The President, Urhobo Youth Council worldwide, Comrade Godspower Enerho has called on the federal government to renew the security contract it has with Tantita Security Services Limited.
Entered over a year ago, the involvement of the private security company in the surveillance of oil pipelines to prevent theft in the Niger Delta region has ensured a tremendous increase in the nations daily oil production from around 700 bpd to well over a million as well as a reduction in weekly loses from 4.8million barrels to about 1.4million.
“Perhaps, the best gift the administration of President Buhari gave to Nigeria in general and the South in particular is the involvement of Tantita security in the surveillance of our pipelines. Oil theft has been greatly reduced and the nation’s production tremendously improved. This means more money for our country.
“Plus that, the seemingly unabated degradation of our soil and pollution of our environment has been drastically brought to a halt in the last year as the activities of oil thieves have been inhibited in no small measure” he said.
The President stated that the success of Tantita in guarding the nations oil resources in the past one year has hugely been hinged on the fact that this is the first time that the youths and other relevant stakeholders have actually been truly engaged.
“Previously, those who got similar contracts did not really engage youths and stakeholders or even commit to actually doing the job. But this time, in every community, youths and other critical stakeholders are fully engaged and equipped to do the job”.
He further noted that prior to the involvement of Tantita, the country had literally been brought to its knees by the activities of oil thieves, causing weekly loss of about 4.8million barrels who certainly will try to fight the renewal of the contract with Tatitan.
“We reckon that these illegal bunkerers and their collaborators will throw in as much punches as they can in blackmailing and lobbying against the renewal of the contract but we call on the relevant authorities including the National Security Adviser and NNPCL to ignore their ploy and remain unwavering in their resolve to get the Nigerian oil sector working again”.
He also urged the federal government to be aware that all of the Niger Delta, especially ethnic nationality leaders, were firmly behind Tantita security.