Mr Aniekan Akpan,Â Â Â PENGASSAN Abuja Branch Chairman, has faulted the contracting of 21 crude oil terminals for pre-shipment inspection to a foreign firm by the Federal Government.In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday, Akpan stated that it was a drain on the economy. Akpan added that the action was a waste of government resources in theface of scarce resources.
â€œThe contracting of 21 crude oil terminal for pre-shipment inspection to Messrs Cobalt International Services Ltd, a foreign firm, is another form of economic leakage,â€ he said. He noted that the action was capable of making redundant the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), which had performed the function before now at no cost to the government.The action, he said, was also against the administrationâ€™s 7-point agenda and its policy of cutting down on expenses that had no direct bearing on the economy and the people.
â€œThe function being contracted to the firm is nothing but duplication of the responsibilities of DPR and a colossal waste of governmentâ€™s resources. PENGASSAN DPR branch is not against Cobalt as a firm, but we are standing up for the cause of our countryâ€™s economy no matter who is involved,â€ Akpansaid.
He called on the Federal Government to withdraw the contract and to train and retrain staff of the DPR on new technologies to enable them to perform their responsibilities properly.