Oil workers constitute 60% of coronavirus cases in Rivers – Wike


 ..We didn’t ban foodstuffs and livestock from entering our state, but unknown person should not hide in them.

Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Governor Nyesom  Wike has stated that 60 per cent of Coronavirus cases recorded in the state are from oil workers returning from rigs.

Governor Wike disclosed on Wednesday when the Management Team of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt.

He stated that it is for this reason that the state government has insisted that oil workers coming into the state must be tested to confirm their coronavirus status.

The State Chief Executive  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 Air Force Base, Port Harcourt, also quarantined 14 oil workers out which three later tested positive.

“It’s 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, they want to play politics.

“People say we don’t want foodstuffs 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 stated.

The Governor lauded Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited for the support to the state government in its fight against COVID 19, pointing out that he will always ensure that the lives of Rivers people are protected.

Earlier, the Executive Director of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited, Mr. Udobong Ntia 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 noted measures also put in place by the company to fight the virus and  donated  RNA COVID 19 Testing Kits and hospital beds to the state government.

Mr. Ntia 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.