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Facts have emerged that whereas the running battles between the Federal Government and Chief Government Ekpmuopolo, (Tompolo) lasted at the courts, the management of Nigerian Maritime Safety Agency (NIMASA) has not terminated the 10 years contract awarded to Tompolo through his company, Global West.
Dr Dakuku Peterside, the Director-General of NIMASA said in Port Harcourt that “NIMASA and Global West still have subsisting Public, Private Partnership (PPP) agreement for it to supply NIMASA Vessels which it will pay back over a period of 10 years.
“In addition to supplying NIMASA vessels, the company is also to help NIMASA in the enforcement of its responsibilities offshore and the revenue that is derivable from that enforcement of responsibilities offshore will be shared between NIMASA and Global West as a partner, who invested money to acquire assets”.
According to him, the details of the contract with Global West include acquiring assets for NIMASA like security boats, intervention vessels, and helicopters and others and after that the company will be paid within a period of 10 years.
He said “The contract is still subsisting till now. It has not been cancelled. It was not terminated. I will continue to say that there was nothing wrong with that model but that model was abused and it is subject to investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Currently, Tompolo is still on wanted list of the EFCC in connection with fraudulent dealings between his company, Global West and NIMASA officials during last government.
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