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Niger Delta: Ijaw youths give conditions for peace

The multi billion naira pipeline surveillance contract awarded recently by the Federal Government to the companies of some prominent Nigerians seems to be generating more fracas than it was meant to solve, especially as it concerns Bayelsa State.

The President, Ijaw Youth Council Worldwide, Mr. Udengs Eradiri, has raised the alarm that some ex-militant leaders are threatening to kill him, because of his position that the contracts should be reviewed to involve all communities.

In an interview with journalists in Yenagoa on Sunday, Udengs maintained that his call for the review of the pipeline surveillance contract in the state was informed by the fact that since the commencement of the surveillance jobs, only a few ex-militants had been using the contracts to enrich themselves to the detriment of the communities the contracts were meant for.

It would be recalled that last Wednesday, some ex-militants, under the aegis of Niger Delta Ex-freedom Fighters, had protested in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, alleging that Governor Seriake Dickson was plotting to hijack the contracts which is sponsored by the NNPC.

During the violent protest, no fewer than nine persons, including a police officer, were injured when the ex-militants clashed with the police.

Governor Dickson has denied the claim, saying that the state government had established a firm, Izon-Ibe Security Company, to supervise the implementation of the terms of the surveillance contract.

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  1. Don Lucassi

    March 16, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Isnt this what goodluck wanted? To share the national cake? Now everyone wants their own. When he could have equipped our navy and civil defence to protect our waterways and pipelines, he gave the “multi billion naira pipeline surveillance contract..to the companies of some prominent
    Nigerians

    • Ifenkili

      March 16, 2015 at 8:25 am

      He equipped his people. how can individuals be known to have submarines and sophiscatedc weapons that no arm of the military have and no one is asking questions,. i am appaled. in the immortal words of honourable Patrick Obahiagbon I am flabberwhelmed.

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