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Insecurity: Wike Slams Shell For Employing Cultists, FG For Politicisation

By Our Correspondent



Nyesom Wike has traced the security challenges facing the country to what he on Wednesday described as the politicisation of security issues in the country. He also named the Dutch oil giant, Shell as a culprit in the security issues in Rivers State through its procurement of cultists as protection agents.

Wike spoke during a courtesy visit by the Charge D’Affairs, Embassy of Netherlands at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Governor  Wike said the authorities were prone to politicise security issues when states controlled by opposition political parties are involved. 

“The problem we have is the politicisation of security.  As an opposition state, once  we have security challenges, politics is introduced “.

He urged the Government of Netherlands  to give Rivers State  the support to tackle  insecurity in the state. 

Governor Wike also blamed multinational companies for encouraging  insecurity by patronizing cultists for surveillance jobs. 

“Shell is part of the major culprits.  Shell divides communities to make sure that the people don’t work together . Shell don’t want  to implement  memorandum of understanding signed  with communities. 

“I sat in a meeting  with Shell, Agip and Total.  It was Shell only that refused to implement the Memorandum of Understanding.  Despite the actions of Shell, we shall continue to protect national assets”, he said.

On the Ogoni clean up, Governor Wike said that the Federal Government has not shown  seriousness and commitment to the project.  He said that they are only  interested in the political gain of the project.

Governor Wike said  that he remains committed  to all his campaign promises, saying that he will work towards fulfilling  them during his second term. 

He said: “Every promise made, we will try to actualize them. Youths will have 40 percent in the new cabinet.  This 40 percent will cover men and women. There will be another 20 percent for women. This means that women will have more than 20 percent in the next cabinet”.

Governor Wike called on the Netherlands Embassy  to attract agricultural  investors  to the state for the purpose  of job creation. 

The Charge D’Affairs, Embassy of Netherlands, Mrs Marian Van De Cappello congratulated the Rivers State Governor  on his well deserved  victory during the  Governorship Election. 

 She commended the Rivers State Governor for initiating reconciliation  between  political  gladiators in the state. He said with reconciliation, the state experience peace and development. 

The Charge D’Affairs, Embassy of Netherlands praised Governor Wike for pledging to increase women and youth participation  in his next  cabinet. 

The diplomat said she was also in the state to participate  in the clean up of Ogoni.

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