Oil workers my major headache in COVID-19 war - Wike

By Editor on 21/05/2020

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, said on Wednesday that his biggest headache regarding the combat against COVID-19, come from oil workers who constitute more than 60 per cent of the cases prevalent in the state.

Wike, a delegation of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited in Port Harcourt that it was for this reason that he had no option than to request that oil workers coming into Rivers must get tested for COVID-19, adding that it was not in his place or interest of the state to disrupt the operations of a sector that remained Nigeria’s major revenue source.

Wike, who spoke against the backdrop of his order last week that 22 Exxon Mobil workers be quarantined for allegedly violating the COVID-19 lockdown directive in the state, informed that three out of 14 oil workers allegedly quarantined by the Nigeria Airforce Base, Port Harcourt, had tested positive for the virus.

He said: “It’s 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.

“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.”




Source Whirlwindnews.com

Posted on May, 21 2020

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