Gov Wike goes after FG and ExxonMobil
Gov Wike goes after FG and ExxonMobil According to PENGASSAN Exxon Mobile Branch Secretary, Kingsley Udoidua, “At about 3:30 pm on Thursday, April 16, 2020, Rivers State commissioner of police with his team and a top Army commander intercepted the convoy (protected by the police) conveying 21 ExxonMobil personnel who are PENGASSAN members on their way to Intels, Port Harcourt, at Bori (Akwa Ibom/Rivers boundary). The commissioner rebuffed all explanation
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We gathered that they are as at this morning (Friday, April 17, ) still at Elekaya Stadium, Port Harcourt, where they have allegedly been detained, verbally assaulted and starved since yesterday .
No fewer than 22 offshore staff of Exxon Mobil were Thursday night allegedly arrested by Rivers State Government. 21 of the workers are members of the Petroleum & Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, while the remaining staff is the company’s Chief Security Officer, CSO.
Reassuring his people of his unflinching commitment in protecting lives and properties, Wike said he does not take orders from anybody, noting that he would do everything to stem the spread of coronavirus in the state. Recall that about 22 offshore staff of Exxon Mobil were Thursday night arrested by Rivers State Government for illegally entering the state amidst lockdown order. The report has it that 21 of the workers are members of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, PENGASSAN, while the remaining staff is the company’s Chief Security Officer, CSO
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, Friday said he is fully prepared for legal battle against ExxonMobil. Wike, who spoke while addressing a press conference at Government House, Port Harcourt, opined that Rivers state cannot leave corporate bodies who violated the state’s lockdown order to go free, whereas, petty traders like Akara and Groundnut sellers are charged to court for the same violation.
“I will use it as a test case. We will fight this one. We will go to court. We are not in a military government where you sit in Abuja and be ordering me. The security commanders can stay away. Rivers Government will fight this. I am the Chief Security Officer of the state.” On the company’s claim that his men were on essential duties going to Intel’s Camp in Port Harcourt, Wike said, “ExxonMobil does not operate in Rivers. They probably move imports through Onne Ports. Assuming you work here, that doesn’t even mean you should violate the state orders. “We made it clear that even those on essential duties must take the state in confidence and follow the measures we have put in place to ascertain their Corona Virus status. I commend NLNG. They have been complying.” On the fight against Coronavirus in Rivers, Wike said: “We are happy to announce that the second confirmed case in Rivers has tested negative and will be discharged this morning. “We chose proactive measures in this pandemic fight because we place a high premium on the sanctity of human lives, though some persons in Abuja are trying to ensure we get as high as 100 cases. God is on our side. “We (Rivers) were first to shut our borders and people were criticizing us. Today, those who were criticizing us are now copying Rivers state.” The Governor chided a major bank he wouldn’t mention for proposing to prevent a N28Million Covid-19 assistance to the state on condition that Rivers Government opens a bank account in the said bank. He said, “A bank is calling Rivers state to open an account before presenting N28M COVID-19 support. We won’t. It reduces Governors to beggars. Its an insult. I told them we have an existing bank account. If you want to help pay in the money. “We are taking records of corporate bodies assisting the state in this fight against Coronavirus. At the appropriate time, we will publish their names. Any company operating in Rivers and didn’t support us will hear from us. “I will not take any loan for from any bank or anybody for the purpose of fighting Corona Virus. Others can do it, but that will not happen in Rivers. The banks should come out and help by contributing their quota to save Rivers people lives, not to be proposing loans.” Wike said the state now three Isolation stands at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Ventilators and 250 hospital beds as the fight against the pandemic rages, thanking key stakeholders who are making the difference through various interventions. Read more at: