Surveillance: Security ambassadors, urge FG to renew Tantita contract

Niger Delta Security Ambassadors and Volunteers, NDSAV, has urged the Federal Government and Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPCL, to renew the surveillance contract earlier awarded to Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited to consolidate on the gains of major boost and increase in the nation crude oil production output.

NDSAV, is a grassroots network of professionals and activists, who are past students leaders, youth leaders, oil and gas exploration and production experts, medical professionals, human rights and environmental rights activists from oil producing and pipeline hosting communities across Niger Delta states.

At their meeting in Warri, Delta State,  they said collaborate with Tantita Security Services Nig Ltd., and after critically x-raying it’s activities, noticed a “Rapid decrease in oil theft, pipeline vandalism in the region due to the professional approach used by Tantita to combat menace. ”

Tantita Security Services operatives at work

They noted that over decades, the nations oil production output continued to nosedive with its attendant effects on the economy, job loss, environmental degradation posited that by the third quarter of 2022 when the Presidency engaged Tantita with oil surveillance contract the nation’s crude oil production began to witness major increase in its daily production.

In a communique by its Coordinator, Kwakpovwe Feludu, Mr. Andrew Efole Secretary and Mr Stanley Umukoro PRO, they lauded President Bola Tinubu on the appointment of Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri as Minister of State, Petroleum Resources Ministry (Oil), and Ekperipe Ekpo Minister of State, (Gas).

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According to the group ,”Since the advent of activities of the Tantita Security Services in collaboration with other security agencies in the security and protection of the country’s oil installations both the Federal Government and the NNPCL have all applauded the major boost the nation had recorded due to the gross increase in the country’s crude oil production output.

“We call for the renewal of the contract because the uniqueness and transparency of the modus-operandi of the Tantita Security Services is one that is all encompassing as it is purely community based carrying along those on the lower rung (men, women and youths) of each communities in a most transparent and organised manner as never seen before, it is worthy of commendation.

“The surveillance contract awarded to Tantita Security Services was being duly implemented in strict compliance with all terms and conditions to protect all oil pipelines criss- crossing nearly all states in the Niger Delta such as Delta, Ondo, Imo, Rivers and some parts of Bayelsa state.

The communique states that Tantita worked in collaboration with major tribes along the communities that host the pipelines urging the newly appointed Petroleum Ministers to used their well informed position in influencing renewal of the oil surveillance contract to the firm.

The group noted that the renewal of the contract will continue to guarantee the participation of the host communities thereby allaying the fears all of stakeholders which in turn has been in the best interest of the communities, Multi Nationals, the region and the Federal Government.

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