Rivers State Governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike has indicated his intention towards building a better relationship with Shell Petroleum Development Company, Port Harcourt, even as he has urged the multinational to improve on the level of job opportunities offered to host communities in recognition of Port Harcourt, Rivers State as their corporate headquarter despite their long standing relationship of over 50 years.
Governor Wike, who made these assertions while hosting the management of the SPDC led by Engr. Osagie Okunbor when they paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, also assured the Shell MD and his team that the state government has ensured adequate security to protect their staff as well as everyone in Rivers State and is looking forward to partnering with them for development.
He stated that he is conerned about SHELL giving host communities the opportunity of being co-owners of the oil wells which they didn’t during the bidding and sale of some of their oil wells.
The Rivers governor who specifically identified the dilapidated R-D road behind Shell Residential Area, the road leading to TOTAL and AGIP, urged Shell to embark of these roads as part of its corporate responsibility and benefits of the host communities, instead of waiting for government to repair the roads.
“I don’t understand why SHELL cannot repair these roads rather waiting on Rivers State government, and this should be some of the benefits of your host communities”, he said.
Earlier in his remarks, The Shell MD, Engr. Osagie Okunbor, had stated that the management of the company wass ready to work with state government to ensure security of lives and ensure that oil theft is stopped.