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Wike Pledges N20m Each To Rivers LG Chairmen In Bid To Tackle Oil Bunkering

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Wike Pledges N20m Each To Rivers LG Chairmen In Bid To Tackle Oil Bunkering.

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has promised N460 million to the state’s 23 local government area chairmen to combat oil bunkering.

This means that each chairman would earn N20 million to demolish illicit refinery plants discovered in their respective areas.

Wike made this vow at a meeting with local government chairmen, the Rivers Commissioner of Police, Friday Eboka, and the State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Aliyu Bature, on Wednesday.

The governor stated that the move to combat illicit refineries in the state is intended to send a strong message to oil bunkerers.

In addition, he asked the police commissioner to provide protection for the local government chairmen during the clearance operations.

“All of you should hire bulldozers, clear all those creeks,” the governor ordered the LG bosses.

“The government will give you some money so that they will know that we are serious.

“Those of you who are from the riverine areas, I don’t want to hear it is the creek. Go and clear those areas, apply to the state government, each of you, at least N20 million for a start to hire the equipment.

“That does not mean you will wait before you start. You must start today, tomorrow. CP, please give them the security to do this work. Don’t give them two policemen.”

This comes only a week after the governor directed the police commissioner to work with the heads of other security agencies in Rivers, council chairmen, and traditional rulers to identify and prosecute anybody involved in illegal bunkering and artisanal refining.

He had accused those involved in illicit bunkering and artisanal refining of being to blame for the soot contaminating the air and jeopardizing the health of state inhabitants.

The governor further stated that the state administration has committed to permanently halt the operations of individuals involved in crude oil theft and processing.



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