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The House of Representatives yesterday mandated its committees on petroleum resources downstream and upstream to probe the entire surveillance contract of OML 26/30 awarded to Tezino Nigeria Limited.
Requesting the committees to make appropriate recommendations to it within two weeks, the House in another development adopted a conference report on a bill for an Act to prohibit homosexuality in all its ramifications in the country.
The House expressed worry that the leaders of the host communities of the location of the pipelines, the Isoko ethnic nationalities, are not satisfied with the manner in which the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) handled the award of the contract, which they described as "shady."
According to the House Deputy Leader, Leo Ogor, who sponsored the motion, the action of the NPDC left the host communities "with no option than to involve local vigilantes to keep surveillance over the pipelines.
He said although the award of the contract, running into millions of naira, by the federal government was a desirable and laudable, the House was concerned that "the beneficiary company may have acted in connivance with some officials of the NPDC to perpetrate this heinous act against the state.
"The said oil pipeline surveillance contract awarded in the case of OML 26/30 has become a conduit pipe through which millions of naira of tax payers' money is being siphoned for work not done," Ogor regretted.
Meanwhile, the House yesterday received and adopted the conference committee report on a bill for an Act to prohibit marriage or civil union entered into between persons of same sex, solemnisation of same and other matters related therewith.