Tompolo’s Deal With NIMASA Risks Revocation
There are indications that the Federal Government might terminate the multibillion-dollar maritime surveillance contract between ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Government Tompolo’s firm and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Global West Vessel Specialists Limited GWVSL has an existing Public
Private Partnership PPP, agreement with NIMASA for surveillance and patrol of Nigeria’s waters, against oil theft, piracy, sea robberies and kidnapping.
NIMASA Director General, Dakuku Peterside, disclosed in Port Harcourt yesterday, that the PPP arrangement with GWVSL is almost unenforceable, because of the intervention of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC, which is investigating Tompolo for alleged financial crimes.
Peterside, who acknowledged that the contract was still subsisting, explained that NIMASA cannot sit down and fold its hands and unable to enforce its mandate, because the anti-graft agency seized the vessels belonging to Global West.
To this end, he said, the government might cancel the contract to enable NIMASA discharge itself statutory mandate.