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Tompolo’s Tantita Wins Prestigious Vanguard Crude Oil Infrastructure Security Award 2023



Ambassador Andy Liu, Representative la Chief of Taiwan Mission in Nigeria presenting the award to Dr. Paul Bebenimibo, Media Consultant to Tantita Security Services Limited

Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited, a private security company owned by High Chief (Dr.) Government Oweizide Ekpemupolo, also known as Tompolo, has received the prestigious Vanguard Crude Oil Infrastructure Security award for 2023.

The event which took place at the Convention Centre of Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Friday night, was attended by numerous celebrities, politicians, business moguls, and dignitaries.

BIGPEN NIGERIA ( reports that the Vanguard award ceremony honored distinguished Nigerians who have excelled in their chosen fields, and Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited was recognized for its outstanding efforts in safeguarding critical national infrastructure and contributing to economic recovery in the Niger Delta region.

Recalls that former President Muhammadu Buhari awarded the Pipeline Security Contract to Tompolo‘s Tantita in 2022, due to Nigeria’s low output in oil and gas resulting from pipeline vandalism and oil theft.


Between 2019 and 2020, the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) reports indicated significant losses of about 42.248 million barrels ($2.772 billion) in 2019 and 53.056 million barrels ($2.21billion) in 2020, respectively,
emphasizing the need for effective security measures.

The efforts of Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited, however led to a substantial increase in Nigeria’s average rig count, an index of measuring activities in the upstream sector, rising year-on-year by 62 percent to 15 between June and October 2023.

Based on the company’s performance, President Bola Tinubu has been encouraged to renew the contract, enabling Tantita Security Services Nigeria Limited to continue its security operations in the oil-rich Niger Delta.


Dr. Paul Bebenimibo, media consultant to Tantita, while receiving the award on behalf of the company, maintained that the recognition will motivate the organization to achieve even greater accomplishments.

While thanking Vanguard newspaper for the honour and recognizing Tompolo’s commitment, Bebenimibo said that Tantita’s desire to attain 2million barrels per day has further been catalysed by the flurry of awards given the company in recognition of their work so far.

According to the media guru, “We are elated and it’s a call to service, we are poised to do our best to sanitize the crude oil industry. In fact, our message has always been that illegal bunkerers and those that are involved in such activity should keep clear.


“They don’t have any place to hide and Tantita will come after them and make sure that our production gets to the pick and generates more money for the country.”

In his remarks, former Governor of Cross Rivers State, Donald Duke said, “Tompolo’s organization, Tantita Security Services Limited job of protecting the nation’s oil against theft has greatly increased oil production in the country which invariably, has increased Federal Government’s revenue.

“Anybody who can bring value to our society is commendable, okay? And I have spoken to some Old Executives, Shell and all that, and they appreciate his work. And I am told that production has gone up as a result of his work.”


Similarly, former President of Nigerian Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick reiterated the essence of recognising the achievements of Tompolo and the Tantita Security Services in bringing stability to the region.

According to him, “Every Niger Deltan is very proud of what Tantita is doing basically. Its coming into the security industry, has helped to secure Nigeria’s oil installations. It has been a game changer and the Federal Government and everybody acknowledged that.”

Earlier in his welcome address, Vanguard Newspapers’ Editor, Eze Anaba said, the awardee’s contributions have not only advanced their field, but also inspired and uplifted those around them.