Niger Delta: NASS Members Visit to Creeks, Tompolo

Niger Delta: NASS Members Visit to Creeks, Tompolo

Not less than 24 members of the House of Representatives headed by the Vice-President of the House of Representatives Hon. Peter Akpatason, stormed the kingdom of Gbaramatu in the creeks of the Niger Delta region on Wednesday during a visit to the famous former ex-militant leader, High Chief Government, Ekpemupolo also known as Tompolo, during the time, they praised him and his Tantita security services for their efforts thus far in the fight against oil theft in the region.

Speaking on behalf of the delegation at the meeting held in Oporoza, the traditional capital of the Kingdom of Gbaramatu in the Warri Local Government Area in the southwestern part of Delta State, Akpatason was pleased to note that “the cooperation of Tompolo with the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Navy and other military agencies has led to a significant improvement in the oil and gas sector.

He revealed that the visit is intended to “encourage Tompolo to continue to do more to protect the oil facilities in the Niger Delta region, which in turn will boost oil production.”

“We are here because of your contributions in the Niger Delta region and the way you have boosted oil production over the past few months,” he said.

“During our trip to this place, we visited oil installations. We appreciate your role in oil production and security.

“We were very worried and concerned that a while ago we were unable to meet our OPEC oil production forecast for Nigeria.

What are the oil facilities in the region like?
“We are delighted that your input and partnership has led to significant improvements in the oil and gas industry.

We are here to appreciate you and encourage you to step it up. Your contributions have helped improve oil production on land and at sea.

“We found that when indigenous peoples have the ability to protect oil facilities, it seems safer.

We will continue to encourage all possible measures to increase our financial income in the country.

“Nigeria has had a habit of borrowing money for many years to finance our budget, which cannot continue.

“We are embarrassed by this. We have visited other key kings and leaders in the region, so given the important role you have played and continue to play, we are here today to fellowship with you.

The president of the upstream oil industry promised that lawmakers would make sure the security agency got the support it needed to succeed in the fight against oil theft.

He assured that Tompolo would receive the necessary legal support to ensure that the security agencies continued to cooperate with him, emphasizing that they were impressed with his achievement to date, urge him to keep doing his job well.

In response, Tompolo expressed his gratitude for the honor of being visited by the National Assembly delegation, and promised to continue to devote himself to Nigeria.

“I won’t let you down,” said Tompolo, promising to do his best to deliver in full.

He vowed not to disappoint the Federal Government of Nigeria and legislators in the fight against oil theft.

In his contribution, the Member representing the Federal Constituency of Burutu, Hon. Julius Pondi, noted that the federal government’s decision to award a pipeline monitoring contract to Tompolo was one of the best to date.

According to him, so far, all riverside communities in the area have been heavily polluted due to oil theft.

Pondi, while congratulating Tompolo on his stellar work to date, wondered how the Niger Delta leader could deal with the age-old threat of oil theft in the region through Tantita Security Service in just a few short months.

The legislator claimed that Tompolo not only increased Nigeria’s oil production but also saved the Niger Delta environment from environmental degradation.

Sir. Pondi also commended the Nigerian Navy for its cooperation with Tompolo in preventing oil theft in the region, pointing out that other military agencies deserve credit for their roles thus far.

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