Ijaw Youths Hail Tinubu Over Pipeline Contract Renewal, Congratulates Tompolo


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The Ijaw Youths Network has commended President Bola Tinubu for renewing the pipeline protection contract awarded to Tantita Security Services Limited for another three years.

The company is owned by Chief Government Ekpemepulo, popularly  known as Tompolo.

In a statement on Sunday by its Coordinator, Frank Ebikabo, and Secretary, Federal Ebiaridor, the IYN by renewing the pipeline protection contract, Tinubu displayed uncommon leadership in the pursuit of the collective good of Nigeria.

It also lauded the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited, Mr Mele Kyari, for engaging local security outfits to confront oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

“The Ijaw Youth Network commends President Bola Tinubu and his team for the renewal of the pipeline protection contract awarded to Tantita Security Services Limited.

“We, in the IYN who have monitored the dedication of the Tantita team to the fight against the unprecedented theft of the nation’s resources, believe that this President is ready to confront headlong the deadly cabal of oil thieves in Nigeria.

“By this decision, coming especially in the face of the sustained blackmail and pressure put up by detractors working for wealthy and highly influential oil thieves, the President and his government has shown that commendable dedication to the cause of Nigerians. We commend him.

“The IYN also has a word of encouragement for the Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPCL, Mallam Mele Kyari, who has been dispassionate in facing the challenge of oil theft in Nigeria.

“Kyari has done the right thing by recommending the contract for renewal in view of the massive successes recorded by Tantita,” the IYN said.

It called on the Department of State Services to “look into a threat by a group of people under what they call the Supreme Egbesu Freedom Fighters of Niger Delta.”

“These group has threatened the NNPCL GCEO and the Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Sen Heineken Lokpobri, over this issue of a renewed contract that went through the normal procedure for contract award and renewal,” the group said.

Meanwhile, former militant leaders from the six states of the Niger Delta met on Saturday in Okirchi, Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State to deliberate on the sustained move to tackle crude oil theft.

The meeting was convened by the King of Okochiri, HRM Ateke Tom, and was attended by Alhaji Asari Dokubo, Chief Ajube Bibopiri (Gen. Shootatsight), and Hon. Victor Ebikabowei (Gen Boyloaf).

According to a source, those in attendance also shared the objective of intensifying their efforts to combat oil theft in the area and agreed that the contract be decentralised.

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