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Governor Nyesome Wike.

Uchendu Mark – Port Harcourt

Governor Nyesom Wike has claimed that oil workers returning from rigs are responsible for 60 percent of coronavirus cases recorded in the Rivers.

Wike disclosed this when management team of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.

He stated that it is for this reason that the state government insisted that oil workers coming into the state must be tested to confirm their coronavirus status.

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While noting that crude oil remains the main stay of the economy and that government actions are not targeted at anybody or organisation Wike recalled that recently Nigeria Airforce Base, Port Harcourt quarantined 14 oil workers out which three tested positive.

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“Its not in anybody’s interest to deny people to carry out their official duties. Oil is the main stay of the economy of Nigeria and without it we that is in this part of the country will find it difficult to function.”

“My concern is that companies should always notify government of workers they are bringing into the state, so that our health officials can monitor them.”

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“So all that we are saying is that we should work together. But people bring in politics that Rivers State is difficult, they don’t want any oil exploration, that is because people want to play politics.”

“People say we don’t want foodstuff and livestock to come into the State. That is not correct. What we are saying is that human beings should not be hidden with these items, ” he stated.

The Governor lauded Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited for the support to the state government in its fight against COVID-19, pointing out that he will always ensure that the lives of Rivers people are protected.

Earlier, the Executive Director of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, Mr. Udobong Ntia commended the State Governor for measures put in place to contain the spread of COVID -19 in the state, particularly the increase in testing.

He noted measures also put in place by the company to fight the virus and donated RNA COVID -19 Testing Kits and hospital beds to the state government.

Ntia assured the State Governor of the company’s commitment to support his effort in ensuring safety and good health to the people of the state.