Wike Obtains List Of Illegal Refineries From Chairmen, Orders Destruction.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike announced yesterday that his administration had received a list of illicit refineries from local council chairmen. He offered to provide financial assistance to the chairmen in order for them to employ bulldozers and swamp buggies to demolish the sites.
The governor also requested that the Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday, provide sufficient protection for the chairmen as they demolished the refineries.
Wike issued the order yesterday at a meeting at Government House in Port Harcourt with the 23 council chairmen, the state Commissioner of Police, and the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Wike had given a 48-hour ultimatum to the chairmen on Friday, January 14, to supply him with a detailed list of all unlawful refineries and their operators inside their respective jurisdictions.
Wike said: “I will not relent in this fight. And all of you should hire bulldozers. All those areas where the illegal refinery sites are in the bush, in the creek, clear the place. Government will give you some money to go and hire bulldozers to go and clear the sites so that they will know we are serious.”
He advised the Commissioner of Police to provide appropriate protection for the chairmen. According to the governor, anyone engaging in unlawful business would not be permitted to operate in Rivers State.
“One thing I want to say and which is very clear, and like everybody knows, I am not against anybody making money. But we cannot allow people to make money, while others are dying.”