Founder of the Odua People’s Congress, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, has asked the Federal Government to pay the money owed to his organisation for the protection of oil pipelines.
Fasehun got the pipeline protection contract during the administration of former President, Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking on Tuesday, at a quarterly interactive media roundtable in Lagos, Fasehun disclosed that six companies were given the contract by Jonathan’s administration.
According to the OPC leader, the service rendered by his group was the guarding of pipelines belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
Fasehun said his organisation sent to the field about 18,000 personnel, 4,000 of which were members of the OPC.
“We were given the contract on March 15, 2015 and we deployed youths into the jungle. They faced insects, snakes and other wild animals and some of them even died. The government did not pay us a kobo before or during the time of the contract which ended on June 15.
“We have asked our lawyers to study the terms of the contract. An official in the NNPC told me that we had been paid but I told him that we had not received a penny. We call the attention of the powers that be to look into this. The holy books say that a worker deserves his wage.”