The Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil & Gas (HOSTCON), Kogi State chapter, says it has concluded plans to recruit 10,000 oil pipeline security operatives to protect oil and gas installations in the state against vandalisation.
The HOSTCON Chairman in the state, Bishop Gabriel Ojoka, made the disclosure when he led a team from the group on an advocacy visit to the Kogi Commissioner of Police, Idrisu Dabban, on Monday in Lokoja.
Ojoka, who doubles as the Chairman of Northern States Area of HOSTCON, said the recruitment of the security operatives became necessary in order to tackle the activities of oil pipeline vandals in some parts of the state.
He stressed that the action was also in line with the Federal Government’s directive to all the oil-producing states.
“It is long overdue for the recruitment exercise and in no distance time we shall do the needful. We are here also to solicit security collaboration with the police as we want to ensure that whatever we are doing is in line with security guidance.
”We are therefore, ready to give the police the progress report of all our activities in the state,” Ojoka said.
Source: News Agency of Nigeria