Daniel Reyenieju

A former member of the Federal House of Representatives, Mr. Daniel Reyenieju has said those condemning the recent award of surveillance contract to Chief Government Ekomupolo, popularly known as Tompolo by the Buhari Federal Government are unfair to the Niger Delta Region, noting that they are not aware of the realities on the ground

Reyenieju made this known via a phone call interview with Vanguard yesterday, noting that the crude oil industry is a multibillion-dollar one and what Tompolo got as a monetary payment for the pipeline surveillance contract is merely amount to crumbs. 

The former lawmaker expressed pain that the current hue and cry arising from certain quarters because Tompolo who is from the Niger Delta region is now involved at merely the level of surveillance is not only unfortunate but uncalled for. 

He said how many protests of such have we witnessed when other Nigerians of non-Niger Deltan extraction, including foreigners come to the region to secure and execute multimillion dollars contracts from the oil industries.

‘’Since the federal government has found Government Ekpempolo capable of handling the herculean assignment of checking the massive theft of crude oil where the Nigerian military including the police and civil defense corps have woefully failed, he should be allowed to do it; provided he gets relevant stakeholders in his areas of operations involved.

 “What Niger Deltan should be concerned with is the untold alienation that has consistently been inflicted on us as a collective such that our qualified indigenes are hardly engaged in the oil industry; except at the level of mere pipeline surveillance which merely attracts lean financial reward. Award of surveillance contract is not worth the opportunity that should be due us as Niger Deltans in the oil and gas industry, to say the least, it is an executive insult to us, but we must keep accepting whatever is thrown at us until we take full advantage of our resources.

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