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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says the gas and fertilizer projects of the Udom administration in Akwa Ibom State will not only transform the economy of the state but will create employment opportunities for the people.
He also took on those propagating the conspiracy theory that the Niger Delta is unsafe, saying they are the real enemies of the vastly polluted oil and gas region.
He is, therefore, advising oil and gas companies operating in the region to always be mindful to implement the local content policy in order to foster cordial relationship with their host communities.
Governor Wike was speaking when he performed the groundbreaking of Giwa Gas FZE gas and fertilizer project at Okoroinyong village in Eastern Obolo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.
He notes that if Akwa Ibom is not safe there is no way any prospective investor will conceive the idea of building a gas and fertilizer plant in the state.
“If Akwa Ibom is not safe will investors come here? Investors are here because the governor has provided an enabling environment that gives confidence to the investors. If a place is not secure for people to invest their money, we won’t be here.
“Don’t mind the enemies of the people who will always say that Niger Delta is not safe. If it is not safe can anyone come and invest money here?”
While lauding the management of Giwa Gas FZE for the decision to invest in Akwa Ibom and by extension, the Niger Delta, Governor Wike also commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for attracting investors to the state.
The governor urged the company and other investors doing business in the State to always comply with the local content law in order to ensure cordial relationship with their host communities.
Governor Udom earlier explained that when he was campaigning for reelection in 2019, he promised to give a lot of attention to the riverine areas of the state
He said the entire area where gas and fertilizer project is located will be transformed to industrial hub, while swampy area will be used to plant coconut that will feed a planned coconut refinery.
He is urging the youths of the state to develop their capacity in order to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that the industrial hub will offer.
Chairman of Sterling Energy and Exploration Production Limited, Tony Chukwueke, said the gas and fertilizer project will be second largest in the country when completed.
Meanwhile, Governor Wike also performed the groundbreaking of Akwa Ibom Teaching Hospital at Awa in Onna Local Government Area of the state and pledged N600 million to the project.
He also commissioned 10.9 kilometer Nkana-Awa road with 2.3 kilometer spur in Awa.