24 members from the House of Representatives who embarked on a Journey to Gbaramatu Kingdom in the creeks of the Niger Delta region to hold talks with the foremost freedom fighter, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo(aka Tompolo) have given the warlord a pass mark for his hardwork in ensuring a boost in oil production volume in the region.
Hon. Peter Akpatasson, Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, who led the delegation, lauded Tompolo and his Tantita Security Services for their relentless efforts so far in curbing oil bunkering and other associated activities in the region.
While speaking on behalf of the delegation at Oporoza, the traditional headquarters of Gbaramatu Kingdom in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, Akpatason noted with delight that “the partnership of Tompolo with the Federal Government of Nigeria, the navy and other military agencies has led to significant improvement in the nation’s oil sector.”
He disclosed that the sole aim of the visit was “to encourage Tompolo to continue to do more in safeguarding oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta region which would in return boost oil production.”
According to him, “We are here because of your contributions in the Niger Delta region and how you have boosted oil production within the last few months.
“In the course of our journey to this place, we have visited oil facilities. We appreciate your role in the oil production and security. We have been very worried and concerned that some time ago; we have not been able to meet OPEC oil production projection for Nigeria.
“We are here to see how you, NNPC and the security agencies have been securing oil and gas facilities in the region. We are happy that your contribution and partnership have led to significant improvements in the oil and gas sector. We are here to appreciate you and encourage you to step it up. Your contributions have led to the improvement of the oil production in both land and sea.”
Adding that, “We have come to the realization that when indigenes are given the opportunity to safeguard oil facilities, it seems safer. We will continue to encourage every possible step aimed at increasing our financial income in the country.”
Chairman of the Upstream Petroleum Sector promised that the lawmakers would ensure that the security agency is given the necessary support to succeed in the fight against oil theft. Assuring that Tompolo would be given the necessary legislative backing to ensure that security agencies continue to partner with him, to keep up the good work.
Tompolo in his response expressed gratitude to the visiting National Assembly members for the honour, promising to continue to do his best for Nigeria. In his words “I will not dissapoint you but do my best to restore our country to it’s former glory through curbing oil theft.”
In his contribution, the member representing Burutu Federal Constituency, Hon. Julius Pondi, remarked that the decision taken by the Federal Government to award the pipeline surveillance contract to Tompolo was one of the best decisions so far.
According to him, prior to now, the entire riverine communities in the region had been heavily polluted by oil theft.
Pondi while lauding Tompolo for an excellent job so far wondered how the Niger Delta leader was able to deal with the age long menace of oil theft in the region via Tantita Security Services within just few months of operations.
The lawmaker asserted that Tompolo was not only boosting oil production of Nigeria but also rescuing the Niger Delta environment from environmental degradation.