Govt to deploy troops in war against gas pipeline vandals —Okupe

Doyin Okupe


02 April 2014, Yenagoa—The Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe,  Tuesday, said that the Federal Government will deploy more troops  in a renewed war against vandals of gas supply pipelines to the 10 completed National Integrated Power Projects valued at over $16 billion.

Okupe,  in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, at the end of the one- day summit for all states publicity secretaries of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said that the decision for troop deployment will also be backed by the establishment of a special court to facilitate quick prosecution of vandals and saboteurs.

The presidential aide said that though the repairs of vandalised and blown up gas pipelines had commenced to restore regular supply to the existing power plants and raise the power generated up to targeted 7,000 mega watts, the war against vandals and saboteurs will be executed in line with the ongoing security action against insurgency in some parts of the North.

He noted that preliminary investigation conducted by the Federal Government had shown that the saboteurs were ready to lay down their lives to frustrate the transformation agenda of President Jonathan in the power sector.

He said: “These people have resolved to continue to play the dangerous game. They know that all things being equal, President Jonathan will deliver on the promise of regular power supply. Once he does that, the people will vote for him for a second term in office. Those who are unrelenting at querying the capability of the President to deliver have resolved to sabotage the effort and destroy the Nigerian dream.

“When I spoke with the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, Mr. James Olotu, I was told that commissioning or not, the power plants are not operational due to lack of gas supply. The $16 billion project lies in waste due to lack of gas supply.

“They want to kill the Nigerian dream and this is why the President has not been able to deliver on his promise. If the saboteurs had allowed the transformation plan to be operational, we would have hit the target of generating over 300 per cent of what was generated in the past.”

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