Niger Delta Stakeholders Advocate Decentralisation Of Pipeline Surveillance Contracts

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Stakeholders representing the six states of the Niger Delta region have voiced their support for Bayelsa State Governor, Duoye Diri’s call to re-assess and decentralise the allocation of crude oil and gas pipeline surveillance contracts by the Federal Government. The collective body, known as the Movement for Sustainable Development of the Niger Delta (MSDND), comprises traditional rulers, community leaders, women, and youth leaders.

In a statement released on Friday, the MSDND emphasised the importance of Governor Diri’s position in promoting a review and decentralisation of surveillance contracts. They argued that such measures are crucial to averting inefficiencies, and enhancing the collective protection of the nation’s valuable assets and resources.

Chief Ayebatekena Olodi, the National Coordinator of the MSDND, highlighted the significance of the Bayelsa State Government’s stance, asserting that it has effectively thwarted attempts by certain contractors to monopolise the pipeline surveillance contract. The stakeholders expressed concerns that the existing arrangement could pose greater security challenges if not properly regulated.

The MSDND has consistently advocated for the decentralisation of pipeline surveillance and maintenance contracts across the different states in the Niger Delta region. They propose assigning these contracts to reputable ex-militant leaders who have demonstrated support for the nation’s development plans.

Citing evidence from key data on Nigeria’s crude oil exports, these stakeholders argue that the country experienced increased production, and exports before the over $1.3 Billion pipeline surveillance contracts were awarded to selected individuals. They contended that during the one-year contract period, crude oil production and sales decreased.

The stakeholders, in alignment with the Bayelsa State Government, called for a comprehensive review involving every stakeholder from across the region. They advised that such an inclusive approach is essential for creating a more effective and accountable pipeline surveillance system.

 

 

 

 

 

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