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Reps to investigate fraudulent pipelines surveillance contracts

18 December 2013, 15:09

Abuja - The House of Representatives has mandated its committees on petroleum resources (downstream and upstream) to investigate alleged fraudulent pipelines surveillance contracts on OML 26/30 to TEZINO Nigeria. Limited and other companies.

The committee is to report back to the house within one month.

The resolution came from a motion moved by Leo Ogor on Tuesday in Abuja which was unanimously adopted without debate.

According to Ogor, the oil pipeline surveillance contract in the case of OML 26/30, in the Niger Delta area has become a conduit pipe.

“Millions of naira of tax payers' money is being siphoned for work not done through this contract,’’ he said.

Ogor alleged that the beneficiary companies might have acted in connivance with some officials of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) to perpetrate the heinous act.

He said that the host communities of the pipelines were disenchanted with officials of NPDC over the shady contract and had to involve the local vigilante to watch over them.

The legislator noted that it was the desire of government to award the contracts to protect the nation's oil pipelines in the Niger Delta region and other parts.

He said that the initiative was intended to ensure that while oil pipelines were protected, government would get value for the huge amount being spent on surveillance contracts.

Ogor said that in spite of the money spent by government on pipelines surveillance, no single worker of the company was seen at the locations of the pipelines.

-    NAN

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