Governor Wike Gives Insight Into Disbursement Of Rivers State Security Vote

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Governor Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike on Friday during the commissioning and presentation of 14 ballistic gunboats donated by the Rivers State Government to the Nigerian Navy, Army, Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Port Harcourt, gave an insight into how the security vote of Rivers State is being spent.

According to the Governor, provision of gunboats, other equipments and logistics to the security agencies to strengthen their capacity to fight crime and criminality are evidence of how the security vote is being deplored.

Wike charged the security agencies to confine the use of the gunboats to the Rivers State for which they were provided to tackle the menace of sea piracy and illegal bunkering activities.

He said that the economy of Nigeria would remain vulnerable and weak if illegal bunkering and artisanal refining of crude oil continued unabated.

The governor said the seeming frustration in the fight against illegal refining of crude oil is caused by security personnel who are deeply involved in the illegal activity or providing cover for the criminals.

“Most of the problem we have with illegal oil bunkering is that security agencies are fully involved in this illegal oil bunkering. That’s the truth. Civil Defence is involved. Navy is involved. Let us tell ourselves the simple truth.”

He explained that the oil and gas sector is the mainstay of the nation’s economy and Nigerians owe it as a duty to ensure that the county’s economy is salvaged.

“All of us owe it a duty to see how we can salvage this country. 80 percent of the revenue of this country comes from oil and if we cannot reduce or stop this illegal oil bunkering this country is in for problem. And so, we must all work together to help this country.”

He said his administration has remained committed to the fight against illegal bunkering and achieved tremendous results leading to reduced soot and oil theft.

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