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Rivers state government blames rise in COVID-19 cases on rig workers

By Ifunanya Obeme-Ndukwe

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Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike has stated that Sixty percent of coronavirus cases recorded in the state are from oil workers returning from rigs. Governor Wike disclosed this during a courtesy visit by the Management Team of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited at Government House, Port Harcourt.

The Governor said this was the reason the state government insisted that all oil workers coming into the state must be tested to confirm their coronavirus status. He noted that oil remains the main stay of the economy and that government actions are not targeted at anybody or organisation.

He recalled that recently the Nigeria Airforce Base, Port Harcourt also quarantined fourteen oil workers out of which three tested positive. It is not in anybody’s interest to deny people to carry out their official duties. Oil is the main stay of the economy of Nigeria and without it we that is in this part of the country will find it difficult to function.

My concern is that companies should always notify government of workers they are bringing into the state, so that our health officials can monitor them. So all that we are saying is that we should work together. But people bring in politics that Rivers State is difficult, they don’t want any oil exploration, that is because people want to play politics.

“People say we don’t want foodstuff and livestock to come into the State. That is not correct. What we are saying is that human beings should not be hidden with these items, ” he said. The Governor also commended Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited for the support to the state government in its fight against COVID-19, adding that he will always ensure that the lives of Rivers people are protected.

The Executive Director of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, Mr. Udobong Ntia had earlier commended the State Governor for measures put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state, particularly the increase in testing.

He also donated RNA COVID-19 Testing Kits and hospital beds to the state government as he assured the State Governor of the company’s commitment to support his effort in providing safety and good health to the people of the state.


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