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Wike Promises Rivers LG Chairmen At Least N20m Each To Fight Oil Bunkering

Joshua Ogbologugo  
Updated January 19, 2022

 

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has pledged N460 million to the 23 local government area chairmen to fight oil bunkering in the state.

This implies that each chairman will receive N20 million to destroy illegal refinery sites that have been identified in their respective domains.

Wike made this pledge on Wednesday when he met with the local government chairmen, the Commissioner of Police in Rivers, Friday Eboka, and the State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Aliyu Bature.

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According to the governor, the decision to fight illegal refineries in the state is aimed at sending a strong message to oil bunkerers.

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

He equally directed the police commissioner to provide security cover for the local government chairmen in 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 a week after the governor asked the police commissioner to collaborate with heads of other security agencies in Rivers, council chairmen, and traditional rulers to fish out all those involved in illegal bunkering and artisanal refining for prosecution.

He had accused persons engaged in illegal bunkering and artisanal refining of being responsible for the soot polluting the air and endangering the health of residents of the state.

The governor also declared that the state government has resolved to curb the activities of those involved in crude oil theft and refining once and for all.