Surveillance contractors in charge of oil pipelines in Bayelsa State have condemned Governor Douye Diri’s call for review of pipeline surveillance contracts.
Diri, on Tuesday, called for a review of surveillance contracts in the state haven accused the contractors of encouraging crime. He said the contracts should be awarded to the Nigerian Navy (NN).
But a surveillance contractor, Chief Sam Kojo, speaking on behalf of others, said they were patriots who had made Bayelsa anti-bunkering free. He accused the government of campaign of calumny ‘which would fail like previous attempts launched by the government’.
Kojo said: “For those conversant with the war former Governor Seriake Dickson waged on oil surveillance contractors since 2015, Diri’s comments is only a rehash of the baseless and unfounded allegations peddled by the government which was tabled as a motion in the National Assembly but failed because of its spurious content.
“Before the engagement of surveillance contractors, Bayelsa was the hotbed of oil thieves, but our dedicated efforts rescued the state from their grip and ensured oil firms operate in an atmosphere devoid of disruptions.”
He reminded the government that the Navy and other security agencies had not indicted surveillance contractors of any crime, saying those whose shady businesses had been stopped were fighting back using the government machinery.