By Abubakar Yunusa
The Member Representing Warri Federal Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Chief Thomas Ereyitomi, has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to renew Tantita Security Services Limited for efficient pipeline protection in the Niger Delta Region.
It would recall that, the Tantita Security Services Limited, a private security company, with a wide knowledge of the Niger Delta waterways and well equipped for the job, was hired to secure the nation’s oil facilities.
The lawmakers, made the appealed in an open letter to Mr President and shared the copies with the Journalists in Abuja, on Tuesday. Said that Tantita Security Services Limited, has come under the barrage of attacks from phony individuals and groups, whose interest seems opaque and questionable.
The letter partly read: “They clamour for the non renewal of the Tantita pipelines surveillance contract. I believe the underlying reasons for the objection appear shrouded on envy of the headship and promoter of Tantita Security Services Limited, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo ( alias Tompolo ).
“International criminal gangs and a syndicate of local collaborators ran the gauntlet around the nation’s oil. They stole crude oil in tons, running into trillions from our shores, without anyone to intercept or interdict the humongous theft and illicit operations.
“It was on this premise that Tantita Security Services Limited stepped in, and the company did so well. Those on the forefront raising alarm over Tantita don’t mean well for Nigeria. It won’t be out of place to accuse them of having a hidden agenda. If not, why do they want Tantita contract not renewed when the company is doing a good job?
“To renew Tantita’s contract is in order, as it would be for the consolidation of the gains already made in the last one year. It would further raise the bar for more crude production in the years ahead.
“When Tantita Security Services Limited took charge, crude production rose from a paltry 700 thousand barrels per day to 1.6 million barrels per day.
“The renewal would accord the security outfit a fresh impetus in the next one year to totally eliminate the menace of oil racketeers and improve on the current production.
“The contract renewal can only be the reward for hardwork and dedication to responsibilities by Tantita Security Services Limited. Nigerians least appreciate commitment, hardwork and national interest, otherwise no one would stand opposed Tantita Security Services Limited.
“Those opposed to the renewal merely want a return to the old order, where oil mafia syndicates ruled the Niger Delta creeks. We don’t have to revert to that.”
He added, As the Representative of Warri Federal Constituency, I can testify that Tantita Security Services Limited has delivered. The signs and accomplishments are visible.
“For instance, Tantita has raised the bar in the physical and mental wellbeing of our people in the oil bearing communities. We no longer have soothes from illegal refining activities released to poison the atmosphere, thereby resulting in the outbreak of life-threatening diseases, such as lung cancer.
“It’s also worthy to note that operations of Tantita have encouraged locals to return to their traditional business of fishing because their water is no longer polluted through the activities of the illegal oil dealers. They have chased away the oil thieves and a battalion of untrained illegal refiners in the areas under their coverage in the region. ”