OPC Pulls Out Of Pipeline Protection Contract

The Oodua People’s Congress, has instructed its men to refrain from guarding all the pipelines of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

In March, the Federal Government headed by Goodluck Jonathan, had awarded a multi-billion naira contract to OPC to protect NNPC pipelines in the South-West region.

According to Yinka Oguntimehin, spokesman for Gani Adams faction of the congress, the OPC will be ending its part of the contract because the corporation was yet to start paying for the work its men were doing.

Oguntimehin said: “When we were given the contract on March 15, it was agreed that they will release money for OPC personnel for effective protection of NNPC pipelines nationwide.

“We lost one man last month because of the activities of the vandals here in Lagos, while some of our men were arrested in the course of protecting the pipeline.

“We had told them to release some of our money before the new administration took over, but they kept promising us.

“Enough is enough. Three months have passed since our members started monitoring the pipeline, and we have fulfilled our part of the agreement.

“By 10p.m. today (yesterday), our personnel will move out of the NNPC pipelines nationwide and this applies to other groups in the country.”

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