OPC says it will not protest withdrawal of pipeline protection contract

Gani Adams says his faction of the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) will not participate in the protest against the withdrawal of the contract for the protection of NNPC Pipelines.

Adams, the National Coordinator of the pressure group, said in Lagos yesterday that protest would not solve the problem of the contract withdrawal.

“We had a meeting over the withdrawal of contract to protect the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines.

“Dr Fredrick Fasheun, myself and some other persons were at the meeting. I want to state categorically that protest against withdrawal of the contract was not part of our discussion.

“It is a contract between us and the NNPC. The issue should not be misunderstood for something else.

“I don’t want to bring ethnicity into this matter. I don’t want people to see us in bad light.

“We read the story on this protest in the newspapers like any other person. We are not part of the protest,” Adams said.

The Federal Government under former President Goodluck Jonathan had in March awarded a multi-billion Naira contract to the OPC to secure NNPC pipelines in the South-West zone of the country.

OPC had on June 15, threatened to withdraw its personnel from the NNPC pipelines nationwide alongside other groups in the country due to no payment by NNPC.

However, the pipeline surveillance contracts awarded to OPC and ex-militant leaders in the Niger Delta region were revoked by the Federal Government on June 16.

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