FG yet to pay us N2b owed for NNPC pipeline security -OPC leader, Faseun …Rates Buhari high, APC govt low
Founder of the Odua People’s Congress (OPC) Dr. Frederick Fasehun has said that the Federal Government has not paid the over N2 billion accruing from the contract awarded to the OPC in March 2015 to secure Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipelines in the South-West zone of the country.
Speaking with journalists in Lagos yesterday Dr. Faseun said that since over two years OPC signed the contract with federal government and job executed; the authorities have not paid a Kobo to the organization.
Despite the fact that OPC lost about six members on the job, Dr. Faseun pointed out that government did not find it necessary to send them a condolence letter, let alone pay for the job done, emphasizing that he picked all the huge bills up to the point of paying for the burial of the deceased OPC members.
The OPC leader said that they went to the court because the government refused to honour the terms of the agreements which was in the first place recommended by same government and its agents.
Although, Faseun said that the government made efforts to renegotiate after the job has been delivered but he declined the offer, saying that such arrangement was very undemocratic in a democratic system.
Dr Faseun said “They have not paid a Kobo. We had to go to court because we signed a contract with them before we embarked on that job. It surprises me when a government has entered into a contract with its citizens to perform certain things and yet break it. The recommendations of that contract were made by the government and its agents and yet after completing the job without any query on the execution of the job, they cannot pay. It is very embarrassing”.
On why they went to court, the OPC leader said “We went to court when we waited and nothing was done. We put about 4020 people on the pipeline and the government on its own recommended that they would pay N1, 500 per head a day.
“ That was its own suggestion in the contract and we took the job. No Nigerian should earn that but because there is no work or job to do; we complied with the suggestion of the government. They didn’t give us Kobo to sustain us. It was a three month contract and we did it judiciously. After three months, we left the pipeline. For years now, government has been dilly dallying. We lost six of our members; government didn’t even send us letter of condolence, let alone pay the workforce.”
Faseun who said they protected the oil pipelines ranging from Shagamu, Mosimi to Ibadan areas added “Should we not be protected from the glare of the sun, rain, snakes, wild animals; should we not eat, have generators and torch lights? That is why we have these figures. And I have to pay to bury and the government is sitting comfortably at Aso Rock. However, they later said they would pay one third of what we agreed. But even that one third has not been paid”
Meanwhile, Dr Faseun who said Buhari has done well equally rated the APC government very low, saying that the government has not performed as expected by the people.
Separating Buhari personally from APC government Dr Faseun said “Buhari has shown good leadership. He said he was going to probe and he is probing. A tree does not make a forest. Buhari cannot hit his hands on his chest and say he has performed very well”
On APC government, Faseun said “the government has not performed as it supposed to. Buhari himself has done very well showing some form of leadership but the government as a whole has performed below expectation.
When they were preparing to come in, the whole country was agog, they were cheering and cheering and, they would have been there for two years and Nigerians are still yearning for the day that they will be able to say thank God we voted for this new government.
“ In other words, they came in with the people cheering and in two years, the people are no longer cheering; they are jeering”.
Dr Faseun warned that we should stop the idea of rating Buhari in ill health, stressing that it will not be right to assess President Buhari unless when his health is intact.
He said what Nigerians need to do for the President is to dedicate a date whereby Christians, Muslims and other forms of religions should pray for Buhari, just as he expresses optimism for the President Buhari’s recovery to good health.
While expressing support for restructuring of the country and social justice, Dr Faseun said “Self-determination is social justice. Social justice is also an emanation of democracy. Democracy is social justice. If we don’t have a government that is practising social justice, it is not democracy. There is need to restructure Nigeria”.