If Insecurity does not Prevent Drilling of Oil, IOCs have no excuse to relocate Headquarters to Rivers - Wike



 Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says the Niger Delta Region is safe for companies to conduct their businesses. 

He has therefore dismissed multinational companies who use insecurity to justify their refusal to relocate their operational headquarters to the Region. 

Governor Wike made the assertion during a courtesy visit by the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipri Slyva and the management of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) at Government House,  Port Harcourt. 

The Governor wondered why insecurity does not prevent the drilling of oil but could be used to deprive the State what is due to it. 

"They use insecurity issues to place us in a disadvantaged position and deny us our right.

"There is insecurity in Lagos, Kaduna and Katsina States. Yet,  companies do not run away from those States.  The railway projects are not stalled too.  

"The multinationals are sometimes to blame because they instigate insecurity by paying militants and turn around to blame it on the people. 

"There is no excuse to operate outside our State. The Federal Government should compel them to relocate their headquarters to the State as the hub of the hydrocarbon industry.

Source: City News

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