By Festus Ahon
ASABA—EX-MILITANT leader, self styled ‘Gen’ Lucky Ichipi, has raised the alarm over the alleged diversion of slots of the pipeline surveillance contracts awarded by Heritage Energy, operator of the Oil Mining Lease, OML 30, Delta State by one of the contractors.
Addressing newsmen at Afiesere community, Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state, Ichipi said the surveillance jobs meant to engage ex-agitators and indigenes of oil bearing communities was being turned into “some sort business where slots are given to family members, friends and women”.
“Many ex-militants, including those that have not been documented and integrated into the amnesty program are being excluded from the pipeline surveillance jobs and this is generating a lot of tension in the region.
Calling on the Federal Government and Heritage Energy to call those handling the surveillance contract to order, he said: “We are peace loving, hence we are airing our grievances so that this injustice can be looked into and addressed.
“I cannot fold my hands and watch this continue to happen as an indigene and ex-militant leader in the Niger Delta region.”