Rivers State

Why Oil Majors Should Cooperate With Rivers State, Gov. Wike Tells Mobil Nig. Delegation

Governor Nyesom Wike has spoken on the need for Mobil Nigeria Unlimited and other oil majors to work with Rivers State in the fight against the coronavirus.

FILE PHOTO: Gov. Nyesom Wike (Rivers State, Nigeria) speaking during the visit of a Mobil Nigeria delegation to the Government House, Port Harcourt on May 21, 2020. Photo credit: Rivers State Government House

Gov. Wike said It serves no one’s interest to deny any cooperate body or those on essential duty from carrying out their job but there most be cooperation for the benefit of everyone and the safety of the lives of the people of the

The governor stated this on Thursday at the Rivers State Government House while receiving a delegation from Mobil Nigeria Unlimited led by its Managing Director, Mr Udobong Ntia.

Gov. Wike explained that exploration must go on since oil is the main stay of the Nigerian economy. But, it becomes a problem when 60% of the COVID-19 cases in Rivers State are connected to the activities of oil company personnel.

He said 14 oil company workers who came in from an oil rig yesterday have been isolated at the Airforce base in Port Harcourt as three of them have tested positive for coronavirus.

On actions being taken in Rivers State Governor Wike said he wouldn’t wait for the pandemic to get to the level where people die daily in the state before it is taken seriously. He said to reduce the risks to Rivers residents the names and itinerary of oil company personnel coming into the state has to be submitted to enable the state’s health team interface with them.

Speaking earlier the managing director of Mobil Nigeria said Mobil shares in actions the Governor has taken to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. He said “we share the actions you have taken which we also took complementary actions in our facility to ensure we can protect lives.” He said they have implemented rigorous mesures to ensure their facilities are protected.

The Managing Director of Mobil went on to outline benefits of Mobil’s activities in Rivers State to include having a fabrication yard in the state, regular payment of taxes, ground rent and tenament rates

Highpoint of the visit was the presentation of a RNA COVID-19 testing machine to the state government to help boost the testing capacity of the state.