Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited (TSSNL), has vowed to do more in the fight against oil theft, as it bagged the best private security outfit in Nigeria at the New Telegraph Newspaper Awards 2024. The ceremony was held Friday, in Lagos.
The indigenous firm is owned by Chief Government Ekpemupolo(aka Tompolo), a former Niger Delta freedom fighter and acclaimed convener of the defunct
Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta(MEND).
Receiving the award, Dr. Paul Bebenimibo, media consultant to TSSNL, while disclosing that Tantita is targeting a two million barrel per day output for the country, stated that the award would spur the company to work harder.
He expressed gratitude to the newspaper for recognizing their efforts, recalling that the company, on getting contracted for the surveillance of Nigeria’s critical assets, “hit the ground immediately and results were seen.
“From August 2022, Tantita Security Company has made so many revolutions in our oil sector that hitherto were not known. Particularly, tapping of major pipelines by miscreants in our country and siphoning petroleum products from those pipelines. So Tantita went after them and exposed them.
“In the first quarter of our job, we discovered over 400 tap points of major pipelines in Nigeria. So the award is well received and we’re proud to be recognised as the best security company of the year.
“Reward for hard work is more work. So Tantita has promised to do more this year. Our goal is to make sure that Nigeria produces two million barrels of crude oil per day in the country.
“Certainly, Tantita is providing a support job, so it’s our call to our governors in the Niger Delta region, major oil industry players and the military to put more synergy with Tantita Security Company to achieve the goal that is set out to be achieved.”
The Editor of New Telegraph newspaper, Mrs. Juliet Bumah, while presenting the award, revealed that Tantita was picked out of four nominated security companies.
“Before our board and panel of judges decided that we will give the award to Tantita, we looked at what the security company is doing in the Niger Delta. We know the problem, we heard about them, oil theft and everything.
“It was not just Tantita Security Services that we picked. We had like four nominations for security company of the year. But after looking at what Tantita Security Services has been doing, our board of editors and panel of judges decided that Tantita merited the award.
“Awarding Tantita as the security company of the year means that it came first for us among other security companies in Nigeria,” she stated.
On his part, former Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency(NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, who averred that Tantita has been “adding value” described the award as “a public acknowledgement of the things they’re doing. We celebrate them and encourage them to do more.
“We’re at a challenging period in the life of our nation. Challenged at all fronts, challenges in the area of insecurity, the economy and even social cognition. And so, we need all hands on deck, we need everybody to think outside the box and bring whatever value they can bring to the table. In that way, we will prosper as a nation, we will be stronger and will be more united.”