HOSCON URGE YOUTHS TO EXERT PATIENCE OVER PIPELINE SURVEILLANCE CONTRACT

HOSCON URGE YOUTHS TO EXERT PATIENCE OVER PIPELINE SURVEILLANCE CONTRACT

The Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSCON) has urged Niger Delta youths to be patient over pipeline surveillance contract.

The National Chairman of HOSCON, Dr. Mike Enuh, told journalists at a media conference in Abuja that 10,000 youths from the Niger Delta region have been trained on pipeline surveillance but the government is yet to engage them.

Enuh opined that the training has helped to curtail oil theft and stop illegal refining.

“The trainees were able to hunt the areas and stop those who were engaged in illegal activities. The Niger Delta has been peaceful for the past 14 months, as no illegal refining has being recorded’’, he said.

According to him, HOSCON had registered 32 security companies after clearance from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the State Security Service (DSS), to manage the new recruits for pipeline surveillance.

He noted that the effort was to find a lasting solution to the crisis affecting the region.

“The only solution is to get the young men and women engaged. I want to assure them that in the shortest time, they will all resume work. The youths should be patient,” he said.

However, Dr Enuh appealed to the Federal Government to execute action on the issue, saying the new recruits had been patient for about 14 months without any payment.