By Matthew Denis
The Coalition of 65 Civil Society Organisation holds a solidarity rally in support of the transformation stride of the Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kolo Kyari and other top executives, Adokiye Tombomieye, Mr. Wunto Bala of the company on Monday.
The Coalition which cuts across the six geopolitical zones have kicked against the malicious and baseless protest Organised earlier against the top management of the NNPCL and Chief High Chief Government Ekpemupolo aka Tompolo by a so-called group ‘Northern Youths Advocacy for good Governance and Arewa Youths Group.
Speaking to Journalists, the Convener, Dr Hamza Talba said ” we’re here this evening to counter a sponsored group who called themselves Northern youths Advocacy and Arewa who came to Protest against the top executives of the NNPCL Management.
“Ordinarily, we shouldn’t have responded to the event that took place at the prestigious NNPCL Tower in our nation Capital but because they have the intention to cause choas and raise eyebrows against the workaholic management of NNPCL.
” It becomes necessary to respond in this order to categorically state that Kyari and his team have been working tirelessly to ensure enough availability of the petrol products to curb activities of oil thefts in the sector.
“With the space of military coup accross African countries it’s unfair for the protesters to distract the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians that can lead the country into anarchy and tension.
” The protesters were not able to establish rational objectives to back their claims that are factual rather they were sponsored to maliciously tarnish the image of NNPCL GCEO and other top executives.
” we sympathizes with the baseline sentiment as we genuine Arewa Youths are resolute and fully grounded to support the affairs of the oil mangers.
Dr. Talba stressed that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is working round the clock to provide Palliatives to cushion the suffering of Nigerians with the removal fuel subsidy.
He appealed to those that are aggrieved with the limestone performance of the NNPCL Management Team should a legal means to table their groans not resorting to cheap protest.
Also Speaking a Co-Convener, Comrade Momos Wilberforce emphasized that the top management of NNPCL are technocrats and not Politicians therefore people shouldn’t drag them into politics through baseless protest
He appealed to President Tinubu to renew the pipeline surveillance contract to Chief Tompolo which was awarded to him by the previous government.
According to him Chief Tompolo is doing an exceptional work by eliminating the activities of oil thefts in the Niger Delta Region.
” To avoid continuous illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta region considering we’re appealing to Mr. President to renew the contract of pipeline surveillance by Chief Tompolo considering his effective monitoring by bringing the situation to calm.
He also on the NNPCL Management to expand the budgetary of the pipeline surveillance contract to include other leaders in the region.
The highlights of the event was that the solidarity rally witnessed massive women and youths displaying placards and chatting songs in support of the NNPCL Management Team and Chief Tompolo.
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