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Oil theft: Why FG can’t tackle bunkering- Nyesom Wike

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has blamed the Federal Government’s inability to tackle oil bunkering and refining on the complicity of its security agencies.

Photo of Governor Nyesom Wike
Photo of Governor Nyesom Wike

Wike, has maintained that a lack of steadfast leadership committed to national development is the bane of the country’s problems

Governor Wike stated this when the participants of the Strategic Management and Policy Studies Course 4/2021 of the Nigeria Army Resource Centre, Abuja, led by Major General James. G.K. Myam, paid him a courtesy call at the Government House, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday, February 1.

“Go and see what we have done. It’s to show leadership. The Federal Government could not stop oil bunkering here because security men were involved. Police was involved, Civil Defence was involved, Army was involved, Navy was involved. So, nobody would be able to stand firm to end it.

“Look at the sabotage of the national economy of Nigeria through illegal oil bunkering. Look at the soot, Rivers people were dying, but we said no we will not allow this again and we took the bull by the horns.”

The governor explained that he had to personally visit some of the illegal oil refining sites noting he won’t condone the activities of those endangering the health of residents of the State and sabotaging the national economy.

“Leadership is key. There is nothing wrong with Nigeria other than leadership. The ability to take a decision and implement that decision.”

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