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Oil, Gas union anger at ex-militant luxury jet report

12 September 2013, 17:01

Lagos - The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) reacted angrily to reports that ex-militant, High Chief Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo (Tompolo), who was awarded a contract to police the Niger Delta, had bought himself a luxury jet.

Tompolo was one of the most notorious militants until Jonathan’s government granted the radicals amnesty and later awarded the lucrative contract.

The 43-year-old turned heads recently when it emerged he had bought a personal luxury jet, a Bombardier SE60 LearJet, sources said cost a whooping US $13.3 million.

The trade union PENGASSAN slammed such spending.

“Just recently, Tompolo bought a private jet yet the job he was paid by government to do remains undone. That contract should have been cancelled by now.

"How can one really give a thief, the job of protecting what is used to stealing? It is only in this country that such a thing is done and those in government wants us to take them serious,” PENGASSAN Public Relations Officer, Seyi Gambo, said.

He urged government to cancel the oil security contract awarded to Tompolo and instead approve more funds for the security agencies to help curb oil theft.

Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, which generates around 2 million barrels of oil per day, loses about $6 billion of its revenue each year because of oil theft.

According to official figures, the trade in stolen oil has resulted in a 17 percent fall in oil sales in the first quarter of this year. -

 CAJ News


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