From Ekaete Ikubor
Gov Nyeson Wike of Rivers has re-echoed the resolve of his administration to fight against illegal oil refining which he likened to the war against terrorism.
Addressing the Chief of Defence Staff (CODS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, who was on a courtesy visit at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike said his administration owed it as a duty to ensure that illegal oil refining, which posed serious health threats to Rivers people and destroyed the nation’s economy,was stopped.
Wike urged the CODS to direct the security operatives to join in the war against illegal oil refining and assured that necessary logistic supports would be given to security agencies to fight against the illicit act, adding that all security personnel found to be involved in the act should be prosecuted.
Irabor said his visit to Port Harcourt was part of the tour of military formations in the Niger Delta to assess security strategies and to motivate officers for greater efficiency.
He commended Rivers State governor for his bold efforts in the fight against illegal oil refining, describing oil theft as a major threat to the nation’s oil and gas industry.
Meanwhile, the state government has given approval for the state to assess its share of the Healthcare Support Credit Fund established by the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The approval was given at the state executive council meeting, presided over by Gov Nyesom Wike at the Council Chambers of the Government House, Port Harcourt.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the commissioner for finance, Isaac Kamalu, said the fund was introduced by the CBN to cushion the effects of the Corona virus on the health of the people.
Kamalu explained that out of the N2.5billion fund, N2billion would be channelled into healthcare infrastructural development, while N500 million would be a revolving credit for medical consumables.