Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide

Press Statement

12/04/2024

Tompolo: An Harbinger Of Hope And Development In Nigeria

“No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.” – Thomas Carlyle.

As few as these punching lines are, Thomas Carlyle’s statement on a great leader has succinctly captured the greatness of High Chief Dr. Government Oweizide Ekpomupolo, popularly known as Tompolo, owing to his sacrifices geared towards the liberation of the Niger Delta and the Ijaw people.

As a council, the IYC is extremely excited to celebrate the birth anniversary of a renowned Niger Delta and Ijaw leader who has paid his dues for the economic and political survival of the Ijaw people and the Niger Delta at large.

Today, the entire Ijaw nation is proud of Tompolo as our highly revered leader owing to his sacrifices in the struggle to emancipate our people. We are very lucky to have Tompolo in this present era of our nascent movement for resource control.

Tompolo’s leadership has been marked by unwavering dedication, resilience, and a commitment to the betterment of our communities. His vision for a prosperous and empowered Niger Delta has inspired countless youths to actively participate in the struggle for justice and equity.

Notably, Tompolo has made significant contributions to national peace through his selfless sacrifice and tireless efforts in advocating for the rights of the Niger Delta people. His unwavering commitment to dialogue and peaceful resolution of conflicts has played a pivotal role in fostering harmony and stability in the region and Nigeria at large.

Furthermore, Tompolo’s exemplary leadership has been recognized and honored by reputable organizations and citadels of learning. He has been bestowed with numerous awards and honorary doctorate in recognition of his outstanding contributions to society and his relentless pursuit of justice and equity.

Through his company, Tantita Security Services, Tompolo has played a crucial role in securing crude oil pipelines, thereby preventing oil theft and sabotage. His dedication and hard work have contributed to the economic progress of Nigeria, ensuring a more sustainable future for generations to come, as our hitherto dead aquatic life has been restored.

Tompolo’s efforts have not only benefited the Niger Delta but have also contributed to the overall development of Nigeria. His advocacy for fair resource allocation and equitable distribution of wealth has brought attention to the challenges faced by marginalized communities in the country.

Despite facing numerous challenges and obstacles, Tompolo has remained steadfast in his commitment to the welfare of the Ijaw people. His resilience in the face of adversity serves as an inspiration to all those fighting for justice and equality in Nigeria.

As we commemorate Tompolo’s birth anniversary, let us reflect on his remarkable legacy and recommit ourselves to the ideals of unity, justice, and progress for all Ijaw people.

Let us also reaffirm our support for Tompolo’s continued leadership and advocacy for the Niger Delta, ensuring that his efforts are recognized and celebrated both nationally and internationally.

The Ijaw Youth Council calls on the government and relevant stakeholders to honor Tompolo’s contributions by implementing policies that address the root causes of poverty, inequality, and environmental degradation in the Niger Delta region.

We also urge the international community to support Tompolo’s vision for a peaceful and prosperous Niger Delta, recognizing the importance of sustainable development and equitable resource management in achieving lasting peace and stability in the region.

Finally, Tompolo remains an emblem of hope and development in Nigeria, and his legacies will continue to inspire future generations to strive for a better and brighter future for all Nigerians.

Long live Tompolo! Long live the Niger Delta! Long live Ijaw Nation!

Signed:
Amb. Binebai Yerin Princewill,
Spokesman Ijaw jaw Youth Council (IYC) Worldwide.