Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, has called on international oil majors to locate their headquarters to the Niger Delta region where they drill oil to sustain the economy of the country.
Wike made the call in Port Harcourt, yesterday, while speaking at the end of the year party and 60th anniversary celebration of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
The governor said that it was unfair that oil majors drill oil in the Niger Delta region, only to pay tax in other states.
“You find this region comfortable enough to drill oil and generate revenue which sustains the entire country. But when it comes to the location of your headquarters, very many excuses emerge.
“Those who talk about insecurity in the Niger Delta forget that they are secured enough to work on oil fields in different communities.
“This level of injustice is not good for any country. I hear that majority of your workers receive their salaries in Lagos and Abuja, with their taxes deducted in those places. We want you to return to our states and energise our communities with your presence.”
The governor urged workers to participate in the 2019 general election process to ensure the emergence of quality leaders who will rescue the country.
He commended the staff of Shell Petroleum Development Company for keeping the company afloat, despite the numerous operational challenges.
Speaking earlier, managing director, Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Osagie Okunbor, commended the governor for his commitment to creating the right operational environment in the state.
Okunbor thanked Wike for working with stakeholders to ensure that a major shell facility closed for a year has been re-opened peacefully.
He stated that Shell Petroleum Development Company is already out of the woods through the hard work of her staff.
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