The host communities of East Horizon Gas Company Limited in Akwa Ibom State have described the award of pipeline surveillance contract to a former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo alias Tompolo, by the Federal Government as a welcome development.
Addressing newsmen, recently, in Uyo, Coordinator of the Gas Pipeline Host Communities Forum, Akwa Ibom State, Comrade Kufre Emmanson, appreciated the Federal Government for finding Tompolo fit to handle oil and gas pipeline surveillance in the Niger Delta region.
Emmanson assured that the youths of gas pipeline communities in the state would always support Tompolo to succeed in the job to guard the pipelines from being vandalized.
He, therefore, called on Tompolo to consult with paramount rulers in the state, stressing that the royal fathers from oil and gas communities would assist him to make proper selection of representatives from each of the oil and gas producing areas in the state.
Emmanson said: “The nine local government areas in Akwa Ibom State, consisting of Ukanafun, Etim Ekpo, Uyo, Uruan, Abak, OrukAnam, Ibesikpo Asutan, Etinan and Nsit Ibom, congratulate Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo for securing the award of pipeline surveillance contract in Niger Delta region.
“The above nine local government areas host the East Horizon Gas Company Limited where natural gas pipelines are constructed in Ukanafun and pass through the local governments and terminate in AkansokoAkpabuyo local government area of Cross River State.