A Niger Delta rights crusader and coordinator of The Asiwaju Group in the South South, Pastor Reuben Wilson on Thursday made a case for the renewal of the pipelines surveillance contract awarded by the federal government to Tantita Limited, a firm belonging to Government Ekpemopulo.
The company is known to have done so much to protect the nation’s crude oil and gas pipelines and have apprehended a lot of people at various times, for stealing the nation’s crude oil. There have been comments that Tantita has done even what the country’s security operatives could not achieve.
As the contract awarded by the immediate past government expires soon, there have been calls for the federal government to ensure its renewal, to enable them sustain efforts in boosting the nation’s revenue base, which has got a boost since the company started protecting the pipelines.
One of those on the forefront of the campaign for the renewal of the contract is Wilson, a former freedom fighter and former leader of former Niger Delta freedom fighters.
Wilson said in an interview on Thursday that having been closely involved in the election campaign processes in the south south, for the election of Tinubu, he was aware that the president meant well for the country.
According to Wilson, “Tantita has done so well in protecting our country’s petroleum pipelines from thieves. Through his operations, the revenue base of the country has improved tremendously. Nigeria is now back on the scale as the highest oil producer, all because Tantita has been able to fight the oil thieves to a standstill.
“The greatest thing that can happen to this country is for the contract to be renewed. I am therefore appealing to Mr President to consider the renewal of the Tantita pipelines security contract without delay; otherwise those oil thieves will see reasons to take our nation back to the dark days of huge revenue loss.”
He said Tompolo was such a man that would be in the creeks personally to supervise and oversee the security job. “So, you can see why the thieves have been very uncomfortable because the man knows the creeks and also knows what to at every point in time.”