A group, Coalition of Edo Social Cultural Groups (CESCG) has thrown its weight behind ex-militant leader, Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo) on the award of N48b pipeline surveillance contract to him by the federal government.
In a statement, the group stated: “Our attention has been drawn to the recent issues lingering amongst youth stakeholders in the Niger Delta region regarding the pipeline surveillance contract given to High Chief Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo).
“We have noticed series of press releases and Issues emanating from other interest groups across the Niger Delta region calling on the Federal Government to call off the contract and give it to another person or group of persons.
“We totally condemned this act and call on all interest groups to come together and work with Tompolo in other for us and the region to achieve a huge result.
While speaking to journalists in a Press Briefing in Benin City the Edo State capital, The Convener, Co-Convener, Secretary and other stakeholders of the Coalition of Edo Social Cultural Groups (CESCG) informed pressmen of the group’s new strategy to bring all stakeholders together in unity for the common interests of the oil producing communities across the region.
“We, therefore, call on all aggrieved groups and individuals to embrace High Chief Government Ekpemupolo’s leadership and put a stop to such violence-prone protests and prevent outsiders from causing disorder in our region.
“That we have implicit Confidence in High Chief Government Ekpemoplo (aka Tompolo) ability to police the pipeline across the region and having carefully watched his approach in consulting and bringing all stakeholders on a round table for inclusiveness and to see that no one is left behind.
“We also humbly implore all interest groups and various stakeholders in the region to work together as one, while advising High Chief Tompolo to continue to reach out to those who are still aggrieved in the region as we are all stakeholders in the security surveillance job even in the midst of the unwarranted bickering.
“As the umbrella body of all social-cultural interest’s groups in Edo State, we are fully ready to work under your leadership as we will continue to preach peace, promote unity and stand for transparency in all we do.” The statement added.
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