- The federal government has been asked to award oil pipeline protection contracts to youths in southeast
- This is the position of the movement for the Just Utilisation of Resources group in the southeast recently
- According to the group, such will help the federal government stem the tide of vandalism and oil theft in the region
A message has been sent to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. The message was sent by a group, Movement for Just Utilisation of Resources in the southeast.
Specifically, the group asked the federal government to grant oil pipeline protection contracts to youths of host communities.
According to the national coordinator of the group, Stanley Okafor, such move would stem the tide of vandalism and oil theft in the region, Punch Newspaper reports.
Okafor made this known is a statment made available to journalists on Thursday, September 15, in Awka.
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“It has become imperative to voice the need for the Federal Government to look more inward and into means of integrating the South-East in mainstream national life.
“This could be done by co-opting it’s youths as partners in the sourcing and protection of resources found in the region, including Infrastructure necessary for oil exploration production and conveyance
“The youths are willing and capable of protecting oil infrastructure in the region, and granting the license to these youths will be a workable way to check youth restiveness.”
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The Chief Executive Officer of CODE, Mallam Hamzat Lawal revealed this during an interactive session with media executives on Friday, August 6.
According to Lawal, the monthly security dossiers will be regular and timely over time.
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Air Marshal Amao also assured them that efforts were at advanced stage to procure more combat platforms for the NAF to meet their demands.