Wike Has Neglected His State Over Presidential Ambition, Rivers Pensioners Cry Out.
Wike Has Neglected His State Over Presidential Ambition, Rivers Pensioners Cry Out.

Wike Urges Military To Move Against Illegal Oil Refining.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has tasked the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, with assisting in the fight against illegal crude oil refining, claiming that the country’s economy is sustained by the oil and gas sector.

Wike made the call while meeting with Gen. Irabor at Government House in Port Harcourt yesterday.Illegal crude oil refinery operators, according to the governor, are endangering residents’ health and destroying the national economy.

“You and I know that one product we have today that has kept this country going is oil and gas. I will say it is the main source of our revenue.

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“And so, we must, as a people, as a government, not allow it, it doesn’t matter which faction you may be or which divide you may be, or you may find yourself. What is important is that you must defend any of our national assets,” the governor said.

He assured Gen. Irabor that his administration would not spare any action that could be taken to halt illegal crude oil refining in the state.

Those who engage in criminal activities, according to him, should consider how much money they are making by sabotaging the national economy.

“I will do anything within my powers to see that it is put to stop. I owe it as a duty, first by making sure that government is not losing revenue. Whenever we lose national revenue, it trickles down. It affects us at the state and local government levels.”

On the health hazards caused by soot resulting from illegal refining, the governor said: “I am willing to fight it and will continue to fight it. Some people are trying to politicise it. They say that you are doing it against certain ethnic group. That can’t change me, it doesn’t matter.”

He urged the CDS to issue final orders to his officers and men to join hands with the Rivers State government in the fight against illegal oil bunkering in order to prevent further environmental and economic destruction.

General Irabor said he was in Port Harcourt as part of a tour of military formations in the Niger Delta to assess security strategies and encourage officers to work more efficiently.

He praised Governor Wike’s foresight in championing the fight against illegal crude oil refining, which has posed a significant threat to the oil and gas industry.

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