Yenagoa—Operatives of Tantita Security Service have averted a protest by some youths in Bayelsa State over alleged non-inclusion in the ongoing execution of the N4b crude oil pipeline Surveillance contract awarded by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to High Chief Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo.
NaijaliveTV reports that scores of demonstrators on Tuesday disrupted vehicular movement along the Imiringi road in Yenagoa which leads to the residence of the Bayelsa Operations Coordinator of Tantita, Great Joshua MacIver.
The protesters, who were identified as beneficiaries of the 2nd and 3rd phases of the Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), demanded inclusion in the surveillance contract.
Mr. Timi-Igoli Timi, Chief of Staff to MacIver, assured the protesters that the recruitment process for the surveillance job is still ongoing.
While pleading for their patience, Igoli reiterated that the recruitment exercise is an all-inclusive one aimed at capturing all relevant stakeholders in the various catchment areas across the state.
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He pointed out that the recruitment exercise will not only capture 2nd and 3rd phase Amnesty beneficiaries but also accommodate People Living with Disabilities (PLWDs)
Igoli also admonished the protesters to always seek proper information before embarking on protest action, describing their protest as ill-conceived and lacking in proper communication.
All stakeholders have already been mapped out for different time frames and they will all be attended to by the end of October 2022, he added.
Tantita Security Services had in the last few weeks embarked on consultation and monitoring visits to various communities in the state including Ikebiri1, 2 and 3, Ikenghebiri, Ondewari and Okpotuwari, and Ombugbene in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area.
Others are Aleibiri and Tuomo communities in Ekeremor Local Government Area of the State.