accused the Federal Government of playing the ostrich in awarding the contract to Tompolo, while at the same time displaying hostility against establishment of security outfits by some state governments, Okowa said there was nothing wrong in giving such contracts to a private organisation, saying it was standard practice worldwide.

The governors spoke as youths of Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State issued a stern warning to Tompolo and other militants not to enter their territory in the name of protecting pipelines.

This is even as the timely intervention of the army, yesterday, calmed protesters on the Ozoro-Kwale-Asaba express road, Delta State, who had blocked some sections, alleging that their communities were shortchanged in the pipeline surveillance contract awarded to Tompolo.

Akeredolu in a statement he personally signed in Akure yesterday, said the whole defence architecture in the country needed an urgent overhaul.

In a statement, entitled” Who Actually Needs Weapon,” the Ondo governor kicked against the consistent refusal of the federal government to accede to the request by states to strengthen complementary initiatives adopted to protect lives and property.

In a statement, entitled” Who Actually Needs Weapon,” the Ondo governor kicked against the consistent refusal of the federal government to accede to the request by states to strengthen complementary initiatives adopted to protect lives and property.

The statement read: “The news concerning the purported award of pipeline contracts to some individuals and private organisations by the Federal Government has been unsettling.

“More disquieting is the barely disguised hostility displayed against either the idea or the actual to fill the widening gaps in the scope of security coverage noticeable nationally. 

“The Federal Government, through the Office of the National Security Adviser, has been consistent in its refusal to accede to the request by some states in the federation to strengthen the complementary initiatives adopted to protect lives and property.

“It is, therefore, shocking to read that the Federal Government has maintained the award of the contract to ‘protect’ the country’s pipeline from vandals to private organisations. This story, if true, leaves a sour taste in the mouth.

“Consequently, it is safe to conclude that the Federal Government has, impliedly, permitted non-state actors to bear heavy assault weapons, while denying same privilege to the states, the federating units.

“If state governments, which are keenly desirous of protecting their citizens, establish ancillary security outfits and there has been pronounced reluctance, if not outright refusal, to consider permitting them to bear arms for the sole purpose of defence, granting private individuals and/or organisations unfettered access to assault weapons suggests, curiously, deep-seated suspicion and distrust between the federal government and the presumed federating units.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State: Commenting on the issue, Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, hailed the decision of the federal government to award the oil surveillance contract to an indigene of the Niger Delta

Commenting on the issue, Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, hailed the decision of the federal government to award the oil surveillance contract to an indigene of the Niger Delta.

Okowa, who spoke through the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, said it was an acceptable practice all over the world to localise some jobs, adding that the essence of it was to get the buy-in of the locals.

“Don’t forget, they know the terrain and they are in a better position to secure the oil facilities and what lies beneath the earth of the region.

“We don’t know what Governor Rotimi Akeredolu wants, but we do know that the Federal Government’s decision to award the contract to locals is the best.

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