Reps back NNPCL’s partnership with Tompolo on security of pipelines
A 24 man high-powered delegation of the House of Representatives has commended the new efforts of the federal government to stem the menace of oil theft in the Nigeria.The delegation led by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Peter Akpatason specifically commended the partnership between the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited NNPCL and the Chairman of Tantita security service Nigeria Ltd, High Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo on the security of major oil pipelines and other installations in the Niger Delta.
The delegation which carried out a tour of the Creeks and the riverine areas of Delta State on a 3-day oversight function also expressed gratitude to the Nigerian Navy for their untiring efforts at wrestling with oil thieves.
The 24 man delegation included the Chairman, House Committee on petroleum Resources (Upstream), Hon. Musa Sarkin Ader; Hon. Mayowa Akinfolarin, Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, Hon. Julius Pondi, Hon. Sergius Ogun, Hon. Boma Goodhead among others
Speaking at the end of the exercise, Akpatason said that with the unity of purpose shown so far by the public and private security outfits, the country will win the war against oil theft, resulting to more outputs of crude oil and generation of more revenue to fund the national budget instead of borrowing.
He said: “Our mission is to evaluate the situation and also to be able to make contribution in legislative terms towards ameliorating the situation and in this case the Niger Delta in particular towards enhancing the capacity of this nation to produce and sell oil. To be able to fund the budget and to promote development of both human capital and infrastructure of this country.
“In the course of this journey, we have visited different sites, including oil production facilities, pipelines, well-heads and flow stations. As a result of the recent partnership between Tantita, your company and NNPC we have seen significant improvement in the ability of this country to produce hydrocarbon which basically is the major foreign earning for this country.
“As concerned citizens, we believe whatever that can be done to ensure improvement in the nation’s capacity to earn income for funding development, and reducing borrowing which has become a thing of concerns to many Nigerians, that effort must be supported.
“And that is exactly what is happening just now and we felt in the cause of tour of the industry, we have to come here to appreciate you and urge you to step up and do even more. We have seen the improvement in the Creeks, in the land areas.